Antique Mystery Item

Carolin Ashleigh Blog: Rare Honus Wagner Card Found in Safe Deposit Box

Sister Virginia Muller had never heard of shortstop Honus Wagner. But she quickly learned the baseball great is a revered figure among collectors, and the most sought-after baseball card in history. And thanks to an unexpected donation, one of the century-old cards belongs to Muller and her order, the Baltimore-based School Sisters of Notre...

Caroline Ashleigh Blog – To Have and To Hold

Kicking off the Every Object Tells a Story© Antique Trader Magazine challenge, is the story of a long forgotten old steamer trunk, purchased during an estate sale, which had been gathering dust for years in a remote corner of a basement. The trunk, a vintage Vuitton, with the signature Louis Vuitton monogram dotting the canvas,...

$48 million forgery claim rocking contemporary art world

Fine and contemporary art collectors are just now discovering that a years-long  scam passed forgeries of important 20th-century paintings through major antiques auction houses such as Christie’s in London. The Observer broke the news yesterday and claims the forgeries are so exact many collectors are seeking extra reassurances their investments are authentic. The Observer...

Antiques News from around the Web. Mon. Oct. 18, 2010

These stories caught my eye this morning: Antique vehicles destroyed in Middleboro garage fire In a flash a man’s antique car collection went up in smoke yesterday afternoon and investigators have not determined what caused the fire. … an antique Ford pickup truck and a Hudson were destroyed, as was another antique car outside...

What might this mystery antique item be?

We here at Antique Trader have another mystery on our hands. Have a look at the image and the letter below: Hi! I hope someone out there can help identify this item! It was in a box of miscellaneous stove parts I purchased at auction. This item is approximately 15 inches long, almost 4...

Art Loss Register recovers Dieppe carved ivory box

Relying on its one-of-a-kind, international database of over 300,000 lost and stolen items, the Art Loss Register has recovered an ivory box stolen from a private residence in , while the theft victim sat rooms away. The theft of the delicately crafted box, executed by famed French draftsman Charles-Etienne Thomas (1787-1857), occurred in December...

Another mystery machine

One Antique Trader reader writes: I found this item in Delaware in a thrift shop. The handle acts like a lever/press of sorts. The roller moves back and forth across the black surface. What is it? Thank you, — M.L., Washingtonville, N.Y. My first guess would be that this was used to hold pretty...

Postcard reaches sender’s grandson after 95 years

A fascinating postcard story is making news worldwide this week. Consider this a different twist on the often-reported “the-post-office-finally-delivers” type story. The AP reports a postcard sent home by a Bosnian soldier in World War I finally reached his family after 95 years, thanks to an American collector, who bought it for $50 at...