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Ivory in Antique and Period Jewelry

Long before the invention of modern plastics, jewelers used ivory in jewelry. Ivory in jewelry was popularized with Cook’s tours of the Paris Exposition starting in 1855. The Cook’s tours escorted English travelers to and from the Exposition, returning through Dieppe, an ivory carving center in France. Dieppe has been famous for ivory carving since the 17th century with 350 […]

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Engraved Prints

Print identification is a large study. What is presented here are some pointers to outline a few major identification and valuation tips for engraved prints. The Antiques Institute is offering a half day seminar on prints on June 16, 2018 if you would like more information on this topic. Follow the link for more information: Fine Art Prints There are many […]

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First Edition Book Tips

In 2010, a first edition of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, sold for $4,250.00 at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. Huckleberry Finn was first published in 1885. This does not mean that every copy of Huckleberry Finn, will sell for the same price. In fact, if you visit any online bookseller, there will be copies of this story for around $10.00. […]

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Overview of periods and styles

Overview of Periods and Styles (Select the image to enlarge the timeline.) Prior to the 20th century, the decorative arts were influenced and largely controlled by royalty. In practice, while countries like Great Britain were economically stable and governed over a number of countries, stylistic preferences came most often from the European continent, especially France and Italy. Those stylistic preferences […]

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Collecting Antique Copper

Most sources agree that copper was the first metal to be used by primitive man, sometime around 8,000 B.C. likely because copper is found in its native state and does not need another alloy to make it workable. It is easily hammered and formed. Native Americans had copper tools when Europeans arrived. Copper does not cast well so copper items […]

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Marks on pottery and porcelain

Not all antique and collectible pottery is marked. Since the identification of the manufacture can play a huge role in value, as a beginning collector, buying ceramics with a manufacturer’s name will make it easier to identify, date, and value various ceramics. There are no laws governing marks on ceramics. In practice, most manufacturers changed their marks when they added […]

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Roman Numerals

The most important thing to remember is that the Roman’s did not have a zero, which serves as a place holder with Arabic numerals. The number “10” is represented by the letter X, which the number “20” is represented by XX. The number “100” is represented by C and the number “90” is represented as XC (10 less than 100).

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Old Sheffield Plate

In 1743, Thomas Boulsolver of Sheffield, England, discovered that he could bind a sheet of Sterling silver to a copper ingot by pressing and rolling the two metals into a workable sheet. The friction from the process caused enough heat to fuse the metals to each other. This sheet could then be made into a teapot, a tray, or other […]

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Early Glass Origins

Glass-like substances occur naturally and have been used by humans for countless generations. The best known glass substance is obsidian, produced by the intense heat of volcanos, lighting strikes, and the impact of meteorites. Origins of the first manufactures glass are lost to antiquity (selecting the images will show an enlarged picture.) It is thought that seagoing Mediterranean merchants accidentally […]

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