Index: Historic Michigan Furniture Manufacturers

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Michigan was once a center for the manufacture of furniture much like North Carolina is today, or China. There were about as many different makers and styles as one can safely shake a stick at all day long without putting out an eye. Perhaps you have an old furniture piece that still bears a paper… Read more »

What is Tramp Art?

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During the Great Depression (1930s) many men were out of work. They road the rails around the country trying to find employment. In their spare time while sitting around campfires the more capable would use pen knives to whittle discarded wooden apple or orange crates into decorative utilitarian objects, like trinket boxes, and then barter… Read more »

American Folk Art Museum: Art by Womens’ Hands Exhibit, 6 APR-12 SEP 2010

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The American Folk Art Museum in New York City: Folk Art by Female Hands Only. Exhibiting 6 APR-12 SEP 2010. “Female artistic expression in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries followed prescribed time-honored conventions. Most of the graceful works presented in this exhibition, all of which are in the museum’s collection, were created within the strictures… Read more »

Etiquette for Business Travelers

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Business Etiquette can vary from one country to another because the expectations of the indigenous cultures are often different. So what’s a business traveler to do so as to not offend the prospective client in the destination country? In a word: Homework. A recent article (18 MAR 10) in Forbes Magazine offers a a bit… Read more »

Chinese Porcelain Marks Identification

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Jan-Erik Nilsson has created an informational website about Chinese porcelain marks. About about 800, mostly Chinese, different marks are included in his introduction section. Still more marks can be identified by category in additional links. Here’s an excerpt: “The marks might be bewilderingly difficult to recognize and it might even be hard to see if… Read more »

Stieff Sterling Silver Identification

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Silver has remained strong in this flat economy because investors tend to flee toward the noble metals and blue chip stocks when things get wobbly in the markets. That drawer full of granny’s silver flatware that you have is probably worth a small fortune now because of this tendency. Some flatware and hollowware is worth… Read more »

Identify Metalwork From the Arts & Crafts Movement

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Identification is one of the two primary functions of appraisers; the second is to witness the existence of a property. There’s a great site to help identify one category of personal property that has remained strong even in this weak economy: metalwork from the Arts & Crafts Movement. Metalwork from this period is typically angular,… Read more »