Monthly Archives: August 2017

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Emerald and diamond ring, $5.512 million, Christie’s

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Emerald and diamond ring, $5.512 million, Christie’s

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall An emerald and diamond ring by Raymond Yard, set with an octagonal step-cut emerald of about 18.04 carats, sold for $5.512 million at a Magnificent Jewels Auction held June 19th by Christie’s in New York. It was a new world record per carat ($305,516) […]

Publisher's Corner: September 2017

Publisher's Corner: September 2017

Sorting Out the China by Maxine Carter-Lome Bone China, Fine China, Porcelain; then there is Soft Paste, Hard Paste, Ivory China, Bone Porcelain… People unfamiliar with the distinction use the words interchangeably and generally refer to this category of tableware and decorative objects as “china.” It comes down to this: unless you are enmeshed in […]

Great Collections: August 2017

Great Collections: August 2017

Historic Deerfield’s Textiles Collection A conversation with David E. (Ned) Lazaro, Curator of Textiles Please give us an overall sense of Historic Deerfield’s Textiles, Clothing, and Embroidery Collection. Historic Deerfield’s fashion and textile collection is a significant part of the museum. Numbering about 8,000 items, it is nearly 1/3 of the entire artifact collection. Items […]

Collecting with Jeff: August 2017

Collecting with Jeff: August 2017

Cash Registers By Jeff Figler It always amazes me that, when I go to check out at a store, when I give the cashier the payment, that the person will know exactly how much change I should receive. That has happened to all of us. Sure, the cash register has a program that can automatically […]

The Well-Dressed Window: Curtains at Winterthur

The Well-Dressed Window: Curtains at Winterthur

“I feel very strongly that the curtains, bed hangings, etc. will make all the difference in the house. If you knew the many hours I spent trying to get just the right folds etc. in the different curtains in my house, I think you would appreciate that they can only be made by the best […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Apollo 11 moon bag, $1.8 million, Sotheby’s

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Apollo 11 moon bag, $1.8 million, Sotheby’s

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring the first samples of moon dust back to Earth in July 1969 as part of the historic Apollo 11 lunar mission sold for $1.8 million at an auction held July 21st by Sotheby’s in New […]

New Harry Potter Book Reveals Values and Fandom Behind Our Favorite Wizard

New Harry Potter Book Reveals Values and Fandom Behind Our Favorite Wizard

Featuring more than 300 outstanding objects gathered from private and public collections, Harry Potter – The Unofficial Guide to The Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard provides the first comprehensive survey of the rich art, books, and memorabilia created during the last 20 years of Pottermania. First-edition copies of J.K. Rowling’s epic now command nearly $50,000 […]

Jon Berk Collection Sets Records for ComicConnect

Jon Berk Collection Sets Records for ComicConnect

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn The world of pop culture collectibles is very far from being a hyperbole-free zone. As a group, we are at least as guilty, if not more so, than many other niches of society. It’s been said that certain parties in the field would describe the actual one-and-only Holy Grail […]

History and Care: The Importance of Provenance and Condition in Today's Quilt Market

History and Care: The Importance of Provenance and Condition in Today's Quilt Market

By Brenda Hornsby Heindl On the night my grandmother passed away, I learned that she had been trying to finish a quilt for me which she started when I was born. I will never sell it, and it always brings me an emotional tie to a family member who is no longer alive. The market […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Jerry Garcia ‘Wolf’ guitar, $1.9 million, Guernsey’s

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Jerry Garcia ‘Wolf’ guitar, $1.9 million, Guernsey’s

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall The guitar that Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia called “Wolf” and which he played at numerous concerts around the world from 1973 until his death in 1995, sold for $1.9 million at a charity auction to benefit the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, […]