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Who Was Toby Fillpot? Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Players Would Know

Who Was Toby Fillpot? Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Players Would Know

By Maureen Timm    There are many theories in regard to how Toby Fillpot was brought into the world as a character. The name “Toby” was used originally to describe jugs which were made in the form of a seated male figure in a tri cornered hat. He usually held a beer jug on his knee and sometimes held a pipe […]

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Furniture Made Just For Collections

Furniture Made Just For Collections

By Anne Gilbert       Whether your collection is large or small, over the century’s furniture was made just to display it. It began in ancient Rome with royalty and the wealthy who used table tops to show off small treasures. However, it was more common for them to use an entire room devoted to their collections. Wealthy Greeks built rooms to house their […]

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Now’s The Time To Buy Antique and Repro Furniture

Now’s The Time To Buy Antique and Repro Furniture

 By Anne Gilbert       I never thought I’d suggest buying reproductions of antique furniture.        There was a time when buying reproduction 18th and 19th century furniture was considered a bad idea. However during the last decades times and tastes have changed. These days with fiberboard furniture selling for as much as 18th and 19th century wood pieces calls for rethinking. Antique pieces have lasted for […]

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Fabulous Fashion Finds in Florence

By Sandy Dale   Let me alliterate and, perhaps, reiterate. I believe I might have mentioned back in May there were a few shops in Florence with some fun clothing. I had NO IDEA. On my walk this morning (and the better part of the afternoon), I investigated the Fashion World of Florence. Admittedly, I am a clothes junky. Contemporary, […]

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Old-School Baits: Antique Fishing Lures and Why They’re Collectible

Old-School Baits: Antique Fishing Lures and Why They’re Collectible

By Robbie Pavey    Best Imitation of a Catfish: The Bullhead, made by Paw Paw Bait Co. of Paw Paw, Michigan, dates to the 1930s. The bait was short-lived — probably due to the difficulty in shaping its elaborate body. The Bullhead baits even had carved lips and hand-painted whiskers.    Most Artistic Rendition of Frogskin: The wooden “Wotta Frog” was made […]

by · July 8, 2018 · 0 comments · Feature Article