Monthly Archives: September 2018

Antiques Peek: September 2018

Antiques Peek: September 2018

Is That a Firkin? by Jessica Kosinski When you think of primitive collectibles, one image that might come to mind is that of a lidded wooden container with a handle. Such containers can be found in many homes, especially those with traditional Colonial designs. They make excellent decorations, but what are they exactly? They are […]

Collecting Primitive Kitchen Tools

Collecting Primitive Kitchen Tools

By David Moore Primitive kitchen tools have always been a great collecting standard. These old utilitarian antiques of the late 18th to mid-19th centuries are great to look at and make wonderful displays. Build-Your-Own and Back Again The Industrial Revolution started in the 1790s in England. In the United States the Industrial age caught on […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Wild West Show photo, $15,600, Cowan’s Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Wild West Show photo, $15,600, Cowan’s Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall An albumen photograph of Western legends “Wild Bill” Hickok, “Buffalo Bill” Cody and “Texas Jack” Omohundro, from Cody’s personal collection and documenting the birth of the Wild West Show, sold for $15,600 at a Summer American History Premier Auction held June 22nd by Cowan’s […]

Necessity's Children

Necessity's Children

Highlighting Some Weird and Wonderful Early Gadgets Exploring Antique Technologies By Kary Pardy As a collector, chances are good that you’ve run across several items in old homes, flea markets, or antique stores that boggled the mind. These objects from past eras seem irreconcilable with our own and often end up displayed rather than being […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Anti-slavery flag banner, $46,800, Jeffrey S. Evans

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Anti-slavery flag banner, $46,800, Jeffrey S. Evans

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A rare and historically important anti-slavery flag banner sold for $46,800 at an Americana & Fine Antiques Auction held June 22-23 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a diminutive Stirewalt family paint-decorated box changed hands for $38,025; a Haida […]

Bonhams Bought By Private Equity Firm Epiris

Bonhams Bought By Private Equity Firm Epiris

Bonhams, the global auction house founded in 1793, is being acquired by Epiris Fund from private shareholders. Financial terms are not being disclosed. The sale is the latest in a series of transactions in which large auction houses have changed ownership. This is the fourth investment by Epiris Fund II, advised by Epiris LLP. Bonhams holds […]

Hand Saws: A Primitive Tool on the Cutting Edge

Hand Saws: A Primitive Tool on the Cutting Edge

by Maxine Carter-Lome One of the earliest and simplest of tools known to man is the hand saw. Its use dates back to the Neolithic or later Stone Age (before the discovery of metals), when only the crudest of implements were constructed, making the hand saw a most primitive tool in all sense of the […]