Author Archives: Maxine Carter-Lome

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 1790 tall case clock, $92,250, Pook & Pook

1790 tall case clock, $92,250, Pook & Pook

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall All prices include the buyer’s premium   A rare, circa 1790 New York Federal mahogany musical tall case clock with 8-day works signed “Effingham Embree New York”, sold for $92,250 at an Americana & International Sale held Sept. 30-Oct. 1 by Pook & Pook, Inc. […]

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 www.medicalantiques.com, and www.CollegeofOptometrists.org   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 […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: American Flyer boxcar, $18,975, Weiss Auctions

A rare American Flyer G. Fox & Co. S gauge toy boxcar train, from a limited production set made in 1946, sold for $18,975 in a two-day, online-only Toy & Train auction held Aug. 11-12 by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, NY

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A rare American Flyer G. Fox & Co. S gauge toy boxcar train, from a limited production set made in 1946, sold for $18,975 in a two-day, online-only Toy & Train auction held Aug. 11-12 by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, NY. Also, a boxed […]

December 2021: Stylin’ in the 19th Century

We often hear the word “dandy” applied to wealthy, fastidiously dressed, 19th-century gentlemen unduly devoted to themselves, their image, and style, yet it seems an antique, ill-fitting designator to apply to today’s fashion trendsetters in a world where runway looks and streetwear run the gamut and individuality is stressed. Yet, interestingly, being a “Beau Brummell,” […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Munnings equestrian works, $662,500, Andrew Jones

Munnings equestrian works, $662,500, Andrew Jones

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall All prices include the buyer’s premium A pair of paintings by the acclaimed British equestrian artist Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878-1959) sold for a combined $662,500 in the online-only auction of the collection of Lady Victoria White held October 10th by Andrew Jones Auctions in […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Johnny Ramone guitar, $937,500, RR Auction

Johnny Ramone guitar, $937,500, RR Auction

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall All prices include the buyer’s premium The Mosrite Ventures II guitar played onstage by Johnny Ramone (real name: John Cummings), guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones, sold for $937,500 in an online auction held by RR Auction, based in Boston, MA. Ramone played […]

Great Collections: The Parker Pen Archive at Heritage House

1910 Saturday Evening Post advertisement for the Lucky Curve pen, Parker’s second patented pen.

Back in 1888, George Safford Parker (1863-1937) was working part-time as a seller and repairman of fountain pens. As he worked, he found that he could not find a pen that wrote easily and did not leak. His search for such a pen resulted in the establishment of the Parker Pen Company in Janesville, Wisconsin. […]

Prepared to Record History: Inkwells

By Melody Amsel-Arieli   Writing systems have existed since ancient times. Sumerians, for example, used a stylus to create meaningful wedge-like impressions in soft-clay. Highly trained Egyptian scribes penned spells and bills by dipping thick, pointed river-reeds in ink prepared and kept in natural hollows found in small “inkstones.” Over time, these simple containers evolved […]