Read My Lips… There’s Treasure in Your Back Yard!
Almost any time I mention to someone that I dig for antique bottles, the first words out of their mouths is something along the lines of: “… you’re kidding! Well, as a matter of fact, one time we were digging a hole for a new water pipe behind our house and the back hoe started […]
Postcard Time Machine: Collecting America’s Roadside Attractions
One of the best reasons to travel America’s highways and byways is to see things we can’t see anywhere else. Sometimes we’re driving long distances to visit relatives; sometimes for work, and, when we’re lucky, we’re on vacation, motoring to an enjoyable destination. As the Independence Day holiday is fast approaching, and many Americans will […]
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 […]
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 […]
Civil War Amputation Sets were Bloody but Life-Saving Necessities
Collecting Amputation Sets 101
By Laura Collum
One hundred-forty-six 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.
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 […]