• 23
    Aug

Parker Brothers AA Pigeon Gun Sign Highlights Sporting & Firearms Auction

[caption id="attachment_2485618" align="aligncenter" width="432" caption="This Parker Brothers AA Pigeon Gun sign brought in an auction-record $7,543."][/caption] MATTHEWS, N.C. – A Parker Brothers AA Pigeon Gun wood and metal advertising sign, one of only two known, sold for a record $7,543 in an Internet and catalog auction, besting the former record of $5,500 for the other sign, purchased at...

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  • 23
    Aug

Vintage Fire Trucks, Firefighting Memorabilia Up for Bid in Museum Liquidation

[caption id="attachment_2485602" align="aligncenter" width="502" caption="This 1941 Chevrolet Pirsch Pumper is among the 132 lots from the Kids Firehouse Museum of Largo, Fla., that will be sold at auction in a liquidation sale on Sept. 15, 2009"][/caption] PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – A five-alarm call has gone out to all firefighting enthusiasts and collectors as the entire contents of the...

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  • 23
    Aug

New Virginia Auction Firm Jay & Wilma’s to Host Multi-Estate Sale

[caption id="attachment_2485632" align="alignright" width="313" caption="This plantation desk, in excellent condition, will be among the items to cross the block at an auction to be conducted by Jay & Wilma’s Local Estates on Sept. 12, 2009."][/caption] IVOR, Va. – Several prominent local estates—including one with collections that span multiple generations—will be auctioned in the first sale to be held...

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  • 21
    Aug

‘Great Find’ Article Generates Reader Comments

We’ve had a lively discussion following the publication of an article about Will Seippel, WorthPoint’s founder and CEO, and how he stumbled upon a “Great Find” missed by an estate sale’s appraisers (“Expert Appraisers Miss ‘Great Find’ Hiding in Plain Sight”) Will, arriving just before the sale was about to close for the day, thought that a pair...

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  • 19
    Aug

This Week in Geek 8/19/09

[caption id="attachment_2485569" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Beta Ray Bill"] [/caption] Big news this week as a successor has been named to replace J. Michael Straczynski on Thor. Kierion Gillen, writer of Phonogram for Image Comics, will take over the God of Thunder this November. Now, of course, Thor enthusiasts everywhere are curious if Gillen will continue to thrill fans and...

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  • 19
    Aug

What Did You Read As a Child? Collecting Memories

Avid readers and book collectors all have one thing in common—they were inspired by their childhood favorites. We learned to value books because of the ones we read when we were young. These are the books we will always remember—the ones that stimulated our imaginations, took us away to fabulous places and created in us a life-long love...

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  • 18
    Aug

Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 17-21, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we get to peek into the art that decorated Bob Guccione’s house, see what’s up with O.J.’s memorabilia and a Warhol of Michael Jackson sells for big bucks. From The New York Times: On the Block, a Peek Into the Lifestyle of Bob Guccione Some things that were less than dressed—a pair...

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  • 18
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Royal Winton, Baffle Ball, Blenko Vase

QUESTION: I inherited a luncheon set consisting of six plates, six cups and saucers, teapot, creamer, and sugar, in Royal Winton’s Cheadle pattern. What is its value? – B, Lehigh Valley, PA ANSWER: Leonard Lumsden Grimwade, a modeler, founded the Elgin Pottery in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent in 1885. His older brother Sidney joined the firm shortly thereafter, the firm...

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  • 18
    Aug

Antiques Show Offers Treasures for Those Who Know How to Look

[caption id="attachment_2485524" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="One of the tensts set up at last weekend's Madison-Bouckville Outdoor Antiques Show in upstate New York."][/caption] The headlines read: “Mid-Summer Blues Amidst a Depressed Marketplace!” I see it every day in the newspaper and on CNN, but someone forgot to tell the people in this beautiful upstate New York hamlet of Bouckville. Every...

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  • 18
    Aug

New Haven Clock Company a Most Prolific Operation

[caption id="attachment_2485519" align="alignright" width="321" caption="This pine and Rosewood-veneer clock with a painted glass door is a typical New Haven Clock Company cottage clock."][/caption] The New Haven Clock Company was one of the most prolific of the early American New England clock companies. Some indication of the range and scope of their production is that auction listings over the...

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