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  • Faux Finished Furniture
        Expensive woods like teak or mahogany, marble, stone and other materials used to make expensive furniture are often imitated by a painted...
  • Rookwood Toad of Toad Hall Pitcher
          American art pottery artists often painted pictures on their vases, pitchers and other pieces. They painted bats, frogs, rabbits, birds and other...
  • 1884 Baseball Poster
      Baseball may have been first mentioned in the United States in 1791, when city officials in Pittsfield, Mass., banned playing the game near the town meeting...
  • Furniture for Technology
    Technology has changed the furniture we live with. Tables and desks had to change to accommodate modern, large and often clumsy...
  • 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...
  • Burgun,Schverer & Cie Cameo Glass
       Cameo glass is popular with collectors. Galle, Thomas Webb, Mt. Washington and Daum are well known, but some smaller companies that worked at the same time are almost...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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