Antique Mystery Item

Antique whaling scrimshaw over at Antique Auction Forum

Martin Willis of Antique Auction Forum posted a valuable and fascinating article of his first-hand account of dealing in antique whaling scrimshaw. His blog is an excellent counterpart to his always expanding trove of 30-40 minute audio podcast interviews with the top names in antiques and collectibles. Martin writes: “For several years I assisted...

$25,000 reward for help recovering stolen Giaquinto antique fine art

Robert Wittman Inc. has asked Antique Trader for its help in recovering “Spring” and “Summer,” important oils by Corrado Giaquinto, which were stolen June 1, 1960 from a private home in Washington. A reward of up to $25,000 has been offered for information resulting in the recovery of these stolen works. Shown at left...

Which celebs’ sigs are faked? Top 10 list of most dangerous vintage celebrity autographs

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Buyers beware: many alleged Babe Ruth autographs are bogus, many purported Elvis Presley signatures should be marked “return to sender.”   Over half of the signatures of some famous sports, historical and entertainment figures submitted in 2010 to PSA/DNA Authentication Services of Santa Ana, Calif. were judged to be fakes.  Babe...

Mystery Item Identified: Weird old cistern handle

This Mystery Item appeared in the Sept. 15 edition of Antique Trader magazine. It was purchased in a box lot of stove parts. Here’s one idea as to what it might be. Send your mystery item to Antique Trader staff for an upcoming issue. – Editor My dad, Wes Brede, asked me to send...