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Jul
25
2011

Rarely seen objects from the White House Collection to be on view at The Smithsonian

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Back in 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy had the vision and sense of culture to begin forming a collection of American decorative arts at the white house. What she started 40 years ago has grown into an extraordinary repository for some of the finest examples of Early American furniture and decorative objects. It's a show place, where foreign dignitaries as well as Americans can get a sense of the craftsmanship that defined early America. A [Read More...]


Seymour secretary desk and bookcase, Boston

Categories: categoryCurrent Events categoryEarly American Furniture categoryHistorically Significant



Jul
15
2011

Tintype photo of outlaw Billy The Kid sold for WHAT?

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The only authenticated photograph of legendary outlaw William H. Bonney, more commonly known as Billy The Kid, was recently sold for $2.3 million, but that's not the most interesting part of this story! The tiny 2" x 3" tintype image set a new record for an original photograph when it was sold to a collector at a Denver auction.

Decades ago, based on this image, Billy The Kid became known as the left handed gun. A movie by that name [Read More...]


Billy the Kid, original tin type image

Categories: categoryCurrent Events categoryInteresting Auction Sales



Jul
12
2011

Lady Gaga is "hooked on Antiques Roadshow"

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I just read on AFA News that Lady Gaga is "hooked on Antiques Roashow" and watches it all the time. Gaga, if you're out there, give me a call. We have to get you interested in collecting early American antique furniture!

I was not at the Roadshow event in Minneapolis last weekend, but it apparently produced a number of big ticket items. The standout was a bronze sculpture entitled "Mountain [Read More...]


Lady Gaga Antiques Roadshow fan

Categories: categoryAntiques Roadshow



Jul
08
2011

Today’s random unrelated thoughts for the antiques blog

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We recently bought an interesting Federal chest on chest from the Salem, MA school of cabinetmakers and wood carvers. We have just begun doing a little research on it. Matt was pretty excited to find that the carved rosettes are a nearly identical match to some attributed to the McIntire workshop by Dean Lahikainan in his book entitled, Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style. It’s nice when the research supports our initial impressions. The [Read More...]


Carved rosette attributed to Samuel McIntire, Salem, Mass

Categories: categoryAcquisitions categoryCurrent Events categoryEarly American Furniture categoryScholarship



Jun
30
2011

Skinner July 16th Science and Technology sale is online

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Robert Cheney has once again assembled an impressive selection of clocks, scientific instruments and mechanical devices for Skinner’s July 16th sale. Poking through the catalog of a sale like this is fun for those of us who like vintage mechanical oddities and such. The sale includes a pretty impressive grouping of Connecticut shelf clocks too. Be sure to spend plenty of time on our website before taking a look at theirs!! Nice work Robert.


Precision regulator by Charles Fasoldt, Albany, NY

Categories: categoryClocks categoryCurrent Events categoryInteresting Auction Sales



Jun
30
2011

Prices now posted on much of my inventory

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For some time I have debated in my mind whether or not to post our inventory prices online. Historically we have followed the antique dealer convention of not posting the prices, but after a recent experiment resulted in increased activity, I’ve reconsidered. You’ll now find the price listed on select objects. Take a look and let me know what you think. Better still, find an object that you can’t live without!




Categories: categoryAcquisitions categoryCurrent Events



Jun
27
2011

Stolen Thomas Claggett tall case clock repatriated after 34 years

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On Friday I hung the weights and started the pendulum in motion on an extremely rare Thomas Claggett tall case (grandfather) clock that has finally returned home. Made in Newport, RI circa 1740-60, and housed in a classic blocked-door Newport case, It was stolen from a family homestead just outside of Newport in April of 1977. My involvement in the recovery started about a year ago when I was asked to render an expert opinion as to whether detailed [Read More...]


Claggett Tall Clock

Categories: categoryTall Clocks categoryCurrent Events



Jun
24
2011

Blogging about antiques

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My antiques blog is a new adventure and I’m really enjoying it. I hope you are as well. The new website, and particularly the blog are still largely undiscovered, so please tell your friends to visit the site and check it out. There don’t seem to be too many antique furniture blogs, particularly not with a slant toward the Early American furniture and clocks that we handle, so I think there is a need. Please give us feedback in the form of email or [Read More...]


Ezekiel Jones brides model shelf clock

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Jun
21
2011

El Paso Roadshow trip

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Spent Friday and Saturday in El Paso for Antiques Roadshow. It’s hot there! Went to a great rib joint Friday night and in the process tested the limit of how many antique appraisers can fit into a rental Camry. It was pretty quiet at the clocks and furniture tables, but I was taped with a nice 19th century French portico clock made of alabaster. I heard that a first edition of “The Hobbit” came in and was appraised for big bucks.


Some authentic Texas BBQ

Categories: categoryAntiques Roadshow



Jun
19
2011

Important new reference book for collectors

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Attention clock and furniture collectors: A Terrific new book on American wood movement tall case clocks has just been released and every serious collector of folk art, furniture or clocks should have one. American Wooden Movement Tall Clocks 1712-1835 by Philip Morris has instantly taken its place as an essential reference book in my library. Philip has compiled a remarkable assemblage of tall case clocks, spanning several sub-categories that will [Read More...]


American Wooden Movement Tall Clocks

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