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Collecting Vintage Mexican Jewelry In Today’s Market

Collecting Vintage Mexican Jewelry In Today’s Market

by Jamie L. Shenkman “Too hot to buy,” so say some dealers of vintage Mexican jewelry. A colleague in the antique and vintage jewelry business recently mentioned that prices have risen to the extent that acquiring top names such as

Seeing is Believing: Extravagant 1950s & ’60s Eyewear

Seeing is Believing: Extravagant 1950s & '60s Eyewear

By Donald-Brian Johnson Photos by Leslie Piña Writer Dorothy Parker once declared that “men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.” Judging by what, for many years, constituted eyewear fashion, Dorothy may have had a point. Although eyeglasses had

Smoke Rings: Collecting Vintage Ashtrays

Smoke Rings: Collecting Vintage Ashtrays

By Donald-Brian Johnson Ever watch Mad Men? If you were one of the many fans of that series, which meticulously recreated American life in the early 1960s, after awhile you started to notice something: nearly everyone on Mad Men smoked.

Native American Red Stone Pipes

Native American Red Stone Pipes

By William A. Turnbaugh, Ph.D. Native American traditions and mythology highlight the regard that the New World’s people have long held for their smoking pipes. Links between the tobacco pipe, the gods and the tribe stand forth in the belief

Cigar Tip Cutters and Lighters of the Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century

Cigar Tip Cutters and Lighters of the Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century

By Michael Eckles Preparing to smoke a fine cigar can be a long and luxurious process that involves a series of steps and accessories to ensure it will smoke as intended. Two of the most important tools for the cigar

The Early History of Cigarettes in America

The Early History of Cigarettes in America

By Richard Elliot When Christopher Columbus reached the West Indies in 1492, the natives greeted him with fruit, wooden spears and “certain dried leaves which gave off a distinct fragrance.” The Spanish sailors in Columbus’ crew appreciated the fruit but

White House China

White House China

Excerpted with permission from Official White House China From the 18th to the 21st Centuries by William G. Allman The house in which the President of the United States lives has always had a great fascination for American citizens who

The Royal Connection

The Royal Connection

By Judy Gonyeau When Queen Elizabeth was preparing to celebrate her 90th birthday, a beautiful set of china was commissioned by the Royal Collection Trust, which is dedicated to preserving European royal art collections. But how does one go about

What is China?

What is China?

Ceramics, in its broadest term, defines the art of making any object from clay by baking it. Just as the term “vehicle” can mean car, airplane, or spaceship, the term “ceramics” includes a like number of variations, either in design

The Well-Dressed Window: Curtains at Winterthur

The Well-Dressed Window: Curtains at Winterthur

“I feel very strongly that the curtains, bed hangings, etc. will make all the difference in the house. If you knew the many hours I spent trying to get just the right folds etc. in the different curtains in my