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  • Corkscrew Collecting

    Wine spoils quickly if exposed to the air. In the 18th century glassblowers were able to make bottles with narrow necks that made airtight storage possible, When the English began to bottle wine in the 1700s, they also invented...

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    Ugly Jars

      “Ugly jar” is just one of the names for an antique memory jar—and it is often an accurate description. But a homemade memory jar is of interest because it tells a story.

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    Glass Beaded Purses

      

    Beaded purses of various shapes were in fashion for all of the 19th and 20th centuries. Colorful and sparkling glass beads imported from Europe added to the knit and embroidered purses that were in style.

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    Children's Skittle Set Games

    Antique games of all sorts interest collectors. Several 2013 auctions offered containers shaped like chickens, frogs or even vegetables that held nine related small figural “pins.”

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  • "Arizona" side table
    Almost-New Design

    Collectors and collections are getting younger. So the old 1950s favorite, Chippendale furniture, has now been replaced by 1950s Eames pieces. Many auction galleries are holding special auctions that feature furniture, glass, pottery, jewelry and even toys made after 1950.

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