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  • 26 Feb 2017
    National Reading Month March is National Reading Month and with winter still hanging on, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a great book. It’s also a wonderful time to share your love of reading with your children.   At The Brass Armadillo, we frequently hear parents talking to their children about the books they read as children and many times they purchase those books to share with them. Remember the Nancy Drew Mystery series, the early Golden Books, Black Beauty? The Brass Armadillo has such a great variety of books to choose from historical to literature, Americana, vintage cookbooks and on and on. For all you collectors, remember that over time the number of copies of any book diminishes! Don’t forget about vintage magazines. The photographs and graphics in vintage books and magazines are reason enough to spur on collectors. They bring back memories of another time. There is a very informative article on the “Care, Handling and Storage of Books” by The Library of Congress (https://www.loc.gov/).      
    10 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • National Reading Month March is National Reading Month and with winter still hanging on, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a great book. It’s also a wonderful time to share your love of reading with your children.   At The Brass Armadillo, we frequently hear parents talking to their children about the books they read as children and many times they purchase those books to share with them. Remember the Nancy Drew Mystery series, the early Golden Books, Black Beauty? The Brass Armadillo has such a great variety of books to choose from historical to literature, Americana, vintage cookbooks and on and on. For all you collectors, remember that over time the number of copies of any book diminishes! Don’t forget about vintage magazines. The photographs and graphics in vintage books and magazines are reason enough to spur on collectors. They bring back memories of another time. There is a very informative article on the “Care, Handling and Storage of Books” by The Library of Congress (https://www.loc.gov/).      
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  • 22 Feb 2017
    I first had Vern Playten as a guest on my show 7 years ago. That program has always been one of our most popular--Vern's a lifelong collector of antique pocket watches, and in that show 7 years ago he showed us part of his collection and explained the ins & outs of the category. Then a little over a year ago we did a show on Vern's beginning collector sets--very reasonably priced pocket watches that Vern put together in sets of 4 to appeal to those just wanting to get started collecting. In this week's show Vern will show us 4 spectacular high-end pocket watches that any collector would love to have. A Waltham, a Howard, and 2 Elgins. Each has its own particular attributes that make it special, and Vern will describe each in detail. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, February 26, 2016 for this week's show on High End Antique Pocket Watches. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Gary
    31 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • I first had Vern Playten as a guest on my show 7 years ago. That program has always been one of our most popular--Vern's a lifelong collector of antique pocket watches, and in that show 7 years ago he showed us part of his collection and explained the ins & outs of the category. Then a little over a year ago we did a show on Vern's beginning collector sets--very reasonably priced pocket watches that Vern put together in sets of 4 to appeal to those just wanting to get started collecting. In this week's show Vern will show us 4 spectacular high-end pocket watches that any collector would love to have. A Waltham, a Howard, and 2 Elgins. Each has its own particular attributes that make it special, and Vern will describe each in detail. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, February 26, 2016 for this week's show on High End Antique Pocket Watches. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Gary
    Feb 22, 2017 31
  • 22 Feb 2017
    I first had Vern Playten as a guest on my show 7 years ago. That program has always been one of our most popular--Vern's a lifelong collector of antique pocket watches, and in that show 7 years ago he showed us part of his collection and explained the ins & outs of the category. Then a little over a year ago we did a show on Vern's beginning collector sets--very reasonably priced pocket watches that Vern put together in sets of 4 to appeal to those just wanting to get started collecting. In this week's show Vern will show us 4 spectacular high-end pocket watches that any collector would love to have. A Waltham, a Howard, and 2 Elgins. Each has its own particular attributes that make it special, and Vern will describe each in detail. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, February 26, 2016 for this week's show on High End Antique Pocket Watches. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Gary
    25 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • I first had Vern Playten as a guest on my show 7 years ago. That program has always been one of our most popular--Vern's a lifelong collector of antique pocket watches, and in that show 7 years ago he showed us part of his collection and explained the ins & outs of the category. Then a little over a year ago we did a show on Vern's beginning collector sets--very reasonably priced pocket watches that Vern put together in sets of 4 to appeal to those just wanting to get started collecting. In this week's show Vern will show us 4 spectacular high-end pocket watches that any collector would love to have. A Waltham, a Howard, and 2 Elgins. Each has its own particular attributes that make it special, and Vern will describe each in detail. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, February 26, 2016 for this week's show on High End Antique Pocket Watches. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Gary
    Feb 22, 2017 25
  • 15 Feb 2017
    Many of you will be familiar with the tragedy of the U.S.S. Houston, a Navy cruiser which was sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait in the Java Sea in 1942. What you will not believe is that a log from the ship and an autograph album compiled by one of the sailors was sent home to the seaman's parents in Loveland, Colorado shortly before the sinking, and thus survives to this day. This album belongs to a fellow dealer at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, and he was gracious enough to lend it to me so that I could share it with all of you in this week's show. Seaman First Class Tommy Manion, Jr. joined the Navy in 1939 and sailed on the Houston to Pearl Harbor arriving December 7, 1939. The ship was in the environs of Honolulu until November 1940, when it sailed south to Manila. It was in the Philippines when war broke out. When the Houston went down on the night of February 28-March 1, 1942, more than 700 sailors were killed outright or later died in Japanese prison camps. Tommy Manion was captured, but he died in the camp at Moulmein, Burma (Myanmar) in August 1943. But his photo & autograph album remains as a memorial to him. Please be sure to join us this coming Sunday evening, February 19, 2017 at the usual time for this very special show: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST.
    45 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Many of you will be familiar with the tragedy of the U.S.S. Houston, a Navy cruiser which was sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait in the Java Sea in 1942. What you will not believe is that a log from the ship and an autograph album compiled by one of the sailors was sent home to the seaman's parents in Loveland, Colorado shortly before the sinking, and thus survives to this day. This album belongs to a fellow dealer at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, and he was gracious enough to lend it to me so that I could share it with all of you in this week's show. Seaman First Class Tommy Manion, Jr. joined the Navy in 1939 and sailed on the Houston to Pearl Harbor arriving December 7, 1939. The ship was in the environs of Honolulu until November 1940, when it sailed south to Manila. It was in the Philippines when war broke out. When the Houston went down on the night of February 28-March 1, 1942, more than 700 sailors were killed outright or later died in Japanese prison camps. Tommy Manion was captured, but he died in the camp at Moulmein, Burma (Myanmar) in August 1943. But his photo & autograph album remains as a memorial to him. Please be sure to join us this coming Sunday evening, February 19, 2017 at the usual time for this very special show: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST.
    Feb 15, 2017 45
  • 12 Feb 2017
    First, at 6PM MST, Gary Stover has a collection of American Silver Plate. Then, Reel Design view A Perfect Murder. Next, Bottles, Relics & Junkets celebrate their 100th Episode with Dan's Denver Tokens. Finally, this week's Coffee Club. All of this starts Sunday night at 6PM. Tune in by clicking the link below! http://www.iantique.com/live/ Also, have you missed a show? Check out the iAntique Video Archive to see any of our past events and webcasts! http://www.iantique.com/videos
    42 Posted by Denver Brass Armadillo
  • First, at 6PM MST, Gary Stover has a collection of American Silver Plate. Then, Reel Design view A Perfect Murder. Next, Bottles, Relics & Junkets celebrate their 100th Episode with Dan's Denver Tokens. Finally, this week's Coffee Club. All of this starts Sunday night at 6PM. Tune in by clicking the link below! http://www.iantique.com/live/ Also, have you missed a show? Check out the iAntique Video Archive to see any of our past events and webcasts! http://www.iantique.com/videos
    Feb 12, 2017 42
  • 08 Feb 2017
    Folks you have to check this out. I was so intrigued when I saw this “thing” I had to know what it was and where it came from. After lots of research, turns out it comes from an amazing plant called Devil’s Claw. Many believe it was first cultivated by the Hohokams a thousand years ago. The name came about because the inner woody capsule splits open at one end and produces two curved claws. It’s a perennial plant and grows wild throughout the Sonoran Desert into Texas and parts of Mexico. It has been cultivated for food, medicinal purposesand for making baskets. A cluster of devil's claw seed capsules provide the black designs you see in Native American made baskets. To preserve the black color of the claws for basket making, it is stored in a dark area and treated with ashes. The dried claws are sharp but when soaked in water and striped into long strands it provides a strong pliant fiber.  It's a very time-consuming which was very utilitarian for any years.  Now these baskets are a highly-prized art form.  The history of Devil’s Claw is such an interesting piece of Native American life.              
    65 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • Folks you have to check this out. I was so intrigued when I saw this “thing” I had to know what it was and where it came from. After lots of research, turns out it comes from an amazing plant called Devil’s Claw. Many believe it was first cultivated by the Hohokams a thousand years ago. The name came about because the inner woody capsule splits open at one end and produces two curved claws. It’s a perennial plant and grows wild throughout the Sonoran Desert into Texas and parts of Mexico. It has been cultivated for food, medicinal purposesand for making baskets. A cluster of devil's claw seed capsules provide the black designs you see in Native American made baskets. To preserve the black color of the claws for basket making, it is stored in a dark area and treated with ashes. The dried claws are sharp but when soaked in water and striped into long strands it provides a strong pliant fiber.  It's a very time-consuming which was very utilitarian for any years.  Now these baskets are a highly-prized art form.  The history of Devil’s Claw is such an interesting piece of Native American life.              
    Feb 08, 2017 65

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