Archive for 2014

FEB
10
2014

Tin Signs- "Moxie"

By mwilcox

Moxie

The piece shown is a early 20th century tin sign for "Moxie." Moxie was originally a patent medicine said to be beneficial for "Paralysis, softening of the brain, nervousness, and insomnia." Its inventor, Dr. Augustin Thompson, added soda water...

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FEB
08
2014

Alexandre Vibert Vase (French, 1847-1909)

By mwilcox

Vibert

This Art Nouveau style ewer vase is by Alexandre Vibert (French, 1847-1909). The Art Nouveau style was one of the shortest lasting in modern times, its design using organic forms such a whiplash vines, flowers organic curves, and depictions of...

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FEB
07
2014

STOLEN STRADIVARIUS RECOVERED

By judith

Stradivarius

February 7, 1014

Stradivarius violins are so rare and so highly prized, each one has a name, usually the name of a previous owner. The Lupinski Stradivarius, a 1715 instrument worth $5 million, is owned by Frank Almond, concertmaster of the...

Tags : Stradivarius, violin, and theft
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FEB
03
2014

Federal Revival Library Table

By mwilcox

Heplibrary

This library table dates from the second quarter of the 20th century. Library tables of this type are popular decorator items, generally produced in walnut, they were also made in mahogany, maple, teak, cherry, and oak. It's loosely based on...

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JAN
28
2014

Frederick Post Company Map Of USA

By mwilcox

Oldmap
During the American Civil War local maps were one of the first things confiscated by the army when they occupied a new area, as larger scale maps did not allow enough detail regarding the local terrain, potential sources for food, water, and...

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JAN
26
2014

COINS CAN BE WORTH REAL MONEY

By judith

Brasher

Brasher2

January 26, 2014

The Brasher Doubloon was the first American gold coin. It was issued in 1787 and became the focus of a 1947 movie based on the Raymond Chandler story, The Brasher Doubloon

The coin was recently auctioned for the sum of...

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JAN
23
2014

The Colonial Revival Style

By mwilcox

Gateleg

"Gate Leg" drop leaf tables of this type are in what's called the "Colonial Revival" style. Colonial Revival pieces are reproductions of the original American Colonial items originally produced from 1620-1780. The Colonial Revival style became...

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JAN
20
2014

Black Forest Carvings

By mwilcox

Blackforestbear2

Carvings of this type generally date from the last quarter of the 19th century (1875-1900) and are generally referred to as  "Black Carvings", after the fact that most of them were thought to have been produced in the Black Forest region in...

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JAN
16
2014

Charles Limbert- Arts & Crafts Chair

By mwilcox


Limbertmorrischair

Charles Limbert is best known for his Arts & Crafts/Mission style furniture, while not as sought after as pieces by his contemporaries Gustave Stickley or Roycroft, his furniture is highly regarded by collectors of of Arts & Crafts...

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JAN
16
2014

FAD COLLECTIBLES GO UP, AND THEN DOWN

By judith

Beanie

January 16, 2014

Yes, I know those advertisements promised you that the Beanie Baby you bought today was rapidly increasing in value, and you thought if you bough enough of them you could put your kids through college. Today, those same Beanie...

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