August Blog 2017
What's New? Bonzai Shears for $35 at the ELH Showroom!
Although the word ‘Bon-sai’ is Japanese, the art it describes originated in the Chinese empire. By the year 700 AD the Chinese had started the art of ‘pun-sai’ using special techniques … Continue Reading ››
July Blog 2017
What's New? 430 Million-Year-Old Squid Fossil for $500 Now at ELH Showroom!
Orthoceras was an ancient mollusk that lived more than 400 million years ago. The name means straight horn, referring to the characteristic long, straight, conical shell. The preserved shell is … Continue Reading ››
June Blog 2017
What's New? Manussiha Statue for $1000!
The man-lion mythical creature best known in Myanmar is the manussiha. Its name is a blend of two Pali words. The first is manussa, meaning a human being and the second is siha, a lion. … Continue Reading ››
May Blog 2017
What's New? Antique Stereoscope for $450!
The idea for stereoview photographs (also known as stereoscopic photographs, stereographs, or, simply, views) was hatched long before their invention, and even well prior to the first photographs. In the early 17th century, three separate … Continue Reading ››
April Blog 2017
What's New? Kimonos starting at $350!
It's not uncommon for modern Japanese weddings to combine Shinto wedding traditions with various elements of Western nuptials. Traditionally a Japanese bride would wear a furisode long-sleeve Kimono, but some brides are modifying their garments to add … Continue Reading ››
March Blog 2017
What's New? Antique Dowry Boxes!
A dowry is a gift of money or valuables given by the bride's family to the groom and the newly formed household at the time of their marriage. It has been an ancient and widespread practice. Often, … Continue Reading ››
February Blog 2017
What's New? Lucite & Seeded Purses!
Lucite began to be mass produced and especially popular in the 1940s and 50s, with some companies even recycling old WWII plane parts to create fun handbags, shoes, jewelry, etc. Although we don't consider plastic to … Continue Reading ››
December Blog 2016
What's New? Wax Sushi for $250!
Known in Japan as sampuru サンプル, or “sample,” this waxy, fake food has been around for nearly 100 years and, over time, has evolved beyond restaurant windows. The first model was made in 1917, and the industry really took off in the 1930s. Continue Reading ››