Monthly Archives: April 2021

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Rock-Ola World Series coin-op, $34,375, Fine Estate, Inc.

            A fully functioning 1937 Rock-Ola 1937 World Series Baseball arcade game sold for $34,375 at an auction held March 21st by Fine Estate, Inc. in San Rafael, CA.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall             A fully functioning 1937 Rock-Ola 1937 World Series Baseball arcade game sold for $34,375 at an auction held March 21st by Fine Estate, Inc. in San Rafael, CA. Also, a Spalding “King of the Diamond” ball signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig was […]

The Blacksmith

The Village Blacksmith by Thomas Hovenden (American (born Ireland), Dunmanway 1840–1895 Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

by Melody Amsel-Arieli Under a spreading chestnut-tree The village smithy stands; The smith, a mighty man is he, With large and sinewy hands; And the muscles of his brawny arms Are strong as iron bands – The Village Blacksmith, Longfellow, 1842   Blacksmiths have wrought objects from iron for thousands of years. Metalworking, however, harks […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Ming dynasty bowl, $721,800, Sotheby’s

A Ming dynasty, Yongle period exceptional and rare blue and white '”floral” bowl originally purchased for $35 at a Connecticut yard sale achieved $721,800 following a spirited battle between four bidders in an Important Chinese Art Auction held March 17th by Sotheby’s in New York City

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall             A Ming dynasty, Yongle period exceptional and rare blue and white ‘”floral” bowl originally purchased for $35 at a Connecticut yard sale achieved $721,800 following a spirited battle between four bidders in an Important Chinese Art Auction held March 17th by Sotheby’s in New […]

Crafting a Legacy: The Life and Work of Olof Althin

Dressing table made by Althin, 1900-1913 photo: private collection

by Erica Lome, Ph.D. Today, few people outside of the antiques trade recognize the name Olof Althin (1859-1920), a Swedish-born cabinetmaker active in Boston at the turn of the twentieth century. Known primarily for his beautiful carved furniture and his accurate reproductions of antiques, Althin was also responsible for restoring two of the great collections […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Prince’s “Cloud” guitar, $132,868, RR Auction

  The “Cloud” guitar custom-made by Minneapolis Luthier Kurt Nelson in the 1990s for the musician Prince sold for $132,868 in an online auction that began on Feb. 19 and ended March 10 by RR Auction, based in Boston.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall             The “Cloud” guitar custom-made by Minneapolis Luthier Kurt Nelson in the 1990s for the musician Prince sold for $132,868 in an online auction that began on Feb. 19 and ended March 10 by RR Auction, based in Boston. Also, Prince’s custom-made Purple Rain white […]

The Power of Pitkins: An American Classic Uncorked

Rare Pitkin reverse swirl inkwell and flask

by Kary Pardy If patterned antique glass has ever caught your eye, you’ve likely appreciated the flowing lines and swirling, ribbed decoration of a “Pitkin” flask. The term “Pitkin” is a more recent collector’s designation that references Connecticut’s Pitkin Glass Works and their famous production of ribbed, pattern glass in the late 18th and early […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: MLK jailhouse logbook, $130,909, Hake’s Auctions

Four jailhouse logbook pages bearing 12 signatures of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and five signatures of his associate Ralph Abernathy, signed during their 1963 incarceration at the Birmingham (AL) jail, sold for $130,909 at Premier Auction #231 held Feb. 24-25 by Hake’s Auctions in York, PA.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall     Four jailhouse logbook pages bearing 12 signatures of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and five signatures of his associate Ralph Abernathy, signed during their 1963 incarceration at the Birmingham (AL) jail, sold for $130,909 at Premier Auction #231 held Feb. 24-25 by Hake’s […]

Millifiore Glass Beads Glass: Gardens of “A Thousand Flowers”

West African peoples have adorned themselves with Venetian millefiori beads, intermixed with locally-made jewelry (left to right): blue-and-white “sand beads” made from powdered glass Vicks and Milk of Magnesia jars (Krobo and southern Ghana groups); reddish-brown bauxite, or aluminum ore, beads (Ghana); cast bronze bracelet (Baule); and cast bronze beads (Ashante).

by Sarah Turnbaugh Millefiori beads made in Venice, Italy, reached lofty technical and aesthetic heights in the late 1800s to early 1900s. The colorful, stunning-looking beads seem almost magical – then we learn that they were handmade using laborious, time-consuming methods in small factories and lone artisans’ homes. Glassworkers aptly called these seductive creations “millefiori,” […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: American Flyer train, $5,400, Weiss Auctions

An American Flyer S gauge smoke-in-tender Northern 332 steam locomotive, 1946 or 1947, with a bronze brake tank, sold for $5,400 at a Toy & Train auction held February 24th by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, NY.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall An American Flyer S gauge smoke-in-tender Northern 332 steam locomotive, 1946 or 1947, with a bronze brake tank, sold for $5,400 at a Toy & Train auction held February 24th by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, NY. Also, a boxed Lionel 2296W Canadian Pacific set from […]