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Find Friendly Merchants in Florence

By Sandy Dale It has been my privilege to be a self-employed artist most of my life.  For the last two weeks I have been painting a mural with my artist friend Ed Penner at the Pour House in Florence.  Going to paint and hang out on the scaffolding everyday gave me an interesting perspective of the successful life of an owner-operated […]

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Garden History Depicted in Old Seed Catalogs

Garden History Depicted in Old Seed Catalogs

By Anne Gilbert As interest in the environment grows this includes collecting old garden catalogs. Colorful and informative, they give a glimpse into the past of what were the popular foods of the past. The early catalog drawings are considered works of art, also illustrated on seed boxes and tin containers. Pages from 19th century garden catalogs were not only […]

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From Flea Markets to Antique Shops

From Flea Markets to Antique Shops

By Rachel Hoffman In cities and towns all across the country amazing sales are happening bringing people together to shop for antiques and vintage items and to socialize. While shopping on the Internet is convenient, there is no substitute for the pleasure and experience you’ll gain frequenting antique shops and flea markets. You can enjoy meeting people from various walks […]

by · April 1, 2017 · 0 comments · Appraiser's Diary
In Late 19th Century the Exotic Look Was Trendy for Silver, Decorative Accessories, Furniture

In Late 19th Century the Exotic Look Was Trendy for Silver, Decorative Accessories, Furniture

By Anne Gilbert       Let’s say you either discover or buy an object that at first glance looks like it is Islamic, Egyptian or Japanese! All the seller or a family member knows it’s “old.”  It may be made of silver or even a decorative accessory or piece of furniture. Research and history will answer the questions.       Go back to the 19th […]

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Papier Maché Objects have a History

Papier Maché Objects have a History

By Anne Gilbert       Creating decorative and utilitarian objects basically made of paper and glue began in ancient Egypt. For centuries the process developed in India, China and the middle east, ever slightly changing. Though fragile in appearance much of 19th century examples are available and costly. A fine example of a decorative tray can cost as much as $8,000 in […]

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