• 10
    Aug

‘Bearly-Collectible’ Northwest Territories Canadian License Plates

[caption id="attachment_2523547" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In 1969, the Canadian Northwest Territories held a contest for school children to design a license plate that would symbolize their homeland. The winning design went to a 7th-grader from Yellowknife and first appeared in 1970.[/caption] One of the most common questions I am asked as a license plate collector is: “What is the...

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  • 7
    Aug

Photographs Can Offer More Than Just a Thousand Words

[caption id="attachment_2523490" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 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.[/caption] Collectors of American Indian art view their objects from two angles: as art and history. For example, the aesthetics...

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  • 6
    Aug

The Cedar Chest: Hope, Glory and Bottom Drawer

[caption id="attachment_2523485" align="aligncenter" width="600"] At first glance, this appears to be a Lane waterfall Art Moderne chest but it is actually an E.R. chest made by Ed Roos Co. of Forest Park, Ill.[/caption] Any search for information about the family heirloom we call a “cedar chest” will eventually lead you back to the ancient Egyptians, who made boxes...

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  • 3
    Aug

EBay has changed the Face of Bottle Collecting (just like every other Collectible)

[caption id="attachment_2523476" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Here is an example of a fairly common Lightning fruit jar, which in common aqua blue glass is worth about $5 on eBay. But in this vibrant cornflower blue color—with matching colored lid—it could possibly bring $100.[/caption] For those of us who have been collecting enthusiasts for more than 30-plus years, the advent of...

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  • 31
    Jul

The Last Battle of the Civil War Was not in Texas; The Confederate Flag as a Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2523471" align="alignright" width="299"] Because the Cedar Creek Battlefield Visitors Center is not on National Park grounds, it can—and does—sell Confederate Battle Flags and other Civil War memorabilia featuring the flag. In terms of actual Civil War-era Confederate flags, this controversy will not have much of an effect, as there are only some 60 known flags in existence.[/caption]...

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  • 27
    Jul

Art Glass Lamps — A Century of Elegant Lighting

[caption id="attachment_2523464" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 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).[/caption] A century ago, people who wanted to buy fine American-made electric lighting fixtures were presented with a bewildering array...

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  • 26
    Jul

Dining with Antiques – Pierced Sterling Serving Pieces

[caption id="attachment_2523458" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A Gorham Luxembourg cucumber server like this one would be part of an elaborate Victorian table setting, as formal, unique serving utensils for almost every kind of food—oysters, asparagus, bone marrow, crackers, fruit preserves, horseradish, olives—were part of a daily fine-dining experience.[/caption] Wealthy Victorians had a formal, unique serving utensil for almost every kind...

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  • 25
    Jul

Creative Solutions to Furniture Problems: Use What’s Available

In a fit of Spring cleaning, never mind what time of year it was, my wife decided to clean out her old cedar chest. When she got the chest emptied she realized that it didn’t smell like cedar anymore. This was not some cheap import chest with a fake aroma. This was solid cedar chest, circa 1925, that...

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  • 23
    Jul

Early American Advertising Collecting Offers Something for Everyone

[caption id="attachment_2491219" align="aligncenter" width="480"] 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.[/caption] During the past 50-plus years, Early American advertising has become quite collectable....

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  • 22
    Jul

Collecting Political and Low-Number License Plates

[caption id="attachment_2483635" align="aligncenter" width="270"] New York Governor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2483636" align="aligncenter" width="270"] Kentucky Chief Justice[/caption] Ever since the days of early motor vehicle registration there has always been fierce competition among drivers to obtain a low-number license plate. In many states, to many motorists, bearing a low-number plate has an instant connotation of status, power, wealth and even political...

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