Antique Theft

Hampshire vase stolen in Brimfield

BRIMFIELD, Mass. – Subscriber Faye D. Richards reports someone stole her  blue Hampshire Pottery vase during the May 14 J&J Promotions show during the Brimfield spring antiques market. The vase was taken at approximately 1:30 p.m. while Richards assisted a customer. The vase is a signed piece by Emma Robertson, circa 1904–10, Keene, N.H....

Question of the Week: Is more federal regulation needed?

Antique Trader Question of the Week: Do you think increased Federal regulation is needed for the segment of the antiques market that deals in Native American artifacts? Send your replies to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or to Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique Trader, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ • Find us on Twitter...

Are antique shops really just pawn shops?

A troubling story out of Louisiana this morning got me thinking about a battle that took place across California a few years ago. The News Star reports the Monroe City, La., city council will introduce an ordinance next week requiring antique shop owners to register and report their inventory like pawn shops are required...

24 charged with Native American artifact looting

Exciting news … especially when we just went to print yesterday with a front-page feature on collecting Native American artifacts … Score one for the good guys! From the LA Times: 24 charged in crackdown on Native American artifact looting Reporting from Washington and Denver — Striking at a longtime practice in the Four...

Deployed troop’s antiques & collectibles stolen

Oh, man. I’m so mad. You would be too: Check out this article from the NBC Action News about a couple of “enterprising” fellows in Kansas who were involved in the “theft of antiques and household goods put in storage by military personnel who were deployed or transferred from Ft. Leavenworth.” From 1999-2003, an...

The “Antiques Rogueshow,” starring the Johnson family

It took a while, but this rogue family in the UK has finally started serving time. For stealing over millions in art and antiques over the last 20 years, the five members of the Johnson crime family will serve a total of almost 50 years. It doesn’t seem like much time to serve, does...

Do you know AuctionWally?

If not, you should. AuctionWally, a 25-year veteran in the auction and appraisal field, has an antiques appraisal blog that is just chock-full of information on antiques values and how to sell them. You can find him at http://www.antiquewally.com, where you can view 500 stories and appraisals for free. I found this recent article...

Amusement park owners not clowning around

Where can a life-sized clown named Louie wander off to? Or was he clown-napped? When you first read about it, you might think it’s some sort of spoof of CSI or some other detective show. But amusement park owners Stanley and Margaret Nelson are serious about getting their clown back. According to a news...

City re-examines rules for antiques dealers

We saw on a news site this morning that the city council in Reno, Nev., is looking to revamp its rules for antique dealers now that a second antique mall has closed, citing excessive and expensive regulations. Apparently some time ago, jewelry that was stolen from a legislator’s home showed up at an antique...