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Extending ivory ban will affect antiques, collectors

An heirloom bronze elephant with ivory tusks, great-grandmother’s piano with ivory keys, a vintage ivory chess set or an antique silver teapot with a small ivory inset in the handle to keep it cool may be “endangered” by proposed laws that could be in place sometime this month.

Ancient Africa modern art makes a design statement

I have something in common with the late modern artist Pablo Picasso. In 1907 he experienced a revelation when viewing early African masks at the ethnographic museum at Palais du Trocadero. My revelation was in 1997 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco where these same treasures were lent by Belgium’s Royal Museum for Central Africa. Both Belgium and France had colonies in Africa where modern art as we know it was born at the hands of indigenous tribal artisans.

Original comic strips should be stored safely

One-of-a-kind collectibles are interesting and often not expensive. In the 1980s, a Navajo Indian decided to make a stuffed toy from a Pendleton wool blanket. Today, a vintage Pendleton wool blanket in good condition can sell for hundreds of dollars. But 30 years ago, a worn Pendleton blanket had a lower value, so it was cut up and turned into a toy.

19th century baseball memorabilia is rare

Baseball may have been first mentioned in the United States in 1791, when city officials in Pittsfield, Mass., banned playing the game near the town meeting house. Years later, a group of “experts” decided that the game was invented by Abner Doubleday — a decision that is now called a myth.

Screens have diverse uses in the home

“The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider’s web.” — Edwin Way Teale (1899-1960), American photographer and writer, “September 18,” Circle of the Seasons (1953)

Color change in fruit might not signal ripeness

I will be giving a class on summer pruning Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 100 yards east of the orchard at Horse Drive near Decatur Boulevard in North Las Vegas, in the outdoor auditorium. There is no fee for the class. Visit my blog or send me an email for more information.