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Santa Anna's Spurs, Other Texan Artifacts Missing

The Dallas Historical Society (DHS) is missing 21 items from its permanent collection that were removed from the Hall of State in Fair Park recently. DHS officials are cooperating with a Dallas Police Department investigation. The items include historic photographs, documents, and artifacts relating to the earliest days of the ... (Read More)

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New Show in Sarasota

JMK Shows will launch a new antiques show in Sarasota, Florida, January 25-27. The Sarasota International Antiques and Fine Arts Exposition will kick off with a gala cocktail preview party to benefit a popular local charity on Thursday evening, January 24, prior to the show’s scheduled Friday opening to the ... (Read More)

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American Silver Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Established in Boston in 1808 and relocated to Philadelphia three years later, the silversmithing firm of Thomas Fletcher and Sidney Gardiner produced American silver of unprecedented quality and grandeur, according to a press release from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Silversmiths to the Nation: Thomas Fletcher ... (Read More)

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New Dates for VADA Show

September will no longer be VADA's show time. James Dunn, president of the Vermont Antiques Dealers' Association, announced at the annual fall meeting, held at the Hartness House in Springfield, Vermont, that VADA would be changing the 2008 show dates to August 23 and 24. The new August date was ... (Read More)


Carousel Horse Tops Virginia Auction
by Walter C. Newman

Green Valley Auctions, Inc., Mt. Crawford, Virginiaby Walter C. NewmanGreen Valley Auctions held its semiannual sale of antiques, Americana, and decorative arts on November 10, 2007, at its Mt. Crawford, Virginia, facility. A subheading in the 944-lot catalog noted that this sale featured a "focus on Virginia and the South." ... (Read More)


Firearms Column
by Robert Kyle

by Robert KyleWhen a government doesn't understand its own gun laws, bad things can happen.At first light on September 13, 2006, members of Britain's Metropolitan Police surrounded the suburban home of Mick Shepherd, for over 30 years an internationally known and well-respected firearms collector and dealer. The 56-year-old grandfather is ... (Read More)


"Success to the Railroad" Flask Brings $29,900
by Ed Pfeiffer

Norman C. Heckler & Company, Woodstock Valley, Connecticutby Ed PfeifferNorman Heckler Sr. of Woodstock Valley, Connecticut, brought 100 lots of antique bottles, flasks, and related glass objects up for bids in an absentee auction ending on October 31, 2007. Bidding was active and produced strong price results. Although one lot ... (Read More)


Paul Kleinwald, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
by Frank Donegan

In the Tradeby Frank DoneganHere's yet another antiques dealer who ended up in the trade by accident. Back in the late 1960's and early '70's, when Paul Kleinwald was a young guy trying to find his way in the world, "antiques," he said, "weren't even on my radar." It's easy ... (Read More)

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Understanding Auction Markets
by Steve Proffitt

Auction Law and Ethicsby Steve Proffitt "Mr. Proffitt, I've got one of those complaining sellers on my hands and would appreciate your advice on how to handle him. Of course, his complaint is about what his things brought, and he blames me for that. I sold everything in an auction, ... (Read More)


The Marburger Farm Antique Show: Under New Management
by John M. Driggers

Round Top, Texasby John M. DriggersHundreds of antique and nostalgic signs greeted the thousands who came to look over what the almost 400 dealers had to offer at the Marburger Farm Antique Show on October 2-6, 2007. Signs of every description, from old gasoline companies to toy manufacturers to providers ... (Read More)
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