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Did you know that the name for these fishing vessels is derived from an old Dutch word?



Did you know that the fishing vessel known as a smack takes its name from the Old Dutch word smak, which means a sharp noise or slapping sound?  According to nautical lore, smacks were given their name for the sound the ochre colored sails made when the slack was taken up by the wind.  Did you also know why British smacks had the ochre colored sails?  This particular color was the result of a waterproofing that was applied to the cotton fabric used for sail making.

The image of fleets of these fishing smacks with their ochre colored sails must have been a sight to behold.  So too is this 19th century model.  Expertly constructed and outfitted with the tiniest of details, this model not only captures the uniqueness of these vessels but can also be discovered only at Mill House Antiques.  More than an ordinary experience.



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Do you know the difference?

Do you know the difference between a tea table and a game table?

Quite simply, the tea table has a polished surface on the interior and a game table has a baize surface.   With the fashion of taking tea and other refreshments, the folding side table became quite common in 18th century homes.  While the tables with baize interiors were used for the most part as game tables, tea tables with their polished interiors were certainly more functional.

Take these simple, yet elegant tables.  Which do you think is a game table and which is a tea table?

Not sure, discover the answer for yourself at Mill House Antiques.  More than an ordinary experience.

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Did you know? Austro-Hungarian cabinet makers were considered some of the finest

Did you know that 19th century Austro-Hungarian cabinet makers were considered some of the finest across the continent?  Rightly so, as they took great pride in their work and went the extra mile by hand carving a moulded edge along the inner edges of drawers — something rather unique for cabinet makers of that period.

Take this fine example of a chest of drawers from Budapest that incorporates a drop down secrétaire.  With its handsome walnut root veneer and wonderful brass, the quality of its construction is readily apparent on the outside, but one look inside shows the careful attention to detail rarely seen in chests and found only at Mill House Antiques.  More than an ordinary experience.  #millhouseantiques #antiques


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Mill House Events

Maestro Leif Bjaland with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra this evening at Mill House Antiques

We are looking forward to hosting the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra annual benefit this evening at Mill House Antiques. The event will take place in the gardens from 5:30 to 8:30pm.  Join us for wine and music.



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Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Wine Tasting Event at Mill House postponed

The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Wine Tasting Event scheduled to take place in the beautiful gardens of Mill House has been postponed to June 8th due to weather.  This event which will feature wine and music from different regions is completely sold out.  Please visit the WSO website for more information.Image

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Did you know that peat was commonly used as a heat source in England and Scotland as well as Ireland?  When harvested from the bogs, peat, which is decayed vegetation, would be dried in large stacks prior to being burned.  For many living in the countryside during the 19th century, peat was an indispensable means for heating a home.  Due to the light nature of the dried peat, a special bellows was developed to deliver a constant but gentle flow of air to keep the flame alive without blowing the peat all over the stove.

In fact, the same principle for moving air is incorporated in many of today’s vehicles.  While modern fans are designed to be more efficient, we prefer this handsome, old fashion peat bellows found in the upper reaches of Wales and available only at Mill House Antiques.

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Wine Cellaret from Mill House Antiques

Did you know that a cellaret or wine cooler was quite an important piece of furniture? For those who had not yet acquired an Adam sideboard, where the wine could be stored in a pedestal cupboard, a cellaret served as an essential place to store wine once it was removed from the cellar but not yet not ready for pouring. Since the wines were often chilled prior to their pouring, cellarets were lined with a lead liner to contain the ice and its melt. The size and design of cellarets varied widely from open oval designs to octagonal shaped ones with covers. Most were on legs, which is why today they function wonderfully as end or side tables.

Take this handsome cellaret in burl walnut sitting atop cabriole legs ending in pad feet. While its lead liner has long disappeared, this cellaret itself can still be discovered at Mill House Antiques.

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Did you know? … one of the earliest forms of container shipping was..

Mill House Antiques Campaign Chest

Did you know that one of the earliest forms of container shipping was the campaign or military chest?  With the onset of the Napoleonic War and continuing through much of the 19th century, British military officers often found themselves being shipped off to the far corners of the Empire.  So too were their belongings. With the heavy-duty side handles, flush drawer handles and brass fittings, these two-part chests were designed to be endlessly loaded and unloaded.  And what sets this chest apart from the majority is the secretaire–a rare and valuable feature.

While you can only imagine the distant lands to where this stunning teak campaign chest has ventured, you can be certain to discover it only at Mill House Antiques.

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