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Rare Beswick model of a girl on grey pony 1499 with light green jacket – top auction estimate was $1,000, sold for $1,600 in 2018.

Beswick: A Special Breed of Porcelain Animals

by Maxine Carter Lome, Publisher From 1896 when James Wright Beswick and his sons John and Gilbert first established their ...
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Breyer #57 with clock

Antiques Peek: In the Show Ring with Breyer

by Jessica Kosinski There are certain toys that are timeless classics. From Cabbage Patch dolls to Lincoln Logs and Legos ...
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A Gamewell Excelsior fire alarm transmitter with 50 code wheels, in a refinished oak case with beveled-glass front door, sold for $7,800 at a sale of the Brian Maiher collection of railroadiana, petroliana, and antique fire alarms held August 29 by Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, OH

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Fire alarm transmitter, $7,800, Milestone Auctions

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A Gamewell Excelsior fire alarm transmitter with 50 code wheels, ...
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Here Restorations Manager Lisa Ronalter applies pinstriping to a horse bound for the carousel at Sonny’s Place in Somers, CT, an antique machine built in 1925 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company.

Great Collections: Art, History, and Entertainment are on Display at the New England Carousel Museum

By Kristen Berggren, Program Coordinator The New England Carousel Museum has been an important fixture in the city of Bristol, ...
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Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) The Horse Fair, 1852–55, Oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Horse Fair: A Celebration of Rosa Bonheur’s Equestrian Masterpiece

By Erica Lome, Ph. D. Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) The Horse Fair, 1852–55, Oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art If ...
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A dazzling 12.01-carat emerald cut diamond (K VVS1) and platinum ring slipped on a new finger for $143,750 in an inaugural Fine Jewelry, Watches & Timepieces auction held online-only, September 16, by Andrew Jones Auctions in Los Angeles, CA

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 12.01-carat diamond ring, $143,750, Andrew Jones

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A dazzling 12.01-carat emerald cut diamond (K VVS1) and platinum ...
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Diamond, Emerald, Onyx Panthére ring by Cartier

Jeanne Toussaint: Cartier’s Petite Panthére

by Maxine Carter-Lome, Publisher “A woman who revolutionized contemporary jewelry” is how Cartier describes jewelry designer Jeanne Toussaint in the ...
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Reverse glass painting

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Reverse glass painting, $84,000, Thomaston Place

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A scarce British late 18th century reverse glass painting, after ...
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Pushing their Buttons: Campaign Memorabilia

Pushing their Buttons: Campaign Memorabilia

By George Sommers Internet and TV advertising may rule recent political campaigns but campaign buttons, or pinbacks, are still “a ...
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How to use a sextant? Wikihow.com offers a step by step guide with visuals, Davis instruments has a downloadable manual on their website, and there are several other online resources Photo: WikiHow.com

Exploring Antique Technologies – When Antique Technology Still Works: Finding our Way with a Sextant

by Kary Pardy Do You Know Where You’re Going To? In 1714, the British Parliament established the Longitude Act, and ...
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Huanghuali cabinet

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Huanghuali cabinet, $471,000, Christie’s

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A diminutive Chinese huanghuali compound cabinet and hat chest from ...
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"Collecting Just for Kicks," by Maxine Carter-Lome

“Collecting Just for Kicks,” by Maxine Carter-Lome

My isolation and downtime during the early months of COVID gave me the perfect opportunity to catch up on my ...
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Microscope: 3 convex lenses in the inner cylinder, fitting into shagreen (snakeskin)- covered tube, with gilt-bronze finial cap and tripod stand, optics by Passemant, ingénieur du roi, France, c. 1750 photo: metmuseum.org

The View From Where You Sit: Personal Magnification Devices

by Melody Amsel-Arieli Simple magnification devices, like water-filled spheres and rock crystal (quartz) “burning glasses” were known around the Mediterranean ...
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LeBron James rookie card

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: LeBron James rookie card, $1.845 million, Goldin Auctions

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A 2003-04 UD “Exquisite Collection” #78 LeBron James signed rookie ...
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David P. Wheatland

Great Collections: Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and Its Founder, David P. Wheatland

Sara J. Schechner, Ph. D. (photos: Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University) This is a story of the impact ...
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Title Image: Vintage celluloid advertising mirror/paperweight selling at RubyLane.com

The Remington Typewriter

by Judy Gonyeau, managing editor When it comes to the name “Remington,” think “mechanical.” The engineering ability of founder Eliphalet ...
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Majolica pineapple tea set

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Majolica pineapple tea set, $12,100, Strawser Auction

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A George Jones majolica pineapple tea set with 17-inch tray, ...
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This Swedish one-sheet for Casablanca nearly tripled its estimate when it sold for $55,000 at Heritage. ­Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Comic Character Collectibles: In the Time of COVID-19: Pop Culture Thriving?

by J.C. Vaughn In recent discussions, a handful of auction houses and high-end comic book insiders confessed that in the ...
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An 1859 silver dollar coin inscribed as ID for Christopher Schultz, $2,000 to $3,000.

The Civil War Collector

by John Sexton Q: Good afternoon Mr. Sexton, I came across your web page while researching an inscribed Seated Liberty ...
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Alexander Graham Bell made the first long-distance telephone call in 1892, reaching Chicago from New York photo: Stefano Bianchetti

The Genius of the Reticent Inventor – Alexander Graham Bell

by Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher “The Boston Advertiser prints an interesting account of an experiment in carrying out a conversation by ...
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Amish crazy quilt

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Amish crazy quilt, $3,125, John Moran

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A double-sided Amish contained/pierced bar quilt rose to $3,125 at ...
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The flyer for Sears’ Quilt Making Contest featuring the Century of Progress Building reached out to women by asking “You can ‘bake a sweet cake,’ but can you ‘sew a fine seam?’”

The Sears National Quilt Contest

An essay from Quiltindex.org by Merikay Waldvogel The Sears National Quilt Contest organized by Sears Roebuck & Co. in connection ...
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U.S. Grant slot machine

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: U.S. Grant slot machine, $2,640, Potter & Potter

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A Mills figural Ulysses S. Grant 5-cent slot machine, 72 ...
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British darning sampler, signed: Frances Boyce/1780, silk on linen, 20 ¹⁄₈ x 20 ¹⁄₈” framed, courtesy www.metmuseum.org

Samplers: An Evolution of Purpose & Design

by Melody Amsel-Arieli Samplers are pieces of fabric worked to demonstrate mastery of ornamental embroidery stitches and motifs. This fine ...
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