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Factory Decoys Offer another Collecting Avenue (7/27/09)
These four Stevens decoys, two goldeneye drakes, top, and a bluebill drake and hen, bottom, are in superb condition. They ranged in price from $7,500 to $10,250 at auction. Photo courtesy of Guyette and Schmidt.  There are as many strategies to collecting decoys as there are decoys. For example, one can collect by area made, … More >>

Binnacles 101: Get Your Bearings with Nautical Collectibles (7/22/09)
Fancy yacht binnacle with compensating balls and lanterns and decorative lion feet.Many people who come into my shop are confused by the nature of the nautical instruments called binnacles that I … More >>

‘Neat’ Set of Apothecaries Measures (6/30/09)
Elmer Crowell female Goldeneye decoy I sold for $900 15 years ago at the Holiday Antique Show in Williamsburg, Va. It is one of his working decoys and in rough shape, with paint rubbed off at the breast. Even so, it’s a lovely decoy. People become antique dealers for various reasons. Some do so when their personal collection becomes too big for their home … More >>

Duck, Duck, Goose: The Superb and Valuable A. Elmer Crowell Decoys (6/22/09)
A nesting Canada goose by A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), East Harwich, Ma., circa 1900-1912. Estimated value at auction: $600,000 to $900,000. (Photo courtesy Copley Fine Art Auctions) Next month, on July 15, Copley Fine Art Auctions, LLC will auction some of the most fabulous decoys ever made. … More >>

Identification of Decoys by Region (5/26/09)
The decoy on the left is a Michigan canvasback drake (maker unknown), and the one on the right is a female bluebill by H.V. Shourds of New Jersey. Even considering the species difference, the shape difference between the two is impossible to miss. Value on the Shourds is $600, considering crazing of the paint, while value on the canvasback is $125.Just as fine artists influence each other to create a distinctive regional style, so too do duck decoy makers. Regional … More >>

Tools of the Trade: Surgical Knives and Scalpels (5/15/09)
These amputation knives by Favre have ebony checkered handles with the maker’s name on the knife near the handle. A set like this should sell for around $300.In your hunt for the ultimate in medical instruments, don’t pass by loose instruments such as knives and scalpels. Surgical … More >>

Display and Care of Your Decoy Collection (5/4/09)
These decoys are mounted on the wall using hand forged iron L brackets. The decoy on the left is a Mitchell Black Duck and the black and white decoy is an Eider from Maine. Also on the cypress board and batten wall is a Chelsea clock and barometer with a pewter collection on the shelf above.Decoys were subjected to extremes of temperature and weather conditions in their working life. In your collection, keeping them away … More >>

Proper Care and Storage of Antique Medical Instruments (3/31/09)
Leaving this Civil War era amputation kit open all the time will not affect the metal instruments but will impact the fabric lining. For example, purple velveteen linings in many amputation sets have faded to a pale green where the inside was constantly exposed to lightMany of us have collections of antiques we wish to display but are not sure how. We do not always … More >>

Antiques and Collectibles of the Apothecary (3/26/09)
The large, iron pedestal mortar and pestle on the left was one used on the counter of an apothecary. Current auction prices range from (left to right) $95 for large cast iron pedestal, $50-100 for the small brass, $20 for the tiny 18th-century glass, $50 for the medium cast iron, $175 for the brass, and $85 for the lignum vitae.Until fairly recently, apothecaries (or chemists, pharmacists, druggists) compounded their own medicine and made their own pills, tinctures, syrups etc. … More >>

Apothecary Chests: Carry-alls Filled with Medicines of the Day (3/20/09)
Brown-painted, carpenter-made apothecary chest with hand labeled bottles, which sold for $1,100 in 1999.If you like boxes, as I do, and you like ooh-jahs, as I do, you will love apothecary chests, which … More >>

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