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The Kaiser’s Favorite Hat

The iconic Pickelhaube, the ‘point bonnet’, has its origins in 1842-43 Prussia. Imitated far and wide, these helmets were made from metal, leather, and even pressurized felt when resources were needed elsewhere. The Pickelhaube offered as much protection as other headgear of the time: almost none. It did, however, give the wearer a recognizable silhouette. […]

Gold: Everyone’s Favorite Color

For as long as people have wanted to trade, Gold has been pulled from the Earth and smelted into coins.  These coins can be found coming from nearly all corners of the globe, often with a tiny glimpse of history etched or molded onto it.  Usually Gold coins represent the most valuable pieces of currency.  […]

Can you hear me now?

Since the telephone was created in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell, it has become a fixture of everyday life. We use telephones, now evolved into compact computers capable of a huge range of functions, to coordinate everything. Since the World’s Fair at Philadelphia in 1876, telephones have become ever smaller and more useful. Starting out […]

Old Glory

The Flag of United States of America is one that is instantly recognizable. Thirteen horizontal bars represent the original rebellious colonies, and a field of stars over a blue background for the states. Since it was adopted in 1777, the number of stars has grown from thirteen to fifty. A different version of Old Glory exists […]

Lighters to Collect

People have been burning things recreationally for a long time. Whether lighting a cigarette for a pretty girl, or starting a grill for your steak dinner, fires at will are useful. Enter the Lighter. Originally derived from converted flintlock pistols, the first actual Lighter was invented by the chemist Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner in 1823. Since […]

Medals for Mothers

‘Family Medals’ are unusual yet interesting awards given to families for recognition of increasing populations. They have been issued by several countries, including France, the USSR, and Nazi Germany. The idea behind such medals was to recognize exemplary mothers, who bore and raised numerous children in a competent manner. On the pragmatic side of things, […]

Antique Trends: What’s Hot

Buying trends at Heart of Ohio: Mid-Century Modern furniture and industrial are all the rage with millennials. Baby boomers regularly seek out Roy Rogers or space themed memorabilia. Everyone is looking for artwork, though the styles are sure to vary. If Martha Stewart or Country Living feature an item, we know it won’t be long […]

Connecting the Dots: Antique Hall Pottery and Mary Dunbar

Have you ever picked up a piece of Hall Pottery and noticed not only their Hall stamp but one which reads “Tested and Approved by Mary Dunbar Jewel Homemakers Institute”? Who is Mary Dunbar and what is the Jewel Homemakers Institute? In 1899, Frank V. Skiff and Frank P. Ross founded the Jewel Tea Company […]

Antiquer Appreciation

As a “thank you” to loyal customers, twice a year Heart of Ohio Antique Center features a customer appreciation weekend, offering a special discount policy, door prizes and refreshments. Join us March 4th and 5th for this “can’t miss” event!

Gus Sun: Bringing Hollywood to Springfield

Have you ever seen the mural in downtown Springfield and asked, “who is that?” Maybe you’ve seen the same man pictured in those larger than life vaudeville posters on display at the Clark County Historical Society, or those for sale at Heart of Ohio Antique Center. You might be surprised to know that 100 years […]