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Collectors are hooked on rugs Antiques: Those made early in the century can sell for thousands of dollars, while attractive examples made from kits after the 1950s are worth hundreds of dollars.


Old hooked rugs are now treasured as examples of American folk art. They usually are hung on a wall, not used on the floor.

If your old hooked rug has seen wear and dirt, clean it carefully. Place the rug on a table. Use cold water with soap suds or a very mild rug shampoo. Test a small area to be sure the moisture won't cause the dye to run. Spread the foam over the top of the dirty rug, rub a little with a soft brush or cloth. Blot with a towel and let dry.

Don't get the rug too wet; the moisture can rot the burlap backing. Avoid using a vacuum cleaner. Do not hang to dry. The weight of a damp rug could cause tears.

Rugs made in the early part of this century can sell for thousands of dollars. Attractive examples made from kits after the 1950s are worth hundreds of dollars.

Don't buy a rug with rotting burlap, because it probably will fall apart soon. Avoid rugs with latex backing; the latex can flake off. That method was in use after 1940.

I'd like to know how old my piano is. It's a Remington with the number 138048 on it.

Remington pianos were made by Starr Piano Co. in Richmond, Ind., from 1895 to 1949. The number on your piano dates it between 1895 and 1900.

I bought a print signed "Cecil Aldin" at a rummage sale. Do you have any information on him?

Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin was born in 1870 in England. He was responsible for the "Fallowfield Hunt" scenes first published in 1900 as prints for home decoration. The Buffalo Pottery of Buffalo, N.Y., used the prints on dishes in 1908 and 1909. Aldin also produced scenes of English life for the Buffalo Pottery. He died in 1930.

I have a blue-and-white china teapot that is marked on the bottom "Palissy England." I know the teapot isn't very old, and I always thought Palissy was a potter in the 16th century.

Bernard Palissy worked in France starting from 1542. His best-known wares are dishes and plates with leaves, lizards, snakes, insects and shells in high relief.

The Avon Pottery at Fontainebleau continued his style when he stopped working.

Palissy ware was a popular antique in the 1800s. Many manufacturers of the time copied his style. Your teapot in a very different style was made by the Palissy Pottery of Longton, Staffordshire, England. The pottery, founded in 1946, was formerly A. E. Jones Ltd. The new name capitalized on Bernard Palissy's name.

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Pub Date: 12/08/96

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