April 2018  Newsletter
The Next Tanners Antique Show is 
April 21st and 22nd
Thank you everyone for a fun and Successful January show. We had a lot of wonderful vendors and a very good crowd.
The next show is April 21st and 22nd!

We have a very good show for you this month! Some vendors from California that have never done our show plus Glenn from the Serendipity shows will be here with his wonderful antiques not to mention all our regular wonderful vendors. Sylvia's Sterling will be back too.
We also have some recycling and handcraft vendors with their Fun and Creative items and specialty Foods.  Show this email or print the coupon at the end and get $1.00 off your admission.  
Plus we have FREE PARKING!

We are constantly striving to improve the shows so if you have any ideas please let one of us know.
A fun use for candle holders
Happy Spring!

Below is the schedule of upcoming  shows

April 21st and 22nd
August 4th and 5th
Oct. 6th and 7th
Nov. 17th and 18th
Magic of Santa Craft Faire Dec. 1,2
I'm sorry if any of the dates conflict with other shows,
I do my best to work around them
I'm also constrained by available dates at the Events Center

Please remember to shop at our show and small local stores for unique gifts. The antique stores I list here and places like the Buy Nevada First store in the Reno Town Mall are excellent places to shop and it helps your LOCAL neighbors.
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What is a Cameo?

Cameos are iconic and historical. Cameo jewelry has been around for centuries with early examples dating back to the 3rd century BC. Because they have been so popular throughout different eras, many people have a cameo that they have inherited or admired. Cameo's were especially popular in Victorian times so there are a large number of 1800's era cameo's available to the collector.  

   A cameo is a material that is carved with a raised relief that often depicts a profile of a face or a mythical scene.  Cameos are commonly made out of shell, coral, stone,  lava, or glass. These carvings are set in either gold or silver. 

   Victorian Conch shell cameos are very popular and were carved by hand, mostly by artisans along the Italian coast. Shell is soft and easily carved with distinct color layers so it was an ideal material.  Colorful lava from Mt. Vesuvius  was also used and was more expensive due to its hard nature and more difficult carving.

   Cheaper costume jewelry cameos exist, and these are set in a base metal and made out of a molded plastic, glass, or resin. These are not hand carved and are not worth a lot of money. 
  Not only is there a wide discrepancy in the value between a fine cameo and cameo knock-offs, but some fine cameos are worth significantly more than other fine cameos. Cameo jewelry has varying quality factors including the intricacy of the carving to the quality of the setting.  

How to Determine If Your Shell Cameo Is Authentic
   The first step to appraising a cameo is to identify what the cameo is made out of.
The best case scenario would be for the cameo to be made out of shell, coral, stone, or lava. For the sake of this article, we will try to point out the differences between shell cameos and their cheap plastic or resin impostors.   
Shell cameos are typically made out of conch shell and have an orangish pink background with a white or cream foreground.
It is important to know that carved shell is thin, making it somewhat transparent and susceptible to cracking. The cheaper molded plastic is made to look like shell but is visibly thicker in most cases.  
Step 1: Inspect the Transparency
Hold your pink and white cameo up to a light source and look at the backside of the cameo. If the cameo is made out of shell, you should be able to see through the cameo and make out the outline of the design. However, some plastic cameos are thin too, so this shouldn't be your only indicator. If you cannot see through the cameo at all, chances are the cameo is not shell.  
Step 2: Look for Cracks or Crazing
Take a closer look at the surface. If your cameo is made out of shell, you should see some fine cracks or crazing while inspecting the cameo using a light source.
Step 3: Zoom in on the Carving
Next look at your shell cameo under a 10x loupe from the front. You should be able to see very fine markings or indentations from carving tools, indicating the piece is carved out of shell. Plastic has a more uniform and smooth look to it.  
Step 4: Do a Quick Google Search
Many plastic cameos have the exact same face. Hand carved shell cameos have much more variety to them.
 Google image search "plastic cameo" and familiarize yourself with the facial styles.  
  • Antique Jewelry Tip #1: Sometimes the jewelry makers just want to trick you! You may find a cameo that has shell on the bottom and a very finely molded Bakelite plastic for the face. If after all these steps, you are still unsure, take your heirloom to a reputable antique jewelry dealer for inspection.  
  • Antique Jewelry Tip #2: Inexpensive, mass-produced cameos from the 1940's are sometimes carved out of shell but are set in brass. These are technically "real" cameos because they are made from a shell, and they are worth more than the plastic cameos. However, they are still considered costume jewelry and are not extremely valuable.  
If you think you have a shell cameo, check the setting for a quality mark indicating the item's gold content.
If the cameo jewelry has a gold hallmark, it is not a piece of costume jewelry. Not all antique gold settings are marked, though, so just because you don't see a mark, this doesn't mean your cameo is costume jewelry. You should have your setting tested for gold content.      
Ref: https://www.thespruce.com/cameo-jewelry-identification-2043415

Some Other Examples
  Shell cameo's are the most prevalent but a number of other materials have been and are used. 

Below is an example of a very fine Lava Cameo:

Molded Plastic is used due to it's low cost and ease of manufacture for inexpensive jewelry. You can tell a plastic cameo by looking at it with a strong magnifier. You won't see the sharp detail of a knife carved cameo (nor the carving marks).  Below is an example of a nice molded plastic cameo:

Another material that you may find is carved opal.  It's quite rare and beautiful:

Another material used for cameo's is glass.  It can be either molded or carved and can be found in both costume and fine jewelry.  There are many contemporary artists making beautiful molded and carved glass cameo's.  Below is a nice vintage molded cameo:

Another related craft is Intaglio Jewelry. The word cameo specifically describes a relief image raised higher than its background and carved from one material. In contrast, if the artist carves down into the stone to hollow out a recessed image, the resulting work is called an "intaglio " (pronounced with a silent "g").  This can be glass or more rarely actual gemstones. 
The art of intaglios  comes from ancient Greece and Rome. It was born in the beginning as a method of creating seals, to be pressed on wax, but soon it was also used in jewelry making . Originally, only semi-precious stones  were carved, but glass, which came from trade with the East, became a very valuable alternative.  It has a rich and varied history worthy of research if you are interested. Here is but one example:

Cameo's can be fascinating glimpses into classic style through the ages.  The beginning collector can find cameo's in any price range and many styles.  Have Fun!
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Places to Stay:

Ramada Reno Hotel and Casino, (Tanners Host Hotel)
1000 East 6th Street, Reno, NV 89512, 775-786-5151
Ramada Website
Click Here To See The Ramada Special Offer
The Ramada will reserve a block of rooms for us at a greatly discounted rate of $50 per night ($65 for April) plus taxes.
To book your rooms, Please call the hotel directly at 775-786-5151
and ask for the Hotel Desk. The booking company doesn't know about the discounts.
Please call in advance.

Motel 6 Reno Livestock Events Center, 866 North Wells Avenue, Reno, NV 89512, 775-786-9852
I-80 at N Wells Avenue, Exit #14,  Motel 6 Reservations

Days Inn Reno, 701 East 7th Street, Reno, NV 89512, 775-786-4070

Sands Regency Casino, 345 N. Arlington Avenue, RENO, NV 89501, 775-348-2200
Let's make this a fun forum to keep interest and excitement up for the shows!


Dan and Paula Clements 
Tanners Marketplace  
P.O. Box 618, Fernley NV  89408  
Email Dan Clements  dan@antique-antics.com 
Dan and Paula Clements
Your Hosts
Dan and Paula Clements
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2018 Show Schedule
At the Livestock Events Center
Tanners Marketplace :
January 27th and 28th
April 21st and 22nd
August 4th and 5th
October 6th and 7th
November 17th and 18th
Magic Of Santa:
December 1st and 2nd

Please Visit the Somewhere In Time antique mall at 1313 S. Virginia St.
(Paula and Dan are there on Mondays)

Weekly Auctions
Auctions by Sammy B
Lightning Auctions
A Fun Antiques and Clothing Store


Buy Nevada First
Gift store in Reno Town Mall

 The above vendors are listed as a local resource.  They have not paid to be featured.
Spring Jokes 

A Riddle: What am I?
 In Spring I look happy,
 Deck'd in comely array,
 In Summer more clothing I wear;
 When colder it grows,
 I fling off my clothes,
 And in Winter quite naked appear.

A: A Tree
David's father has three sons : Snap, Crackle and _____ ?

A: David
Q: Who invented copper wire?
A: Two tax attorneys fighting over a penny.

Q: What bow can't be tied?
A: A rainbow! 

Q: What do you call a rabbit with fleas?
A: Bugs Bunny 

Q: What do you call a girl with a frog on her head?
A: Lily! 

Q: Why is everyone so tired on April 1?
A: Because they've just finished a long, 31 day March! 

Q: If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?
A: Pilgrims! 

Q: What does the Easter Bunny order at a Chinese Restaurant?
A: Hop Suey! 

Q: Why did the farmer bury all his money?
A: To make his soil rich! 

Q: What did the big flower say to the little one?
A: You're really growing, bud! 

Q: What's the difference between Thanksgiving and April Fool's Day?
A: On one you're thankful and on the other you're prankful! 

Q: What season is it when you are on a trampoline?
A: Spring-time! 

Q: Why are frogs so happy?
A: They eat whatever bugs them. 

Q: What flowers grow on faces?
A: Tulips (Two-lips)! 

Q: What monster plays the most April Fool's jokes?
A: Prankenstein! 

Q: What do you get when you pour hot water down a rabbit hole?
A: A hot cross bunny. 

Q: What do you call it when it rains chickens and ducks?
A: FOUL weather! 

Q: What do you get when you plant kisses?
A: Tulips! 

Q: What goes up when the rain comes down?
A: An umbrella! 

Q: What falls but never gets hurt?
A: The rain! 

Q: What is a spring chick after it is five months old?
A: Six months old. 

Q: Why did the boy start a gardening business?
A: Because he wanted to rake in the cash! 

Q: What did the summer say to the spring?
A: Help! I'm going to fall.

Q: What kind of garden does a baker have?
A: A "flour" garden. 

Q: Why did the farmer plant a seed in his pond?
A: He was trying to grow a water-melon. 

Q: Can bees fly in the rain?
A: Not without their little yellow jackets!