Author Archives: Collector

Tool Blocks

Tool Blocks

Every profession has its tools, which evolve and refine to keep pace with technology and the changing needs of the trade. Here are examples of four different vocations and the museums that showcase the collections that tell their story. Medical Tools: The Mütter Museum The Mütter Museum in downtown Philadelphia, PA is America’s finest museum […]

The Football Helmet: A Protective Tool on the Field

The Football Helmet: A Protective Tool on the Field

Collecting with Jeff by Jeff Figler Imagine a modern day running back for the Denver Broncos or New York Jets running smack into a 350 pound defensive lineman – with only a leather helmet. That’s a bit hard to believe in today’s game. After all, we’re all accustomed to seeing those beautifully decorated hard plastic […]

Antiques Peek: September 2016

Antiques Peek: September 2016

Like Buttah’ Churns by Jessica Kosinski When it comes to tools of the trade in the kitchen, few are more iconic than the butter churn. Today butter churns are mostly decorative. They are still used on some farms, and especially by the Amish, but the majority of Americans are used to buying their butter at […]

The Collectability and Usability of Antique Tools

The Collectability and Usability of Antique Tools

by Patrick Leach Renowned Connoisseur of Antique Tools, Owner of Supertool.com featuring “Patrick’s Blood and Gore,” and Purveyor of Fine Used Tools It’s easy to collect tools. They are all over the place. They had to be for America to be settled, farmed, and industrialized to a scale never before seen. Odds are your father […]

Tin Signs

Tin Signs

Collecting with Jeff By Jeff Figler As strange as it may sound, advertising signs actually date back to ancient times. There are ancient paintings on the walls of shops in Pompeii. Later, there were signs that hung outside shops of blacksmiths, shoemakers, and other tradesmen. But it was right around the beginning of the 1800s […]

From Forge and Furnace

From Forge and Furnace

A Celebration of Early American Iron by Erik Goldstein, Curator of Mechanical Arts and Numismatics, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation The upcoming exhibition From Forge and Furnace: A Celebration of Early American Iron opens November 24, 2016 at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, one of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. This hard, often black […]

The Overwhelming Comic-Con

The Overwhelming Comic-Con

Comic Character Collectibles By JC Vaughn While our schedule at Gemstone Publishing may change from year to year, we know that one of the fixtures on it will be a trip to Comic-Con International: San Diego. While the New York Comic Con has most likely topped it in attendance, nothing in North America matches the […]

A New Nation

A New Nation

Tools and American Life in the Pilgrim Era By Erica Lome Almost four hundred years ago, Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. This story is often told in classrooms, museums, and tours — and for good reason. Much of the American narrative is founded on the activities and actions of this rag-tag group of settlers who […]

On the Road To… Connecticut

On the Road To... Connecticut

What better way to experience the past than antiquing in Connecticut. Whether you’re on the Connecticut Antiques Trail or off the beaten path, you’ll find shows, shops, flea markets and auction houses along the way worth the stop. UPCOMING ANTIQUE SHOWS 70th “Papermania” Plus Antique Paper Show www.papermaniaplus.com August 20-21 – Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm […]

Publisher's Corner: September 2016

Publisher's Corner: September 2016

Tools of the Trades By Maxine Carter-Lome Eli Whitney is credited as saying “We can’t make anything until we make tools.” That’s the take-away from this month’s issue. Every profession has its tools of the trade, and those tools have evolved as our needs have evolved and as technology has guided us. Tracking that evolution […]