The antique industry has been evolving with new the use of technology. Now dealers spend more time scouring the internet rather than at antique shows. Some shows, like the Philadelphia Antique Show in April struggled with significantly lower attendance. Fortunately there was still some outstanding pieces and sales made. Some memorable pieces include a doll-size English William and Mary armchair made in the early 1700s and a Philadelphia mahogany dressing table from the shop of Benjamin Randloph.
It seems strange that collectors who spend so many lonely hours on the Internet checking dealers’ postings, searching auction catalogs, e-mailing, texting, and Tweeting do not go to antiques shows to carefully examine objects of desire. At a show, they could engage in conversation and good fellowship and get a personal tutorial on the fine points of connoisseurship from passionate dealers who have plunked down hard cash to buy something of merit. Are the patterns of modern living so packed with events that attendance at antiques shows cannot fit into normal schedules?
Take, for example, the venerable Philadelphia Antiques Show, held April 12 through 15 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where it moved to a year ago. The show was not very well attended this year. It is not that the hall is so large that crowds get absorbed. Dealers noticed that many regular buyers, including members of the Folk Art Society of America (which got the ADA Award of Merit last year), were missing, and there were not a lot of new faces. That is not to say no business was done. Sales were made—a few dealers said they had their best shows ever in Philadelphia—but buying was not brisk for most of them.
The dealers say that they have become used to the new venue, but collectors, many of whom used to spend freely, complained about expensive parking and inconvenient weekend train schedules, and reminisced about the old venue where there was free valet parking for the preview and $10 valet parking the following days. . . Continue Reading
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Syriam museums have been closed to protect the artifacts from terrorists attaches and thieves. The items are being hidden to ensure their safety. Items include mummies of Syria’s Tador region which date back to the first century A.D. which are unique because the method used for mummification are different than other parts of the world.
“The mafia of smuggling the ancient artifacts in Syria has now turned to stealing them and a number of Turkish, Lebanese and Iraqi nationals are collaborating with the local criminals in certain areas to this end,” Manager of Syria’s Museums Ma’moun Abdolkarim told FNA on Sunday.
He said that museum officials in Syria are cooperating with the culture ministry to hide the ancient artifacts, and have also closed the museums to protect them against the terrorist attacks and the thieves.
Abdolkarim warned that a passage has been created from Deir al-Zour to Turkey for the smugglers who use this channel to smuggle Syrian artifacts to Turkey and then to other parts of the world. . . Continue Reading
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A combination of the recession and the high price of gold and silver is causing many people to melt down jewelry for the gold content. This is resulting in a shortage of good quality antique gold jewelry. Store owner Jose Padilla has a passion for antiques and finding them homes where their history can be preserved and they will be treasured. He is a collector of antique jewelry, pottery and depression glasses among other things. He recently opened a web store to try to reach more people and save some of the antiques from being melted down and ruined.
Victorian Antique Gold Jewelry are becoming scarce due to the combination of the “Great Recession,” and all time Gold and Silver prices. Slumping retail sales over the past 4 years have forced many shops to melt antique pieces of jewelry for the gold content.
Jose Padilla, the owner of popular antique store Robbia Antiques, a well known personality in the antiques and collectables market, has been into the business for over 20 years and has never seen market conditions like they are today. The Great Recession has forced many to sell prizes possession to “Cash For Gold” businesses which typically destroy them.
Padilla collects and sells top quality Victorian jewelry, silver, antique pottery and depression glasses Fine artwork among others. Experts of the field believe that Jose is actually doing a great job in keeping the history of the country alive. He is known to search for quality antiques at the best of his ability and then dedicate the efforts in finding a perfect home for them.. . . Continue Reading
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The first things known about the Gilbert Islanders back in the 19th century was about their weaponry. The islanders used shark teeth to make weapons from brass knuckles to lances up to 15 feet long. Recent study of the weapons show that they are from a number of different shark species two of which are extinct in the Gilbert Island region today.
An analysis of shark-tooth weapons from the 19th century reveals that two shark species, the spot-tail and dusky, were once common in the Gilbert Island reefs in the Central Pacific. The sharks are no longer found in the area.
Ironically, the dusky shark grows to about the same size as the biggest weapon measured in the study, which is published in PLoS ONE. That 15-foot-long sword was created by Gilbert Island men and was studded with sharp shark teeth.
“There was an amazing array of weapons, from shark tooth brass knuckles to lances that were about 15 feet long,” lead author Joshua Drew told Discovery News. “We don’t know exactly when they were first made, but we know that when the first Western people wrote about the Gilbert Islanders in the 1840s, they remarked about their weaponry.” . . . Continue Reading
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A number of significant floods had plagued Fort Wayne by the time the great flood of 1913 came destroying homes, businesses, farms and killing hundreds. Since then Fort Wayne has installed levees and flood walls, demolished homes and business in flood prone areas and changed the flow of the rivers by widening channels and straightening bends. The changes have significantly improved the ability of the area to handle excess water with much less flood damage.
In the century since the Flood of 1913, most ideas for public projects to reduce the impact of floods have fallen into one of three categories:
•Pen up rising waters with levees and flood walls.
•Evade flood damage by demolishing houses and businesses in the path of floodwaters.
•Change the flow of water in rivers and creeks by widening their channels, straightening their bends or diverting their water around Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne has tried a bit of each of these approaches ever since. Together, a century’s worth of preventative measures haven’t produced a cure, but they do ensure that deep floods cause less damage today. . . Continue Reading
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The Moorestown Education Association is unhappy with the districts choice to change health care plans. The district went from using the state plan to using a plan offered by Aetna which says the coverage will be the same or better. The cost is less for both the district as well as the employee as well since the cost of the state plan was significantly increasing this year. The downside for the employee is that the new plan does not cover dental or vision like the previous plan.
Moorestown School District will save $1.1 million by switching its employees’ health care providers this year, though members of the union aren’t keen on the change.
Effective April 1, the district will switch from the State Health Benefits Plan to Aetna. The board of education unanimously approved the change last week, after business administrator Lynn Shugars laid out the reasons for the switch, showing that increases to the state plan for the upcoming school year are projected to be roughly $250,000 higher than the amount allowed by the 2 percent cap.
With the state plan, premiums would have cost $10.9 million in 2013-14, with the district picking up $9.7 million and employee contributions coming to $1.2 million, according to Shugars. Under Aetna, the district will pay $9.8 million and employees contributing $1.1 million. . . Continue Reading
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Improving your indoor air quality can improve your family’s health. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends looking into duct cleaning after fires, floods, and pest infestations. It is a good idea to ask air duct workers for evidence of dirt or matter than needs to be cleaned. Cleaning your ducts isn’t necessary for all homes but it something to consider to, improve air quality.
ohn Santos of Los Angeles wants his home to be a healthy gathering place for family and friends, some of whom are recovering from major illness. As part of his effort, he recently had his home’s ductwork professionally cleaned.
“I wanted to make certain the air that they were breathing was as clean as it possibly could be,” says Santos, 54, a high school technology teacher. “Especially living in a city like Los Angeles, where the air quality can really be poor and cleaning the air systems can provide value.”
Although many homeowners consider duct cleaning a way to make their indoor air cleaner, research on whether it can really create a healthier home is in the early stages. . . Continue Reading
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Many Hurricane Sandy victims have lost everything and haven’t gotten much help to put their lives back together. However, help is about to come in the way of a tax break. Tax experts are saying that Sandy victims can get cash quick by knowing what to claim on federal and state Casualty and Disaster tax deduction forms. The IRS is even expediting the money for Sandy victims.
They haven’t been home since Sandy’s surge from the Bay almost knocked their house off its base.
“I lost all my clothes, my valuables, my furniture,” Sam Puglisi said.
“They said they don’t cover foundation,” Maria Puglisi said.
The rush of water cracked the concrete foundation, but insurance won’t pay to put it back together. . . Continue Reading
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Since the September 11th attacks by terrorists on the United States we have seen a rise in military men and women being called up for active duty and deployed. This has brought up an issue for the Thornton City Council. The Council has made multiple changes to their policies regarding city employees in the military and another has been proposed. The latest proposal would provide financial help to city employees who are called up to active duty as their military benefits are often lower than their city benefits.
Thornton City Council is considering a city ordinance revision to provide financial help to city employees in the military if they are called for active duty and deployed for an assignment.
The proposal, which was presented by city staff during council’s Jan. 5 planning session, would amend the city’s personnel code to permanently provide city employees with supplemental benefits while they are deployed for active duty.
Deputy City Manager Charlie Long said the move would provide a permanent solution to an issue that was considered and approved by several city council boards since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that prompted the deployment of thousands of military personnel nationwide. . . Continue Reading
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