Welcome to my new blog here on AntiqueWeek’s Ning site! Throughout the week, I’ll be posting antique and collectible news, interesting links and my own rambling thoughts. You can also follow me on Twitter. My user name there is AntiquaryKat, and if you’re not already following AntiqueWeek’s Twitter stream, go ahead and join them as well. It’s very easy to sign up for a Twitter account – it takes just a few seconds, and it’s free! You can also find me on Facebook through the AntiqueWeek group.
First, I think an introduction is in order. My name is Katherine McKerrow, but everyone calls me “Kat.” I live in Baltimore, Md., with my husband, Josh, who’s a photographer, and my three-year-old daughter, Ruby. We have a big, hairy dog named Cowboy and two cats, Mink and Jiji. We all like to collect things (OK, the pets maybe not so much), and we recently bought our first house. That means new rooms to decorate with old treasures!
I currently pen two columns for AntiqueWeek: Antiqueonomics and Young Collectors. I’ve been reading AntiqueWeek since I was a kid! You could say I’m obsessed with old things – I studied archaeology, Latin and ancient Greek while at college, and my favorite hobbies include sewing historical costumes, exploring Medieval art and culture and reading big, old books. Oh, and collecting things, of course.
There are a few items that I currently collect. I’m always on the lookout for Victorian mourning jewelry, especially that made from gutta percha and bog oak. I used to work in Gettysburg selling women’s Civil War-era costumes, and I loved getting dressed up and wearing my antique jewelry. I like the matte, massive look and the exhaustive symbolism of the old mourning jewelry.
I also love to collect old books by and about my favorite author, Charles Dickens. There are a lot of Dickens-related books out there, and many of them are interesting. I have a particularly nice little collection of Dickens-themed tour books of England from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
You might have read about my Williamsburg, Va., postcard collection in AntiqueWeek. I started collecting these cards when I was a little kid, and Ruby is now starting to show an interest in them. I have a ton of these things, but I’m still on the lookout for pre-reconstruction views.
However, I’m always looking for any antiques or collectibles that catch my fancy. I’m always up for an antiquing adventure, too. Now that I’ve got these boring formalities out of the way, I hope you’ll come along with me as I share my adventures online!