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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...
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...Continue Reading
"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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...
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...