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Queen Anne–style houses are arguably the most charming and picturesque of all Victorians. In this first-ever book on the American Queen Anne style, you’ll learn about their places in the history of American architecture.
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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, 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.

This issue's theme: "Pennsylvania"
Volume 10 No. 2


Pennsylvania Furniture
A Unique Style All Its Own
The Pennsylvania style of furniture, also referred to as “stone farmhouse” furniture, began in Chester County, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia. Here Quaker farmers, who had emigrated from England as part of William Penn’s great plan, settled amid the rolling hills.
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Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder
As the old saying goes, “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” And so it was with “Goofus” glass, a pressed glass hybrid. Some call it tacky, others tawdry, and still others ordinary. But collectors say it’s beautiful.
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Discover a Bit of Columbus in Pennsylvania
What does Columbus have to do with Pennsylvania? Believe it or not, not much, except that tucked away in the little town of Boalsburg, nearly hidden by a large cemetery, is the Boal family estate. Here in a small stone building lie the contents of Columbus’ personal chapel, brought all the way from Spain in 1909 by Theodore “Terry” Davis Boal, the great grandson of David Boal, the first resident of the property. View Special Photo Gallery

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The Enduring Charm of
Currier & Ives

Probably no other medium preserved life as it was in the 19th century as did the faithful and colorful prints of Currier and Ives. From 1834 till 1907, their lithography shop produced in excess of one million prints of American scenes, which included more than 7500 different titles. They not only sold them successfully in great numbers to the public, but left behind fond images that are highly collectible today.
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A Collector's Passion
Many people collect one type of object, whether it be enameled pins from the Olympics, postage stamps, glassware, tea cups, or travel souvenirs. Not so with Edith Kelly Fetherston of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She had a passion for collecting and not much got past her keen collecting eye. The result is a houseful of collections—a testament to her passion.

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Walk On Into History
by Bob Brooke

The Mifflinburg Buggy Museum is a sprawling complex, consisting of a Visitor Center, the workshops of the Heiss Coach Works, a carriage house, a repository or showroom, and the Heiss’ home, all a few blocks off the main road through town.
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Bellefonte's Painted Ladies
by Bob Brooke

A lot of places boast splendid Victorian architecture. Cape May, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Brooklyn Heights, and Baltimore all come to mind. But no place has as many examples of every style of Victorian architecture as does Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, a small town in the Susquehanna Valley, a short drive north of Penn State University.

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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.                 Read an Excerpt


Bruce Museum Offers Exhibit of Alfred Sisley's Works

The Bruce Museum and the Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-en-Provence, France, have mounted a major exhibition of Sisley’s paintings, the first retrospective in over 20 years of this major Impressionists. The exhibit, “Alfred Sisley: Impressionist Master,” spotlights about 50 of Sisley’s paintings, which have come from private collections and major museums in North America and Europe. The Bruce Museum is now showing the exhibition until May 21 and is the only venue in the United States.

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