• 28
    Sep

Thomas Brooks Rosewood Cylinder Desk Tops All at Kirkwood Mansion Auction

[caption id="attachment_2486396" align="alignright" width="360" caption="This rosewood cylinder desk, made in the 1860s by Thomas Brooks, was the top lot at the Kirkwood Mansion Auction, held Sept. 5, bringing in $49,450. As it turns out, the desk will not be moved at all, as the new owners of the mansion won the desk and will keep it where it...

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  • 28
    Sep

Housing Works to Host ‘Early American Prints’ Charity Auction

[caption id="attachment_2486256" align="alignright" width="336" caption="A 19th-century print of George Washington."][/caption] NEW YORK – Housing Works Auctions announced today that on Wednesday, Oct. 7, it will host “Early American Prints,” a live charity auction of more than 60 fine prints from 19th-century America, including dozens by legendary engravers Currier & Ives. Longtime Housing Works volunteer and celebrity appraiser Kathleen...

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  • 28
    Sep

18th Cent. Pennsylvania Chippendale Tiger Maple Desk Highlights Multi-Estate Sale

[caption id="attachment_2486411" align="alignright" width="314" caption="This late-18th-century Pennsylvania Chippendale tiger maple desk garnered $41,400, making it the top lot at the multi-estate Historic Hillsborough Auction held Sept. 19."][/caption] HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – A gorgeous late-18th century Pennsylvania Chippendale tiger maple desk—probably Lancaster County and crafted from strikingly figured tiger maple with poplar secondary—sold for $41,400 against a pre-sale estimate of...

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  • 23
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/23/09

[caption id="attachment_2486391" align="alignright" width="197" caption=" Blackest Night"][/caption] The DC December solicitations are up and, as always, they give away just enough plot to keep us salivating. The most shocking of which seems to deal with the fate of one of my favorite members of the Green Lantern Corps. I'm not going into it because this is not a...

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  • 23
    Sep

Tells Give Away ‘Not Quite Authentic’ Antique Scrimshaw

I recently acquired a scrimshawed whale tooth, knowing full-well that it was NOT an antique, despite the scribed date of 1859. I made my original assessment based solely on “tells” visible in the seller-provided photographs, which are included with this article. Once in hand, loupe-inspection confirmed my suspicions. But first, here are the historic references I found about...

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  • 23
    Sep

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Marwal Bull, Reed and Barton Bells, Heisey Syrup Pitcher

QUESTION: I own a large plaster of Paris sculpture of a bull that is painted dark brown. An impressed oval-stamp with “MARWAL / IND / INC” in its border is located near the right rear leg of the bull. When was this sculpture made? What is its value? – LR, Titusville, FL ANSWER: An Internet search revealed that...

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  • 22
    Sep

Currier & Ives Prints: Ways to Tell Originals form Reproductions

[caption id="attachment_2486345" align="alignright" width="400" caption="Currier & Ives lithograph “Attacking a Right Whale.”"][/caption] From 1834 to 1907 the firm of Currier & Ives provided for the American people a window on their country’s development from a rural society to an industrialized one. Highly detailed and colorful, these are prime examples of the work of “America’s printmakers.” For nearly three...

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  • 22
    Sep

From Rock ‘N’ Roll to the Circus: Feld Follows the Path of P.T. Barnum

[caption id="attachment_2486327" align="alignright" width="235" caption="The cover of the souvenir program for “The Biggest Show of Stars for ’57.” This program is a cross collectible, sought-after by circus collectors and rock & roll collectors alike.  It has a value of $50.00 to $100.00 but has sold on eBay for as much as $305.00. Hard to find window cards for this...

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  • 22
    Sep

Gabel Kuro, Wurlizter Jukeboxes to Highlight John Gurrech Collection Auction

[caption id="attachment_2486296" align="alignright" width="336" caption="This extremely rare 1940 Gabel Kuro jukebox, completely restored and one of only a few known to exist, will highlight the upcoming auction of jukebox and advertising collector John Gurrech on Oct. 3."][/caption] NORTHPORT, Ala. – The world-famous jukebox and advertising collection of the late John Gurrech of Houston, Tex., including an extremely rare...

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  • 22
    Sep

Regular Maintenance for Antique Furniture – a List of ‘Should Do’s’

Over the last 30 years of repairing and restoring antique and collectible furniture, many questions have come from my customers about the little things that should or should not be done on a regular basis to care for their prize possessions. Much of this information is just "common sense," but many of us are so busy in our...

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