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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 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.

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An Acquired Taste
The Victorians were mad for oysters, and any table with pretensions of elegance had to serve oysters, on or off the half' shell. And thus, the oyster plate was born.
 

                        
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A Way With the Manger
Although many other stories and symbols have been gathered into the rich treasury of Christmas lore, the Nativity remains the central image of the holiday, the reason for its being. For centuries the scene described in the Gospels—the babe in his humble crib, the holy parents beside him, the shepherds and barnyard animals staring amazed while three resplendent kings kneel in adoration—has moved people of all faiths.

           
               
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Are Christmas Cards a
Dying Breed?

Times change. It used to be that people sent loads of Christmas cards. Some sent 100 or more. But with the rising cost of postage and less time people have to sit down and write out greeting cards, it’s no wonder that fewer people are sending them today.

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A Look at the Wintry World Inside
Collectors love snow globes. Some call them water balls, shake toys or snow domes. Others call them blizzard weights, crystal-shakes, schneekugel or “snow ball,” snowfall weights, snowscenes, snowshakes, snowstorms, water globes, or water-filled weights

                         
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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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The Magic of Christmas at
Winterthur Museum

by Bob Brooke


Each year, the staff of the country estate of the late Henry Francis duPont near Wilmington, Delaware, transforms the museum into a holiday wonderland. The museum, which houses over 89,000 objects of American decorative arts, takes on a special feeling, one that would even put old Scrooge, himself, in a happy holiday mood.
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Twas the Night Before Christmas
by Bob Brooke



A truly American phenomenon, it has been published in hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of different editions, in many languages and in a multitude of formats since Clement Clarke Moore first wrote it as a gift for his children on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1822. Each year new editions appear as illustrators continue to interpret the 56-line poem.
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How to Recognize and Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Book: How to Recognizing and Refinishing Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

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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BREAKING NEWS

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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