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  • 21 Sep 2017
    TIPS ON IDENTIFYING VINTAGE GLOVES – 1900’s-1930’s Finding and, even more importantly, being able to identify vintage gloves can be quite a challenge – believe me! If you’re just starting out, you may want to select a particular style of glove or maybe just a timeframe that interests you. After that, do your homework! It’s not an easy task but really helps in making smarter decisions and your money will definitely go farther. Here are a few tips to get you started. Early 1900’s – Fabrics: cotton lisle, silk, kid leather and suede. More expensive gloves were lined in silk and winter gloves lined in wool or fur. Look for tight-fitting gloves with buttoning from the wrist to the top of the glove. Evening gloves typically had 12-20 buttons. Many had stitched embroidery on the top of the glove or all over. 1920’s – Gloves were beginning to be worn less and they were not as fancy with the exception of the Gauntlet glove (folded-down cuffs).Open mesh gloves were worn in summer and leather or wool in winter. Buttons were less evident and elasticized panels were introduced. 1930’s - Gloves were worn even less. Crochet and knit gloves were hand made. There were also fabric gloves and plain leather gloves for winter. Scallops, petals and embroidery were popular in Gauntlet gloves. You’ve heard a picture is worth a thousand words and it’s so true - especially with collecting most anything. “Ladies Vintage Accessories” by LaRee Johnson Bouton is a wonderful book that combines ladies’ accessories by decade.  You can start looking for your treasures at The Brass Armadillo.  We have a number of vendors who specialize in gloves, hats, purses and scarves. After that, just have fun! In my next blog, I’ll share some tips on identifying gloves in the 1940’s-1960’s.  
    7 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • TIPS ON IDENTIFYING VINTAGE GLOVES – 1900’s-1930’s Finding and, even more importantly, being able to identify vintage gloves can be quite a challenge – believe me! If you’re just starting out, you may want to select a particular style of glove or maybe just a timeframe that interests you. After that, do your homework! It’s not an easy task but really helps in making smarter decisions and your money will definitely go farther. Here are a few tips to get you started. Early 1900’s – Fabrics: cotton lisle, silk, kid leather and suede. More expensive gloves were lined in silk and winter gloves lined in wool or fur. Look for tight-fitting gloves with buttoning from the wrist to the top of the glove. Evening gloves typically had 12-20 buttons. Many had stitched embroidery on the top of the glove or all over. 1920’s – Gloves were beginning to be worn less and they were not as fancy with the exception of the Gauntlet glove (folded-down cuffs).Open mesh gloves were worn in summer and leather or wool in winter. Buttons were less evident and elasticized panels were introduced. 1930’s - Gloves were worn even less. Crochet and knit gloves were hand made. There were also fabric gloves and plain leather gloves for winter. Scallops, petals and embroidery were popular in Gauntlet gloves. You’ve heard a picture is worth a thousand words and it’s so true - especially with collecting most anything. “Ladies Vintage Accessories” by LaRee Johnson Bouton is a wonderful book that combines ladies’ accessories by decade.  You can start looking for your treasures at The Brass Armadillo.  We have a number of vendors who specialize in gloves, hats, purses and scarves. After that, just have fun! In my next blog, I’ll share some tips on identifying gloves in the 1940’s-1960’s.  
    Sep 21, 2017 7
  • 08 Sep 2017
    Our programs for the next 3 weeks will feature undoubtedly the world's most important collection of artifacts associated with one of the last Ching Dynasty rulers, the Empress Dowager Cixi. Chris' collection includes 30 paintings done by her, some in collaboration with her teacher, some entirely in her own hand. Included also are paintings done by her son and by her nephew, both emperors in their own right. We have extraordinary pieces of mid-19th century porcelain from the royal kilns that rival the best of Ming porcelain, elegant carved lacquer from the early 20th century that shows that the Imperial workshops were continuing to turn out masterpieces late in the Imperial period, a magnificent cloisonne vase that nothing ever done in France surpasses, and much more. Every expert on Chinese art and antiques will be overwhelmed and amazed that such a collection exists. Please tune in  the next 3 Sunday evenings, beginning this Sunday, September 10, 2017, at the usual time: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT.  
    68 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Our programs for the next 3 weeks will feature undoubtedly the world's most important collection of artifacts associated with one of the last Ching Dynasty rulers, the Empress Dowager Cixi. Chris' collection includes 30 paintings done by her, some in collaboration with her teacher, some entirely in her own hand. Included also are paintings done by her son and by her nephew, both emperors in their own right. We have extraordinary pieces of mid-19th century porcelain from the royal kilns that rival the best of Ming porcelain, elegant carved lacquer from the early 20th century that shows that the Imperial workshops were continuing to turn out masterpieces late in the Imperial period, a magnificent cloisonne vase that nothing ever done in France surpasses, and much more. Every expert on Chinese art and antiques will be overwhelmed and amazed that such a collection exists. Please tune in  the next 3 Sunday evenings, beginning this Sunday, September 10, 2017, at the usual time: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT.  
    Sep 08, 2017 68
  • 30 Aug 2017
    Are Confederate monuments simply symbols of a racist past or are they relics of a bygone era we'd be better off remembering? What about monuments in cemeteries? Didn't Lincoln and Andrew Johnson pardon the rebels? Does that matter? Does this whole discussion open up an opportunity for us, as a society, to confront the issue of racism in a way we never have? This week's show follows on a program I did a few weeks ago entitled, "Are Historical Artifacts Ever too Reprehensible to Collect." That show is in the Videos section and on youtube. I certainly don't claim to have the answers to these questions, and, as always, I welcome comments and critiques. Please join us at the usual time this coming Sunday evening, September 3, 2017 for this week's show on "Confederate Monuments." Gary
    77 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Are Confederate monuments simply symbols of a racist past or are they relics of a bygone era we'd be better off remembering? What about monuments in cemeteries? Didn't Lincoln and Andrew Johnson pardon the rebels? Does that matter? Does this whole discussion open up an opportunity for us, as a society, to confront the issue of racism in a way we never have? This week's show follows on a program I did a few weeks ago entitled, "Are Historical Artifacts Ever too Reprehensible to Collect." That show is in the Videos section and on youtube. I certainly don't claim to have the answers to these questions, and, as always, I welcome comments and critiques. Please join us at the usual time this coming Sunday evening, September 3, 2017 for this week's show on "Confederate Monuments." Gary
    Aug 30, 2017 77
  • 24 Aug 2017
    No matter what you’re looking for when shopping at The Brass Armadillo stores, it’s always a good idea to seek out a vendor who carries the particular style or types of vintage items you’re interested in. They have a wealth of knowledge and are just waiting for you to ask. Many of the vendor’s at The Brass Armadillo have been selling vintage items for decades and enjoy helping customers with being better shoppers. You would be amazed at how many vendors have a great following of customers that seek out their case or booth each time they come in. Why? Because they’ve gotten to know them, trust in the information they provide and know they stand behind their merchandise. Remember: you don’t have to buy from them just to get information. They’re a bunch of talkers and happy to take the time to get to know you. Just seek them out. This can really pay off for you in the long run. Every Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. (MST), The Brass Armadillo hosts a live show called the "Stover Hour".  If you're looking for in-depth information about a particular subject, it's the place to be.  There is also the Coffee Club hosted by some really knowledgeable folks at the Brass Armadillo in Denver - held every other Friday at 11:00 a.m. (MST).  You can search on the iAntique.com website to catch past videos on any number of topics of both of these shows.  It's just a click away for a wealth of information.  P.S. In case you can’t locate a particular vendor, just ask the folks at the customer checkout counter. They’ll be happy to find a friendly and knowledgeable vendor for you.    
    116 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • No matter what you’re looking for when shopping at The Brass Armadillo stores, it’s always a good idea to seek out a vendor who carries the particular style or types of vintage items you’re interested in. They have a wealth of knowledge and are just waiting for you to ask. Many of the vendor’s at The Brass Armadillo have been selling vintage items for decades and enjoy helping customers with being better shoppers. You would be amazed at how many vendors have a great following of customers that seek out their case or booth each time they come in. Why? Because they’ve gotten to know them, trust in the information they provide and know they stand behind their merchandise. Remember: you don’t have to buy from them just to get information. They’re a bunch of talkers and happy to take the time to get to know you. Just seek them out. This can really pay off for you in the long run. Every Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. (MST), The Brass Armadillo hosts a live show called the "Stover Hour".  If you're looking for in-depth information about a particular subject, it's the place to be.  There is also the Coffee Club hosted by some really knowledgeable folks at the Brass Armadillo in Denver - held every other Friday at 11:00 a.m. (MST).  You can search on the iAntique.com website to catch past videos on any number of topics of both of these shows.  It's just a click away for a wealth of information.  P.S. In case you can’t locate a particular vendor, just ask the folks at the customer checkout counter. They’ll be happy to find a friendly and knowledgeable vendor for you.    
    Aug 24, 2017 116
  • 23 Aug 2017
    I began a discussiion last week on fakes, forgeries, copies & reproductions, but I didn't even scratch the surface of how the antiques business is being impacted by this problem. In this week's show I focus on 2 categories: women's vintage clothes & advertising (with the emphasis on advertising). We'll examine a piece that marries 2 very separate Union Pacific Railroad collectibles, a "Big Boy" statue, several signs, and other advertising collectibles (or are they really collectible?) Please join us this coming Sunday evening, August 27, 2017 at the usual time: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT for this week's program on Fakes. Gary
    72 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • I began a discussiion last week on fakes, forgeries, copies & reproductions, but I didn't even scratch the surface of how the antiques business is being impacted by this problem. In this week's show I focus on 2 categories: women's vintage clothes & advertising (with the emphasis on advertising). We'll examine a piece that marries 2 very separate Union Pacific Railroad collectibles, a "Big Boy" statue, several signs, and other advertising collectibles (or are they really collectible?) Please join us this coming Sunday evening, August 27, 2017 at the usual time: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT for this week's program on Fakes. Gary
    Aug 23, 2017 72
  • 16 Aug 2017
    The antiques & collectibles market is being affected as never before by fakes, forgeries, copies, and reproductions. Even experts are being fooled. It seems like the faster we develop new technologies to uncover fakes, the faster crooks develop technology to outsmart us. So, how should we confront this attack on our business? In this week's show I try to begin to tackle this issue. We all know that reproductions tend to drive down values for antiques. That's not new. But did you know that high quality digital images can now replicate an oil painting's texture, and that the resultant print can often fool people who have dealt in art for their entire career? Can you believe that the market for arrowheads is being undermined by new imports? But it's a complex issue. There are reproductions done in the 19th century that replicate 18th century pieces. Are these reproductions worthy of collecting? I did a show on this subject in 2013, entitled, "Fakes, Knockoffs, and Repros" (it's in the Videos section). But things have gotten worse since then. In this week's show we'll begin to look at fakes, forgeries, copies, and reproductions in an effort to distinguish the real from the unreal. Please join us at the usual time: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Hope to see you then. Gary
    86 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • The antiques & collectibles market is being affected as never before by fakes, forgeries, copies, and reproductions. Even experts are being fooled. It seems like the faster we develop new technologies to uncover fakes, the faster crooks develop technology to outsmart us. So, how should we confront this attack on our business? In this week's show I try to begin to tackle this issue. We all know that reproductions tend to drive down values for antiques. That's not new. But did you know that high quality digital images can now replicate an oil painting's texture, and that the resultant print can often fool people who have dealt in art for their entire career? Can you believe that the market for arrowheads is being undermined by new imports? But it's a complex issue. There are reproductions done in the 19th century that replicate 18th century pieces. Are these reproductions worthy of collecting? I did a show on this subject in 2013, entitled, "Fakes, Knockoffs, and Repros" (it's in the Videos section). But things have gotten worse since then. In this week's show we'll begin to look at fakes, forgeries, copies, and reproductions in an effort to distinguish the real from the unreal. Please join us at the usual time: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Hope to see you then. Gary
    Aug 16, 2017 86

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