My Favorite Antiques

When asked to write an article on my personal favorite antique piece I at first thought it would be a fairly simple matter, just pour over my relatively small collection of items that aren’t ever going to be sold and pick one. In practice however, it proved to be much more difficult.

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The Image of Santa Claus: A Meeting of Minds and Myth

The evolution of the image of Santa Claus may be a somewhat off topic for an antiquing web-zine dedicated to antiques but collectors of antique images, books, and prints will hopefully find the information illuminating and of substantial value in enjoying their hobby. However, the real reason for writing this article is that I . . . → Read More: The Image of Santa Claus: A Meeting of Minds and Myth

Sheffield Plated Silver

Long before the electroplating process was discovered less expensive Sheffield plate was the only alternative to manufacturing with sterling silver. Although a dated method, Sheffield plate is still made today and is regarded as somewhat superior to electroplating.

Two things contributed the primary ingredients that led to the development of plated silver. The . . . → Read More: Sheffield Plated Silver

Antique Bottles and Patent Medicine

It is not surprising that antique bottle hunting is particularly popular in the southwest of the U.S. The activity of finding long disused garbage mounds, digging up, and cleaning old bottles is much like prospecting and so deeply ingrained in the make up of the populations of New Mexico and Arizona. Hours . . . → Read More: Antique Bottles and Patent Medicine

What is Pewter?

The pewter beer pot is to many the most recognizable symbol of American household antiques. It is difficult to picture several of the founding fathers without one in their hand. Of course, pewter has been used to make a great deal more than colonial era drinking vessels. The dull gray but strangely compelling . . . → Read More: What is Pewter?