Square Nails


Square Nails, my favorite subject.  I love them because then I know I got an old one. Yes, nails have been around for over 1000 years. The earliest settlemensts of the new world show  evidents of construction with nails.  the shape of the nail in our furniture is a good indicator of age .  The earliest nails found in antique furniture were made by making a tapered shanks form raw stock. To  make the  rose head the blacksmith would make 4 strikes with the hammer. Early in the 19th century cut nails were made with a square head and a spatula tip. Not until later in the 1800’s  did we invent the wire nail that look similar to the modern round nail.

And yes you can put square nails in a new piece. Therefore, it is important to look for appropriate oxidation and proper staining of wood around the nail to assure of good real age.


Face Lift


Lately we have felt like our sign needed a little pick me up. Let’s face it, after being here for 20 years your sign evolves  from weathered to illegible. So, both kids climbed up and touched it up! It’s one of those small changes that isn’t the most obvious but sure does help the look of the place.

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New England Glass


I’m very proud of the two 18th century onion bottles at Noordermeer Antiques.  When I see a picture of a good early New England home they always have a couple of these on the table.  The name only identifies the shape. They have extra wide bases for stability and concave bottoms for displacing the sediment of the less than perfectly filtered wine.  These bottles have wonderful personality enhanced by their imperfections and asymmetrical shape. When looking at old glass always look for a hand formed mouth and an applied slip of molten glass to form a lip.  They are often referred to as black bottles but in reality they are very dark green. They can be found in different shades of green and even in amber. These bottles were used for oils, spirits and actually im sure any liquid could have been found in these beautiful bottles.

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How do you know…



No1. Standard bulb comes in frosted or clear. Exposed bulbs looks better with frost.  A clear bulb looks best with a shade because you are less likely to see the silhouette of the bulb.

No2. Fan Bulb is more durable because it can withstand the vibration of the fan and it is made to shine downwards.

No3. 3-way bulb is perfect if you need more light. Wattage varies between 50 – 150. However, it does require at least an 8” supporting harp.

No 4 and 5 Chandelier bulb with a blunt tip or bent tip, a more elegant bulb, which can be found in clear or frosted. Personally I do not prefer the bent because it interferes with a shade

No6. Torpedo Bulb is a great bulb for antique chandeliers that have a standard base.

No7. Flame Bulb with standard base is often used in victorian fixtures. I prefer to use them with a dimmer.

No8. Mogul Bulb is rarely found  in an American house hold. You may see them in antique tourtiere floor lamps or industrial mechanics lamps.

The nostalgic Edison Bulb – I am an absolute fan! They have a great industrial look but just prepare yourself to pay high dollar. You can find a similar look if you use a clear bulb on a quality dimmer.

New Years at Tybee Island


This new year we decided to switch things up. We wanted to bring 2013 in with a “beach”. Both kids are officially college graduates and the perfect opportunity to celebrate. At some point we all questioned the logic of going to the beach in January. We persevered and it was a blast! We spent the weekend admiring this quaint historical island. We toured Fort Pulaski , the lighthouse and surrounding historical structures.

Tybee’s North Beach in short is my kind of beach. Our rental was a 1920’s Men’s Mess Hall for Fort Screven. They are dog friendly , fenced yard screened porch and my personality. Im not a condo kind of girl so my first call was to confirm our Mess Hall rental from Mermaid Cottages. I highly recommend them. . Check out the pics of our favorite spots!


“Daniel Drake Pioneer Life in Kentucky

An Interesting Read….

Excerpt from “Daniel Drake Pioneer Life in Kentucky

...“There were a number of motives which accounted for the spectacular migration to the West (Kentucky).  Land was cheap and an inhabitant of the Atlantic states could sell his hundred acres  and acquire,in Kentucky,over a thousand .  The desire for adventure or for acquisition of riches in a newly developing territory played a part.  Some  wished to escape  persecution  for debt or crime.  Taxes were high in the Seaboard states. The climate was milder than in the more northerly Atlantic states, though this deterred at least on Pennsylvania German as reported by Schoepf ( Travels in the Confederation,1783-1784,…) “He had heard that in Kentucky there is no real winter; and where there is no winter, he argued, people must work year in ,  year out, and that was not his fancy; winter, with a warm stove and sluggish days, being indispensable to his happiness.”

I have often wondered why it took the New Englanders so long to migrate in a southwardly direction  to our milder winters.  I did come to the conclusion there is great security in knowing “ just what you got” therefore you would have a tendency to “stay put”.  Also I never underestimated the tremendous amount of effort it took to carve a settlement out of a wilderness.  But it never occurred to me the milder winters would be a deterrent.

At present I am reading “Daniel Drake  Pioneer Life in Kentucky.”  Daniel Drake was born in 1785 and at the age of 15 he began his studies to become a pioneer physician in Fort Washington Kentucky. (Cincinnati) The book consist of letters he wrote to his children to record his recollection of his frontier.  Great book. 

The Box Opener?? Really?

  I like tools.  With a tool I can make something better ( or attempt).  While on a recent pick trip I was rummaging thru a junk box.  Found a handy crow bar/pry bar.  I even commented to my friend on how sharp the edges were.  A tool used to demolish should show signs of extensive wear.   While in my picking mode I didn’t think anything about it and  threw it in my want pile. Not until I returned home did I discover my handy pry tool had words embossed on the handle “Mellor NO.1 Box Opener”.  Really, no blade? You guessed it . The tool was made for opening wooden grocery boxes.   Early 1900’s with the expanded use of corrugated paper boxes. The definition of box openers was changed. I am not saying the Mellor NO. 1 is a museum find but  a quaint reminder of a different time. 


An interesting read………

Please enjoy this  article I read in my favorite newsletter “Early American Industries” sept.1949



To Preserve Milk
Provide bottles, which must be perfectly clean, sweet and dry; draw the milk from the cow into the bottles, and as they are filled, immediately cork them well up, and fasten the corks with packthread or wire. Then spread a little straw on the bottom of a boiler, on which place bottles with straw between them until the boiler contains a sufficient quantity. Fill it up with cold water; heat the water, and as soon as it begins to boil, draw the fire, and let the whole gradually cool. When quiet cold take out the bottles, and pack them with straw or saw dust in hampers, and stow them in the coolest part of the house. Milk preserved in this manner , although eighteen months in the bottles, will be as sweet as when first milked from the cow.(McKensie’s Receipts Phila 1829)
My first reaction  was wow.  I then realized this was simple canning.   Still wow but a little less complicated than my first thought.  Keep in mind the date of this receipt was 1829, no Kelvinator, no knobs on the stove, and the cow did not share her milk 365 days.  Our guys and or gals figured it out. I’m proud of them


Making room for Change

If you have come to Noordermeer’s within the past few weeks you were probably greeted by a note hung from the push bar of the front door. The note would have hinted to the fact that you would find me actively working to welcome a change. The change concerns Charles Torgerson, owner of The Brown House formally located on Oxmoor in Edgewood. Charles and I have decided to combine our efforts in order to bring to you the best in real antiques. As most of you know my specialty in the business is usually the unusual i.e. hogsheads, goat harnesses, or hand hewn 12ft river raft ores, all fine antiques by the definition of cool and old. Charles, on the other hand, knows ironstone, transferware as well as fine art. We both take extreme pride in our furniture to a point of competition.
Next time you visit our shop you are sure to see the Change.