China: Now Demanding the Return of Cultural Artifacts

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Political correctness goes global. Men have overrun, sacked, absorbed, and destroyed other cultures on all of the inhabited continents for millenniums. They stole fair-and-square whatever they were powerful enough to take at the point of a spear. Now the whimpering descendants of the defeated and feckless have the audacity to ask for all of their… Read more »

Fishing Tackle: Reels, Baits, Rods, & Creels

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It’s that time of year again when men, boys, and girls get that springtime itch to venture out to the river, lake, pond, or seashore to wet a hook. Yes, it’s time to go fishing! But first take time to inventory your gear. If you’ve been using the same reel for decades, besides re-lubricating it… Read more »

The IMMORTALITY of ARTISTS

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Are you an artist? If you create something of merit from nothing using your skill or talent, then you are indeed an artist. Painters, sculptures, and writers are artists, to name a few. The one thing that all artists can have in common if they are aware of the possibility is immortality. If you create something… Read more »

What is Wiener Werkstätte?

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RE: Wikipedia:: “Established in 1903, the Wiener Werkstätte (English: Vienna’s Workshops) was a production community of visual artists in Vienna, Austria bringing together architects, artists and designers. “The enterprise evolved from the Vienna Secession, founded in 1897 as a progressive alliance of artists and designers. From the start, the Secession had placed special emphasis on… Read more »

What is vernacular furniture?

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Vernacular Furniture is furniture constructed in a simple, less sophisticated manner but not necessarily in the country; urban makers made vernacular furniture, too.

What is coin silver?

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Coins are often made of 90% silver and 10% copper, hence “coin silver”. The purity of a silver object is sometimes marked: 900 or “coin”, sterling 925, 800, or sometimes even pure silver. Coin silver is an alloy. It is harder then pure silver. Here is a website with a calculator that converts the percent… Read more »

What are silver coins worth?

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If you have silver coins and want to know what their metal value is worth, here is a website that can be used to convert face value (10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1.00). Do keep in mind that when you go to cash your coins in at a dealer, that the dealer will charge a fee for… Read more »

English European US Chinese Japanese marks on ceramics: pottery, porcelain

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Here’s an informational website for those who need to identify the touchmarks and ink marks on the bottoms of pottery, porcelain, and other decorative and utilitarian ceramic objects. This is a free and independent directory of contemporary and historical ceramics marks by country of origin, to include: USA, Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, France, Japan, Netherlands,… Read more »

Jessica Chasmar for President

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I have discovered a young woman who has the most ironclad grip on reality that I have ever seen in one so young. Her name is Jessica Chasmar. She is the digital editor for The Washington Times. Ms. Chasmar has a recipe for Republican political success. It is based on dirt-level common sense. Check out… Read more »