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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, mechanical ingenuity, 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.

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The Simplicity of Colonial Redware
Redware was the first pottery made in the American colonies. Potters made it from local red clay. Early American colonists produced pottery mostly for their own use. Without kilns that could produce high-firing temperatures, they typically produced low-fire earthenware
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Having a Little Fun with Clarice Cliff
Creative, quirky, imaginative—all goods words to describe the pottery of Clarice Cliff, an English ceramic artist who created works from1922 to 1963. She began working in the pottery industry when she was just 13. At first, she gilded pieces, adding gold lines on traditional wares. Once she mastered this, she learned freehand painting at another pottery while studying art and sculpture at the Burslem School of Art in the evenings.
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From Utility to Beauty
Pottery, that is earthenware and stoneware, had been delegated to everyday utility use for centuries, In the 18th century, earthenware was the only pottery made in the American Colonies. Those people who wanted elegant porcelain dinnerware and decorative pieces had to import them at great expense, mostly from England, but also from France and The Netherlands.
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That's a Crock!
Before refrigeration, the only way to keep food from spoiling was to store it in a cool place, usually a cold cellar or spring house. From the early to mid-19th century, Americans stored various types of food products in stoneware crocks, the most common piece of kitchen equipment in Colonial America.

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It All Begins with a Mark
An experienced collector of pottery can tell a lot about a piece’s origin by reading the manufacturers' marks on the bottom of each piece. These marks tell the pottery's name, its location, its company symbol, and often the pattern name or the name given to the body shape of the piece.

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Basic Pottery Repair
All pottery has one consistent flaw—it breaks. If a piece breaks in say two or three pieces, it’s not the end of the world. However, if it shatters, it might as well be. And just as pottery breaks, it can be repaired. If it’s a simple break, it most likely can be glued back together as a do-it-yourself project. However, if it shatters, it’s best to seek out the service of a professional pottery restorer.                                
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On a Wing and a Pot
by Bob Brooke

While there are quite a few museums with pottery collections throughout the world, there are very few dedicated to pottery in general. Those having only pottery collections usually display pottery from a particular company, often in its former headquarters. But one museum tries to hit all the bases. Those who happen to be in the neighborhood of Red Wing, Minnesota, are in for a special treat at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing.
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Pottery in the
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Pottery has been around since the ancient people roamed the earth. As one of the oldest human inventions, the practice of pottery has developed alongside civilization. The earliest ceramic objects have been dated as far back as 29,000 BCE. Because clay has always been abundant, cheap, and adaptable, pottery was independently invented in many parts of the world at different times.
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Is Nemadji Pottery
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Nemadji pottery originated in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota and is touted to be Native American pottery. But there’s nothing Native American about it. In fact, some antiques dealers sell this pottery under the belief that it is Native American.
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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.                 Read an Excerpt


Thy Amphorae Runneth Over with  Roman
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Archaeologists discovered 19 amphorae, filled with more than 50,000 late Roman tetrarchic bronze coins in 2016 in the backyard of a villa in Tomares near Sevilla, Spain.

Bidding Goes on Past Midnight at Freedom Auction Company
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Circus historians, collectors, and enthusiasts turned into passionate bidders at the recent Winter Auction of Circus Collectibles.
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