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The Romance of the Teapot

The Romance of the Teapot

By Robert Reed    The teapot in all of its remarkable forms has been courted by civilization for centuries. It is a romance that prompted one prestigious American museum to call the teapot “the most perfect of inventions.”    A love story which may have begun with the Chinese 500 years ago certainly has endured in countless countries and cultures. The forms […]

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The Legend of the Jelly Cupboard

The Legend of the Jelly Cupboard

By Robert Reed    History records that a variety of cupboards were used in the kitchens of 19th century America. The story handed down for generations is that one of the smaller ones was the legendary jelly cupboard.    To this day not all of the would-be experts agree. Some contend the term jelly cupboard was only used in the Midwest, and […]

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Old Travel Luggage Finds New Decorative Use

Old Travel Luggage Finds New Decorative Use

By Anne Gilbert    The chests and luggage that once traveled to faraway places or maybe just a nearby motel, have been a decorative item since the late 20th century. Ralph Lauren popularized using a single piece as a coffee table or stacking leather suitcases on top of each other as end tables.    Well, after all, there is a sense of […]

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What Is It? March 2019

What Is It? March 2019

Our friend Dixie Kilborn of the Brass Armadillo provided this month’s What Is It? See if you can identify this device. Send your answers to the What Is It contest, postmarked by March 20, to the Mountain States Collector , P.O. box 1003, Bailey, CO 80421. Three winners will be drawn. Winners will receive a year’s subscription to the Mountain […]

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Bucket Brigade Collectibles

Bucket Brigade Collectibles

By Anne Gilbert    America’s firemen have a long and exciting history that dates before the American Revolution when they were volunteers. It wasn’t until after the steam engine came into use in 1852 that fire fighters became paid professionals. Fortunately for historians and collectors many of their early artifacts have survived. Surprisingly, when they make a rare auction appearance prices […]

by · February 11, 2019 · 0 comments · Feature Article