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Antique Detective: Rediscovering Fore-Edge Book Paintings

Antique Detective: Rediscovering Fore-Edge Book Paintings

By Anne Gilbert      Have you ever heard of fore-edge book paintings or even seen an example? Probably not, unless you are a rare book collector or have inherited an example. However, these unique paintings, part of book history, date back as early as the 10th century. Just what are they? How are they hidden?    Look at the edging of […]

by · March 6, 2018 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
Antique Detective: Antique Afro-American Quilts Often Told a Story

Antique Detective: Antique Afro-American Quilts Often Told a Story

 By Anne Gilbert      Since the 1980s interest has continued to grow in African-American quilting history. The recent opening of the Civil Rights Museum is sure to bring more examples to light.    Eli Leon, an Afro-American, began an important collection when he acquired a Guggenheim Award to aid in his research of historical Afro-American quilts. This resulted in his writing […]

by · March 6, 2018 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
Antique Detective: Metal Hardware & Inserts Defined Arts and Crafts Furniture

Antique Detective: Metal Hardware & Inserts Defined Arts and Crafts Furniture

By Anne Gilbert Among the most sought after pieces of Arts and Crafts design are those either made of various metals or furniture with metal insets. For example, Stickley Brothers often used hardware inlays in pewter and ebony with a rose design. Some of the decorative accessories were of bronze and hammered silver. Many combined more than one metal. Copper, […]

by · February 8, 2018 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
Antique Detective: Modern Design Stainless Steel Flatware Shines with Collectors

Antique Detective: Modern Design Stainless Steel Flatware Shines with Collectors

By Anne Gilbert      These days all things with a “MODERN’ look are “hot” and that now includes stainless steel flatware. Nobody wants to spend time polishing silverware in todays busy world. While it seldom makes an auction appearance, prices are modest.    What makes the flatware of this era, as well as the 60s, 70s, is that many of their […]

by · January 9, 2018 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
Antique Detective: Recognizing Collectible Ashtrays

Antique Detective: Recognizing Collectible Ashtrays

By Anne Gilbert      The humble ashtray may not be so humble. Prices can range into the hundreds of dollars and more for unusual examples. They may not even look like conventional ashtrays, in unusual shapes and materials Ashtrays can be strictly utilitarian or almost an art form. What interests collectors are those made for the many landmark places of […]

by · December 6, 2017 · 0 comments · Antique Detective