Monthly Archives: October 2017

What's Selling on eBay: October 2017

What's Selling on eBay: October 2017

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $1,606 (12 bidders, 29 bids): Extremely rare antique silver polar bear pincushion, Adie & Lovekin, 1909. Dating from 1909, an antique silver pincushion in the form of a polar bear pulling a mother-of-pearl sleigh. This wonderful item was made in Birmingham by top makers Adie and Lovekin. The polar […]

Publisher's Corner: November 2017

Publisher's Corner: November 2017

Collectible Adornments By Maxine Carter-Lome An adornment is generally an accessory or ornament worn to enhance the beauty or status of the wearer. They are often worn to embellish, enhance, or distinguish the wearer, and to define cultural, social, or religious status within a specific community. When worn to show economic status, the items are […]

Smoke Rings: Collecting Vintage Ashtrays

Smoke Rings: Collecting Vintage Ashtrays

By Donald-Brian Johnson Ever watch Mad Men? If you were one of the many fans of that series, which meticulously recreated American life in the early 1960s, after awhile you started to notice something: nearly everyone on Mad Men smoked. A lot. It’s something you don’t see much anymore, in the movies, or on TV, […]

Wonder Woman Keeps Making News: Three Comics Top $1.5 Million

Wonder Woman Keeps Making News: Three Comics Top $1.5 Million

Comic Character Collectibles: October 2017 By J.C. Vaughn Pristine Comics realized record prices for a CGC-certified 9.4 copy of All Star Comics #8 and a CGC 9.6 copy of Sensation Comics #1 as they, along with a CGC 9.0 copy of Wonder Woman #1, sold for a combined $1,562,200 on August 27, 2017 on eBay. […]

Great Collections: October 2017

Great Collections: October 2017

Match Safes and Little People A Conversation with Dr. Howard Knohl of The Knohl Collection by Judy Gonyeau, Managing Editor It is said that Museums showcase only 5% of their collection at any given time; however private collectors Dr. Howard and Linda Knohl are able to keep their over-80,000 items across 17 collections on view […]

Native American Red Stone Pipes

Native American Red Stone Pipes

By William A. Turnbaugh, Ph.D. Native American traditions and mythology highlight the regard that the New World’s people have long held for their smoking pipes. Links between the tobacco pipe, the gods and the tribe stand forth in the belief systems of many American Indian societies. For most, their pipes symbolized group identification and cosmic […]

Governor Brown Signs AB 228 Into Law

Governor Brown Signs AB 228 Into Law

Governor Brown signs AB 228 into law, reducing impediments to auction companies doing business in California Measure corrects problems created by provisions in AB 1570 (Chang) Signed Memorabilia [Ch. 258, Stat. 2016] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Oct. 12, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 228 into law, immediately reducing impediments to auction companies doing business […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Norman Rockwell painting, $1.68 million, Heritage

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Norman Rockwell painting, $1.68 million, Heritage

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A baseball-themed painting by artist Norman Rockwell that appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1949, originally thought to be a signed copy but then turned out to be an original, sold for $1.68 million at a Platinum Night Sports Auction […]

James D. Julia’s Extraordinary Fall Firearms Auction

James D. Julia’s Extraordinary Fall Firearms Auction

Iconic Private and Estate Collections, Important Historical Military Items, and Rare Sporting Arms Lead James D. Julia’s Extraordinary Fall Firearms Auction Fairfield, ME, October 11, 2017 – On Tuesday, October 31st, Wednesday, November 1st, & Thursday, November 2nd, James D. Julia Auctioneers of Fairfield, Maine will be conducting their annual fall Extraordinary Firearms Auction. This […]

Cigar Tip Cutters and Lighters of the Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century

Cigar Tip Cutters and Lighters of the Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century

By Michael Eckles Preparing to smoke a fine cigar can be a long and luxurious process that involves a series of steps and accessories to ensure it will smoke as intended. Two of the most important tools for the cigar aficionado, and for today’s collector, are the cigar cutter and lighter. From the end of […]