Collecting 200 years of vintage Pfaltzgraff

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Collectors are starting to tiptoe back into the pottery market as they celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pfaltzgraff, initially produced on a small potter’s wheel and kiln on a 21-acre homestead in York County, Pa., during the early 1800s.

Pfaltzgraff’s milestone bicentennial is also testimony to the power this respected brand has and its ability to change with the times, and repeatedly give consumers a useful and aesthetic product for any finicky dinner table. Read More +

Largest group of Anna Pottery ever offered at auction featured in vintage firearms sale

This September Rock Island Auction Company is featuring The Putnam Green Collection Part II: an outstanding collection of rare, historic, and high condition U.S. and German Military arms. The collection has more than 100 unique firearms, uniforms and holsters such as the finest known historical U.S. DWM Model 1902 American Eagle cartridge counter Luger pistol (shown here), expected to sell for $50,000 to $90,000.
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Unusual colored Louisville Glass Works antique bottles bring big bucks

The big bats in the flask collectors league were hot during a July 25, 2011 Internet and phone auction of nearly 400 early flasks, bottles and stoneware. Among the most sought-after items in the auction were three 1840-1850 flasks from the Louisville, Ky., glass works.  Lot 59, a marked "Louisville Glass Works" scroll flask in a brilliant olive-yellow color was the highlight of the sale. Estimated at $6,000 to 8,000, it hammering at $31,050.
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30 gallon double leaf stoneware crock brings $5,000 at Red Wing Collectors Society Convention

A 30 gallon salt glaze crock with two leaves brought the highest bid at this year’s Red Wing Collectors Society auction in July. Although unsigned, its perfect condition drove the bidding to $5,000. The 35th Annual RWCS Convention July 6-9, 2011 brought more than 1,500 visitors to the city of Red Wing to buy, sell and learn more about the lines of Red Wing stoneware, art pottery and dinnerware. Other items of interest in this year’s auction included a 2 gallon Ice Water cooler selling for $2,600 and a 12 gallon salt glaze leaf crock bringing $1,900.
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Massachusetts Civil War diaries among other Americana included in July 31, 2011 estate auction

It’s not every day that antique auctioneers can walk into an estate to find a home furnished almost entirely with antique pieces, spanning 200 years of American history. This was the case of a Southeastern (Seekonk), Massachusetts home. The family also had strong ties to Rhode Island and Western Massachusetts. The pieces in the home were not amassed through collections or auction purchases but instead evolved naturally over time, handed down through the family, and were the simple utilitarian pieces that a family lived with and used for generations. The entire household will be sold in a July 31, 2011 estate auction in Middleboro, Mass.
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