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Stories for June '17

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A Brilliant Idea
by Clayton Pennington

Editorial The industry needs new collectors, and a good way to help accomplish that goal is to hook schoolchildren on history. That’s the mission of the Chicago-based nonprofit History in Your Hands Foundation (HIYHF), which was founded last year. The idea is simple and brilliant. HIYHF provides educators with historical objects to ... (Read More)

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Two-For-One Appraisals
by M.A.D. staff

In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday, patrons of the 21st Century Flea Market will have the opportunity to have two items appraised for the price of one on Sunday, July 9. You may bring two items, pay $10 for the first appraisal, and the second one is free. And anyone ... (Read More)

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Antiques 101
by M.A.D. staff

A new program, “Antiques 101” Digging Deeper Tour, debuted on May 13 at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum (WDS) in Wethersfield, Connecticut. “Antiques 101” is a workshop-style tour, during which participants can learn some of the basics on how to distinguish authentic Colonial furniture from reproductions. Tickets are $20. The “Antiques 101” Digging ... (Read More)

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Heritage Auctions Adds Watch Expert Jonathan Burford to Beverly Hills Office
by M.A.D. staff

Heritage Auctions has hired Jonathan Burford as timepiece consignment director for the Beverly Hills, California, office. “Jonathan has worked in the fine watch and vintage timepiece industry for the majority of his professional career. His luxury lifestyle brand experience includes not just timepieces but also racing and publishing across the U.K.,” ... (Read More)

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Gerald Peters Gallery Sues for Defamation
by M.A.D. staff

Art is the ultimate opinion business, but voicing that opinion could lead to legal trouble, as a suit filed in the U.S. District Court in Nevada shows. The case filed on April 28 pits heavyweights in the world of Western art against each other. Gerald Peters Gallery, Inc. has filed ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, June 2016
by Ian McKay

Ian McKay, <[email protected]> Two sales, both of which produced unexpectedly high prices, account for the majority of the lots featured in this month’s letter—a Bonhams dispersal of surplus to requirement contents from a lovely Welsh retreat, Glyn Cywarch, and a Sotheby’s sale of items from two old Scottish family collections. Other attractions ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, June 2017
by M.A.D. staff

Maine Antique Digest includes, as space permits, brief announcements of exhibitions planned by galleries, museums, or other venues. We need all press materials at least six weeks in advance of opening. We need to know the hours and dates of the exhibit, admission charges, and phone number and website for ... (Read More)

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Indiana Landmarks Seeks Antiques Vendors for Summer Events
by M.A.D. staff

Indiana Landmarks, a private nonprofit, is looking for vendors of antiques, collectibles, and architectural salvage to participate in events this summer. On Saturday, July 15, the sixth annual Treasure Hunt will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., outdoors and inside the Indiana Landmarks Center and on the lawn of ... (Read More)

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Franklin Fire Hat Brings $18,000
by M.A.D. staff

A fireman’s ceremonial parade hat sold at Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Massachusetts, on April 30. According to Kaminski, the hat, probably from the 19th century, was purchased at a yard sale in Milton, Massachusetts, and was originally from the Franklin Fire Company of Germantown, Pennsylvania. Made of pressed resin felt ... (Read More)

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The 2017 AD20/21 Show
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Boston, Massachusetts One decade in and moving right along, Fusco & Four’s AD20/21 returned for its tenth year at the Cyclorama in Boston’s South End April 6-9. The show has become the showpiece of Boston Design Week, also a Fusco & Four venture, which draws greater attendance each time. The 12-day ... (Read More)

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Part Two of Mittler Collection Sold
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Robert C. Eldred Co., Inc., East Dennis, Massachusetts Whales and birds and a bit of everything else, in a mere 1500 lots, were the draw at Eldred’s three-day sale of Americana and maritime art April 6-8 in the East Dennis, Massachusetts, gallery. The array of material provided something for every taste, ... (Read More)

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The 2017 Chester County Antiques Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Malvern, Pennsylvania More paintings and prints than furniture sold at the 35th annual Chester County Antiques Show, which filled the riding ring at the Phelps School with a real, old-fashioned antiques show on April 8 and 9. The preview on April 7 that benefited the much-loved Chester County Historical Society was ... (Read More)

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Fortuna Breaks the Million-Dollar Mark, Eyes Growth
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Fortuna Auction, Inc. Fortuna Auction, Inc., held its spring jewels auction on April 6 in New York City, and the record-breaking sale surpassed the $1 million mark in prices realized. The top lot of the Fortuna auction was “a beautiful pair of perfectly matched sugarloaf cabochon rubies. ... (Read More)

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Herter Brothers Servers Lead Farmer Auction
by Walter C. Newman

Farmer Auctions, Salem, Virginia Photos courtesy Farmer Auctions Farmer Auctions, Salem, Virginia, held its spring catalog auction on April 1. This was the first of the firm’s sales that I had attended since it was acquired by Jarrod Hines. Hines purchased the auction business from Will Farmer effective August 1, 2016, and ... (Read More)

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Cast-Iron and Steam Toys
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Pook & Pook, Inc. with Noel Barrett, Downingtown, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Pook & Pook and Noel Barrett Eberhard Luethke’s collection of steam engines and Stephen Sachs’s collection of cast-iron toys offered by Pook & Pook and Noel Barrett in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, on March 31 and April 1 was a test of two ... (Read More)

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Two Heroes of the Slavery Era Are Standouts at $1.2 Million African Americana Sale
by Jeanne Schinto

Swann Galleries, New York City Photos courtesy Swann Galleries “How do you come back from that?” Jenelle Watler, Swann’s operations director and one of its auctioneers, asked her audience after the applause ended. She had just hammered down a previously unknown photograph of Harriet Tubman for $161,000 (including buyer’s premium) in the ... (Read More)

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Country Americana
by Don Johnson

Garth’s Auctions, Delaware, Ohio Photos courtesy Garth’s Analyze the country Americana sale held in Delaware, Ohio, by Garth’s Auctions on March 18, and three things stick out. 1) When it comes to furniture, sometimes brown is beautiful. 2) In an already soft market for Oriental rugs, too much is certainly not a ... (Read More)

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Bad Guys Make Good
by Don Johnson

Cowan’s Auctions, Cincinnati, Ohio Photos courtesy Cowan’s Auctions The bad guys took top billing at Cowan’s Auctions on February 21 in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a sale that featured property from N. Flayderman & Co. Although there were selected additions, the Flayderman material, from Americana to firearms, clearly highlighted the action. E. Norman Flayderman ... (Read More)
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