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Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: American Life Bitters bottle, $42,000, Glass Works Auctions

An American Life Bitters bottle made in Ohio circa 1865-1875 sold for $42,000 in an online-only auction held Sept. 21-28 by Glass Works Auction

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall An American Life Bitters bottle made in Ohio circa 1865-1875 sold for $42,000 in an online-only auction held Sept. 21-28 by Glass Works Auctions, based in East Greenville, Pa. Also, a Constitution Bitters bottle made in New York circa 1865-1875 brought $23,000; a St. Drake’s […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Friedeberg chair, $10,000, Doyle

A ‘Hand Chair’ by the Mexican Surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg, introduced in 1962, sold for $10,000 at Doyle Auction

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A ‘Hand Chair’ by the Mexican Surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg, introduced in 1962, sold for $10,000 at an auction of items from the Maison Jansen-designed home of film producer and distributor Walter Manley and his wife Janice held October 7th by Doyle in New York. […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: French Atmos Clock, CA$6,490, Miller & Miller

A French Atmos perpetual time clock from the 1940s sold for CA$6,490 in an online-only Canadiana & Historic Objects auction held October 24th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A French Atmos perpetual time clock from the 1940s sold for CA$6,490 in an online-only Canadiana & Historic Objects auction held October 24th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., based in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada. Also, a Wettlaufer decorated child’s wagon made in Canada circa […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Roy Lichtenstein tile, $36,900, Neue Auctions

 A rare and unusual mosaic tabletop tile by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997)

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A rare and unusual mosaic tabletop tile by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), made in 1950 and 14 ½ inches by 16 ¼ inches in a walnut frame, sold for $36,900 in an online Fine Art & Antiques auction held September 26th by Neue Auctions in […]

“Militaria Findings”: Conflict and combat are as old as the story of man. The result is centuries of military artifacts dating back to antiquity that tell the history and bear the scars of the hard-fought battles of their time.

Conflict and combat are as old as the story of man. To engage, man needed weapons to attack, and armor in various forms to protect himself. The result is centuries of military artifacts dating back to antiquity that tell the history and bear the scars of the hard-fought battles of their time. Militaria is defined […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Lock of Lincoln’s hair, $81,250, RR Auction

A thin lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair, taken during his postmortem examination, sold for $81,250 in an online auction that ran from August 21-Sept. 12 by RR Auction, based in Boston, MA.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A thin lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair, taken during his postmortem examination, sold for $81,250 in an online auction that ran from August 21-Sept. 12 by RR Auction, based in Boston, MA. The hair was mounted to an official War Department manuscript telegram sent to […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 2009 Mike Trout rookie card, $3.936 million, Goldin Auctions

A 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Trout Superfractor signed rookie baseball card (#1 of 1) sold for $3.936 million at an Elite Auction held August 23 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, NJ

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Trout Superfractor signed rookie baseball card (#1 of 1) sold for $3.936 million at an Elite Auction held August 23 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, NJ. It was a new trading card record. Also, a 2003/2004 UD […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 1926 Baccarat perfume bottle, $56,250, Perfume Bottle Auction

A 1926 Baccarat for Isabey “Tresor Cache” presentation of Lys black crystal perfume bottle and stopper as a faceted jewel with cord seal, label and tooled leather box sold for $56,250 at an auction held July 11 by Perfume Bottles Auction in New York City

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A 1926 Baccarat for Isabey “Tresor Cache” presentation of Lys black crystal perfume bottle and stopper as a faceted jewel with cord seal, label and tooled leather box sold for $56,250 at an auction held July 11 by Perfume Bottles Auction in New York City. […]

Exploring Antique Technologies – Saving Scrimshaw: How it’s Made and How to Take Care of It

Sea captains’ wives and children sometimes accompanied them on voyages and produced a fair amount of scrimshaw. Notably, Sallie Smith, the wife of Captain Frederick Howland Smith, created pieces that are just as highly regarded, if not more so, then those of her male counterparts. Scrimshaw by an unknown artist, ca. 1830-1860 courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

by Kary Pardy If you’re a nautical fanatic, a coast dweller, or a fan of early American arts, you probably know and appreciate scrimshaw. But what is it really, and how do you know you’re looking at the real deal? If you find it, how do you keep it shipshape for years to come? We’re […]

Antiques Peek: In the Show Ring with Breyer

Breyer #57 with clock

by Jessica Kosinski   There are certain toys that are timeless classics. From Cabbage Patch dolls to Lincoln Logs and Legos to Play-Doh, it seems like many childhood favorites have stood the test of time across many generations. Among those timeless and treasured toys are Breyer horses. Breyer horses are model horses produced by the […]