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Oct
06
2011

Willard clockmakers and Southern connections

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RESEARCH NOTES   BY Paul J. Foley and Gary R. SullivanJohn Ware Willard documented a number of special order clocks made by Simon Willard and shipped to various parts of the country. In 1801, Simon made a clock for the United States Senate in Washington, DC and in 1826 he made a tower clock for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, ordered by his friend Thomas Jefferson. In the first and second decade of the nineteenth century both Aaron Willard and his son Aaron Jr. were also Read More...


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Categories: categoryClocks categoryCurrent Events categoryScholarship



Oct
02
2011

A virtual Museum of what?!

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Okay, it’s time for a tongue-in-cheek blog. If you lack a sense of humor, please stop reading here.I came across a website today that gave me a chuckle. It is an air sickness bag virtual museum. That’s right, a virtual museum devoted to the “barf bag”. No joke, it’s legitimate. Take a look, but I hope you can stomach it! They have cataloged and illustrated over 2,000 of these bags from all over the world. In the antiques and arts industry we have always said that people will collect anything, Read More...


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Categories: categoryCuriosities



Sep
30
2011

The Metropolitan Show NYC

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I am happy to share with my readers the news that we are signed up for the new Metropolitan Show in New York this January. You are the first to know! The show replaces The American Antiques Show (TAAS) which has been held the last ten years at The metropolitan Pavilion in January. Just as previous shows have been for the benefit of The Folk Art Museum, the preview party for the new Metro Show will benefit the Museum as well. The new promoter of the show is The Art Fair Company Inc. They are Read More...


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Sep
09
2011

The Keno Brothers new show

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Leigh and Leslie, the keno Brothers of Antiques Roadshow fame have a new show on Fox. It is called “Buried Treasure”. The new show is similar to, but different than their old PBS show which was called Find!. As with the old show, they travel the country visiting people who have objects that may have significant value. What sets Buried Treasure apart from the old show is the personal component. Leigh told me that they are looking for situations where the value of the objects can potentially make Read More...


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Sep
08
2011

Fancy diamonds a hot commodity

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I just came across this story about two extraordinary, multimillion dollar yellow diamonds which are about to be sold. We keep hearing about the hot markets for certain art commodities, particularly those that are of interest to wealthy Asian buyers. They certainly seem like better investments than the stock market right now. Just ask my 401K! We have some pretty good commodities right here, in the form of rare and beautiful clocks and furniture. Hey Asian buyers, take a look, you might like Read More...


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Categories: categoryInteresting Auction Sales



Sep
07
2011

Willard Clock Museum news

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The Willard House and Clock Museum in North Grafton, MA. boasts the largest collection of Willard clocks in the world. The extraordinary clock collection, along with many rooms of period furniture and decorations are housed in the 1718 Willard Homestead, the 1766 Benjamin Willard clock shop and in two modern galleries. The Willards were the most influential family of clockmakers in early America. With over 90 Willard clocks dating from the 18th and early 19th centuries on display, this museum is Read More...


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Aug
26
2011

The amazing truth about hoarders

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The popular new television shows on extreme hoarding have recently made more people aware of the problem. Because of this awareness, I’ve begun to hear comments such as, ”can you imagine seeing a place like that?” or “have you ever seen one of those houses?” The sad fact is, I have. Many times. It’s a lot more common than you might think. Between my work for various Boston area auctioneers in my youth and the years that I spent as an estate liquidator, I estimate that I’ve been involved in the Read More...


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Categories: categoryCuriosities



Aug
23
2011

Brock Jobe’s latest research

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I met with my colleague and friend Brock Jobe on Cape Cod today. Brock was one of the co-authors on our 2009 release “Harbor & Home”. He is traveling with his students who are enrolled in the Winterthur (Museum) Program in American Material Culture, a highly regarded University of Delaware program. My roll was to assist him in examining and discussing with the students, an exceptional private collection of early American antique furniture. I was thrilled to have had an opportunity to handle Read More...


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Aug
22
2011

New, improved antiques blog

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You’ll notice that the blog has a new format. We have listened to your feedback. The photos on new blog posts will now be clickable in order to see a larger image. It is also easier and less confusing to leave a comment, so please do! You’ll notice that we have new thumbs-up and down, like and dislike buttons on each entry. By “voting” for the posts that you do or don’t like, we will know what type of subject to concentrate on. Please vote. We have noticed that much of the interesting stuff Read More...


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Aug
16
2011

Unusual southeastern Massachusetts Federal games table.

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The 2011 Antiques Roadshow season has come to an end. We visited Pittsburgh over the weekend and wrapped up the the season in style. Still another rhinoceros horn libation cup turned up for still another six figure appraisal price! And no, the owner was completely unaware of the recent record breaking appraisal by Lark Mason of a collection of similar cups (see July 29, 2011 blog).It was a good day for me. I had fun appraising an entertaining, memory stimulating and thought provoking 1970s Tiki Read More...


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Categories: categoryAntiques Roadshow categoryEarly American Furniture


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