• 9
    Sep

Auction Report: Prudent Mallard Rosewood Half-Tester Bed Gavels for $25,000

[caption id="attachment_2515281" align="alignright" width="183"] This magnificent Victorian rosewood half tester bed, attributed to Prudent Mallard, sold for $24,780, making it the top lot at a Summer Estates Auction held by Ahlers & Ogletree on Aug. 4.[/caption] ATLANTA – A magnificent Victorian rosewood half tester bed, attributed to the renowned 19th-century American furniture maker Prudent Mallard, sold for $24,780...

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  • 9
    Sep

Collectible Vintage Cookbooks: Which are Tasty Treats and which are Past Their Prime?

[caption id="attachment_2515328" align="alignright" width="228"] Submarine food is prepared by the finest-trained chefs in the military and is one of the Navy’s best-kept secrets. The very hard-to-find “Submarine Cuisine” adapts the intriguing recipes to family sizes.[/caption] In my business, I visit (and work at) a lot of estate sales and antique stores. It’s always amazing to see the number...

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  • 8
    Sep

Musical and Arcade Rarities to Make Noise in Upcoming Auction

[caption id="attachment_2515362" align="alignleft" width="187"] Up for bid is this 1941 Wurlitzer model 850 jukebox, also called “The Peacock” because it features a brilliant peacock reverse painted on glass.[/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two outstanding 35-year collections to be sold without reserve, featuring items in many categories, will be included in a specialty auction slated for Saturday, Sept. 21, by...

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  • 6
    Sep

NCAA Football: Collecting Your Alma Mater

[caption id="attachment_2515196" align="alignright" width="231"] Vintage programs like this one from the 1939 USC vs. Notre Dame game display beautifully and pay tribute to one of college football’s longest standing rivalries.[/caption] Whether you’re a fan or alumni of THE Ohio State University, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the USC Trojans or you plan on engraving “Roll Tide” on...

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  • 6
    Sep

The Cedar Chest: Hope, Glory and Bottom Drawer

[caption id="attachment_2515243" align="aligncenter" width="210"] At first glance, this appears to be a Lane waterfall Art Moderne chest but it is actually an E.R. chest made by Ed Roos Co. of Forest Park, Ill.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2515244" align="aligncenter" width="300"] This is the genuine Lane waterfall chest of the 1930s and 1940s.[/caption] Any search for information about the family heirloom we...

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  • 6
    Sep

Lackluster 2013 NFL Draft Makes Memorabilia Prospecting a Challenge for Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2515261" align="alignright" width="220"] With an injury sidelining Sanchez for the first couple of games of the season, Geno Smith will start and, depending on how he plays, may not relinquish the job. Will that make his 2013 Panini Prestige rookie card worth more than what you paid for it? We’ll have to wait to find out.[/caption] The...

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  • 6
    Sep

Treasured Kingfisher Feathers Give Chinese Export Silver the Blues

中國出口銀器也憂鬱 [caption id="attachment_2515226" align="aligncenter" width="506"] Here we see a stunning hair ornament of tian tsui and silver gilt set around a carved carnelian agate stone depicting collectively a serpent and a frog amidst an abundance of flora. This particular piece dates from the early 19th century. Tian tsui is the excruciatingly difficult and time-consuming process of making inlay...

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  • 6
    Sep

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – DC’s 3D Villains Month Variants Madness

[caption id="attachment_2515219" align="alignright" width="269"] The Internet has been all abuzz with retailers and collectors alike decrying the injustice of Diamond Comics (the one and only comic book distributor) cutting every comic shop’s orders of the 3D Villains month covers—such as this Batman #23.1 Joker #1—by up to 50 percent in some cases.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog...

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  • 6
    Sep

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Shelves and Shelves Full of Books

[caption id="attachment_2515250" align="alignright" width="300"] Estate executors are often confounded by large accumulations of books. Hardcover books have always been the most expensive choice in buying books, so some executors panic when they see floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled with hardcover books.[/caption] From the time I was a college student, I’ve been a collector of books. Well, not a collector exactly;...

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  • 5
    Sep

Harley-Davidson Memorabilia Rumble to Lead at Matthews Auctions Iowa Sale

[caption id="attachment_2515210" align="aligncenter" width="480"] The top lot of at an auction loaded with motorcycle items—mostly Harley-Davidson and Indian—held Aug. 28 by Matthews Auctions, was this Harley-Davidson single-sided cardboard sign, rated 9+, which realized $8,800.[/caption] DAVENPORT, Iowa – A 1916 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles single-sided cardboard sign (saying “J. D. Dickenson, Rural Home”), rated 9+ out of 10 for condition and...

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