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About Me 
Learning About Antiques From Bob Brooke
Smithsonian Seminar 

A reproductioni Shaker rocker.ANTIQUES ARTICLES

An Acquired Taste
Antiques or Junk?
Antiques or Collectibles?–That is the Question
Arresting Time 
Around the World in Carousel Art 

Biedermeier Furniture: Form Follows Function
Blue and White for Everyday

Chippendale Changed the Way Furniture Looked
Chippendale--The Royalty of Antique Furniture Fake
Decorative Periods and Styles
Faux or Repro

Grandfather Time
Have a Seat
Judging the Age of China Can Be a Fool's Errand
Parian Ware--Affordable Art for the Masses
Pennsylvania Furniture—A Unique Style All Its Own
Poor Man's Silver
Preserving the Patina—and Value—of Antique Furniture
Quality First

Reproduction Furniture--Is It All That Bad?
The Grace of Queen Anne

The Beginnings of American Furniture 
The Value of Scrimshaw Soars 
The Victorian Era–An Age of Revivals

Tiffany Lamps Fetch Astronomical Prices
The Men Behind the Mission Style 
The Origins of Blue and White Ware
The Other Arts & Crafts Designer 
The Ultimate All-in-One
Those Charming Staffordshire Dogs 
Tools of the Trade

Weathering the Test of Time
What Exactly is an Antique?
What's It Worth?
What is That Piece of Furniture Called?
Wicker's Enduring Charm
Writing Boxes Stand the Test of Time

An early Hess toy truck.COLLECTIBLES ARTICLES

A Way With the Manger
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
Collecting Pieces of the Medicine Show
Collecting Plasticville, U.S.A.
Collectors Snap Up Old Cameras
Cookie Jars—Good as Gold
Glass Ornaments of Christmases Past
Going for the Gold
Monster Collectibles Still a Graveyard Smash
Navajo Weavings—Many Things to Many People Pass Go and Collect on Pass Go and Collect on Early Monopoly Games
Sharing Thanks

Souvenirs from the 1939 World's Fair Highly Collectible
Take Caution Selling Medicine Bottles Says DEA 
Quality Over Quantity—The Pottery of the Overbeck Sisters 
The Keeper of the Keys
The Lost World of the Midway 
The Lure of Native American Memorabilia
Time in Your Pocket

Up, Up and Away with Airline Collectibles
Watt's All the Fuss?
Wish You Were Here



How to Start a Home-based Antiques Business 
Recognizing and Refinishing Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Review: Idiot's Guide to Buying and Selling Antiques



A sailor's valentine.ANTIQUE SPOTLIGHT 

18th-Century Safe Deposit Box 
A Light for a Salesman
A Look at the Wintry World Inside
A Musical Chair for Musical Chairs 
A Salute to Uncle Sam
All That Glitters Isn't Silver 
An Antique That Lasts a Lifetime

Casters Highlighted Victorian Tables 
Elastic Slate Books

Gem Roller Organ—The American Music Box 
Gone But Not Forgotten
Greetings to the World of Tobacco 
Keeping Cool Victorian Style
Little Treasures in the Palm of Your Hand

Little World Under the Christmas Tree
Pier Tables—Not for Petticoat Checking 
Sailors' ValentinesSouvenirs From the Heart 
Strike Up the Band 
The Craftsmen of Rose Valley 
The Geometric Beauty of Sadeli Mosaics
The Enduring Appeal of Currier & Ives
The First Home Improvement Companion 
Toasty Warm on a Cold Winter's Night

Watch Papers are More Than Protection
Wristwatches Worth Collecting

A 13th-century Chinese tea jar.

Art for the Common Man
Beyond Venice—Glass in the Venetian Style 1500-1750
Bruce Museum Offers Exhibit of Alfred Sisely's Works
Early Tech Auction Offers Rarities 
Glass From the Ancient World 
Glassmaking in Venice

It Pays to Look Twice 
Lack of Insurance Closes Shows 
Legendary Vase Sold on Ebay 
Pedigree Jar Brings Stratospheric Price 
Restored 19th-Century Stagecoach Goes on the Auction Block
Scientific Instruments Reach for Collectibility
Space Age Collectibles Go on the Block 
The Concorde Flies Again at Auction 
Visions of an American Dreamland  
Woman Finds Family Photo
World Stamp Show Highlights Stamps as Cultural Icons

A 19th-century chocolate pot.SPECIAL FEATURE 

A Look Back at Mother's Day
Are Christmas Cards a Dying Breed?
A Stay in a Victorian Hotel
Antiques Along the Highway
Building a Future With Pieces From the Past 
Discover a Bit of Columbus in Pennsylvania

Giving Antiques and Collectibles as Gifts 
Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement 
Mexican-American Tent Shows—A Family Affair 
Norman Rockwell's Vision of America
Sculpture on the High Seas
The Influence of the Grand Tour on Antique Collecting 
The Pottery of Dave the Potter 
The Sound of the Old World

You, Too, Can Determine If What You Own Has Value 
Weaving Their Way Into History


An Introduction to Caring for Your Collections 
Bringing New Life to Antique Upholstered Furniture
Caring for an Antique Clock

Caring for Antique Navajo Rugs
Caring for Antique Quilts
Caring for Ephemera 
Caring for Old Maps 
Caring for Pewter 
Caring for Your Antique Furniture
Cataloging Your Collections
Displaying Your Treasures
Insuring Your Collection
Repairing Old Damaged Glass
The Care and Treatment of Old Prints


Acquiring Quality Antique Clocks
Antiquing Across the Pond
Appraising Value
A Snapshot in Time—Collecting Old Magazines
Bring Home the Memories
Cataloging Your Collection
Collecting Antique Furniture for Beginners
Collecting--A Passion or an Obsession

Eyeballing Antique Furniture 
So You Want to Hold a Yard Sale 
Sorting Out Stained Glass Lamps 

Speaking the Language of 18th-Century Furniture
The Best Collector is an Educated One
Tips for Beginning a Collection

A pocket watch paper.READERS ASK 

A Case of Mistaken Identity
A Chair With Only One Arm
A Collector's Passion
A Key for Every Character 
Animal Clocks Come Out of the Fogg
America's Flakiest Collectibles
Bendable Beauty 

Chocolates for My Lady
Good Night, Sleep Tight
Good to the Last Drop
Guides to the World
Hold That Door!

NutcrackersA Christmas Tradition

Step Right Up and Try Your Luck 
Turkey Served in Style
Views of a Philadelphia Ale House
We've Come a Long Way, Baby


Glossary of Antique Terms
Glossary of Antique Clock Styles 
Glossary of Arts & Crafts Terms 
Glossary of Ceramic Terms
Glossary of Furniture Styles
The Complete Glossary of Auction Terms 

A snowshoe display in the Winter Sport Museum.ANTIQUES TO VIEW 

A Fantasyland of Americana
A Sparkling Touch of History
A Whale of a Museum
Inside Circus World
Inside Craftsman Farms 

Looking Through Rose-Colored Glasses
One of the Country's Oldest Museums
Pilgrim Hall 
The Magic of Christmas at Winterthur Museum
The Museum of Time

The Nation's Attic
The Queen of Queens 
Tiny Ambassadors With a Mission
Walk On Into History
Winter Sports Museum Educates Visitors
Ye Olde Apothecary


A Day in the Life of a Country Doctor
A Look Back at the First Thanksgiving
Bellefonte's Painted Ladies

Less Work for Mother
Low Bridge, Everybody Down 
Return to Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
The Origin of Afternoon Tea
The Mail Must Go Through
The Rise and Fall of the Mercury Barometer

The Rose Valley Project 
The Trials and Travails of Victorian Train Travel
Trolley Parks Fade Into Memory 
Twas the Night Before Christmas


A Place for Heirlooms
Beauty From a Snowbank
How Much is This?
Going, Going, Gone
One Person's Trash is Another's Treasure
Patience First
What's the State of the Victorian Furniture Market?
Where Does Function End and Art Form Begin?



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