Author Archives: Antiques Staff

From Sweet 16 to 40+ – Die-Cast Dreams Are Forever

The paint jobs are radical and righteous, the designs are straight from the playbook of the cruisers of the time, and the wheels – oh those wheels. Hot Wheels™ are much more than toy cars; they are pocket-sized automotive art, designed for beauty and built for great speed, especially on that classic orange track....

Half Price On All Train Books

You can see interest in it in the number of lots at auctions and events, like the most recent New England Toy Train Exchange where there were nearly 800 lots. The group included a seldom seen Lionel 1 trolley and trailer together, among many others. With many more auctions slated for Sept. – December...

What’s Old Is Always New Again

Be it antique brooches, vintage rings, or costume jewelry necklaces and watches, there's a multitude of it up for sale, set for auction, and the features at shows and auctions as summer winds down. Among auction houses, sales of famed designs by the likes of Cartier and Buccellati, and late Victorian and Edwardian pieces...

Reliving a Groovy Time

To some it seems completely surreal that items from Woodstock would be some of the most intriguing and appreciated collectibles of today’s pop culture collecting market. However, as someone once said, "everything once new becomes something collectible to someone." The beauty of Woodstock collectibles is the wide variety of bands and musicians who played,...

Trek Takes Philly

To boldly go...that familiar Star Trek phase has been very fitting this summer as Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute has welcomed thousands of visitors to see and experience Star Trek: The Exhibition. It even served as the site for one lucky couple who were chosen by the public to be married on the bridge of the...

Humble beginnings lead to historic popularity

Even before it became the darling of the Depression-era, Depression glass was being made by several U.S. manufacturers including Federal, Hazel Atlas and U.S. Glass as early as the late 1890s. With more than 120 years of production history, Depression glass bears a long and respected history, an ultra active present, and a promising...

Mindful of Military Arms

Be it Civil War or Operation Desert Storm, the interest in military firearms grows with each passing year. Whether its handguns from Belgium, rifles used in Poland, machine guns from Japan, bayonets used in the U.S., or any other arms from a host of different countries, the interest in these intricate and innovative weapons...

Who needs gold when you have silver?

New generations breed new traditions based on past traditions. It's everywhere you look, and silver is no exception. The most common collections of sterling silver flatware today are by and large not what they were a generation ago. Not in style or taste, and not in price. However, sterling silver flatware continues to find...