by Bruce Gventer
What follows is
a random assortment of art and antiques related websites that
we have visited and enjoyed in the last few weeks. Your
discoveries and suggestions are always welcome. Send them to
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19th Century Print of a Map & Print
Maps and atlases have become very hot collectibles in the past five
years, and this site provides a great resource to learn about
cartography and maps.
The site has images of maps dating from 6,000 BC to 1870, and it
provides very informative text explaining the history behind the maps.
This site is a great place to learn about the people who made the
The site provides extensive links to other sites that specialize in
selling maps, learning about maps, and places to obtain software for
map collectors. Not all of the links work, but those that do provide a
wealth of information on this topic.
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Search, compare, and save at over forty bookstores, among twenty
thousand dealers and millions of books. This site will tell you what
is available on the web. What is more you can choose which sites to
search, and how to display your results.
It is easy to use and returns your results fast. You can sort results
by title, price, author, dealer, or searched site. You can choose the
currency to display or whether you are looking for hardcover or
paperback. It even lets you add key search terms to limit the
Use this site to see what is available, and how others have priced the
book. Type in the book you are interested in finding. If 250 titles
are found, you know the book is common. If fewer than 25 titles are
returned, the book is harder to find. Caveat, just because a book is
listed does not mean it is still available. It is up to the individual
dealers to remove sold merchandise. The site also lets you search for
new books and music.
A collectible tea pot
This is an interesting site with lots of informative articles on many
different types of collectibles. The subjects include price guides,
where to buy and sell, clubs, and other resources. Included are
various collectible categories from advertising to toys and dolls.
The site is easy to navigate, and the articles provide a lot of
information for the collector. For example the page about Barbie dolls
is broken into sections providing pictures, articles, clubs, price
guides, and links to other Barbie sites.
Many of the sites pay to be listed here, but it is made clear that
these are "sponsored" links. The site has those annoying pop up
windows, but you can just close them. Lots of information can be found
19th century wooden matron tends her well equipped stove
Speaking of dolls, The Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art has one of the
world's foremost doll collections. Here, dolls are displayed in a
setting designed to showcase the art of the doll. They have over 1200
dolls on permanent display and more than 3,000 dolls in the Museum and
the Museum Shop. They also have a changing gallery exhibit.
Now you can visit online and view a marvelous collection complete with
pictures. The Museum itself is in Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle,
but you don't have to leave the house.
The site also provides a listing of doll shows and upcoming events at
the Museum as well as an informative newsletter and chat area.
If you are in the area you can actually rent space in the Museum for
your own event, such as a child's tea or birthday party, a wedding,
reception, or shower.