• 19
    May

The Origin of Royal Doulton Porcelain

[caption id="attachment_2482716" align="alignright" width="300" caption="An example of a Toby character mug, this one a bootmaker from the “D” series."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2482717" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The back of Royal Doulton the Bootmaker Toby Mug, identified as D6572."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2482718" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Royal Doulton hallmarks and production information for the bootmaker mug."][/caption] Porcelain and china firms usually take their names...

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  • 19
    May

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – May 19, 1943

Wednesday,  May 19, 1943 At sea - headed for Casablanca, Morocco [caption id="attachment_2482704" align="alignright" width="200" caption="May 19, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning when I went out on deck I had a welcome surprize (sic) in the form of a destroyer, just off our starbord (sic) bow. Also there was a PBY just leaving. That was probably the plane...

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  • 18
    May

Weekly News Roundup: May 18-May 22, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news is a not-so-original poem by Bob Dylan, antiquities heading home to Italy and a rarely seen painting by Diego Rivera going under the hammer. [caption id="attachment_2482893" align="alignright" width="113" caption="Dylan ''poem'' on sale was actually Hank Snow song."][/caption] From Reuters: Dylan "poem" on sale was actually Hank Snow song As reported earlier in...

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  • 18
    May

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – May 18, 1943

[voxant 3700058] Tuesday,  May 18, 1943 At sea - headed for Casablanca, Morocco [caption id="attachment_2482681" align="alignright" width="200" caption="May 18, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning we really got a thrill, few of us will forget. About eight thirty I went up on deck and was standing by the Port bow "5 incher" when the top rigging of a ship...

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  • 17
    May

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – May 17, 1943

[voxant 3699579] Monday,  May 17, 1943 At sea - headed for Casablanca, Morocco [caption id="attachment_2482672" align="alignright" width="200" caption="May 17, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] A lovlier (sic) voyage could not have been bought in peace time than we have enjoyed so far as the efforts of mother nature are concerned. The sea has had its surface disturbed only enough to...

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  • 16
    May

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – May 16, 1943

[voxant 3699389] Sunday,  May 16, 1943 At sea - headed for Casablanca, Morocco [caption id="attachment_2482663" align="alignright" width="200" caption="May 16, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] It's hard to realize that today is Sunday. Each and every day aboard ship is the same and one just runs into the other. There was a short church service this morning which was the only...

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  • 15
    May

1,000 Rare, Collectible Timepieces to go on the Block at Fontaine’s

[caption id="attachment_2482838" align="aligncenter" width="262" caption="A French industrial steam engine clock that will be up for auction at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery on May 30-31."][/caption] More than 1,000 lots of vintage antique clocks and watches—many of them exceedingly rare and highly collectible timepieces—will be sold at a two-day, four-session sale scheduled for May 30-31 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield,...

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  • 15
    May

I Wish I Hadn’t Sold That: Items I’m Still Kicking Myself Over

Over the years, as an incurable metalware collector, I’ve discovered many interesting pieces. Since display space is at a premium within my home, it’s important to keep my collection a manageable size. That means that periodic downsizings are in order. It’s always hard trying to decide which pieces to relinquish. Each one has its own special history, either...

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  • 15
    May

How to Tell if a Eames Lounge Chair Has Been Repaired

[caption id="attachment_2482608" align="aligncenter" width="243" caption="An Eames lounge chair that has been repaired. This is a good repair, but any repair will greatly decrease its value."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2482609" align="aligncenter" width="243" caption="This is an Eames lounge that has not been repaired. You need to inspect a chair closely before deciding to buy."][/caption] Many sellers and buyers who are familiar with...

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  • 15
    May

Tools of the Trade: Surgical Knives and Scalpels

In your hunt for the ultimate in medical instruments, don’t pass by loose instruments such as knives and scalpels. Surgical knives were used for amputations, see my article on Amputation Sets (Collecting Amputation Sets 101, Tools of the Trade: Amputation Saws, Proper Care and Storage of Antique Medical Instruments) Two methods were used for amputation. Knives from the...

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