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Endowed by Their Owner
by Hollie Davis & Andrew Richmond

Beneath the Surface You would not know we are antiques dealers by the state of our house. Or maybe you would. We seem to be accumulating household additions as fast as we accumulate inventory. Things sneak in around the edges: a “new” stoneware crock on top of a shelf, another glass ... (Read More)


The Elverson Antique Show and Sale
by Karl H. Pass

Elverson, Pennsylvania The popular Elverson Antique Show and Sale has returned. Held the first weekend in May on the 7th and 8th, the semiannual country show in Chester County, Pennsylvania, was last held in the fall of 2019. That year marked its 50th anniversary. Began as a fund-raiser for the Elverson Fire ... (Read More)


Use of Tax ID Number Leads to Felony Charge
by M.A.D. Staff

On February 16 a criminal complaint was filed against dealer Gary Wayne Clearwater, 70, of Dauphin, Pennsylvania. The charge was retail theft—under-ring, a felony. According to an affidavit, Pennsylvania State Trooper Logan Spiece was dispatched to the Silver Moon Consignment Barn in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. A dealer in the shop said he ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, May 2022
by Ian McKay, [email protected]

Once again a mix of both London and provincial sales fills this month’s “Letter”—and a very mixed bag it really is! The most heavily illustrated piece features a selection of Lalique scent bottles that brought the sweet smell of success to a Scottish saleroom. Sold in London, a Japanese Great Wave ... (Read More)

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Editorial, May 2022
by Clayton Pennington

What’s Old is What’s New Again In these days of super-connectivity, it’s good to remember the old ways of marketing antiques still work. Ruby Lane (, the e-commerce website established in 1998 by Tom Johnson, a high-level computer programmer, recently held an old-fashioned marketing event: a 30% off, 96-hour “Red Tag” sale, ... (Read More)

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Estate Jewelry Funds Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Alex Cooper Auctioneers Selden Morgan, director of sales and jewelry at Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Towson, Maryland, said there was great excitement about the sale of Barbara Katz’s “fabulous” jewelry held May 5. Katz’s jewelry collections “were so large and complete that we were able to ... (Read More)


Auction Houses to Pay Restitution for Shill Bidding
by Libby Miner

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the resolution of a December 2020 lawsuit filed against Phoenix auction companies Auction Nation, LLC, and its owners Brian Long and Gabriel Prado; and Auction Yard, LLC, and its owner William Russell. They will pay a total of $260,000 in restitution to customers as ... (Read More)


Martha Willoughby to Be Next Editor of American Furniture
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Martha Willoughby, whose scholarly essays on American furniture in Christie’s auction catalogs in the last quarter century have been as informative as the articles in the Chipstone Foundation’s annual American Furniture journal, has been named to succeed Luke Beckerdite as editor of the journal. Since 1993 Beckerdite has edited American Furniture, ... (Read More)


Antique Bottle with Nitric Acid Destroyed by Bomb Squad
by M.A.D. Staff

On May 4 the Sublette County Unified Fire was dispatched to the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, Wyoming, to safely collect and dispose of a small quantity of concentrated nitric acid in an antique bottle, a press release stated. Presumably the bottle had been donated to the museum, ... (Read More)


Americana, Tiffany Silver, and the Wainwright Estate
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Doyle, New York City Photos courtesy Doyle On May 3 and 4 Doyle held sales of American interest bundled as Americana week at Doyle. The two days of sales brought $1,931,185, surpassing the total presale estimate of $1,103,025/1,758,575 (figured without buyers’ premiums); the sales were 92% sold by lot. The sales began on ... (Read More)
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