The antiques and collectibles’ field is filled with whatsits.  A whatsit is any object whose use has been temporarily forgotten or not known at all.  Normally, whatsits relate to specialized tools that no longer have the use for which they were made.  Artisan, craft shop, garage, home shop a…

National disasters wreak havoc on antiques and collectibles.  Irreplaceable family heirlooms are gone.  Collection losses, whether large or sm…

Features

At first, the long rocking settee with a strange fence protecting half the seat seems odd. Why place a fence on an elaborately decorated settee that looks as if it belongs in a living room? The settee is a furniture form that dates to the 1810s. It seems to be a lengthened Windsor or Hitchco…

The antiques and collectibles’ field is filled with whatsits.  A whatsit is any object whose use has been temporarily forgotten or not known at all.  Normally, whatsits relate to specialized tools that no longer have the use for which they were made.  Artisan, craft shop, garage, home shop a…

National disasters wreak havoc on antiques and collectibles.  Irreplaceable family heirlooms are gone.  Collection losses, whether large or sm…

Collectors love a challenge.  Challenges appeal to collectors’ strong sense of gamesmanship – the art of winning games by using various ploys …