• 18
    Nov

The Collector’s Minute: Stag Handled Carving Sets

Items we see a great deal of that is often described as “having been in the family for five generations” are stag/bone-handled carving or cutlery sets. This, I suppose, is a result of people associating antler or bone handles with antiquity, their age increased by family tales about the origins of these pieces revisited every […]

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  • 3
    Sep

Look with Your Brain, as well as Your Eyes, to Avoid a Costly Mistaken Identity

I was wandering around an antique mall in Tennessee one time a few years back and noticed some small tools and other oojahs in a display case. The attendant came over and pointed to several pocket kits and said, “I wouldn’t want to see a doctor coming at me with one of those!” I thought […]

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  • 6
    Jul

Read My Lips… There’s Treasure in Your Back Yard!

Almost any time I mention to someone that I dig for antique bottles, the first words out of their mouths is something along the lines of: “… you’re kidding! Well, as a matter of fact, one time we were digging a hole for a new water pipe behind our house and the back hoe started […]

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  • 8
    Apr

Orson Welles Auction offers Insight to Famed Actor & Director

Want to see the world the way legendary movie actor and director Orson Welles did when he shot home movies? Someone will get that opportunity if they make a winning bid for the Bell and Howell camera Welles used to shoot home movies.. It’s one of 70 lots his daughter, Beatrice, discovered in old boxes […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Muscle Car Music: Collecting those Icons of the ’70s, 8-Track Tapes

To garage-salers and flea market buffs, they seem to be everywhere. Most folks walk right by boxes full of them with their nose in the air and an attitude of indifference. For collectors, though, boxes of unwanted 8-track tapes are pure gold. Monthly sales of 8-track tapes number in the thousands on eBay, with prices […]

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  • 5
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1960s S. Salvadori Metal End Table Lamp

QUESTION: I own a gilded/painted table lamp which I rescued from a basement in Conshohocken, Pa. It has a stepped pedestal base. The standard features a basket of metal flowers and foliage, some in gilt and others painted. A tag reads: “Made in Italy / S. Salvadori / Firenze.” I love the lamp. What can […]

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  • 5
    Feb

Baby Boomers Tuned In and Tuned Out with Transistor Radios

A recent family reunion found me sitting at my sister’s dining table with siblings and their families, sharing stories and looking through old photos. The older adults were actively conversing, and the younger adults were in their own world, each texting away on their smartphones. As the photos made their way around the table, a […]

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  • 17
    Sep

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1950s Gentex Corporation H-4 Flight Aircraft Helmet

QUESTION: I have a helmet that was given to me by my deceased aunt. It is gold in color, has a ribbed top, and a decal of a wing with an anchor above two buttons to which a face shield or oxygen mask could be attached. Inside is a textile lining which includes a piece […]

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  • 8
    Sep

Musical and Arcade Rarities to Make Noise in Upcoming Auction

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 Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. Approximately 450 lots will be offered. The collections—one from Jerry and Doris Soldner of Kingston, N.Y., the other from a collector in […]

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  • 18
    Jul

Antique & Collectible Hand Tools often make for Estate Sale Windfalls

The big white canopy tent was erected overnight. It sat on the parking lot of a shopping mall, close to the highway. Attached was a vinyl banner that read “TOOL SALE.” Judging by the crowded parking lot, the sale was well underway. Inside the tent, there was row after row of tables, bins and floor […]

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