In a Canadian Attic

In a Canadian Attic coverIn a Canadian Attic: an invaluable guide to almost every conceivable antique or art object that might be found in a Canadian attic

My guess is that valuable items have appeared in Canadian attics in the last 48 years that are not mentioned here.  This was probably a pretty good guide in the 1960s and 1970s.  Maybe even the 1980s.  It’s too old to claim “almost every conceivable” anything now, though.  There were items created after 1963 that can now be considered valuable.  Maybe not antique, by its official definition (100 years makes something antique), but definitely “art objects” worth knowing about if you are a collector.


Here’s an interesting item that can be found in a Canadian attic:

Eskimo sculpture


  1. What on earth is that Eskimo sculpture treasure?! If I found that in my attic I would have nightmares for life!

  2. Isn’t it only 100 years in America because we’re such a young country, across the pond it’s suppose to be 200+ and anything around 100 years is vintage?

    UKers, help me out here. I thought someone from the original (UK) Antiques Roadshow said that after someone brought them an item that was from America about 100 years ago.

    I assume it would be truish of Canada too even though I think Canada is a bit older than us. I never was good at history. Canadians can yell at me about that.

  3. The 100 years is an international defintion of an antique. Therefor duty-free. My parents are antique dealers. What I wonder is how different are Canadian antiques? Even the example could be made in Alaska. And technically as an independent country Canada is younger.

  4. The term “Eskimo” is considered pejorative in Canada these days. They’re now called the Inuit.

  5. I think you’ll find Canadian antiques are different from American, but then Virginian are quite different from Texan. That said, I’m not sure that the “Eskimo sculpture” depicted even comes from this planet.

  6. Other than Inuit stuff, what else is unique to a Canadian attic v. an American one?

    The sculpture appears to be two boys playing (brothers), the younger one is jumping and the older one holds his hands and boosts him up in the air. It’s actually not that bad and kind of cool in a knickknacky way.

  7. Okay, so the UK AR dude was wrong. Though I do clearly remember an appraiser on that show saying something akin to “100 years is vintage in England and Europe, 200+ is antique, but in America anything 100 years or more is antique because they’re a younger country.”

    I can’t remember the exact quote, but that was the gist of it. Maybe he’s one of those types who makes his own rules though. I was in a store recently where the woman refused to deal with anything she considered “primitive.” Which basically meant anything in dark woods and anything pre-1950s. All her stuff was 50s through 70s. Nice for me, but mom didn’t care for any of it.

  8. @Lurker: I took the figure on the right to be someone holding the sculpture, not part of the sculpture itself.

  9. Eskimo? Inuit? Whatever it is that hideous object can STAY in the Canadian (or Nuunavik or whatever) attic. You can see why Grandad hid it up there.

  10. I don’t think a line drawing of a stone sculpture is particularly helpful in assessing an actual stone sculpture found in an attic or elsewhere. If the sample illustration is typical of the material in the book, then I would weed it because it is not useful and probably never was all that useful ever. I think that most people who find interesting old pieces are going to head straight for the internet to seek information on origin and value.

  11. That drawing is worse than useless for identification purposes. My mother used to collect Inuit sculpture and still has more than a dozen pieces lying around the house. They don’t look much like that. Alas, I doubt most of them are all that valuable, either, although it’s possible that I’m wrong.

  12. Most Canadian attics have squirrels in them. In mine I keep snow shoes, moose antlers, plaid shirts, tuques, hockey pucks, mounties, presbyterians, beaver tails, stubbies, elbow pads, black flies and canoes that don’t tip. I keep my bottle of rye under the bed.

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