Lee Parr McGrath Housekeeping with Antiques

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Housekeeping with Antiques

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Here is a complete guide to the care of antiques and other fine belongings in the home. To settle once and for all the conflicting advice of dealers and other antique fanciers, Lee Parr McGrath sought the assistance of museum curators and historic restorations across the country. This book translates the expertise of these specialists into simple instructions any housekeeper can follow. The author tells how to maintain the mellow patina of wood, care for silver, brass, copper and other metals with a polished glow, treat textiles with tender loving care, protect the luster and gleam of glass and china, preserve paintings, prints, mirrors and other wall hangings, and care for a wide range of special collectibles, including mechanical banks, dolls and doll clothes, clocks, and hunters' decoys. She tells how to identify the materials you are working on, how to avoid the pitfalls that can permanently damage your valuable antiques. She also includes a curators' address book for expert help when an antique needs more than household care, and lists the products the experts choose as safest and most effective for their priceless museum pieces. As a bonus, she provides a wise and witty account of housekeeping through the ages, when our antiques were young.

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