Category Archives: Features

Guiding the Next Generation of Collectors

1960s purse

An Interview with Terry Kovel by Judy Gonyeau, managing editor Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with Terry Kovel, editor and publisher of Kovels Antiques, Inc. For over 53 years, Kovels has published the Price Guide for American Collectors (now Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price List), a veritable encyclopedia of antiques and collectibles sale […]

Renovation, Restoration, Preservation, Conservation

leather top drum table

By Bart Bjorneberg, Bernacki & Associates, Inc. What do these words mean and what conditions and responsibilities do they engender when used in connection to furnishings, art objects, environments, and architecture. Renovation Renovation simply means to make an object look like new. The object to be renovated is just a base or starting point for […]

Give Me Liberty: The Magazine of World War II

liberty mag

Story & Photos by Donald-Brian Johnson For thousands and thousands of mid-twentieth century Americans, the week just wasn’t complete without the latest issue of Liberty, the magazine that could be yours for just five cents. Even when the price later increased to a dime, Liberty was still a bargain. Here’s the sizzling lineup from just […]

Pottery of South Carolina’s Edgefield District

clay jar with flower

South Carolina laws against educating slaves had been on the books since 1740 and were as solid as ever at the time of Dave’s birth. These same laws were only exacerbated after a well-planned slave revolt in 1822 was unsuccessful. Fearful, the General Assembly enacted even more unforgiving literacy codes, adding a strict penalty for […]

Mining Collectables in America: A Study in Mining History

gold ore

By Fred N. Holabird It didn’t stop with the California Gold Rush. Prospectors began searching remote regions all over the world –– Australia, Western Europe, Africa, Asia; they left no place unsearched. Prospectors first searched the great ancient and historic sources of gold and silver looking for more. Most of those were futile attempts, but […]

Oleg Cassini: Defining American Vintage

Oleg Cassini

By Maxine Carter-Lome “My preoccupation is to make women look beautiful.” Oleg Cassini, Time , 2005. Although identified as a great American designer, and best known as the “man that dressed Jackie” during her White House years, Oleg Cassini was actually born Oleg Aleksandrovich Loiewski in Paris in 1913 to an aristocratic Russian family with […]