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.
Antiques Almanac, a reference site for beginning and intermediate
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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
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Poor Man's Silver
Pewter vessels have been around since ancient times. The
Romans made and used them daily. Churches used pewter candlesticks,
chalices, and alms dishes until 1175 when silver and gold came into
favor. But when they contributed their silver and gold pieces to ransom
Richard the Lion-Hearted during the Crusades, they turned back to
Cookie Jars—Good as Gold
the term “cookie jar” refers to a folder in a computer that stores
“cookies,” or files containing information about the user for use by
online companies. But it’s the term’s more traditional use as a storage
container for delicious morsels of sweet goodness made by mothers and
grandmothers over the years that some collectors will give their eye
teeth–and sometimes their savings–to acquire. For cookie jars have
become as good as gold in the collectible market.
The Pottery of Dave
when Dave created it, this jar was just one of thousands produced by
slaves in the potteries of the Edgefield District of South Carolina.
Often called “Dave pots,” these vessels have sparked the interest of
pottery collectors in recent years because they’re signed, dated and
made by an enslaved African-American. So what makes Dave’s jars stand
out from all the others?
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antiques in history.
FOR YOUR COLLECTIONS
An occasional feature about caring
for your antiques and collectibles.
A new feature showcasing outstanding museums where you
can see unusual
by Bob Brooke
more than a decade, Ed Kleppinger has been looking through
rose-colored glasses. No, not eyeglasses but rather his collection of
thousands of pieces of ruby stain pattern
THE ORIGIN OF
the seventh Duchess of Bedford of Woburn Abbey in Bedforshire, England
afternoon tea such a perfect refreshment that she soon started
inviting her friends to join her in her room for this new social event.
And it really was more of a social event than a meal as ladies didn’t
come to eat but to meet their friends, gossip, and chat about the latest
fashions and scandals of the day. Read more.
How to Recognize and
Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit
you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and
needed some TLC? Bob's new book offers tips and step-by- step
instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.