How I Started Collecting: Reader’s reflect on their first experiences with collecting

From broken soup tureens to granddad’s Indian arrowhead hunting trips, Antique Trader subscribers share their most valued memories of their first experiences in collecting. These funny, poignant letters reflect Antique Trader’s ongoing effort to foster a new generation’s appreciation for the hunt for precious objects. All letters are eligible to win a copy of the out of print book "Secrets to Affordable Collecting" by Frank Farmer Loomis IV.
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Rare decorated schrank among lots of highly anticipated Ohio Americana, May 20-21, 2011

Among the hotly anticipated Ohio items to sell in a May 20-21, 2011 Americana auction is a decorated wardrobe (or schrank), which comes from Bluffton, Allen and Hancock Counties, Ohio and dates to circa 1860. The one-piece, estimated at $2,500-5,000, has a lift-off cornice, a raised-panel door set on pintel hinges, and its original faux mahogany graining, green trim, and star decoration on the door.
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Ohio bidders drive price for monumental Cochiti effigy figure to $17,625

Ceramics buyers invested heavily in a variety of vessels at a March 11-12 Ohio auction. With more than 800 lots offered in two sessions, the top lot of the sale was a $17,625 Cochiti effigy figure dating to the late 19th – early 20th century. The figure came from the collection of Charles Shanafelt, who purchased most of the items between 1900 and 1915.  Placed in the "relic room" of an Ohio county courthouse, the collection remained there until later in the 20th century when transferred to an Ohio historical institution which sold it to use the proceeds to further its core mission.
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