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A few weeks before honoring America, the “most patriotic town” will pay tribute to the motherland as exotic British vehicles roar into town for the British Motorcar Festival. As many as … more
Q. We are interested in identifying the date and place of origin for this cabinet which has two pieces, a pedestal base and cabinet top with a drawer a door with shelves inside and elaborately carved … more
Decorative objects made of ivory have been prized for thousands of years. Ivory's inherent properties make it uniquely suited for carving, and hundreds of years ago it was plentiful and inexpensive. … more
Interested in collecting political related objects in view of the tumultuous and colorful election year we have been having? Like all types of mass-produced collectibles, the rarer the better. You … more
Here is a list of great books for those who love art and antiques: "A Paris Apartment" by Michelle GableHistorical fiction novel about an apartment full of treasures which had been sealed for … more
We have been on a wild ride with politics for the past nine months. This campaign is made up of possibly the most diverse candidates that have ever run for office in this country. It takes guts to … more
Q. I inherited this from my parents. I have no other information. Can you tell me anything about it?A.This is a Chinese snuff bottle which was used to hold tobacco. It appears to be made of ivory or … more
Alabaster has been a desired stone by sculptors and architects for centuries. In addition to its beautiful color and translucency, it is easy to carve and polish. Veins of color and the natural … more
Q. I have a set of George Briard dishes that are labelled “An Authentic 1825 Reproduction” that I inherited from my aunt. It consists of eight place settings which includes dinner plates, … more
Framing artwork is something that goes back thousands of years. Some of the earliest frames were found in Egyptian tombs on portraits of the mummies buried there. Initially, they were used more for … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.