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Oct
20
2011

A blog about Toasters, of all things.

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What ever happened to the good old days when you could buy a toaster and use it for say, 25 years? I just found this web site devoted to wonderful old toasters. Vintage toasters are very popular and there are lots of people who collect them. Some of them are such great retro forms! We had The rounded corner Toastmaster in the kitchen for my entire childhood. It was used every day and is probably still working somewhere. I think we have now gone [Read More...]


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Categories: categoryCuriosities



Oct
19
2011

Art as collateral

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It seems that art and antiques are better collateral than other assets these days. Read about how some high flyers are pledging valuable objects from their fine art collections as collateral to do real estate deals. I picked this story up on Artfix Dailey.

Here is the article from Bloomberg:

Michael Steinhardt, the former hedge-fund manager who has spent at least $200 million on fine art, is using part of the collection to [Read More...]


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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. Sullivan
John 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 [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 [Read More...]


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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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More...]


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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 [Read More...]


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