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Anglo-Japanese style table not a favorite among cabinetmakers

Anglo-Japanese style table not a favorite among cabinetmakers

It features partial shelves built below the 20-inch square tabletop. It sold for $13,000 at auction.

Anglo-Japanese style table not a favorite among cabinetmakers
Little is known about Emile Galle’s seated faience of the 1800s

Little is known about Emile Galle’s seated faience of the 1800s

The Art Nouveau artist must have liked cats. They are almost the only animal figure he made.

Little is known about Emile Galle’s seated faience of the 1800s
When somebody pays big money for something that’s useless

When somebody pays big money for something that’s useless

Antiques made of iron, even clown’s heads like this one, have long been coveted by collectors.

When somebody pays big money for something that’s useless
Pottery ring was a lifesaver for parched 19th century farmers

Pottery ring was a lifesaver for parched 19th century farmers

The circular tube was a water flask for when streams were far away. An example recently sold for $325.

Pottery ring was a lifesaver for parched 19th century farmers
This ivory pie crimper was made in the 1800s by a sailor

This ivory pie crimper was made in the 1800s by a sailor

Sailors had time to carve ivory objects, often as gifts, and the ankle and leg were considered erotic.

This ivory pie crimper was made in the 1800s by a sailor
Unusual ‘Modern gothic’ woven wire daybed auctions for $3,125

Unusual ‘Modern gothic’ woven wire daybed auctions for $3,125

The bed still has the original fabric-wrapped metal wire webbing the designer patented in 1879.

Unusual ‘Modern gothic’ woven wire daybed auctions for $3,125
Goldscheider family had a profound influence on ceramics

Goldscheider family had a profound influence on ceramics

A new book could stimulate interest in the family’s work — and raise prices for collectors.

Goldscheider family had a profound influence on ceramics
Agrillite carvings by the Haida people can fetch big money

Agrillite carvings by the Haida people can fetch big money

The fine-grained black siltstone comes from just one place on Earth: Slatechuck Creek on Haida Gwaii.

Agrillite carvings by the Haida people can fetch big money
Great-grandma probably had one of these boxes in her kitchen

Great-grandma probably had one of these boxes in her kitchen

This pine box from the 1850s was for proofing bread dough. The lid was a place to rest and cut it.

Great-grandma probably had one of these boxes in her kitchen
This American-flag table is rare — and worth a lot of dough

This American-flag table is rare — and worth a lot of dough

“Unique” is a word that is often misused by collectors. It means one of a kind. There can never be a unique mass-produced chair, but… Continue reading

This American-flag table is rare — and worth a lot of dough
Little is known about exotically dressed dancer figurines

Little is known about exotically dressed dancer figurines

Their Art Deco style remains popular a century later — many have sold for up to $1,500.

Little is known about exotically dressed dancer figurines
Many emotions and interests motivate people to collect

Many emotions and interests motivate people to collect

Do they hoard to replace something that was missing in their life? Or is it interest history or art?

Many emotions and interests motivate people to collect
Popcorn wagons, the food trucks of yesteryear, popular again

Popcorn wagons, the food trucks of yesteryear, popular again

A horse-drawn wagon from 1910 built by Charles Cretors fetched $34,000 at an antiques auction.

Popcorn wagons, the food trucks of yesteryear, popular again
Correct marks make all the difference in figurines’ value

Correct marks make all the difference in figurines’ value

A pair of authentic 7½-inch-high figures of a Sultan and Sultana sold at recently for $1,220.

Correct marks make all the difference in figurines’ value
America’s first symbol, Miss Liberty, is all but forgotten

America’s first symbol, Miss Liberty, is all but forgotten

She held a sword, wreath, shield decorated with stars and stripes, and wore the Phrygian liberty cap.

America’s first symbol, Miss Liberty, is all but forgotten
Wine-tasting table was probably never used when tasting wine

Wine-tasting table was probably never used when tasting wine

It’s now known to be a tea or dessert table that held plates, cups, saucers and food for a meal.

Wine-tasting table was probably never used when tasting wine
Nantucket lightship crew made baskets to stave off boredom

Nantucket lightship crew made baskets to stave off boredom

The rare lollipop basket features a top rim with round pieces that look like little lollipops.

Nantucket lightship crew made baskets to stave off boredom
Rare optician’s eye test chart was made in the 19th century

Rare optician’s eye test chart was made in the 19th century

The chart priced at $2,200 has a metal lamp visor and a linen scroll with letters of different sizes.

Rare optician’s eye test chart was made in the 19th century
Hires Root Beer ad, made in the 1920s, features a flapper girl

Hires Root Beer ad, made in the 1920s, features a flapper girl

But most of Hires ads had few pictures, just descriptions of its health values or the good shape.

Hires Root Beer ad, made in the 1920s, features a flapper girl
Solve the puzzle to drink from this pitcher without spilling

Solve the puzzle to drink from this pitcher without spilling

The elaborately decorated vessel with a hidden “straw” was made in Budapest, Hungary, in about 1895.

Solve the puzzle to drink from this pitcher without spilling