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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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Memory Jugs

Memory jugs were made by placing small everyday objects such as keys, screws and nails, glass vials, shells, nuts, and jewelry on the surface of bottles or ceramic jugs using putty, cement, or other adhesive matrix. Test your knowledge of this unique American folk art with this list of Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Memory Jugs.
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Researchers documenting Shenandoah antique punched tin-paneled furniture

Common to most 19th-century Shenandoah Valley households, the ubiquitous pie or food safe is the focus of a multi-year research project launched in August 2010 as "The Virginia Safe Project." Researchers are requesting those who have pie/food safes, or other related 19th-century architectural or furniture forms displaying punched-tin panels (e.g. sideboards, slabs, cupboards, cabinets, interior doors), contact them to be included in this study. One goal is to produce a database of Virginia punched tin-paneled furniture to compare elements of design and construction throughout the Old Dominion.
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Alabama museum buys two rare Lehman political jars

Asheville, N.C.: Gail Andrews, director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, knew what she wanted and it didn’t take her long to get it. The two political jars she sought crossed the block during the first hour of Brunk Auctions sale on November 13. Both were Alabama treasures made by one of the state’s most celebrated potters: German-born John Lehman (1825-circa 1885). Read More +