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All that you need to know about Antiques

posted by Karen Hood
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Antiques : A Basic Guide by Karen Jean Mastko Hood

An antique is usually defined as an object of considerable age valued for its aesthetic or historical significance. In the antique business world, the term refers to objects more than 100 years old.
It is collected or desirable because of its age(see definition), beauty, rarity, condition, utility, and/or other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era in human society.
Most of us love Antiques, but hardly know a much about them, It requires a through attention to details while choosing one to buy.

Author Karen Jean Matsko Hood has been involved with studying antique collections for over 30 years. She currently owns Karen’s Collectors Cottage, Inc. & Art Gallery, which specializes in all things collectible, including antique, vintage, and modern collectible items. The treasures of today will become the antiques of the next generation.
Antiques, A Basic Guide is filled with fascinating information, facts, and pointers about antiques, including types of antiques, the value of antiques, and the most popular antiques. This is a book you will enjoy having on your library shelf, and is a great book to give to friends and family.

You can buy your copy here

Electronic Formats also available for Purchase here

Antique Doll Available on Karen’s Collectors Cottage Store

posted by Karen Hood
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

We have an exquisite antique doll available on the Karen’s Collector’s Cottage website.  Here is just part of her description:

Edna Dali, the maker of this doll began her education in 1967 studying criminology and went on to get a degree in geographic and education and social work. She relocated to England first and then Boston from 1977 to 1984. She returned to Israel in 1985 and studied sculpting. Edna Dali started creating one-of-a-kind characters and dolls in 1981 and by 2005 she was producing masters to make large numbers of reproductions. Starting in 2006, Edna’s work focused on small one-of-a-kind figures made of high temperature white clay, processed in high temperature, and painted with acrylic paints. You can find these dolls in her “Circus of Life” and “Edgar” collections.

Come to our store and see this gorgeous doll.  Take her home today!

How to Identify a Bisque Doll

posted by Karen Hood
Thursday, July 2, 2009
  1. Recognize the texture of the bisque doll head. Bisque dolls are made of unglazed porcelain. When touching the bisque, it feels smooth. They are breakable and heavy as well.
  2. Look at how the eyebrows and eyelashes are painted. Bisque dolls have eyebrows that are feathered, while the upper and lower eyelashes are individually painted.
  3. Notice the eyes of bisque dolls. Most of the dolls have glassy, expressive eyes. They are colorful and realistic. Few eyes are painted on.
  4. Check the cheeks and lips of bisque dolls. The cheeks are rosy, adding color to a soft white-colored head. The mouth is typically opened and the lips are finely painted a similar color as the cheeks.
  5. Analyze the body of a bisque doll. Look at what the dolls are made of. Bisque dolls are made up of cloth, leather, paper mache or composition. Composition is made up of glue mixed with sawdust. Older bisque doll bodies were made up completely of bisque (unglazed porcelain), but they were eventually changed to lighter and less breakable material.
  6. Measure the size of the bisque doll. If the doll is made completely of bisque, it will be a half-inch tall. All of the other bisque dolls can be as tall as 5 feet.

by Laura Hageman