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Archive: October 2011




Oct
28
2011

Research tidbit, pineapples for rent?

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Matt Buckley here this time.  I have always held that one of the prerequisites to being an antique enthusiast, is an appreciation for the tidbits of information that accumulate along the way.  This minutia is prized in an equal measure to the objects.  They become exquisite little nuggets of information that  help to color the image of our history and enrich our understanding of our culture.  As so often is the case, the origins of our customs can be rooted in absurd nuanced behavior from our Read More...


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Categories: categoryScholarship categoryCuriosities



Oct
26
2011

Discoveries!

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Discoveries...This is what keeps us going - the thrill of the hunt!  As dealers we are always dreaming of making that big discovery, the sleeper that will make a difference. It still happens, as evidenced by the story below. I have made a few through the years, but I’m still waiting for the “big one”.We did make a nice discovery in an auction box lot last year, maybe not as spectacular as the one in the story, but it was pretty special for us.  While previewing a sale at a small auction house, Read More...


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Categories: categoryAcquisitions categoryInteresting Auction Sales categoryCuriosities



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 through 3 toasters in the last 5 years, with only 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 secure low-cost funding for his latest real estate venture.Steinhardt and Read More...


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Categories: categoryCurrent Events categoryHistorically Significant



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