Author Archives: Mel Tharp

Batter up! Hillerich made sluggers for sluggers

Few baseball fans would argue but that there is a certain fresh smell about a new baseball– sort of a clean, earthy smell. But without that piece of lumber called a bat, the ball would be no more to the game than a meaningless sphere orbiting through the air as it...

Hats of yesteryear

While hats may not have the fashion status they once did, some of the classic examples from the past still enjoy some popularity today.

Pass the ke-tsiap

Over the centuries, humankind has developed the prosperity to tease, torment, titillate and please its taste buds with all manner of edibles.

Portrait of Nag’s Head

In the summer of 1869, Dr. William G. Pool of Elizabeth City, N.C., took his family to the seashore for a few weeks. The place he chose was a small resort called Nag’s Head. It lay on one of the long sand banks separating the ocean from the coast of North...

Mel’s Musings: Strings attached

If, while browsing in a flea market, antique shop or junk store, you may happen upon a small figural item with a hollow back and a tiny hole somewhere in the front. It might have the face of a human or animal.

Mel’s Musings: Antique fakery

Every collector should be constantly alert for fakery and reproductions within his category of collecting. However, many collectors mistakenly assume that an object is reproduced, faked or copied only after it has become classified as an antique or collectible.