• 27
    May

Auction Report: Living Estate of Alabama Collector Up for Bid

[caption id="attachment_2483116" align="alignright" width="225" caption="This rosewood marble-top etagere, double-stack (circa 1855, attributed to Daniel Pabst), will be among the items in a living estate sale in Aberdeen, Miss., on June 13, 2009."][/caption] The living estate of Katherine Creamer—a dedicated and discerning antiques collector from Mobile, Ala., whose stately mansion was built specially to contain her vast collections—will be...

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  • 27
    May

Great Finds: Walking into a Hidden Time Capsule

For many years I hosted the popular radio show, "Antique Talk," that was syndicated throughout the U.S. and sponsored by the UAW out of Detroit. The three-hour live show originated as "Trash or Treasure" and was then hosted by its creator, genius and author of the informative book “Trash or Treasure,” Dr Tony Hyman. I was brought in...

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  • 27
    May

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – May 27, 1943

[voxant 3707357] Thursday, May 27, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483001" align="alignright" width="200" caption="May 27, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] So little happened today that I find it difficult to fill in this space. That was one thing I was sure would never happen once I went overseas. I wish our equipment would come on over so we could get...

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  • 26
    May

Rinker on Antiques: What Do Our Customers Want?

On May 12, I attended Western Connecticut State University’s Macricostas Entrepreneur lecture entitled “Succeeding as an Entrepreneur in Today’s Challenging Economic Environment.” Douglas K. Mellinger, vice chairman and founder of Foundation Source, presented the lecture. He was preaching to the choir, at least the one in which I sing. Point after point, I thought: “I have written about...

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  • 26
    May

Dirty Old Furniture Finish: Is It Seattle ‘Grunge’ or Is It Patina?

A few years ago I had an elderly lady walk into my antique furniture restoration shop with an unusual request. In a slightly embarrassed manner she told me that she knew this was a professional shop and this was how I made my living, but just this once would I sell her just a little of the “patina”...

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  • 26
    May

You Too Can Be a Circus Owner

[caption id="attachment_2483039" align="aligncenter" width="531" caption="Howard C. Tibbals and the Howard Bros. Circus model—the largest miniature circus in the world—that has been more than 50 years in the making."][/caption] Owning your own circus is just a dream for most folks, but for a few it is a reality. I’m not talking about a real circus, but one in miniature....

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  • 26
    May

Weekly News Roundup: May 25-May 29, 2009

From Auction Central News: Wright's June 2 sale goes 'back to the Futuro' with Suuronen house Did you always want to be the first on your block to live in a flying saucer? Now’s your chance. A Futuro house by architect Matti Suuronen is on the auction block in June. The house’s design, which really does look like...

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  • 26
    May

Military Eras: Vietnam War Collectibles on the Rise

Over the last 15 years, Vietnam militaria has become an increasingly popular collectible, with strong collector communities in unlikely places, such as Poland, France, Japan, Australia and Italy. There are still bargains to be had because many sellers are not aware that this era of militaria is steadily rising in price and collectability. Some popular collecting areas for...

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  • 26
    May

Identification of Decoys by Region

Just as fine artists influence each other to create a distinctive regional style, so too do duck decoy makers. Regional similarities are identifiable and include shape, construction methods, wood or other materials used, paint job, etc. Decoy carvers worked in the area they hunted, whether they were professional or gunning hunters or weekend hunters. The regions were created...

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  • 26
    May

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – May 26, 1943

[voxant 3706775] Wednesday, May 26, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2482995" align="alignright" width="200" caption="May 26, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Tonight there are a bunch of soldiers down by the fence here bantering with the Arabs. It's quite interesting to see the gesturing and jabbering as each side tries to make itself understood. A steel knive (sic), hand made is...

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