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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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Created by cartoonist Ron Leishman and artist-writer Richard Comely, Captain Canuck first appeared in Captain Canuck #1 (July 1975), published by Comely Comix.

Comic Character Collectibles: Escaping the Pandemic with Imagination

by J.C. Vaughn With everything that’s happened in 2020 thus far, pretty much any day seems like a good day ...
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Oak Reel block dated 1846, Enoch and Mary Worrall quilt, dated 1850. (Starley Quilt Collection)

Friendship Quilts: A Gift of Remembrance

by Maxine Carter-Lome, Publisher In the summer of 1854, inside an enormous four-story brick house at the corner of Main ...
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Michael Jordan collectibles bring in high prices at auction this season.

What’s Michael Jordan worth this season at auction?

Michael Jordan‘s legend is almost unfathomable, made even greater by this year’s ESPN documentary The Last Dance. In the wake of ...
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Wodehouse pocket watch

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Wodehouse pocket watch, $4,375, Freeman’s

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall Author P.G. Wodehouse’s pocket watch, elaborately engraved with his monogram, ...
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Dr. Cargo and Yvonne Wells

Great Collections: Robert and Helen Cargo Collection of African-American Quilts at the International Quilt Museum

The International Quilt Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is home to the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection. With ...
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Crewelwork sampler, one of the early projects worked by Erica at the Royal School of Needlework. Their first few projects were designed for them. Students had to pay for their own materials and most proudly kept their projects for the whole of their lives. 2015.0047.004 A, B, Gift of The Family of Erica Wilson, Courtesy of Winterthur Museum

Erica Wilson: Sharing Joy through Embroidery

By Linda EatonJohn L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and the Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur Museum Until ...
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Stankiewicz sculpture

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Stankiewicz sculpture, $162,500, Doyle

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far  By Ken Hall A sculpture from the mid-1950s by Richard Stankiewicz (1922-1983) titled ...
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Rocking chair given by Bob Dylan to his best friend Louie Kemp in 1974 when Dylan and The Band toured the U.S.

The best seat in the house is up for sale at Heritage Auction’s Entertainment & Music Memorabilia event to be held online at HA.com, August 8-9.

 This isn't just a rocking chair for sale. It was, in 1974, the best seat in the house when Bob Dylan ...
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An Education in Needle Work

An Education in Needle Work

In eighteenth-century America, a girl was expected to grow up, get married, have children, and take care of a home ...
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Frye “Mae West” gas pump, CA$7,800, Miller & Miller

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Frye “Mae West” gas pump, CA$7,800, Miller & Miller

Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A Fry visible “Mae West” gas pump made in America ...
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John James Audubon, Self-portrait, 1822-23

John James Audubon: A Short Reflection on His Life and Works

by Pat Raynock, Biologist and Audubon Collector As a career biologist, I have spent a lifetime looking at the beauty ...
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‘Tutti Fruiti’ Cartier bracelet, $1.34 million, Sotheby’s

Gavels 'n' Paddles: ‘Tutti Fruiti’ Cartier bracelet, $1.34 million, Sotheby’s

Gavels 'n' Paddles: ‘Tutti Fruiti’ Cartier bracelet, $1.34 million, Sotheby’s Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall ...
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Lyrics to Hey Jude, $910,000, Julien's

Gavels 'n' Paddles: 

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Lyrics to Hey Jude, $910,000, Julien's Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall Paul McCartney’s ...
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Figure 2: Henry D. Thoreau, ambrotype by Edward Sidney Dunshee, 1862. Th33b, Henry D. Thoreau, Gift of Mr. Walton Ricketson and Miss Anna Ricketson (1929). photo courtesy of the Concord Museum

Collecting Inspiration: Henry David Thoreau & Nature

by Erica Lome, Ph.D. One April morning, when Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was fishing in a stream outside the center ...
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