Antique Glossary: Cleaning Agent Basics

Some antique collectors, novice ones anyway, are foolhardy enough to simply grab a rag and whatever cleaning product might be handy and tear into the bentwood rocker they just bought. Most are wise enough to do a little research before mangling a newly purchased piece.

Today’s glossary pertains to various chemicals and . . . → Read More: Antique Glossary: Cleaning Agent Basics

Mending Antique China Plates: A Clean Break

One of the great pleasures of owning old china and porcelain is that unlike many antiques, you get to use it in the same manner as the first hands that held it. It is a wonderful sensation to take a moment at a holiday dinner served on old china and contemplate the number . . . → Read More: Mending Antique China Plates: A Clean Break

Caring and Cleaning of Antique Stonework

Stonework seems eternal to human eyes and our short life span but it is not. Stone statuary must contend with forces of nature, wind and rain, it must withstand frost and thawing. Although it seems unlikely marble can be destroyed by fungus; it takes awhile but it happens. Not to mention lichen, swinging . . . → Read More: Caring and Cleaning of Antique Stonework

Caring For and Storing For Antique Textile And Rugs

Antique rugs and textiles have long been a favorite among collectors. They are beautiful objects that can do more to change a room’s mood than a colorful area rug. The appeal of antique textiles is exactly its biggest danger. Unlike an antique table or armoire, rugs are walked on, have furniture placed upon . . . → Read More: Caring For and Storing For Antique Textile And Rugs

Antique Glossary: Pests and Rot

It is an unhappy fact that to be a knowledgeable antique furniture collector you have to be well informed about a number of unpleasant things. Various form of rot, stains, and insects all compete to be the first to destroy a beautiful antique chair or table.

It’s a pleasant and enlightening experience . . . → Read More: Antique Glossary: Pests and Rot