Monthly Archives: February 2013

Reed & Barton tea service, $18,000, John Moran Antique

Reed & Barton tea service, $18,000, John Moran Antique

Reed & Barton tea service, $18,000, John Moran Antique Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A full tea service by Reed & Barton in the Francis I pattern, including the hard-to-find tipping kettle, sold for $18,000 at an Antiques Auction held Nov. 13 by John Moran Antique and […]

Ken’s Korner: Wooden wells date to 5000 BC

Ken’s Korner: Wooden wells date to 5000 BC

Ken’s Korner: Wooden wells date to 5000 BC News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Wooden water wells made out of oak timbers more than 7,000 years old have been discovered in eastern Germany. The workmanship suggests sophisticated carpentry skills on the part of Neolithic farming communities not thought […]

A.M. Cassandre poster, $156,000, Swann Auction

A.M. Cassandre poster, $156,000, Swann Auction

A.M. Cassandre poster, $156,000, Swann Auction Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A rare and important poster by A.M. Cassandre, titled L.M.S./Best Way, sold for $156,000 at a sale of Rare & Important Travel Posters held Nov. 8 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Only 50 […]

Ken’s Korner: N.H. governor’s home gets a total makeover

Ken’s Korner: N.H. governor’s home gets a total makeover

Ken’s Korner: N.H. governor’s home gets a total makeover News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Not long after New Hampshire’s Democratic Gov. John Lynch took office in 2004, his wife Susan took it upon herself to spearhead a fund raising drive to transform the neglected but historic state’s […]

Sympathique clock, $6.8 million, Sotheby's

Sympathique clock, $6.8 million, Sotheby's

Sympathique clock, $6.8 million, Sotheby’s Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall The Duc d’Orleans Breguet Sympathique clock sold for $6.8 million at a sale of Important Watches & Clocks held Dec. 4 by Sotheby’s in New York City. It was a new world auction record for any clock. […]

Ken’s Korner: Cache of gold coins found in man’s home

Ken’s Korner: Cache of gold coins found in man’s home

Ken’s Korner: Cache of gold coins found in man’s home News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall The death of Walter Samaszko, Jr., of Carson City, Nev., would have warranted little more than a brief newspaper posting had it not been for what a cleaning crew discovered when it […]

Abraham Lincoln letter, $70,500, Cowan's Auctions

Abraham Lincoln letter, $70,500, Cowan's Auctions

Abraham Lincoln letter, $70,500, Cowan’s Auctions Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A letter written by Abraham Lincoln to his first Vice President and U.S. Senator Hannibal Hamlin of Maine, emphasizing the importance of winning Maine in the 1860 presidential election, sold for $70,550 at an American History […]

Ken’s Korner: $50 lidded vessel sells for $26,550

Ken’s Korner: $50 lidded vessel sells for $26,550

Ken’s Korner: $50 lidded vessel sells for $26,550 News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Not long ago a couple was browsing a small antiques shop in Fresno, Calif., when they spotted an Asian blue-glazed porcelain vessel, but the $150 price tag was kind of steep so they begged […]

Alexander III plate, $87,500, Rago Arts

Alexander III plate, $87,500, Rago Arts

Alexander III plate, $87,500, Rago Arts Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall An Alexander III Imperial Russian porcelain plate sold for $87,500 at an Estates, Jewelry, Silver and Coins Auction held Dec. 7-9 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a Chinese rhinoceros horn libation […]

Ken’s Korner: Mammoth, mastodon finds in France, U.S.

Ken’s Korner: Mammoth, mastodon finds in France, U.S.

Ken’s Korner: Mammoth, mastodon finds in France, U.S. News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Eric Stamatin and his cousin Andrew Gainanu, both 11, were exploring the wooded backyard of Eric’s family property in suburban Detroit when they came upon something they initially took for an odd-looking rock. But […]