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 These folk art floor coverings, which were originally made to cover dirt floors, were fashioned out of ingenuity and frugality and are now highly valued in collectors’ and decorators’ markets.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 +

Mexican-American War memorabilia may end up in private hands

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Nicholas Philip Trist’s lap desk and quill used to write and sign the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War, will be sold Sept. 7, 2012. Second in size and importance only to the Louisiana Purchase, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo led to the purchase by the United States, at a cost of $15 million, all or part of 10 states: Texas, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming. Read More +

San Antonio historian restores antique Pearl Beer delivery wagon

Pearl Beer wagon San Antoino Texas

San Antonio historian Bob Dale restored an antique Pearl Beer keg delivery wagon and calls it the only wagon from Texas beer brewing heritage. This small beer wagon dropped kegs at the Menger Hotel of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough-Rider fame, the wild and woolly Ironfront, the legendary Buckhorn (still operating on Houston Street), and Billy Keilman’s infamous “Beauty Saloon” in the rip-roarin’ red-light district of old San Antonio. Read More +

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 +

Auction in Santa Fe features Kit Carson’s flintlock pistol Aug. 11-12, 2012

Kit Carson pistol

Rare items from The Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum and the Ralph Meyers Museum of Taos, N.M., are for sale during Auction in Santa Fe Aug. 11-12, 2012. Manitou Galleries is managing sale and its fine art offerings of nearly 300 paintings from past and contemporary masters such as Russell Case, Tim Cox, Conrad Buff, Maynard Dixon, Paxson, Parsons, Payne and many California artists. Read More +