10 Things You Didn’t Know about Memory Jugs

Memory jugs were made by placing small everyday objects such as keys, screws and nails, glass vials, shells, nuts, and jewelry on the surface of bottles or ceramic jugs using putty, cement, or other adhesive matrix. Test your knowledge of this unique American folk art with this list of Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Memory Jugs.
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Researchers documenting Shenandoah antique punched tin-paneled furniture

Common to most 19th-century Shenandoah Valley households, the ubiquitous pie or food safe is the focus of a multi-year research project launched in August 2010 as "The Virginia Safe Project." Researchers are requesting those who have pie/food safes, or other related 19th-century architectural or furniture forms displaying punched-tin panels (e.g. sideboards, slabs, cupboards, cabinets, interior doors), contact them to be included in this study. One goal is to produce a database of Virginia punched tin-paneled furniture to compare elements of design and construction throughout the Old Dominion.
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Alabama museum buys two rare Lehman political jars

Asheville, N.C.: Gail Andrews, director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, knew what she wanted and it didn’t take her long to get it. The two political jars she sought crossed the block during the first hour of Brunk Auctions sale on November 13. Both were Alabama treasures made by one of the state’s most celebrated potters: German-born John Lehman (1825-circa 1885). Read More +