How coins are made

Under Pressure: How Coins are Made

By Sarah Miller Beyond simply the level of wear present on a coin’s surface, there are several characteristics of how each piece is produced that influence its overall appearance and even grade. One such factor is weakness of strike. In order to fully impress the design of a coin from its cylindrical metal dies onto the […]

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SNAKES ON PALISSY PLATES

SNAKES ON PALISSY PLATES

By Catherine Rigdon I grew fond of the potter Bernard Palissy (1510-1590) ) when I was a little girl. He was a Renaissance man with a background in chemistry, geology, philosophy etc… But what drew me in were his “pots”. He put snakes on plates and created lush crawling environments, which inspired a long line of […]

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Katherine Hepburn

Katherine Hepburn: No Morning Glory

By Holly Culbreath I belong to a family of old movie fans and book lovers.  I like to think this is the result of superior intellect and elitist literary tastes, but it probably has more to do with my conscientious parents making the radical decision to shut off the telly for good when I was five.  […]

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What Is Estate Jewelry

What is Estate Jewelry?

By Jo Ellen Cole Estate jewelry is a term applied to antique and period jewelry from a particular design era that has been previously used or owned by another individual. This jewelry tends to appeal to people with an eye for quality workmanship who look to the estate jewelry market for well-made items that were […]

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The Fight of the Century

The Boxing Gloves of the Century

By Stewart Huckaby In 1971, I turned ten years old and discovered sports, not necessarily in that order. This was the year of both my first major league baseball game and my first college football game, and it was also the year of the Fight of the Century: Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier. The Fight of the Century […]

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Silver Party_ Wager Cup, not Solo Cup

Silver Party: Wager Cup, not Solo Cup

By Catherine Rigdon This past week, I came across an unusual object; she was a lady made of silver, wearing a hollow skirt and holding a small pivoting vessel above her head! She is a wager cup, a popular German party gaiety of the 16th century. In German, a Jungfrauenbecher! The party guest were offered […]

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Peter the mint bird

Peter, the Mint Eagle

By Sarah Miller One of the many quirky facts associated with the early United States Mint is that the Philadelphia coining facility once had a resident Bald Eagle (aka Peter the Mint Eagle). According to the Coinage Act of 1792, also known as the Mint Act, American gold and silver coins were to be designed with […]

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Guitar

What makes a guitar worth buying?

By Alex Yalen There are millions upon millions of guitars floating about. What is that that forces a guitar into your consciousness and makes you say, “I must own this?” (Obviously, budget is one of the constraints, but that’s a slightly less-than-romantic consideration.) Guitars are meant to be played, to be heard, so my first […]

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Scooby Doo Where Are You? Publicity Cel (Hanna-Barbera, 1969)

Saturday Morning Cartoons on the auction block as Gen-X collectors come of age

By Noah Fleisher I am, ever, a kid of the 1970s, a member of Gen-X. Today I am here to tell you that I love Saturday Morning Cartoons. I mean real Saturday Morning Cartoons. I mean The All-Starr Laff-A-Lympics and The Superfriends. I mean Captain Caveman and The Teen Angels and Schoolhouse Rock. In fact, I […]

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Decorative Arts

The Rebirth of Carousel Panels

By Sallie Baxter Our Saturday Estate auction showcases eight unique hand-painted carousel panels that date back several decades. Carousels became popular in American during the mid to late 19th Century, and early carousels often featured hand-painted panels, similar to these, as well as ornate and bejeweled saddles and animals for children to ride on.     […]

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