• Historic Transferware

    Historic Transferware

    Picturing America



    Imagine that your country lost a war a few decades ago, is about to lose another war to the same country; yet…
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  • Have Fun Furnishing with Antiques

    Have Fun Furnishing with Antiques

    Older pieces add warmth and style



    Whether it's a treasured family heirloom, a piece overflowing with history, or the item you couldn't pass up on an afternoon hunt,…
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  • Unusual Peale Portrait is a Rare Acquisition

    Unusual Peale Portrait is a Rare Acquisition

    Philadelphia Museum of Art adds significant piece to its American collection



    Formal portraits of African-Americans were exceeding rare in the early 19th century. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has recently acquired such a…
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  • Soup With Ceremony

    Soup With Ceremony

    Winterthur’s Tureens



    Beautiful Soup, so rich and green, Waiting in a hot tureen! Who for such dainties would not stoop? Soup of the evening,…
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  • Native American Artifacts

    Native American Artifacts

    Wampum will cost you



    While Edward Hicks' naïve style painting Penn's Treaty with the Indians at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a treasure, it doesn't…
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  • Chester County Furniture

    Chester County Furniture


    Newport shells? Check. Shaker room? Got it. New York Classical chairs? Yes. The Philadelphia Museum of Art's (PMA) American Collections are not…
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  • Earthly Possessions

    Earthly Possessions

    A Benjamin Franklin scavenger hunt



    Finding Benjamin Franklin's possessions scattered around Philadelphia is like a scavenger hunt for the soul of the city and a fun way…
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  • Antique Homespun

    Antique Homespun

    All-purpose rural fabric to expensive eco-chic darling



    Antiques must be the sexiest form of recycling. "Patina" is the richness of age; we all love the warm glow of old…
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  • Winterthur Emerging from Short Shutdown

    Winterthur Emerging from Short Shutdown

    Opening of a new exhibition, Lost Gardens of the Brandywine



    Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, famous for its regular schedule of garden tours and antiques exhibitions, has switched its focus to a…
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  • Dream Garden

    Dream Garden

    Philadelphia’s Tiffany treasure



    When visitors come, what do you take them to see? When a friend showed us  The Dream Garden in the Curtis Center…
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  • Early Philadelphia

    Early Philadelphia

    Portraiture from awkward to accomplished



    Gustavus Hesselius's 1732 portraits of two Delaware Indian Chiefs hang just steps away from John Singleton Copley's 1773 portrait of Mr. and…
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  • Pennsylvania Spice Boxes

    Pennsylvania Spice Boxes

    Cabinetmakers’ elaborate craft



    In medieval Europe, a pound of saffron cost the same as a horse. Spices were an economic force that carved ancient trade…
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  • Hooked

    Hooked

    America’s humble homemade rugs



    While wealthy colonists like Ben Franklin bought imported oriental rugs for their American homes, poorer and rural households were likely to make…
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  • Time to Collect

    Time to Collect

    Vintage wristwatches



    With so many beautiful new watches to choose from, why choose vintage? John DiDonato of Farfo's Vintage Watches in Franklin Lakes, N.J.…
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  • Pennsylvania Pewter

    Pennsylvania Pewter

    Silver’s poorer stepchild can now command high prices



    Don Herr chuckled when asked whether local antique pewter treasures are still to be found. "It's incredible the things I find out…
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