Category Archives: Other Vintage Things

Gold Plate. Gold Fill. Gold Wash. Confused?

I’ve always wondered about the differences in these jewelry terms, but not being a “jool,” I didn’t feel qualified to write an article about them. Then voila! I stumbled upon this terrific article by Daye Salander of Daye Salander Antiques … Continue reading

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Let’s Go Bear Hunting! Collectible Brienzerware

These bears always intrigued me. I thought some Great Grandwhatever had carved them. But it turns out they were brought back from Germany just before World War II. Their proper name is Brienzerware. People use the term “Black Forest” carvings … Continue reading

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A cut above: Collecting scherenschnitte

My family’s church was rooted in the German culture. On the wall in the entryway was the most fabulous Lord’s Prayer I had ever seen. It fascinated me as a child, and all through the years that I attended. This … Continue reading

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The Investment that Never Loses Value: Second in a Three-Part Series “Why Buy Antiques?”

Anybody can buy “collectible” items to display on a shelf. You see ads for them all the time: “Hand painted!” “Limited edition!” “Design of enduring value!” But will they hold their value? They may. Then again, they may not. One … Continue reading

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Playing around with vintage toys.

People collect vintage and antique toys for a variety of reasons. Some people like the reminder of their childhood days. Others admire the quality that was once a hallmark of American manufacturing. Still others appreciate the way history was depicted … Continue reading

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This spring, try antique tomatoes!

When you think of an heirloom, you think of something like Aunt Agatha’s rocking chair – a one-of-a-kind antique that, if reproduced, just won’t have the same quality. As a person whose paying job involves words, I find it ironic … Continue reading

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Of antiques, fakes and murder.

Does something “bong” in your chest when you see an antique or terrific collectible? If you love antiques and all things old, you might enjoy Jonathan Gash’s famous “Lovejoy” series of mysteries. The books, about 24 in all, were made … Continue reading

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