Antiques Freaks

75 EpisodesProduced by Antiques Freaks

Two freaks explore antiques every week. Updates Wednesday.

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075 Cast Iron Pans

June 19th, 2019


Put the spider on the cross. Cleanse your sins with fire and lye. The time has come to join the Cast Iron Cult.

074 Staffordshire Murder Pottery

June 12th, 2019


What do the Red Barn Murder, the Murders at Stanfield Hall, the Bermondsey Horror, and the Prince of Poisoners have in common? They're all immortalized in Staffordshire pottery! Because the only thing the Victorians …

073 Neon Signs

June 5th, 2019


A bubble that will never burst! Enter the realm of the tube-benders, and join the noble gases on their quest to light up the night!

072 Lesbian Pulp Fiction

May 29th, 2019


I Am A Woman (In Love With a Woman - Must Society Reject Me?) and other fantastical tales from the Isle of Lesbos! The true story behind Beebo Brinker! Which man had his fictional protagonist read his nonfiction tome? …

071 Antiques Fraud! The Keno Twins

May 22nd, 2019


Antiques Roadshow stars behaving badly! Twins bidding against each other! Auction fever blazing! What harm can one or three Coors Lights do? Join us on this wild ride.

070 Antiques Fraud! Jefferson Wine

May 15th, 2019


What if one of the founding fathers of America had bought wine in Paris? And what if a bottle of that wine happened to show up at a Christie's auction? And what if no one questioned its veracity until it was too late? …

069 The New Home Sewing Machine Co. and the Grout Automobile

May 8th, 2019


How does one tiny New England town go from chair-making to sewing machines to steam-powered cars in just one century? Come along with us on a wild journey through the history of the New Home Sewing Machine Co.!

068 Cast Iron Door Stop

May 1st, 2019


Do you wish your door would move less? We may just have a solution. CAST IRON DOOR STOPS! Special shout out to #brickclub.

067 Dead Birds on Hats

April 24th, 2019


It begins with John James "Bonkers for Birds" Audubon and ends with the Migratory Birds Treaty Act. With some pit stops along the way for Teddy …

066 Tiffany

April 17th, 2019


It's time to learn about Louis Comfort Tiffany, the Gilded Age glassware mogul who contributed almost no creativity to the company that bears his …

065 Dime Novels

April 10th, 2019


Delve into the daring adventures of Deadwood Dick - amongst others! Yes, it's time to read up on America's answer to the penny dreadful.

064 Model Trains

April 3rd, 2019


From the earliest piddler to the lion known as Lionel, come learn about model trains! With a slight detour into Gillette Castle.

063 Valuing Vintage and Antique Sewing Machines

March 27th, 2019


What's that old Singer treadle cabinet in the attic worth? Absolutely nothing? Probably! But let us explore further and see if we might find some …

062 Appraisals

March 20th, 2019


What is this antique, and how much is it worth? We're no Antiques Roadshow, but we'll give it a shot, and show you how to do it, too!

061 Regretsy

March 13th, 2019


From the mysterious origins of Helen Killer to the swift and sudden demise at the peak of popularity, we chronicle the one blog who dared to take on …

060 Diamonds

March 6th, 2019


Diamonds are a girl's best friend? Nope. Diamonds are forever? Not even close. Like diamonds, we are cut with our own dust? Sure! Join us on a nightmare spiral of lies as we discover how diamonds tie into the antiques …

059 Buttonhooks

February 27th, 2019


In a dark age before the dawn of zippers, we had buttons. So many buttons. Too many buttons. Solution? BUTTONHOOKS! Warning for terrible things …

058 Razors

February 20th, 2019


It's a hatchet for your face! This week we discuss razors, from their ancient origins to their stage musical and silver screen fame, all the way up to their hipster resurgence. With a pit stop in King Camp Gillette's …

057 Decorative Electricity with a Chapter on Fire Risks (1891)

February 13th, 2019


Meet the electric Victorian version of Martha Stewart! Mrs. J. E. H. Gordon, aka Alice, is here to tell us all how to best decorate our London townhouses. With electricity! You won't believe what she does to her …

056 Cloisonne

February 6th, 2019


It's not just a rockin' good They Might Be Giants tune. It's also an incredibly difficult and intricate decoration technique that may have …

055 Steampunk

January 30th, 2019


Get your goggles, cogs, and corsets ready! It's time to delve into the wild wild world of steampunk. Pour one out for all the antique clocks destroyed along the way.

054 Pin-Up Girls

January 23rd, 2019


From Gibson to Vargas, the Antiques Freaks discuss the history behind saucy illustrations of ladies.

053 Antiques Fraud! Keane Big-Eye Paintings

January 16th, 2019


It's kitsch gone wrong! Will the true artist behind these weepy-eyed waifs please stand up?

...Because we have to congratulate them on getting an …

052 Antiques Fraud! Dr. Beringer's Lying Stones

January 9th, 2019


Fraudulent fossils abound in 18th century Germany! Tune in to hear a tale of academic pranking gone horribly awry.

051 Postcards, Deltiology, and the Berner's Street Hoax

January 2nd, 2019


Postcards! It all started with legendary Regency prankster Thomas Hook and only got weirder from there.

050 Lights, Ornaments, and the Legend of the Christmas Spider

December 26th, 2018


Happy Boxing Day! In the second half of our holiday special, we cover lights from candles to bubbles to NOMA and beyond; tinsel, pavuchky, and the …

049 Shiny Brite Ornaments and Kugel Balls

December 19th, 2018


It's the first half of our two-part Christmas special, featuring Shiny Brite vintage ornaments and Kugel balls! Other talking points include Charles …

048 The Pope Chest

December 12th, 2018


What do the Salem Witch Trials and Benjamin Franklin have in common? A cool $2.4 million at Christie's. With special guest appearance by the Witch …

047 Pearls

December 5th, 2018


Antiques Freaks drops some pearls of wisdom just for you. About pearls! You have to bite them. (Don't bite them.)

046 Danger! Lead Poisoning

November 28th, 2018


Yet another occupational hazard of the antiques industry dating back to the age of antiquity! Join us as we explore which antiques contain lead and …

045 Bubby Pots and Invalid Feeders

November 21st, 2018


It's not a gravy boat. It's a downward spiral into Victorian sanitation failure and ill-advised website names. (Apologies for sound quality - our …

044 Kewpie Dolls

November 14th, 2018


Everyone's favorite horrible little shifty-eyed gremlins! But did you know their secret history? Spoiler alert: it involves parachutes, burglary, and …

043 Hummels

November 7th, 2018


Before we had Beanie Babies, we had Hummels. These cutesy collectible porcelain children pissed off Hitler something fierce. #hummelbrag

042 Danger! Poison Bottles

October 31st, 2018


HAPPY HALLOWEEN! To celebrate, we've brought out one of Dee's favorite collections: poison bottles. Please do not use them to serve spooky cocktails …

041 Oddities

October 24th, 2018


What do you get when science and history collide? ODDITIES! We close out Goth Month with special guest Olivia, here to tell us all about what …

040 Antiques Outtakes Medley

October 17th, 2018


Dee's out-of-studio this week, so we put together an assortment of the best deleted scenes from our Patreon! Covering everything from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell to Drug Abuse Resistance Education to Singin' in …

039 Bloodletting

October 10th, 2018


In today's episode we give you blood, blood gallons of the stuff, and share a little on why you would take the blood out, and with what! Warning for …

038 Haunted Antiques

October 3rd, 2018


What do you get when you turn a 19th century textile mill into an antiques shop? GHOSTS! We kick off the month of Halloween with haunted …

037 Goofus Glass

September 26th, 2018


Not gallant glass, but GOOFUS GLASS! Long thought to be a prank, now we know it's the Next Big Thing in collectible glassware. Also, notoriously ugly.

036 First Editions

September 19th, 2018


BOOKS! How can you recognize a first edition in the wild? How many first editions are hiding in your house RIGHT NOW? And which rare first edition has the most inappropriate price tag? All this and more as we dive into …

035 Cameos

September 12th, 2018


Cameos! The ultimate souvenir for the distinguished Victorian tourist. See also: sardonyx, the sarcastic cousin of onyx. And just how much is Lance …

034 My Little Pony

September 5th, 2018


Antiques Freaks chat about some fine equines as we delve into the magical retro world of My Little Pony! What is "pony cancer" and how can you prevent it from destroying your mint-condition Minty? How is a plastic pony …

033 Hair Receivers

August 29th, 2018


What are you doing with all that hair collected in your hairbrush? Just throwing it away? WASTEFUL! The Antiques Freaks tell you how to put that hair …

032 Stamps

August 22nd, 2018


Once upon a time, in a world before electronic-mail, we had stamps. From the penny black to the pony express, Antiques Freaks will tell you which stamps are hot, which stamps are not, and which stamps might be secret …

031 Sun-Purpled Glass

August 15th, 2018


Start sunning purple with the Antiques Freaks as we tell a tale of beauty and deception. Sun-purpled glass, an innocent aesthetic alteration, or a plague of fraud and lies? You decide!

030 Pyrex

August 8th, 2018


From batteries to casseroles, Pyrex has got your back. In this listener-suggested episode, we learn about literally the only antique you can put in …

029 What Not To Do! Furniture

August 1st, 2018


How is an antique bookshelf like a rabid raccoon? What's a doily good for, anyway? When will science give us an endangered sites list, but like, for antiques? The Antiques Freaks tell you What Not To Do to your antique …

028 Danger! The Snellen Reform Eye

July 25th, 2018


It was the best of eyes, it was the worst of eyes. The creator of the best-selling poster in America brings you the Snellen reform eye, the greatest prosthetic eye of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There's just …

027 Crimson Peak (2015)

July 18th, 2018


Guillermo del Toro's Gothic romance masterpiece gives the Antiques Freaks an excuse to talk about chatelaines, hair jewelry, spirit photography, and …

026 Antiques Fraud! Furniture

July 11th, 2018


Chairs? Lies. Desks? Also lies. Antiques Freaks learn which fraud fooled the furniture experts at Versailles and how you can avoid making the same …

025 Steiff

July 4th, 2018


It's time for the teddy bear parade, starring Steiff! With special guest appearance by the darkest teddy of all time.

024 Pineapples

June 27th, 2018


We answer a listener question this week and discover just why there are so many gosh-darned pineapples all over antique furniture. Ken writes some pineapple fanfiction.

023 Majolica

June 20th, 2018


It's our first listener-suggested episode topic: Majolica! The Victorians went wild for it. Queen Mary destroyed it. Many strong feelings this week. …

022 Chippendale

June 13th, 2018


It's the Magic Mike of furniture, Chippendale!

021 Danger! Paris Green

June 6th, 2018


Fashion... to DIE for! Antiques Freaks explain the deadly Victorian pigment Paris green. (Warning: if you're sensitive to bad things happening to kids, you may want to listen with one finger on the skip button.)

020 Josiah Wedgwood

May 30th, 2018


One potter to rule them all, and in the darkness bind them. We delve deep (perhaps... too deep...) into the life and times of Josiah Wedgwood and his …

019 Definitions II: Ceramics Edition

May 23rd, 2018


How do you pronounce "sevres"? We don't know. But we do know why all dolls are haunted. Join us on a journey of ceramics discovery.

018 Transferware

May 16th, 2018


Transfer where? Transfer here! With transferware. Learn how to live up to your blue-and-white china. (Apologies to Oscar Wilde.)

017 Wheat Pennies

May 9th, 2018


Check your pockets! There might be antiques in there! Tune in to learn the scandalous history of the fabled wheat penny.

016 Calling Cards (and Calling Card Cases)

May 2nd, 2018


Are you a big nerd for Victorian nonsense? Tune in to learn all about the bizzare social ritual of calling cards, from A Member of the Aristocracy.

015 Danger! Mercury

April 25th, 2018


Antiques Freaks are not doctors, but even we know mercury isn't good for you. Learn which antiques will definitely for sure kill you with mercury poisoning in this week's episode!

014 - Roseville Pottery

April 18th, 2018


Our hearts are in Ohio this week as we tackle Roseville pottery! It's very valuable and prestigious. Ken has literally never heard of it before. …

013 Depression Glass

April 11th, 2018


Don't get sad, get happy! Learn all about the brightly colored glassware that cheered up miserable folks of yesteryear.

012 Sterling Silver

April 4th, 2018


What do fish forks, grape shears, and tracheotomy tubes have in common? STERLING SILVER! Dee goes off on scrappers. Ken has no idea what electroplating is. Join us, won't you? Thank you.

011 Bakelite (with Celluloid!)

March 28th, 2018


Dive into early plastics and learn the difference between Bakelite (not flammable) and Celluloid (more flammable than paper).

010 Flea Market Flip

March 21st, 2018


The antiques are streaming this week as Dee and Ken binge and review HGTV's Flea Market Flip! Please stop spraypainting over solid mahogany.

009 Thrift Shops

March 14th, 2018


Move over, Macklemore. The Antiques Freaks are here to tell you how to sniff out hidden treasures at your local thrift shop!

008 Beanie Babies

March 7th, 2018


Gather round for an extra-long episode explaining the scourge of the collectibles industry: Beanie Babies. They're completely worthless. Enjoy!

007 Antiques Fraud! Glassware

February 28th, 2018


Antiques is a liar sometimes. Dee explains how to spot the fakes in glassware, porcelain, and mirrors. Ken knows too much about vampires. The wine fraud documentary is Sour Grapes (2016).

006 Auctions

February 21st, 2018


Dee tells us all about how to conduct ourselves at an antiques action. Protip: no cussin'.

(Since recording this episode, we have been informed that …

005 Jet

February 14th, 2018


Dee explains the mineral jet and its history in antique jewelry. Ken explains its role in one of the many, many subplots of the novel Les Miserables. …

004 Jadeite

February 7th, 2018


Not just a two-bit Sailor Moon villain! Remake yourself in Martha Stewart's image with the soothing soft greens of jadeite glassware. #thanksmartha

003 Haggling

January 31st, 2018


Ken hates haggling because he fears and mistrusts that which he does not understand. Fortunately Dee is here to explain it all!

002 Carnival Glass

January 24th, 2018


The shiny garbage of yesterday is now highly collectible! Dee explains carnival glass and Ken tells of corn.

001 Definitions

January 20th, 2018


What am antiques? Not to worry. Dee and Ken define antiques, vintage, retro, Victorian, and a bunch of other words abused by Pinterest.

(Ken is confused about the interim period between the Regency era and the Victorian …

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