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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.

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The Antiques Almanac, a five-edition-per-year ezine for beginning and intermediate 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, and Art Nouveau Periods, plus vintage and modern collectibles, plus interesting historical facts, antique tips, and recommendations for caring for your collections. Come back often to see what's new.


Wicker's Enduring Charm
It’s 1895, and as you approach the wide, sweeping porch of a late Victorian country home you notice several striking, white wicker armchairs. As you enter the home, you see a wicker and hickory chair sitting in the parlor.

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Wish You Were Here
“Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here.” Before Email and Facebook, this brief message scribbled on the back of a postcard said it all. It told the folks back home that a traveler was okay and enjoying his or her vacation. The picture on the front of the card showed the folks where the person was and the postmark confirmed this.

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Going for the Gold
While millions of people from all over the world watch the Parade of Nations into the Olympic Stadium, just as many collectors eagerly await the flood of Olympic collectibles that will be made available once the games have begun.
A Stay in a Victorian Hotel
The 1829 opening of the Tremont House in Boston was celebrated with an elaborate dinner. The hotel had 170 rooms, each with the exclusive temporary property of the renter unlike old-fashioned inns where a traveler could expect to share even his bed with a stranger. For $2 a day the Tremont furnished guests with four substantial meals, a wash bowl, pitcher and cake of soap as well as gas lighting and a good supply of running water in the basement "bathing rooms." It was a revelation. It was also the first American hotel to be recognized as modern and first class.

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Keeping Cool Victorian Style
Scarlett O'Hara, the heroine of Gone With the Wind, armed herself with a magical tool that she hoped would win the heart of Ashley Wilkes. In her hand she held the ultimate weapon in the art of love, the tool that allowed her to signal, to hide, to flirt. That weapon was, of course, the fan.

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In this new periodic feature, Bob Brooke offers personal insights into the world of antiques and antiques collecting.

A Place for Heirlooms NEW!
Bob discusses why it's important to include family heirlooms in your home's decor and some tips on how to do it.

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A Fantasy Land of Americana
by Bob Brooke

The name Winterthur has a fairytale quality to it. It lodges in the imagination like the name of a remote, imaginary kingdom. The actual place is far more tangible, for here in hundreds of rooms lies the one of our country’s greatest collections of Americana.
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The Trials and Travails of Victorian Train Travel
by Bob Brooke

Six years after Queen Victoria began her long reign as England’s monarch, train travel began its long slow climb to become the chief mode of transportation not only in England but in America.

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How to Recognize and Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

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Have you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and needed some TLC? Bob's book offers tips and step-by- step instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.
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Rare Ty Cob Baseball Card Found in Paper Bag

A South Carolina family found  seven rare Ty Cob baseball cards in a paper bag at the run-down home of a deceased relative.

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