Antiques and Collecting: Rare American flag table carries hefty price tag

“Unique” — meaning one of a kind — is a word often misused by collectors.

There can never be a unique mass-produced chair, but there can be a rare one.

More than 20 years ago, the Kovels’ newspaper column featured a table with a top that was made to look like an American flag.

In September, a similar table is being sold by Woody Auction. The Kovel table had 23 stars on the flag. Maine was the 23rd state, added in 1820.

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New York sale shows antiques are not just for billionaires

New York sale shows antiques are not just for billionaires

A theme evident at the New York Winter Show in January has re-emerged just in time for Christie’s Interiors auction in the Big Apple on Wednesday and Thursday. Its thrust is an attempt to open the market to new young collectors whose budgets are not limitless.

At the Winter Show an easy-to-read system of coloured price tagging with legends like under $3,000 (€2,750), $5,000 (€4,500), $10,000 (€8,900) and so on was introduced this year and proved to be successful. It allowed buyers to browse and find what they could afford.

Christie’s is setting out to woo young collectors in a different way. The summer interiors auction of 495 lots of furniture, decorative objects and fine art features a collaboration with Alexandra O’Neill, designer of the ready to-wear line Markarian and CeCe Barfield Thompson, principal of the interior design firm CeCe Barfield.

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Aumann Auctions to Sell Massive Array of Vintage Iron and Antiques

RIDGEFIELD, Wash., Aug. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Once featured on an episode of “American Pickers,” the Alan Schurman Iron Ranch Collection of vintage iron, antique tractors, vintage cars and trucks, hit-and-miss engines, vintage signs, antique bicycles, and early literature will sell at auction. Alan Schurman was charitable and generous locally with his time and collection, and he was also well-known, respected and loved in the vintage iron hobby both nationally and internationally.

“We don’t get auctions like this every day,” says Kurt Aumann of Aumann Auctions. “When we first arrived, we were overwhelmed at not only the quantity but also the quality of the collection. Then when we started cataloging, we just kept finding great pieces every day,” he says. Each separate category has its own catalog and end time; the pick-up dates/times for all will be combined. “This auction presents a unique opportunity for the public to virtually pick just like on ‘American Pickers,'” says Aumann. 

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A set of Pokemon cards just sold for more than $100,000 at auction

A complete set of first-edition Pokemon cards from 1999 has sold for $107,010 at auction.

The collection, comprising of 103 cards, was sold in mint condition and included a rare Charizard card, which alone could sell for up to $20,000, according to card authenticators. A single near perfect copy of the card is currently being sold on eBay, with bidding standing at $2,174 less than a day before the auction closes.

The set that was sold was a collection of first-edition cards printed in English.

Auction house Goldin Auctions said in the listing on its website thateach card was graded at GEM-MT 10 — or “Gem Mint” — condition by authentication body Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), meaning the set was “virtually perfect.”

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Steele: These dolls are great collectibles

Recently at a friend’s auction — full of a lifetime’s accumulation of hopes and dreams — I found these two little dolls in a box all alone waiting for their time at the auction block. I had remembered seeing these through the years at antique and collectible stores and was totally aware of the kind of memories these dolls had given to my friend’s childhood. I have also been through an auction of personal things — about 28 years ago — so I was fully aware of the decisions that had to be made as to what would be put on the auction block and let go or what could be kept for a bit longer. My friend did an amazing job of letting go of many once-treasured items.

As I was looking through the few things that I did purchase that day, I asked her about these little Skookum Bully Good Native American dolls. And she told me a little story about them: She had found them on a trip with her parents when she was a little girl. We all have stories like this to tell and we should tell them to our families, but it seems that everyone is so busy any more that seldom do we take the time to talk about our family history.

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Meet the shops that make up Baltimore’s new Antique Row

One swelteringly hot afternoon, a man came by hoping to sell Philip Dubey a knife. It was a cake knife, the kind you’d have at a wedding, Dubey said, examining it.

In his shop, Antique Row Stalls, visitors can find more than 10,000 square feet of antiques ranging from 18th century punch bowls made in China to colonial-era maps of the Chesapeake Bay.

Dubey passed on the knife; he likes to know where items come from. “We had a pair of plates that belonged to Dolly Madison,” he said. “So we ate ham sandwiches on them. You have to take this with a grain of salt.”

The area’s popularity as a hub for secondhand goods dates back to the mid-19th century, when Baltimore craftsmen and furniture makers made their trade there, Dubey said. They soon started buying used furniture, to refurbish and sell to new customers. By the 20th century, Antique Row, the 800 block of N. Howard Street, had become a major shopping destination for collectors and everyday enthusiasts.

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Brickerville Antiques Barn going back to its roots [Column]

Fellow collectors and dealers kept telling me that I needed to check out the Brickerville Antiques Barn in Lititz to see the positive changes that are taking place.

I looked it up on Facebook and discovered that it’s at 2 E. 28th Division Highway, at Routes 322 and 501, behind the Brickerville House Restaurant in Lancaster County.

So on a recent Saturday, my husband, Rob, and our niece, Beth Hafer, who was visiting from Michigan, where she grew up, and Hungary, where she now lives most of the time, set out to see what all the buzz is about.

The antique mall covers both floors of a barn originally built in 1857. It was taken down nearby in the late 1970s and rebuilt and restored at its current location.

Despite a heat index of more than 100 degrees, the air-conditioned barn was comfortable.

The owner, Penny Knight, greeted us cheerfully as we entered. She said the barn had been an antique co-op for more than 13 years before she took over the business in February 2018.

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Antiques & Collecting: Watering cans sprinkled with style

Ever wonder who invented the first watering can? When were small gardens numerous enough to have customers willing to pay for a better way to carry water to their plants?

Historic records say the first was a watering pot made in about 1580. It was a container with a handle and small holes in the bottom for the water to flow out.

It was another 50 to 100 years before someone thought of adding a spout. The earliest mention in print was in 1692 in Timothy Keeble’s diary.

Early watering cans were made of pottery, then zinc, brass, copper, tin and other metals. They were bucket-shaped, then milk-can shaped and then funnel-shaped. More recently, there were small watering cans that hold liquid in a round ball shape with a spout.

Twentieth-century watering cans can be plastic, tin or even canvas. Every shape includes a round hollow part that empties through a spout with tiny holes. It is called a “rose.” It was the early 1900s before sprinkling cans were mass-produced and had a metal company’s logo included on a tag or impression.

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Antiques Roadshow: ‘What!’ Guest shocked at huge valuation of paintings she ‘didn’t like’

Tonight’s edition of the show was filmed at Osbourne House, which Fiona Bruce explained was the summer home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

During the show, one guest brought two paintings to the attention of antiques expert John Axford.

Describing the artwork, John said: “We’ve got two porcelain planks here painted with these beautiful island scenes with people living all over them. Where did you get them?”

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Neighbors: This is how much a reader’s WWI-era antique could be worth

Today Neighbors has two examples of how good you folks out there are at finding information for people.

Earlier this year, Neighbors ran a request from a woman who wondered what an antique box she owned might be worth. It had been given to her grandfather during World War I by Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Princess Mary.

Emails promptly arrived from several people.

Eric Rommesmo, West Fargo, wrote, “A quick search on eBay for ‘WWI Princess Mary tin’ shows $25 is paid for 20 pound sterling to $150 for 110 pound sterling.”

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