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Aladdin Lamps

Victor Samuel Johnson founded the Western Lighting Company in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1907. In 1908 the company became the Mantle Lamp Company of America. In 1909, Johnson introduced the Aladdin lamp. Although the company has diversified and become as well known for its lunch boxes and vacuum bottles as its lamps, lamps are still […]

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Silver, Regional Paintings and Weathervanes Top 2007 Antique Predictions

With 2007 barely underway, it’s time to make my annual predictions for the antique and collectibles market. The short version is that you can expect sterling and coin silver hollowware, regional American paintings, and figural weathervanes to go up in value while cut glass and European china will experience a downturn. Of course, I don’t […]

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