Beton Indian Story: A collector’s tale of recovery and renewal

The once buried Beton Indian figure, circa 1948, with missing arm and stand, recovered from beneath an apartment building in Brooklyn. (Photo courtesy Robert Rentzer)

When I was 8 or 9 years old, my dad gave me a dime store package of the Beton Indian figures. Eventually they all met the same fate as the real Indians of the West (going to the Happy Hunting Grounds), with one exception: A one-armed Indian who was carefully laid to rest. Perhaps, sorry for his loss of a limb, I decided to put him to rest in a mausoleum of sorts. Some 55 years later, I had occasion to return to New York with my wife. Wanting to show her where I grew up, we paid a visit to my old apartment building and even dared knock on the door. Read More +

Things We Love: Raggedy Ann, Howard’s Restor-A-Finish, Trunk Encyclopedia

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Our staff loves old things, but these new products make our collections and investments all the more valuable: Raggedy Ann and Andy retro rag dolls, Howard’s Restor-A-Finish, The Encyclopedia of Antique Trunks. Tell us what you love, who makes it and where to get it, and you could win a copy of the Antique Trader 2013 Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide! Read More +