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Antique Trader Favorite Finds

Deadline looming for 2018 Favorite Finds Contest

IOLA, Wis. — Antique Trader, the national antiques publication delivering news, commentary and advertising for the antiques market, is currently accepting entries for its 2018 Favorite Finds Contest. Entries eligible for inclusion in the 2018 contest will be accepted through midnight September 30, 2018. Contest sponsors include Heritage Auctions, Ruby Lane,...

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...

milk glass collectors convention

Milk glass collectors meeting in September

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The National Milk Glass Collectors Society [www.nmgcs.org] will hold its annual convention this year Sept. 14-15 in the Cleveland, Ohio area at the Cleveland Marriott East. The hotel is located at 26300 Harvard Road in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Room reservations may be made by calling 216-378-9191. Registration information...

wave crest vase

Wave Crest collection selling without reserve

DOUGLASS, Kans. – The lifetime collection of Don and the late Carrol Lyle – dedicated collectors of Wave Crest, Nakara, Kelva and American Brilliant Cut Glass whose items have been featured in books, trade publications and museum exhibits – will be sold without reserve in a two-day auction slated for Sept....

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...

Scarce Toppie the Elephant lunch box.

Collectibles Wanted: Collectors looking to buy

Collectibles Wanted: Toppie the Elephant lunchbox My name is Allen Woodall, curator of The Lunchbox Museum here in Columbus, Georgia. I’ve been looking for a 1957 Toppie Lunchbox for quite some time for the museum. I’ve acquired the matching thermos. It’s predominantly yellow and red and it features Toppie the elephant....

My Little Dolls co-founder Jennifer Moyer, left, lives in Pasadena, Maryland, while her mother, co-founder Cheryl Hoiler, lives in Virginia. Photo courtesy My Little Dolls

Dolly spa freshens old, tired dolls

Sara Jordan-Heintz Just like people, dolls need a little R&R sometimes. Mother/daughter team Cheryl Hoiler and Jennifer Moyer own and operate My Little Dolls, a company established in 1997 that sells and repairs antique and vintage dolls. Hoiler is based out of Onancock, Virginia, formerly in Gaithersburg, Maryland, while Moyer works...

After: A charming Shirley Temple complete with a replaced vintage Shirley Temple wig, curled, strung, and her original outfit cleaned. Photo courtesy Jill Alvord, Jack and Jill Doll Hospital

Doll Repair: Expert tips and insider knowledge

Experts give insights, tips on antique and vintage doll repair By Sara Jordan-Heintz  Stuffy attics, musty basements, wear and tear through years of hugs, dragging down steps and improper handling — the effects of Mother Nature’s touch and Father Time’s hourglass on precious antique dolls. When it comes to restoring luster...

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...