Things We Love: Raggedy Ann, Howard’s Restor-A-Finish, Trunk Encyclopedia

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Our staff loves old things, but these new products make our collections and investments all the more valuable: Raggedy Ann and Andy retro rag dolls, Howard’s Restor-A-Finish, The Encyclopedia of Antique Trunks. Tell us what you love, who makes it and where to get it, and you could win a copy of the Antique Trader 2013 Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide! Read More +

How to clean and care for hooked rugs

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When the experts were asked for advice for the care and display of hooked rugs, they came up with a list of tips anyone can follow to clean antique hook rugs. Without exception, avoid the vacuum cleaner; use a manual carpet sweeper or a broom. One expert advises: ““If you want a rug for under the dog, go to Sears.” Read More +

Manufacturer, Retailer or Association? How to decipher vintage furniture labels

Duncan Phyfe was one of the rare early century cabinetmakers who actually used paper labels and tags to identify some of his work, but most makers of the early period either scrawled their name or mark under a drawer somewhere or didn’t bother to mark their products at all. Finding a label on a piece of furniture now means that the collector has to know what kind of label it is to decipher its meaning. Read More +