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    Aug

Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 3-7, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles headlines is Barbra Streisand selling items for good causes, a potential Chicago real-estate steal and bidding on a bard’s Bible. From The Associated Press: Barbra Streisand to auction items for charity She may have started out singing “Second Hand Rose,” but over the years, Barbra Streisand didn’t shop at Goodwill. Now collector Streisand...

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    Aug

The Celery Vase: A Prominent Way to Serve an Exotic Vegetable

[caption id="attachment_2485142" align="alignright" width="146" caption="An example of an early American Pattern Glass celery vase. This over-sized goblet with crimped lip, in the Venus & Cupid pattern, was produced by Richards & Hartley between 1875-1884 and by U.S. Glass after 1891."][/caption] According to the early nineteenth century writer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in “The Physiology of Taste,” gastronomy required "intelligent...

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  • 4
    Aug

Exotic Ivory, Fine Art and a Great Big Rock Sell in West Palm Beach

[caption id="attachment_2485134" align="alignright" width="232" caption="This ivory concentric ball (Chinese, circa 1850) with chrysanthemums containing approximately twelve inner loose balls with pierced trellis design, supported by the stand with a standing boy holding a peach, sold for $2,150. "][/caption] WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A large ivory collection from a Miami doctor, the result of a 30-year collecting effort,...

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  • 4
    Aug

Fontaine’s Civil War Auction Grows by 300 Lots, Adds Second Day

[caption id="attachment_2485121" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This Gatling gun is expected to bring $150,000-$250,000 at the Civil War, Firearms & Militaria at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery the weekend of Aug. 15-16. A second Gatling gun will also be sold that weekend."][/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – What started out as a 500-lot, one-day auction of Civil War, Firearms & Militaria at Fontaine’s Auction...

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  • 4
    Aug

Rare J. Chein & Co. Toys Mark Single-Owner Collection Sale

[caption id="attachment_2485110" align="aligncenter" width="502" caption="Bidder interest will be keen for the group of Chein toys--a 17-inch Hercules Ferris Wheel (circa 1950s), a Playland Merry-Go-Round carousel with children seated atop horses and swan coaches, and a very rare Aeroplane Whirler Space Ride (circa 1960s)--at a single-owener auction hosted by Clarity Sells Auction Gallery on Aug. 15, 2009"][/caption] CLEVELAND, Tenn....

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  • 4
    Aug

The History of the Roskopf Watch

[caption id="attachment_2485100" align="alignright" width="375" caption="An example of an 1896 Exposition watch made by Georges Frederic Roskopf ."][/caption] I am telling the story of Georges Fredric Roskopf not only because it is a fascinating history, but to make a point to watch collectors and enthusiasts: collections of watches don't necessarily have to be high grade, bejeweled, gold, or "high...

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    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 4, 1943

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485945" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 4, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This evening I received a letter from the Rotary Club back home. It seems they set aside an evening every now and then to write to the boys in the service. It’s a good idea. My “Marylander and Herald” are now...

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  • 3
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Noah’s Ark Toy, World War One Letter from King George V

QUESTION: I would like your help with an antique wooden Noah’s Ark that I have been asked to sell on behalf of a client. I have done some research, but am torn as to what sales approach might bring the best results. What is your advice? – K&S, via e-mail ANSWER: The pictures attached to your e-mail enabled...

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  • 3
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 3, 1943

Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485937" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 3, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Ambition must be catching up with me. I wrote fine letters tonight. Of course that is the advantage of “V-Mail.” There is only so much room to fill out yet it counts as a letter and gets an answer. Did I...

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    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 2, 1943

Monday, August, 2, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485937" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 2, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning I woke up to hear some of the boys talking and asked what the trouble was. Sgt. F____ said he had heard someone calling his name and thought it was the guard. He had gotten up and looked for...

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