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Kovel's Antiques: Creation of aquarium brought fish to homes
Keeping fish in an aquarium is said to be one of the top hobbies in the United States today. Some enthusiasts search for antique-looking aquariums that fit with room styles from the past.
Friday, November, 15, 2013 - INFORUM - None

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Kovel's Antiques: Political collectibles show battles long past
Political fights among politicians are not new. Today, the rivalries are ridiculed in political cartoons and on TV sitcoms. In the past, political differences were shown in Staffordshire figures, slogans and drawings.
Friday, November, 08, 2013 - INFORUM - None

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Kovel's Antiques: Lanterns collectible for all occasions
Lanterns are among the earliest Halloween collectibles – and not just jack-o’-lanterns. The early-1900s jack-o’-lantern was made of metal. Within a few years, jack-o’-lanterns were being made of pressed paper with thin paper inserts creating see-through eyes, nose and mouth. That way, a candle inside the paper pumpkin could light a path. But it was dangerous to walk and run with a lit candle in a flammable container.
Friday, November, 01, 2013 - INFORUM - None

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Kovel's Antiques: Many toys handmade during Victorian era
Our Victorian ancestors made many of the toys their children played with. Inexpensive printed fabrics were designed to be cut out and sewn into dolls, games or toys. The fabric usually pictured all the parts of a colorful toy. There also were printed instructions explaining how to assemble the pieces and, if necessary, how to stuff it.
Friday, October, 25, 2013 - INFORUM - None

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Kovel's Antiques: Wardian cases helped plants grow indoors
House plants were popular with our ancestors, but indoor plants took a lot of work. No bug spray, no packaged topsoil or plant food, not even a good selection of pots was available.
Friday, October, 18, 2013 - INFORUM - None

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Kovel's Antiques: Antique ads turn up in some strange places
Look in your grandmother’s china cabinet for unusual glass and china. You may find some special pieces originally given away as product premiums during the early 20th century.
Friday, October, 11, 2013 - INFORUM - None

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Kovel's Antiques: Antique toys very different from modern
Old toys are very different from those made today. Toymakers of long ago did not try to encourage creativity. A toy was made to resemble a known part of life – a house, car or pet – or perhaps a fantasy – a rocketship or robot. Or they were puzzles meant to teach the alphabet or arithmetic, or character dolls from stories that told of good behavior or gave lessons from the Bible.
Friday, October, 04, 2013 - INFORUM - None

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Kovel's Antiques: Autumn colors source of art inspiration
The first day of autumn this year was Sept. 22. It is the day of the autumnal equinox, a term based on the journey of Earth around the sun. On that day, day and night are each almost 12 hours long. It marks the days when air cools in the north and leaves on trees begin to change colors. Artists for centuries have pictured colorful fall landscapes. Cameo glass artists often carved decorations from layers of glass made in the fall seasonal colors of orange and red.
Friday, September, 27, 2013 - INFORUM - None

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Kovels: Collectors using garden stools both inside and outside
Garden seats shaped like a barrel are being made today from porcelain, pottery, plastic, rattan and even plaster. They are used in a living room as a coffee table, in a powder room as a pedestal to hold towels, or inside or outside as a seat.
Friday, September, 20, 2013 - INFORUM - News

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Kovels: Canes range from amusing to threatening
The first cane probably was just a strong stick, but by the 19th century, a cane was a fashion accessory and sometimes hid a tool. The heads of canes were made of wood, ivory, gold or silver, leather, pewter or porcelain, sometimes with inlay and precious gems.
Friday, September, 13, 2013 - INFORUM - None

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Kovels: ‘Fantasy’ book spawned new furniture style
About 20 years ago, two antiques experts wrote a book titled “Fantasy Furniture.” It spawned a new style based on past ones. Pedestals shaped like blackamoors, chairs with seats that look like huge shells, Victorian furniture that seems to be made from plumbing pipes, and carved wooden chairs and tables that have full-size carved bears holding up tabletops or climbing on chair backs were pictured in the book.
Friday, September, 06, 2013 - INFORUM - News

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Kovel's Antiques: Ice stands often more ornamental than functional
A Minton majolica centerpiece was auctioned in May 2013 as an “ice stand.” Minton & Polson was established in 1793 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
Friday, August, 30, 2013 - INFORUM - None

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Kovel's Antiques: Shoe, foot items still favored by many collectors
A realistic replica of a full-size foot in a sandal seems like a strange choice of ornament for the average home. But feet and shoes have been popular ornaments for centuries.
Friday, August, 23, 2013 - INFORUM - News

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Kovel: The many uses of dual-purpose furniture can inspire new designs
Some old pieces of dual-purpose furniture are so useful they should inspire new designs. One such famous design is a convertible “desk and chair” originally designed by Stephen Hedges of New York City in about 1854.
Friday, August, 16, 2013 - INFORUM - News

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Kovel: Dolls by Lenci remain popular with collectors
Lenci is a famous name among doll collectors. Lenci dolls were first made by Elena Konig Scavini (1886-1974). She ran away from home when she was 14 and joined a circus. A few years later, she started making dolls.
Friday, August, 09, 2013 - INFORUM - News

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Kovel: Ferock vase made for UND from ND clay
Ferock is a name that appears on art pottery, but is not well-known. In 2012, a vase marked “Ferock” was sold at a Humler & Nolan auction in Cincinnati for $2,760. The auction house and a few collectors knew who made it and how rare it is.
Friday, August, 02, 2013 - INFORUM - None

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Kovel: The many reasons for wearing jewelry
Jewelry has been worn for centuries as “totems,” religious or good luck pieces, or just to add beauty and color to an outfit.
Friday, July, 26, 2013 - INFORUM - Life

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Kovel: Bedside toilets a necessity in days past
A small table next to the bed is necessary today to hold a lamp, cellphone, clock and perhaps a book, eyeglasses and tissues. But in past centuries the table might have held a candlestick with a handle to carry to the bedroom for light.
Friday, July, 19, 2013 - INFORUM - News

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Kovels: Shmoo remain popular today as collectibles
Remember the Shmoo? It started one of the biggest assortment of collectibles in the 20th century. The animal was first seen in a L’il Abner comic strip in August 1946, and it became a sensation. Al Capp, the artist, had invented an animal that laid eggs, produced glass bottles of milk, tasted like whatever you liked to eat and purposely died when someone seemed hungry.
Friday, July, 12, 2013 - INFORUM - News

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Kovels: Unusual parts add confusion on old chairs
Some old chairs have very strange added parts that can confuse today’s collectors. A Windsor chair from the 18th century might be made with an added piece at the end of the arm because it is a “writing arm” Windsor. There can be a drawer beneath the seat of a Shaker sewing chair.
Friday, June, 28, 2013 - INFORUM - Life

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