Category Archives: Features

“On the Road” Important Safety Tips for Antique Dealers of any Age

Journal of Antiques and Collectibles May 2013 Issue

“On the Road” Important Safety Tips for Antique Dealers of any Age By: Veteran Dealer Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell – The Halloween Queen Dealers who head off to set up at antique shows or shops often find themselves the target of individuals and groups of criminals. Crime is at an all time high at antique shows […]

Be Prepared: Baden-Powel and the Scouting Movement

Be Prepared: Baden-Powel and the Scouting Movement

Be Prepared: Baden-Powel and the Scouting Movement By Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell – The Halloween Queen® Over 50,000 people will visit the newly opened Summit Betchel Family National Scout Reserve from July 15 to 24, 2013 for the National Scout Jamboree. Most of them will be unaware of the incredible amount of Scouting memorabilia that is […]

The Celebrity Collector: Tim Matheson

The Celebrity Collector: Tim Matheson

The Celebrity Collector: Tim Matheson Best Known as Ladies’ Man Eric “Otter” Stratton in National Lampoon’s Animal House, Collects Disney Animation Cels By Ken Hall The veteran actor also owns folk art and contemporary art. He’s always been drawn to art. Veteran film and TV actor Tim Matheson’s place in cinematic history will forever be […]

Civil War Collector

Civil War Collector by John Sexton Q: I have a photo signed by Major General William Vandever that features him, Francis J. Herron and William H. Coyle. It is dedicated to my ancestor Captain James William Towner. (I have his Civil War sword, coat buttons, several Civil War photos and a Bible of those years). […]

Confessions of an Open Salt Collector

Confessions of an Open Salt Collector

Confessions of an Open Salt Collector by Al Diamond I admit it! I am an addict! I am … a collector!! And of all the things that I could have become addicted to, I caught the “Open Salt” bug. Once infected, there appears to be no cure. My wife picked up a few of these […]

Rarities from the New Bedford Museum of Glass

Square Dish

Rarities from the New Bedford Museum of Glass By Kirk J. Nelson Two years ago a new glass museum opened to the public in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Its permanent collection covers the history of glass from Classical antiquity to the present and numbers more than 7,000 items. The collection includes art glass made in New […]

Asian Scroll Paintings

Chinese Paper ‘Edict’ Handscroll

Asian Scroll Paintings By I.M. Chait We all know what scrolls are, but why are they scrolls? There is a long history, all over the world, having to do with things that are written and then rolled up for easy transport and for ease in unrolling, either to view or to read. These rolled writings […]

Selling Your Gold: What You Should Know

Selling Your Gold: What You Should Know

Selling Your Gold: What You Should Know Jewelry, Gold and Precious Metals by Edward Lewand As a professional independent appraiser, over the years people have come to me to sell their gold. During the consultation, I would sort out their gold into what should be sold for gold weight and what should be sold as […]

Collecting the World’s Rarest Telephones

Collecting the World’s Rarest Telephones By Peter D’Acosta It’s been called the most valuable patent ever issued. U.S. patent # 174,465 was issued to Alexander Graham Bell on March 7, 1876, for his invention of the telephone. In 1976, exactly 100 years later, AT&T, parent of Bell Telephone, stood as the richest company on earth. […]

Top 5 Historical lots sold in 2012 by Heritage range from the dawn of the Universe to the dawn of America

Top 5 Historical lots sold in 2012 by Heritage range from the dawn of the Universe to the dawn of America The last year was an important one for history collectors at Heritage Auctions. Here’s a peek at the top five Historical lots sold in 2012, which range from the dawn of Universe to the […]