• 27
    Oct

Auction Report: Vigorous Battle over Tiffany Sterling and Metal Salt & Pepper Shakers

FLAT ROCK, N.C. – A gorgeous pair of rare Tiffany sterling silver and mixed metals salt and pepper shakers, each piece standing 3 ¾ inches tall and in the flying crane décor, hammered for $4,000 to a determined bidder from New York City. The battle for the Tiffany shakers highlighted a multi-estate sale held in […]

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  • 27
    Oct

Auction Report: Cardboard Diorama Tops $5,000 at Petroliana & Advertising Sale

PEOTONE, Ill. – A dazzling cardboard diorama, advertising Mayo-Skinner Automatic Windshield Cleaner and graded 8.5 on a 1-10 scale for condition, sold for $5,060 at a Fall Peotone Petroliana & Advertising Auction held Oct. 16 in advance of the annual Fall Chicagoland Advertising Show in Peotone. “The diorama was just a great piece with great […]

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  • 26
    Oct

Collecting for Collecting Sake: Confessions of a Collector-Turned-Accumulator

Accumulator and collector are not synonymous. While there are some similarities, the differences far outweigh them. The accumulator and collector are committed to the joy of collecting. They are passionate and enthusiastic, bound by the act of collecting and not what they collected. There is no limit to or prejudice toward what is collected. Watermelon-theme […]

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  • 26
    Oct

Collecting Classic Horror Books—Tales that Scared Our Great-Great-Grandparents

“Morning and evening Maids heard the goblins cry ‘Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy’ ” Thus begins Christina Rossetti’s 1859 epic poem, “Goblin Market.” This tale of horror (first published in 1862) describes how two innocent girls are lured to near death by beastly goblins, who entice them with descriptions of exotic, forbidden […]

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  • 26
    Oct

The King of the Macabre: Edgar Allan Poe Offers Various Avenues of Collectibles

As the undisputed father of terror and the grotesque, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) wrote more than 150 poems, essays and short stories, as well as a couple of novels, a play and even a textbook. Many artists have interpreted his poems and short stories, creating hundreds of different illustrated versions. Publishers have combined his work […]

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  • 26
    Oct

Hollow, Light-Weight Decoys Valued on the Jersey Coast and Delaware Valley

The distinctive style of coastal New Jersey decoys was shaped by the method of hunting used in the area. The sneak box was used as the primary type of gunning boat. A sneak box was a small boat about 12 feet long and 4 feet wide, built low to the water for one gunner. It […]

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  • 26
    Oct

Wood Shrinkage in Antique Furniture is to be Expected

The next time you visit a genuine antique furniture shop, pay particular attention to the concept of wood shrinkage. When a tree is felled it contains at least as much water as it does solids—50 percent or more—and weighs more at that moment than it will ever weigh again. As the tree loses moisture over […]

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  • 21
    Oct

This Week in Geek 10/21/09

I don’t get Manga. Never have. I love anime but I just never got into manga. I read Lone Wolf and Cub and Akira cover-to-cover and loved both, but that’s where my manga buying ended. Well not totally true; I read and loved Osamu Tezuka’s Buddah and Phoenix. So, four manga titles all together. It […]

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  • 20
    Oct

Before Use in Home Décor, Model Boats Battled for Supremacy on the Ponds

Pond boats have been used extensively in home decorating for 20 plus years. They have a simplicity and beauty of line that complements interior décor from modern to traditional to funk. They grace our homes now but in their previous lives, they spent plenty of time on ponds, natural and manmade, for the sake of […]

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  • 20
    Oct

‘Come See the Strange, the Unusual . . . the Circus Side Show Collectibles’

The circus side show dominated the midway. The flashy banner line and the talker (not a barker) shouted about the wonders to be seen on the inside: “. . . the strange and the unusual . . . the giant and the midget family, the sword swallower, the fire eater, the snake charmer and the […]

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