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Kovels: Corkscrew collecting a challenge, prices increasing
Wine spoils quickly if exposed to the air. It was not until the 18th century that glassblowers were able to make bottles with narrow necks that made airtight storage possible.
Friday, April, 18, 2014 - INFORUM - None

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Kovels: Amphora pottery makes unique conversation piece
Want a conversation piece for your living room? Look for a piece of Amphora pottery from Bohemia. Several potteries in Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia, around the turn of the 20th century made large vases in the Art Nouveau style.
Friday, April, 11, 2014 - INFORUM - None

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Kovels: Beaded purses popular in the 19th, 20th centuries
Beaded purses of various shapes were in fashion for all of the 19th and 20th centuries. Shapes went in and out of fashion. Colorful and sparkling glass beads imported from Europe added to the knit and embroidered purses that were in style.
Friday, April, 04, 2014 - INFORUM - None

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Kovels: Ugly antique jars often tell interesting stories
‘Ugly jar’ is just one of the names for an antique memory jar – and it often is an accurate description. But a homemade memory jar is of interest because it tells a story. The jars can be any shape, but the most popular with collectors today are jars made from 19th-century jugs or bottles. The jug or bottle was covered with a sticky material. It could be plaster, clay, putty or mortar. New ones are often covered with modern epoxy glue.
Friday, March, 28, 2014 - INFORUM - None

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Kovels: Cameo glass a popular collectible for its various colors, shapes
Cameo glass is popular with collectors. Galle, Thomas Webb, Mt. Washington and Daum are well known, but some smaller companies that worked at the same time are almost unknown. Burgun, Schverer & Cie (son) was founded in 1711 in Meisenthal, France.
Friday, March, 14, 2014 - INFORUM - News

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Kovels: Goat carts were favorite for work, entertainment
Energy use and cost are big problems today, but our ancestors found some simple solutions. Conestoga Auction Co. in Pennsylvania sold a goat cart in 2013 for $236.
Friday, March, 07, 2014 - INFORUM - News

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Kovels: Collectors should look for quality furniture
Collectors and collections are getting younger. So the old 1950s favorite, Chippendale furniture, has now been replaced by 1950s Eames pieces. And 18th-century English Staffordshire ceramics are not as wanted as much as Ohio-made 20th-century Rookwood pottery.
Friday, February, 28, 2014 - INFORUM - News

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Kovels: Pictures, pottery, textiles help celebrate President’s Day
Presidents’ Day this year was Feb. 17. It’s set by law as the third Monday of February. But it’s officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.
Friday, February, 21, 2014 - INFORUM - Life

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Kovels: Valentine’s cards have a long history
The history of valentines can be traced back to St. Valentine, who died a martyr. A feast was named for him by the Catholic Church in the year 496. Other historical or legendary sources to the holiday mention two other men named Valentine, a suggestion that the holiday descended from a Roman fertility fest, and references to the Duke of Orleans’ letter in the 15th century that is considered the first valentine.
Friday, February, 14, 2014 - INFORUM - None

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Kovels: Talcum powder tins favorite among collectors
Hunting for treasures seems to be an inborn trait. Perhaps it’s from the need of the caveman to search, find food and store some for later use. For centuries, the very rich surrounded themselves with expensive art and artifacts to impress each other and “the peasants.”
Friday, February, 07, 2014 - INFORUM - Life

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Kovels: Sewing tables important in 18th century homes
Sewing was as important as cooking in centuries past. The most valuable things in an 18th-century American home were linens, bedcovers and drapes. The wealthy could import fabrics from Europe.
Friday, January, 31, 2014 - INFORUM - News

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Kovels: Fortune tellers have been popular for years
In the United States, many 20th-century amusement parks had fortune teller machines that enticed customers. Put a coin (or, in later years, a dollar bill) in the slot, and the life-size figure in the glass-fronted booth nodded and moved mouth, hands and even eyes while giving you a card telling your future.
Friday, January, 24, 2014 - INFORUM - None

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Kovels: Walking canes once part of fashionable attire
Canes were used not only to aid in walking, but also as part of European and American fashionable dress in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Friday, January, 17, 2014 - INFORUM - None

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Kovels: Most collectors consider weathervanes folk art
If you can’t afford a rooster or running deer weathervane, or any other 19th-century weathervane made by an important company, you might be able to find a homemade example.
Friday, January, 10, 2014 - INFORUM - None

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Kovels: Small glass flasks once popular holiday gifts
New Year’s Eve celebrations have long included alcoholic drinks. A toast to the New Year is part of the party, along with music, noisemakers and a New Year’s wish and kiss.
Monday, January, 06, 2014 - INFORUM - None

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Kovels: Christmas décor among most popular collectibles
Holiday-related collectibles are especially popular if they relate to Christmas, Halloween, Fourth of July, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day and even St. Patrick’s Day.
Friday, December, 27, 2013 - INFORUM - Business

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Kovels: Collectibles once used to determine character
Hundreds of reproduction phrenology heads are sold online, although few understand what the word phrenology means.It was not a medical theory or a science, but rather a way to “determine” the character and temperament of a person.
Friday, December, 20, 2013 - INFORUM - None

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Kovels: Smaller pieces by famous artists can be part of personal collections
Artists often create many different kinds of art: paintings, etchings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, furniture, marble sculptures, bronzes and perhaps designs for commercial products.
Friday, December, 13, 2013 - INFORUM - News

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Kovels: Interest in bottle collecting waxes and wanes over the years
The ancient Greeks collected bottles, but only a few wealthy American collectors were buying bottles in the early 1900s.
Monday, December, 09, 2013 - INFORUM - News

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Kovel: Chinese cloisonne has been done for centuries
The Chinese enameling called cloisonne has been made for centuries. A thin metal wire is bent into shape on a metal vase and soldered into place. Then colored enamels are floated in to fill each space and form the decoration. The word “cloison” is French for “fence” and is the source of the word cloisonne.
Friday, November, 22, 2013 - INFORUM - News

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