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Dreidel: A Hanukkah Holiday Tradition

Dreidel: A Hanukkah Holiday Tradition

by Maxine Carter-Lome, Publisher “I have a little dreidel, I made it out of clay. And when it’s dry and ready, Oh dreidel, I shall play.” A dreidel or dreidl (known in Hebrew as a sevivon) is a four-sided spinning top and a beloved children’s game played during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. A dreidel […]

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 or materials. Basically, the chemical composition of china is a combination of clay, kaolin, feldspar, […]

The Nutmeg Grater: A Kitchen Collectible, And So Much More

Story and Photos by J. E. Klopfer The well known antiques writer Mary Earl Gould was the first to introduce mechanical nutmeg graters to modern collectors, when her 1958 book Tin & Toleware featured her collection of six graters. In today’s market, her examples are of the more common varieties, with rare kitchen-mechanical nutmeg graters […]

Ken’s Korner: Louis XIV elephant tusk chainsawed off

Ken’s Korner: Louis XIV elephant tusk chainsawed off

Ken’s Korner: Louis XIV elephant tusk chainsawed off News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall The tusk from an elephant once belonging to France’s Louis XIV – the “Sun King” – got chainsawed off in the middle of the night at Paris’s Museum of Natural History, but the would-be […]