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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 reference site 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 in, browse around, and come back often to see what's new.


The Men Behind the Mission Style
Mission furniture originated as a style in the late 19th Century. It all began with a chair made by A.J. Forbes in 1894 for San Francisco's Swedenborgian Church. Joseph P. McHugh of New York, a furniture manufacturer and retailer, copied these chairs and by 1898 offered a line of his own which he called “Mission” furniture.
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Quality Over Quantity—
The Pottery of the Overbeck Sisters

While most people normally associate the Arts & Crafts Movement with such names as Morris, Stickley, Roycroft, and Rookwood, few ever heard of four sisters named Overbeck who, from their modest home studio in Cambridge City, Indiana, created some of the finest studio pottery ever to come out of Indiana. Their goal, “Quality over quantity.”

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Gustav Stickley and the American
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The Arts and Crafts Movement began in Britain in the mid-19th century with John Ruskin, the foremost critic of the factory system. He spoke out against the shoddy quality of machine-made goods. Ruskin believed mass production enslaved workers to machines and robbed them of the pleasure of their own labor. To correct this, he advocated a return to the practices of the medieval trade guilds. To Ruskin, a hand-made object had beauty because of its irregularities.
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Inside Craftsman Farms
by Bob Brooke

The essence of the American Arts & Crafts Movement exists today at Craftsman Farms, the utopian home of Gustav Stickley. In 1900, he purchased 650 acres at Morris Plains, north of Morristown, New Jersey, where he created Craftsman Farms, one of many utopian communities practicing the concepts of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
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The Rose Valley Project
by Bob Brooke

Rose Valley is quiet and peaceful—a nice place to live. But looking at it now, it’s hard to imagine it being the center of one of the noted Arts & Crafts utopian communities that thrived during the early part of the 20th century.  Read more. 

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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