Crowell great blue heron decoy earns $31,050

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An extremely rare miniature great blue heron made by renowned American carver A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952) sold for $31,050. It was an auction record for a Crowell miniature, breaking the previous mark set about five minutes earlier, when the lot immediately preceding the blue heron – an American egret standing 8 1/2 inches tall and boasting the superb original paint – changed hands for $25,875. Read More +

How to clean and care for hooked rugs

how to clean hooked rugs

When the experts were asked for advice for the care and display of hooked rugs, they came up with a list of tips anyone can follow to clean antique hook rugs. Without exception, avoid the vacuum cleaner; use a manual carpet sweeper or a broom. One expert advises: ““If you want a rug for under the dog, go to Sears.” Read More +

Wool Art: Antique hooked rugs move from the floor to the wall

antique hooked rug

Beginning about a century-and-a-half ago, men and women created hooked rugs to warm their hearths and homes. Wool rug hooking is thought to have begun in Canada’s easternmost provinces and in the Northeast United States. These folk art floor coverings, which were originally made to cover dirt floors, were fashioned out of ingenuity and frugality and are now highly valued in collectors’ and decorators’ markets. Read More +

Former Smithsonian Native American bird artifact may fly to $600K

Native American Indian artifact

“The Smithsonian Bird,” a prehistoric porphyry granite birdstone that is considered the finest discovered thus far could sell for as much as $600,000 in a June 23, 2012 auction hosted by Dan Ripley. Its name is derived from the fact that it was once part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Read More +