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Southern Soft Drinks Sweeten Country Store Sale
by Pete Prunkl

Mebane Antique Auction Gallery, Mebane, North Carolina Photos courtesy Mebane Antique Auction Gallery For his 30th annual “Country Store” sale, August 2-5, Jon Lambert and his able crew at Mebane Antique Auction Gallery cataloged 84 toys, 372 tobacco lots, 160 containers, 344 bottles, and 500 soft drink/miscellaneous lots. They then added hundreds ... (Read More)


Civil War and African American History
by Jennifer Howe

Fleischer’s Auctions, Columbus, Ohio Photos courtesy Fleischer’s Auctions Fleischer’s Auctions held its Civil War and African American history auction August 5. This summer premier sale featured a wide selection of American historical material, including items from the abolition movement, Civil War, African American history, Lincolniana, and notable examples of historic photography. The ... (Read More)


Norton Crock Leads Americana Sale
by Clayton Pennington

Casco Bay Auctions, Freeport, Maine Photos courtesy Casco Bay Auctions On August 5 Casco Bay Auctions held an approximately 600-lot Americana sale under a tent in the firm’s back parking lot in Freeport, Maine. The crowd was sparse, and most lots sold to the Internet, phone, or absentee bids. The sale totaled ... (Read More)


Changes Announced by Battersea Foundation
by M.A.D. Staff

The Battersea Foundation has announced that following three successful antiques shows at the historic Petersburg, Virginia, property, there will be no show in 2023. Restoration of the villa is nearing completion, and the logistics involved in staging an antiques show are prohibitively difficult. Instead, the foundation has announced that it ... (Read More)


Thomas Commeraw Stoneware Sets Record
by Karl H. Pass

Crocker Farm, Sparks, Maryland Photos courtesy Crocker Farm “Pottery over the last few years has been having its moment in the world of American decorative arts, and it’s gratifying to see,” remarked Mark Zipp of Crocker Farm, Sparks, Maryland, when talking about the new world auction record for Thomas Commeraw’s stoneware. A ... (Read More)

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The China Problem
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

Beneath the Surface Defense and security are often top of mind these days. It is easy to feel as if there are threats everywhere, and you can never tell where or how you might be attacked. We want our friends to be safe. Do not meet someone strange in a dark ... (Read More)


California Art Exceeds Estimates
by Alice Kaufman

Bonhams, Los Angeles, California Photos courtesy Bonhams “The sale was good,” said Scot Levitt, director of fine arts at Bonhams, Los Angeles and San Francisco, about the August 2 auction of California art in Los Angeles. “There weren’t any six-figure, major works that draw people, but right now there are not a ... (Read More)


The Diamond Anniversary Show
by Clayton Pennington

Downeast Art & Antiques Show, Blue Hill, Maine On page 7 of the August 8, 1948, Portland Press Herald, right next to a wedding announcement—“Miss Lily Pottle Weds Mapleton Man”—was a short article announcing the first antiques show in Ellsworth, Maine. It promised that 18 dealers would be participating in the ... (Read More)


Antiques and Estate Items in Amesbury
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

John McInnis Auctioneers, Amesbury, Massachusetts Photos courtesy John McInnis Auctioneers It was a very busy spring and summer for John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury, Massachusetts, with a fine art auction July 13, an online estate sale July 16, and a garden and lawn furnishings sale July 27. The auction covered here, McInnis’s ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Dennis Raleigh and Phyllis Sommer
by Julie Schlenger Adell

As the first guy in the parking lot to show up when Phyllis Sommer reopened her shop every spring, Dennis Raleigh was the definition of “the early bird catches the worm,” or in this scenario, the woman. “I was a regular customer,” he said. For close to 20 years. However, one hot ... (Read More)
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