Antiques & Americana

Bound book of ledger drawings by Kiowa master artist Etahdleuh Doanmoe

Kiowa drawings of captivity bring $396,500

DALLAS – A Kiowa warrior’s book of drawings documenting his captivity by the U.S. Army in 1875 sold for $396,500 in Heritage Auctions’ June 26 Ethnographic Art Auction, pushing the sale to more than $1 million. The bound book of 33 images is a stunning discovery of the earliest recorded drawings...

The technical qualities of outmoded photographic processes are sometimes very beautiful. Courtesy Joel Rotenberg Collection.

Vernacular photography celebrates everyday life

By Greg Bates The Peter Cohen Collection Peter Cohen used to frequent flea markets quite a bit in the late 1980s. The Greenwich Village, N.Y., resident had a broad range of interests. While checking out items, Cohen was stuck behind a woman who was making up her mind about a piece...

Jerome B. Secor ‘Freedman’s’ mechanical bank, circa 1880, American, one of fewer than 10 known examples, $132,000

Freedman’s Bank stashes away $130K during toy auction

VINELAND, N.J. – Family-owned Bertoia Auctions produced another big winner on April 27-28 as its 2018 Spring Signature Sale rang the register at $1.9 million. More than 1,000 lots of high-quality toys, banks, trains and Christmas antiques attracted an energetic crowd to Bertoia’s gallery. Hundreds of other bidders battled for favorites...

A pair of needlepoint pillows with bird designs, rope trim, dark tan cotton backing and a wool, needlepoint front with two different birds perched on branches. Includes two pillow inserts. $1,050.

Unwanted items may end with surprising sales results

With warmer temps comes the urge for summertime cleaning. As we go through our houses and apartments tidying up or perhaps making room for new old treasures, inevitably, we uncover and rediscover things stashed away.  We tend to hold on to things thinking we will need them in the future, or...

The Authentication Company marks and identifies petroliana, automobilia and antique advertising items to ensure their originality and authenticity.

Experts team up for petroliana authenticating effort

NOKOMIS, Ill. – A new company has been formed to mark and identify petroliana, automobilia and antique advertising items as a means for ensuring their originality and authenticity. It’s The Authentication Company, LLC and it specializes in marking original period-correct items, to include signs, globes, cans, metal thermometers, displays and various...

Mid-19th century gold in quartz aesthetic native gold specimen from northern Sierra Nevada in California, featuring a leaf gold in quartz matrix with pyrite crystals (est. $3,600-$5,400).

Americana auction offers more than 2,000 lots

Holabird Western Americana’s 3-day Americana auction, Aug. 24-26 RENO, Nev. – Holabird Western Americana Collections’ upcoming Americana auction, planned for Aug. 24-26, marks the start of a summer-fall-winter season brimming with a number of major collections. The August event will be held online and in Holabird’s gallery at 3555 Airway Drive...