About Anne McCollam

Anne McCollam

Anne McCollam

Anne McCollam took this column  over from her father, James G. McCollam, when he retired in 1993. Previous to that she worked with him as his research assistant. Her passion for antiques actually began when she was a child, with her first collections consisting of diminutive porcelain butter pats and Victorian egg cups.

She studied art/art history at St. Mary's College at Notre Dame, Ind. A large mosaic she created is permanently installed on the outside of Moreau Hall, the art department building. For 10 years she was a docent for the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. There she was responsible for researching and writing tours for diverse groups.

She was also a storyteller for the museum for five years. During the mid 1990s she appeared on a nationally televised children's program representing the museum. She was on the Board of Directors of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame for 12 years and as president emeritus continues to be an active board member.

She is frequently asked to speak to community groups on the subjects of antiques and collecting.

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Wood Side Chair Was Made in the Victorian Era Sep 21, 2018

Q: The chair seen in this photo is painted green and has a floral stencil on the back. My grandmother, who was born in 1872, said her mother used to sit on it to diaper and dress all of her 13 children. My grandmother was the youngest of the 13, so t... Read More

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Chair Has Been in Same Family for Generations Sep 14, 2018

Q: Enclosed is a photo of an antique wicker chair that I have. On the back of the chair is a metal tag with the words "J. B. Van Sciver Co." We think the chair has been in our family since the 1920s or early 1930s, and it is in amazingly good conditi... Read More

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Carving Was Inspired By Ancient Myth Sep 07, 2018

Q: This antique chair and rocking chair are a set. It was purchased over 25 years ago at a local estate auction. Each has a wood frame, paw feet and an upholstered seat. Both arms are decorated with carved faces of winged females. Interesting to me i... Read More