This comprehensive, illustrated survey explores the more common linens and fabrics once carefully stored in American linen closets and hope chests and proudly spread on tables and in neatly made up bedrooms. More than 500 color photographs illustrate these diverse and colorful areas of collecting, ranging from intricate and detailed samplers, embroidery, and tatting, to simple but elegant pieces such as hand towels and splashers; pillow cases, shams and bolsters; quilts and coverlets; rugs; scarves and runners; sheets and blankets; tablecloths; and tray and teacart cloths.You'll even find early factory-made fabrics, a breakthrough for homemakers of the time. Helpful, creative tips on caring for old and damaged pieces, as well as new ideas for decorating with them, are also included. Written for both the novice antiquer and the experienced dealer, Collecting More Household Linens is a wonderful guide to the linens found decorating our homes for decades.
Collecting antique brass musical instruments involves a fascinating and wide range of subjects, including music history, art history, political history, industrial history, and changing aesthetics. Designed for musical instrument collectors and those who regularly encounter antique brass musical instruments made before 1920, this book features more than 100 original line drawings from musical instrument catalogs as well as interesting new information regarding these instruments. Readers with a background or interest in music and musical instruments will find this book a valuable resource for years to come and one that will enhance their knowledge and collection. Antique Brass Wind Instruments also includes a helpful value guide, a glossary of terms, a bibliography of scholarly reference books, and several appendices of particular interest to beginning collectors.
Selecting the finest specimens by Durer, Beardsley, Kent, and others, the former editor of "American Artist" offers 761 miniature works of art representing 500 years of the bookplate from the first known example ca. 1450 to a wide range of fascinating 20th-century designs. Most comprehensive collection available. Introduction.
Southwestern Indian Jewelry: Crafting New Traditions is a groundbreaking chronicle of jewelry making among tribes of the Southwest. A sequel to the critically acclaimed Southwestern Indian Jewelry, this book features eighty-five jewelers from the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and Rio Grande Pueblo peoples. Most of the artists presented comprise the new generation of jewelers to emerge within the last two decades, carrying Native American jewelry to exciting new heights in originality of design, technique, and use of materials. Personal interviews with artists inform the history of the cultural traditions behind the jewelry, making this a book for both the sophisticated collector and novice. Elegant photographs illustrate the beauty of a jewelry tradition unique within American culture. Portraits of selected artists and black-and-white historic archival photographs complement the text. The detailed glossary is an invaluable resource.
"Information for identification of fabrics from 1950s to 2000. Dating divisions coincide with historical events that influenced styles. Source for studying fashion and clothing trends from the late twentieth century"--Provided by publisher.
Like peering through the plate glass window of a Woolworth's, Kresge's or J.J. Newberry's, this engaging book reveals the wonderful array of dime store merchandise that awaited homemakers and gardeners during our country's Depression era. Consumers in those years needed a convenient, affordable place to purchase necessities for the home -- and dime stores had it all. Illustrated with over 300 images, many of them drawn from the original catalogues and advertisements, this book is a virtual shopper's paradise of Depression era goods from the pretty to the practical; colorful dinnerware, cookware, salt and pepper shakers, cookie jars, linens, home decor, stationery, furniture, needlework, sewing notions, holiday decorations, gardening products, even supplies for the family pet. For all those who treasure memories of their local five-and-ten cent store, this book is a must. Current values for all items are included.