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Antique Map Collecting is More Complex than You May Think

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Collecting Antique Maps

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Antique Map Collecting is More Complex than You May Think

For non-collectors, antique maps may seem like an odd thing to collect and display, but this attitude usually signifies a misunderstanding of both the term and physical composition. It is essential for those interested in starting an antique map collection to develop a proper understanding of what antique maps are, how they are collected, and what affects their valuation.

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Identifying Fake Roseville Pottery

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Identifying Fake Roseville Pottery

Anytime there is potential for the cheap reproduction of a valuable antique, expect counterfeits to exist. Roseville pottery is no exception to this rule. Because it is so highly sought after, Roseville pottery reproductions have flooded the market and have consequently made it difficult to trust dealers and sellers.

Fortunately, the amount of fraud is offset by authentic community support, and it is only a matter of research to keep from making a mistake. Online price guides, resources, and expert advice are only a click away. To protect yourself from making a poor investment, educate yourself on identifying genuine Roseville pottery before you commit to making a purchase.

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Old Man Steve Shares McCoy Pottery Collection

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Old Man Steve, an avid McCoy pottery collector shows us a few of his favorite pieces, their estimated value and nice close ups of the McCoy markings. If you are new to collecting McCoy, be sure to watch it couple times and note the different markings.

A look at antique china - Collecting Tips

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Tips for collecting Antique China

A Look at Dating Antique China

For many collectors, hobbies start totally by accident. Whether it is the byproduct of owning similar items, an affinity toward a particular style, or an attempt to diversify finances, collecting stems from a number of different interests. However, each of these motivations plays a part in the collection of antique china. Its combination of value, beauty, and functionality make it desirable to own. It might not surprise you to learn that antique china is one of the most popular collector items on the market today.

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Modern, Vintage, Antique, Oh my! A Look at Doll Collecting

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Modern, Vintage, Antique, Oh my! A Look at Doll Collecting

Do you think all doll collecting is equal? It’s time to think again. Doll manufacturing has a rich history spanning more than 200 years, and as a result there are dozens of different areas of expertise. Doll collectors rarely collect “dolls.” They usually specifically collect “European dolls,” “Barbie collectibles,” “plastic dolls,” or “celebrity dolls,” for example. Serious doll collectors typically find an area they are interested in and pursue that particular niche. While category lines can be drawn around almost any feature, there are broad classifications all collectors must understand before entering the world of doll collecting.

Major Doll Classifications

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Tips About Collecting Antique and Vintage Tools

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Tips About Collecting Antique and Vintage Tools
 
Tips About Collecting Antique and Vintage Tools
 
Whether you are a handyman or merely wish you were, collecting antique tools is interesting and enjoyable. For the financially savvy individual, it can also be a rewarding investment opportunity. Tools hold a special place in the world of collectables because they are the father of all other antiques. Whether it is paintings, pottery, statues, furniture, or any number of other items, tools were required for their creation.

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Antique Magazines: The Difference between Dust Collector and Collectable

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Antique Magazine Collectors Guide
 
Antique Magazines: The Difference between Dust Collector and Collectable

Antique magazines are a popular choice for collectors of all ages, but what exactly makes a magazine a collectable? There are thousands of different publications scattered around homes, stored in dusty boxes, and filed away on bookshelves, but what is it that makes one magazine worth money and another a waste of space? The answer to this question lies in the colorful history of magazines.

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Vintage Tramp Art: 3 Wood Restoration Tips for Collectors

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Tramp Art cleaning tips

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Tramp art is a woodworking style that has captured the attention of antique collectors, interior designers, and carpenters alike. Individuals with no formal training in the arts invented this woodworking style in the 1870s, which waned in popularity by the 1940s. Small pieces of wood from discarded shipping crates, cigar boxes, and other containers were assembled into geometric shapes, adorning everything from dressers to keepsake boxes.

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