• 11
    Feb

Find of the Week: Steiff Foxy Fox Terrier

There is nothing more thrilling to most collectors than to find a dream item in a most unexpected place. As a Steiff enthusiast, I am particularly interested in the company’s early post-World War Two dogs, with their beautiful construction, endearing faces, and lifelike “canine” details, which make them so attractive as collectibles. So imagine my […]

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  • 8
    Feb

Buyer Beware: Recognizing the Different Types of New ‘Antiques’

The popularity of antiques and collectibles has naturally resulted in the creation of copies. It’s a sad fact that almost anything of value from the past is now reproduced. Education and experience in your particular area of interest is absolutely essential in order to identify a real antique. But there are a few generalities that […]

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  • 2
    Feb

Elastic Storage: Multi-Section Stacking Bookcases

Almost every antiques auction sooner or later has one. And almost every mall has at least one filled with “dustables” and breakables. If you ask about them you probably will be told it is a “barrister” bookcase made by Globe-Wernicke of Cincinnati around the turn of the century and that they are fairly rare. That’s […]

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  • 2
    Feb

Memories of a Life in the Circus – Odds and Ends from the Big Top

In two previous articles, I shared experiences in the life of Charlotte (Shive) Maxwell, who spent 20 years performing with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. She was an accomplished aerialist, but like most circus artists, she appeared several times in different acts throughout the performance. In her early days, when the circus still paraded […]

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  • 1
    Feb

Chatelaines: The Lady of the House’s Tool Belt

A chatelaine is a brooch or clasp, worn at the waist, from which trinkets keys, and useful items are suspended. The chatelaine served the useful purpose of carrying a locket, a miniature or watch attachment, scissors, a writing tablet, seals, or badges. Its name came from the term meaning keeper of the castle, although in […]

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  • 27
    Jan

The Circus Fraternity: My Friend Charlotte and the Ubangis

In an earlier article, I told the story of a dear friend, Charlotte (Shive) Maxwell, who ran away and joined the circus. You can read more about Charlotte and her experiences in that story, Fascinating Story Behind Antique Circus Wagon Wheel. Charlotte had a wonderful sense of humor. Shortly after we met her in the […]

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  • 27
    Jan

Shelley Pottery – Post-War Shapes and Designs

Shelley pottery during the 1920s and 30s was held in high esteem, not only by the retailers in the United Kingdom, but also by the public that bought it in England and world wide. It was the pottery to grace your table and impress your friends. The production of those well-loved designs and shapes came […]

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  • 20
    Jan

Proper Fabrics for Dolls’ Clothes: Dressed in Only the Best

One of the many tragedies of modern life is the switchover from natural fibers to those composed of synthetic substances. Although synthetics are less costly than the animal or plant by-products, they are not as durable, practical or as attractive as the “real thing.” In the past, all clothing was made from cotton, wool, linen, […]

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  • 13
    Jan

Fascinating Story behind Antique Sunburst Circus Wagon Wheel

Finding antique and odd circus equipment is difficult, but such items are highly treasured by circus collectors. Sometimes the provenance of these items is more interesting than the item itself. The following is the story of a rare sunburst circus wagon wheel and my dear friend, Charlotte (Shive) Maxwell. I met Charlotte in the early […]

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  • 12
    Jan

Caring for Old Books: Top 10 Dos and Don’ts

A vintage book’s value can vary tremendously based simply on its condition. For a particularly rare and collectible book, the difference could easily translate into thousands of dollars. Since most antique books may already be fragile, it’s important to take special care when handling and storing them. The way a book is treated today will […]

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