Category Archives: Features

Playing Games in the Great Outdoors

Playing Games in the Great Outdoors

A Sampling Jacks Jacks, also called jackstones, fivestones, or dibs, is one of the oldest and most widespread games in the world. Children in ancient Egypt played a version of the game, known as “knucklebones,” with sheep toe bones. The game of knucklebones led to dice games for boys, and a version of modern jacks […]

The Art of the Game

The Art of the Game

The Colorful History of McLoughlin Bros. by Maxine Carter-Lome While you might not recognize the name McLoughlin Brothers, or the names of their books and games for that matter, chances are the colorful and dominant illustrations that defined their merchandise will look familiar, especially if you frequent antique shops and shows, and follow specialized toy, […]

The Market for Toys

The Market for Toys

An interview with Tom Miano How things look in the Toy Market often depends upon who you ask; their chosen areas of expertise; the market with regard to their age, income, childhood and adulthood experiences; and what has recently flooded the market and what has not. Tom Miano, recently named director of Potter & Potter […]

Game Boards: The Game is Up

Game Boards: The Game is Up

by Melody Amsel-Arieli Through the ages, nearly all cultures have developed pre-marked surfaces used for playing games. Players, drawing on skill, strategy or luck while following pre-determined rules, move game pieces, like seeds, animal droppings, or pebbles, on patterned paths along their surfaces. Vintage game boards, which are available in wide variety, not only reflect […]

Civil War Surgical Tools

Civil War Surgical Tools

by Melody Amsel-Arieli The Civil War, which left over 600,000 dead, was the bloodiest war in the history of the United States. Initially, surgeons tended the injured at the front, in fields, barns, tents, stables, and private homes. “Conditions were frightful,” wrote Dr. Nathaniel Alexander Morgan, a Confederate physician serving at a Battle of Chickamauga […]

Medical Art: A Spectacle on Display

Medical Art: A Spectacle on Display

by Judy Gonyeau “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” – William Shakespeare, As You Like It. At no other time and place was this truer than in the early surgical theatres, where people would pay admission to attend a medical procedure. The drama would play out over many […]

Bloodletting Instruments and Methods

Bloodletting Instruments and Methods

by Douglas Arbittier, MD, MBA Antique bloodletting or Phlebotomy instruments have long been a collectible within the medical field that crosses over with collections prized by tattoo artists, civil war enthusiasts, tools, and others interested in the history of this once common practice. Although the goal was to rid the body of unwanted influences on […]

The Rise of Swedish Modernism

The Rise of Swedish Modernism

by Peter Wade Throughout the history of glassmaking, certain common designs and patterns have emerged. The glass we collect today often originated from an individual artist’s vision. The idea was then transformed into a finished product created to draw the eye and to fulfill the needs of the marketplace. As an artist gained a following, […]

Higgins: A Glass Act

Higgins: A Glass Act

Fused Glass from the Fabulous ‘50s Text by Donald-Brian Johnson; Photos by Leslie Pina Stardust, Barbaric Jewels, Arabesque, Mandarin. The titles glow with color and imagination. The glass objects they refer to make good on that promise. This is Higgins glass, the fused marvel that attracted buyers by the droves in the 1950s and ‘60s, […]

19th Century Glass in a 21st Century Market

19th Century Glass in a 21st Century Market

By Jeffrey S. Evans “Nobody wants glass anymore” is one of the most common off-the-cuff remarks that we hear today. In fact, collectors do still want glass, just not the same glass they did 20 years ago. This article will offer a brief explanation for the changing antiques market, and then present 19th century glass […]