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Sears House Designs of the Thirties

Proudly promoting itself as "the largest home building organization in the world," Sears, Roebuck and Company advertised in 1932 products in a handsome catalog that also displayed a full-size replica of Mount Vernon, created from Sears materials for a Paris exposition in 1932. At the heart of this now-rare publication were measured floor plans for 68 Sears homes. Over 200 illustration displayed interiors and exteriors for such handsome residences.

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Gem Roller Organ
from the 1902
Sears Catalogue

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, you’ll 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.

This edition's theme:
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Volume 14 No. 4

This edition will focus on the theme "Sears' Book of Bargains" and features articles on items sold through the Sears Roebuck Catalogue.


Keeping Food Cold
The traditional ice box dates back to the days of ice harvesting, which peaked between the 1850s and the 1930s, when manufacturers introduced the gas-powered refrigerator into American homes. However, the ice box became such a part of American culture that older people often refer to their refrigerators as ice boxes. But the real story of the ice box began in 1802.

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The Magic of Light
Back in the 17th century, entertainment was limited to live musical and theatrical performances. But the invention of a magical device that projected images on a white wall or muslin screen changed all that and entertain would never be the same. That invention was the “magic lantern.”

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Luxury on the Line
The Sears Catalogue offered just about anything a homeowner could want or need, including, the house, itself. Catalogue shoppers could order a Sears kit house from 1908 to 1940. Customers purchased and built upwards of 75,000 homes in 447 different designs during that period
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The Queen of Pianos
In the 18th century, many instruments, known as clavicitherium, featured the strings of a harpsichord on a vertical frame. The clavicitherium was the inspiration for the first upright piano created by John Isaac Hawkins, an Englishman living in Philadelphia, in 1800.

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Four Times the Beauty
Contrary to popular opinion, quadruple plate silver isn’t the lesser cousin of traditional silverplate. In fact, its plating process uses four times the silver as the regular silver plating. But many pieces of quadruple plate silver now look dull and black, leading to one of the mysteries of antique collecting—the extreme tarnishing of what were supposed to be high quality silver plate pieces.
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Caring for Quadruple Silver
The process of silver plating is done by electroplating a thin layer of silver over a stronger and usually less expensive base metal. With its silver finish, improved durability and pricing that was more affordable than pure silver pieces, quadruple silver plate soared in popularity during the late 19th century.

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The following articles from past editions of The Antiques Almanac feature products once sold in the Sears Catalogue.

An Antique That Lasts a Lifetime
Arresting Time
Castors Highlighted Victorian Tables
Collectors Snap Up Old Cameras
Gathering Around the Parlor Stove
Good to the Last Drop
Is a Man without a Mustache Truly a Man
Gem Roller Organ
The Ultimate All-in-One
Time in Your Pocket
Tools for Every Use
Turkey Served in Style
Victorian Cottage Charm


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Smack dab in the middle of the United States stands Harold Warp’s Pioneer Village, a true salute to America’s pioneers. Jam packed with over 50,000 items spanning over a 100 years of the country’s history from approximately 1850 to 1950 and a bit beyond, it’s a testament to not only one man’s passion for collecting but to his determination to show the progress the country has made over that time.
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The Great Price Maker
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Before there was Amazon.com, there was the Sears Catalogue. It was the “Great “Pricemaker” that served as a mirror of its time, recording for future historians people’s habits, customs, desires, and modes of living. The roots of the Sears Catalogue are as old as the company.
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The Most Printed and Read Book of All Time

Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press and utilized movable type in 1455. Books could now be mass-produced instead of individually hand-written. The first book ever printed was Gutenberg’s Bible in Latin. William Tyndale published the first complete English translation of the New Testament in Germany in 1526.
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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.

17th-Century Chinese Chair Brings $8.5 Million

A 17th-century huanghuali folding horse-shoe back armchair, which sold for $8.5 million, more than five times its high estimate. From the late Ming/early Qing dynasties, the chair is one of only a few known surviving examples and featured the qilin motif, suggesting its use by the imperial family and nobility. The chair had come to market at Christie’s in March 2002, when it brought $248,000. It was part of a collection assembled over 20 years by the owner of Hevingham Hall in Suffolk County, England.

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