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  • 30
    Nov

Taking care of and maintaining your Mid Century furniture

[caption id="attachment_2525240" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Often, you will find rings stains on the surface tops of Mid-Century Modern furniture left over from a misplaced coffee cup or over-watered planters. All is not lost, though, if you are a little handy with a palm sander![/caption] Furniture produced during the post-war era, or “Mid-Century Modern,” was generally very well made. There...

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  • 27
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles: Holiday Memories of the Friday after Thanksgiving

Growing up as a youngster in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Friday after Thanksgiving marked the start of the “official” Christmas holiday shopping season. Department stores and local merchants unveiled their Christmas window displays. Santa’s Toyland opened to the delight of children of all ages. It was the first opportunity to meet and talk with the...

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  • 26
    Nov

The History of Thanksgiving Day, as told in The Ladies’ World, 1892

As a fans of antiques and collectibles, whose interest in history is peaked by the things we collect, we thought it would be interesting to provide here an account of Thanksgiving in America as it was thought of more than a century ago. What follows is “The History of Thanksgiving Day” as it appeared in pages of “The Ladies’...

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  • 24
    Nov

The Bird’s the Word: A Look at Steiff’s Thanksgiving Turkeys

[caption id="attachment_2524989" align="aligncenter" width="400"] While the first turkeys produced by Steiff are the now rarely seen felt coffee cozies, circa 1912-1920, the first true turkey its line was the 1950-era Tucky.[/caption] Of course, the bird’s the word when it comes to turkey at Thanksgiving! No matter how your family prepares the ceremonial bird—roasted in the oven, deep fried...

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  • 23
    Nov

Guns of the Mayflower: Not a Blunderbuss to be found

[caption id="attachment_2524981" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The traditional image of a pilgrim, armed with a flare-barreled blunderbuss. This is a myth, as the blunderbuss was not invented when the Pilgrims hit the shores of Plymouth.[/caption] It seems that each Thanksgiving I happen upon a picture of a somber Pilgrim dressed in black, big buckles on his shoes, belt and hat,...

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  • 20
    Nov

When Heroes Fade Away: A Look at Peyton Manning Sports Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2525052" align="aligncenter" width="318"] A Peyton Manning inscribed and autographed photo. The long-term outlook for the future value of Peyton Manning’s autographed items is strong in the sense that there is little chance of them decreasing severely.[/caption] There is little doubt that Peyton Manning will go down in NFL history as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever...

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  • 20
    Nov

How to Remove Stains from your Antique China, Pottery and Porcelain

Have you ever passed up purchasing a wonderful piece of art pottery, flow blue, transferware or any other collectible ceramic or porcelain because it had horrible crazing or other stains? I know I have. Condition, condition, condition is the mantra that has been drilled into our heads. Only buy the best when purchasing our collectables and antiques. However,...

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  • 19
    Nov

Polishing Your Antique Silver: Tips for a Tedious Holiday Chore

[caption id="attachment_2487497" align="alignright" width="300"] There are a number of different commercial products available for cleaning silver: cloth, liquid, cream, paste and foam are common products that are easily available.[/caption] Thanksgiving Day is less than a week away, and if you are tempted to get out your antique silver to make your holiday table sparkle, there are a few...

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  • 18
    Nov

The Collector’s Minute: Stag Handled Carving Sets

Items we see a great deal of that is often described as “having been in the family for five generations” are stag/bone-handled carving or cutlery sets. This, I suppose, is a result of people associating antler or bone handles with antiquity, their age increased by family tales about the origins of these pieces revisited every year at Thanksgiving,...

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  • 17
    Nov

Brayton Laguna set the Trend in Early Southern California Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2525001" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Early Brayton Pottery dishes were a complete departure from what most people were used to when they debuted in the 1920s. They reflected the Arts & Crafts sensibility of the time but also came out of the Scandinavian folk lore tradition with their child-like simplicity and colorful palette of opaque glazes.[/caption] “In view of...

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