Cordier Auctions of Camp Hill Pennsylvania will hold a two day Fall Antiques and Fine Art Auction on November 6-7, 2010. This auction will feature a Herter Brothers cabinet and a Steinway baby grand piano as well as Civil War memorabilia, jewelry and other antique and vintage collectibles.
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In 1826 a major invention in the field of fire was made by a little known pharmacist in
the town of Stockton-on-Tees, England. This was the birth of the friction match as we know it today. As more and more people started
using this wonderful invention to light fires, pipes, cigars, cigarettes and candles, more and more manufacturers proliferated and
started producing matches; each company and or manufacturer putting their matches in colorful containers, matchbooks and match boxes.
People that collect matchboxes, matchbooks and matchbox labels are called Phillumenists and their hobby is referred to as Phillumeny, a word which was first coined in 1943 by British collector Marjorie S. Evans. Many people in different areas of the world collect all manner of covers and matchboxes, but most stick to what they know best and that is generally what was common for their particular area of the world. An example being matchbook covers which are more collectible here in the U.S. than in say Europe or the Middle East.
The Northport Historical Society Antiques Show will take place on Saturday November 7, 2010 at the Laurel Avenue School in Northport New York. This antiques and collectibles show attracts more than fifty dealers and hundreds of visitors from the Mid Atlantic region and features antique furniture, pottery, china and jewelry as well as ephemera, Phillumeny, and memorabilia. Proceeds benefit Northport Historical Society programs.
November 5-7, 2010, Historic Alexandria Antiques Show, Holiday Inn Historic District, Alexandria, Virginia
November 6, 2010, Fabulous Finds Holiday Barn Sale, 1870 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna, Virginia
November 12-15, 2010, Modernism Show, Park Avenue Armory, New York, New York
November 13-14, 2010, The Pier Antiques Show, Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 & 94, New York, New York
If you are up for a ride in the Virginia countryside to see the fall foliage, you should stop by and visit our friends at When Time Stood Still – Antiques & Coins. Located in the picturesque town of Berryville, which is located in the upper Shenandoah Valley, this shop offers a nice selection of antiques and collectibles as well as coins, silver and gold. Their hours are Saturdays 10-4 and Sunday 10-2 or by appointment by calling 540-955-3171.
Hubley Manufacturing Company was incorporated by John Hubley in 1894 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The company is known for producing a large array of toys but their claim to fame were the wonderful cast iron toys that they made before World War II. After the war, the company changed to a cast iron alloy. Hubley made objects of many shapes and designs including beautiful horse drawn carriages, vehicles, toys, dogs and doorstops.
The doorstops have recently been selling for record prices. A doorstop is an object that is used to hold a door open or closed. Sought
after by folk art collectors, cast iron collectors, door stop collectors as well as other collectors and designers have made prices
go through the roof.
Mikey decides to call his neighbor to wish her a happy birthday. As soon as the neighbor answers the phone, Mikey starts singing at the top of his lungs, “Happy Birthday to you . . .” After completing his rendition of the birthday song, the lady says, “Well thank you very much, but today is not my birthday.”
In London England a book written by Victorian Era author Jane Austen set a record auction price at $223,000. The first edition tome, Pride and Prejudice, was written in 1813 and was part of a larger lot of books sold by Sotheby’s which brought in a total of close to $5 million. In addition to Ms. Austen’s book, the auction featured a signed first edition of A Christmas Carol by Dickens and a collection of poems b William Shakespeare. Pride and Prejudice, when first written and released, cost about $1.43 and the book has sold more than 20 million copies since then.
Estate Sale on Friday - Sunday November 5-7, 2010, 12792 Yatesford Rd, Clifton, VA: Antique Dolls, Toys, Jewelry & Glass: 703-582-1135
Estate Sale on Friday - Sunday November 5-7, 2010, 4721 Tilden St, Washington DC: Antique Furniture, Rugs China: 804-288-5157
Estate Sale on Friday - Sunday November 5-7, 2010, 9011 Saunders Ln, Potomac MD: Antique Sideboard, Desks, Tables: 703-536-7816
In the 1830’s match safes were invented for the sole purpose of keeping matches safe from moisture and to have a handy friction surface where the match could be struck. They were very popular during the Victorian Era and were made of many different materials and many were intricately designed and ornately decorated. Some are so beautiful they are nothing less than a priceless piece of art. The pictured match safe in the shape of a grass hut, measures 1.5” x 2.5” and was sold on eBay for $585.
In case you haven’t noticed, I love glass, especially art glass. My favorite is probably Murano Art Glass because it is not only colorful but it comes in so many shapes and sizes and the lines on this art glass are just beautiful. I have never found a piece of Murano Art Glass that I didn’t like. On the other hand, my least favorite is Goofus glass, even the name sounds, well goofy.
Goofus glass is pressed glass that was painted while the glass was cold. When you find this type of glass, in a lot of cases, you will find that the paint flakes or chips off and it makes it look cheap. The old saying, “If you buy quality now, it will still be quality in the future,” is definitely true in this case.
Although they became predominant in Victorian European home in the early 19th Century, it is widely believed that doorstops were first made in the 18th Century. In the beginning, doorstops were nothing more than any object you could find to keep a door open or closed including rocks, wood or any other thing that was heavy enough.
It wasn’t until the Victorian Era brought a wave of decorated doorstops made to look more attractive than a rock. European foundries of the time made doorstops look like dogs and flowers. Doorstops did not become popular in the U.S. until the early 1920’s. Women of that era bought the doorstops to coordinate with other things in their homes including bookends and shade pulls.
Mikey asks who it is and is embarrassed that he dialed the wrong number. “Please forgive me for the intrusion,” says Mikey, and the lady said, “Oh no need to apologize, you need all the practice you can get.”
In the early 20th Century, when Goofus glass was produced, it was made very cheaply and it was used as premiums or give-aways with soap or at carnivals, it is sort of the predecessor for Carnival glass. Companies that produced this type of glass included Indiana Glass, Dugan Diamond and Northwood. Although it is not my favorite glass, Goofus glass is still highly sought after by some collectors, especially those items made by Northwood.
It wasn’t just any Aston Martin car, it was the DB5 that starred with Sean Connery in the movies Goldfinger and Thunderball. The car, which sold for more than $4.4 million, was owned by Jerry Lee, a radio personality from Pennsylvania. It sold for about $12,000 in 1969 and was equipped with all the gadgets associated with the Hollywood and the movies. Proceeds of the sale go to the Jerry Lee foundation to help fight crime in poverty stricken areas.