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  • 29
    Jun

Razor-Sharp and Designed for War—Traditional Japanese Swords

Japanese swords are fearsome weapons. In a day and age when firepower is the norm, it is startling to be in the same room the first time with a piece of steel that is as sharp as a razor and designed for war. Sword Periods The grouping of Japanese swords is broadly divided into five periods. Koto, made...

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  • 29
    Jun

Stinky Stuff: Get Rid of Old Furniture Smells

One of the nice aspects of collecting older and antique furniture is the link to the past that each piece inevitably represents. If we could only see all the places it had been and meet some of the people who had used/abused it. What historical events has it witnessed? Did it hear the radio report about Pearl Harbor...

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  • 24
    Jun

Antique, Vintage Society Silk Embroidery—Painting with a Needle and Thread

More than a century ago, women created amazing works of art with a needle and silk thread. Known as society silk embroidery, the luster and smoothness of the silk thread in these pieces, combined with the expert shading and mixing of stitches, created realistic florals and botanicals that, in some cases, rival painted pictures. Dating to the mid-1800s,...

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  • 24
    Jun

Apples to Apples: Comparing Genuine Chinese Export Silver to Fakes and Phonies

There is a cartoon that has been circulating in China that features two men and four baskets of apples. On each basket is the Apple computer company logo. One man asks the other: “Buddy, are you authorized to sell Apple?” to which the other replies “Authorized?” The reason behind this cartoon is that Chinese authorities have discovered and...

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  • 23
    Jun

The Great Restoration Debate: Should You Rebind or Recover Your Collectible Books?

Book restoration can make a damaged book look much better, but it is expensive. Restoration is a sound decision for a family heirloom, like an 18th-century bible filled with generations of genealogical information, and it can improve the shelf appeal and durability of a treasured keepsake. But the investment requires a closer look at collectibles books that might...

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  • 22
    Jun

Civil War Amputation Sets were Bloody but Life-Saving Necessities

One hundred and fifty two years ago, in December of 1862, 72,000 Confederate and 106,000 Union soldiers clashed in what is now called the Fredericksburg Campaign. When it was over, Fredericksburg was still in Confederate hands and 5,200 Confederate and 12,700 Union soldiers were injured or killed. Disease killed more men on both sides of the war than anything...

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  • 19
    Jun

WorthPoint Releases Android App for Smartphones and Tablets

WorthPoint—the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles—has announced the release of its new Android app for smartphones and tablets, allowing antiques and collectibles enthusiasts access to the company’s huge online database of values records “on the go.” The company recently updated its iOS app for Apple products in April....

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  • 17
    Jun

Ways to Tell between Original Mid-Century Modern Items & Reproductions

Would you like a little insight into what more and more pickers of vintage and Mid-Century modern items are facing on a daily basis? Read on and take notes if you, too, want to venture out and hunt down some Mid-Century modern items in the wild, as this information can be quite useful the next time you come...

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  • 16
    Jun

That Box of Old 78 RPM Discs May Contain a Gold Record Encased in Shellac

The bidding stood at $16,800 until the last few seconds of the eBay auction. Then, auction sniping software kicked in. Within seconds, the bidding soared to over $30,000. The final selling price of the item was just over $37,000. What was it that caused all the fuss? An old shellac 78 RPM record by Tommy Johnson on the...

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  • 15
    Jun

Removing Mold from Art & Antiques a Job for Restoration Professional

The rash of devastating hurricanes across the United States over the last few years has created a potentially dangerous situation for collectors and institutions now salvaging mold and mildew covered artwork and antique items from flood-affected areas. Mold should be treated very carefully. Your first priority should be to protect yourself against any health and safety issues associated with...

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