Antique Trader 2013 Article Index

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January 9, 2013; 56 pages

Valuable insights for online jewelry sellers by Kathy Flood
Readers’ Letters; Bottle Treasures Uncorked: “What’s my bottle worth?” by Michael Polak; Behind the Gavel: Dealers: Don’t give up on email marketing by Wayne Jordan; Knowing Your Business: Tophatter by Antoinette Rahn; 2013 Antiques & Collectibles Trade Directory; LiveAuctioneers adds advanced analytics to online bidder registration process; Dead Sea Scrolls available for online viewing; Beton Indian Story by Robert Rentzer.

January 23, 2013; 56 pages
Fun & Games with Coca-Cola by Allan Petretti
Picker’s List; Ask Antique Trader: Fan back chair based on 19th century design by Fred Taylor; Behind the Gavel: Business Dos and Don’ts for 2013 by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Water damage by Fred Taylor; Knowing Your Business: The Heirloom Registry by Antoinette Rahn; Stolen Matisse painting recovered in UK; iGavel founder Lark Mason makes 2013 collecting trend predictions; PEZ dispensers by Rebekka Schlichting; Industry mourns passing of Earlean S. Bowen, ‘The Antiques Lady,’ 95; Furniture results show signs of market rebound; Daguerreotype of lensman earns $17,550; Landesio’s ‘Sunlit Corridor’ earns $24K; ‘Roadshow’ announces 2013 schedule; M.L. King sculpture fetches $14,760; SOLD! L.C. Tiffany collection; Thief swipes parts from 1939 Maxim fire truck; Museum returning likely looted jug to Italy; Evans appoints Fenichell VP; Vatican City now accepting cash only; Orbe joins Morphy; Corning Museum of Glass acquires antiquities; V&M merges with Deconet to form Global Design firm.

February 6, 2013; 56 pages
Exquisite Exports: Chinese export silver by Melody Amsel-Arielli
Readers’ Letters; Furniture Detective: Furniture lexicon clouded by misnomers by Fred Taylor; Behind the Gavel: Automating the hunt for inventory by Wayne Jordan; Special Report: 2012 in Review – Auction results indicating signs of recovery by Antoinette Rahn; Goldin presents check for Red Cross Disaster relief; PSA/DNA reports 10 Most Dangerous Autographs for 2012; Antiquarian Society show offers antiques in friendly, welcoming venue by Karen Knapstein.

February 20, 2013; 56 pages
Glorious Gouda Pottery by Antoinette Rahn
Readers’ Letters; Furniture Detective: Brass hardware aids in deciding furniture age by Fred Taylor; Behind the Gavel: Hanging out your shingle on the Web swells bidder pools with active buyers by Wayne Jordan; Art Markets: Alexander Calder contrives art in motion by Mary Manion; Rare Lincoln biopic resurfaces after 88 years; Ohio firm offers free appraisal clinics; Poll data shows growing number of younger buyers; Two sentenced in Fla. in stolen Matisse case; Spanish police seize plundered vase; Metcalf painting reported stolen; Retired Detroit postal worker earns $97,400 from comic book sales; Hippodrome clockwork toy carts off $69K; Stieglitz 1892 photogravure ‘The Terminal’ strides to $82,600; 18-karat dragon bangle scares up $5,700; 10 Things You Didn’t Know: Advertising Cookie Jars.

March 6, 2013; 56 pages
Collector plates serving up collector appeal by Chriss Swaney
Readers’ Letters; Picker’s List; Behind the Gavel: Finding a cost/services balance that pays off by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Write the ad right: Sell the piece by Fred Taylor; Trial starts in antique dealer death; Fleisher directs 47th edition of “Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles;” Corning Museum appoints Dr. Audrey Whitty as curator of European Glass; Stella beats Sandy at NYC Pier Show by Tom O’Hara.

March 20, 2013; 56 pages
Paging through history (Book Collecting) by Karen Knapstein
Readers’ Letters; Ask the Experts: Crack shatters most of vase’s value by Dr. G. Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Clearing inventory with unique solutions by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Eclectic Aesthetic style bridges Victorian and Arts & Crafts by Fred Taylor; The Buck Stops Here: Finding employees with integrity and passion is a challenge; Speaking of Dolls: Recognizing the beauty of a good name by Sherry Minton; Exclusive Interview: Fleisher ushering ‘Warman’s’ into the modern era; Oldsmobile ‘Rocket’ sign blasts off to $6,050; Picasso greeting sets autographed postcard record; Guilty verdict in slaying of Mich. Antiques dealer; WICA members publish new ironstone guide; Benedict Arnold mural finds new home in NY Military Museum; 10 Things You Didn’t Know: Vintage Telephones by Antoinette Rahn.

April 3, 2013; 64 pages
Countdown to Brimfield by Antoinette Rahn & Karen Knapstein
Picker’s List; Ask the Experts: Finding US Zone jewelry is easier online by Dr. A. Cavo; Behind the Gavel: Connecting with Millennials on their level brings a new ‘buzz’ to your business by Wayne Jordan; Lessons from a Lampmaster: Exploring the emergence of leaded glass lamps by Joseph Porcelli; Furniture Detective: Revivalist furniture styles reflect progressive spirit of 19th century by Fred Taylor; Boxes – Storing in style by Donald-Brian Johnson; Music City antique events by Tom O’Hara; Japanese prints and ivories; Museum launches Canadian artists exhibit.

April 17, 2013; 64 pages
Bottle Picking in Paradise by Michael Polak
Picker’s List; Ask the Experts: Kabuki parachute could pull out $350 by Dr. G. Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Relative Pricing: Market dictates worth by Wayne Jordan; Art Markets: Drama unfolds in Martin Lewis etchings by Mary Manion; Knowing Your Business: Siemers Rafter Room by Antoinette Rahn; Clars Auctions expands to Pacific NW; Mattel’s Ge-tars by Steve Evans; ‘Common’ bitters bottle caps off sale at $46K; Online bottle auction knocks back $156,720; Online auction house raises $20.2M for global expansion; New world record set for Schleeter; 19th century inlaid cabinet tops $39K; ‘King Kong’ poster climbs to $18K; US Antique Shows acquires Miami National show; New discoveries revealed at Stretch Glass convention; Hansen joins Kaminski as West Coast rep; Painting identified as Rembrandt self-portrait; Rescued from tag sale fate, Victorian silver centerpiece earns $32,500.

May 1, 2013; 56 pages
National Postcard Week by Barbara Andrews
Readers’ Letters; Picker’s List; Ask the Experts: Ross ‘Sacred Heart’ could draw up $1,200 by Dr. A. Cavo; Behind the Gavel: Proper product pricing has nothing to do with ‘fair value’ by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Managing organic threats to furniture by Fred Taylor; This grandpa shows no sign of winding down after turning vinyl for 60 years by Antoinette Rahn; As protesters jeer, Hopi masks sell in Paris; Man guilty in rhino smuggling case; Auction house launches online-only art sales; Ex-museum official indicted; Smithsonian beginning rolling gallery closures; Occupied Japan group announces new leadership; Book Review: Japanned ware volume long overdue by R.M. Healey; 10 Things You Didn’t Know: Vintage Postcards by Antoinette Rahn.

May 15, 2013; 56 pages
Lovely Lornita Painted Milk Glass by James Measell
Readers’ Letters; Picker’s List; Ask the Experts: Hellen Keller painting; bronze plaque by Dr. G. Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: The online tax debate by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Tempering furniture advice with gut instinct by Fred Taylor; New discoveries revealed at Red Wing society’s MidWinter GetTogether; Smithsonian limits closures; Herman Miller chairs seat $1,845; Brilliant cut glass pitcher earns $75K; Strand of pearls by Tiffany fetches $143,750; Rock crystal vase: $12,000; Jewelry Camp changes venues; Asia Week tallies up $175M; 10 Things You Didn’t Know: Gone With the Wind by Antoinette Rahn.

May 29, 2013; 56 pages
Late Qing Dynasty antiques by Melody Amsel-Arieli
Readers’ Letters; Ask the Experts: Rosary case by Dr. A. Cavo; Behind the Gavel: There are some things only a balance sheet can tell you by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Unraveling the mysteries of wicker furniture by Fred Taylor; The glass and ceramics of Georges Briard by Donald-Brian Johnson; Comparing good Lalique to great Lalique; Opening time change pays off at Scott Antique Markets by Tom O’Hara; ‘Dwarf’ clock chimes up $41,000; Rococo parlor suite tops $24K; Corset display box squeezes out $17K; Fountain sculpture could earn $40K; ‘Roadshow’ appraiser spots million-dollar painting; 80-year-old buckskin returns to tribal museum; 10 Things You Didn’t Know: Gothic Literature by Antoinette Rahn.

June 12, 2013; 56 pages
80th Anniversary of the Drive-In by Jamie Brotherton
Picker’s List; Ask the Experts: Evaluation of a vintage teddy bear by Dr. G. Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Adding profit centers levels out the ups and downs by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Fine furniture made in the Windy City by Fred Taylor; Online auctioneer teams up with world’s largest fine timepiece marketplace; Apple 1 computer tops $600K; Mark Bellomo discusses the toy market; Vintage movie posters as an investment by Noah Fleisher; Top Lot: Chinese Starry Mountain carves out $65,520; ‘Detective Comics’ climbs to $567K; Modern art captivates at Cowan’s; Lapidary shines at Bonhams; ‘Action Comics’ No. 1 found, used as ceiling insulation; New Orleans Antiques Forum exploring exoticism.

June 26, 2013; 56 pages
Clamoring for Kitchenwares by Chriss Swaney
Readers’ Letters; Picker’s List; Ask the Experts: Curbside glass piece may be worth $175 by Dr. A. Cavo; Furniture Detective: Chair identification, table restoration by Fred Taylor; Behind the Gavel: Forecasting shop scenarios using Excel tools by Wayne Jordan; Art Markets: Exploring the Dark Arts by Mary Manion; Convention capped off with $340,000 perfume bottle auction; Yard Sale Expo on hiatus; PSA authenticator featured on ‘Pawn Stars;’ Firearms auction tallies $12.5M; ‘Swamp Dogs #2’ fetches $11,992; Calder painting earns $114K; 1950s floor lamp lights up $15,930; Captain Kangaroo bear costume dances to $207,019; Antique Trader launches digital subscription.

July 10, 2013; 64 pages
Colonial India antiques & art by Melody Amsel-Arieli
2013 Favorite Finds Launches; Ask the Experts: Prized painting may be worth $4,000 by Dr. G. Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Collection inventory answers by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Finding the ‘ground truth’ by Fred Taylor; The Buck Stops Here: Finding new friends, and keeping the old by Melanie C. Thomas; Gene Autry guitars by Steve Evans; Amish quilts earning respect as art; Indy Ad Show attendance up 33 percent over last year; ‘Casablanca’ six-sheet poster earns $107,550; WWII ship recognition models sail to $31,250; HOF ring polishes off $88K; Stolen Civil War sword returned; Bottled message delivered 100 years later; 2013 Favorite Finds Contest Rules; Picasso seized by U.S. authorities; 10 Things You Didn’t Know: Rocks, Gems & Minerals by Antoinette Rahn

July 24, 2013; 56 pages
The Art of Science – Botanical Prints by Melody Amsel-Arieli
Readers’ Letters; Picker’s List; Ask the Experts: Folk art pig may be worth up to $800 by Dr. A. Cavo; Behind the Gavel: Capturing potential buyers’ interest in the blink of an eye by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Furniture identification resource recommendations by Fred Taylor; Bottle Treasures Uncorked: Buried treasures unearthed in Tonopah by Michael Polak; Hot Wheels changing lives by Karen Knapstein; Puss N Boots Fortune-Teller rakes in $21K; Nakashima table polishes off $10,000; Judge called on to settle artifact case; Blind prodigy’s flute plays to the tune of $14K; Col. Sanders suit earns $21K.

August 7, 2013; 56 pages
Fanciful Function – Upcycling by Antoinette Rahn
Readers’ Letters; Ask the Experts: WWI U-Boat plaque carries $500 value by Dr. G. Marchelos; Lessons from the Lampmaster: Determining quality stained glass by Joseph Porcelli; Behind the Gavel: The power of nostalgia by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: If it’s not ‘Empire,’ what is it? by Fred Taylor; Stained glass repair in S.D. Capitol building; Cameron Clay Products by Rex Butler; Marklin battleship steams to $64K; Firearms event posts $4.1M in sales; Shadowbox rescued from trash could be worth $150,000; Homer Laughlin settles suit; Sand art bottle caps off $22K.

August 21, 2013; 56 pages
Greentown Pressed Glass by James Measell
Readers’ Letters; Ask the Experts by Dr. Anthony J. Cavo; Behind the Gavel: Has eBay lost its auction edge? by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Furniture questions answered by Fred Taylor; ’Tiquing on a Tankful: Galena, Ill., by Karen Knapstein; Georgia antiques dealer named VIP Woman of the Year; UK government blocking Kelly Clarkson from removing Jane Austen ring; Sioux horse parade mask carries off $27,000; Russian icon inspires bidders to $19K.

September 4, 2013; 56 pages
Breathtaking Bronze by Donald-Brian Johnson
Readers’ Letters; Picker’s List; Ask The Experts by Dr. G. Marchelos; Furniture Detective: Removing smoke odor from wood furniture by Fred Taylor; Behind the Gavel: Making the best of online business reviews by Wayne Jordan; Art Markets: Patti Smith earning acclaim as visual artist by Mary Manion; Collectibles Extravaganza founder Walt Johnson passes; St. Drake Bitters bottle in rare color caps off $37,950; Half-tester youth-size bed tucks away $29,000; County says it won’t collect tax if Detroit Art Institute art is sold; 10 Things You Didn’t Know: Wildfowl Decoys by Antoinette Rahn.

September 18, 2013; 56 pages
Antiquities Preservation by Melody Amsel-Arieli
Readers’ Letters; Ask the Experts: Chinese vases may be Qing Dynasty treasures by Dr. A. Cavo; Behind the Gavel: Shop practices may keep customers from returning by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Social practices give rise to new furniture by Fred Taylor; Sheri Mason joins Kaminski; Morphy brings in Yeager as toy expert; Quilt ‘Cover Up’ in Virginia; Iconic guide to antiques and collectibles reaches milestone 30th; Duo of Julia sales records impressive results.

October 2, 2013; 64 pages
Tuning in to Transistor Radios by Michael Jack
Readers’ Letters; Picker’s List; Ask the Experts: Cast iron garden décor may be worth $350 by Dr. G. Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Rubbish Theory: Valuing our objects by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Heed the provenance, but listen to the antique by Fred Taylor; Knowing Your Business: Mendenhall School of Auctioneering by Antoinette Rahn; Special Feature: Stained glass by Debra Tobin; 8-gallon crock earns $4,200 at Red Wing Collectors Society convention auction; California’s ‘secondhand bill’ passes; Prussian silver lidded punch bowl polishes off $7,995; Sold: Cast iron mechanical and still banks; VCA opening ‘buy-it-now’ store; Beet-form sugar shaker impresses bidders to $3,335.

October 16, 2013; 56 pages
Finding English pattern glass in the U.S. by James Measell
Readers’ Letters; Ask the Experts: Estate sale lamp is valued at $700 by Dr. Anthony J. Cavo; Behind the Gavel: Follow the supply-demand price triangle by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Watching out for fake finishes by Fred Taylor; Art Markets: German immigrant Max Schroeder by Mary Manion; Zooming in on telescopes; Barn-found Mary Pickford film restored; Bidders drive 1541 English Bible to $9,500; ‘American Pickers’ filming in Va.; Former Gettysburg curator joins firm as firearms/militaria consultant; Bidders ‘go ballistic’ over Exploding Trench toy.

October 30, 2013; 56 pages
Haunted tools by Christopher Balzano and Tim Weisberg
Readers’ Letters; Picker’s List; Ask the Experts: Painting may be worth ‘thousands’ by Dr. G. Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Addressing the uncertainty of online trading by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: How to free a stuck tambour by Fred Taylor; Buck Stops Here: Importance of Gettysburg’s history is lost on many by Melanie C. Thomas; SOLD! Designer jewelry; Beaded Kiowa cradleboard settles at $103,500; 1933 Roadster speeds to $700K; Krause releases Martin Codina’s ‘Liquidating an Estate’; Historical society marks Armory Show’s 100th anniversary with special exhibit.

November 13, 2013; 72 pages
5th Annual Favorite Finds Contest. And the winner is ...
November 27, 2013; 56 pages
Australian gems & minerals by Melody Amsel-Arieli
Readers’ Letters; Picker’s List; Ask the Experts: Interesting side chair could be valued at $500 by Dr. A. Cavo; Behind the Gavel: Are buyer’s premiums really necessary? by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Companies survived the Depression with novelty furniture by Fred Taylor; Bottle Treasures Uncorked: Figural bottles by Michael Polak; Top Lot: Frankenstein lobby card; Bids end at $3,600 for Bicentennial Colt revolver set; New Ohio museum draws comic book fans; Man pleads guilty in U.S. rhino horns case; 60-inch Chinese pearl necklace strings up $11,000.

December 11, 2013; 56 pages
Clamoring for Coin-Ops by Pamela Y. Wiggins
Picker’s List; Ask the Experts: Florist’s sign could be worth up to $1,200 by Dr. G. Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Important points to know before consigning by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Non-Victrola phonographs by Fred Taylor; De-mystifying American firemarks by Robert M. Shea; Important Missouri coin collection began with a penny; More works revealed in German art hoard; Pepsin gum dispenser serves up small fortune at $57,000; Top Lot: “Antique Shop Accident,” $74,500; Comic art tops $114K, leading Hake’s most successful sale ever; Chinese bronze jeweled vase climbs to $52K; Artfact becomes ‘Invaluable’; In Memoriam: Philanthropist Diane Disney Miller, 79; Glimpse of Marburger by Eric Bradley; Man who sold fake Chihuly glass sentenced to five months.

December 25, 2013; 56 pages
Classic Toys by Antoinette Rahn
Readers’ Letters; Picker’s List; Ask the Experts: Even incomplete marks can help aid in identification by Dr. Anthony Cavo; Behind the Gavel: QR codes can help build mall sales by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Glider rocker is valued at $300 by Fred Taylor; Lessons from a Lampmaster: Leaded glass lamp anatomy by Joseph Porcelli; Record-setting Pier Show attendance; Demystifying American fire marks by Robert M. Shea; Traditional vintage kugels by Karen Knapstein; Petroliana specialist joins Morphy; Horn armchair seats $10,147; Art expert testifies Fawcett portrait worth $12 million; Gettysburg cannon earns $86K; Initial offerings from Thompson Pedigree collection fetch $835K.

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Cast-iron shooting gallery target

Classic Shooting Gallery Targets

Legendary collection of vintage shooting gallery targets takes center stage at Soulis Auctions in September. Early collectors Richard and Valerie Tucker embraced the targets, calling them 'iron as art.'