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A hanging or standing glass globe filled with colored water.
A water-filled glass globe that signaled a disease outbreak.
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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.


Tools of the Trade
More men died on the battlefield in the Civil War than in all previous American wars combined. To make matters worse, medical knowledge in general and that of the wartime surgeons was extremely low. For one thing, doctors didn’t understand infection and did little to prevent it. Antiseptics had yet to be used and doctors made no attempt to maintain sterility during surgery.
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Collecting Pieces of the
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The practice of pharmacy has undergone tremendous changes since shelves held bottles filled with essential oils and crude drugs like arsenic, strychnine, creosote and chloroform. So why would anyone want to collect such things. For a small group of collectors, it’s a passion–pure and simple.
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Ye Olde Apothecary
Pharmacies today—better known as drug stores—are more like mini-department stores than sources of medicines to heal the sick. In some, getting to the prescription counter, after wandering through aisles filled with shampoos, perfumes, greeting cards, potato chips, beverages, even ice cream–can be an adventure in itself. But American drug stores weren’t always like this and today, collectors are gobbling up pieces of these time capsules to capture a bit of the mystic of a bygone era.
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Toasty Warm on a Cold Winter's Night
Few things compare to the cozy warmth provided by a hot water bottle. Before the invention of the rubber hot water bottle, most people used one made of stoneware. Though these were heavy and clunky, they served the purpose.
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In this new periodic feature, Bob Brooke offers personal insights into the world of antiques and antiques collecting.

How Much is This?:
Bob's experiences with pricing at flea markets and such.

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Ye Olde Apothecary
by Bob Brooke

The Creole-style townhouse in the heart of New Orleans's French Quarter contains a world of old counters and shelves overflowing with bizarre instruments and bottles with strange labels. This is the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, also known as La Pharmacie Francaise, an 1850s apothecary shop.Read more.

A Day in the Life of a
Country Doctor

by Bob Brooke

Dr. Ernest Ceriani serves as physician, surgeon, pediatrician, psychiatrist, obstetrician, dentist, oculist and laboratory technician to people in a 400-square-mile area around the rural town of  Kremmling, Colorado To the people of Kremmling, he’s a lifesaver.  
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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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Rare Ty Cob Baseball Card Found in Paper Bag

A South Carolina family found d seven rare Ty Cob baseball cards in a paper bag at the run-down home of a deceased relative.

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