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Model Ships: Miniature Pleasures

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

The Chesapeake is a boating region. While boating enthusiasts often debate the merits of owning a sailboat versus a power boat, they most likely agree on the pleasure they take in being out on the water with the sun on their faces, and—if they are sailing—the wind at their backs. Many Americans can only dream of owning a boat—and even those who do own a boat may pine for a bigger and better one. Boat owner or not, it is fun to imagine. Another way to appreciate boats, powered by motor or sail, is to collect miniature ones.  

Kerosene Lamps Help Create the Ambience of an Earlier Time

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

I was nine years old when our family visited Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. I remember it vividly because everything was so different. There were no cars. You could only arrive and leave by boat. And there was no electricity. As the sun began to set, our hostess would start lighting the kerosene lamps. The flame lighting the wick inside each glass chimney flickered and cast a warm golden glow on the room. Outside I would hear the whirring buzz of the insects through the screen windows and feel the slight breeze of the wind rustling through the trees. The kerosene lamps made everything look romantic.  

Needlework: Once a Necessity, Now a Form of Art

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Folk art can be many different types of things—such as a wooden box or an embroidered sampler. By definition it is art created by someone who has not received formal art training.

The Ultimate Accessory Vintage Evening Bags Add Glamour

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

In a tight economy it’s all about the little things, those accessory items. While you may not have the money to buy a new wardrobe for the winter party season, you can add some extra glamour with a new belt, hat, or bag. Beautiful handbags have always been a status item. Today, when prices for exclusive designer bags can reach into the thousands, an antique or vintage bag for a mere $100 can be a bargain, particularly when the vintage bags are all one-of-a-kind.

Picture Books Create a Childhood State of Mind

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

The most widely loved and treasured antique and collectible books are children’s books. They are also the most difficult books to appraise because their prices can fluctuate dramatically. Capable of inducing the nostalgia of childhood, the sight of a treasured favorite picture book, formerly lost but now sitting inside the glass case at a used bookstore, can cause adults to dig deep into their pockets and pay hundreds of dollars for a book that sold for a modest two dollars when published.  

Gas Lighting

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

  Technology is always changing and evolving. Invented in the late 1800s, our standard light bulb with a filament that emits light by electric current—aka incandescent lamp—is gradually being replaced by energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs. Before electric light bulbs, there were rushlights, candles, and other light sources that were fueled by the burning of whale oil, colza oil, kerosene, gas, and burning fluid (usually a mixture of alcohol and oil of turpentine). Though the use of gas for lighting continued into the early 20th century, it competed fiercely with electricity for supremacy as the superior energy source during the period between 1893 and 1925.

Cloisonné and Other Ancient Enameling Techniques

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Metal has a different feel than glass and pottery, and the colors of enamel on metal can be rich, bold, and strong despite centuries of age. Cloisonné is an enameling technique originally developed in China during the Yuan Dynasty (1279–1368). The technique became refined during the time of Jingtai (1449–57) of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) and was sometimes called “Blue of Jingtai” because the dominant color was an elegant navy blue.

Fiesta Ware Brightens Up a Summer Table

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Fiesta in Spanish means a party, a celebration. Certainly the vibrant colors of Fiesta ware, made by the Homer Laughlin China Company beginning in the 1930s, create a festive table setting for entertaining. However, these inexpensive pottery pieces were meant for everyday use. They were sold in department and hardware stores.

Antique Wicker Furniture

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Durable, light weight, and available in a multitude of shapes and sizes, wicker is a versatile material that has been used for centuries to construct many types of furniture. Today wicker is primarily used on porches and in garden-theme rooms. When it was first introduced in the late 19th century it was used throughout the home.

Vintage Hats Make a Fashionable Comeback

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

The hat Aretha Franklin wore at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration a few months ago made quite an impression on the fashion public. The unusual gray wool hat, adorned with an oversized bow decorated with Swarovski crystals, has been reproduced for sale to the general public after the designer, Luke Song, received thousands of requests for copies. Now that was a hat to keep your head warm, and a distinctive one at that. But with the return of warm weather and sunshine, most hats being purchased for spring and summer are designed to keep the sun off your face. Today we tend to think of hats serving a practical purpose, but in previous centuries and decades, hats were often a statement of social class and considered an essential fashion accessory.  
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