Sèvres: The History of Porcelain Fit for a King
There is a porcelain factory in France that in 1752 was designated as the Manufacture Royale de Porcelaine de France. France, no longer being a monarchy, there is no longer a “Royale” aspect to its name, nevertheless the Sèvres factory continues to produce porcelains fit for a king. The town of Sèvres (pronounced “sev” with […]
Rinker on Collectibles: What Does Bankruptcy Mean To Collectors?
The early January 2009 announcement that Waterford Wedgwood PLC is entering receivership, the British form of bankruptcy, is the latest indication the traditional 20th century ceramic industry is facing difficult challenges in the 21st century. In addition to Waterford and Wedgwood, the group also owns the Hutschenreuther, Johnson Brothers, Rosenthal, and Royal Doulton trademarks. Hutschenreuther […]
Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 23, 1943
[voxant 3727310] Wednesday, June 23, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa Well I just closed the blackout flaps on the tent, turned on the lights and settled down to a good cigar and started the days entry. It doesn’t seem like we have been here in ________ for over a week yet in some respects it […]
Duck, Duck, Goose: The Superb and Valuable A. Elmer Crowell Decoys
Next month, on July 15, Copley Fine Art Auctions, LLC will auction some of the most fabulous decoys ever made. The firm will open its annual two-day sporting sale by offering seven decoys by A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952) from the H.V. Long collection. Crowell has always been my favorite carver of decoys, and I am […]
The Curious Time Piece: A 19th Century Japanese Bracket Clock
One of the joys of being an appraiser is the number of truly wonderful things one runs into on what starts as an average day of cataloging items for sale or an estate clearance. After being in the business for years, one would think you had seen just about everything that was intriguing in this game, but every […]
American Antique Furniture Styles: Who Do They Really Belong To?
We are a nation of immigrants, no discussion. Some of us have been here longer than others, and some can even claim their family came on the Mayflower, but that’s just a method of transportation, not a pedigree. Some were here long before the Mayflower but even they aren’t really from here. We all came […]
Vintage Motorcycles, Petroliana Lots Highlight Don Fielder Estate Sale
CEDAR POINT, Ill. – The lifetime single-owner collection of Don Fiedler—comprising over 700 lots of vintage toy trucks, cast-iron and tin motorcycle toys, full-size antique motorcycles and bicycles, advertising signs and displays, petroliana items, coin-op machines and more brought strong prices at a recent auction. “The final hammer prices on many of the lots surpassed […]