A new reality TV series debuting Oct. 9 on The Learning Channel is set to expose the auction business in a way few outsiders have seen: pulse-pounding bidding, challenging appraisals and strange consignors. To Deb Weidenhamer, the new star of the show, it’s just another day at the office.
Q Would you be able to tell me the approximate value of the print in the photo attached? Thank you for your time. — L.P., via email
Q Enclosed are pictures of, I think, a pewter match holder I bought at a yard sale last Saturday for $10. It wasn’t until I got it home that I noticed the date of 1814 and the initials K & B above the date.
The long-awaited second edition to the popular 2006 Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles 30s 40s 50s was a long time coming, even though the original sold out in record time.
Q This appears to be some metal workers rendition of The Trotting Mare Goldsmith Maid. My wife bought this at auction in 1991. There are no makers’ marks. It appears to be made of copper. We saw the print in your July issue of Antique Trader.
I inherited my grandmother’s table lamp from when she was wed in 1902. It has a glass back painted shade and a pewter colored base, all original. Could you please look at the pictures and give me an idea of who manufactured it and its worth?
Rob Burley decided five years ago to launch an auction firm and hasn’t looked back since. He hasn’t regretted his decision, even as the economy closed in on discretionary spending and put several auction houses at risk.
Q Here is a Max Schmeling cartoon by Jim Berryman. The size of the cartoon is about 18 inches across by 14 inches deep. It was given to my brother who was a student of Berryman, who was a cartoonist for the Washington Evening Star newspaper in Washington, D.C.
I got this Dragon moriage pottery in South Ga. many years ago and won’t part with it until I find out what it is.