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Antiques December 2009 Archive

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Antiques Poll: What're Your Antiques-Related Resolutions for 2010?

Tuesday December 29, 2009
What are you going to do differently as a collector in 2010? If one of your poll choices is "Something Else," be sure to post a blog comment to share ... Read More

Post-Holiday Tips for Tidying Up Antique Linens

Tuesday December 29, 2009
If you happened to use your favorite vintage linens during the holiday season, it's time to clean them up before tucking them away again. Read How to Clean Old Linens for ... Read More

Antiques Poll: What's Your Favorite Victorian Christmas Custom?

Wednesday December 23, 2009
Many of the customs we enjoy during the holidays today have Victorian roots. Take the poll, then post a comment to share more about your own family's Christmas traditions.

Would You Recognize a Spade Foot?

Monday December 21, 2009
The spade foot was first popularized by Chippendale in the mid-1700s, but would you know one if you saw it? I'll give you a hint: it doesn't look anything like ... Read More

Shining Brightly: Silver Care and Display

Monday December 21, 2009
Everyone wants a beautiful holiday table, right? And for many people that means hauling out those gorgeous pieces of antique silver either inherited or collected. The only problem is ... Read More

A Favorite Santa Postcard

Saturday December 12, 2009
This is one of the most recent additions to my Santa Postcard Collection and it became a fast favorite. Either the kids at this house were more naughty than ... Read More

Vintage Costume Jewelry Gifting Tips

Saturday December 12, 2009
Vintage costume jewelry is still ultra popular with the fashion savvy. If someone you know has requested a vintage jewelry gift from Santa, never fear. My tips for buying ... Read More

Collecting the Little Joys of Christmas

Saturday December 12, 2009
Do you have a special little holiday collection you look forward to unpacking year after year? It might be something small or sentimental, because it's often the little things ... Read More

What Does a Block Foot Look Like?

Tuesday December 8, 2009
The block foot was often incorporated into later Chippendale furniture, but the style was used for a long time before that era rolled into existence. Wondering about what it looks ... Read More

Who was Gustav Stickley?

Sunday December 6, 2009
You may have heard the terms Stickley, Mission style or Craftsman, and realize original pieces are coveted by collectors, but how much do you really know about the man, ... Read More

Five Unusual Items Brought to Antiques Roadshow

Saturday December 5, 2009
What happens when someone brings a pair of original swords carried by Winkie guards in The Wizard of Oz to Antiques Roadshow? They find out they have a treasure ... Read More

"It's a Wonderful Life" for Illinois Collector

Saturday December 5, 2009
Richard Goodson of Illinois knows how to have a wonderful life, literally. He's garnered a collection of more than 4,000 items related to the classic holiday movie It's a ... Read More

Bid on Striking Vintage Handbags Through Dec. 16

Friday December 4, 2009
If you're a fan of vintage ladies accessories like I am, missing the chance this holiday season to bid on some marvelous metal mesh handbags by famed makers Mandalian ... Read More

Antiques Roadshow Behind the Scenes

Friday December 4, 2009
Want a way to enhance your Antiques Roadshow viewing experience? Antiques Roadshow Behind the Scenes, a new book by the show's Executive Producer Marsha Bemko, shares insight about all ... Read More

Hepplewhite Style Furniture

Wednesday December 2, 2009
Have you ever heard the term "Hepplewhite" used in reference to furniture styling, that goes for both antique and more modern pieces, and wondered what it was all about? ... Read More

Visions of Christmas Past: Santa History and Collectibles

Tuesday December 1, 2009
The Santa we know and love today is more of modern notion than most people realize. When you look at many of the collectible Santa items dating back to ... Read More

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