Jewelry Camp 2011 will take place on Sunday January 23, 2011 at the Fashion Institute of Technology on Long Island New York and is part of the larger Antique Jewelry and Art Conference. The goal of the Jewelry Camp is to function as an educational tool to promote knowledge in antique and estate jewelry to the jewelry industry, collectors and the general public. More info can be obtained by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for those of you who missed bidding John Lennon’s station wagon there is another chance for you to bid on one of his automobiles. Bonham’s is planning to sell a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT the first car owned by the Lennon at an auction on February 5, 2011. The Ferrari is expected to sell for as much as $250,000.
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A few months ago we wrote about two now very popular shows on the History Channel;American Pickers and Pawn Stars. Both shows deal with antiques and collectibles in their own way. As happens in television, those two shows, which were a new twist to the old Antiques Roadshow series on public television, have now spawned more clones and copycat type shows. On HGTV, there are shows called Cash and Cari and Cash in the Attic. Auction Hunters can be seen on the A&E network and Storage Wars is on Spike TV.
Cash and Cari is a reality show about an estate sale agent named Cari Cucksey. In the first episode we watched, Cari tried to help a man and woman who were huge collectors try to sell their collections via an estate sale. This episode showed that people have been already watching too many of these shows on television and their expectations of what realistic (or unrealistic in this case) prices are on collectibles. The show tried to put into perspective what the retail price of a collectible might be, compared to the wholesale value that dealers are willing to pay.
January 22-23, 2011, Hunt Country Winter Holiday Antiques Show, The Hill School Athletic Facility, Middleburg, Virginia
January 22-23, 2011, Americana & Antiques at the Pier, Pier 92 - 12th Avenue & 55th Street, New York, New York
January 28-30, 2011, Richmond Antiques Extravaganza, The Showplace Exhibition Center, Richmond, Virginia
The 65th Annual Glen Ridge Antiques Show will take place on Friday – Sunday, February 4-5, 2011 at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church in Glen Ridge New Jersey. This show attracts many quality dealers and thousands of visitors from the Mid-Atlantic region. The Glen Ridge Antiques Show features antique country furniture, sterling, pottery, vintage jewelry, glass, Victoriana and fine porcelains.
The popularity of TV shows has brought about a rash of new wannabe get rich quick types. According the news reports and recent articles, more and more “newbies” are showing up at storage unit auctions. However, according to some articles, for some it is not just the “get rich quick” that intrigues them, but the thrill of the hunt, and a lot of us can relate to that. For some of us, it is the opportunity to uncover a rare antique and collectible and either restore it, give it new life or recycle and repurpose it. Unfortunately, at storage auctions, you never know what you may find after you have purchased the unit sight unseen.
Before getting into a bidding war over an abandoned storage unit, you should know that once the hammer comes down, you own whatever is inside. Whether that is a dead body, which has been known to happen, garbage bags filled with . . . well garbage of course, or boxes full of worthless dishes. What are the chances that you will find 1908 Van Briggle pottery pieces as one man did in Colorado Springs or the antique Harley Davidson motorcycle that another found under a pile of boxes in Los Angeles? Well, that’s the thrill of the hunt, you just never know. If you don’t like to take risks, stick to hunting at garage sales, yard sales and auctions.
Dumb Mikey is driving down Interstate 66 when his cell phone rings. It’s his girlfriend and she is frantic and urgently says to him, “Mikey please be careful, I just heard on the news that some idiot is driving the wrong way on the road that you’re on.” “Heck,” says Mikey, it’s not just one idiot, its hundreds of ‘em.”
Estate Sale on January 21–24, 2011, 2310 Castleton Rd, Midlothian, VA: House full of antiques & collectibles: 540-353-1800
Another of our favorite new shows is Storage Wars on Spike TV. This reality TV show follows four different dealers in their quest to buy abandoned storage units at auction. The interesting aspect of this show is how the different dealers approach the sale and the cut throat side of the business. These dealers bid up the price of the auctions even if they don’t want the contents, just to mess with the other dealers and make them spend more money. Even more interesting is what people leave behind in these abandoned storage units.
Antiques Roadshow was a very subdued show where people brought their antiques and collectibles to have them evaluated and valued. It was all very civilized and genteel. The new shows on television show a different side of the antiques and collectibles business. They show the personalities of people who actively hunt for memorabilia, ephemera, and vintage collectibles for a living. These new shows also illustrate the reality of how much a person might expect to get for an heirloom or family treasure.
If you are looking for an article about the Pilgrims that came to America and introduced us to the
Thanksgiving holiday, you are at the wrong place. This article is about Pilgrim Glassworks of West Virginia. This company was situated
in the state that also brought us Blenko Glass, Fenton Glass, and West Virginia Glass. Pilgrim Glassworks however, is not as
old as those other venerable companies, but just as admired by collectors. Pilgrim made their mark by specializing in crackle glass
and cranberry glass.
Alfred Knobler founded Pilgrim Glassworks in 1956 in Ceredo, West Virginia. Its first production pieces were mainly crackle glass pitchers,
vases, decanters and bowls. Like their older glass producing cousin, they also produced art glass in an assortment of colors, including
ruby and amberina. As a matter of fact, Pilgrim glass is so similar to Blenko, that many people confuse the two. Even the shapes of
their products were remarkably similar and some were similar to Fenton. However, one thing that they excelled at and that other companies
could not compete with was their line of cranberry glass.
First made around 1968, Pilgrim cranberry glass is probably some of the most beautiful colored glass in the world. In my home we have a small collection of the glass and it adorns our fireplace and dining room areas. We have some pieces of cranberry glass that were not made by Pilgrim, but none can compare with the subtle shades of cranberry associated with Pilgrim. Cranberry glass is made by introducing gold chloride to molten glass; very few companies attempted this process and even still, very few succeeded in achieving the success that Pilgrim did with this color.
The cranberry glass color is so refined and so beautiful that if the Pilgrims of North America had had this glass available to them in their time, they would have decorated their Thanksgiving tables with it. Instead they chose the blah orange and brown that has become traditional for this holiday. Unfortunately Pilgrim Glass wasn’t founded until much later and to our sadness and displeasure didn’t last as long as their glass producing cousins either. The company ceased to exist in March of 2002.
This month the white suit that John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album sold for more than $46,000 at auction. Tailored in Paris by designer Ted Lapidus and originally given to his friend Richard Ross, the suit sold for less than its pre-action value. The suit was sold at a Braswell Galleries auction in Norwalk Connecticut which also included a blazer worn by Lennon as well as a 1972 Chrysler station wagon driven by the singer and his wife Yoko Ono when they lived in New York City.
Weiss Auctions of Oceanside New York will be conducting a Hollywood memorabilia auction on Saturday January 22, 2011. This auction will include vintage movie posters and lobby cards as well as the costume worn by Bob Keeshan as Captain Kangaroo. Additionally jewelry worn by Angelina Jolie and Sammy Davis Jr. will also be sold to the highest bidder.
A Fundraising auction will be conducted by Tillett and Damewood Auctioneers at the Landsdowne Conference Resort in Leesburg Virginia. This auction, which will feature guns, hunting and fishing trips, furs and jewelry will benefit Wildlife Conservation and Wildlife Education.