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Cincinnati Offers a Hotbed of Early Firefighter Collectibles (8/2/10)
FIREMAN TINTYPE AND SILVER BELT PLATE Fathers, ask your sons today what they want to be when they grow up. The answer isn’t the same … More >>

Military Headdresses: The Ultimate Fashion Statement (7/18/10)
REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA TRICORN HATWhile new trends in fashion can provide something to talk about, depending exactly on the statement new fashion is trying … More >>

Photographs Can Offer More Than Just a Thousand Words (7/12/10)
A boudoir card of a Sioux family photo realized $488.75 (including buyer’s premium) at auction. This photo can help a collector identify other collectibles and help understand what these objects meant to their original owners. Collectors of American Indian art view their objects from two angles: as art and history. For example, the aesthetics … More >>

Art Glass Lamps — A Century of Elegant Lighting (7/10/10)
This Tiffany Seven-Light Lily Lamp with Gold Dore Base is one of the most innovative styles of the Tiffany lamps.  Originally selling for $80 100 years ago, it sold for $21,850 (including the buyer’s premium) in October 2006. A century ago, people who wanted to buy fine American-made electric lighting fixtures were presented with a bewildering array … More >>

Sweet Dreams: Henry Boyd Tester Beds Highly Collectible (5/24/10)
This walnut tester bed, made by Henry Boyd, features simply turned posts, a scrolled, curly walnut headboard, and a fine, old, dry surface, made circa 1845. It sold in 2006 for $6,325 (including a buyer’s premium.What do you sleep in? No, I don’t mean your apparel, but what type of bed? If you own a … More >>

Early American Advertising Collecting Offers Something for Everyone (5/17/10)
The artwork on these Northwestern Litho Co. Milwaukee art nouveau bock beer posters, circa 1912-14, reflects the fashions popular at that time. Collecting vintage and antique advertising offers a wide variety of categories, which means there is usually something ti interest everybody.During the past 50-plus years, Early American advertising has become quite collectable. The diverse variety of items in this field … More >>

Cincinnati Pottery Before There Was Rookwood (5/11/10)
This wonderful Cincinnati yellow ware paneled water pitcher with Rockingam-type mottled brown glaze on a slip-cast body was made by William Bromley. The pitcher has floral scrollwork decoration and a female with harp below spout. The base has impressed Eagle mark with “Bromley & Co. Brighton Pottery Cin. Ohio.”For most antique lovers, the Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati conjures up images of fine ceramics. Great decorators, combined with great … More >>

Collectors Sweet on Sugar Chests (2/19/09)
sugar-chestLong obsolete, sugar chests have become collector favorites. Most sugar chests come from Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina, but they … More >>

Antique Pocket Watches – A Timeless Collectible (2/19/09)
pocket-watchPocket watches have been around for 700 years and are highly prized collectibles today. The first examples date back to … More >>

How Henry Farny Won the West (2/19/09)
This American Indian scene in gouache, Summoned by the War Chief, by Henry F. Farny sold for $918,000 at a June 17, 2006 auction.Cincinnati was home to a burgeoning community of artists during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, creating a period … More >>

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