What is the Cabinet of Curiosities?

Cabinets of Curiosities were collections of natural history artifacts kept by many early practitioners of science, and were precursors to natural history museums. Our All of AM catalog reflects these ideals; offering an eclectic selection of furniture, lighting, and home accessories. Items that challenge the mind as well as the eye.
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Do you have geographically ‘up to date’ globes?

A leader in antique replica globes, AM globes are historically accurate. We do not carry modern day globes.
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How are your globes made?

Our globes are meticulously handcrafted using the complicated ‘gravure’ printing process that results in the sharpest details, lines and symbols, even on the smallest globe. Wrought iron stands are hand forged. Copperplate printed gores are hand applied to a papier-mâché core. All AM globes are printed from original charts.
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Explain the difference between celestial and terrestrial?

A celestial globe represents the stars and constellation. They are mapped onto a sphere to show how they appear in the night sky from the earth. A terrestrial globe is a sphere mapping the geological formation of the earth.
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What types of wood do you use in your products? Game boards, airplanes etc.

We use various types of wood, depending upon the item. However, many items have been crafted from plantation grown mahogany, American cherry and birch woods.
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What type of fuel is used in your oil burning lanterns?

Standard lamp oil should be used in AM oil lanterns.
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Do the ships float?

Our ship models are unique home décor pieces. They are not made to float in the water.
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Are your ships and boats built to scale?

We offer many different lines of ships and boats. Some of our ships are built to an exact scale of their originals while other ships and boats are purely home décor. We offer a line of America’s Cup Sailing Ships that are built to scale.
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Explain ‘plank on frame’.

Sailing vessels were built by first creating a skeletal framework of the body. Wooden planks were then meticulously laid to create a watertight hull. Our ship models are fashioned in the same painstaking way.
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What type of fluid do you put in a weatherglass? How do you tell what the weather will be like? Is it accurate?

Weatherglasses are filled using water. Turn the faucet on to a small stream and fill through the neck of the glass. For various colors, use regular kitchen food coloring and add a couple of drops to reach the tint you desire. Weatherglasses are natural barometers and were used aboard sailing vessels to watch for inclement weather approaching. As the barometric pressure rises and falls inside the glass, the water also rises and falls in the neck of the glass. Low water depicts fair weather while higher water suggests worsening weather.
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What is the magnification of your telescopes/magnifying glasses?

The tabletop telescope has a 10x magnification; the floor model has 20x while the hand-held magnifying glasses are 3x.

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How do I clean my polished brass items?

There are numerous brass polishing/cleaning products on the market. Light tarnish can often be removed with simple liquids that react quickly with the oxidized brass. Simply read the instructions on the jar to see if you feel the product will work on your brass object. The degree of tarnish determines the product you will use. If you have brass specialty shops in your city/town, we suggest you call or stop in.

Remember: Wear cotton or rubber gloves in the final stages of cleaning and polishing. The oils from your hands will leave fingerprints that will show up months later! Always wash the brass with soap and water after cleaning to remove all polishing and cleaning compounds!
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Where are the shells gathered for your Shell Frames?

Our shells are non-endangered; they are gathered on the beaches of the Spice Islands.

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How can I hang an Airplane? Balloon?

We have found that by hanging these items with fishing line, it gives the illusion of actual flight. Fishing line is included with these products.
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Are your inks washable? What are they made from?

Our inks are not washable. Our inks are non-toxic and made from elements that meet the requirements of the EN71 test.
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Do you have a repair service?

No. Please contact the store where your item was purchased for warranty and/or return policies.

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Can I get a replacement piece directly from you?

If you need a replacement piece, please contact the store where you purchased the item.

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I want to send back a damaged item/piece. Can I send it directly to you?

Damaged items are only accepted from retail stores. Please contact the store where the item was purchased for their return policy.
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