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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.



Jubilee painting coming to Castle Galleries -

A PIECE of artwork that offers a modern twist on a classic Royal portrait is coming to a city art gallery.

Castle Galleries, located at thecentre:mk, has taken delivery of the striking royal portrait, which is hand embellished with Swarovski Crystals, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The side-profile painting is the work of Royalist and famed British artist Louise Dear. Entitled ‘Our Young Queen’, the artwork will be on display at Castle Galleries from Saturday.

Manager at Castle Galleries Milton Keynes, Peter Viet-Lu, said: “‘Our Young Queen’ shows an innocent, demure and youthful Queen Elizabeth before her sovereignty, set against the backdrop of her kingdom – a Union Jack teamed with an array of flowers and animals, including a queen bee and a regal robin.

“Crafted with the simple ambition to create an exquisite, contemporary and figurative piece of art that is fit for a Queen, enthusiasts of Dear will immediately spot her trademark characteristic stamp on the unique portrait – a playful mix of colour and passion, which is packed full of romance.”

Inspiration for the portrait came from a 1951 photograph taken by Yousaf Karsh, before the young Elizabeth was even crowned.

Devon-based artist, Mrs Dear said: “The feeling of patriotism is so strong this year that I had the desire to create an iconic image that would inspire generations to come.”

Each limited edition print is available to purchase from June 2-10. The print will be available as a limited edition of just 60, priced at £995.

For more information on Louise Dear or to request a catalogue of her artworks please visit


Introducing Christian Artwork by Candis Kloverstrom, “He Has My Back” - YAHOO!

Now available, introducing Christian Artwork, “He Has My Back,” by Candis Kloverstrom depicting herself as a Christian artist on life’s journey creating a visual representation of God inspired biblical truths. Giclee canvas reproductions are now available through

Castle Rock, CO (PRWEB) May 31, 2012

Candis Kloverstrom introduces her latest Christian Artwork, “He Has My Back.” This is an acrylic painting revealing her relationship with God as a Christian Painter. It depicts herself as a Christian artist on life’s journey creating a visual representation of God inspired biblical truths.

She states, “Being a Jesus Artist may be who God created me to be. But, what goes through my paint brush is from Jesus, inspired by Jesus, and is offered back to Jesus.”

She also states, “As an artist I connect to the creativity of God. Just look at the world around. If this imperfect world is this beautiful, imagine heaven. And, as an artist I have a new role today expressing biblical truths through my creativity.”

The Christian Artist Resource Website asks this, “As a Christian artist, do you create with the awareness of your destiny? Something to think about, isn't it? Perhaps you are eager to fulfill God’s plan, yet unsure of how to live it out. God can use your gift and help you create meaningful art.”

God’s Purpose through Art

“… art is a way of showing, as no other activity can, something about the world's depth and reality. Artists create possible worlds that help people envision (or rebel against) the final shalom God will create when Christ returns to completely renew creation,” said Joan Huyser-Honig in the article “The Visual Arts in Worship.”

Huyser-Honig further states, “Looking at the world through this creation-fall-redemption-renewal pattern makes every liturgy's final section -the sending -especially important. Renewed in worship, Christians go back into daily life to bring about shalom, according to how God has gifted them.”

“… if our whole person is broken, then the worship arts can become a unique way to promote the sanctification of our affective, physical, and imaginative faculties, which are often ignored in Protestant worship. In worship, our emotions, bodies, and imaginations have a vital role, and the arts serve to bring them into an intentional and intensive participation,” stated W. David O. Taylor in the Christianity Today article, “Disciplining the Eyes Through Art in Worship.”

He also stated, “Our sight is broken and therefore requires training to see God's world rightly. As an act of the imagination, the visual arts can enable us to see the world, for example, not as opaque to God's presence but as charged with it….All of us need this help. The visual arts, by fixing our sight on concrete objects—canvases, sculptures, installations, architecture—invite us to look at the world as it is or maybe as it shouldn't be. At times they urge us to see it as it might be.”

About Candis Kloverstrom

As a thirty-three-plus Christian veteran she adheres to Christian fundamentals that God is who He says He is, has a plan for each person, and the power to carry that out. She spent the past twenty years working with various aspects of brand development that included design and illustration connecting target markets through understanding client needs.

She states, “It is that connection that makes a difference in today’s world. Visual images have the ability to pass the intellect and stir emotions. When you reach the emotional level, you reach the heart. Jesus wants us to hear and see with our hearts. Relationship with God is a heart issue not intellect. We need to get to the heart to reach people. Art has the ability to do just that.”

Candis Kloverstrom also published through Artistic Impact Publishing “Denver Men in the Kitchen,” featuring men such as Governor John Hickenlooper, MIX 100 anchor-man Dom Testa, and Denver Business Journal President Scott Bemis. This book went beyond the business suites into personal lives creating an accurate picture of today’s successful Denver guy.

For more information on “He Has My Back,” go to the web site,

Candis Kloverstrom
Artistic Impact Publishing
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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.


Artwork of Miranda Maynard broadens definition of Asheville photography - Examiner

Viewers who equate Asheville photography with images of the Blue Ridge Parkway will likely need a bit more time to take in the photographs of Miranda Maynard. Her subject matter may involve something as simple as sparklers, but her compositions provoke more questions than answers. Her most recent body of work, “Manners,” reveals an extremely cohesive aesthetic that revolves around play, fastidiousness, and vulnerability.

Six of Maynard’s color archival inkjet photographs from this body of work are on view at Coop Gallery in downtown Asheville in a group show entitled “Too Close to Home.” The show has been extended to June 4, and also features the work of Asheville photographers Matt Brown, Phaedra Call-Himwich, Scott Hubener, and Dawn Roe.

Maynard states that the attraction to the materials in her photographs is almost completely aesthetic. Viewers can see this in the example of “Dog Nest,” an image of two oranges wrapped in a blue blanket, where her use of complementary colors cannot be ignored.

Color also plays an obvious role in “Beets,” in which a male figure wearing white sits before a table of canned beets, his clothing and hands stained from the magenta liquid. He blocks his face with his hands, fitting with many of Maynard’s images in which she usually obscures or crops a figure’s face when present.

Maynard admits she is drawn to food as a subject matter in her work, and this merges with her consciousness of color in “Candy.” Red M&M’s lay on a white-carpeted floor against a white door. What is striking about this image is the curious way the candy piles around the open door, as though the pieces had been laid out along the door when it was closed, but were forced into a pile once the door opened.

Such quizzical actions continue with “Bad Feet”, where daylight falls on a bed, revealing female legs from the knees down. The toes are wrapped in red string, constricting them until many have turned purple. The contrast between the beauty of the light and the painfulness of the act is compelling, suggesting criticism of the body in a way that many viewers can likely relate to at some point in their lives.

These critiques, messes, and labored details converge into a strong psychological portrait that is best-appreciated by viewing the larger body of work. More of “Manners” can be seen on Maynard’s website (please be advised that it contains some partial nudity). Coop Gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located at 25 Carolina Lane in downtown Asheville. The gallery will be also open from 5-7 p.m. on Friday June 1 for the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association’s Art Walk.  


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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