Knowing Your Business: New service safeguards heirlooms’ lore

Heirloom Registry Aluminum Plate
with Brass Finish

We keep baby books to record the highlights and special moments of children, we keep photo albums to preserve those events/people and times we don’t want to forget, and some keep journals to preserve the thoughts and memories we experience in our lives. Up and until now there hasn’t been anything like The Heirloom Registry to provide the same record-keeping for heirlooms; but brothers Mike and Dan Hiestand have changed all that. Read More +

Mystical and practical: Art and antiques playing vital role in Emerald Isle’s economy

This Paul Henry painting of Dugort Bay, Ireland, circa 1920, fetched $48,574 at Bonhams recent 20th Century British and Irish Art auction. (Photo courtesy Bonhams)

The growing appreciation and international interest in Irish antiques is not lost on many of those who call Ireland home — and who see multiple benefits of a healthy and globally connected antiques sector. As Ireland continues to fight its way back from a devastating recession that has plagued the country for the past three to four years, a strengthening export market for Ireland (with more than 50 percent of exporters reporting growth in 2012) holds promise. Read More +

Rare Pennsylvania parade hat may sell for $30,000 in antique advertising auction

A wealth of rare antique signs, figures and other promotional items will be offered April 20-21, 2012 at Morphy Auction. The 1,260-lot sale incorporates an array of signage, with the centerpiece being the revered Coca-Cola advertising collection of the late Michael Narvaez. Also featured is an exceptional parade hat for Diligent Fire Company, possibly of Jim Thorpe, Pa., 1860s, which could bring $20,000 to $30,000. Read More +