• 23
    Jun

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 […]

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  • 23
    Jun

Wacky Racers Offer a Crazily Customized Die-Cast Collection Category

Having a 4-year-old in the house is a great way to keep young. My son, Bentley, like most children his age, is fond of cartoons. Recently, we were setting up his race track play mat and I asked what kind of race cars he would choose from his collection for the race. Usually he selects […]

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  • 23
    Jun

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 […]

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  • 23
    Jun

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 […]

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  • 22
    Jun

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 […]

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  • 22
    Jun

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 […]

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  • 22
    Jun

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 […]

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  • 22
    Jun

Adler Sterling Flatware Service Commands Top Price at Leland Little Estate Auction

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – An important and complete 132-piece modern hammered sterling flatware service for 12 by the renowned California silversmith Allan Adler sold for $15,525 at an Historic Hillsborough Auction earlier this month the grand opening event at the new Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Gallery. The silver service was the top earner […]

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  • 22
    Jun

Pair of Prominent Panama City Estates to be Sold at Auction Saturday, June 27

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Some 300 fresh-to-the-market lots from a pair of prominent southern estates will be sold on Saturday, June 27, in a live and Internet auction to be held by Specialists of the South, Inc. Offered will be fine period furniture, rare and vintage postage stamps, collectible china and art glass pieces, a […]

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  • 22
    Jun

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 […]

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