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Category "Antiques & collectables"

How to bid at a silent auction

How to bid at a silent auction

If you have ever attended a silent auction, then you probably know how the process works. In the case that you have not been to one, then chances are that you may need help to get started. This article will guide you through the basic steps of a silent auction, as well as give you examples of when you would be able to get things cheaply at a silent auction.
A guide to art glass vases

A guide to art glass vases

The history of art glass dates back to the time when mankind learned how to blow through a tube into a gather of glass, thus forming it into shapes. This happened near the end of the 1st century BC. Lead was added to glass, hence adding sparkle to it in 1676. It marked a new era in art glass. This article provides a guide to art glass vases.
How to become a coin collector

How to become a coin collector

Coin collecting can be a satisfying and enjoyable hobby if you know what you are doing. Serious coin collectors constantly study and keep up-to-date on all information to make smart purchases. For those starting out, there are some key rules to remember before making a first buy.
The Antique Trade decorative plates: Review and rate

The Antique Trade decorative plates: Review and rate

People today are keen in decorating their homes to create a creative and pleasant home environment. A simple choice of using decorative plates can change the look of an entire room. The latest plates are the Antique style decorative plates, which stand timeless beyond any fashion. This article is a review of the Antique Trade decorative plates.
How to spot Art Nouveau antiques

How to spot Art Nouveau antiques

Art Nouveau antiques have such a wide range of objects that only years of dedicated study can make one an expert in the subject. It is an irresistible theme in art antiques and one is attracted to the deco rings, and antique tiles. The only way to spot genuine antiques is to learn about objects for sale in antique fairs.
A guide to collectible McDonalds toys

A guide to collectible McDonalds toys

Happy Meals have been an important part of the success of McDonald’s restaurants. A small "happy meal" intended for young children, McDonald’s Happy Meals have always had a fun toy inside for children to enjoy since June of 1979. Here is a brief guide to some of the collectible McDonald’s Happy Meal toys.
A buyer's guide to John Wayne collectables

A buyer's guide to John Wayne collectables

From his English American history as a popular, rugged movie actor to his career as a film producer, John Wayne continues to remain an iconic figure of masculinity and the typical country man. Here is a brief buyer’s guide regarding some of the different prices and types of John Wayne collectables available nowadays.
A guide to cleaning silver

A guide to cleaning silver

Silver was discovered around 4000 BC. At that time, silver was used both as currency as well as a thing of adornment. In 2000 BC, mining for silver began with the extraction of lead ore with silver in it. In 500 BC, a large mine was discovered near Athens - this mine enabled the city to grow rich and powerful. Nowadays, silver is still valued. When it gets tarnished, you can clean it with supplies found around the house.
A buyer's guide to novelty teapots

A buyer's guide to novelty teapots

A teapot is the creation of the Chinese. Tea drinking till the ninth century was a purely Chinese activity, but Japanese Buddhist monk Eichu brought tea drinking etiquettes to Japan. He even delighted the Emperor by serving him tea. In China, tea drinking and Zen Buddhism co-mingled, evolved and influenced eventually the classical Japanese tea drinking ceremony.
Where to buy a tailor's dummy

Where to buy a tailor's dummy

The use of a tailor's dummy or dress forms is not a new practice. Smithsonian Institution's anthropologists found some of the first dummies in tombs of ancient Egypt. Tailor's dummies and dress forms were used in the Middle Ages as well. Some were even made to the specific measurements of aristocratic customers. For serious sewers, the dressmakers form and tailors dummies are a necessity. Read this article to learn where to buy a tailor's dummy.