Railroad Padlocks, Skeleton Keys, and Steampunk!
Valuable Bronze and Brass Hardware with Ironic Beauty… My friend Tim gave me a call last month, with news of a strange discovery in the […]
Holy Smokes! Salt Cellar Auction Prices are Through the Roof !
If you collect American antique bottles and glass, you know you’ll find the best of the best consigned to the Heckler Auction Co. of Woodstock […]
The Great Annual Dealer Migration to the South!
Some antique dealers dig in, while other fly south with the geese… Here in New England, as summer nights call for a sweater […]
Sound the Alarm! Vintage Glass Fire Grenades and Firehouse Memorabilia
A category of collectibles that has stayed red hot for decades! Firehouse collectibles are truly a special category that shows no signs of losing steam […]
Collecting Vintage Tools of the Ice Harvesting Industry
And you thought you had a tough job… About a month ago, before our Maine woods turned into the ice flows of Antarctica, I was […]
Victorian Christmas Bulb? Nope, Even Better – Antique Shooting Target Ball
Antique glass target balls are colored glass globes, about 3″ in diameter, used in the 19th Century in the US and Europe as part of […]
Beautiful Glass Found in the Margins of the Antiques World: Hyacinth Vases, Spill Holders, and Glass Valentines
When you think of antique collectibles made of glass, you normally think of the major categories – china, vases, dinnerware, bottles, figurines and others. But […]
Collusion, Shill Bidding, and Side Deals!
One of the first things you learn when you become an auctioneer, is that nothing is more important than having an honest reputation. One little […]
My Recent Find–A Cow Tether!
When I was asked about a recent “buy” of an antique or collectable that made me smile, I was at a bit of a loss. […]
A Big Box of Old Books – Is There Something in There?
For years, I would go to a flea market or yard sale, and find a box of old books sitting under a table, and I’d […]