Frank Farmer Loomis joins Antique Trader columnist staff

You may recognize a familiar face on this week. Appraiser, author, TV and radio personality Frank Farmer Loomis will be joining us as a regular contributor to our Ask AT appraisal page on a fairly regular basis. Besides authoring two books, Antiques 101 and Secrets to Affordable Antiques, Frank is a swell guy and his answers come from a lifetime of experience. He joins us at a crucial time:  the number of submissions for the Ask AT column has increased recently so we will publish more in future issues.

60-Second Silver

Readers have deemed Jeffrey Herman‘s new column, “60-Second Silver,” an unadulterated hit. In just a few short months, it feels like he’s been a member of the Antique Trader family for years.

Jeffrey said he has gotten a great response from his column and has offered to answer your questions on silver and silver-related antiques and vintage items. Jeffrey is a top expert in his field and this is a wonderful opportunity for our readers. Simply send your questions via email to or to the editorial office address listed at 700 E State St., Iola, WI 54990. Photos are strongly encouraged.

Restoration feature

We also have an unusual feature in the Sept 29 issue, but it is one I think you’ll appreciate. It’s a step-by-step restoration project of a busted up alarm clock. Why we featured this particular project? There is no other explanation other than the ingenuity behind the 1908 Darche Flashlight clock. Did you know the clock featured a remote switch, which could be kept under the pillow so that in the dark of night, the button could be pressed to illuminate the dial?

Try finding anything that neat in Ikea today. The feature is pretty technical but it will bring an immense feeling of satisfaction to see yet another expert has salvaged an interesting invention from our past.


A wrong number for Heckler Auctions was published in the Sept. 1 edition. Heckler Auctions is at 860-974-1634 and is online at Antique Trader regrets the error. ?

— Eric Bradley


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Karen Knapstein

About Karen Knapstein

Karen Knapstein is the editor of Antique Trader magazine. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she has written dozens of articles on vintage collectibles and their historical context. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye. She can be reached at