Monthly Archives: November 2021

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Louis Marx toy motorcycle, $22,800, Milestone Auctions

Louis Marx toy motorcycle, $22,800, Milestone Auctions

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall All prices include the buyer’s premium   A Louis Marx & Co. (USA) prototype tin windup Speedboy 4 military toy motorcycle with spring-loaded military cannon and ammo box sold for $22,800 at an Antique Toy auction held October 2nd by Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, OH. […]

Collecting Ophthalmic Antiques

Iron frame double-hinged spectacles with tear drop loops, ca. mid-18th century

Photos and information by Ron Harmic at, and   The 19th-century customer had a wide choice of corrective visual devices of which spectacles were only one. Notice in this famous print, Les Lunettes, by Louis-Léopold Boilly (1823), five French men and women using different types of optical aids, including a quizzing glass, folding […]

Comic Books: Not Just For Reading

Remember when a comic book cost less than $.20? We had a candy store down the block from my elementary school and during recess my friends and I would walk over to see what new issue of our favorite comic books had just come out, and with our allowance buy as many as we could […]