Monthly Archives: April 2017

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Holland & Holland shotgun, $43,050, Morphy Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Holland & Holland shotgun, $43,050, Morphy Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A cased Holland & Holland Royal Grade two-barrel shotgun hit the mark for $43,050 at a Firearms Auction held Feb. 24-26 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a rare Winchester Model 1886 “Big 50” smooth-bore lever action rifle rang out for $36,900; a […]

Roland "Max" Erlacher: Master Glass Engraver

Roland "Max" Erlacher: Master Glass Engraver

By Debbie Tarsitano Max Erlacher is an engraving legend in the Crystal City, Corning, New York. Born in Austria in 1933, a young Max witnessed Austrian master engraver Herman Schiller create an engraved glass work of art. Instantly he realized he wanted to pursue a career as an engraver. Later, Schiller became his teacher at […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Tiffany 18kt gold dresser set, $21,250, Rago Arts & Auction

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Tiffany & Company 18kt gold dresser set once owned by pop art icon Andy Warhol sold for $21,250 at a Great Estates Auction held March 17-18 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, five very fine Mintons pate-sur-pate plaques by […]

What's Selling on eBay: April 2017

What's Selling on eBay: April 2017

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $3,521 (19 bids, 3 bidders): Victorian 1870s silk boots – court dressmaker Madame Elise. An extraordinary pair of red and blue silk boots with turmeric yellow ribbon lacing, bells and gilded heels-made to match a silk costume-made by Madame Elise, 170 Regent Street, London, Court Dressmaker by special appointment […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Lou Gehrig-signed card, $49,450, Weiss Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Lou Gehrig-signed card, $49,450, Weiss Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A 1934 Goudey baseball card for Lou Gehrig, signed by the Yankees’ slugger and with a JSA certificate, sold for $49,450 (a record for that year and card) at an auction held March 4th by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a 1933 Gehrig […]

Christian Dorflinger and the American Cut Glass Industry

Christian Dorflinger and the American Cut Glass Industry

By James K. Asselstine Christian Dorflinger’s story is that of a young Alsatian visionary who built one of the leading glass companies in America in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries, producing some of the finest cut glass tableware of the period. Like others in this time, his achievement reflects a combination of skilled […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Marc Chagall figural drawing, $16,250, The Woodshed Gallery

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A sanguine drawing on white paper by the Russian-born French artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985), titled Village Berger Descending (aka Dream of the Dance), sold for $16,250 in an internet-only fine art auction held Feb. 22 by The Woodshed Gallery in Franklin, Mass. Another drawing […]

One of the Greatest Historical Treasures of the American/Indian War Period to be Sold at Auction, April 11

Fairfield, Maine, March 27, 2017 — On Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, James D. Julia Auctioneers of Fairfield, Maine will be auctioning a great American treasure. This is lot #1129, a Colt SA Army in original condition, positively proven to have been used by Custer’s men at the infamous Battle of the Little Bighorn. The Battle […]

Publisher's Corner: April 2017

Publisher's Corner: April 2017

A World Affair with Glass by Maxine Carter-Lome I hope I am not alone in loving the new PBS mini-series, Victoria, a romantic dramatization of a young Queen Victoria at the rise of her monarchy and through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Their love story and Victoria’s continued devotion to him even after […]