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Eglomise reverse painted mirrors - University of Connecticut

Panels and mirrors such as this U CONN example are no longer available in the reverse painted form, today's are simply decals applied to the glass. The framed views and mirrors in our inventory are older, and are actual paintings in reverse on glass. These make fabulous gifts for current students, those just heading off to college, wedding gifts and of course it goes without saying they are great graduation or "thanks for the education" gifts. Please contact us if you have any questions. We pack very carefully for successful shipping! Click the photo to go to the regular listing for this mirror. In stock now are Colby College & the University of Connecticut.

SOME FURTHER INFORMATION ON EGLOMISE paintings: These are framed pieces of glass with reverse painted scenes of buildings on the campuses of various schools. The painted scenes are applied in reverse to the back of the glass, then it is framed. [Here is a definition for those who might not be familiar with the term]

églo·mi·sé (adjective) French, past participle of églomiser meaning to decorate a glass panel by painting on its back, from French Decorator Jean-Baptiste Glomy who died in 1786 : made of glass on the back of which is a painted picture that shows through.

This technique, which dates back to the 18th century, is expensive and is no longer produced for these college accessories. In today's market the effect is reproduced by the use of prints of the paintings applied to the back of the glass panels, much like a decal process. The paintings are soft but yet detailed depictions of favorite campus scenes. The goldleaf wood frames lend a soft antique look and the mirrors make a lovely yet not overpowering statement in the home or office decor. Valued by alums, professors, students and proud parents, they are an excellent way to show one's school dedication and spirit. We have adequate packing materials to see that this arrives at its new home in good condition. Let us know if you would like more photos or further information in your shopping process.

CK711 -- $150.00
WEDGWOOD HONORS COAST GUARD ACADEMY ON BEAUTIFUL BONE CHINA PLATE



It is a good thing we no longer have to rely on ships at sea to move our mercandise around the globe, but the Coast Guard is ever-viligant no matter the number of ships or their cargo. This gorgeous bone china plate made by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons sporting the scene of Chase Hall at the Coast Guard Academy reminds us of days gone by and honors all those CGA graduates who serve us so well. This plate is from a rare presentation set with a beautiful image, one of a set of 12 we think. They very rarely come on the market, we've never seen a complete set. Click the photo to return to the regular listing for this plate and see another plate for the CGA HERE.

WW622C -- $110.00
GULF- PARK BY-THE-SEA A JUNIOR COLLEGE FOR YOUNG WOMEN

What a fun volume this book is. I was taken by the lovely image on the front, recalling lazy days at the beach in the south. On the first page, there is yet another similar image in the green, yellow and black colorway of the cover. This school was located in Gulfport, Mississippi and is now part of the University of Southern Mississippi. This is the "yearbook" for the first year of the school's operation. The Calendar for 1922-23 begins with the formal opening & organization on 9/27/22, the first meeting of classes "Reception to New Students" was 9/28; Christmas Vacation 12/20 - 1/3; Mardi Gras ! February 13 and Commencement Exercises 5/31. Definitely from a kinder, gentler era where young women went to college for an education suited to their sensibilities and needs, a different atmosphere than today, when women are there for the competition and adventure as well as the education. I can see demure young women as they studied subjects such as Piano with Albert V. Davies, Concert Pianist and composer who was educated in England and Berlin, French, Latin, History, Psychology, Bible, German, Spanish, Math, Chemistry and Biology with professors from Columbia University to the University of Missouri, Sophie Newcomb College and The Sorbonne. I can see the hats and white gloves at Chapel and at recitals too. The book is well illustrated and has sections on Safety, Climate and Health, Buildings and Equipment, which states that the buildings, in Spanish mission style, sit one thousand feet from the beach, Dress & Household articles, and much more detail.

The volume is in excellent condition other than the tears on the cover edges and some wear to the spine of the cover, but the pages are definitely in wonderful condition. Fees are listed and there is a full list of students, genealogy to be had for sure! Did your grandmother attend school here? This is an ORIGINAL of this yearbook, I am told there are some reproductions floating around, but this is not one. Let us know if you have any questions! Click the photo to return to the regular listing.

CL110N -- $45.00
EMMA WILLARD SCHOOL - interesting news

In 2012 I was privileged to spend quite a bit of time in upstate New York, and one of the fun things I was able to do was to visit the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY. I try to take notice when news of someone commemorated there or the Hall of Fame itself is in the news. This item just came across my Facebook posts and I thought I'd share it. I didn't realize Emma Willard's middle name, perhaps maiden name, was Hart. I have a CT Hart line, perhaps we're cousins. Enjoy the article HERE and definitely go to the Hall of Fame when you are in the Seneca Falls area, it's definitely worth your time and effort! Click the photo to go to the regular listing for this book!

CL119 -- $35.00
CHASE COLLEGIATE SCHOOL AKA ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL WATERBURY, CT

We have three of these plates in stock and wanted to explain a bit further than our database format allows us in our regular listings. What is now Chase Collegiate School was St. Margaret's School until the name was changed in 1972. St. Margaret's was founded in 1875 so has seen many alums over those 137 years! This scene is St. Margaret's Hall South Porch, the location of the graduation ceremony each June. The plate blank is named Queen's Shape, an old Wedgwood shape in honor of Josiah's patronage by royalty from his very early years.

What a beautiful graduation or wedding gift this would make, or a gift to a favorite teacher. One of our our favorite uses of college plates is as gifts to students upon acceptance to the school. Let us know if you have any questions, all three of our plates are in mint condition and ready to be shipped to you from Maine.



Here is a photo of the backstamp giving more information.

WWKT777C -- $50.00
FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY DINNERWARE SET

We're pleased to present a great 4 piece place setting of dinnerware for the students, alums, faculty and parents of Framingham State University. This school's history is interesting, beginning as Framingham Normal School, becoming Framingham Teachers College and now known as Framingham State University. It was the United States' first Normal School. In June, 1953 the 100th anniversary was celebrated with, among other things, the manufacture of this lovely dinnerware. The dinner plate was made by Wedgwood and the other pieces by Adams in England through their reseller Jonroth, Old English Stafforshireware firm. The color match on these 4 pieces is perfect and they are all the same pattern and plate blank shape. Here is a photo of the cup and saucer and here the salad plate. The detail of the school crest inside the cup and the beauty of May Hall on the dinner plate make the set a truly wonderful remembrance of this college with its great history. We have only this one set in stock, you'll find it listed on alexisantiques.com as well as here. We will separate the set if a buyer asks; the plate alone will be $48. Let us know if you have any questions!

CK239 -- $75.00
1920 Cornellian Annual - wonderful historic Cornell treasure

The sheep suede cover of this fabulous book has dried out and the edges are fraying. While it needs tender handling, the contents are worth every bit of the trouble. The book is heavy because, as is usually the case with this type of volume, the paper is heavy, and a few more than 700 pages add up. It's difficult to describe the beauty of the contents of this book. All of the graphics are beautiful works of art, even the header on every page has an elegant look. There are line-drawing crests for fraternities & sororities, some have photos of the beautiful chapter homes. There is a Roll of Chapters, listing the schools at which the sorority or fraternity has chapters, then the next page has the photo of the chapter house and list of members. Photos of the members are complete w/ names to id the pix. Each section, i.e., clubs, organizations, athletics, etc., has a beautiful cover page of its own with drawings contemporary with the times. What a treasure of the class of 1920 at Cornell, but also a fabulous example of '20s publishing arts! Any questions will be answered as quickly as possible, just ask. There are typical posed portrait pix of all Seniors, plus other casual poses, the name of the high school attended, activities, how many years at Cornell, Greek membership, and a long class history, "The Story of the War Class". Juniors are named and there are some casual photos too. Interestingly the Seniors are divided - the male students are pictured first, then another section for the females!

Contact us for more information ~ this would be a treasure for the family of a member of the 1920 Class of Cornell or anyone interested in Cornell or an earlier era of publishing and publishing arts. Click the photo to return to the regular listing for more information or to order or ask questions.

CL110F5 -- $75.00
HARVARD CLASS OF 1856 ALBUM OF HALF-TONE PORTRAITS RARE

There are many books of information about the various classes of years gone by at Harvard. The Class Secretary frequently was charged with gathering information & pictures to publish a review of the class and biographies of the class members at intervals after the 25th anniversary of the class. This volume is very unusual in that it is a compilation of half-tone portraits printed with no other information about the class members. We are in the process of researching some of the class members and the book will have our research with it when it finds a new home. As far as we know so far the most famous person in the class was Charles Francis Adams and his is the first picture in the book. The photographs have been individually identified in pencil all in the same hand-writing. A couple include death dates, and from our research we find several others were already deceased when this book was published. It is an oddity, why would one publish a book with NO text? The photos in this album are identical to the later-in-life portraits of the class members found in the 1906 50th anniversary Class History. Perhaps this was a preliminary album to record the photos available, lay out the size, or some such. Let us know if you have any questions or any input for us. Meantime, we'll keep looking for another one, we'd like to see if there were any printed with the names. We have the class rankings for the Class of 1856 so we can annotate the list with that information. There is a volume held in the Harvard Archives entitled Class Album 1856 and we are actively seeking a local Harvard student or employee who would, after we request the book from the Archives, go to the library and examine it for us; it may be an example of this volume. If you would like to do that, please contact us through this website.

CL123 -- $225.00
ANNAPOLIS NAVAL ACADEMY PHOTO SCRAPBOOK c1910 RARE FIND

Another item we are pleased to offer our clients is this professionally produced scrapbook from about 1910. It is a book full of black & white photos, one per page, about 6" x 8" each. They are professional photos of various campus and Annapolis scenes - of course The Chapel, grandstand at the athletic field, the Main Gate, a photo of a duty squad of midshipmen (genealogy anyone? Your ancestor at USNA in this time-frame?), Bancroft Hall, Lover's Lane and Academic Hall, Chapel from the Colonnade and more. We are happy to send photos and more information to a prospective buyer. We realize that at the higher price range buyers probably want to see more of what they would be buying and we're happy to oblige, just drop us an email or give us a call. We have recently added several new books on various schools, so scroll through all the schools where you have connections and see what we might have to please.

CL110P -- $175.00
LOUISE E. BETTENS - Fabulous Harvard History & Genealogy Book RARE FIND

We believe that expensive books need good description so viewers can understand the value of the item. This volume is a great example and a fabulous find. First, it is full leather bound with silk endpapers privately published in 1910. There were 250 copies printed, but the first 12 were entitled 'Louise E. Bettens', the mother of the author Edward E. Bettens. These 12 were given to special friends, family members and important colleagues at Harvard. The copy we have for sale is one of the special 12 and was given to Eliot Tuckerman of New York City, and his letter acknowledging receipt of the book is printed within. The mailing label, cut from the original packing, from Edward Bettens to Mr. Tuckerman is enclosed. Thomas Simms Bettens, Harvard Class of 1874, was a teacher at a private school funneling students to the Ivies, and obviously much loved and respected. The other books of the 250 edition were entitled 'Thomas S. Bettens' and the edition was published upon the death of Professor Bettens. Eliot Tuckerman was the chairman of a committee of Professor Bettens' students, graduates of Harvard, Yale, Princeton & Columbia, who proposed, designed and procured a fountain in memory of Professor Bettens at the Harvard Student Union. All this correspondence is included in this wonderful book, along with poems, tributes, letters, photogravures (faced with tissue) having to do with the Bettens family, Mrs. Bettens' struggle after her husband's untimely death and the careers of her sons, mostly Thomas the teacher. Her first son died early and is memorialized in the book also. This is a true literary treasure, a treasure of gorgeous book-binding, and of course a tremendous bit of Harvard history. This is a MUST HAVE in any complete library of Harvard literature. Please do not hesitate to ask us for more information and more photos if you have any hesitation about this book. We are proud to offer this to our Harvard collectors!

Here is a bit more information about the book:

"SMITH COLLEGE RARE GIFT TO THE LIBRARY Northampton, Oct. 6 (Special) At the last Smith College chapel exercises President Neilson took the occasion to announce the presentation to the Browning Room of the library of a new book entitled "Mrs. Louise E. Bettens." In characterizing the book President Neilson said: 'It is one of the most valuable that we possess, as it is one of the most exquisite pieces of book-making in respect to its binding and illustrations; but it is even more valuable than this because of its contents.' The story is a tribute written by a son to his mother, who was left, while still young, a widow with three sons to support. As a teacher and newspaper woman she struggled and managed to put these sons through college. Blindness and paralysis overtook her, but she persevered, and became a woman of great cul ture. Two of the sons died. The third, who did not marry, stayed with her to the end, and has published this volume as a memorial to her devotion. There have been published only two hundred and fifty copies of this book, which are for private distribution." (From Boston Evening Transcript, October 6th, 1917.)

CL110W -- $300.00
College Printer Blocks and Cigarette - Tobacco leathers

We have several Printer's Blocks and leathers in our inventory, for several different schools. This example is the only one we have priced as a set, and we are willing to separate them, $10 for the leather, $49 for the stamp, just send us an email and we'll work with you. During the 1900 to about 1910 time-frame, these leathers were used as premiums in tobacco and cigarette packets. They are available for a large number of colleges and universities and a few other schools. They look very handsome matted in coordinating colors and framed. They make nice bookmarks too! The printer blocks can also be framed, but look great on a well-kept desk as a paperweight too. We also stock quite a few of the cigarette silks, and will be adding them to inventory. Check the listing for your school to see what we have listed so far or send an email to check to see if we have your school in stock but not yet listed. Certainly these make an interesting and unusual gift for that new student or alum, and make great graduation gifts. Shipping on the leathers is very inexpensive of course, and the blocks can be sent in bubble envelopes very economically also. We currently have leathers for Bucknell, West Point, USC, U of Chicago, St. Louis and Columbia Universities listed, but have plenty more in stock. For the printer's blocks we have Fordham University, Carnegie Tech, Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Schools, Western Reserve and Vanderbilt so do check them out!

CL402 -- $59.00


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