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Few of us think to preserve our family treasures until it's too late. Now, this practical guide shows just how to safeguard cherished photo albums, a fragile wedding dress, antique furniture, and numerous other precious family heirlooms for future generations.

Clearly written care instructions accompany a lively visual presentation that includes information boxes, checklists, and full-color pictures showing how to preserve leather-bound books, scrapbooks, family documents and other treasures on paper, home movies and videotape, clocks and watches, holiday ornaments, silverware, jewelry, musical instruments, military mementos, dolls, teddy bears, toy soldiers, and more. The text identifies organic and inorganic materials, items that are sensitive to humidity, and the special care required for each. Security and insurance issues, and the best materials and tools for cleaning, display, and storage, and where to find them, round out this immensely useful volume.

Authors: Jane S. Long and Richard W. Long
Paperback: 162 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0810929098
Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.8 x 0.5 inches

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This magisterial study evokes an era before mass production and ease of transport began to homogenize furniture design across America. From the early 18th through the mid-19th centuries, distinctive cabinetmaking traditions developed in the Mississippi River valley through a melding of French, Anglo-American, Caribbean, Canadian, and African influences. Along with a catalogue of furniture forms produced in the region are essays on early cabinetmakers, the materials they employed, and the homes for which the furniture was made. Furnishing Louisiana stands as tribute to the region's cultural diversity and remarkable artistry.

Furnishing Louisiana: Creole and Acadian Furniture, 1735-1835
by Jack D. Holden, H. Parrott Bacot, and Cybèle T. Gontar
with Brian J. Costello and Francis J. Puig
edited by Jessica Dorman and Sarah R. Doerries
photography by Jim Zietz
designed by Tana Coman

Hardcover: 552 pages, 1,200+ illustrations
Product dimensions: 12½" x 9 ½"

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In a country of junk-filled attics, yard sales, and flea markets frequented by millions of Antiques Roadshow viewers hoping to uncover a grungy chest of drawers worth millions, the Keno twins have become the Siskel and Ebert of antiques. Dapper, witty, and in their early forties (with nearly 60 years of combined experience between them), they symbolize the union of amateur enthusiasm and acute professionalism that has made their television program a cultural phenomenon. Now, in this fascinating collection of tales of their personal adventures hunting -- and discovering -- priceless "junk" (including some notable Roadshow success stories), readers will learn how to see the extraordinary in the mundane. "Hidden Treasures" is part history lesson and part treasure map for finding valuable antiques where they would be least expected.

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Warner Books; 1ST edition (October 2000)
Language: English

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Pull those old toys out from under the bed. Grab the toaster tucked in the back of the kitchen cabinet. Gather up your old china and Christmas ornaments — just don't throw them out! In Treasures in Your Attic, Joe L. Rosson and Helaine Fendelman, professional antiques appraisers and hosts of the popular television show, aired on PBS stations across the country, explore the valuable objects found in most ordinary American homes and learn that frequently the most valuable items are the ones you've overlooked.
Joe and Helaine give you an inside look at how the antiques market really works, how value is determined, how to "talk the talk," and where to go to research your "treasures." Then they take you on a room-by-room treasure hunt of an ordinary home — and they talk prices as they examine the discarded toys in the children's room, the costume jewelry in the bedroom, the old gadgets and appliances in the kitchen, the furniture tucked into the attic, and even the concrete garden ornaments in the backyard. Finally, they'll help you figure out the best way to sell — or buy — antiques and collectibles at auction or on the Internet.

ISBN-13: 9780060198275
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/28/2001
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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More than 7000 pieces of furniture from Britain, America, Holland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Far East, described and price-coded. An excellent reference book for collector and dealer alike. Illustrated with 560 full color and hundreds of black-and-white photographs.

Paperback: 640 pages
Publisher: New York: Portland House, 1985
Language: English

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This guide aims to help the reader discern the genuine, the repaired antique, the honest reproduction and the complete fraud. Examining furniture from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, it should be useful to both the amateur and serious collector.

ISBN-13: 9780821218259
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication date: 4/1/1991
Edition description: REPRINT
Edition number: 1
Pages: 214

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Emyl Jenkins provides the first accessible, user-friendly source of information on Reproduction furniture: how, when, where, and by whom these beautiful pieces were made. Includes a directory of museums and restorations where Reproduction furniture can be seen, and a listing of cabinetmakers who are currently creating handmade Reproduction furniture. Illustrations.

Hardcover: 204 pages
Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (July 25, 1995)
Language: English

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