Word of the Week: George and Martha

This is a pretty neat term to know in the world of antiques.  The term “George and Martha” can apply to any item that has the image of a colonial man and woman on it. It comes from George and Martha Washington, though the people represented are not necessarily portrayals of the famous couple.

Here’s a couple examples:

A metal powder/medicine box with an enamel center.

This is the front of a beautiful vintage lamp!

This is the back of a vintage mirror. (This one might be stretching it just a little bit…)

What’s the neatest George & Martha item you’ve come across?

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2 thoughts on “Word of the Week: George and Martha

  1. Penny says:

    I have (what I believe is) a George and Martha lamp,, it has a picture of one you’ve posted above with a lady and gentleman dancing and in background a tree and another man playing the flute. Mine is Blue/White and what I believe is gold trimmed/leafed on edges. The one I have is 2 pieces,, one piece is the base and the other is the body,, the cord is gone,,, do u happen to know the value of this,,, other than the cord gone,, it;s on perfect shape!!! Thank u 🙂

    • Hi there! First of all, please let me apologize for letting this comment sit around for so long. I’ve had to put the blog on a back burner because of the holiday rush, and I haven’t been able to check in at all. Your lamp sounds lovely, and people generally love the G&M theme. Its price depends on a lot of factors, but I will say that we’ve been able to sell even simple lamps for upwards of $100 or more. If it’s vintage and in good condition, you may very well be able to fetch a price like this. Though the missing cord will decrease the value quite a bit, because that means someone will have to spend time restoring the wiring. But you never know until you try. I’d suggest pricing high and seeing what happens, then lowering the price in increments until it sells. Hope this helps!

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