• 5
    Aug

Provenance Adds to the Value of Antique Furniture

[caption id="attachment_2485180" align="aligncenter" width="533" caption="The signature on this drawer bottom is a good start to establishing a provenance for the piece. But is the signature that of the cabinetmaker, the owner or a hopeful heir? That’s where the fun begins."][/caption] With the large number of antiques and collectibles appraisal shows on television and the increasing number of similar...

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  • 5
    Aug

Take Steps Now to Prevent Winter Damage to Outdoor Art

[caption id="attachment_2485165" align="alignright" width="250" caption="Winter weather can play havoc on your outdoor statuary. This 19th-century plaster cast of a copy of the statue of David is showing sings of weathering. Now, before the leaves start falling, is the time to prepare your outdoor art for the winter."][/caption] People love their gardens, and that includes many wonderful old statues...

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  • 5
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 5, 1943

Thursday, Aug. 5, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485945" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 5, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Today was another one of those scorchers. The only relief we had from it was the ice cream we had for dinner. We send in the ingredients to a place here in Tunis and they make it up for .30 a...

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  • 4
    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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  • 4
    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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  • 4
    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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