Monthly Archives: January 2016

Collector’s Showcase: January 2016

Collector's Showcase: January 2016

The Keep Homestead Museum When Myra Keep Lovell Moulton died in 1988, the last of a long line of Keeps in Monson, MA, she willed her property, its contents, and an endowment fund to the town with two stipulations: “It must be opened to the public on one day during the first year after acceptance […] Auction Highlights the Beauty & Functionality of Corkscrews

What makes collectors compete hard for a corkscrew which ends up selling for thousands of dollars? There’s no one answer. In a recent auction, very different styles of corkscrew excited collectors and attracted high bids. One type is the classical English mechanical corkscrews of the 19th Century. These are the cornerstone of most good […]

Thimble Collecting: A Small Passion

Thimble Collecting: A Small Passion

By Bridget McConnel It is useful to have some idea of the history and the earliest known examples of needles, awls, pushers and thimbles to understand why people collect thimbles – a rather insignificant industrial device to stop fingers from becoming pin cushions. Sewn work appears as early as ca. 30,000 b.c. on the Cro-Magnon […]

Publishers Corner: February 2016

Maxine Carter-Lome - Publisher

Arts & Crafts Road Trips In December the editorial staff and I took a road trip to The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains, New Jersey. Having lived in northern New Jersey for 17 years (another lifetime ago) I am familiar with Morris Plains but was unaware of the museum’s existence until researching […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: 1920s Arcade panel van, $21,240, Bertoia Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A circa-1929 Arcade ‘White’ delivery panel van with ‘Peerless’ ad sold for $21,240 at a Holiday Surprises event held Nov. 13-15 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a rare clockwork George Washington display toy fetched $10,620; the same price was realized for a […]

A Fondness for Frippery: Collecting Ribbon Work

A Fondness for Frippery: Collecting Ribbon Work

by Judy Nixon Kent For a collector of ribbon work, nothing is more beguiling than a bevy of beautiful ribbons skillfully twisted and sewn into a garden of glorious flowers. It is an art that most are unaware of, yet for those who have been seduced by its charms, acquiring and admiring it can easily […]

Mantle Card Crush Records in Memory Lane Auction

TUSTIN, CA—Highlighted by an ultra-high grade run of Mickey Mantle cards, Memory Lane’s Winter Classic Auction tallied over $2.1 million and set several hobby records when bidding wrapped up early Sunday morning. The Empire State Collection, a remarkable run of every basic Mickey Mantle card from his career (1951-1969), sold for a combined $759,100.  Fourteen […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: 1942 Chinese banknotes, $20,060, Archives Int'l

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A 1942 Farmers Bank of China banknote trio sold for $20,060 at a two-day, three-session sale held Dec. 11 and 14 by Archives International Auctions in Fort Lee, N.J. Also, an 1898 Imperial Bank of China 10-Taels Peking issue note brought $17,700; a Harbin […]

Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show

The 2nd Annual Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show returns to the Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC) on February 3-5, 2017, the first major show of the South Florida winter antiques season. It will feature 200 national and international exhibitors offering a broad range of rare antique furniture, decorative and fine arts including silver, […]

American Quilts

American Quilts

Collecting with Jeff by Jeff Figler A few years ago my wife and I dropped our son at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, so that he could attend a few summer classes. We were then going to drive to the Shenandoah Mountains area, spend some time there, and pick him up a couple of weeks […]