Learn, Then Buy What Calls You
I just attended a major antiques-and-collectibles show and saw some really gorgeous stuff. I had money, wanted to buy something but had a hard time deciding where to start. There was so many things, I was overwhelmed and could not make a decision. How can a newbie know what to buy and where to start? […]
Interest in, Value of King Memorabilia Rise
This month’s significance will be indelibly etched in American history with Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 20 as the nation’s first African-American president. And only the day before, we observe Martin Luther King’s birthday. It’s an extraordinary moment that stamps an exclamation point on hundreds of years of shameful history. Slavery. Jim Crow laws that […]
Know Your Antique Furniture Terminology Part 1
Have you ever been in the position of admiring a friend’s new antique purchase when they remark on the exceptional quality of the qhystfk of the piece? You don’t know whether to look at your watch or pull out the top drawer and agree with them. Or maybe you are trying to describe a new […]
Highboys and Weathervanes Most Likely to Weather the Stormy Economy
For those of you who faithfully read this column, you know that my first column of the New Year is devoted to gazing at a crystal ball to make predictions about the world of antiques. Trying to figure out where the antique market is headed in 2009 isn’t an easy task considering the economic downturn […]
Getting a ‘Handel’ on a Valuable Lamp & Shade
Every now and again we are asked about items that, at first glance, would be considered to be yard sale material or of just sentimental value. As an appraiser, first impressions of a antique or collectible are important, but must be backed up by proper identification and market research. Below is an item we have […]
Great Finds—The Path of the Fauteuils
In the days before this recession, I was asked to locate a pair of 18th-century fauteuil for a client who owned a brownstone in a prestigious part of Manhattan. I located the right pair in an obscure Venetian collection. The Venetian nobleman’s life of debauchery had him living in a moldering palazzo. The family’s artwork […]
Antique Beds—What Holds Them Up?
Antique Beds – What Holds Them Up?
By Fred Taylor
Beds are of great interest to most people. We spend more time in bed than we do anywhere else, except, maybe at work. So where we spend roughly one-third or our lives should be of great interest.
Horseshoe Plaque Trivets ~ Victorian Good Luck Mementos
Collecting Horseshoe Plaque Trivets is a fascinating hobby! It’s interesting to learn the history, practices and symbols of the different fraternal groups. And then there were the gift trivets … every year I find new examples: Happy Birthday, Happy New Year, Merry Christmas, Home Sweet Home … the list seems endless.
Some Facts about Horseshoe Symbolism
Automobile Flower Vases
Automobile Flower Vases
By David Bausch
The flower vase is both an automobile accessory and an object of auto art. The flower vase added a touch of elegance to a rather dull interior of many of the cars of the 1920’s.