• 14
    Jul

The People Who Inspired the Names of Antique Furniture Pieces

In our modern culture, which embraces a slipshod approach to the English language, we have a habit of taking proper names and turning them into generic, non-capitalized descriptive words for an entire class of objects or products. The one that comes immediately to mind is “Kleenex.” That is a proprietary brand name of facial tissue […]

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  • 14
    Jul

Sheffield and Silver Plate: What to Look For

The social background for the discovery of the methods of plating on copper used in the Sheffield process is quite interesting. It was a time of rising expectations for an emerging merchant class distinct for the upper class in England. These newly wealthy families wished to live with silver luxuries befitting their new status. Unfortunately […]

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  • 13
    Jul

Weekly News Roundup: July 13-17, 2009

At the top of art, auction and collectibles news is a check with Neil Armstrong’s John Hancock, pinup art, more in the fight over the Obama poster and a Constable that doesn’t meet its reserve. From The Boston Globe: One giant signature for mankind On July 16, 1969, a Saturn V rocket blasted off from […]

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  • 13
    Jul

Early Indian Motorcycles: Leaders of the Racing Pack

Oscar Hedstrom was probably the first American to literally incorporate an internal combustion engine with a bicycle. Oscar, a former bicycle racer, was a capable engineer. In 1899 he produced his first motorized bicycle, setting the stage for creating an American icon—Indian motorcycles. When George Hendee, another former racer who lived in Springfield, Ma, saw […]

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  • 13
    Jul

Reversing the Effects of Time: What to do with Damaged Art and Antiques

Q – I have several old oil paintings that have been in my family for years. They have become discolored and the paint is beginning to flake. I would like to have them cleaned and restored for my grandchildren. Is it safe to attempt cleaning myself, or where can I go to have this type […]

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  • 13
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Candy Dish, FADA Radio, KKK Book

QUESTION: My grandmother bought a candy dish during her honeymoon trip to Washington, D.C. from her home in North Carolina sometime around 1910. She could not have paid more than 50 cents for it. After poking around on eBay and the Internet, I identified the glass type as opalescent blue pressed glass. It is in […]

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  • 13
    Jul

Any Way You Look At It, the Fiery Opal Is Certainly a Thing of Beauty

If you were born in the month of October, then in all probability you know that your birthstone is Opal. Its brilliant, flashing, fiery colors, giving off intense rainbow effects, make it unique among the gems. Opals have been used in jewelry since the beginning of recorded history, and the collectible market in antique opal […]

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  • 12
    Jul

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

Monday, July 12, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa In my existence today was just another day. A hundred miles north-east the end of existence for many like myself and few would consider themselves bored. Thousands of _______ are flying around only a few with in the category of possibility. The news last night didn’t leave […]

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  • 12
    Jul

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

Sunday, July 11, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa Today, I think our boys really discovered a war. We are paying a terrible price for that little bit of an island. This morning a B-26 aircraft took off with 24 planes and came back at noon with 20. They reloaded and took off again. I don’t […]

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  • 10
    Jul

A Rail Yard Full Mint Toy Trains Highlights Upcoming Philip Weiss Auctions

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Some 1,200 lots in a wide array of categories—to include toy trains, transportation, advertising, militaria, ocean liner, World’s Fair, railroadiana, automotive, Hollywood memorabilia, historical items and more—will be sold at a three-day event slated for July 31-Aug. 2. “We had several well-attended and successful sales in the first half of 2009, and […]

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