Enter the 4th annual Favorite Finds contest for a chance to win a $500 auction credit

Enter the Favorite Finds contest for a chance to win a $500 auction credit

Enter your favorite antiques collecting story in the 4th annual Antique Trader Favorite Finds contest for a chance to win a $500 auction credit from Heritage Auctions! This year’s runner-up entry will win a 10-volume reference library courtesy of Krause Publications. It’s free to enter and every participant receives a free copy of the Nov. 14, 2012, cover-dated magazine in which the stories are shared! Read More +

How to avoid Flow Blue china reproductions

Flow Blue bowl 19th century

Flow Blue is the name applied to china of cobalt blue and white, whose color, when fired in a kiln, produced a flowing or blurred effect. Known patterns of flow blue china were first produced around 1830 in England. The general rule has been “new” indicates recent or contemporary manufacture and “reproduction” is a copy of an older pattern. Problems arise when either are sold at “old” flow blue prices. This list of “new” flow blue, produced since the 1960s, will help you avoid reproductions. Read More +

‘Enigma’ ciphering machine brings $101,000 in vintage technology auction

German cipher way spy code machine

A legendary ‘Enigma’ ciphering machine from 1938, which influenced WWII dramatically, was the top lot at Auction Team Breker’s May 26 sale of vintage science, technology and toys.

So complex are the Enigma’s 22 billion possible combinations, an original prospectus claimed, that it would take one man working continuously day and night, and trying a different cipher-key every minute, 42,000 years to exhaust all the possibilities. However, it took a private buyer just a few minutes to bid the machine’s final sale price to $101,450, more than 10 times the published reserve. Read More +