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9 Gifts for Old-House Lovers

From lanterns to rugs, fireplace tools to furniture: editor’s picks for gifts for the old-house enthusiasts on your list. By Mary Ellen Polson

    Nautical Onion Light by Cape Cod Weathervane Company

    Port and Starboard

    The Nautical Onion lantern light in red or green mouth-blown glass is perfect alone or as a set: one for port, one for starboard. The lanterns measure 10½” wide x 12″ deep x 19″ high. Available in five finishes, they’re $375 each.

    From Cape Cod Weathervane Company

    Sweeping Shadow oil painting from Holton Studio Framemakers

    Shadows in Plein Air

    “Sweeping Shadow” is a plein-air painting in oil by California artist Paul Kratter. The 27½” x 23½” quarter-sawn oak frame is built with flush-through mortise-and-tenon joinery, and finished with a 22-karat gold leaf slip. The framed painting is $3,030; the frame alone, $800.

    From Holton Studio Framemakers

    Hopwood's Birds rug by Mill River Rugs

    Loop by Loop

    Margaret Arraj designs rugs inspired by period and ethnic textiles and hand-hooks them in wool on linen. ‘Hopwood’s Birds’ is based on an Art Nouveau design by E.A. Hopwood. The rug measures 26″ by 57″. It’s priced at $1,800.

    From Mill River Rugs, (413) 586-4847,

    Antiqued mercury glass hurricanes from Farmhouse Wares

    Frosty and Floral

    These antiqued mercury glass hurricanes are an interesting (and historical) choice for gift-giving or holiday display. The largest hurricane is 5” wide x 8” tall. The smallest is 3” x 3”. The display-only trio sells for $58.

    From Farmhouse Wares

    Decorative roosters by Pierre Deux

    Mates for Life

    Handmade in Quimper, France, the decorative rooster and hen have a hand-painted crackle finish. The rooster measures 9″ long, while the hen is 8″. Both retail for $221.

    Catalog online from HB-Henriot; sold through Pierre Deux, (888) 743-7732,

    Hammered copper coal hod by Victorian Fireplace Shop

    Gleaming Beauty

    The hammered copper coal hod is perfect for coal, pellets, or kindling. Since it has a double bottom, you can also use it as an ash container. The hod measures 15″ wide x 14″ tall. It’s $119.

    From the Victorian Fireplace Shop

    Ring of Roses cabinet vase by Ephraim Faience

    Grueby and Burgundy

    The Ring of Roses cabinet vase reflects the spirit and simplicity of early 20th-century Arts & Crafts pottery designs. In an antique green reminiscent of Grueby glaze with burgundy flowers, it’s seasonally appropriate, too. The vase measures 3¾” tall x 4¾” wide. It’s $118.

    From Ephraim Faience

    Tsuba Morris bow-arm chair by Stickley

    Racy Lines

    The Tsuba Morris bow-arm chair reimagines the William Morris classic along Greene & Greene lines. Details include incised carving, a distinctive side panel cutout edged with ebonized hardwood, and reverse-tapered splayed legs. Prices for the chair and ottoman begin at $3,983.

    From Stickley

    Glass ornaments from Wolf Art Glass

    Candied Glass

    Dean Wolf hand-blows glass in an environmentally conscious manner using renewable energy. In a kaleidoscope of colors, his glass ornaments are about 3½” in diameter. They’re $20 to $30 each and come with a silver ornament hanger.

    From Wolf Art Glass, (512) 553-6245,

    Published in: Old-House Interiors November/December 2010

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