Treasures July 2013
modern collectibles reasures T Antique to Modern Collecting inside this issue: Made in the USA Highlighting Collectibles St. Nicholas Collection July 2013 www.TreasuresMagazine.com page 39 july 2013 Treasures 1 Snuff BottLeS 509H Brentwood Rd. Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 telephone: 1-800-798-4579 www.billegleston.com AmmoLite Bill EglEston from the editor... CEO & Publisher James Slife email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Editor Linda Kruger Editorial Assistant Melissa Campbell Editor Linda Kruger can be reached at her direct line: 319.415.5839, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Manager Ronda Jans Art Director Alicia Fryslie Let’s hear it for the Red, White, and Blue! “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” -Benjamin Franklin When my granddaughter was five, she would stand at attention with her hand over her heart every time she heard “I’m Proud To Be An American,” by Lee Greenwood. I’m not sure how much she really understood patriotism at the time, but her parents and teachers had made the right start. There are many ways to express patriotism. As collectors in America we celebrate the past by preserving it for the future. Collectors were among the first to implement “green” living by caring for antiquities and heirlooms, rather than discarding them. Of course, all this is possible because we enjoy the freedom and prosperity to do so in this great country. This month we introduce you to David Fleishman, collector extraordinaire of vintage eyeware. You’ll find his investigation into the lenses worn by President Abraham Lincoln most interesting, along with the accountings of his vast personal collection. Also featured in this issue is a focus on products being made in the USA. Although these items are still available in stores, in a short time many will only be available through secondary markets, when they become collectibles. 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While in Ohio, artist Elaine Roesle creates Santas for her Old World St. Nicholas Collection in a two-story studio behind her home. Pictured is her 22-inch “Patriotic St. Nick,” 1 of 3, $475. For more on these companies and others in the USA, turn to page 36. (Photos courtesy: Heart Gifts, email@example.com; and St. Nicholas Collection, firstname.lastname@example.org) 30 36 The Coffee Table Common Sense Antiques Made in the USA departments 11 the antique detective Companies, Large and Small, Go American Vintage Textiles 12 16 26 Page Antiques and Collecting Unusual Modern Chairs and more... Ken’s KOrner News & Views from the World of Collecting Gavels & Paddles Auction News 30 32 rinker on collectibles Emergency Preparedness extras 6 35 43 50 from the editor Giveaway contest Recipes worth collecting July 2013 show calendar: Shows, Flea Markets, Auctions 16 Page july 2013 Treasures 7 “collector profile” By stephanie finnegan Dr. David Fleishman parlayed his op ht ha lm ol og y expertise into a new vocation as a collector, curator, and crusader for the historical importance of vision aids. O phthalmology is the field of medical science that deals with the diseases, physiology, and anatomy of the eye. For over 30 years, David A. Fleishman was a highly respected eye physician/surgeon. During many of those years, he held the prestigious position of chief of ophthalmology at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Mass. Retiring in 2001 due to problems with his hands, Fleishman did not abandon his passion for or interest in the human eye. An inveterate history buff and a serious collector, he poured his energy into perfecting a Web site that would serve as a major resource and archival destination for people who are anxious to learn about the developments of optical aids. Titled Antique Spectacles and Other Vision Aids: The On-Line Museum and Encyclopedia of Vision Aids (www.antiquespectacles. com), Fleishman’s cyber creation is a celebration and testament to a host of discoveries often taken for granted and dismissed. Drawing upon his ophthalmology pedigree, he is determined not to let these advancements be overlooked. “Back in 2003, following a couple Treasures Dr. David A. Fleishman poses with a portion of the Madame Heymann eye boxes collection. “It was the greatest in history, and disappeared in 1925. I discovered it, along with the eyeglasses inside, buried in museum storage near Paris.” 8 july 2013 Leather-framed nose glasses are the Holy Grail for collectors. “This image shows, on the left, my first purchase, to begin my collection over 30 years ago,” Fleishman narrates. “It is a treasure, as is that other example.” years of research, I established this educational Web site. Initially, I felt there was a story that needed to be told regarding the evolution of the optical lens. As vision aids, it was obvious that eyeglasses, in particular, have been one of the greatest inventions of all times. Yet, their developmental history has been an underappreciated and underrecognized subject. I visited a few local historical societies and museums where the curators and collections managers seemed to have little knowledge of the variety of antique optical frames and eyeglass cases,” Fleishman recounts. Convinced that this was an untold story that should be expounded upon, the physician focused his energy on a massive undertaking — a Web site that spans centuries and continents with its content. “There are currently over 6,800 identified and credited images on this Web site. They are scattered on nearly 360 webpages, representing over 845 institutions and about 150 private collectors. My own database of images is comprised of more than 125,000 digital photos,” elaborates Fleishman. “So, this research and the resulting Web site have become quite comprehensive, and there is even more material on the way.” Since its inception, the Web site has attracted the attention of laypeople, medical professionals, and museum personnel. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation has called upon his expertise as they labored to recreate “spectacles with tinted lenses” that would have been appropriate for the Jeffersonian era. Fleishman also reveals that “curators have reached out with inquiries related to artifacts that have just been sitting in dark depots for a few hundred years. All sorts of discoveries are being made due to this extensive research effort.” Like an ocular Indiana Jones, he personally unearthed a rare cache of eye boxes that had been long forgotten, buried and languishing in Paris. It was a global coup. At press time, Fleishman was extremely busy developing a presentation based upon his exhaustive research on President Lincoln’s eyeglasses stored at the Library of Congress. He was set to debut his indepth discoveries and brand-new conclusions regarding the 16th president’s optical aids — a treasure trove of new information and facts concerning Lincoln’s two sets of eyeglasses, and more insights into which of the pairs was the Great Emancipator’s favorite lenses. Like a hero out of a Dan Brown Da Vinci Code mystery novel, Fleishman had to do intense research of antique photographs, news clippings of the day, correspondence, and patents to weave together his new revelations. On his Web site, he has an exciting retelling of his early investigation into Lincoln’s lenses, which he summarized as: “Beginning probably in 1854, Abraham Lincoln was associated with a number of different reading glasses. However, we can only be 100 percent certain of his ownership of the two pair found in his pockets after the tragic April 14, 1865, assassination…. The detailed history of these two gold glasses remains incomplete, but the smaller ones have now been closely examined and they have a lot going for them. They are rare (only four known in gold), convenient, portable, elegant, A group of artifacts made by John McAllister Sr. He fit four early presidents and started the famous five-generation dynasty, which lasted 173 years. McAllister is “the father of opticianry,” known for the first optical shop in the U.S. and compact. They fold at the nose bridge, are patented with the stamped date ‘Jan 4 1859’ and … were worn by one of the most famous persons in history. It is my opinion that they were Lincoln’s favorite, since he can be associated with them beginning in 1862 and was photographed with no other reading glasses during the years he was bespectacled,” Fleishman theorized. “Congratulations to the Library of Congress because they hold two particular Lincoln treasures — and one could be considered the rarest, greatest, most significant pair of eyeglasses ever created during the past 700 years — truly world-class in all aspects,” Fleishman concluded in his initial May 2012 treatise. The past year has witnessed more Treasures 9 july 2013 discoveries and more insight into the significance of Lincoln’s eyeglasses. In his personal collection, the historian has spectacles and cases that predate Lincoln and his storied pairs. Among his 525 “fascinating objects,” Fleishman calculates that many are from pre-1850. He estimates that about a third of the collection is displayed in some manner at his home: “In addition, there are hanging prints and colorful illustrations, which have become conversation pieces when people visit. I have also assembled a nice library of illustrated books on this subject. Some are considered desirable antiques because they were printed in very limited numbers well over 100 years ago as well.” His appreciation and knowledge of these artifacts have deepened over the 30 years since he first purchased a pair of eye-catching lenses at a Brimfield, Mass. antiques mart: “I became attracted to several antique eyeglasses, including one particular pair with a leather frame and no side arms. The lenses were clouded and cracked, but these were so unusual. For $25, I bought them, along with their simple carved wooden box. Thus, my collection had begun. It turns out these were circa early 17th century (including the original box). In recent years, it has become quite obvious this rare variety is coveted by advanced collectors. They are considered the Holy Grail, since so few of them exist in museum and private collections worldwide.” Adding to that initial “lucky” find are hundreds of other pieces that Fleishman has selected from flea markets, auctions, eBay®, and antiques shops. “I have particularly enjoyed occasionally trading with other advanced collectors from Europe. We 10 Treasures are able to fill voids in each other’s collections, which has been fun,” the 69-year-old admits. This network of international, similarly-biased collectors has also helped Fleishman with the Web site project. Though he is the selfdescribed primary “driving force,” he has been assisted by “over 1,625 educators worldwide, who have cooperated, collaborated, and contributed along the way. We have friends worldwide now and the informative Web site is making a difference since An international display that showcases objects of different media that span the 17th to 20th centuries. The unusual items originated from Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Japan. it gets more than one million hits per month, internationally.” This network of knowledgeable experts helps Fleishman answer questions posited via e-mail and to eyeball proffered photos that are sent in as well. Many letter-writers seek advice, help, and general information regarding the chronology of vision aids. “In creating this Web site, and with the help of a brilliant webmaster, I have been able to present lots of history and lots of images to all the visitors who wander to the site,” Fleishman shares. In 1999, Newsweek magazine published the results of a massive survey to determine the most significant invention of the past 2,000 years. The conclusion was one that impressed the aficionado: “Simple reading glasses impacted the world more than clocks and the printing press and eight other selections from the top 11 final choices,” he attests. Despite the advances in Lasik surgery, Dr. David A. Fleishman cannot envision a world without eyeglasses: “No surgical procedure has a 100 percent success rate. So, I believe glasses of some sort will always be in demand, for protection from the sun’s rays, for work-related issues (protective), and just for general ‘fashion’ wear, at the least.” As the years pass by, Fleishman vows to remain committed to his site, his collection, and to his mission. “I hope my work stimulates, nurtures, and motivates people to study this field and also consider the possible enjoyment that comes from growing a collection of the various styles of glasses used over the recent centuries,” he reflects. “The 700-plusyear history of vision aids really is quite a fascinating journey.” It’s certainly proven to be an educational and inspirational pursuit that the former ophthalmologist has focused on with admirable and enviable results. He might be retired, but he’s anything but retiring. Dr. David A. Fleishman encourages like-minded collectors to learn about and join the Ophthalmic Antiques International Collectors’ Club (OAICC) and the Ocular Heritage Society (OHS). u july 2013 “the antique detective” By anne gilbert Chinese black fringed piano shawl with Polychrome Embroidery, likely 20th century, measuring 52” to 62” at center. (Photo Credit: Skinner Auctions, Boston, Mass.) ince the 1990’s, the word “vintage” has become a catchall word for fabric items spanning many decades and style periods. That means “vintage” clothing can include everything from dresses and shawls from the early 20th century to the 1970s. However, museums like the Metropolitan Museum of New York City and The Art Institute of Chicago have been forming collections since the early 20th century. On March 15, a small collection from the Metropolitan Museum was consigned to Skinner Auction Galleries in Boston. The diverse items ranged from shawls and piano scarves to an Hermès scarf and an 18th-century embroidered apron. Estimates were surprisingly low; some were in the $200 to $300 range. Auction houses like William Doyle and Sotheby’s pioneered vintage auctions around 1993, concentrating on celebrity-owned or worn clothing and accessories. Shortly afterwards, this S changed and separated into “celebrity” auctions and “vintage” clothing. The designer and the era became important, especially when ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s pieces were for sale. These days, the general market is saturated and prices in shops and at shows isn’t what is was a year ago. Collectors have become more aware and picky. After all, if you can afford some of the top quality items at auction, why spend money on massproduced dresses and hats? CLUES: Prices and popularity can depend on what area of the country you live in. Certain criteria hold true anywhere: condition, quality, designer labels, and historical significance. Provenance is important where historical pieces are concerned. Other things that count are style, structure, design, material, and quality. Structure (how a garment, accessory, or fabric is made) determines the age and/or quality of a piece. Clothing should be checked not only for wear, tear, and repairs, but to see if something has been added recently to raise the price. New lace and buttons, not original, are an example. Or, a single piece, such as a dress, created around a vintage collar. When this happens with antique furniture, it is called a “married piece.” A good buy would be a designer scarf, and the start of an important collection. Consider the Hermès scarves offered at the Skinner auction. They have long been collected and hold their value. Piano scarves, popular in the early 20th century, have long been out of fashion. However, their beauty of workmanship make for a fine collectible, as would the Kashmir shawls, also popular at the time. In the 1940s, the era of movie Westerns, shirts and other pieces of clothing were made in Western and cowboy styles. In the 1990s, Ralph Lauren popularized them in his Western adaptations. The 1940s items are seriously collected. Will Lauren’s adaptations be the next generation of vintage clothing? There are many museum books on textiles for research. The Skinner catalog would be a good place to start. Anne Gilbert has been selfsyndicating “The Antique Detective” to newspapers such as the Chicago Sun-Times and the Miami Herald since 1983. Gilbert has authored nine books on antiques, collectibles, and art; appeared on national TV; and done appraisals for museums and private individuals. u Kashmir shawl, 19th century, polychrome pieced and appliquéd with allover embroidery, approximately 6’ 3” x 6’ 5”. (Photo Credit: Skinner Auctions, Boston, Mass.) july 2013 Treasures 11 “antiques & collecting” By terry kovel chair has four legs, a seat, a back, and perhaps arms — or at least that was the rule for hundreds of years. Do you ever stop to think about chairs? Before the 16th century, only the king, the church hierarchy, or the most important person in the room sat on a chair. Others stood or used stools or benches. And, of course, since chairs represented authority, they were large, ornate, and often gilded. In fact, the more important the person, the taller the chair IMAGE 1: This lounge chair, probably one of a kind, was made for royalty in 1959 by the famous French designer Jean Royère. It sold at a 2013 Rago Arts auction in Lambertville, N.J., for $21,250. It must have been made to be used near a swimming pool or on the beach. A back and the more extravagant the chair’s decorations. The symbolism has been retained in our language: a “chair” presides over a meeting, and the “first chair” in the orchestra has an important job. By the 16th century, wooden chairs were “downgraded” to furniture for everyone, and styles began to be updated about every 25 years. By Victorian times, there was a chair for each person who sat at the dinner table, and soon sets of chairs were sold. In the late 19th century, technology spurred new ideas and unusual chairs. Some chairs could fold, turn into beds, recline, swivel, or be converted to wheelchairs. Other chairs were made to fit into a corner. Updated ideas about work, play, and children required dental chairs, office chairs, beach chairs, mas- sage chairs, barber chairs, and highchairs. By the 20th century, wood was not the only material used to make chairs. Frames were made of iron, steel, aluminum, and other metals, as well as plastic, plywood, cardboard, webbing, and foam rubber. So, chairs no longer necessarily had four legs, a seat, and a back, but were cone-shaped, egg-shaped, zigzag, an asymmetrical blob, or even a plastic bubble hung by a chain. Strange, but a place to sit. In 1959, Jean Royère of France made a canopy lounge chair of enameled steel and corduroy for the daughter of the Shah of Iran, Princess Shahnaz. The chair back was 70 inches high and curved forward to make a roof to protect her from sun or rain. It had bent metal arms and short legs that kept the chair just 2 1 12 Treasures july 2013 a little above the ground so she could lounge with her legs extended. The chair sold in 2013 for $21,250 at Rago Arts and Auction Center in New Jersey, even though it was worn and soiled. Very extreme modern chairs in unusual designs and materials sell today for tens of thousands of dollars. Most are great to look at but uncomfortable to use. The modern chair is sometimes just a piece of sculpture without a job. Speaking Dog Bank Children’s toys often tell us how times have changed. Canada stopped making pennies last year, so saving money a penny at a time will soon be a problem in Canada. The United States also may stop making pennies, since the cost of the copper in a single coin is more than one cent. But, ironically, the cost of a 19th-century mechanical bank has gone up. A Speaking Dog bank set a record at $63,250 a few years ago. The girl with the dog on that bank was wearing a blue dress. Most of these banks have a girl with a red dress. The bank was sold at Morphy Auctions in Pennsylvania in 2007, before the economic downturn in 2008. And the record bank had almost perfect paint. But the Speaking Dog bank still is very popular. It sells today for prices that range from $150 for one with worn paint and rust to over $14,500 for an excellent example. However, watch out; copies have been made. The cast-iron mechanical bank was made by the J. & E. Stevens Co. of Cromwell, Conn., in about 1895. Place a penny on the tray in the girl’s hand. When the lever is pushed down, the dog opens its mouth, swallows the penny, and wags its tail. IMAGE 2: This Speaking Dog bank sold last year for more than pennies at RSL Auctions of Oldwick, N.J. The price was $12,000 plus a $2,280 buyer’s premium. It was the rare blue-dress variety. Sèvres-style Urns What sells at antiques shops and shows is determined by customers who might like traditional, modern, eclectic, country, Art Deco, Arts and Crafts, Victorian, Western, or many other styles. Preferences are influenced by age, location, and what a collector remembers from Mom’s and Grandma’s houses. French porcelain has been popular since the 18th century, and large urns still sell quickly. While Sèvres porcelain is the best-known, there were many other designers and factories. Large urns were made by the end of the 18th century to be used in large rooms with high ceilings or in gardens. Those that look like a large flower pot on a pedestal held plants or flowers. Most were placed on the floor. Those that narrowed at the top and had a cover and elaborate decorations were strictly ornamental. They were put on a low table or a fireplace mantel to be admired. All of them are called “urns,” and the decorated ones often are called “Sèvres-style.” Of course, the original old urns made by the Sevres factory are the most desirable and most expensive. But some of the Sèvres-style urns by others sell for high prices, too. The quality of the work, the amount of gold trim and the beauty of the decoration set the price. Prices range from a few hundred dollars to more than $10,000. Most popular are pictures of masses of flowers or landscapes that include well-dressed people. IMAGE 3: A courting couple is pictured on this Sèvres-style porcelain urn. It has gilt metal mounts and a lid. The 17-1/2” urn sold for $1,750 at a 2013 Leslie Hindman auction in Chicago. Electric Lights Electric lights were first marketed to the public about 1880. It is said that Louis Comfort Tiffany’s famous lily lamp with glass shades for light bulbs was the first lamp with 4 3 july 2013 Treasures 13 a shade that projected light down, not up, like a candle flame. Other lamps of the early 1900s were adapted to accept bulbs by removing the older light source, like a candle, then wiring the lamp for electricity and adding a bulb and shade. Others were made in entirely new shapes During the Art Nouveau period, sensuous women with curves were part of the designs used for glass, ceramics, bronze figurines, and even furniture. So it is not surprising that a variety of lamps designed to feature women also were made. The Loetz glass factory (1840-1940), in what is now the Czech Republic, made art glass. At around the turn of the 20th century, workers there designed a figural lamp with a bronze base shaped like a woman holding an iridescent gold glass shade above her head. The glass resembled Tiffany’s, but it was actually made at the Loetz factory. It was signed by Peter Tereszczuk (1875-1963), a well-known Ukrainian sculptor who made bronze figurines and other decorative bronzes. Bell collectors prize his bronze electric call buttons that look like a small child on a rocky base. The lamp sold for $3,750 at a Rago Arts and Auction sale in 2013. IMAGE 4: This lamp, created from a figure of a bronze woman and an iridescent gold glass shade made by Loetz, is 14 inches high. The signed lamp sold this spring for $3,750 at Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. It must be used with a low-wattage electric bulb because the glass lampshade would be damaged by too much heat. of celluloid, an early plastic. But rulers like yours don’t sell for a lot of money. We have seen them offered for $10 to $25. Railroad Lantern Q: My antique railroad lantern is marked “Thompson’s Pat. April 27, 1869” on the back. It’s marked “Pacific” on the front. What’s it worth? A: Railroad lanterns are favorites of collectors of “railroadiana” (railroad antiques and collectibles). Nathan Thompson of Brooklyn, N.Y., received a patent for his “lantern improvement” in 1869. His lantern was produced for years and was purchased by many different railroad companies. The Pacific Railroad, chartered by Missouri in 1849, was reorganized in 1872 as the Missouri Pacific Railway. So, it’s likely that your lantern was manufactured in the early 1870s. A Thompson Patent lantern like yours auctioned last fall for $143. Rubber Tire & Glass Ashtray Q: I have an old four-inch-diameter glass ashtray surrounded by a 7-inchdiameter rubber tire. Both sides of the tire are embossed “U.S. Royal” and “U.S. Heavy Duty Six.” Was this an advertising item? What is its value? A: Your ashtray was indeed an advertising item. Ashtrays like it were made from the 1930s into the ‘60s to advertise just about every American tire manufacturer, including U.S. Royal, Firestone, Goodyear, and Goodrich. If yours is in great shape, an advertising collector might pay about $40 for it. German Porcelain Vase Q: I have a vase stamped “Made in German Democratic Republic.” It’s also stamped “J.L. Menau” and, underneath it, “Kenneberg-Torzellan.” Can you tell me who made this vase? A: Your vase was made by a porcelain factory in Ilmenau, Thuringia, Germany. Although the name of the town looks like “JLMENAU” on some marks, it is actually “Ilmenau,” and what looks like “Kenneberg-Torzellan” actually is “Henneberg-Porzellan.” The factory was founded in Ilmenau in 1777 and was operated under various names and owners. It became Ilmenauer Porzellanfabrik Graf von Henneberg in 1930. The company was nationalized when Ilmenau became part of the Germany Democratic Republic (East Germany) after World War II. It operated as V.E.B. Henneberg Porzellan Ilmenau from 1949 until 1990. Your vase was made during this period. The company went bankrupt in 2002, and the assets were bought by an investor, who changed the company’s name to Neue Porzellanfabrik Ilmenau. The maker is not well-known, so your vase is worth about $30. New York World’s Fair Electric Clock Q: I have an electric clock that pictures the Trylon and Perisphere and the words “New York World’s Fair 1939” in gold on the face. The clock is in the shape of a ship’s wheel and is about 11 inches tall. It was made by Sessions Clock Corp. and keeps perfect time. Does it have any value? A: The New York World’s Fair opened on April 30, 1939, the 150th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration as president of the United States. It ran until the end of October that year, reopened in May 1940 and closed on Oct. 27, 1940. Many souvenirs were made for the fair. Items that picture the Trylon and Perisphere are especially wanted by collectors. The three-sided Trylon and spherical Perisphere, symbols of the fair, were temporary structures made of plasterboard over steel frames. Check the Web site 1939NYWorldsFair.com for more information on the 1939 fair. Value of your clock: about $100. Florian Papp Chippendale Maple Dresser Q: I inherited an antique Chippendale maple dresser with four drawers. There’s a large tag inside one drawer that’s titled “Florian Papp.” Handwritten information on the card says the dresser is a “genuine antique” made in New England and that it was sold by Florian Papp in 1927. I would like to learn more. A: Florian Papp (1883-1965) was born in Hungary and immigrated to the United States in about 1900. He worked as a cabinetmaker and furniture restorer before opening a gallery in New York City, questions & answers Folding Ruler Q: I have a 12-inch folding ruler that advertises International Harvester Co. of America. It’s made of cream-colored celluloid and has two calendars on the back, one for 1906 and the other for 1907. The front ad reads, “Make it a Rule to bale your hay with I.H.C. Hay Presses.” Does it have any value? A: International Harvester Co., headquartered in Chicago, was in business from 1902 to 1985. Advertising with giveaways like rulers, mirrors, calendars, paperweights, and other small items has been popular since the late 1800s. Your ruler would appeal to collectors of advertising or 14 Treasures july 2013 where he specialized in selling European antiques. The Florian Papp antiques and art gallery is still in business, now operated by the third generation of the Papp family. It has always been a very important gallery, and the provenance on the card is a guarantee that the dresser was made in New England and is not a reproduction. China Platter Q: I found a platter in my mother’s china cupboard that doesn’t match anything else she had, and I have no idea where it came from. The mark on the bottom is a circle with a crown on top. The word “Celebrate” is inside the circle, and “Made in Germany” is written below. Is this platter old and valuable? A: The mark you describe was used by Geo. Borgfeldt & Co., a New York City importer. The company was in business from 1881 until about 1976. Geo. Borgfeldt & Co. imported china and earthenware, dolls, toys, glassware, novelty goods, and other items from Europe and sold them to retailers in the United States. The mark was used beginning in 1936. “Celebrate” is one of the trademarks owned by Borgfeldt. Your platter probably was made in the late 1930s, before the outbreak of World War II. It is difficult to sell a piece that probably was part of a set. Value: about $40. Ladies’ Home Journal Issues Q: I have six issues of Ladies’ Home Journal from 1898. They’re in pretty good condition. I was thinking they might be worth something to a collector. What do you think? A: The Ladies’ Home Journal was first published in 1883. It’s still on newsstands today. Issues as old as yours are especially interesting to collectors because of their old ads and photos. In general, 1898 Ladies’ Home Journals sell online and at shows for $40 to $45 each. Candlewick Glass Set Q: I have a small set of Candlewick glass, but three of them are cloudy. I believe this is from being washed in a dishwasher. Is there any way to make them clear again? A: Cloudiness is caused by deposits of calcium carbonate left by new phosphate-free dishwasher detergents, especially if they’re used with hard water. Manufacturers removed phosphate from their dishwashing products in 2010, after several states banned the ingredient because it contributes to the growth of algae in the environment. To clear up cloudy glasses, put a cup of white vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher and run the glasses through the cleaning cycle without detergent. To prevent it from recurring, clean your dishwasher every six months and use less detergent when you run the dishwasher. You also can add a little citric acid to the detergent. Henredon Furniture Set Q: I bought a piece of property that happened to have a mobile home parked on it. Once I bought the property, I owned the mobile home, too. The three-piece bedroom set in the mobile home includes a bed, dresser, and chest of drawers. The mark inside a drawer on the dresser and chest is “Henredon Fine Furniture.” What can you tell me about the company and the set’s value? A: Henredon Furniture Co. was founded in Morgantown, N.C., in 1945, so the bedroom set was not made before that year. The Henredon brand name has been owned by Furniture Brands, Inc., based in St. Louis, since 2001. Henredon furniture is known to be of high quality, but your set would sell as “used furniture,” not as “antique furniture.” Try to sell it locally — it is expensive to ship furniture a long way. Peasant Girl Statue Q: Our statue of a peasant girl is 25 inches tall. She is sitting on a tree stump and holds a basket of cherries on her lap. On the round base, there’s a plaque in the shape of a scroll that says “La Cerises par Cana.” Wasn’t there a famous 19th-century French sculptor named Cana? How can I find out what it’s worth? A: Louis Emile Cana (1845-1895) was a French sculptor of bronzes, but he specialized in sculpting animals. Another French sculptor, François Hippolyte Moreau (18321927) created a bronze sculpture titled “Les Cerises” (“The Cherries”) that matches the description of yours. His original bronzes are signed with his name. Known copies signed like yours were made of spelter, a zinc alloy. Still, if yours is one of those ask the expert: Terry Kovel welcomes letters from readers and answers as many as possible, but unfortunately, the volume of mail makes most personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Terry Kovel, c/o TREASURES, 316 West Fifth St., Waterloo, IA 50701. and is in excellent condition, it could sell for several hundred dollars. An original Moreau is worth more than $2,000. Val St. Lambert Art Nouveau Vase Q: We own an Art Nouveau vase signed “Val St. Lambert.” It’s 16-1/2 inches high. Can you tell us something about it, including what it’s worth? A: Val St. Lambert Cristalleries (glassmaking factory) was founded near Liege, Belgium, in 1826. The only glassmaking company in Belgium, it still operates today (visit Val-Saint-Lambert.com). The company is best known for its Art Nouveau (circa 1895-1905) and Art Deco (circa 1925-1935) glassware. The size and style of your vase may mean that it could sell for more than $1,000. Have an expert in your area take a look at it. $1,000 Bank Certificate Q: I found a $1,000 certificate from the Bank of the United States among my father’s things after he died. It’s dated Dec. 15, 1840, and is No. 8894. There are portraits of six men along the sides. The only one I recognize is Benjamin Franklin. Is this certificate valuable? A: The Bank of the United States was chartered in 1791 in Philadelphia, which was the United States’ capital at that time. The men pictured on your note are David Rittenhouse (the first director of the U.S. Mint), William Penn, Thomas Paine, Robert Morris, Benjamin Franklin and Robert Fulton. An original bank note would sell for more than $100, but this particular bank note is a commonly found fake. u © 2013 by Cowles Syndicate Inc. Treasures 15 july 2013 r e n r o k s ’ n ke ken hall “news & views” By the m o r f s w e i v & s new llectibles o c & s e u q i t n a world of Churchill’s WWII car is sold on eBay® The vintage Germanmade Daimler DB 18 Drophead Coupe used by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill from 1944-1949 — from the tail end of World War II to the years immediately following — has sold on eBay® for about 470,000 euros ($616,000). The silver and black coupe, one of only eight made by Daimler after 1939 (and believed by experts to be the only one left) was offered on eBay® by German seller Sabri Cakar. The vehicle was previously authenticated by British auction house Historics at Brooklands. Kobe Bryant, mom in dispute over items Basketball star Kobe Bryant and his mother, Pamela Bryant, are in a legal battle over just who owns nearly 1,000 items from Kobe’s childhood and early pro career, items that she wants to sell at auction. Ms. Bryant, who’d like to use the gross take (estimated at around $1.5 million) to buy a house in Nevada, said Kobe told her years ago, “Here, Mom, these are for you.” Kobe has no recollection of that and says the memorabilia belongs to him. A planned auction in 16 Treasures july 2013 June, with Goldin Auctions in New Jersey, was put on hold. The items include shorts, jerseys, jackets, and varsity letters that Bryant wore at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pa., NBA All-Star and Championship rings, a 1996 Gatorade National Player award, a 1992 Sonny Hill League Future Stars championship trophy, and a team jersey from Bryant’s childhood in Italy (described by Goldin as “the earliest known Kobe Bryant game-worn jersey ever offered at auction”). Bryant lived in Italy when his father, Joe, who once played for the Philadelphia 76ers, played pro ball there. WWII bomber pilot reunited with jacket John Dodds, assistant general counsel for the Air Force and an amateur military historian, was browsing with his daughter at a Goodwill store in Washington, D.C., when they came upon a weathered old leather bomber jacket that caught their eye. On the back was a figure of a man with a red beard in a winged helmet, with the words “Red Raiders” and “22nd Bomber Group” emblazoned on it. There was also a name tag on the front breast, reading “Robert G. Arand.” Dodds paid the $17 price and brought the jacket home. Within 24 hours, he was on the phone with Mr. Arnaud, now 90 and living in Cincinnati. Dodds had done a bit of quick research to track down Arnaud, who flew more than 40 missions in the South Pacific and remained in the military until his retirement in 1983. He told Dodds he thought his wife may have donated the bomber jacket to charity in 1950, but he was thrilled when Dodds said he’d ship it back to him. And the Red Raiders? Arnaud said the nickname was inspired by a former commander, Col. Richard Robinson. Fat’s Domino’s piano is recovered, restored The white Steinway grand piano belonging to music legend Fats Domino that was submerged in water for weeks after Hurricane Katrina decimated his Lower 9th Ward home in New Orleans has been restored to its original classic look and will serve as the centerpiece of an exhibit in the city’s famed French Quarter. The restoration was painstaking, years-long and expensive, costing $30,000 (a portion of which was donated by Paul McCartney). Despite all the attention it was given, the piano is still unplayable. The Steinway was officially unveiled recently at the Old U.S. Mint, now a museum in the French Quarter. It will be part of the Louisiana State Museum’s music exhibition, scheduled to open in 2014. Another Steinway piano belonging to Fats Domino is on permanent display at the Presbytere Museum, in an exhibition titled Living With Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond. Fats Domino was born in New Orleans in 1928 and still lives there. The pianist, singer, and songwriter sold more than 65 million records from 1950-1963. Ticket from the ill-fated Hindenburg is on exhibit What may be the only surviving passenger ticket from the doomed airship Hindenburg, which caught fire just before docking at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey on May 6, 1937, killing 35 people aboard, has gone on view at an exhibit at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., titled Fire and Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic. The ticket, partially burned, had been purchased on May 1st, less than a week before the disaster, by Burtis J. “Burt” Dolan, in Frankfurt, Germany. Dolan was one of the 35 who perished. The ticket cost 1,000 German Marks (around 450 Depression-era dollars). Dolan had originally planned to make the trip by boat, but was talked into taking the dirigible by a friend, who told him it would cut their travel time considerably. The plan was to surprise his mother for Mother’s Day. But it wasn’t to be. When the Hindenburg caught fire, Dolan and the friend (named Nelson Morris) jumped from a window. It bought them a little time but didn’t prevent their deaths. Flames consumed the ship in less than a minute. Piano from Casablanca auctioned for $602,500 A piano from the classic movie Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, sold for $500,000 at an auction conducted by Sotheby’s in New York. With the buyer’s commission ($102,500), the final price reached a little more than $600,000 (still well below Sotheby’s pre-sale estimate of $800,000$1.2 million). A possible reason is that the piano was used in a flashback scene and only appeared on-screen for a minute and ten seconds. Also, it only has 58 keys — 30 fewer than a regular piano. The more famous piano in the film — the one played by Dooley Wilson as he sang As Time Goes By (after being implored by Bergman to “Play it again, Sam,” although she never actually spoke those exact words), figured into the movie’s plot line because it was the one in which Rick (Bogart) placed the “letters in transit.” That piano is on loan to the Warner Brothers Studio Museum in Burbank, Calif. An interesting aside: Dooley Wilson was a drummer, not a pianist. He only mimicked the playing of the piano. Mayan pyramid bulldozed for fill Incredible as it may sound, one of the largest Mayan pyramids in all of Belize — a 100-foot-tall mound dating back at least 2,300 years — has been destroyed by a construction company that wanted to extract the crushed rock for fill in a road-building project. The pyramid once served as a ceremonial center at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize, not far from the Mexican border. Belize is a country that is largely covered in jungle, but has hundreds of Mayan ruin sites. Few, however, are as large as Nohmul. Remarkably, the problem of construction companies bulldozing Mayan mounds for road fill is fairly common. And it isn’t limited just to Beliz. Ancient sites spanning the Mayan empire, from southeastern Mexico down through Guatemala, Honduras and Belize, have lost precious pyramids at an alarming pace since the 1970s, when construction projects proliferated. The bulldozing occurs on private lands, but police can press charges. Belizean law says that any pre-Hispanic ruins are under government protection. july 2013 Treasures 17 Number of rhinoceroses in Mozambique is zero It’s official: There are no rhinoceroses left in Mozambique, Africa. They’ve been hunted down and wiped out by poachers, anxious to claim the horns for their alleged healing properties (although none of these have ever been medically proven). And here’s the sad part: the carnage was apparently done with the full knowledge and cooperation of game wardens whose job it was to protect the creatures. Instead, they were paid to look the other way while poachers had a field day. It is illegal to bring rhino horns into the U.S. The last 15 rhinoceroses were shot dead in the Mozambican part of Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which also crosses into South Africa and Zimbabwe. The deaths prompted South Africa (where killing a rhino can bring a stricter punishment than killing a person) to call for fences between the two countries’ reserves. In Mozambique, poachers usually escape with a fine, if they are prosecuted at all. Typically, after killing their prey, the poachers move the horns out of the country into Asia, where they are prized. Danish teenager finds Viking coins A 16-year-old Danish boy using a simple metal detector has unearthed the most important discovery of Viking-era coins since 1939. Stokbro Larsen was sweeping a field in northern Denmark when he came upon the trove of about 60 coins, each one bearing a cross that suggests they are from the time of Norse King Harald Bluetooth, who historians believe brought Christianity to Norway and Denmark. A subsequent dig in the area produced around 300 other Viking-era artifacts. Many are bound for museums. Fisherman finds world’s oldest message in bottle Andrew Leaper, a Scottish fisherman, has discovered the world’s oldest message in a bottle. Inside the bottle, bobbing by his vessel, was a postcard written in June 1914 by Capt. C.H. Brown of the Glasgow School of Navigation. It was part 18 Treasures july 2013 of a scientific experiment, one of 1,890 such bottles that were released in an effort to chart the currents around Scotland. The postcard promised the finder a reward of 6 pence. The previous record: a message just a few years newer, found by someone aboard the same fishing vessel. This gold-plated iPad costs more than $4K If you want your iPad tablet to truly stand out, consider buying a solid gold plated model, offered by Amosu for around $4,300. Except for its 24kt gold jacket and an Apple logo made out of 360 Swarovski crystals, it would be indistinguishable from any other iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Still not satisfied? OK, how about a gold-plated iPhone, a pair of Swarovski ear buds and a calfskin leather case. All that bling combined, to include the iPad, will set you back about $8,000. Truly for the nerd who has everything. New record price paid for colorless diamond A new world auction record for a colorless diamond was set in May when a pear-shaped, 101.73-carat stone sold for a staggering $26.7 million at a Magnificent Jewels Auction held by Christie’s in Geneva, Switzerland. The buyer was Harry Winston, the worldfamous jewelry and watch firm. The diamond reportedly took 21 months to carve after it was discovered in a mine in Botswana, Africa. In all, 257 lots realized about $102 million in the auction, where new world auction records were also set for pearls and sapphires. Violin from the Titanic is on exhibit in the U.S. Remember last month we reported that the rosewood violin played by the bandmaster aboard the Titanic the night the doomed ocean liner went down over 100 years ago had been authenticated as genuine? Well, now the violin is in the United States, where it will be exhibited prior to its planned auction in Britain on Oct. 19, through auction house Henry Aldridge & Son (it’s expected to easily sail past the $100,000 mark, considering it’s the most iconic artifact ever recovered from the Titanic, including the crow’s nest bell). The violin was scheduled to be exhibited at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., through July 27th. After that, it will be on to a sister museum in Branson, Mo., where it will be on view from Aug. 1-15. The violin’s very existence only surfaced around seven years ago, and it was just made public in 2011. Extensive testing and research was done before experts felt confident declaring it authentic. Wallace Hartley, the bandmaster, played Nearer, My God to Thee on it as the Titanic sank into the ocean in 1912. Man finds valuable comic inside a wall David Gonzalez, 34, was renovating a residence in Elbow Lake, Minn., when he made the discovery of a lifetime: a copy of Action Comics No. 1 from 1938, stuffed inside a wall and used for insulation along with some old newspapers. Action Comics No. 1 is highly prized by collectors because it is the first appearance of Superman. On the cover, the Man of Steel is shown hoisting a car above his head while flying through the air. A copy with a 9.0 grade sold at auction not too long ago for more than $2 million. Gonzalez’s won’t fetch nearly that much. Professional graders would have given it about a 3.0, except a family argument erupted and one of Gonzalez’s relatives ripped it from his hands, tearing the back cover. That, plus the comic’s generally poor condition, led to a professional grade of 2.0. At press time, it was being sold in an online auction through ComicConnect, based in New York City, and bidding had barely topped the $100,000 mark, with about two weeks left to go. Still a nice payday for a find in an old house. Navy dolphin finds 130-year-old torpedo Remarkable as it sounds, the U.S. Navy actually trains dolphins to use their sophisticated natural sonar systems (called “echolocation”) to detect underwater mines and other dangerous objects on the ocean floor. On a recent exercise off the coast of San Diego, a dolphin emitted one of its clicking signals, indicating a find, and what a find it was — a museum-worthy, 19th century torpedo. Only about 50 of the brass-coated, 11-foot weapons (known as Howell torpedoes) were made and, of those, only one other has been recovered. That example is in the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Wash., near Seattle. The torpedo just found is being kept in a tank of water to prevent erosion on its surface. After that, it will be shipped to the Naval History and Heritage Command and the Washington Navy Yard. The Howell torpedo had a 132-pound flywheel that would be spun prior to launch. Its warhead was filled with 100 lbs. of gun cotton, and the torpedo had a range of 400 yards (with a speed of 25 knots). The Navy may phase out its dolphin program. Early Apple computer auctioned for $668,000 An Apple 1 computer from 1976 — one of the first computers made by the fledgling firm — sold for $668,000 at an auction held by the German auction house Breker. An unidentified Asian buyer bought the Apple 1, which Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built in a family garage. It is one of only six remaining functioning models in the world. Breker sold one last year for about $500,000. In 1976, the Apple 1 retailed for $666 for the circuit board only. The case, keyboard, and screen were sold separately. u july 2013 Treasures 19 By donald-brian johnson tics managed to convince many that their experimentation would eventually result in a big payday: a “Philosopher’s Stone,” imbued with the power to transform base metal into gold. Naturally, royal personages, eager to keep castle coffers well stocked, were intrigued. Alchemists who could offer some “proof ” of their abilities were prized acquisitions … and once acquired, they were held fast. Now, it’s not bursting any bubbles to state that alchemy simply doesn’t work. Yes, there were those who swore that dull lead was transformed into brilliant gold, “right before their very eyes.” But Shepherd and sheep, 18601880. 6-3/4” high, $1,800$2,000. (All Photos By Donald-Brian Johnson.) Man with dog, 1860-1880. 10” high, $1,000-$1,200. G leaming gold. Avaricious kings. An imprisoned inventor. Secret formulas. And, oh yes, exquisite porcelain. Got your attention? The 300-year history of Meissen porcelain reads like a fairy tale, as reinterpreted in a suspense-filled “B” movie. Known for finely detailed figurines and exceptional tableware, Meissen is also recognized as the first European maker of fine porcelain. But, if not for a sovereign’s overwhelming hunger for gold, Meissen might never have been born. All That Glitters Ever since gold first dazzled the eye, those who’ve accumulated lots of it have had a single goal in mind: how to accumulate lots more. Enter the alchemist. From medieval times onward, these pseudo-scientific mys- 20 Treasures july 2013 “After The Ball,” 1860-1880. 8-1/2” high, $1,200-$1,500. “Parson’s Wife” (a.k.a. “Lady at Spinning Wheel”), 1860-1880. 7” high, $1,200-$1,500. did it really happen? Well, just about as often as that top-hatted magician onstage really saws the pretty lady in half. Those who wanted to believe, believed. And those with know-how preyed on the gullible. The Man Behind The Curtain: Johann Friedrich Bottger One such was Johann Friedrich Bottger who managed to persuade not one, but two monarchs, that he alone possessed the “Arcanum”: the secret recipe for lead-to-gold. Born in 1682, Bottger was, at the age of 14, apprenticed to an apothecary in Berlin, then the capital of Prussia. As a budding chemist, he showed remarkable proficiency, and became obsessed with solving the riddle of alchemy. In a demonstration before reputable witnesses, Bottger sprinkled a secret powder of his own devising into a pot of molten silver. To the amazement of all, when the pot was emptied, “the silver had turned to gold”! Word of this astonishing development quickly reached Friedrich I, Prussia’s cash-strapped king, who demanded an in-person repeat performance. Knowing Friedrich’s favorite means of ferreting out imposters — torture — Bottger escaped from Berlin, taking refuge in Saxony, and throwing himself on the mercy of King August II. The possibility of magical gold-making also brought a glint to August’s eye. Bottger was given apartments in the king’s castle, and a laboratory to continue his experimentation. Essentially held prisoner in a gilded cage, Bottger made several futile escape attempts, then resigned himself to his new lot. Knowing the fate of failed alchemists (in a burst of black humor, Seated girl, 1860-1880. 5” high, $500-$750. Friedrich had recently sent one to a gallows hung with gold tinsel), Bottger managed to convince August that he would (eventually) perfect his transformation formula. Although not above using trickery to impress his superiors, Bottger actually believed that alchemy was achievable, and devoted his considerable skills as a chemist in pursuit of that goal. Those skills led to a discovery which managed to deflect even August’s single-minded golden focus: the creation of fine porcelain. Porcelainia “Rediscovery” might be a better Treasures 21 july 2013 Cupid with caged heart, 1860-1880. 4-1/2” high, $500-$750. term, since the secret of producing fine, hard paste porcelain had been known to the Chinese for centuries. Until the 1700s, porcelain was exclusively a product of China, introduced to the Western world by Marco Polo, and imported at great expense. Kaolin (in Chinese, “white clay”), was a necessary porcelain component, ensuring its pristine whiteness, and smooth, nonporous finish. “Porcelain”, Marco Polo’s designation for his find, was an adaptation of the medieval term for motherof-pearl shell. Although Bottger was only looking for gold, he needed smooth and nonporous vessels for his alchemic experiments. Since metal and glass proved unsuitable, he continued to tinker — and, in 1708, hit upon the process necessary for the manufacture of porcelain, becoming the first European to successfully replicate the Chinese formula. King August was intrigued. Although it wasn’t gold, porcelain had a value and cachet all its own — particularly when August controlled not only its secret, but also its creator! Soon after, “The Royal Saxon Porcelain Works” set up shop in Dresden. However, fearing would-be competitors, August moved the firm’s base of operations in 1710 to Albrechtburg Castle in Meissen, Saxony. There, in 22 Treasures “Europa,” 1860-1880. 9” high, $1,800-$2,000. fortress-like surroundings, prying eyes could be successfully deflected. And because of that move, the company name eventually became one with its locale: “Meissen.” From The Useful To The Decorative The earliest Meissen pieces were red stoneware, reminiscent of Chinese work, and incised with Chinese characters. Porcelain became the Meissen focus in 1713. Early non-figural Meissen ware, eagerly embraced by King August as a means of increasing his country’s trade, included tea sets, dining sets, and serving vessels; handles for eating utensils; vases; tankards; pipe bowls; decorative tiles; and even official court medals. The dazzling white porcelain surfaces proved ideal Four children with flowers, 1840s. 10-1/2” high, $3,500-$5,000. for the richly colored decoration that became a Meissen trademark. Bottger died in 1719, without achieving his alchemic goal (or admit- july 2013 ting to any trickery, or satisfying the curiosity of King August). A commission appointed by the King helped put Meissen on a sound financial footing, although under-the-table dealings in the early 1730s by newly-appointed administrator Count Hoym sabotaged those efforts. Following August’s death in 1733, his successor August III appointed Count Brühl as Meissen administrator. It was during his tenure that Meissen first achieved fame for figural work. Although there are Meissen figurals dating from the Bottger era and the early 1720s, the company did not employ a full-time sculptor until the 1727 arrival of Johann Gottlieb Kirchner. Trained in metal and wood, Kirchner had little interest in sculpting porcelain, but quickly learned that King August never took “no” for an answer. Although his sculptures of animals and saints found favor with the King, Kirchner had little patience with his Meissen co-workers, and even less with his eventual successor, Johann Joachim Kaendler. Kaendler actually enjoyed working in porcelain, and his ease with the format made Kirchner livid. An unbearable working situation led to Kirchner’s 1733 release from his position, due to “permanent indisposition.” Meanwhile, Kaendler’s enthusiasm and talent shone through, in a series of imaginative renditions that came to define and encapsulate the Meissen style. Kaendler’s porcelain figurines were colorful, extremely detailed, and embraced a variety of themes and concepts with widespread popular appeal. In other words, they “sold.” A World Of Possibilities Meissen figurines take many forms, “Night and Day,” 1860-1880. 7” high, $1,200-$1,500. and reflect the times during which they were created. There are birds, animals, and characters from commedia dell’Arte. Some figures are bucolic (shepherds, harvesters, milkmaids ). Others show folks engaged in everyday pursuits (potters, butchers, seamstresses). There are romantic “Ladies and Cavaliers,” and personifications of such intangibles as “The Elements,” “The Senses,” “The Seasons,” and “The Continents.” A heavenly host of cherubs (and their non-winged counterparts, the putti), engage in a variety of mysterious activities (just why is Cupid imprisoning a heart in a cage?). Whimsy rules, in such figurals as a harpsichord-playing fox, a tailor astride a goat (both rider and ridee wearing thick eyeglasses), and a multi-piece monkey band. And, of course, there were always the old reliables: figural retellings of ancient, dimly-recalled myths, such as that of the Phoenician princess “Europa” being abducted by the god Zeus, who has taken the form of a white bull. Meissen Moves With The Times In the mid-1700s, a vogue for NeoClassicism led to the employment of Michel Victor Acier as co-modelmaster with Kaendler. Acier’s design focus relied heavily on less fluid interpretations of mythic characters (gladiators, “The Muses”) and sentimental themes Lady with letter, and man with spyglass, 1860-1880. 8” high, $2,500-$3,000/pair. july 2013 Treasures 23 Exquisite Meissen grouping: “The Five Senses.” (“The Good Mother”). By the late 1700s, Meissen’s influence began to wane. Both France and England had developed thriving potteries, and their less-costly wares did a land-office business in Saxony, despite heavy duty charges. Even worse was a notable deterioration in the quality of Meissen pieces, due to the use of cheaper, inferior clay, and employment of the untrained (among the “porcelain workers” listed on the Meissen payroll in the 1760s: a shoemaker, a tailor, and a barber!) As for the famed “Meissen formula,” the secret of making fine porcelain was a secret no longer. By now, the entire world was in on it. The time spent jealously guarding Meissen’s secret from outsiders could have been put to better use updating the firm’s manufacturing methods, placing it on a competitive level. By the 1820s, Meissen finally got the message. Changes were instituted, especially technical improvements in production, which allowed the firm to operate more efficiently and profitably. More importantly, the Meissen designs, which had remained relatively stagnant for nearly a century, were refurbished. The goal: to connect with current popular culture. 24 Treasures RIGHT: Lady with apron of flowers, man with rose, 1860-1880. 7-1/2” high, $1,800$2,000/pair. Participation in worldwide exhibitions helped restore the Meissen luster, and attracted a new tier of customers. Previously, Meissen had been reserved for nobility. Now, a flourishing upper middle class saw such perks as their due, and bought accordingly. Meissen’s artists (and its porcelain) proved perfectly capable of adapting to the prevailing tastes of the times. The range was wide: the ornate fussiness of the early Rococo period; the more subdued Neoclassicism of the late 1700s; the nature-tinged voluptuousness of early 20th-century Art Nouveau. (Attempts to politicize Meissen’s themes during World War I, World War II, and the subsequent Soviet occupation, had little lasting influence.) Today, Meissen reinterprets and expands on design themes from its earlier, glorious past. Marking Time Despite diligent efforts to preRIGHT: Lady with cat,1860-1880. 10-1/4” high, $1,000-$1,200. july 2013 19tth-century figurine “in the Meissen style,” of man wearing elephant headpiece. 6” high, $200-250. Girl with flower basket, boy piper, 1880s. 5-1/4” high, $750-$1,000/pair. serve manufacturing secrecy, Meissen soon found its work widely copied. Authentic Meissen markings are myriad (well after all, the company has been around for over 300 years!). The “crossed swords” trademark, randomly applied to the bases of Meissen pieces from 1722 onward, and adopted as the official Meissen marking in 1731, is the best indicator of authenticity. However, even the sword-marks had their variations (“long swords,” “dot swords”), as well as their imitators; at best, they indicate only the maker, not the year of release. (In 1730, the duplicitous Count Hoym even utilized over-painted sword marks, which could be removed with little difficulty before resale). The most reliable guarantee that a Meissen piece is authentic is to purchase from a reputable source. The Alchemist’s Achievement Meissen porcelain is acclaimed for its gilded glory, lavish use of color, and almost overwhelmingly intricate detailing. It’s definitely not background décor. These are three-dimensional artworks, demanding full attention, and just the right setting for their effective display. Many Meissen figurines are now in museums. Many more, however, are offered regularly at auction houses and Web sites, and are eagerly snapped up. The combination of age, rarity, and fine handcraftsmanship results in sometimes-heady valuations, but for the passionate collector of fine ceramics, the prize is often worth the price. Johann Friedrich Bottger never managed the miracle of transforming base metal into gold. He did however, transform common clay into porcelain perfection: the miracle that is Meissen. It’s an achievement equally to be treasured. Donald-Brian Johnson is the coauthor of numerous Schiffer books on design and collectibles, including Postwar Pop: Memorabilia of the Mid-20th Century. He is also a guest lecturer with Humanities Nebraska. Please address inquiries to: email@example.com. u Swan, 1830s. 9” high, $3,500-$5,000. july 2013 Treasures 25 Gavels Paddles & Recent Auction Results From Near & Far “auction news” By ken hall Antique corset display, $17,100, Showtime Auction A C/B a la Spirite corset display with the original box and a mannequin sold for $17,100 at an auction held Apr. 12-14 by Showtime Auction Services in Ann Arbor, Mich. Also, a Campbell’s Soup embossed tin sign (“6 Plates for 10 Cents – Just Add Hot Water and Serve”) climbed to $60,000; a 1917 La France automatic aerial ladder truck, professionally restored, roared away for $57,000; a Bellingham Bay Beer reverse glass sign made $31,200; and an outdoor sand sign for Walden Eddy Plows hit $20,520. Prices include the buyer’s premium. Childe Hassam painting, $288,000, Shannon’s A large and important oil painting by the renowned American Impressionist Childe Hassam (1859-1935), titled The East Hampton Elms in May (1920), sold for $288,000 at a Spring Fine Art Auction held Apr. 25 by Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers in Milford, Conn. Also, an oil on board by 26 Treasures july 2013 Martha Walter (1875-1976), titled Tea Party, brought $90,000; Jasper Cropsey’s Greenwood Lake in the Autumn realized $72,000; and a color offset lithograph signed by Andy Warhol, titled Liz, gaveled for $43,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium. Alexander Calder work, $114,000, A. B. Levy’s An original gouache (opaque watercolor) painting by Alexander Calder (1898-1976), titled Red and Blue Egg (1969), sold for $114,000 at a multi-estate auction held May 5 by A.B. Levy’s in Palm Beach, Fla. Also, a Cartier 6.01-carat fancy intense yellow diamond ring slipped on a new finger for $182,000; a Meiji Period (19th century) Japanese Satsuma vase of globular form, 7 inches tall, made $21,600; and a late 19th or early 20th century mahogany marquetry and parquetry bureau a cylindre fetched $36,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium. Gino Sarfatti lamp, $15,930, Nadeau’s A vintage 1950s brass floor lamp designed by legendary Italian lighting designer Gino Sarfatti (19121984) sold for $15,930 at a Mid-Century and Couture Estates Auction held May 11 by Nadeau’s Auction Gallery in Windsor, Conn. Also, a Jeanne Lanvin Castillo Paris evening gown with bead work and embroidery shot to $1,652; a 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL convertible car with hard and soft top sped off for $4,313; and a Hermes ship’s clock by Swiss watch and clock maker Jaeger-LeCoultre went for $1,452. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium. Miguel Pou painting, $8,619, Crescent City An oil on board painting by Puerto Rican artist Miguel Pou, titled Houses on the Hills (1936), 6 inches by 8 ½ inches, framed and signed and dated, sold for $8,619 at a Spring Estates Auction held May 18-19 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, La. Also, a collection of 71 Mardi Gras pins went for $3,437; an early 19th century William and Mary walnut chest on stand, 63 inches tall, brought $2,725; and a giclee on canvas by George Rodrigue (b. 1944), titled Nude With Blue Dog, made $3,081. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium. Iznik pottery charger, $9,600, Woodbury Auction An Iznik pottery charger sold for $9,600 at an Americana, Folk Art & Decorative Arts Auction held Apr. 21 by Woodbury Auction in Woodbury, Conn. Also, an early American red painted dry sink coasted to $3,009; a Queen Anne painted oval tea-top table went for $2,388; a painted and gilded wooden dressmaker’s sign hammered for $2,700; a possibly Native American hand-carved burl sold for $1,353; a primitive American red painted candle stand rose to $1,968; and a folk painted hobby horse made $861. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium. Harry V. Shourds mallard, $98,900, Guyette, Schmidt One of only two known mallard decoys by the carver Harry V. Shourds of Tuckerton, N.J., sold for $98,900 at the 28th annual Spring Decoy Auction held Apr. 25-26 by Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter (based in St. Michaels, Md.) at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill. Also, a pair of mallards by Enoch Reindahl (Stoughton, Wis.) rose to $97,750; a preening scoter by Gus Wilson (South Portland, Me.) hammered for $40,250; and a circa 1870s swimming mallard drake by John Blair, Sr., topped out at $89,125. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium. Quarter-dollar gold coin, $41,000, Holabird-Kagin An experimental head quarterdollar gold coin (BG209A) sold for $41,000, over four times the high estimate, at an Americana Auction held Apr. 12-13 by Holabird-Kagin in Reno, Nev. Also, an 1854 octagonal half-dollar gold coin (BG-304A) changed hands for $48,000 (more than double the high estimate); and a gorgeous Panamint Birds and Turtle bowl hammered for a record-setting $11,000. Overall, the sale netted over $2 million. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium for numismatics and a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium for Americana. Marge Schott’s necklace, $192,000, Cowan’s Auctions A 28-carat platinum and diamond necklace made for former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott sold for $192,000 at a Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auction held Apr. 14 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Oh. Also, a platinum and diamond 18-carat brooch knocked down at $55,350; a platinum Hamilton ladies’ wristwatch with eight carats of diamonds went for $57,000; a ladies’ platinum brooch with pear-shaped baguette and round diamonds realized $10,455; and a platinum and diamond Omega watch hit $18,450. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium. Colin Cooper painting, $90,000, John Moran A painting of the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts by Colin Campbell Cooper, one of a series set at different times of the day, sold for $90,000 at a sale of California & American Fine Art held Apr. 23 by John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. july 2013 Treasures 27 Also, a watercolor work by Millard Sheets titled Sunday Morning Moorea brought $54,000; a terracotta bust of an African-American youth by William Ellsworth Artis hit a record $33,000; and Frans Masereel’s watercolor of the Moulin Rouge in Paris earned $23,275. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium. Pair of silver trophies, $42,000, Skinner, Inc. A pair of Victorian gilded silver herd trophies sold for $42,000 at a sale of European Furniture & Decorative Arts held Apr. 6 by Skinner, Inc., in Boston, Mass. Also, a Russian icon depicting Our Lady of Kazan earned $15,990; a pair of Fabergé gilded silver and enamel napkin rings made $15,600; an Art Deco bronze and ivory enamel-decorated figure of a dancer cast after a model by Gedra Iro Gerdago coasted to $13,200; and a painting by Modesto Texidor y Torres, of boys sailing toy boats, fetched $15,600. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer’s premium. 1927 Yankees team photo, $275,706; SCP Auctions A 1927 World Champion New York Yankees team-signed photograph sold for $275,706 in an online auction that ended Apr. 18 by SCP Auctions, based in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Also, a Babe Ruth game-used bat was a hit for $171,190; what is generally believed to be the finest Wayne Gretzky game jersey in the hobby went for $110,293; Ray Nietzsche’s original 1967 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl II championship ring soared to $91,151; and Gus Williams’ 1979 Seattle Supersonics NBA Championship ring hit $91,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium. Cartier Mystery Clock, $515,000, Doyle New York A rare Cartier Art Deco rock crystal and diamond Model A Mystery Clock sold for $515,000 at a sale of jewelry, timepieces and objets de vertu from the estate of Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl (1903-2011), held Apr. 15 by Doyle New York in New York City. It was a new world auction record for a Model A Mystery Clock. 28 Treasures july 2013 Also, another Art Deco clock by Cartier of lapis and nephrite jade knocked down at $221,000; and an Art Deco rock crystal and diamond bangle bracelet by Cartier hammered for $100,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium. Camargo sculptural relief, $302,500, Bonhams (N.Y.) A sculptural relief composition by artist Sergio Camargo, titled Relief 329 (1970), sold for $302,500 at a Contemporary Art Auction held May 14 by Bonhams in New York City. Also, an ethereal acrylic style investigation into color and space from 1990 by Helen Frankenthaler, titled Red Shift, also went for $302,500; an eerie vision of a tree-lined park by Jules de Balincourt, titled New Sensitivity (2006) made $105,700; and a geometric gouache on paper by Alexander Calder, titled Le Canal (1975) hit $104,500. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium. Beatles-played guitar, $408,000, Julien’s Auctions A rare VOX guitar played by two legendary Beatles – John Lennon (while recording a video session for Hello, Goodbye) and George Harrison (while practicing I Am the Walrus for The Magical Mystery Tour) – sold for $408,000 at a Music Icons Auction held May 18 by Julien’s Auctions at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Also, Conway Twitty’s 1957 Gretsch guitar went for $23,750; the pants Elvis Presley wore in the movie Jailhouse Rock brought $12,500; and Presley’s Hammond organ hit $34,375. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium. Picasso linoleum cut, $572,500, Leslie Hindman An unsigned linoleum cut by Pablo Picasso, titled Buste de Femme d’apres Cranach le Jeune, sold for $572,500 at a Modern and Contemporary Art Auction held May 14 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Ill. Also, a pair of photographs by Robert Frank, titled Trolley, New Orleans and Hoboken, realized $134,500 and $104,500, respectively; an untitled painting by Alexander Calder brought $146,500; and a sculpture by Deborah Butterfield, titled Doney, changed hands for $110,500. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium. Kenneth Noland’s Flown, $81,250, Rago Arts & Auction An artwork by Kenneth Noland titled Flown sold for $81,250 at a May Artwork Auction (19th /20th Century American & European Art, plus Post-War & Contemporary Art) held by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, an untitled work by Raymond Pettibon fetched $43,750; Milton Dacosta’s Figura realized $41,250; a New York City snowy street scene by Guy Carleton Wiggins, titled At the Plaza, Winter, rose to $40,625; and a work by Lynn Chadwick titled Elecktra achieved $40,625. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium. Portrait of Geo. Washington, $662,500, Heritage Auctions Rembrandt Peale’s iconic portrait of U.S. President George Washington sold for $662,500 at an American Art Auction held May 10-11 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Peale’s equally iconic portrait of Martha Washington fetched $158,500. Also, John McCrady’s mammoth 14-foot wide mural, titled Steamboat ‘Round the Bend, commissioned in 1946 by Delmonico’s Restaurant in New Orleans, brought $542,500 (a new world record for the artist); and Jerome Thompson’s Riverbank in Bloom (1865) made $512,500. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium. Jackson Pollock painting, $58.36 million, Christie’s An oil and enamel on paper mounted on canvas by Jackson Pollock, painted in 1948 and titled Number 19, sold for $58.36 million – a new world auction record for the artist – at a Post-War & Contemporary Art Auction held May 15 by Christie’s in New York. Also, Roy Lichtenstein’s Magna on canvas titled Woman With Flowered Hat (1963) soared to $56.12 million (also a new world auction record for the artist); and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Dustheads (1982) garnered $48.84 million (also a record). Prices include a 12 percent buyer’s premium. Barnett Newman painting, $43.85 million, Sotheby’s An oil on canvas painting by Barnett Newman, rendered in 1953 and titled Onement VI, sold for $43.85 million at a Contemporary Art Evening Auction held May 14 by Sotheby’s in New York. It was a new world auction record for the artist. Also, Gerhard Richter’s 1968 oil on canvas titled Mailand (Cathedral Square, Milan) breezed to $37.13 million (also a new auction record); and Yves Klein’s 1959 pigment in synthetic resin on sponge, metal stem and stone base titled SE 168 hit $22 million (a new record). Prices include a 12 percent buyer’s premium. LeRoy Neiman painting, $94,300, Clars Auction A brightly colored 1982 painting by LeRoy Neiman (1921-2012), titled Finish at Indy , depicting the closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history, sold for $94,300 at an auction held May 18-19 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, Neiman’s work titled Longchamp galloped off for $77,530; a painting by August Gay (18901949), titled Water, Sand and Patterns, fetched $59,500; and a portfolio of 20th century prints by Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Austrian, 1978-2000) went to a determined bidder for $26,180. Prices include a 19 percent buyer’s premium. u july 2013 Treasures 29 “common sense Antiques” By fred taylor I know you have one. You probably have two or more. And you are pretty sure at least one of them is an antique. It belonged to Grandma and she got it used a long time ago, so it has to be an antique. What am I talking about? That ubiquitous low-level surface located almost in the middle of the room called a coffee table. Is Grandma’s old table an antique? Let’s take a look. Partly, it depends on what you call an antique, but by most measures it means at least 100 years old. To the hardcore, it means much earlier that that. There are many verifiable antique items in many homes ranging from dining tables to chairs, chests, beds, armoires, china cabinets, tea tables, desks, and all manner of other items made in prior centuries. But a coffee table? That is a definite maybe. Is G r a n d m a ’ s old table an antique? A quick look back in time doesn’t show many similar tables in our Western history. Old photos of late Victorian period room settings show taller tables, often placed behind a sofa to receive cups and glasses when not in use. Some of the photos depicting the “Moorish/Turkish taste” of the period, illustrated and explained in Eileen and Richard Dubrow’s book American Furniture of the 19th Century: 18401880 (Schiffer Publishing), do show low tables but they are more suited for participants sitting on the floor or on a carpet to partake in a waterpipe (hookah), or are placed as end tables next to individual seating — much taller than the generally accepted height of 17 to 18 inches for modern coffee tables. In Helen Comstock’s excellent survey American Furniture (Schiffer Publishing), there is no indication of any type of low table at all, and Judith and Martin Miller’s The Antiques Directory: Furniture (Portland House) likewise reveals no low tables. Other books devoted to antique furniture show no examples of Federal low tables or of Empire coffee tables. The This Depression-era Rococo-style coffee table has a glass top, but it is not for serving cocktails — it is to protect the top surface. 30 Treasures july 2013 This variation of the coffee table, the cocktail table, with the relief-carved top and removable glass serving tray, was the perfect way to entertain guests with the newly legal alcoholic beverage in 1933. (Photo courtesy of Professional Appraisers & Liquidators, Crystal River, Fla.) Encyclopedia of Furniture by Joseph Aronson in 1938 states “There is no historical precedent.” So, where did that form come from? There are lots of ideas but not much solid evidence. One school of thought is based on Oriental design. America was so taken with the Japanese exhibit at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876 that elements of Oriental design worked their way into many areas of American furniture. The most notable was the Aesthetic Movement of the 1880s that blended Eastlake and Renaissance Revival concepts with Oriental designs. Less noticeable was the use of Oriental motifs in chair design, especially in platform rockers of the period and in folding chairs. It would have been a natural progression to adopt the standard of a low Oriental table to a parlor setting. In their somewhat lighthearted approach to the history of the subject, authors Alexander Payne and James Zemaitis in The Coffee Table Coffee Table Book (Black Dog Publishing, 2003) come to the conclusion that the coffee table is a 20th-century invention. They use the French “table bas” as the basis, a low table that was placed around the perimeter of a room rather than in the center. They state that in 1915, fashion magazines started showing the tables in the middle of the room and the concept literally flew across continents and borders to become routine in American households. On the other hand, there is a more local source. In 1903, F. Stuart Foote founded the Imperial Furniture Company in Grand Rapids. He had learned the furniture business from his father, E.H. Foote, who had founded the Grand Rapids Chair Company in 1872. Early in the history of the company, according to Grand Rapids Furniture: The Story of America’s Furniture City by Christian G. Carron (published by the Public Museum of Grand Rapids), Foote claimed to have invented the coffee table himself while helping his wife prepare for a party. He simply lowered the legs on an existing table and the new form was born fully developed. So, there you have it. Maybe. There is one other important element in the development of the coffee table: that failed social experiment fondly referred to as “Prohibition.” From 1920 to 1933, America was legally “dry.” That led to all sorts of things, but one thing it definitely led to was a shortage of well-blended, smooth tasting spirits. To supplement the short supply, along came “bathtub gin” and “white lightning,” both full of kick with a raw edge. That led to the invention of the “cocktail,” a mixture of ragged spirits with something that tasted good to disguise the raw rotgut liquor. When Prohibition was repealed in 1933, the table previously known as the coffee table suddenly became the “cocktail table” as people openly celebrated at home with friends over the new freedom. Sales of the low table skyrocketed, even in the depths of the Depression. Another thing that was popular in the midst of the Depression was the Colonial Revival, more fallout from the 1876 Exposition. All kinds of furniture was suddenly being made in supposedly “colonial” styles, and many of the designers took great liberties in mixing and matching styles and periods to come up with new ideas. The same thing happened to coffee tables. All of a sudden, there were Queen Anne coffee tables, Chippendale coffee tables, Jacobean coffee tables, Federal coffee tables, and even Rococo Revival marble-top coffee tables. Of course, none of them were period pieces and everybody knew that — then. But today, three or more generations later, some of the those Depression-era tables look pretty old and exotic to new buyers. So, they must be “antique” — right? Send your comments, questions, and pictures to Fred at P.O. Box 215, Crystal River, FL 34423 or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Fred’s website at www.furnituredetective.com. His book, How To Be a Furniture Detective, is now available for $18.95 plus $3 shipping. Send check or money order for $21.95 to Fred Taylor, P.O. Box 215, Crystal River, FL 34423. Fred and Gail Taylor’s DVD, Identification Of Older & Antique Furniture, ($17 + $3 S&H) and a bound compilation of the first 60 columns of “Common Sense Antiques by Fred Taylor”, ($25 + $3 S&H) are also available at the same address. For more information call 800.387.6377 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern, Monday-Friday only), fax 352.563.2916, or e-mail email@example.com. All items are also available directly from the website www.furnituredetective.com.u Treasures 31 july 2013 “rinker on collectibles” By harry l. rinker S tortz and Associates, Linda’s and my accounting firm, often sends me e-mails containing information about changes in the tax laws and other financial matters. On March 6, I received an e-mail titled: “Emergency Preparedness: Household Inventory.” It began: “In our first e-mail on this subject, we discussed the importance of creating an emergency document binder to keep in a handy place to grab if you have to leave your house suddenly and quickly. Today, we’ll look at compiling a household inventory, which would also then be kept inside your emergency document binder. “A household inventory provides you with a list of household items and essentials that could possibly be damaged, lost, or destroyed in a disaster situation….” As I thought about this, I asked myself, “How many collectors are prepared to protect their collections in an emergency?” My immediate answer was none. I know this is not true. There has to be one collector out there who has given this matter some thought and taken the proper precautions. However, 99.9 percent most likely have not. Collectors cannot imagine any disaster happening to their collection(s). Their primary concern is their death. The common assumption is that my collection(s) will outlive me. Collectors accept the occasional damage that occurs from handling objects. This is not the time for “let me Treasures tell you what my cleaning lady broke” stories. I have several. I am in the basement of my home in Kentwood, Mich., as I write this column. What disasters should I fear? I live halfway up a hill, not in a flood plain. There are no large trees in close proximity that can fall on my house during a wind storm. I am relatively safe. Or, am I? My first house, located on Drury Lane in Bethlehem, Pa., was on the direct flight path for one of the runways of the Allentown-BethlehemEaston airport, a fact about which the seller conveniently forgot to tell me. After a 24-hour drive from St. Louis, I was unloading a U-Haul® when a plane approached. I swore and fell to the ground, assuming the plane was heading directly for the entrance to my garage. I could count the rivets on the wing. The plane passed safely over the house, the first of many in the six years I lived there. While my Kentwood home is not on a direct flight path, it is extremely close to the Grand Rapids Airport. Could an airline disaster happen in close proximity? The answer is yes. Last year, Linda situation….” you with a li st of household items and essential s that could possibl y be damaged, lost , or destroyed in a disaster “A household inventory pro vides and I watched while a simulated airline disaster drill took place in a Davenport University parking lot. Davenport is three miles down the road. An airline disaster is a remote possibility. Damage from wind and rain is not. While western Michigan occasionally experiences the fringe winds and storms from hurricanes, it is not immune from tornados (a few hit less than 50 miles south of Kentwood last year) and storm force winds blowing off Lake Michigan, 20 miles from our home. Wind can do serious damage, especially to roofs. 32 july 2013 When heavy rain occurs, Linda and I rely on the sump pump to drain off any excess water that threatens our basement. I am cavalier in my assumption that it will work, forgetting that it is driven by electricity. If the electricity goes out in a storm, it will fail. Linda and I do not have an emergency generator. I am considering buying one immediately after finishing this column. The sump pump is located in the storage room that houses the furnace and floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with archival file boxes containing dozens of my specialized collections. It would only take a few inches of water to impact the boxes on the lower shelves. It would take Linda and me over half an hour to hand carry the 60 boxes (they are double stacked) stored on the bottom-shelf level up the stairs. This assumes we can confine any water issues to the one storage room. There is a second large storage area with another 40 boxes sitting directly on the floor. Forget the sump pump. The water heater and furnace are in the same storage room. What happens if the water heater springs a leak? This has happened to me in the past. What about the furnace exploding? The furnace at The School (the former Vera Cruz [Pennsylvania] elementary school) exploded two months before I sold it. Soot and ash spread to two rooms outside the furnace area. Cleaning the collectibles that were located in the storage areas was a cumbersome task. Fire is the one disaster that collectors never want to consider. Not preparing for it borders on negligence. Although our neighborhood consists of separate homes, they are close to each other. What happens if the fire is at our neighbor’s home? Assuming the local fire department can contain it, the potential for smoke damage is great. Having consulted on smoke damage to antiques and collectibles for insurance companies, I am more horrified by smoke than by fire damage. Smoke damage is intrusive. The impact extends far beyond the smell. When reporters interview me in our home, Linda often is sitting beside me. When the question arises, as it inevitably does, “If there is a fire, what object would you save?” I can see the look in Linda’s eyes that says “take me.” I assume she can get out on her own. I usually mention a family item because of its personal rather than financial value. Again, this is a situation I hope I never have to face. [Author’s Aside: I do have a fire exit plan for all the rooms in my home. When I stay at a hotel or motel, the first thing I do is review the fire exit plans.] At this point, some readers will think I am an alarmist. Their “this will never happen to me” attitude is understandable. Yet… Identifying a problem is the first step to finding solutions. Assuming that a disaster can strike, what are some of the things collectors can do to protect themselves? First, install smoke alarms. Although I have numerous batteryoperated smoke alarms throughout the house, I also have two that are connected directly to the company that monitors my home security system. I want the fire department called immediately. Second, buy a fireproof filing cabinet. Keep acquisition and other key records in it. Leave the bottom two drawers empty just in case you need to put some key pieces in the collection in them on your way out the door. Third, do a video walkthrough of your home every two years. Ideally, provide commentary on what is being pictured. Transfer the information to a CD or flash drive and keep it in a location outside the home. Give a copy to your attorney or executor. Avoid putting it in a safety deposit box which might be sealed if you die. Fourth, keep a supply of empty plastic tubs or other water tight containers available. I do not store my collections in these tubs, concerned about their chemical composition and their ability to retain moisture. Fifth, develop a series of “what if ” plans should you be faced with an unexpected water, fire, or other disaster. During “Gunman on Campus” training at Davenport University, the instructor made a point to say that those who are best prepared to deal with a crisis are those who have thought about it and played out various scenarios in their head. I agree. Sixth, identify the most important pieces in a collection or collections as part of the emergency planning process. Collectors love every object in their collection. Deciding which are favored over the others is difficult. But, it must be done. This is not a well made decision if left until the disaster is occurring. Seventh, share your plan with your spouse or friends. If lucky, there may be time to enlist help when facing a disaster. Know who you are planning to call and put their numbers in your mobile phone’s direct dial. Eighth, do not forget to grab the computer. Many of the files are likely collection(s) focused. If it is not portable, take the backup unit. What backup unit? If you do not have one, buy one immediately. Finally, do not be stupid. Do not put yourself at risk trying to save objects. Objects can be replaced. You cannot. u Rinker Enterprises and Harry L. Rinker are on the internet. Check out www.harryrinker.com. You can listen and participate in Whatcha Got?, Harry’s antiques and collectibles radio call-in show, on Sunday mornings between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. If you cannot find it on a station in your area, Whatcha Got? streams live and is archived on the Internet at www.gcnlive.com. Sell, Keep, Or Toss? How To Downsize a Home, Settle An Estate, And Appraise Personal Property (House of Collectibles, an imprint of the Random House Information Group, $16.95) is available at your favorite bookstore and via www.harryrinker.com. july 2013 Treasures 33 A grouping of art pottery and art glass that will be on display at the upcoming Star of the North Antique Show, June 28, 29 & 30 at Minnesota State Fairgrounds in the Education Building. ust a gentle reminder to come and spend a fun-filled weekend at the upcoming Star of the North Antique Show held at the Education Building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at 1265 N. Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, Minn. A great addition to the show … you will be pleased to find a booth of children’s items, especially children’s dishes, children’s furniture, stoneware, Red Wing, paintings, samplers, etc., plus an outstanding retro decorative booth as well as a couple of great historical booths. The Star of the North is always known for its diverse selection of varied antiques such as Civil War, political, advertising, coins, vintage toys, clocks, lamps, paintings, prints, dolls, American Indian items, J fine art glass, fine porcelains, jewelry, art pottery, bronzes, napkin rings, bookends, postcards, ephemera, primitives, old books, carnival glass, mid century modern, furniture, vintage clothing and more. Also tables are available for watch dealers, autograph dealers, sports card dealers, and book dealers at $100 per table. Mention this news release and you will receive $1 off one admission at the door and remember parking is free. Come and check us out and while you are at the Fairgrounds be sure to check out the Book Fair in the Progress Building. Hours of the show are: Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For show information, call 641.832.2700 or 507.269.1473. u Portland Expo Antique & Collectible Show: vendors create a one-of-a-kind journey into the past! ortland, Ore. — One of the largest antique shows in the country — produced by Christine Palmer & Associates (formerly Palmer/Wirfs) — is the Portland Expo Antique & Collectible Show, happening this July 13 and 14! There will be hundreds of outstanding antique collectors and dealers with more than 1,000 booths available to view, both inside and outside the Expo Center. This is the big one — don’t miss it! If you are a treasure hunter, decorator, collector or just like to find pieces from your past, the July Expo Antique & Collectible Show is for you. Show patrons can buy pop collectibles, vintage clothing, glassware, silverware, antique radios from the P 1930’s, turn-of-the-century furniture, movie memorabilia, collectible toys, sports memorabilia. If you’re a fan of collectible toys, look for wind-up mechanical toys, porcelain dolls, Star Wars collectibles, Sci-Fi books, comics, and much more. The July show makes childhood memories come to life, with displays and items for sale from vendors featuring antique toys, from play trucks, planes, and trains to 1860s cast-iron toys, German and Japanese tin-toys, and steel mechanical banks. For the more classic collector be sure to look for sterling silver pieces, Tiffany glass, bronzes, paintings and Native American artifacts, and of course toys from the 1880’s to the 1960’s. Home decorators can find furniture in American, European, 1890s golden oak, mahogany, and country styles. Do you have treasures in your attic? Expert appraisers will be on hand to identify and evaluate individual pieces if brought to the show. It’s only $5 per item, and yes, you can bring photos of larger pieces in your collection (no need to rent a U-Haul®). These market evaluations are offered by ISA appraisers (the top in the industry), and proceeds benefit the local food banks. Show Hours: Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit www.ChristinePalmer.net for more info and to buy tickets online. www.palmerwirfs.com. u 34 Treasures july 2013 Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick, If you find the candlestick, you’ll… Win A Free Gift! F Find the Hidden Object to Win this Prize! ind the hidden candlestick in one of the advertisements within the pages of this issue, then submit an entry form. How sharp is your eye? If you are good at finding hidden objects in pictures, you have a good chance of winning. To win, • Find the candlestick within this issue. • Fill out the entry form, with the correct answer. • Send the form to Treasures by U.S. Mail, email, or Fax. The contest will run every issue. The name of the winner will be announced in the next contest. WIN “Christmas Dollies”: This three-inch tall snow child with her trunk full of hand-painted dollies was created by Elaine Roesle, St. Nicholas Collection. It sells for $75. St. Nicholas Collection, www.snowchildren.net Enter for a Chance to Win: Enter online at www.treasuresmagazine.com, or send the completed answer form or a photocopy to: Editor Linda Kruger, Treasures, P.O. Box 2516, Waterloo, IA 50701; email firstname.lastname@example.org; fax 319.824.3414. Deadline for Entries: Entries must be received by Treasures no later than July 31, 2013. One winner will be randomly selected from the valid entries. Winner of the May 2013 Giveaway “Candlelight Santa Figure” from Patience Brewster, Inc., www. PatienceBrewster.com: Cheryl Shattuck, Newport Beach, California. Congratulations, Cheryl! May’s Answer: Page 47, Howard Products Feed-N-Wax, www.HowardProducts.com No Purchase Necessary. One entry per person or household. Puzzle must be completed correctly to be a valid entry. TREASURES is not responsible for lost, incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misdelivered or delayed entries. This offer void where prohibited or restricted by law, and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local rules. Odds of winning depend on number of valid entries received. Winner responsible for all taxes resulting from receipt of prize. Ô Look for this candlestick image! july Answer Form: Candlestick Page # Advertisement: Name Address City State Phone Email Submitted By: Zip july 2013 Treasures 35 By Susan K. Elliott USA 1 ompanies large and small wrestle with the question of whether to keep production in the United States or go abroad for cost savings. As artists and makers explain, the reasons to “go American” vary widely, ranging from tradition to patriotism, as well as offering higher quality control and allowing faster turnaround to satisfy customers. Wendell August In Pennsylvania, Wendell August operates America’s oldest and largest forge, where it has been producing hand-wrought ornamental metalware and elegant giftware since 1923. Popular items include Christmas ornaments, jewelry, and handbags in handhammered metal. President Will Knecht explains, “It’s not that we haven’t had opportunities to produce overseas. People tell us they can make our products cheaper overseas, [but] it’s in our DNA. We’re redwhite-and-blue. “I’m a patriot and a proud American and I think manufacturing is absolutely critical to our country. We need innovation and product development and it makes sense 2 strategically for our counjuly 2013 C try. I don’t cede our manufacturing leadership to any country in the world. “It also makes sense from the standpoint of creativity, quality, and having a hard work ethic available. American workers are the best in the world. I would put our team up against any work force in the world,” says Knecht. Heart Gifts by Teresa Teresa Thibault of Heart Gifts by Teresa in Kannapolis, N.C., echoes that sentiment, and says, “I believe that Americans can do just as good a job as anybody else, and I’m proud that our ornaments are made in America. Every element — from the box, the glitter, the glass, everything — is handmade in the USA. It’s all American made. “We used to say our ornaments were ‘Hand painted in the USA.’ People thought that meant the ornaments were made somewhere else and only decorated here. We’ve changed it to ‘Made in the USA’ now because people care about that.” Thibault’s team of 20 to 30 artists work together in a 1920s mill home converted to a studio. The work atmosphere reminds visitors of an old-fashioned quilting bee, she says. ChemArt In Lincoln, R.I., family-owned ChemArt produces ornaments, jewelry, and other custom keepsake products in Wendell August 36 Treasures Heart Gifts by Teresa 3 4 5 and personality in each figure by using a variety of techniques and materials,” says Byers. “Each crafter leaves a little bit of herself in every figure she touches. As many as 10 people will work on one Caroler. Consequently, it is almost impossible to find two Carolers that are exactly alike.” Byers’ Choice promotional materials emphasize that the warm and friendly Carolers Figurines are proudly handcrafted in America. The company offers a few less expensive products made abroad. In addition to providing jobs in the Bucks County area, Byers’ Choice donates more than 20 percent of its profits to charity each year. Fenton Jewelry From 1905 until 2011, Fenton Art Glass in Williamstown, W.Va., was known as a top American glassmaker producing dozens of popular glass lines. After ending production of glass accessories for the home, the company has re-emerged as Fenton Jewelry to offer handmade and hand-painted glass beads and Teardrop earrings. The jewelry 6 comes in many of the classic Fenton colors and styles popular with collectors. President George Fenton explains, “Our company has been known for high quality, artistic, made-in-USA products since [its founding]. We continue our production here because of the highly skilled artists we employ, control over our quality, and our competitive prices in the jewelry market. Quality is a Fenton hallmark and it is more easily controlled here. Our employees are flexible and creative so design changes are quick. With our 100-plus years of glass producing knowledge, we can make more distinctive glass beads than any we have seen in the market. “Prior to 2011, we made some noncore product lines overseas under the name Fenton International. All of the designers were from the USA but the production was done in China. The products were completely different than what was produced here, but many of our customers had trouble accepting imported products brass. Richard (Dick) Beaupre founded the company in 1976 using a new technique he invented to decorate pieces of metal. Photographic film and strong chemicals combine to make it possible to cut intricate designs onto thin sheets of brass. The company has been the sole producer of the official White House Christmas ornament since 1981. “U.S. jobs and the economy are at the heart of ChemArt,” says Beaupre. “If we want to keep our economy and job market stable, we need to support Americanmade products and companies.” ChemArt clients for custom projects include the Texas Capitol, Main Street USA (National Trust for Historic Preservation), Danbury Mint, Clinton Library, and many government agencies, festivals, colleges, and corporations. Byers’ Choice, Ltd. In Chalfont, Pa., 35 miles north of Philadelphia, more than 100 artists focus on Christmas year-round. At Byers’ Choice Ltd., artist/founder Joyce Byers heads a team of artists who handcraft choirs of Carolers® and Kindles (Christmas elves). “Our artisans create a unique character ChemArt 7 8 9 july 2013 Treasures 37 10 Byers' Choice, Ltd. Russian-born president and creative director André Gabricht says the studio moved production to southern California to shorten delivery time, oversee quality control in-house, be able to test new ideas, and provide more working opportunities for local craftsmen and artists. In addition, the company’s new custom program is reaching different markets and industries as well as expanding to parks, museums, art galleries, churches, and other clients who need shorter turn-around times. With U.S. production, G. DeBrekht is also able to create exclusive product designs and limited-edition personalized gifts for clients. Debbee Thibault’s American Collection Also located in southern 11 under the Fenton name. It was also difficult to achieve our quality standards.” G. DeBrekht Artistic Studios G. DeBrekht Artistic Studios represents a reverse trend in production. After two decades of working with artists in Russia and Asia, G. DeBrekht ramped up production in the United States. Since 2012, most of the Derévo Collection has been created in America and sold to retailers, U.S. partners, and exported around the world. The company also crafts hand-painted “Holiday Splendor” glass ornaments, “Storytelling Santas,” “Treasured Memory” ornaments, “Symbol of the Season” figurine ornaments, and custom ornaments in the U.S. Each product line requires detailed freehand painting by skilled artists. 12 California, Debbee Thibault’s American Collection started in 1996 with the help of a small business mentor group. She creates whimsical folk art figures that spring from a blending of her imagination and a love of old toys developed in childhood. Thibault’s small team of craftspeople includes many who have been with her since the beginning. “My goal was to create and manufacture very unique contemporary figurines that might remind an individual of a moment in their history or of something important now in the present,” says Thibault. “I had already been making items out of a papiermâché composition but wanted to accomplish more of a business opportunity on a 13 Fenton Jewelry 38 Treasures july 2013 14 15 16 G. Debrekht Artistic Studios larger scale. “I’m happy that I can make a contribution to America by producing my collection here,” she says. “We have been able to keep our heart and soul in our product, even though other companies knock us off. I really do think about the heart and soul in what I produce. That’s what I’m all about. “I enjoy and am proud of the fact that we make our papier-mâché items here in the U.S.A. and that we provide employment for people. I consider my work truly an American artistry. The downside of making my product here is that we are up against cheaper knockoffs that are made outside of the States and because of this fact, their labor costs are much less. It is important to educate people on the differences [between U.S. and foreign products] as they are very distinct,” says Thibault. “Made in America has always been rather sacred to me and someone who collects understands this. Those individuals generally want to have a piece of what is cool in the art of its time and hopefully their investment will be revered and continue to be cherished in the future like the antiques we buy and sell today. “In 2006, I started a line of wonderful handblown Christmas ornaments that are being made in Lauscha, Germany, and eventually I hope to create a toy line based on my ideas, which will certainly have to be an outside job! “Meanwhile, we continue with our plans here in the U.S., and I am always pleased when we have new younger collectors take my work seriously,” says Thibault. Elaine Roesle’s St. Nicholas Collection In Clayton, Ohio, artist Elaine Roesle creates her Old World St. Nicholas Collection in a two-story studio behind her home. She designs, molds, fires, paints, and dresses St. Nicholas and Snowchildren characters with occasional help from 16-year-old granddaughter Caitlynn. This year, Roesle has added a new line with one-of-a-kind Krampus characters (a beast-like creature who whips naughty children in Alpine folklore). Roesle will offer Krampus figures at doll shows and Golden Glow events she attends this year. Edition sizes range from 12 to 100, with prices from $33 to $375. Each piece is completely handmade one at a time. Roesle takes great care in designing and hand dressing each individual piece before it is hand signed and dated. 17 “True collectors like me prefer to have the product made by the artist,” says Roesle. “After all these years, it gives me great pride to say I still make my Santas and Snowchildren in the country I love. “I love to have my hands on every piece I make from start to finish and feel the collectors who buy them appreciate the fact that I still produce my own St. Nicholas line and Snowchildren in the USA.” Early American Life magazine has named Roesle one of the country’s “Top 25 Santa Makers.” From 2000 to 2002, Roesle had a licensing agreement with Department 56 to design a Snow Angels line that was produced overseas. “I love the fact that from the beginning in 1978, I have produced my St. Treasures 39 july 2013 18 Debbee Thibault's American Collection 19 St. Nicholas Collection 20 Nicholas collection — and from 1990, my Snowchildren — in the USA, [which I will continue] till the time I will someday call it quits.” Wee Forest Folk In Carlisle, Mass., Wee Forest Folk (WFF) has been creating highly soughtafter miniatures for more than 40 years. Annette Petersen runs the company with the help of her son Willie, daughter Donna, and daughter-in-law Jenny. WFF miniatures, mostly mice, captivate collectors who appreciate their small limits and whimsical designs. Annette crafted her first little critter in 1972. Since then, her children have joined WFF to add their own distinctive styles and contributions. Each piece is a casting of an original sculpted by Annette, Willy, or Donna. The family has never considered production outside the United States. As Annette explains, “It is essential to work closely with the air brushers, painters, the mounting department and the quality control department. Each sculpture is so intricate in its own way that the sculptors work with each department to be sure the piece ‘comes to life’ as the sculptor envisioned it. If it is not done well during any point along the way, then the look of the whole piece is ruined.” Jenny adds, “Of course, the Petersens also want to support employment in the United States and feel good to employ the local people from New England.” Vaillancourt Folk Art About 50 miles south in Sutton, Mass., Vaillancourt Folk Art draws upon the distinctly American heritage of its owners and employees, continuing a tradition begun in 1984. “We make 100 percent of all of our chalkware figures in the United States,” says president Gary Vaillancourt, husband of artist and founder Judi Vaillancourt. “To be specific, we have always made them in Sutton, Mass. Judi is around the 14th-generation Sutton resident and [our son] Luke is the 15th.” 40 Treasures july 2013 Judi’s chalkware figures replicate chocolate molds that date to the 19th century, when a gift of chocolate was a special treasure and every small European village had a chocolate shop. Chocolate was molded in all shapes and sizes — bunnies for Easter and angels, snowmen, and St. Nicholas figures for Christmas. The mold-makers were skilled artisans who sculpted intricate details into their molds and lovingly passed their craft and their molds down through the generations. Judi carefully researches the history of each mold to identify its country of origin. She also paints the first piece of any new VFA chalkware line and supervises a team of experienced staff artists who will hand paint each limited edition figurine. “It has always been important to make our product here in Massachusetts,” says Gary. “We have been in business for 29 years. Our average employee has been with us for 17 years and two for 29 years. It is a family business and our employees are family. We have had several opportunities to move production overseas and it never made sense to us. To us, it has always been about tradition. “We do have a line of our ornaments made for us in Poland, but historically, this is where ornaments came from,” says Gary. P. Buckley Moss In a completely different medium, artist P. Buckley Moss reproduces her bestselling watercolors and oils of Amish and Mennonite subjects, landscapes, geese, and horses as prints. President Jake Henderson explains, “All of Pat’s giclée prints are made in the U.S., right here in our Mathews, Va., studio and distribution center. For a number of reasons, I cannot imagine how we’d be able to make them abroad. “Getting Pat’s artwork to market quickly is extremely important to us; being able to move from a watercolor to a finished giclée in a couple of days means that we are able to respond to opportunities we’d otherwise have to pass up. We could not do this if we made them abroad. “More than that, though, making the giclées here means that we have Pat’s input in the process at every stage. We don’t have to wait for proofs to move back and forth. Pat is very hands-on in 21 Wee Forest Folk the making of her giclées. In fact, sometimes Pat will watch over the shoulder of our pre-press designer as she makes color changes on the scanned image to match the watercolor — a little nerve-wracking, perhaps, but worth so much. “Communicating color is a nuanced skill,” says Henderson, “one that can benefit from years of experience with Pat’s values as an artist. Working with a printer in another country introduces the additional complications of continuity, language and cultural barriers, and depth of knowledge. “Apart from these obvious reasons, we value other benefits of making the giclées right here; we buy our own inks and papers and are assured of their quality, we have absolute control over how many pieces are printed, and we are more confident of copyright security. Certainly it would be a great 22 23 24 Vaillancourt Folk Art july 2013 Treasures 41 26 25 P. Buckley Moss 27 deal less expensive to make Pat’s giclées abroad, but we’d be giving up so much — too much,” says Henderson. Photo 1: “Flowers of Christmas,” mixed-metal three-piece ornament set with Victorian elegance ($60 MSRP, 3” each). This Flowers of Christmas set has a Victorian elegance that, with its high-shine process, makes an incredible statement on any Christmas tree. Each is handcrafted one-at-a-time in aluminum, bronze and copper, then beautifully boxed. Let the Flowers of Christmas bloom on your tree this holiday season. Photo 2: Wendell August die cutters at work. Photo 3: Friend ornament, Heart Gifts by Teresa Photo 4: Mom ornament, Heart Gifts by Teresa Photo 5: Son ornament, Heart Gifts by Teresa Photo 6: Grandson ornament, Heart Gifts by Teresa Photo 7: “2013 Official White House Christmas Ornament” from ChemArt honors President Woodrow Wilson. Made of polished brass with 24-karat gold finish, hand screen print, acrylic dome for window effect, 2.75”, $18.95, available from the White House Historical Association, www.whha.org. Photo 8: ChemArt “Tiffany Lamp Ornament”; finely detailed, brass, 2.5” x 3.5”, polished brass with 24-karat gold finish, hand-screened print, epoxy application to give stained glass effect, $44. Photo 9: A ChemArt designer at work on his computer. In addition to prints, Moss is now offering a new line of Pandora-style beads featuring Pat’s art for P. Buckley Moss Society members. “These are made in the U.S. from 14k gold or sterling silver and have been adapted from a painting by Pat, of her famous Canada geese, by a skilled jewelry designer with decades of experience. We enjoy making these in the United States for very many of the same reasons that we like to make giclées here. “We have had experience with casting 3-D items in China and found it to be difficult to achieve the right sensitivity to Pat’s art. In the first couple of rounds of proofing, the interpretation of Pat’s art is informed by the Chinese cultural bias. Pat’s figures are known for their long, attenuated shapes. The Chinese interpretation, when adapting them to a 3-D form, is to make them shorter and rounded. It takes a few tries to get Pat’s look — and that means a few extra weeks in development,” says Henderson. “In this business, where we are making fine, high quality products in limited quantity, a close relationship with your manufacturer is vital. It is easier to achieve this with someone you can reach quickly on the phone and with whom you can communicate fine distinctions with clarity,” says Henderson. “It helps if that someone is in the U.S.” u Photo 10: “Gingerbread Santas” for 2013 from Byers’ Choice Ltd. 13” tall, $75 MSRP. Photo 11: Artisans at Byers’ Choice handcraft Christmas Caroler figurines in the Chalfont, Pa., facility. Photo 12: From Byers’ Choice Ltd., the Family Adult Carolers measure 13” tall and kids measure 9” tall. $73 MSRP. Photo 13: Fenton Jewelry artist Jena Blair at work. Photo 14: These two beads are prototype designs for Christmas 2013 beads. Entitled “Snuggles” and “Emerald Isle,” they will sell for $45 and $39.50 each. Photo 15: Fenton Jewelry 2012 “Christmas Mouse” bead. Photo 16: G. DeBrekht artists hand paint Derévo Collection Santas and limited-edition Holiday Splendor glass ornaments. Photo 17: “Early Bird” Santa from the G. DeBrekht Derévo Collection. 5” tall, $95.70. Photo 18: “A Day’s Dream” (#512), Debbee Thibault American Collection, 6-3/4” high, edition of 300, $420. Photo 19: “Happy Fourth of July Angel” (#461), Debbee Thibault American Collection, 8-1/2” high, edition of 300, $318. Photo 20: “Father Christmas” (#769) from Elaine Roesle’s St. Nicholas Collection. Limited to 3, 22” high, $475. Photo 21: Wee Forest Folk founder and artist Annette Petersen at work. (Photo by Aram Boghosian, 2013). Photo 22: Wee Forest Folk’s “True for the Red, White & Blue” (M-331a), 1.5” x 1.5”, limited until July 31, 2013, retail $180. Photo 23: 2013 “Valentine Santa” #(13016) in the Vaillancourt Folk Art Love series. Handpainted chalkware, 7.5” high, open edition, $170. Photo 24: “NYC Santa Cabbie” shows Santa driving in a traditional yellow taxi cab, returning from Christmas shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue. Vaillancourt Folk Art chalkware, 2013 release, 4” high, open edition, $170. Photo 25: Artist P. Buckley Moss signs a book for a collector. Photo 26: “Image of Peace,” giclée on paper (available in three sizes: Small: $125, IS: 7-1/2” x 21-1/8”; Medium: $250, IS: 10-1/2” x 29-5/8”; and Large: $500, IS: 13-7/8” x 39”, edition 250, and 25 artist’s proofs). Photo 27: “Forever Together,” adult P. Buckley Moss Society membership bead for 2013 and bracelet (front and back of the same bead shown), features Moss’ familiar Canadian Geese artwork with her signature on the reverse. 42 Treasures july 2013 “recipe worth collecting” contributed By susan k. elliot A Recipe for the 4 th T his salad is perfect for a summer meal. Try it at your next Fourth of July gathering. “This chicken salad is always a hit. It’s versatile because you can serve it as a salad, sandwich or in an avocado or tomato half, depending on your mood or what you have on hand. With a few potato chips on the side it’s a satisfying meal.” —Susan K. Elliott, author of Made In the USA u World’s Best Chicken Salad • 1 small roasting hen (3-4 lbs.), cooked • 2 stalks celery, sliced (plus 2 stalks and tops for cooking chicken) • 2 green onions, chopped (just the green tops) • ¾ cup sweet midget gherkins, chopped • 1 cup pecans, broken or chopped roughly • 1-½ cups red grapes, cut in halves (or quarters, if large) • 5 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and diced • 1 cup mayonnaise (or more as needed) • Salt and pepper to taste Cook chicken as desired (boil or roast*), or use pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. (If boiling, cover chicken with water, add two stalks celery cut into approximately four-inch sections, sprinkle generously with lemon pepper in large covered pot, and boil for 30 to 45 minutes until tender and juices run clear when thigh is pierced. Let cool until comfortable to handle.) Remove skin and bones from chicken. Chop chicken into bite-size chunks. Blend with additional ingredients in order given. Adjust amount of mayonnaise as needed to bind the salad but not make it too moist. (This will depend on how big the chicken is.) Salt and pepper to taste. Chill or serve immediately. Serve as a salad on lettuce leaves; in a whole tomato with stem end removed and opened up like a flower (cut a cross in the top); in a halved, peeled avocado; or as a sandwich on a croissant or favorite sandwich bread. Serve with salty potato chips for the perfect complement. * Roasted Lemon Chicken is delicious, but any roasted or boiled chicken will work. july 2013 Treasures 43 angel coins “Made in the USA” These coins are Made in the USA and minted on a press originally from the Philadelphia Mint! AngelStar, AngelStar.com, 800.264.3577. “dearly beloved,” the eighth figurine in the Innocent Reflections Collection. Wedding bells are ringing for happy couples this season. And what better gift than our classic bride and groom, “Dearly Beloved,” as a custom cake topper. Innocent Reflections figurines are made of fine white ceramic and hand-painted with 21-karat gold. This figurine can also be customized with bride and groom’s names and/or date of the wedding. M.I. Hummel Club, www.MIHummel.com, 800-311-6464. american made bags, an Ohio-based company, is introducing a new Collection of Bags featuring the art of Zolan, a 35-year-old Classic American Brand. The bags are manufactured in the United States and made from American Made fabrics, to be introduced in the Fall of 2013 to small boutique-style stores. The bags will not only be American made but will also be “green” using only recycled and organic fabrics. The Zolan Company, llc, 480.306.5680, Donaldz798@aol.com. 2013 44 Treasures july 2013 St. Nicholas Collection Saint Nicholas arrives on a white horse Dec. 5th to visit the children with his book that tells him who’s been naughty or nice # 868. St. Nicholas: 17 1/2” tall Limited Edition #1 of 6. $625 Come visit me in Atlanta: Elaine Roesle Bldg. 1: 20-D-7 • July 10-17, 2013 American Hand-crafters & Antiques Wholesale Market Makoy Center • Columbus, Ohio • August 15 & 16, 2013 www.americanhandcrafterswholesale.com Christmas Open House 5260 Old Salem Rd. • Clayton, Ohio 45315 • Nov. 29 & 30, 2013 St. Nicholas Collection • Website: www.snowchildren.net Email: email@example.com • Phone: 937-832-3459 july 2013 Treasures 45 Discover the world of M.I. Hummel Over 75 years of Artistry… M.I. Hummel figurines have been enjoyed around the world – in more than 30 countries. These hand-painted figurines, ornaments and nativity sets are highly sought after. Follow the Tradition of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel… M.I. Hummel figurines evoke beautiful memories of childhood. Bring joy and happiness into your home! Share them as special occasion gifts for your friends and family. Superior and rich Craftsmanship… M.I. Hummel master craftsmen are extensively trained, spending years studying the techniques that are recognized worldwide. www.ShopHummel.com Harry Rinker Is Featured Speaker at Nippon Collectors Club Annual Convention he International Nippon Collectors Club (INCC) will hold its 32nd annual convention at the Embassy Suites in Dublin (Columbus), Ohio, from August 1-3, 2013. Highlights of the convention include informative programs and presentations, in-room buying and selling, and a public auction to be held on Saturday, August 3. Noted antiques and collectibles authority Harry Rinker is this year’s featured speaker with two special programs for convention attendees. On Thursday, August 1, he’ll present “What’s Going to Happen to My Stuff When I Die.” On Friday, August 2, his topic will be “The Traditional Collector vs. the 21st Century Collector: What Will the Future of Collecting Be Like.” Additionally, Dr. Christine Ballengee Morris, American Indian Studies Coordinator, Ohio State University, will speak on this year’s theme, the American Indian. Convention registration is open to all members of the INCC. For more information about the INCC, how to become a member, or to register for the convention, go to www.nipponcollectorsclub.com, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 301-748-2427. u T Huge Flea Market Antique & Collectible Show Maquoketa, IA Sunday, July 14 Jackson county Fairgrounds EastErn Iowa’s LargEst show wIth 150 sELLErs! 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. • Adm. $3.00 • 319-462-0135 Early Bird Admission 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. $10 46 Treasures july 2013 Treasures Call to Subscribe! 877.899.9977 Enameled Beauty Items AnimAtion Cels milk GlAss Auctions Haviland Collectors International Foundation Share the passion for Haviland china and ceramics! • Full Color Quarterly Magazine • Annual Conferences • Informative Publications www.hcif.org April 2013 Treasures 1 J-Display case Acrylic DisplAy cAses for your Collection 1-800-971-6276 www.displaycasej.com Antique MAll Antiques • Collectibles • Home Furnishings • Accessories New Items Arriving Daily Something for everyone 600 Booths & Cases thousands of items to Choose from victorian to Country Advertising Signs to Artwork 245 SW Webbs Glen 25 miles N. of Gainesville 1-1/2 hours N. of Orlando Exit 414, I-75 and on Route U.S. 441 & 41 Open 10 AM to 5 PM EVERY DAY – LAKe City, fL – 386-758-5564 www.webbsantiquemalls.com owners: verlon Webb & marcie Webb july 2013 Treasures 47 Visa, MasterCard, & Discover 48 Treasures july 2013 Summer Sale month of July 20% - 50% off 1451 & 1550 Collier • Heidelberg, PA 10 min. from Pittsburgh, Rt. 279/376 Exit 2 - Carnegie/ Heidelberg to Rt. 50, turn left 4 lights, or Rt. 79, Exit 55 - Heidelberg, turn left 6 lights. Heidelberg Antique Mall 412-429-9222 or 9223 www.HeidelbergAntiqueMall.com 6 Days, closed Mon., 11 am-5 pm Voted “Best Antique Mall” A Touch of Class Antique Mall Sherman, TX 75090 118 W. Lamar St. on the Historic Courthouse Square 903-891-9379 • Open 7 Days • Easy to find! Hwy. 75, Exit 58, go 3 blocks E. • 60 Miles N. of Dallas 17 Miles S. of the OK border. Home of “The Outlaw Trails Museum,” Sherman Visitor Center and The Friendly Bunch! in far North Texas since 2003! Fully Air Conditioned Southwest Corner of I-80 & Hwy. 83 Interchange Exit 177 “Established 1964” 301 West Eugene Ave. (308) 532-4841 195 & 226 West Front Street Red Bank, New Jersey 07701 Exit 109 Garden State Parkway corner of west front street and bridge avenue North Platte, NE Open 7 days a week • 13,000 square feet • Large Parking Area Antiques • Collectibles • Primitives www.redroof-antiques.com • E-mail: email@example.com 732.842.4336 -star ledger Voted “Best Antique Center in New Jersey” 14,000 Sq. Ft. of Antiques New Inventory Arriving Daily! open daily 11 - 5 sunday noon - 5 TAkE $5.00 oFF ANy PuRchASE oF $25.00 oR MoRE the antique center has been the destination for dealers, decorators, and collectors for 40 years. we have 2 buildings within a few hundred feet of each other. there are 100 booths of furniture, glass, pottery, tools, dolls, etc. we are in one of the state’s largest antique districts. there are many shops in the immediate area, also lots of eating establishments. over 100 dealers Auntie’s Antique Mall 15567 Main Market (Rt. 422) PO Box 746 • Parkman, Ohio 44080 Located 1 mile West of Rt. 528 on Rt. 422, South Side Dealers Wanted! Come See Our New Addition! Phone: 440-548-5353 AuntiesAntiqueMall.com Open 7 days a week • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We are 1 block from the train & bus station. www.RedBankAntiques.com july 2013 Treasures 49 July 2013 CAlendar of Events Shows, Auctions, Flea Markets, etc. The calendar listings are coded as follows: ACNA = member of Antiques & Collectibles National Association. For ACNA info., call 800-287-7127. PSMA = member of Professional Show Managers Association. For PSMA info., call (860) 243-3977. * = Indicates a New listing For more details on any event, check the ads in this issue or call Ronda at 319-415-5639 for the phone number of an event’s manager or sponsor. We recommend that you verify the scheduling before traveling any distance. JULY 4 IOWA *Solon, 4th of July Open-Air Antique Show, 1 Mile North of Solon, Hwy. 1, Hanson Promotions. NEW YORK *S. Salem (Town of Lewisboro), Antique Show, Stevens Memorial United Methodist Church lawn, 8 Shady Lane at Route 123, Cord Shows, Ltd. JULY 4-5 WISCONSIN Antigo, Antique & Flea Market, Langlade Co. Fairgrounds, Zurko’s Midwest Promotions. JULY 4-7 IDAHO *Hailey, Antique Market, Roberta McKercher Park & Hailey Armory, (across from airport) Hwy. 75, Alee Marsters, mgr. Friday & Saturday 9 - 6 & Sunday 9 - 4 Early Bird Shopping July 4th - set-up day 208-720-1146 firstname.lastname@example.org IOWA Milford, Antique Flea Market, 40 Years at Treasure Village Mini-Golf, 2023 Hwy. 86, 2 Miles NW of Milford, Garth Neisess, mgr. IOWA Spirit Lake, Antique Show & Flea Market, Dickinson County Fairgrounds, 1602 15th St., Linda Dingel, mgr. KENTUCKY Louisville, Flea Market, Kentucky Expo Center, Stewart Promotions. NORTH CAROLINA *Charlotte, Collectibles & Antiques to the Market Street: home decor, furniture, antique guns, art, jewelry, rugs, crafts, vintage toys & games, silver, pottery, china, salvage items, vintage instruments, outdoor decor, and more! 7100 Statesville Rd., Metrolina Expo Marketplace. Adm.: $5, Free Parking Thursday* - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm, Sunday 10 am - 4 pm *Dealer set-up day 704-714-7909 • www.icashows.com JULY 5-7 FLORIDA Mt. Dora, Antiques & Collectibles Show, 20651 U.S. Hwy. 441, Antique Center, Renninger’s Antique Market. PSMA. July 6-7 ILLINOIS *Fulton, Flea Market, IL Rt. 84 between Fulton & Thomson, Great River Road Antiques, sp. ILLINOIS St. Charles, Antiques, Collectibles, & Fancy Junque, Flea Market, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Rd. between Rtes. 38 & 64, KCF Market, Inc. WE NEVER CANCEL - March thru December Sat. 12 pm - 5 pm & Sun. 7 am - 4 pm Adm.: $5 Daily (children under 12 free) Free Parking • Food served all day Dealers Welcome • 630-377-2252 www.kanecountyfleamarket.com MINNESOTA Elko, 30th Minnesota’s Largest 2-Day Antique Show & Flea Market, Traders Market, From Twin Cities take 35W or 35E South to I-35 & County Rd. 2 (Elko-New Market), Exit 76, Traders Market. 300+ Dealers • Free Parking Indoor & Outdoor • Rain or Shine Adm.: $4.50, $4 with Ad Sat. 8 am to 5 pm, Sun. 10 am to 5 pm 952-461-2400 • www.TradersMarket.us NEW YORK New York, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market: West 39th St. between 9th & 10th Ave. West 25th Street Market: West 25th St. between Broadway & 6th Ave. The Antiques Garage: 112 West 25th St., between 6th & 7th Ave., Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. www.hellskitchenfleamarket.com NEW YORK *Stormville, Flea Market, Stormville Airport, 428 Route 216, Stormville Airport Antique Show. PENNSYLVANIA Adamstown, Paintings, Prints & Sculptures Show, PA Turnpike (I-76) to exit 286, turn right on Rt. 272 North, then right on Rt. 897 South. Go 3/4 mile to Grove on left, Shupp’s Grove. WISCONSIN Eagle River, 21st July Antique Spectacular, Northland Pines High School, Steve Bina & Thelma Bina, mgrs. WISCONSIN Shawano, Holiday Flea Market, Shawano County Fairgrounds, Zurko’s Midwest Promotions. JULY 6-8 WISCONSIN *Brookfield, Jim Beam & Head Hunters Show & Annual Jim Beam Convention, Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield, 375 South Moorland Road, Garm Elder, mgr. JULY 7 INDIANA *Lawrenceburg, Antiques & Vintage-Only Market, Lawrenceburg Indiana Fairgrounds, U.S. 50, 1 Mile West of Exit 16, I-275 (Cincinnati Beltway) TriState Antique Market, Queen City Shows. KANSAS Hutchinson, Flea Market, Kansas State Fairgrounds, Meadowlark Bldg., Mid America Markets, Inc. JULY 9 MASSACHUSETTS *Brimfield, Antique Show, Dealer’s Choice, Route 20, Lori Faxon, mgr. One Day, Tuesday Opening 11 a.m. 400 Dealers with the Finest Antiques & Collectibles 508-347-3929 www.dealerschoiceshows.com JULY 9-14 MASSACHUSETTS Brimfield, Antique Show, Center of Brimfield’s Antique Mile, Route 20, Central Park Antique Shows. MASSACHUSETTS *Brimfield, Antique Show, Mid-Way Antiques, Route 20, Lori Faxon, mgr. Tues. - Sun. Opening 6 a.m. • 508-347-3929 www.dealerschoiceshows.com MASSACHUSETTS Brimfield, Antiques & Collectibles Show, Route 20, The Meadows Antique Shows, Inc. MASSACHUSETTS Brimfield, Antique Show, Route 20, Shelton Antique Shows. JULY 10 MASSACHUSETTS Brimfield, Antique Show, Route 20, 37 Palmer Rd., HeartO-The-Mart. PSMA. JULY 10-14 MASSACHUSETTS Brimfield, Antique Show, Corner Route 20 & Mill Lane Rd., Hertan’s Antique Shows. MASSACHUSETTS *Brimfield, Antique Show, Route 20, N.E. Motel Antiques Show. JULY 11-13 MASSACHUSETTS Brimfield, Antique Show, Route 20, May‘s Antique Market, Inc. PSMA. One of Brimfield’s Best & Biggest Antique Shows • Opening Thursday 9 am Adm. $5 • Rain or Shine 413-245-9271 • www.maysbrimfield.com MINNESOTA Red Wing, Annual Convention, Show, Flea Market & Auction, Red Wing High School, 2451 Eagle Ridge Dr., Red Wing Collectors Society, Inc. 3 Day Members Events: Red Wing stoneware & pottery auction, education sessions, kids program, social events, and more. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Show & Sale: Sat. July 13: over 150 vendors of stoneware, dinnerware & art pottery 10:30-1:30 pm Plus Red Wing Display. New Members Always Welcome! For Info., to Join or Register: Call 800-977-7927 or visit www.ERWCS.org JULY 11-14 FLORIDA *Orlando, U.S. Rare Coins Auction, Heritage Auctions. gEORGIa Atlanta, Antique Show, Atlanta Expo Centers, I-285 Exit 55 (Jonesboro Rd.), Scott Antique Markets. WISCONSIN Iola, Car Show, Annual Iola Toy Barn, inside the massive Iola Car Show, Zurko’s Midwest Promotions. JULY 12-13 MASSACHUSETTS Brimfield, Antique Show, Route 20, GPS 35 Main St., Auction Acres, J & J Promotions. PSMA. JULY 12-14 FLORIDA Mt. Dora, Antiques & Collectibles Show, 20651 U.S. Hwy. 441, Antique Center, Renninger’s Antique Market. PSMA. NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh, Antiques Extravaganza, Jim Graham Bldg., NC State Fairgrounds, Antiques Extravaganza of North Carolina. JULY 13-14 COLORADO *Salida, Antique Show, Chaffee County Fairground, 1065 County Rd. 120, Poncha Springs, Jo Peterson, mgr. ILLINOIS *Fulton, Flea Market, IL Rt. 84 between Fulton & Thomson, Great River Road Antiques, sp. KANSAS *Wellington, 39th Annual Depression Glass Show & Sale, Wellington High School, 1700 E. 16th St., Pam Meyer, show chrmn. 972-672-6213 • www.NDGA.net OKLAHOMA *Oklahoma City, Antiques & Collectibles Market, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, NW 10th & May, Buchanan Markets. 405-823-0442 www.BuchananMarkets.com OREGON Portland, America’s Largest Antiques & Collectibles Shows, Portland Expo Center, Palmer/Wirfs & Associates. PSMA. 1,400 Booths Hours: Saturday 9 am - 6 pm & Sunday 10 am - 5 pm 503-282-0877 www.palmerwirfs.com NEW YORK New York, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market: West 39th St. between 9th & 10th Ave. West 25th Street Market: West 25th St. between Broadway & 6th Ave. The Antiques Garage: 112 West 25th St., between 6th & 7th Ave., Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. PENNSYLVANIA Adamstown, Junior Dealers, Sports Memorabilia Show, PA Turnpike (I-76) to exit 286, turn right on Rt. 272 North, then right on Rt. 897 South. Go 3/4 mile to Grove on left, Shupp’s Grove. PENNSYLVANIA *Honesdale, Antique Show, Wayne Highlands Middle School, 482 Grove St., Women’s Club of Honesdale, sp. JULY 14 IOWA Maquoketa, Flea Market, Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1212 East Quarry St., Callahan Promotions. MICHIGAN Berrien Springs, Antique & Collectibles Market, Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, Zurko’s Midwest Promotions. WISCONSIN Shawano, Flea Market, Shawano County Fairgrounds, Zurko’s Midwest Promotions. JULY 18-20 WISCONSIN Fish Creek, Antique Show, Gibraltar Door County High School, 3924 Hwy. 42, AR Promotions. 715-355-5144 www.antiqueshowsinwis.com 50 Treasures july 2013 Admission: $3.00 per person/per day • Children under 10 Free 27th Annual Labor Day Antique & Flea Market, Craft Extravaganza Dawson Co. frgnds., north off i-80, Friday Night, Aug. 30: “Sneak Preview” 6 p.m - 8:30 p.m. $5 Admission (Includes Saturday) Lexington exit 237, Lexington, ne Saturday, Aug. 31: 9 – 6 p.m. • Sunday, Sept. 1: 9 – 4 p.m. For more info., please contact the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce 308-324-5504 or www.visitlexington.org/extravaganza Lexington AreA ChAmber of CommerCe DISCOUNT TICKET JULY 19-21 FLORIDA Mt. Dora, Antiques & Collectibles Show, 20651 U.S. Hwy. 441, Antique Center, Renninger’s Antique Market. PSMA. IDAHO *Island Park, Antique Market, at the Hungry Bear, 4562 N. Highway 20, Alee Marsters, mgr. Antique Dealers from all over the West! Friday & Saturday 9 - 6 & Sunday 10 - 4 • 208-720-1146 email@example.com NEW YORK *Liverpool, Antique Show, Long Branch Park, 3813 Long Branch Road, Allman Promotions, LLC. 315-686-5789 www.allmanpromotions.com TENNESSEE *Murfreesboro, Antique Show, Murphy Center-MTSU Campus, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Virginia Hallett, mgr. AADA. TEXAS *Fredericksburg, Antique Show, 7 miles East on Hwy. 290, Fredericksburg Trade Days. Info: 830-990-4900 or 210-846-4094 www.fbgtradedays.com JULY 20 PENNSYLVANIA *Washington, Duncan & Miller Glass Auction, Washington County Fair & Expo Center, 2151 N. Main St., National Duncan Glass Society, Inc. WI La Crosse, Railroad Show, Sale & Exhibition, Copeland Park, Rose & Clinton Sts., The 4000 Foundation, Limited. Over 200 Tables Railroad Exhibits & Displays All scales: Model, Toy & Antique Trains and Railroad Memorabilia 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Information: 608-781-9383 PA Allentown, Summer Antique Book, Paper & Advertising Show, Agricultural Hall, Allentown Fairgrounds, 1929 Chew St., Allentown Paper Show, LLC. Saturday 9-6 • Adm. $7, with ad $6 ONE DAY SHOW 140 Booths of Quality Dealers Sean Klutinoty, Manager: 610-573-4969 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.allentownpapershow.com JULY 20-21 CALIFORNIA Pleasanton, 20th Century Antiques Expo, Alameda County (Pleasanton) Fairgrounds, Nancy Johnson Events Management LLC. PSMA. FLORIDA *Fort Lauderdale, Antique & Collector Faire, War Memorial Auditorium, Dolphin Promotions. ILLINOIS *Fulton, Flea Market, IL Rt. 84 between Fulton & Thomson, Great River Road Antiques, sp. MICHIGAN Midland, 45th Year Antiques & Collectibles Festival, Midland Co. Fairgrounds, US-10 at Eastman Ave., Michigan Antique Festival. PSMA. Michigans Largest Show! Dealers Welcome!! • Free Parking 80 Acres of Memories & Treasures! Classic Car Show - Free Entertainment Sat. 8-6 - Sun. 8-4 Adm.: $6.00, children 11 & under Free 989-687-9001 Website: www.miantiquefestival.com NEW YORK New York, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market: West 39th St. between 9th & 10th Ave. West 25th Street Market: West 25th St. between Broadway & 6th Ave. The Antiques Garage: 112 West 25th St., between 6th & 7th Ave., Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. PENNSYLVANIA Adamstown, Christmas & Holiday Show, PA Turnpike (I-76) to exit 286, turn right on Rt. 272 North, then right on Rt. 897 South. Go 3/4 mile to Grove on left, Shupp’s Grove. TENNESSEE Nashville, 14th Annual Elegant & Depression Glass Show & Sale, Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee, sp. Hosted by: Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee. Phone: 615-856-4259 Email: email@example.com JULY 21 ILLINOIS *Bloomington, Antiques Market, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., 3rd Sunday Market. Mike Raycraft, mgr. KENTUCKY Burlington, Antique Show, Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Rd., Burlington Antique Show. 513-922-6847 www.BurlingtonAntiqueShow.com WISCONSIN Shawano, Flea Market, Shawano County Fairgrounds, Zurko’s Midwest Promotions. JULY 21-22 PENNSYLVANIA *Washington, Duncan & Miller Glass Show & Sale, Washington County Fair & Expo Center, 2151 N. Main St., National Duncan Glass Society, Inc. JULY 25 TEXAS *Dallas, Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction, 3500 Maple Ave., Heritage Auctions. JULY 26-27 IOWA Decorah, Antique Show & Sale, Decorah Middle School, Winnebago Street Entrance, Nordic Fest. JULY 26-28 CALIFORNIA Truckee, Antique Show, Truckee High School, 11725 Donner Pass Road, Twin Bridges Antique Productions. ACNA. PSMA. 530-241-4063 • www.tbcashows.info CEDAR RAPIDS ANTIQUE SHOW & SALE 4400 6th street s.w., Cedar Rapids, Iowa Hawkeye Downs Just off I-380, exit 17 October 11, 12, 13, 2013 Many New Dealers! fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pottery, Art Glass, Primitives, Coins, Toys, Historical, Civil War, Advertising, Autographs, Orientalia, Jewelry, Victorian, Furniture, China, Prints, Silver Matching, Badges • Something for everyone, for the beginning collector to the most discriminating. Free Parking Ad good for $1 off adm., 1 coupon per person www.iridescenthouse.com 641-832-2700 507-269-1473 FLORIDA Mt. Dora, Antiques & Collectibles Show, 20651 U.S. Hwy. 441, Antique Center, Renninger’s Antique Market. PSMA. JULY 26-29 NEW YORK New York, New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., Produced by GLM. Hours: July 26, 1 pm - 7 pm July 27-28, 11 am - 7 pm July 29, 11 am - 4 pm Open to the Public 239-732-6642 www.NYAntiqueJewelry.com JULY 27-28 ILLINOIS *Fulton, Flea Market, IL Rt. 84 between Fulton & Thomson, Great River Road Antiques, sp. NEW YORK New York, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market: West 39th St. between 9th & 10th Ave. West 25th Street Market: West 25th St. between Broadway & 6th Ave. The Antiques Garage: 112 West 25th St., between 6th & 7th Ave., Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. PENNSYLVANIA Adamstown, Bottle Fest, PA Turnpike (I-76) to exit 286, turn right on Rt. 272 North, then right on Rt. 897 South. Go 3/4 mile to Grove on left, Shupp’s Grove. TEXAS *Dallas, Antiques & Collectibles Market, Dallas Fairpark, I-30 & Grand Ave., Buchanan Markets. 405-823-0442 www.BuchananMarkets.com TEXAS *Dallas, Vintage Movie Posters Auction, 3500 Maple Ave., Heritage Auctions. JULY 28 WISCONSIN Shawano, Flea Market, Shawano County Fairgrounds, Zurko’s Midwest Promotions. JULY 31-AUGUST 1 TEXAS Dallas, Illustration Art Auction, 3500 Maple Ave., Heritage Auctions. JULY 31-AUGUST 2 IOWA *Des Moines, Iowa Gas Swap Meet, Holiday Inn - Airport, 6111 Fleur Drive, Ron Hoyt, mgr. 515-202-3089 • www.iowagas.com AUg. 2-4 ILLINOIS Freeport, 44th Annual OldTime Threshing & Antique Show, Stephenson County Fairgrounds, 1 Mile South of Freeport, Stephenson County Antique Engine Club, sp. Displays, Activities, & Working Demonstrations All Three Days! Gates Open At 7:00 a.m. Special Displays: Massey Harris/Ferguson Tractors & Equipment, Stover Gas Engines & Products. 815-235-7329 or 815-232-2306 www.thefreeportshow.com AUG. 3-4 FLORIDA Pensacola, Looking Glass Show & Sale, Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, 6655 W. Mobile Hwy. (Exit 7 off of I-10 S. 3 miles), Pam Meyer, mgr. 972672-6213 www.meyershows.com OHIO Zoar, 40th Annual Antiques Show & Sale at the Harvest Festival, The Zoar Community Association, sp. The Best Country Show In Ohio! Over 60 High Quality Country Dealers Sat. 10 - 5 & Sun. 10 - 4 Admission $8.00 330-874-2646 • 800-262-6195 www.historiczoarvillage.com u july 2013 Treasures 51 Arbuckle’s Auctions Check Our Web Page: AuctionZip Auctioneer ID #2739 Takes you right to the site. Auctionzip.com rocHesTer, mn Fairgrounds August 16, 17, 18 1,300+ Booths • 10 Buildings • 52 Acres 40th Year • Olmsted County Gold Rush Antique Show & Flea Market GOLD RUSH Buildings Open at 8 a.m. Saturday 8-6 & Sunday 8-4 E-mail: Arbuckles@Vermontel.net Phone: 802-875-5777 Townsend PromoTions, inc. 641-832-2700 • 507-269-1473 www.iridescenthouse.com Somerset Antique Show & Appraisal Fair August 10, 2013 (43rd Annual) Free Admission • rain or Shine! Antiques In The Square Sunday – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Over 60+ Dealers Free Admission I-35, Exit 193-194 Downtown Clear Lake, Iowa 641-357-4000 • 641-357-1642 Sponsored By The Clear Lake Antique Dealers Association 21st Annual Saturday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 1, 2013 Appraisal Fair - 10-3 (Fee per item) Exit 110, Somerset off the PA Turnpike Over 100 dealers displaying quality antiques & collectibles. No Pets Please. Space Available. On the streets of SOmerSet, PA firstname.lastname@example.org 814-445-6431 Sponsored by: The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce & Somerset Trust Co. International Vintage Lamp Show & Sale Capitol Plaza Hotel (Sunflower Ballroom) 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd. Fri., July 19: 3-6 p.m. Sat., July 20: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Largest display of antique lighting in the world. Lamps of all kinds, from 1870 to 1940. Sponsored by: The National Assoc. of Aladdin Lamp Collectors, Inc. Information: Call Berni & Julee Carlson 785-379-9537 Email: email@example.com www.aladdincollectors.org 24th Annual July 19-20, 2013 Topeka, Kansas 52 Treasures july 2013 Kane County antique Flea MarKet "Best In The Midwest Or Anywhere" – Antiques, Collectibles, & Fancy Junque – KANE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS 525 S. Randall Rd. Between Rtes. 38 & 64 e Fre r king Par neve ” e l “w nCe CA 1st Sunday Every Month Mar.-Dec. Preceding Sat. Afternoon SAt. 12 noon-5 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Adm. $5 each day, children under 12 free Information: (630) 377-2252 www.kanecountyfleamarket.com ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS July 6-7 & August 3-4 P.O. Box 1585 Hutchinson, KS 67504-1585 Phone 620-663-5626 KANSAS COLISEUM Pavilion I Discount Coupon Regular Admission $4.50 – with Discount Coupon $4.00 MID AMERICA MARKETS KANSAS STATE FAIRGOUNDS Meadowlark Bldg. Antique Show & Flea Market Indoor & Outdoor Minnesota's Largest “2-Day” July At Traders Market From Twin Cities take 35W or 35E South to I-35 and County Rd. 2 (Elko-New Market) Exit 76 Only 20 minutes South of Mpls./St. Paul Hutchinson, KS Wichita, KS July 7 Aug. 4 Oct. 6 Nov. 3 Dec. 1 Sept. 29 Oct. 20 Nov. 17 Dec. 8 July 6 & 7, 2013 Open Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Future Show Dates: Aug. 31 & Sept. 1-2, 2013 D 300+ ealer s Rain or Shine 30th Y ear Phone 952-461-2400 Treasures 53 www.midamericafleamarkets.com FREE PARKING www.TradersMarket.us july 2013 Antique & ColleCtible MArkets & events m www.zurkopromotions.com m m illinois • wisconsin • michigan • 715-526-9769 m Zurko’s Midwest ProMotions... 44th AnnuAl seAson 2013 48th ANNUAL MARIGOLD DAYS Antiques Show & Flea Market MANTORVILLE, MN September 7-8, 2013 For reservations write to: 300+ Antique Dealers This coupon is good for one dollar off one regular admission aT The Cambridge Antique Fair Hours: Saturday 8 to 5 • Sunday 9 to 4 22nd AnnuAl august 3 & 4, 2013 Located in Riverside Park 15 miles West of Rochester off of U.S. 14 Marigold Days Antique Show P.O. Box 202, Mantorville, MN 55955 507-635-3551 www.marigolddays.com Sponsored by: Mantorville Restoration Association metro promotions, inc. ham lake, mn 55304 763-434-6664 firstname.lastname@example.org WWW.camBridgeanTiQuefair.com • WWW.meTropromos.com ISAnTI COunTY FAIRGROundS CAMBRIDGE, MINNESOTA Burlington ANTIQUE SHOW rating Celeb ars 32 Ye Boone County Fairgrounds • Burlington, Kentucky 3rd Sunday of the Month • Show Hours: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Friendship, Indiana FEaturEd on PbS “MarkEt warrIorS” (10 Minutes South of Cincinnati) I-75, Exit 181 September 14-22 Two nine-day shows with almost 500 vendor spaces. For additional information or reservations: Friendship Associates Southeastern Indiana, 6 mi. west of Dillsboro & 1 mile east of Friendship on St. Rd. #62 859-341-9188 • www.friendshipfleamarket.com 2013 Show Dates: 2013 Show dateS: july 21, aug. 18, Sept. 15, oct. 20 For information Contact: TONY PHAM, Manager • P.O. Box 58367, Cincinnati, OH 45258 • 513-922-6847 Antiques & Collectables Only • www.Bur lingtonAntiqueShow.com 54 Treasures july 2013 Shupp’s Grove, Adamstown, PA Beautiful Outdoor Antiques & Collectibles Market since 1962 (Mid-Apr. thru Oct.) Sat. & Sun. 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. July 6 & 7 — Paintings, Prints & Sculptures July 13 & 14 — Junior Dealers, Sports Memorabilia July 20 & 21 — Christmas & Holiday July 27 & 28 — Shupp’s Grove Bottle Fest (July 26- Early Buyers 3-7 p.m., $20 Gate Fee)*** *** Gate fee during EARLY BUYERS hours only. Shuppsgrove.com 717-484-4115 See you soon! FIRST SATURDAY of each month Yard Sale pA Turnpike Exit 286 R on 272n R on 897S (1 mile on left) GpS 607 Willow St. Reinholds, pA 17569 2013 Antiques & ColleCtibles shows For Directions: Tables $5 Special Section ChECk OUR WEBSITE FOR UpCOmInG SpECIAL ShOWS! SpECIAL ThEmES OR ShOWS EvERY WEEkEnD. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday - $5 Admission 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday On-site parking $8 No pets, please • Rain or Shine P.O. Box 385 - Route 20, Brimfield, Mass. 01010-0385 Set your gpS to 35 main St. Email: email@example.com WEbsitE: www.jandj-brimfield.com July 12-13 Sept. 6-7 J & J Promotions Check out our New (413) 245-3436 • (978) 597-8155 Website! www.TreasuresMagazine.com brimfield's Premier show July 9-14 & September 3-8 OPEN TUESDAY 6 a.m. – Over 200 Spaces in Antiques and Collectibles Only – CENTRAL PARKING RAIN OR SHINE NO PETS, PLEASE Concession Stand On-Site 2013 Show Dates: The Meadows Antiques Shows, Inc. (413) 245-9427 (413) 245-3215 Fax: 413-736-0362 P.O. Box 374 Brimfield, MA 01010 Visit Us Online: www.brimfieldantiqueshows.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org july 2013 Treasures 55 ndependence Day! It’s our national holiday marked by patriotic displays and family gatherings — all to celebrate our nations’ history. You can learn more about the fascinating historic treasures of our country and revel in your personal heritage, too. 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