• 17
    Aug

This Week in Geek 8/12/09

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 the world! Over 500 comic shop […]

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  • 17
    Aug

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

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 highlight of an online sale featuring hundreds of antique maps, atlases and other cartographic-related items. The exceedingly rare Popple map is printed on 20 folio sheets that are […]

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  • 17
    Aug

Contents of Famous Alabama Antebellum Home Will Be Auctioned

EUTAW, Ala. – The contents of the Kirkwood mansion – one of the most famous and stately privately-owned antebellum homes in the South – including some 400 pieces of mint 19th-century furniture, original works of art, outstanding decorative accessories and more, will be auctioned in Early September. The mansion was built in 1860 by cotton […]

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  • 17
    Aug

Several Collections of American Brilliant Cut Glass Going on the Block

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 September. The cut glass, known as ABCG, has a huge following and its collectors have formed a popular association to advance the hobby. The centerpiece of the auction […]

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  • 13
    Aug

20th Century Casters – More Rust than Roll

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 items, those that are known as “Colonial Revival.” These pieces are modern replays of […]

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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 […]

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  • 12
    Aug

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

Thursday, Aug. 12, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa 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 anything. Then again we have been […]

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  • 11
    Aug

Card Tables You Don’t Fold Up and Hide in the Closet

When you think of a card table, does your mind take you back to those cheaply made vinyl-covered wood metal contraptions with the folding legs that our mothers and grandmothers played bridge and pinochle on. It wasn’t always like that. Card tables of the 18th and 19th centuries were elegant pieces of fine cabinetry. Like […]

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  • 11
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 11, 1943

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa I wonder if there ever will come a time when I will get used to the darned flies. If for nothing else I will be thankful to get back to the states to get rid of the damned pests. It is impossible to imagine how they stick. […]

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  • 10
    Aug

Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 10-14, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news, a glittery glove is up for sale, a list of the most expensive celebrity collectibles sold to date, and an antique Bugatti hits the block. From The Associated Press: Michael Jackson’s glittery glove up for auction In the on-again/off-again world of the Michael Jackson auction—it’s on again. Well, at […]

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