• 10
    Aug

‘Bearly-Collectible’ Northwest Territories Canadian License Plates


License plates of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Canada

By Andy Bernstein

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  • 7
    Aug

Photographs Can Offer More Than Just a Thousand Words

Collectors of American Indian art view their objects from two angles: as art and history. For example, the aesthetics of a war club easily transforms it into a sleek modern sculpture. When viewed in an historical context, however, the club becomes a lethal weapon. Often, the history of an artifact increases its value as a […]

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  • 6
    Aug

The Cedar Chest: Hope, Glory and Bottom Drawer

Any search for information about the family heirloom we call a “cedar chest” will eventually lead you back to the ancient Egyptians, who made boxes of cedar to store important documents and treasures. Sometimes the boxes were even carved from a solid block of cedar. But the use of cedar was simply an accident. It […]

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  • 3
    Aug

EBay has changed the Face of Bottle Collecting (just like every other Collectible)

For those of us who have been collecting enthusiasts for more than 30-plus years, the advent of eBay was a colossal game-changer. In my specialty—collecting antique American bottles—it has certainly been the case. In the 1970 and ’80s, someone who bought and sold bottles—or dug them out of the ground like me—had two places to […]

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  • 31
    Jul

The Last Battle of the Civil War Was not in Texas; The Confederate Flag as a Collectible

It was a month after Confederate Lieutenant General Robert E. Lee surrendered to U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia that the last official battle with casualties was fought at the Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, in May 1865. Or was it? The last battle with casualties may actually have […]

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  • 27
    Jul

Art Glass Lamps — A Century of Elegant Lighting

A century ago, people who wanted to buy fine American-made electric lighting fixtures were presented with a bewildering array of choices. The premier company to was Tiffany Studios, with a showroom at the corner of Madison Avenue and 45th Street in New York City and workshops in Corona, N.Y. From 1893, when Louis Comfort Tiffany […]

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  • 26
    Jul

Dining with Antiques – Pierced Sterling Serving Pieces

Wealthy Victorians had a formal, unique serving utensil for almost every kind of food—oysters, asparagus, bone marrow, crackers, fruit preserves, horseradish, olives—you name it. Today, in our fast-paced world, we puzzle over many of these decorative (and extraneous) items when we find them in upscale antique stores. There was a time, believe it or not, […]

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  • 25
    Jul

Creative Solutions to Furniture Problems: Use What’s Available

In a fit of Spring cleaning, never mind what time of year it was, my wife decided to clean out her old cedar chest. When she got the chest emptied she realized that it didn’t smell like cedar anymore. This was not some cheap import chest with a fake aroma. This was solid cedar chest, […]

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  • 23
    Jul

Early American Advertising Collecting Offers Something for Everyone

During the past 50-plus years, Early American advertising has become quite collectable. The diverse variety of items in this field is nearly endless, making early advertising an area that truly has something for everyone. The appeal increases steadily as new and innovative promotions are added to the market place. This field of collecting has a […]

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  • 22
    Jul

Collecting Political and Low-Number License Plates

Ever since the days of early motor vehicle registration there has always been fierce competition among drivers to obtain a low-number license plate. In many states, to many motorists, bearing a low-number plate has an instant connotation of status, power, wealth and even political connections. While there are some states where this phenomenon is more […]

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