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A pin worn on the lapel.
A part of a chair leg.
The decorative plate
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Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2015

The goal of this comprehensive guide is to inform and educate collectors so they can buy and sell with confidence. Filled with more than 4,300 new color images, expert insight on everything from cherished classics to the latest trends, and vetted values throughout makes this book the premiere antiques reference.
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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.


Writing Boxes Stand the Test of Time
One of the delights of collecting old things is to be able to use the object for its original purpose. Such is the writing box. It can be used to contain correspondence and stamps or to organize monthly bills. Unfortunately, in this age of hi-tech wizardry, people write few letters and the writing box has fallen out of use.
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The Keeper of the Keys
During Victorian times, many women, either mistresses of the house or housekeepers in large mansions, who were in charge of keeping the keys to doors, drawers, and cabinets, wore a decorative belt hook with a series of chains suspended from it, called a chatelaine at their waist.
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Antiques Along the Highway
Structures like the Show House sprang up in the 1940s and 1950s along roads like the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road to cross the United States.

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The Queen of Queens
by Bob Brooke

The Queens Museum resides in the former New York City Building, originally the New York City Pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair. Being directly adjacent to the great icons of the Fair—the Trylon and Perisphere—it was one of the few buildings created for the Fair intended to be permanent. Read more.

Low Bridge,
Everybody Down

The water in what remains of the Delaware and Hudson(D&H) Canal lies quiet and still now. Green trees line the former towpath, making for a pleasant half-mile walk. At one end a dam holds back the still waters in which tall reeds now grow. The air is cool and fragrant from flowers growing on its banks. The former canal house is now a restaurant.Read more. 

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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