Antiques

  • The Types of Typewriters
    Typewriters, used to print ink on paper or other media, were very popular instruments from the late 19th to late 20th centuries The first known practical model of typewriter ...
  • How to Open an Older Safe With a Stethoscope
    Collecting antique safes can be a delightful and intriguing hobby Many antique safes date as far back as the 1800s. You may also find an added hidden treasure if your safe ...
  • How to Tell If Something Is Made Out of Ivory
    The importation of raw African elephant ivory to the United States has been illegal since 1989, and the trade of elephant ivory within the US. is heavily regulated. Because ...
  • How to Identify USA Marked & Numbered Pottery
    As antiques pass through time, they change hands and develop history A family heirloom comes with a story of all the places it has been. Pottery you fall in love with as it ...
  • How to Identify an Antique Pepsi Bottle
    Antique glass bottles are highly collectible and a fun hobby to get into Antique cola bottles have a special market all of their own, especially because most colas no longer ...
  • How to Identify Old Bulova Watches
    The Bulova company was founded in New York City in 1875 by Joseph Bulova, who had recently immigrated to the United States from Bohemia The company began manufacturing fine ...
  • Porcelain Dinnerware Vs. Ceramic Dinnerware
    Porcelain is a ceramic and one of four major types of dinnerware The other three are unrefined earthenware, refined earthenware and stoneware. Porcelain is distinguished from ...
  • How to Identify Vintage Fiestaware
    The history of Fiestaware is documented by the Homer Laughlin company of Newell, West Virginia They began production in 1936 and the colors used to glaze their dishes changed ...
  • How to Identify a Set Mark on China Plates
    One can stumble upon china plates on antique store outings, flea markets, estate sales or by rummaging through grandma's attic Learn to spot the origin of a piece of china by ...
  • Identifying Rare Antique Marbles
    Antique marbles are collected the world over, with rare examples traded for thousands of dollars Early, handmade examples produced in Germany are particularly sought after. ...
  • How to Price Antique Singer Sewing Machines
    Millions of Singer sewing machines have been produced since they were first invented by Isaac Merritt Singer in 1850, so pricing one can be a formidable task The most popular ...
  • What Are Arrowheads Worth?
    Arrowheads have been found in spectacular quantities and are a great indication of human skill going back tens of thousands of years While finding one can be a thrill, the ...
  • How to Preserve a Dead Dragonfly
    Insect collecting is a fragile art requiring patience, experience and gentle hands To preserve and collect insects, you must first catch and kill the specimen, dry it and ...
  • How to Identify Rare Marbles
    Collecting marbles is a game, and the person with the greatest skill is the winner Winning at marble collecting requires practice and knowledge and is not child's play. ...
  • List of Retired Ty Beanie Babies
    Beanie Babies, small animal plush toys, were first introduced to the world in 1993 They quickly became a hot collectible, and the Ty toy company, maker of the Beanies, kept ...
  • Types of Painting Mediums
    Oil on canvas; tempera on panel; watercolor on paper Those and similar phrases are on the labels of nearly any painting in a museum or art gallery. Different painting ...
  • How to Repair a Crack in a Glass Pipe
    Glass has long been used to make smoking pipes Unlike pipes made of brier wood or meerschaum clay, glass does not absorb any flavors or tastes left behind by the tobacco. ...
  • How to Tell if a Crystal Is Real
    Crystals consist of atoms, molecules or ions that extend to every spatial dimension in a repeating pattern Some people credit the mineral for its usefulness in grounding, ...
  • How to Make Natural Soap Without Lye
    Lye is a controversial ingredient in soap that, while required to convert fats and oils to soap, is not necessary for those making natural soap at home If you want to make ...
  • How to Stop Iron-Ons From Peeling off
    A shirt or fabric material that has an iron-on image can begin to peel over time due to the improper adhesive To fix a peeling iron-on, you need to re-adhere it so that it ...
  • How to Determine the Value of Your Beanie Babies
    At the pinnacle of their popularity, Ty's collectible plush Beanie Babies were trading for hundreds or even thousands of dollars depending on their rarity Like all fads, ...
  • How Much Are the Original Nine Beanie Babies Worth?
    The original nine beanie babies are sought by toy collectors around the world These nine beanbag toys were first released in 1993 and eventually retired from the market. Ty ...
  • How to Value a Porcelain Doll
    Porcelain dolls, also referred to as “china dolls” because of the way the glaze finish on the doll’s face and hands looks like china dishes, are some of the ...
  • How to Test Pewter
    Pewter is a soft metal used since Ancient Egyptian times for decorative pieces such as tableware and jewelry Pewter is an alloy of tin and lead (and sometimes copper) and a ...
  • What Do the Numbers Mean on the Vintage Ball Mason Jars?
    Ball brand mason jars were originally produced in 1884 by the Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company (now simply called the Ball Corporation) The Ball brothers who owned ...
  • Photo Transfer on Stained Glass Tutorial
    Transfer any image onto a piece of glass to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake Images transferred onto glass can be used for ornaments or as decorative wall hangings. Once you ...
  • How to Find the Value of Emmett Kelly Collectibles
    Emmett Kelly Jr, one of the 20th century's most famous clowns, continued to portray the famous hobo character "Weary Willie," which was invented by his father, Emmett Kelly ...
  • How to Clean a Deer Skull Cap
    A deer's antlers grow out of the skull and become attached to the bone When the antlers are cut off they are removed by sawing through the skull, with the antlers, and the ...
  • How to Send a Bubble Mailer
    Bubble mailers protect delicate objects from damage during shipping Bubble mailers cushion items between layers of gentle, air-filled plastic bubbles. Shipping items through ...
  • How to Identify Milk Glass Hallmarks
    Once placed in boxes of laundry detergent or given away at movies, milk glass today is a popular collector's item Opaque white or tinted blue, light green or pale pink, many ...