Monthly Archives: September 2016

Museum Highlights: September 2016

Museum Highlights: September 2016

Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum Oroville, CA The Most Important Man- Made Product on Earth Deep in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in the City of Oroville, California resides Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum. Inside this 5,000 square foot museum visitors will find a collection of “The Most Important Man-Made Product on Earth,” which includes over 12,000 ‘hand […]

Collector's Showcase: September 2016

Collector's Showcase: September 2016

Planes Collector Mark Cerel collects planes, but it’s not a hobby that requires an airplane hangar to warehouse; Mark’s hobby is collecting vintage and antique hand planes and other woodworking tools. A plane is nothing more than a tool for holding a chisel blade in a set position and is used for shaping wood. A […]

What's Selling on eBay: September 2016

What's Selling on eBay: September 2016

By Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $1,140 (46 bids, 13 bidders): Art Deco Tharaud Limoges Pierrot Holding A Globe Lampe Berger. In excellent condition, no chips no cracks. About 9 3/4″ high. Extremely rare Art Deco Pierrot Lampe Berger. (Photo: eBay seller cauchys and cauchysantiques.com) DBA: The buyer got a deal! Camille Tharaud (1878-1956) was […]

Tool Blocks

Tool Blocks

Every profession has its tools, which evolve and refine to keep pace with technology and the changing needs of the trade. Here are examples of four different vocations and the museums that showcase the collections that tell their story. Medical Tools: The Mütter Museum The Mütter Museum in downtown Philadelphia, PA is America’s finest museum […]

Julia’s October Firearms Auction will Feature their Finest Offering Ever with Approximately $20 Million Worth of Rare Arms

Fairfield, Maine. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; October 4, 5, 6 & 7 will feature Julia’s fall Firearms Auction. The sale includes one of the finest offerings that Julia’s has ever put forth. The auction features a tremendous diversity of rare, high quality arms and includes nearly $20 million worth of goods and thus could become […]

The Football Helmet: A Protective Tool on the Field

The Football Helmet: A Protective Tool on the Field

Collecting with Jeff by Jeff Figler Imagine a modern day running back for the Denver Broncos or New York Jets running smack into a 350 pound defensive lineman – with only a leather helmet. That’s a bit hard to believe in today’s game. After all, we’re all accustomed to seeing those beautifully decorated hard plastic […]

Antiques Peek: September 2016

Antiques Peek: September 2016

Like Buttah’ Churns by Jessica Kosinski When it comes to tools of the trade in the kitchen, few are more iconic than the butter churn. Today butter churns are mostly decorative. They are still used on some farms, and especially by the Amish, but the majority of Americans are used to buying their butter at […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Kelly Tires porcelain sign, $88,450, Morphy Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Kelly Tires porcelain sign (“Lotta Miles”) sold for $88,450 at a Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Auction held July 23-24 in Denver, Pa. Also, a Polly Gas die-cut sign with iconic parrot image rose to $85,400; an Indian Gasoline OPE gas globe with running […]

The Collectability and Usability of Antique Tools

The Collectability and Usability of Antique Tools

by Patrick Leach Renowned Connoisseur of Antique Tools, Owner of Supertool.com featuring “Patrick’s Blood and Gore,” and Purveyor of Fine Used Tools It’s easy to collect tools. They are all over the place. They had to be for America to be settled, farmed, and industrialized to a scale never before seen. Odds are your father […]

Tin Signs

Tin Signs

Collecting with Jeff By Jeff Figler As strange as it may sound, advertising signs actually date back to ancient times. There are ancient paintings on the walls of shops in Pompeii. Later, there were signs that hung outside shops of blacksmiths, shoemakers, and other tradesmen. But it was right around the beginning of the 1800s […]