Love of country and ‘Old Ironsides’ inspires former Marine’s nautical collection

G. West “Westy” Saltonstall collection

A visitor to G. West “Westy” Saltonstall’s office could be forgiven for thinking he had mistakenly stumbled into a small gallery of maritime Americana. While marine-oriented, Westy’s esoteric nautical collection ranges from old cigar boxes to paintings to clocks and reflects his love of country, Old Ironsides and his Boston family heritage. Read More +

William J. Kuehne baseball shaving mug could whip up $8,000

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An Aug. 10-11 antique advertising auction features 130 occupational shaving mugs. A special baseball mug was once owned by baseball great William J. Kuehne. The striking mug features an image of a player sliding into home plate alongside the catcher, with a full baseball diamond and players in the distance. Between 1883 and 1892, Kuehne played infield positions for teams in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati; and he was featured on 11 Old Judge Tobacco cards. Kuehne’s shaving mug is expected to make $6,000-$8,000. Read More +

Rare double eagle historical flask brings $53,820 in antique bottle auction

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A rare and early double eagle historical flask made in Pittsburgh circa 1820-40 sold for $53,820 in an antique bottle auction. he exceptional and beautiful pint flask, in the great GII-1 mold with crisp embossing, had a sheared mouth and pontil scar. It is quite possibly the only known specimen of this bottle in the deep yellow olive color. Read More +

Collecting vintage and antique milk bottles

Hartzler Ohio milk bottle

Lewis P. Whiteman gained notoriety for patenting the “glass” milk bottle in 1880. Today, most collectors seek bottles that are embossed or pyroglazed with the names of the dairies on them but it’s the color, picture, name of the dairy, shape and condition of the bottle that also helps determine the value. Learn how affordable it can be to collect vintage milk bottles from the days of home delivery. Read More +

Antiques and collectibles reference eBooks available in Amazon Kindle Store

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Some of the collectible hobby’s best books have been out of print for more than a decade, only to be found in antiques stores themselves as part of a dealer’s private library. F+W Media, publisher of Antique Trader, is proud to offer a variety of its antiques and collectibles products in e-book form in Amazon’s Kindle store. Now you don’t have to spend $50 for that out-of-print title if you put an e-reader such as your Kindle or iPad to work! Read More +