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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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The Show Must Go On(line)!

The Show Must Go On(line)!

With the slow, and in some states unpredictable,  return of antique shows and flea markets around the country, more and ...
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Blown-molded cream jug

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Blown-molded cream jug, $7,605, Jeffrey S. Evans

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A cobalt blue blown cream jug molded in a baroque ...
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Recycled cardboard

Collecting Old & Rare Books: The Not So Gentle Art of Wrapping Books

by James Dawson Recently I bought a somewhat valuable book from a beginning bookseller who didn’t understand how important it ...
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Knitwear was the primary fabric for sporting activities in the 1920s, but with cheaper alternatives such as factory-produced sweatshirts and tracksuits gained traction, knitwear transitioned to the realm of low impact, high-end sports whose users could afford ‘fancier’ knit garments. Knitwear also transitioned to smart casual clothing, which is where we most commonly see it today. Courtesy of HoneyCombPatterns, Etsy.

Exploring Antique Technologies: Ancient Art – Unraveling the Art of Knitting

by Kary Pardy Knitting is everywhere recently. Creating warm hats, scarves, wraps, sweaters, and mittens is currently a fashionable pastime ...
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Millennials Moving Antique & Vintage Markets

Millennials Moving Antique & Vintage Markets

ASHEFORD INSTITUTE - For many, especially during the time of Covid, it may come as somewhat of a surprise to think ...
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Civil War Memorial Quilt from the Quilt Index and the Massachusetts project. Each of the white strips and the stars are inscribed with the name of a Massachusetts soldier, his company and the date he enlisted.

Memorial Quilts: Expressions of Remembrance

Graveyard Quilts for Mourning By Judy Anne Breneman, womenfolk.com Before modern medicine the loss of beloved friends and family members ...
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Presentation pipe tomahawk

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Presentation pipe tomahawk, $664,200, Morphy Auctions

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A silver-mounted and inlaid presentation pipe tomahawk signed “R. (Richard) ...
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Schott NYC Perfecto 118

Antiques Peek: Biker Attire

by Jessica Kosinski There are many collectibles designed to sit on shelves and be admired. But then there are the ...
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