Antique Baby Names: Collecting Collectible Names

March 28, 2012 Linda Rosenkrantz

There was a time when I did a lot of writing about antiques and collectibles, in the course of which I amassed five or six tall  bookcases fully stocked with volumes on everything from Mickey Mouse memorabilia to model trains to Meissen porcelain.  But since I’ve become almost exclusively  Berry-focused, I keep thinking I should cull the collection and make room for my ever expanding assemblage of international name books.  Yet something always stops me.

Just today, I was thinking I would drop off a few books at least at my local library, but every time I’d pick one up—Golf Collectibles, say, or Depression Glass—something would impel me to put it down.  And why?  Because each one is filled with names of one kind or another, names that just might be of interest to the Berries as antique baby names.

So, to justify (or not) my ambivalence, I thought I’d browse through a few of them to see what I could come up with, trying to avoid the proper names of makers, but looking for words with baby name potential.  Here’s what I came up with—see what you think.

Amberina–an amber glass made with a gold powder, used in art glass

Aurene –iridescent glassware developed at the Steuben glass works

Belleek—a delicate Irish porcelain with a creamy finish

Burleigha British pottery

Cameo–a stone or shell with a design, typically a portrait, carved into it in relief

Chantillydelicate silk lace named for Chantilly, France, where it was first made

Coralene-glass or porcelain featuring raised beads of glass

Dariv—a gold coin depicting a king

Deco—Art deco, the design style that flourished in the 1920s and 30s

Devonia—lace featuring raised flower petals

Durandan art glass produced in New Jersey

Favrile—an iridescent art glass patented by Tiffany

Florina coin minted in Florence from 1252 on

Galalith—an early form of plastic

Galateaa sturdy cotton cloth, usually striped

Gravera tool used for engraving

Kaolin—a fine clay used in making ceramics

Imari ware—Japanese enameled porcelain

Izannah—Izannah Walker was a 19th century Rhode Island cloth doll maker (a proper name exception)

Kiku— chrysanthemum design used extensively on Oriental wares

Lalique—fine French glass produced by René Lalique (another exception)

Lencia German toy maker of exquisite dolls

Lunette—a decorative piece in a half-moon shape

Mandora—an old form of lute

Marotte—a mechanical doll that sang when revolved

MintonEnglish pottery famed for its Blue Willow ware

Navette—oval shaped stone with point at each end

Niello—a black metallic alloy used in ornamenting metal

Ollaa wide-mouthed, bulbous pot

Onza—a Spanish gold coin

Palissy—a 16th century French lead-glazed pottery

Parian—matte white ceramic ware

Pietra dura—a very fine quality of marble

Raden—an inlay of mother-of-pearl

Rosemeade—pottery produced in North Dakota

Rubenablown art glass that shades from red to clear

Sehna—a knot found in Persian carpets

Tabriz—a category of Persian carpets woven in Tabriz

Tarsia—an Italian form of intricate marquetry

Tazza-  a metal or ceramic wine cup with a shallow bowl (literally means cup in Italian)

Tessera—small square of glass or stone used in making a mosaic

Tondo—a circular painting or relief

Treen—meaning ‘from the tree’, describes a large range of objects carved of wood

Trilbya 1950s Ideal doll

 Veduta—a scenic painting depicting an entire city

Vinaa slender stringed musical instrument from India

So what do you think?  Should I keep going, or is it time to clear the bookshelves?

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