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Motorcycle Collectibles

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More and more Americans are climbing on their gleaming motorcycle and zooming over the horizon. Federal government figures show motorcycle sales increased by more than 50 percent in the late 1990s. A number of studies have suggested that the baby boomer generation may be leading the pack, complete with appropriate attire. One current estimate indicates nearly half of the nation’s motorcycle riders are over 40. Continue reading Motorcycle Collectibles

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Limoges Porcelain

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Limoges porcelain has been made in Limoges, France since the mid-nineteenth century. Many factories including Haviland, Ahrenfeldt, Guerin, Pouyat, Elite, and others made fine porcelains.

The Chinese first discovered porcelain over a thousand years ago. Now made of pure white clay as the primary substance, the Chinese first used sandstone and stoneware. Continue reading Limoges Porcelain

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Majolica

Majolica

The term majolica is applied to earthenware that has been dipped in a white opaque glaze in order to provide a canvas for decoration and design. History tells us that craftsmen in North Africa attempting to recreate the fine white Chinese porcelain of the time developed this technique as early as the ninth century.

Today as “majolica” utilizes a technique of applying a tin or lead based enamel on soft, porous earthenware, which can be dated back thousands of years to ancient Persia where it was used in the construction of mosques and monuments throughout history. Continue reading Majolica