Author Archives: Collector

Ken's Korner: ‘Ice House Cover’ surfaces in Chicago

Ken’s Korner: ‘Ice House Cover’ surfaces in Chicago – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – May 2006 A 90-cent 1869 stamp known as the “Ice House Cover” has turned up at a stamp shop on Chicago’s North Side nearly 40 years after it was reported stolen in Indianapolis. The stamp was used on a […]

Ken's Korner: Katrina MRE meals turning up on eBay

Ken’s Korner: Katrina MRE meals turning up on eBay – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – May 2006 Emergency military rations intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina have turned up for sale on eBay, a Congressional investigation has revealed. Scores of cases of Meals Ready to Eat (or “MREs”) have been offered, for $45 […]

Ken's Korner: Austria drops plans to buy Klimt works

Ken’s Korner: Austria drops plans to buy Klimt works – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – May 2006 After years of legal wrangling, Austria finally said it would honor an arbitration court decision to give five precious Gustav Klimt paintings to a California woman who says German Nazis stole them from her Jewish family. […]

Buying White Elephants

Buying White Elephants – May 2006 Buying White Elephants – Business of Doing Business – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – May 2006 By Ed Welch White Elephant: The origin of this expression comes from the former country of Siam, now part of Thailand. A white elephant, albino, was considered sacred and could be kept […]

Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Literature and Collectibles

Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Literature and Collectibles – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 By Debby DuBay Say Peter Rabbit and adults are flooded with childhood memories of waking up on a sunny spring morning, putting on their finest Easter bonnet – all the while anticipating the hunt for […]

Guess What? April 2006

Guess What Article for April 2006 By Bob Cahn, “The Primitive Man” We’ve always had a format of showing photos of the actual monthly featured item. But deviation never hurt anyone; thus a break with tradition by showing you this detailed patent office delineation. You could almost say we’re “spoon-feeding” you the answer by conceding […]

Ken's Korner: British Museum pays $630,000 for rare coin

Ken’s Korner: British Museum pays $630,000 for rare coin – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 The British Museum has paid a little more than $630,000 for a rare, 1,200-year-old gold coin dating to Anglo-Saxon times. It was the most ever paid for a piece of British money. The coin depicts King […]

Ken's Korner: Six men are on trial, but where’s “Scream?”

Ken’s Korner: Six men are on trial, but where’s “Scream?” – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 On the morning of August 22, 2004, two men wearing hooded disguises burst into the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, and made off with a pair of works by Edvard Munch: “Madonna” (a lush, erotic […]

Ken's Korner: Man trips and falls, shatters Qing vases

Ken’s Korner: Man trips and falls, shatters Qing vases – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 A visitor to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, tripped on a shoelace and set off a most unfortunate chain of events. The man, who was not identified, tried to steady himself as he fell down […]