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Photo Caption: This Escale watch in a signed box was estimated at $3,000 to $5,000. It sold for $3,000 at a Rago auction in 2021.

Louis Vuitton wristwatch is aimed at the world traveler

Plus, what’s Mom’s 1960s glass coffee percolator worth these days? And what about an old Hudson Bay blanket?

 

This tramp art picture frame was carved and painted by hand. It sold for $315 at a Pook & Pook auction.

‘Tramp art’ creators would be stunned by their value today

The handmade art from 1865-1940 are sought after by today’s well-heeled collectors.

 

Photo Caption: Royal Worcester is one of the oldest and most famous makers of porcelain. It made this ram's head pitcher in 1888.

Royal Worcester’s 19th century porcelain took on animal forms

Also, questions about Oriental rug care, old newspaper front pages and a family heirloom violin.

 

Photo Caption: Amphora pottery made in Bohemia during the art nouveau period is prized for its elaborate nature-themed decorations. This octopus vase brought $6,600 at a Morphy auction in 2021.

Pre-WWI Amphora pottery pieces from Bohemia are highly prized

This stylized octopus vase, with two of its tentacles forming side handles, sold for a cool $6,600 at a recent auction.

Photo Caption: Amphora pottery made in Bohemia during the art nouveau period is prized for its elaborate nature-themed decorations. This octopus vase brought $6,600 at a Morphy auction in 2021.
Photo Caption: This stick and ball umbrella stand shows that not all Arts and Crafts furniture is plain and dark. It sold for $300 at a recent Selkirk auction.

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Umbrella stand is unusual example of Arts and Crafts furniture

It breaks the mould by having a light, intricate look with some ornamentation.

Photo Caption: This stick and ball umbrella stand shows that not all Arts and Crafts furniture is plain and dark. It sold for $300 at a recent Selkirk auction.

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Photo Caption: This rocker blotter sold for $161 at a Cowan's auction. Today, it has more value as a piece of Tiffany craftsmanship than as a useful desk accessory.

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Luxury brand Tiffany also made useful, practical items

The company made a line of commercial desk accessories made from about 1890 to the 1930s.

Photo Caption: This rocker blotter sold for $161 at a Cowan's auction. Today, it has more value as a piece of Tiffany craftsmanship than as a useful desk accessory.

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The red Chinese porcelain vase decorated with vases and flowers sold at a Bunch auction in 2021 for $354.

In Qing dynasty China, everyday objects were turned into art

This vase is red, traditionally the color associated with luck, happiness and celebrations.

The red Chinese porcelain vase decorated with vases and flowers sold at a Bunch auction in 2021 for $354.
"Wiener" dogs may not come from Vienna, but this gold-colored letter opener did. It was made by Werkstatte Hagenauer and sold for $813 at a Rago auction.

Weiner dog letter opener is a must for dachshund fanciers

The art deco antique by design studio Werkstatte Hagenauer of Vienna sold at auction for a cool $813.

"Wiener" dogs may not come from Vienna, but this gold-colored letter opener did. It was made by Werkstatte Hagenauer and sold for $813 at a Rago auction.
This set of three copper fingers sold for $3,770 at a recent Palm Beach auction.

French couple’s surreal sculpture-furniture are collectible

Somebody shelled out nearly 4 grand at auction for these odd copper fingertips.

This set of three copper fingers sold for $3,770 at a recent Palm Beach auction.
Photo Caption: A set of six cups of Cabaret dinnerware sold at a Palm Beach Modern auction for $585.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s dinnerware was created for Japanese hotel

The art-deco Cabaret pattern was designed for the Cabaret Dining Room of the Imperial Hotel, which stood from 1923 to 1968.

Photo Caption: A set of six cups of Cabaret dinnerware sold at a Palm Beach Modern auction for $585.
Photo Caption: The appeal of this Lucite trunk is crystal clear. It sold for $531 at New Orleans Auction Galleries.

Clear Lucite furniture brightened 1960s room decor

The clear acrylic resin developed by DuPont was put to innovative uses by interior designers.

Photo Caption: The appeal of this Lucite trunk is crystal clear. It sold for $531 at New Orleans Auction Galleries.

Furniture that fools the eye was popular in 19th century

This a trompe l’oeil screen looks for all the world like a set of shelves. It sold for more than 9 grand at auction.

Moving eyes add interest to an antique clock. This blinking-owl clock sold for $1,900 at a Morford's auction in 2021.

These antique clocks have shifty eyes that move with time

More modern moving-eye clocks include the Kit-Cat clock, a fixture in nurseries since 1932.

Moving eyes add interest to an antique clock. This blinking-owl clock sold for $1,900 at a Morford's auction in 2021.
Photo Caption: A coal scuttle wasn't always used for coal; it could hold logs or collect ashes. This one from about 1900 sold for $125 at DuMouchelles in Detroit.
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Coal scuttles of days long gone by now used for fire logs

This circa 1900 coal scuttle is made of oak with brass trim, and sold for $125 at auction.

Photo Caption: A coal scuttle wasn't always used for coal; it could hold logs or collect ashes. This one from about 1900 sold for $125 at DuMouchelles in Detroit.
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Photo Caption: This antique Betty lamp was made by a known craftsman of the early 1800s, so it is very expensive: $2,000. You can find old Betty lamps for sale for less than $100 if they are in poor condition.

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Antique lamps would come in handy during today’s outages

A Betty lamp made by a 19th century craftsman recently sold for $2,000 at auction.

Photo Caption: This antique Betty lamp was made by a known craftsman of the early 1800s, so it is very expensive: $2,000. You can find old Betty lamps for sale for less than $100 if they are in poor condition.

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Photo Caption: This toy car was a clever ad for Moxie, a soft drink popular in New England. It sold for $2,600.

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Antique toys conjure fond memories — and fetch premium prices

A Moxiemobile, named for the turn-of-the-century soft drink, sold for $2,600 at a recent auction.

Photo Caption: This toy car was a clever ad for Moxie, a soft drink popular in New England. It sold for $2,600.

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Photo Caption: This hooked rug with a picture of the continental United States has the name of the recipient and the date on the back. It brought $469 at Cowan’s Auctions. 

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Hooked rugs developed into an art form — and a collectible

Especially prized are the rugs made a century ago at Grenfell Mission in Canada’s Maritime provinces.

Photo Caption: This hooked rug with a picture of the continental United States has the name of the recipient and the date on the back. It brought $469 at Cowan’s Auctions. 

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Photo Caption: Paying $12,390 would be awfully expensive for a Coke, but apparently not for this Coca-Cola sign sold by Morford Antique Advertising Auctions.

Fetching vintage Coca-Cola advertisement fetches big money

The self-framed tin lithographed sign showing Elaine, the girl on the company’s 1916 calendar, sells for more than $12,000.

Photo Caption: Paying $12,390 would be awfully expensive for a Coke, but apparently not for this Coca-Cola sign sold by Morford Antique Advertising Auctions.
Photo Caption: Francois-Xavier Lalanne often used animal motifs in his modern, minimalist sculptures. His porcelain eggcup with a chicken's head, wings and tail sold for $2,080 at Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

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‘Pocillovy’ is the obscure hobby of collecting eggcups

It stems from Victorian times, when nearly every type of food had its own specialized dish and utensils.

Photo Caption: Francois-Xavier Lalanne often used animal motifs in his modern, minimalist sculptures. His porcelain eggcup with a chicken's head, wings and tail sold for $2,080 at Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

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The White Rose cornucopia vase by Roseville Pottery has been reproduced. Authentic vases like this one can sell for $100 to $125. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

Strange piece of art pottery goes all the way back to the 1890s

This strange piece of art pottery is a cornucopia vase, popular in the 1930s. It was made by the Roseville Pottery Company. The pattern name… Continue reading

The White Rose cornucopia vase by Roseville Pottery has been reproduced. Authentic vases like this one can sell for $100 to $125. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)