An Appropriate Swan Song: The Antiquities of Yenke Peddler

CLEVELAND, Ohio – We honor the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. with our National Day Monday. Preaching was second nature to Dr. King, echoing the promise and hope for a better future. Take note of his famous “I have a dream” speech, as well as his final speech, “I’ve been to the top of the mountain.”

We are blessed to have this swan song that always carries its voice forward!

True swans can also be quite vocal. The trumpet and whistle varieties are common in the United States, and among poets and authors the subject of swans is intriguing.

In England, King Henry VIII protected their existence by strictly enforcing penalties for the theft of birds or their eggs.

The Victorians showed their love of swans in a variety of items: glass, pottery, metals and even stuffed animals. The Venetians, using mouth-blowing techniques, depicted a variety of swans in size and variety.

McCoy Pottery had many designs featuring swans. Lenox, with its creamy white porcelain swan, gives a refined style to the table decoration.

The black swan, native to Australia, is also admired. Its black plumage contrasts with its dark red beak. mute sewing originated in Asia, Europe and Africa. Ironically, mutism is only a trait when held in captivity; in the wild, birds can be quite vocal.

Displaying images of swans in a collection has a whimsical theme. Whether through books, bookends or lamp stands, this extravagant bird will bring style to your surroundings. Elegance without water!

Have a good day,

I am looking for a review of the pictured beer mug. It was inherited from my grandparents and I hope to learn more about its history. There is a 480 printed on the bottom and a handwritten #4. Thank you,

A F,

sorrow falls

Hi Amy,

Your heirloom stoneware beer mug was made in Germany, not as an exported item, but for internal use. The 3D image with a dachshund, a zither and a folk dance depicts a typical German room. The metal lid is equally decorative. Printed in German on the mug is a saying that the German can carry anything, only he can’t stand thirst. Dating from the 1930s, the value would be $100.

If you have an item to appraise, send a clear photo with history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, PO Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136. You can also send photos and inquiries for Brenda to appraise at [email protected].

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