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Whether it be a well-worn teddy bear or a Restoration-era piece of furniture, antiques fascinate many Americans, and the same might be said of those across the pond in Britain. The BBC has created this delightful website to complement several of its popular television programs on antiques, but this site requires no knowledge of the programs to be a great boon to the neophyte antiquarian. Those persons seeking to incorporate some period pieces into the design of their home or apartment should start with the Vintage Chic section which features a brief overview of do's and don'ts, and also leads into the well-honed guide to period styles. Here users will be treated to thumbnail profiles of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Shaker, and thirteen other styles. Of course, for those looking for the next big thing in the field of antiques, the section of collecting plastic items, which includes a brief overview of the field, and a few sample valuations of pieces worth keeping an eye out for. The site is rounded out by a fine selection of video clips from some of the BBC's programs (such as the legendary Antiques Roadshow), and a buying and selling guide that provides a roadmap highlighting the foibles of bidding at auctions and browsing advertisements for those willing to enter the chaotic world of collecting antiques.
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Date of Scout Publication 2004-02-06
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