Antique Scams

Beware fake antique whiskey in Scotland… and online!

This doesn’t say anything about whether the whiskey’s any good, but the bottles most certainly aren’t. This comes via a Chicago Web site called The Chicago Syndicate. It’s a fun Web site, but the story is real, and serious. There are a lot of folks out there that take their antique whiskey bottles –...

An unfortunate career choice – Mummy smuggler

How, exactly, does one decide that this is the course they are going to take in life? Me, I became an editor and journalist because I had spend years laboring – unhappily – to be a playwright in NYC. I had some small success, but was miserable. I then became an advertising creative, which...

ART POTTERY THEFT IN OHIO – Be on the lookout

APPROXIMATELY 175 PIECES OF AMERICAN ART POTTERY STOLEN HILLARD, OH – Between 3:15 P.M. on Monday, February 25, 2008, and 8:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 26, 2008, approximately 175 pieces of American Art Pottery were stolen from Belhorn Auction Services, LLC in the Columbus suburb of Hilliard, Ohio.  Also stolen was a cargo trailer...

Things aren’t going to get any easier for Russ Pritchard

Disgraced former Antiques Roadshow appraiser Russ Pritchard entered a guilty plea in a Bucks County, PA court yesterday, and is now on the hook for $6,800 to a woman he bilked when he sold her heirlooms and never paid up. The sad thing – besides Pritchard’s agonizing fall from grace – is that the...

Carnival glass stolen from Stillwater, MN Mall

Large glass theft from an antique mall in Stillwater, MN. I hope they catch the person who did this. If you’re in the MN region, meaning the upper Midwest, beware someone peddling several thousand dollars worth of Carnival glass. Stories like this, and there are plenty, do indeed make me wonder how often this...

$3M record collection buyer a fraud – eBay bumming again

That record collection – easily the best record collection in one single place – was being sold by Paul Mahwinney out of Record Rama in Pittsburgh, PA (is there ay other?), which sold for $3M to an a buyer in Ireland on eBay last week? Fraud. I can’t imagine that eBay, who has suffered...

Buying stolen antiques online – a cautionary tale

Bad things do happen, even to antiques people and even in the South.   This is a story from a Nashville TV station – Newschannel 5 – about a guy whose rental was broken into, in Nashville, and who had $3,000 worth of antiques stolen from his house. A few months later he finds...

Save the suburban ranch house!

Growing up in the Dallas suburbs, the ranch house was ubiquitous. It’s what the word “suburb” means to me. I see a ranch house and I see yellowed summer days, neat little lawns, abutting fences and paved driveways with little pieces of broken glass just waiting to lodge in the unsuspecting foot of a...