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  1. Barn Owl liked kentworld's post in the thread Destroying Antiques.

    OTOH, I’ve always wondered why old American furniture is more valuable with a crappy original finish on it. Looks better with a well...

    Jul 19, 2019 at 4:08 PM
  2. Barn Owl replied to the thread Destroying Antiques.

    I still cringe at the memory of an antique store owner testing a silver (plated) bracelet of mine by dripping acid directly on the...

    Jul 19, 2019 at 3:23 PM
  3. Barn Owl liked evelyb30's post in the thread Destroying Antiques.

    I'd only test the front on something that's either scrap precious or scrap other metal. It's not something you do to anything nice.

    Jul 19, 2019 at 3:21 PM
  4. Barn Owl liked KSW's post in the thread Destroying Antiques.

    I have no problem with repurposing otherwise useless items or melting bits of scrap silver or gold that are damaged beyond repair. What...

    Jul 19, 2019 at 3:21 PM
  5. Barn Owl replied to the thread Destroying Antiques.

    I feel the same way. Even the coins I'm collecting are low grades, not worth selling individually. I collect old books too, so I'm not...

    Jul 19, 2019 at 2:48 PM
  6. Barn Owl liked RichardE's post in the thread Destroying Antiques.

    I have been re-purposing sterling silver made in Mexico, “Taxco” ice tea stir straws to make useful straws in a homemade carry bag...

    Jul 19, 2019 at 2:47 PM
  7. Barn Owl liked evelyb30's post in the thread Destroying Antiques.

    Are those mate spoons, by any chance? The good ones are silver. I go by the 3M rule when it comes to precious metals - Modern +...

    Jul 19, 2019 at 2:46 PM
  8. Barn Owl liked HippAntiques's post in the thread Destroying Antiques.

    I think that taking a perfectly good antique and ruining it for repurposing is horrible. But, if it's all beat up and not salvageable,...

    Jul 19, 2019 at 2:46 PM
  9. Barn Owl liked Marko's post in the thread Finds Thread.

    I visited an antique mall that moved and set up in a modern building. There was a huge lot of keys in an old box, and I picked these...

    Keys 5 whole lot (480x640).jpg Keys 1 Ilco Independent Corbin (640x513).jpg Keys 2 Norwalk Ilco (640x615).jpg Keys 3 Silent Watchman (640x406).jpg Jul 19, 2019 at 11:46 AM
  10. Barn Owl liked KSW's post in the thread Frustrations ....

    I love this forum!. I've had a s**t day having had to defend my little girl when she was made to feel inadequate and I come on here and...

    Jul 19, 2019 at 11:45 AM
  11. Barn Owl replied to the thread Frustrations ....

    I adore this forum. I have learned so much from the wonderful posters here, and it has helped me endure a resurgence of depression this...

    Jul 18, 2019 at 2:49 PM
  12. Barn Owl liked AmericanGeode's post in the thread Destroying Antiques.

    If repurposing an antique keeps it relevant and desirable, or makes it relevant or desirable, then by all means,,,,

    Jul 18, 2019 at 12:25 PM
  13. Barn Owl liked Debora's post in the thread Destroying Antiques.

    Not technically "destroying" but... Bad upholstery on good furniture. Debora

    Jul 18, 2019 at 11:41 AM
  14. Barn Owl liked Ownedbybear's post in the thread Destroying Antiques.

    Melting down Georgian silver. :( If it's borked and not of enough interest to be a fine thing even if it's af, then repurpose indeed....

    Jul 18, 2019 at 11:41 AM
  15. Barn Owl liked say_it_slowly's post in the thread Frustrations ....

    I'll give this a go. Golgatha, this site has some lovely and very knowledgeable folks from all over the world who are often willing to...

    Jul 18, 2019 at 8:11 AM