• 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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  • 18
    Aug

Advertising History: The Origin of ‘Nipper,’ the RCA Victor Dog

[caption id="attachment_2485504" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Dog Looking at and Listening to a Phonograph,” painted by Francis Barraud, would become one of the best know advertising images in the world."][/caption] “Nipper,” the RCA Victor advertising dog, was one of the most familiar advertising icons of the early 20th century. The image was used extensively on products by RCA, the figures...

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  • 17
    Aug

‘The Circus Is Coming!’ Circus Couriers Whet Communities’ Appetites

[caption id="attachment_2485477" align="aligncenter" width="181" caption="This 1938 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey courier is fairly common."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2485478" align="aligncenter" width="186" caption="The back of the 1938 courier. You can often find if for as little as $10."][/caption] "The circus is coming!" It was the cry of every kid who heard the news that the circus was coming to their...

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  • 17
    Aug

This Week in Geek 8/12/09

[caption id="attachment_2485469" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Marvel Comics' 70th birthday"] [/caption] Last Tuesday Marvel Comics celebrated their 70th birthday with an early release of Ed Brubaker's The Marvels Project. Marvel issued a press release detailing the festivities: To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Marvel Comics will commemorate the milestone event on Tuesday, Aug. 11th with special anniversary parties taking place around...

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  • 17
    Aug

Important 1734 Henry Popple Maps of Colonial North America to Sell Online

[caption id="attachment_2485450" align="alignright" width="368" caption="Henry Popple’s “Map of the British Empire in North America,” published in 1734, is expected top lot of the Sept. 4-16 Internet hosted by Old World Auctions."][/caption] SEDONA, Ariz. – One of the most important maps of Colonial North America—Henry Popple’s “Map of the British Empire in North America,” published in 1734—will be the...

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  • 17
    Aug

Contents of Famous Alabama Antebellum Home Will Be Auctioned

[caption id="attachment_2485433" align="alignright" width="239" caption="This rosewood and bird's-eye maple tall secretary desk by Thomas Brooks, circa 1860 (estimated to sell for between $20,000 and $40,000), is part of the contents of the historic Kirkwood mansion in Eutaw, Ala., that will be auctioned off on Sept. 5."][/caption] EUTAW, Ala. – The contents of the Kirkwood mansion – one of...

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  • 17
    Aug

Several Collections of American Brilliant Cut Glass Going on the Block

[caption id="attachment_2485443" align="alignright" width="336" caption="This extremely rare American Brilliant Cut Glass square-shaped humidor in the Marlboro pattern by Dorflinger will be among the items in a multi-collection auction on Sept. 5."][/caption] ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Several prominent lifetime collections of American Brilliant Cut Glass, including a huge collection of Dorflinger pieces, will be sold at action in early...

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  • 13
    Aug

20th Century Casters – More Rust than Roll

[caption id="attachment_2485413" align="alignright" width="412" caption="This assortment of 20th-century casters present more problems than solutions for most homeowners."][/caption] One of the mysteries of the universe to me is "Why do so many 20th century pieces of furniture have wheels or casters on them?" A clue of sorts can be found in the generic name of many early 20th century...

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  • 12
    Aug

Tossing Numbers Around – the Business of ‘Feel Good’ Appraisals

Since there are no fixed prices for antiques and collectibles, it has become increasingly commonplace to toss around any number that comes to mind. When the number comes from someone billed and introduced as an expert, the public tends to blindly accept it as fact. The truth is it is a guesstimate, almost never backed by an offer...

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  • 12
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 12, 1943

Thursday, Aug. 12, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485980" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 12, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning I took Frazer and went up to Mateur to see what we could do E.B.S. out of. As it turned out we got nothing. Of course that is not unusual as E.B.S. is not supposed to let us have...

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