Default Image
  • 15
    Sep

Large Supply of Official ‘Commemorative’ JFK White House Rocking Chairs Keep Prices Low

[caption id="attachment_2523815" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The 14 or so rocking chairs used by President John F. Kennedy were made by the P & P Chair Co. factory in Asheboro, N.C., but the upholstered back, seat and arm rests were made by the official White House upholsterer, Larry Arata.[/caption] It is as iconic a symbol as Lincoln’s stovepipe hat or...

Read More
Default Image
  • 14
    Sep

Oh Lord, Forget the Benz… Won’t You Buy Me Janis Joplin’s Iconic Porsche 356c Cabriolet

[caption id="attachment_2523799" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Janis Joplin sitting on her unmistakably wild 1965 Porsche 365C 1600 Cabriolet in front of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The car, which Joplin drove the care daily, will be auctioned in December by RM Sotheby’s.[/caption] NEW YORK – She may have famously sung about wanting a Mercedes-Benz, but legendary singer...

Read More
Default Image
  • 11
    Sep

The Ups And Downs of Depression-Era Southern California Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2523746" align="aligncenter" width="600"] An assortment of Bauer Pottery of the 1930s & '40s includes the ring pattern along with kitchen ware and a small strawberry jar from the firm’s extensive garden pottery. Glazed earthenware. (This photo was the cover art for the out-of-print Collector Books guide “The Collectors Encyclopedia of Bauer Pottery” written by the author)[/caption] When...

Read More
Default Image
  • 10
    Sep

Letter Signed by Father Junípero Serra on offer at Upcoming Bonhams Auction

[caption id="attachment_2523738" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This letter, written in Spanish in a scribal hand with an official seal on Feb. 7, 1775 in Mexico City, is to the various heads of the California missions and signed by Junipero Serra and four others. It carries a presale estimate $60,000 to $90,000.[/caption] NEW YORK – A two-leaf decree letter signed by...

Read More
Default Image
  • 9
    Sep

Online Promises: You Believe Those Internet Articles, Don’t You?

[caption id="attachment_2523803" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This table was made by Paine Furniture Co of Boston. Does it look valuable? One website article says yes, indeed. The author begs to differ.[/caption] If you use the Internet to find information, like I do, you already know it can be a great resource. But as I have found out—and as you probably...

Read More
Default Image
  • 6
    Sep

Sports Collectibles News & Notes: Home Renovation Yields Baseball Treasure

Imagine gutting the basement walls of a dilapidated home only to find a long lost treasure. We’ve heard these stories before: the guy who found an Action Comics #1 while restoring a Minnesota house or the rare Babe Ruth poster found while demolishing another Minnesota House. This time, though, the find was in Connecticut. Plantsville, Conn., specifically, is...

Read More
Default Image
  • 3
    Sep

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

[caption id="attachment_2493751" align="alignright" width="300"] Canvas for surgical wallets has been used for more than 100 years. And this style of wallet has been used for more than 200 years.[/caption] 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...

Read More
Default Image
  • 2
    Sep

Mud on a Supermodel: The Inappropriate Hardware Detracts from Fine Furniture

[caption id="attachment_2515183" align="alignleft" width="298"] This turn-of-the-century Golden Oak server was degraded with porcelain floral pulls.[/caption] Putting lipstick on a pig usually doesn’t make much difference in how we view the pig but the opposite application might have a dramatic effect. How about putting barnyard mud on a runway supermodel? Now that is bound to affect our perception of...

Read More
Default Image
  • 1
    Sep

Salesman’s Samples: Colleting Scale Models of Turn-of-the-Century Merchandise

[caption id="attachment_2523680" align="aligncenter" width="500"] In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, functional salesman’s samples were expensive to make but easy to transport and demonstrate their products features and benefits using the scaled-down functional product sample to potential customers. What do you think a farmer would think when shown this sample hay rake? With its original case, it...

Read More
Default Image
  • 31
    Aug

Rinker on Collectibles: A Look at the Future of Stamp Collecting

[caption id="attachment_2523689" align="aligncenter" width="444"] Having heard numerous rumors that stamp collecting—like many other traditional collecting categories—is in decline, Harry Rinker decided to see for himself at the American Philatelic Society’s 129th Convention and Exhibition in Grand Rapids, Mich., last month.[/caption] The American Philatelic Society held its 129th Convention and Exhibition in Grand Rapids, Mich., last month from Aug....

Read More