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Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Antique buggy, sleigh collection hits auction in Poland - Bangor Daily News

Antique buggy, sleigh collection hits auction in Poland - Bangor Daily News

POLAND, Maine — A unique collection of antique horse-drawn buggies and sleighs is hitting the auction block in Maine next week.

Poland auctioneer Jody McMorrow says he has never seen a collection quite like it.

The more than 40 sleighs and buggies from the 1800s and early 1900s were collected by Carl Huston Sr., a Lisbon Falls contractor who died last summer at age 77.

McMorrow says many of the items need work, but many show a craftsmanship not often seen these days.

They range in value from about $50 to several thousand dollars.

Huston’s son told the Sun Journal the collection is being sold because the family has no place to store it. Carl Huston Jr. says he thinks the collection helped his father connect to his youth on a farm.



Antique bell found in Easton shovel shop site - Abington Mariner

The old steel bell sits on a pedestal at the former Ames shovel works like some rare archaeological find.

It’s rusty and dirty. It may not have its original wooden moorings.

But it’s a buried treasure come to life for local historians.

This is the bell that tolled throughout the town of North Easton for more than 100 years.

It awoke factory workers for their pre-dawn shifts, called them to lunch at midday and sent them home to bed at curfew.

It was finally silenced in the early 1960s. Then it disappeared into local folklore.

Melanie Deware, chairman of the Easton historical commission, said she just knew the bell would be found when work began on a project to convert the complex into apartments.

“It’s the Holy Grail. When they said they had found it, I felt vindicated,” Deware said.

The 1,500-pound bell was discovered in late May after developer Beacon Communities started work on the project to convert Oliver Ames’ famed 19th century shovel shop into apartments while conserving its history.

Workers found it tucked away in the cupola of one of the machine shops. They carefully brought it down with a crane and mounted it on a wood frame for safekeeping.

According to its markings, the cast steel bell was made by Naylor Vickers & Company of Sheffield, England. The 1857 stamp matches the date of the building in which it was located.

“It is clear that the bell was kept functional into the modern period. I would guess due to wood rot the structure holding the bell from above, down to its bearings as well as the wheel which held the pull rope are all modern,” said Greg Galer of the Easton historical commission.

Historians hope to unearth more artifacts from the site of the 15 granite and wood buildings that hammered out most of the shovels used during the industrial age.

But the bell was the drum beat of the town long before people set their radios and iPods to get them up for work.

“It was the clock for North Easton Village,” Galer said.

The bell will be afforded a place of honor when work is completed on the $40 million project that will conserve the granite building exteriors and rooflines. It is expected to be completed by 2014.

By the time the official groundbreaking takes place Friday, June 8, there may be little ground left to break.

Bulldozers have been moving earth from Main Street to Oliver Street since Beacon signed the official ownership documents earlier this month.


Entrepreneur plans to bring antique, cafe hybrid to Delaware - Delaware Gazette


Staff Writer

This sum­mer, a new busi­ness is set to com­bine clas­sic sta­ples of down­town Delaware: cof­fee and antiques.

Melissa Dixon knocked down the walls at 31 and 27 W. Win­ter St. to present Cof­fee­ol­ogy and Star Antiques. The shops aim to blend Dixon’s skills as a cer­ti­fied barista with the com­mer­cial antiquing expe­ri­ence her mother, Sharon Cole, has accrued over 20 years.

Down­town already is home to three antique malls and four full-service cof­fee shops, but the com­bi­na­tion of the two will be unique to Delaware.

“It’s the only time you’re encour­aged to take your drink into an antique store,” Dixon said.

In regards to antique shops, Main Street Delaware Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Frances Jo Hamil­ton said more shops mean more busi­ness for all. Delaware draws anti­quers from across the state, and adding another des­ti­na­tion stop will only strengthen that pull, she said.

“You never just go to one antique store — it’s not like going to three dif­fer­ent Tar­gets,” Hamil­ton said. “Every­one who’s going antiquing is look­ing for some sort of treasure.”

Named after the image that has cap­ti­vated Cole for years, Star Antiques will fea­ture col­lec­tables from mid-century to mod­ern day, Dixon said. Cole, who resides in Ari­zona, will be com­mut­ing to Ohio to drop off the bounty she digs from the west coast, Dixon said.

Sim­i­lar to the antique mall tar­get audi­ence, Dixon said she hopes the con­joined cof­fee shop will lure new types of cafe-frequenters in the com­mu­nity, rather than detract from the exist­ing establishments.

The cafe will dif­fer from oth­ers in town by offer­ing quick and healthy lunch items, Dixon said. She also plans to incor­po­rate fresh pas­tries and baked goods into her menu of cof­fees, teas and frozen drinks.

The focus of the cafe, how­ever, will be the expertly brewed cof­fee con­coc­tions. Dixon said she is pas­sion­ate about the entire coffee-brewing process, from pour­ing the per­fect espresso to cre­at­ing designs in the foam of lattes.

The name, Cof­fe­ol­ogy, is meant to reflect Dixon’s sci­en­tific approach to her brews. It could also apply to the atmos­phere Dixon hopes to facil­i­tate — one that inspires learn­ing through aca­d­e­mic, the­o­log­i­cal, pro­fes­sional or social discussions.

The seat­ing will be designed to facil­i­tate large group meet­ings as well as more pri­vate one-on-one con­ver­sa­tions, she said. A large table will be avail­able for work assem­blies, Bible stud­ies, stu­dent study groups, or other meetings.

Dixon said that espresso shops have been a com­fort for her since she was a child and, since mov­ing to Delaware in 2009, has felt com­pelled to bring this sort of gath­er­ing place to the community.

Hamil­ton, mean­while, is pleased to see a new mer­chant breathe new life into an empty lot.

“I’m glad to see that cor­ner filled again,” she said. “As always, it’s a ben­e­fit to the whole down­town when peo­ple drive in and don’t see empty spaces.”

Dixon plans to open her store by the end of sum­mer, prob­a­bly by August, she said


Newark couple shows off antique bicycle - Newark Advocate

NEWARK Paul and Lena Mae Weekly stored an old bicycle built for two in their basement more than 40 years, always planning to restore it.

Finally, last year, they asked Dave Bardsley if he would attempt a restoration of the bicycle, which turned out to be an 1892 Wolff-American model, similar to one on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

The result was a surprise Christmas present for the Newark couple, with the restored product now on display in the lobby of the Licking County Administration Building, 20 S. Second St., Newark.

The Licking County Commissioners and Newark Mayor Jeff Hall recognized the Weeklys on Thursday for sharing the bicycle with the public. They discussed asking The Works if it would put the bicycle on display after its stay in the county building.

We told Dave to take it and see what he could do with it, and we kept asking how the bicycle was coming and he said were still working on it, Paul Weekly said. On Christmas morning, they snuck it into the house and put it by the tree, and we were really surprised.

The transformation was remarkable, starting with a rusty frame and no pedals, seats or wheels attached. The final product looked like it came off the showroom floor, complete with the solid oak rims.

Bardsley, whose son is engaged to the Weeklys granddaughter, enjoyed the challenge.

I tinker around with bicycles, said Bardsley, the Newark Police DARE officer at Newark High School. I found a business with all the parts in Grand Rapids, Ohio. It took almost six months.

Bardsley enlisted the assistance of David Morris, who sandblasted and power-coated the bicycle, completing he restoration process.

Were glad that people are enjoying it and (are) hoping we can share it with other people, Paul Weekly said.

Weekly obtained the bicycle in the 1960s from friends Raymond and Sophie Smith when their Buckingham Street property was taken by eminent domain to make way for the Ohio 16 expressway.

They said to take anything in the garage, Paul Weekly said. All we had was the frame and wheels not on the bicycle. I was going to restore it when I retired.

Weekly, 85, said he worked in the office at an asphalt plant, then for an accountant, and didnt retire until four years ago. So, the project fell to Bardsley.

When asked if hed sell it, Weekly joked, I will take $20,000 for it.


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