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AN-TIQUE (an-teek) An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item, piece of furniture or decorative arts object esteemed for its artistry, beauty, or period of origin.

The Antiques Almanac, a five-edition-per-year online magazine for beginning and intermediate antiques collectors and those just interested in finding out about old things, is your first stop on the Web in your search for information about antiques and collectibles. Here, you’ll find articles on a variety of American and international antiques, including furniture, china, glass, silver, and other decorative arts from the Colonial, Empire, Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco Periods, plus vintage and modern collectibles, interesting historical facts, antique tips, and recommendations for caring for your collections. Come back often to see what's new. And be sure to tell your friends about us.

This edition's theme: "Early Americana"
Volume 11 No. 2

           

Tools for Every Use
By necessity, early settlers were jacks of all trades. They had to be in order to survive. Not only did they have to be tillers of the soil, but often carpenters, cobblers, coopers, blacksmiths, and butchers. Each of these jobs required a different set of tools, so the number of antique tools available to collectors is quite large indeed.
                           
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Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor,
Yearning to be Free
While all collectors have love affairs with the objects they collect, none are more passionate than those who collect Statue of Liberty memorabilia. To these collectors, their collections are more than a mere assemblage of objects. Each represents a collector’s passion for Liberty’s history and her cultural significance. For most collectors, it’s Miss Liberty’s symbolism that grabs them.

           
               
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Wallace Nutting and the Invention
of Early America
It was 1870 and most Americans were looking ahead. New inventions appeared every day. Innovations were everywhere. So why look back. History was in the past. The future meant progress. Then an event—The Philadelphia Centennial Exposition—changed everything.
Wallace Nutting became an antiquarian entrepreneur who created a consumer empire based upon the past. Nutting produced hand-tinted photographs, books, high-end reproduction furniture, and a variety of domestic accessories for the middle class.
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Unraveling Antique
American
Samplers
American samplers fetch high prices, especially at Americana shows. There’s a good chance that the unsuspecting buyer discovering a single one in an antique shop will be taken, through no fault of the dealer. Most antique dealers can’t tell real samplers from fake ones. It’s only those who specialize in such things that can truly tell the difference.

                         
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What's Cookin'?
People collect cookbooks for lots of reasons. Some collect vintage cookbooks. Others collect cooking pamphlets distributed by food companies, such as Baker’s Coconut, that advertise a particular product. While still others focus on their own region or cookbooks written by celebrities. There are also cookbooks that focus on a particular food or lack of it, such as those with fat-free or chocolate recipes. Some cookbook collectors, just as general book collectors, look for association copies.
                          
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Following the deaths of George Washington in 1799 and Martha in 1802, Mount Vernon remained in the family for three generations. But inheritance taxes, changing markets for agricultural products, and throngs of visitors made it impossible for the owners to maintain Mount Vernon. By the 1850s, the home Washington painstakingly developed was beginning to crumble
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The Reign of King Cotton
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Way down South in the land of cotton, old times there are not forgotten. Look away, look away, look away Dixieland.” So go the opening lyrics of a song that became the anthem of the American South and eventually the Confederacy. The culture, everyday day life, and the Civil War were all a result of a simple shrub that bore puffy white fruit—cotton.
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When salvagers found a 300-year-old ship at the bottom of the Caribbean near the coast of Colombia three years ago, they claimed it was the “holy grail” of shipwrecks—the legendary San Jose galleon, a Spanish ship rumored to contain up to $17 billion in treasure. Now, the Associated Press reports, experts have identified the ship…and confirmed that it’s the real deal.   
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