Monthly Archives: October 2020

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 2009 Mike Trout rookie card, $3.936 million, Goldin Auctions

A 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Trout Superfractor signed rookie baseball card (#1 of 1) sold for $3.936 million at an Elite Auction held August 23 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, NJ

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Trout Superfractor signed rookie baseball card (#1 of 1) sold for $3.936 million at an Elite Auction held August 23 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, NJ. It was a new trading card record. Also, a 2003/2004 UD […]

Two Collectors, One Passion: Pawprints on Paper

The Game of Black Cat

By Margaret Carpenter and Alice Muncaster   Is it possible for cats to spark a friendship between two people miles (and states) apart? Absolutely! Thanks to the Antique Advertising Association of America (AAAA), we (Margaret Carpenter and Alice Muncaster) discovered a mutual interest that started an online friendship of purrfect proportions: the use of cats […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 1926 Baccarat perfume bottle, $56,250, Perfume Bottle Auction

A 1926 Baccarat for Isabey “Tresor Cache” presentation of Lys black crystal perfume bottle and stopper as a faceted jewel with cord seal, label and tooled leather box sold for $56,250 at an auction held July 11 by Perfume Bottles Auction in New York City

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A 1926 Baccarat for Isabey “Tresor Cache” presentation of Lys black crystal perfume bottle and stopper as a faceted jewel with cord seal, label and tooled leather box sold for $56,250 at an auction held July 11 by Perfume Bottles Auction in New York City. […]

Exploring Antique Technologies – Saving Scrimshaw: How it’s Made and How to Take Care of It

Sea captains’ wives and children sometimes accompanied them on voyages and produced a fair amount of scrimshaw. Notably, Sallie Smith, the wife of Captain Frederick Howland Smith, created pieces that are just as highly regarded, if not more so, then those of her male counterparts. Scrimshaw by an unknown artist, ca. 1830-1860 courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

by Kary Pardy If you’re a nautical fanatic, a coast dweller, or a fan of early American arts, you probably know and appreciate scrimshaw. But what is it really, and how do you know you’re looking at the real deal? If you find it, how do you keep it shipshape for years to come? We’re […]

Beswick: A Special Breed of Porcelain Animals

Rare Beswick model of a girl on grey pony 1499 with light green jacket – top auction estimate was $1,000, sold for $1,600 in 2018.

by Maxine Carter Lome, Publisher From 1896 when James Wright Beswick and his sons John and Gilbert first established their earthenware pottery business, “J. W. Beswick,” at the Gold Street works in Longton, England, until the early 1970s, when it became part of Royal Doulton, Beswick (pronounced BESS-ick – Beswick is a surname in the […]

Antiques Peek: In the Show Ring with Breyer

Breyer #57 with clock

by Jessica Kosinski   There are certain toys that are timeless classics. From Cabbage Patch dolls to Lincoln Logs and Legos to Play-Doh, it seems like many childhood favorites have stood the test of time across many generations. Among those timeless and treasured toys are Breyer horses. Breyer horses are model horses produced by the […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Fire alarm transmitter, $7,800, Milestone Auctions

A Gamewell Excelsior fire alarm transmitter with 50 code wheels, in a refinished oak case with beveled-glass front door, sold for $7,800 at a sale of the Brian Maiher collection of railroadiana, petroliana, and antique fire alarms held August 29 by Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, OH

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A Gamewell Excelsior fire alarm transmitter with 50 code wheels, in a refinished oak case with beveled-glass front door, sold for $7,800 at a sale of the Brian Maiher collection of railroadiana, petroliana, and antique fire alarms held August 29 by Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, […]

Great Collections: Art, History, and Entertainment are on Display at the New England Carousel Museum

Here Restorations Manager Lisa Ronalter applies pinstriping to a horse bound for the carousel at Sonny’s Place in Somers, CT, an antique machine built in 1925 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company.

By Kristen Berggren, Program Coordinator The New England Carousel Museum has been an important fixture in the city of Bristol, CT since it was founded in 1990. At that time the museum was a tenant in the converted hosiery factory on Riverside Avenue and had only one horse to its name. The menagerie of wooden […]

The Horse Fair: A Celebration of Rosa Bonheur’s Equestrian Masterpiece

Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) The Horse Fair, 1852–55, Oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art

By Erica Lome, Ph. D. Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) The Horse Fair, 1852–55, Oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art   If you took a stroll through the European Paintings galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you’d undoubtedly encounter Rosa Bonheur’s Le Marché aux Chevaux, or The Horse Fair, one of the finest achievements of […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 12.01-carat diamond ring, $143,750, Andrew Jones

A dazzling 12.01-carat emerald cut diamond (K VVS1) and platinum ring slipped on a new finger for $143,750 in an inaugural Fine Jewelry, Watches & Timepieces auction held online-only, September 16, by Andrew Jones Auctions in Los Angeles, CA

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A dazzling 12.01-carat emerald cut diamond (K VVS1) and platinum ring slipped on a new finger for $143,750 in an inaugural Fine Jewelry, Watches & Timepieces auction held online-only, September 16, by Andrew Jones Auctions in Los Angeles, CA. Also, a Swiss enameled 18kt gold […]