Collecting Miniatures

  • Hands of Time

    Clockmakers throughout history have long been admired craftsmen and artisans. The same can be said for those who create the intricate timepieces in miniature. Here are just some of the collection’s reproductions of historic clocks from around the world. Ernie Levy The 1/12-scale lighthouse clock pictured above is a prime example of Ernie’s extraordinary work. In […]

  • Form & Function

    So many visitors to the KSB Miniatures Collection remark about the beauty and amazing detail of our pieces, but, sadly, some will never know that quite a number of our fine-scale miniatures actually function. Here are just four pieces that operate as their original counterparts. Ship Automata by Paul Briggs: English model ship builder, Paul […]

  • Young at Heart

        You don’t have to be a member of the Red Hat Society to know who they are. When a swarm of red and purple infiltrates a room and fills it with energy and laughter, everyone knows the Red Hatters are here. Founded 20 years ago by a woman who gave a friend a […]

  • A Toast to Melba

    Like many collectors, I acquire items simply because I am drawn to them. While I may try to locate a provenance for most pieces, sometimes the journey is futile. That was the case with Clermont Manor by William Bowen. Surprisingly, however, the peach-colored room box led me down a family history discovery of my very […]

  • Executive Decisions

    As I write, the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, which houses the KSB Miniatures Collection, is exhibiting Chartering Freedom. The traveling exhibition from the National Archives includes reproductions of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights—collectively known as the Charters of Freedom. I’m proud to say that two founding fathers, whose signatures […]

  • New Year, New Artisan

    I was enamored the moment I laid eyes on Victoria Morozova’s 1/12 scale interpretation of the H.O. Studley workbench. The Russian artisan presented it at the Miniature Masterworks show in September and I was the lucky one to take the extraordinary piece home. It was her first time in the States and this is the […]

  • Christmas at the Harrietta Plantation

    Christmas decorating always brings out the best in me. It goes back to my childhood. My mother went all out for the holidays and my father also enjoyed the festive preparations. It became a tradition in itself, always occurring on the day school let out for Christmas vacation. We had 12-foot ceilings at the townhome […]

  • One For the History Books

      He initially wanted to be a film set designer but as life has it—with its twists and turns, obstacles and opportunities—he became a miniaturist. One of the most famous in the world. Eugene Kupjack created more than 600 room boxes in his lifetime and is lauded for his work with Narcissa Thorne, widow of Montgomery […]

  • Show & Tell

                    There have been many outstanding shows this year. Miniaturists in all categories are continuing to raise the bar and it was particularly evident at the much anticipated Miniature Masterworks event last month. It was a juried show, the first of its kind here in the U.S., held […]

  • A Tale of Two Owners

      Isn’t one of the most satisfying aspects of creating miniature scenes the fact that you can insert your own memories into the story? Even in our historically accurate room boxes, I often slip a little something in that while totally true to the time frame, may be a reminder of something I love. One […]