Author Archives: Maxine Carter-Lome

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 […]

Collecting & Preserving Seeds: An Insurance Policy for our Future

Our October issue explores the historical roots of the American harvest. You may question what that has to do with antique collectibles but in their own way, the indigenous seeds we found here and those brought over from other countries, often referred to as heirloom seeds, spawned an agro-industry that today exports over $140 billion […]

A Lesson on the History of Desks

If you are one of those people who feel ‘any surface will do,’ then it might be hard to understand the writing desk culture, and the personal connection many people have about the space and surface on which they work, although I dare say that working from home this past year during COVID may have […]

Antiques Peek: Decorate Your Desk

1848 Paperweight made by Baccarat

by Jessica Kosinski   When talking about collectibles related to writing, it is impossible to ignore the topic of paperweights. Before computers existed, writing everything out by hand was the norm. As a result, writing desks were often littered with various papers. The best way to keep them organized and in place was to use […]