Monthly Archives: March 2021

A World of Weaving

A carpet loom by Carl Engel with a Jacquard machine on top, ca. 1860. Photo by Dmm2va7; CC BY-SA 3.0

by Mike McLeod Just imagine a world—if you can—in which the process of weaving was never discovered. Without weaving, people from the beginning would have been wearing leather all year long or grass skirts or fig leaves, probably until cardboard or plastic was discovered. Early Stages of Weaving Throughout the ages, weaving has been used […]

The Civil War Collector

Union soldier Benjamin Gustin’s letters worth more than the usual average price of $20 each, but the content will determine final values.

by John Sexton Q: Mr. Sexton, I am writing hoping you can help me identify a pistol that has passed down through my wife’s family from her great x? Grandfather. The original owner of the pistol in my wife’s family was Alexander Maxwell, who to the best of our knowledge, served the CSA in a […]

In the Maker’s Hands: Connecting objects with their makers enhance our understanding of the antiques we value

At the heart of the items that we collect and admire are the stories behind their creation, craft, and use. While an object might bear the mark or label of a company or business, the hands that produced the object are typically invisible and unknown, especially when it comes to handmade items such as tools, […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 1787 gold doubloon coin, $9.36 million, Heritage

1787 gold doubloon coin, $9.36 million, Heritage

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A 1787 gold doubloon coin, the finest example of just the seven known to exist, graded NGC MS65, sold for $9.36 million at an auction of important U.S. coins held January 21st by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, TX. It was the most ever paid […]

Great Collections: The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

Early 19th century English Glasschord by Chappell & Sons. According to Wikipedia, the glasschord is a crystallphone that uses keyboard-driven hammers to strike glass bars instead of metal bars. photo: Yale School of Music

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments was established in 1900, when Morris Steinert, an entrepreneurial figure who played an important role in shaping New Haven’s music scene, gave his private musical instrument collection to Yale, consisting primarily of keyboard instruments, seeding the Collection. The acquisition of the Belle Skinner Collection (1960) and the Emil Herrmann […]