Author Archives: Maxine Carter-Lome

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: WWII binoculars, $22,800, Cowan’s

A US Navy ship’s bridge binoculars from World War II sold for $22,800 at an Arms & Armor auction held May 25-26 by Cowan’s in Cincinnati, OH

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A US Navy ship’s bridge binoculars from World War II sold for $22,800 at an Arms & Armor auction held May 25-26 by Cowan’s in Cincinnati, OH. Also, a 1902 DWM Luger carbine with stock and hardcase hit the mark for $10,455; a JP […]

Book Bindings Bound For History

by Jim Dawson When discussing the housing of history, creating a safe and protective environment for the written word is paramount. Bookbinding has changed over the years, but the preservation of historic tomes through a better understanding of their construction allows us to see history as it was reported through memoirs, academic materials, and stories […]

Boxed Perfection

1983 Kenner Star Wars’ Return of the Jedi 65 Back-A Boba Fett sold April 20, 2019, for $875 photo: Bruneau & Co.

by Travis Landry, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers   When it comes to the world of Pop Culture collectibles, whether it be toys, video games, or trading cards, there is nothing more important than condition. You obviously have the rarity factor—the rarer the item the more desirable to a collector—but the condition is always key. Now […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Figural weathervane, $258,000, Morphy’s

A late 19th century molded and gilded-copper weathervane depicting a full-bodied standing Massasoit Indian with bow and arrow atop directional arrow, made by Harris & Co. (Boston) sold for $258,300 at a Fine & Decorative Arts auction held June 8-9 by Morphy’s in Denver, PA

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A late 19th century molded and gilded-copper weathervane depicting a full-bodied standing Massasoit Indian with bow and arrow atop directional arrow, made by Harris & Co. (Boston) sold for $258,300 at a Fine & Decorative Arts auction held June 8-9 by Morphy’s in Denver, […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Leicaflex 35mm camera, $1,280, Crescent City

A Leicaflex 35mm camera with a Leitz Summicron 1: 2/90 lens and a Summilux lens 1:1.4/50, sold for $1,280 at a Summer Decorative Arts & Interiors Auction held June 18th by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, LA

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A Leicaflex 35mm camera with a Leitz Summicron 1: 2/90 lens and a Summilux lens 1:1.4/50, sold for $1,280 at a Summer Decorative Arts & Interiors Auction held June 18th by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, LA. Also, a 20th-century green onyx pedestal on […]

Secret Storage: Exploring the Hidden Side of Antique Furniture

Example of one of many ways to create and access secret storage. photo: woodsmith.com

by Kary Pardy   Consider the humble blanket chest: a piece of furniture that might travel with its owners across an ocean or a country. Such a solid, practical item seems like the last place for surprising features, but without fancy safe deposit boxes or other high-end precautions, the average person needed a place to […]

July Column: History Contained – A less literal, more ‘out-of-the-box’ interpretation of the topic

For this month’s theme, “History Contained,” we selected feature subjects that reflect a less literal, more ‘out-of-the-box’ interpretation of the topic beyond the obvious examples of antique and vintage general store tins, antique packing crates, apothecary bottles, candy jars, crocks, and spice containers. Secret compartments for containing private papers and concealing precious belongings were a […]

Museums: Containing Collected History Over Time

The original Smithsonian Institution Building, commonly known as the “Castle,” was designed by architect James Renwick and constructed between 1847 and 1855. The Castle houses the Smithsonian Visitor Center and administrative offices, as well as the James Smithson crypt.

by Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher   Museums, in their many forms, are a universal experience shared by most people in this country, whether it is an art gallery, natural history museum, living history museum, or historic home. Every state, city, and almost every town in America has a museum of some sort – a space that […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Picasso painting of his muse, $103.41 million, Christie’s

Pablo Picasso’ portrait painting of his muse (Marie-Thérèse), titled Femme assiste pres d’une fenetre (1932)

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall Pablo Picasso’ portrait painting of his muse (Marie-Thérèse), titled Femme assiste pres d’une fenetre (1932), sold for $103.41 million at a 20th Century Evening Sale held May 13th by Christie’s in New York City. Also, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work titled In Case went for $93.1 million; […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Janet Jackson jacket, $81,250, Julien’s Auctions

Janet Jackson jacket, $81,250, Julien’s Auctions

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall Singer Janet Jackson’s epochal Rhythm Nation jacket with 1814 metal plaque, cap and gloves sold for $81,250 at an auction of items from the career and life of Ms. Jackson held May 14-16 by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, Jackson’s iconic single key earring […]