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  • Dec 16 2007
  • 16 Dec 2007

Origin of the Lighting Lamp

In the arcane world of oil lamps there are considered to be three distinct phases: simple olive oil lamps from prehistory to the 18th century, the Argand lamp created about 1780, and the kerosene lamp created about 1850.

  • Dec 16 2007
  • 16 Dec 2007

The Mark of Heisey Glass

Another interest we would like to intoduce you to is Heisey Glass, a favorite of Sheri for many years.

  • Dec 16 2007
  • 16 Dec 2007

Aladdin Mantel Lamp Co.

It has a long history of providing heat and warmth to generations of families since 1908. Today, many families around the world still rely on the Aladdin Mantel Lamp’s original use as a main source of light, as a secondary emergency source or as its main source of light in developing countries.

  • Dec 14 2007
  • 14 Dec 2007

Special Forces Beret With Provenance

I recently won a Vietnam era Special Forces beret from an online auction. Prior to bidding, I emailed the seller with specific questions because the auction description was vague and the accompanying image was not great. The seller never responded to my questions, but I could tell that the insignia was a desirable variation, so I took my chances and placed a bid anyway.

  • Dec 13 2007
  • 13 Dec 2007

What Auctions do for you!

From time to time everyone has thought or asked why do Auction Houses charge what they do just to sell an item and make all the money? Here are the basic answers.

The Overhead

A. Mortgage or lease payments for the building
B. Heat, air-conditioning and utilities
C. Insurance both for your items and liability
D. Payroll
E. Equipment
F. Advertising
G. Website cost
H. Photography

  • Dec 11 2007
  • 11 Dec 2007

Baby Boomers Vs. The Disposable Society

In being a part of the grey haired generation a baby boomer and the generation of asking “why?” to everything. I have grown perplexed in trying to understand my children’s generation “The Disposable Generation”.

  • Dec 7 2007
  • 7 Dec 2007

Don’t Smoke!…Collect!

Don’t Smoke!…Collect Tobacciana

What a great area to collect in and it is hot! Whether it is pipes, tins, silks, baseball cards, signs or porcelain, there is something for everyone.

  • Dec 5 2007
  • 5 Dec 2007

Which is a better collectible: A 48 or 49 star flag?

It isn’t surprising that when asked to choose between a 48 star US flag or a 49 star US flag, invariably the 48 star flag is always chosen first. The reasoning is that the 48 star flag is older than the 49 star one and hence more collectible. The short answer is yes and no.

  • Dec 5 2007
  • 5 Dec 2007

Imported Fake Antique Furniture

This weekend I went to a flea market that had an “antique store liquidation sale” in an adjacent building. The building contained numerous rows of furniture. I would guess between 70-100 pieces total. The event was advertised on television and radio as an antique tag sale however; all the pieces were pricey reproductions.

  • Dec 3 2007
  • 3 Dec 2007

Auction Strutters’ Ball…is all that giltters gold?

As in everything in the world “all that glitters isn’t gold”. If you are a novas or an auction veteran there is always something to learn and if you don’t learn you will get burned.