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Warmanís Depression Glass Handbook
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This is an easy-to-use reference featuring a one-of-a-kind thumbnail pattern guide for quick identification and discovery of Depression glass, with 170 patterns, detailed pattern drawings, values, and a shape guide.

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AN-TIQUE (an-teek) An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item, piece of furniture or decorative arts object esteemed for its artistry, beauty, mechanical ingenuity, or period of origin.

The Antiques Almanac, a five-edition-per-year online magazine for beginning and intermediate antiques collectors and those just interested in finding out about old things, is your first stop on the Web in your search for information about antiques and collectibles. Here, youíll find articles on a variety of American and international antiques, including furniture, china, glass, silver, and other decorative arts from the Colonial, Empire, Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco Periods, plus vintage and modern collectibles, interesting historical facts, antique tips, and recommendations for caring for your collections. Come back often to see what's new. And be sure to tell your friends about us.


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Volume 14 No. 1


The Gleam of Americn
Brilliant Glass
American Brilliant cut glass was a symbol of elegance in Victorian America from around 1850 to the beginning of World War I. Middle class to wealthy people liked to give pieces as wedding and anniversary presents. Immigrants helped supply glass houses in the United States with skilled cutters allowing them to develop a product rivaling European cut glass. Prior to that time, most cut glass pieces came from England, France, and Ireland.

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Fine Glassware for the Table
Wealthy Victorians set their elaborate dinner tables with crystal glassware. A typical place setting could have as many as six glasses, each for a different use. And though that style of dining didnít persist too far into the future, the elegance that crystal tableware brought to the table lived on well into the 1950s and 1960s as the American middle class became more affluent.

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Nothing to Get Depressed About
Of all the collectibles out there, Depression glass is one of the most popular with collectors, most likely for its rainbow of colors and its myriad of patterns. Depression glass is far from a depressing collectible. In fact, companies made it in such bright colors to raise the mood of people going through one of the worst times in their lives. They also made it affordable so that this little bit of joy could reach as many people as possible.

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Shining Like a Jewel
Ruby glass is the dark red color of the precious gemstone ruby. This popular Victorian color never went out of style and itís still cherished today as it was then. Ruby glass has been around since Roman times. But the secret of making red glass, lost for many centuries, wasnít rediscovered until the 17th Century in Brandenburg, Bohemia. Johann Kunckel, a chemist from a glass-making family, re-discovered how to make gold ruby glass around 1670.

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Identifying Antique Glass
Unlike antique and collectible pottery which usually has a stamped or incised mark on the bottom, antique and vintage glass oftentimes does not. This makes identifying glass pieces a challenge, but not impossible.

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Repairing Broken
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Everyone has experienced the heart-stopping moment when glass breaks. Maybe itís a favorite glass that gets knocked off the table or an antique vase thatís been in the family for years. Until recently, there wasnít anything to be done to repair these broken items.
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America's Museum
of Glass

by Bob Brooke

Glass is almost as ubiquitous as plastic, and itís been around for thousands of years. One of the best places to get a good look at its long history is the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. The story of glass is a story about art, history, culture, technology, science, craft and design.
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Glassmaking in America
by Bob Brooke

Glassmaking was the first recorded industry in the New World, with "glasshouse" factories built in the woods in 1607 and 1621 a half mile from Jamestown in what was to become the Virginia Colonies. But glassmaking existed for centuries before this.
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Beauty in the Glass

I have always loved paperweights. I donít mean the kind with advertising on them but the ones with floral designs that seem embedded in them. I started buying them here and there, but I want to give some direction to my collection. How and when did these beauties originate? And can you give me some suggestions on building a collection?                           Read more

How to Recognize and Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Book: How to Recognizing and Refinishing Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Have you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and needed some TLC? Bob's book offers tips and step-by- step instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.                 Read an Excerpt


Birdwatcher Stumbles on  Roman Gold Coins

A birdwatcher  in England stumbled upon a hoard of 1,300 Iron Age gold coins while out spotting a buzzard in a field. Dating to around the time of the Roman invasion, the coins are believed to be worth in excess of $1,070,480.

Grayís Auctioneers Offers Up a Century of Worldís Fair Memorabilia

Grayís Auctioneers offered up a century's worth of collectibles from world's fairs around the globe. The fairs gave rise to the popularity of many souvenirs, giving the public a chance to keep a memory of the time spent in those grand buildings, exhibition halls and their host cities.

Authorities Recover 19,000 Artifacts in International Antiquities Trafficking Sting

A joint operation undertaken by Interpol, Europol, the World Customs Organization and local police forces has recovered 19,000 artifacts from 103 countries. Objects recovered range from a pre-Hispanic gold mask to a trove of ancient coins and Roman figurines. Authorities arrested 101 people as part of the crackdown.
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