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On ebay you'll find over 100 categories covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through Georgian, Regency and Victorian, to Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

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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.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Rare artwork damaged in deluge - Winnipeg Free Press

Rare artwork damaged in deluge - Winnipeg Free Press

MONTREAL -- Hundreds of works of rare art have been damaged at one of Montreal's main museums by heavy rains that battered the city, flooding basements and overwhelming the city's aging infrastructure.

"We have one to three feet of water in our basements," Paulette Gagnon, director of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, said Wednesday.

"Part of the basement holds our reserves so of course some of our reserves were damaged."

Between 50 and 75 millimetres of rain fell in a half-hour Tuesday evening, causing water and sewage to erupt from some city manholes. One line of the subway system was shut down as water poured into stations, an expressway was flooded and homes and businesses reported torrents of water pouring into their basements.

Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay said Wednesday that city workers were prepared for the deluge and pointed out that no sewer system could have handled that much of a downpour in such a short period.

"The experts are unanimous in saying that if we had not invested the money we have invested in recent years -- more than $1 billion dollars -- the consequences of this deluge would have been worse," Tremblay told a news conference.

One hard-hit area was Montreal's downtown, including the Place des Arts complex, where the museum is located.

Gagnon said Wednesday it is still too early to say the extent of the damage or its cost but she says most of the objects can be repaired.

"It's a lot of work, a long process," she said in a telephone interview. "It's not a dozen works, it's hundreds. But we still don't know the exact number. We don't know the total losses. We still have to make an evaluation."

This is the fourth time the museum has seen serious flooding, which has been blamed on a drainage problem. Gagnon said this is the worst, however, "because it's the largest number of works that have been affected."

A special cleaning and decontamination team has been at work in the museum since Tuesday night and are expected to take at least a week to complete the task.

Gagnon said a solution must be found to the problem so a similar incident won't happen again.

"It doesn't make any sense," she said. "It's a museum. It can't be flooded every time there is a downpour.

"It's part of our heritage... we have to protect it and put it in a secure place. That's why museums exist and if our basements aren't adequate then there's a big problem."

The extent of the damage caused the museum to cut short one exhibit. It was not damaged by the flood but it was located in the basement where the cleaning crews are working. Another event planned for Friday has also been postponed.

Tremblay said the city is also taking stock of the damage on its territory and pointed out the emergency 911 line had gotten 961 calls within minutes, including 98 for floods and 94 for accidents.

Officials who oversee the city's sewer system said they were surprised by the power of the storm on the system, saying the pressure buildup had popped some welds that had be done to repair certain pipes. Tremblay said the city would be reviewing the system's capacity.

-- The Canadian Press


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