Author: Mark

WAMC’s Vox Pop with Ray Graf, September 10th, 2019

WAMC’s Vox Pop with Ray Graf Mark Lawson Antiques, Jewelry & Coin call in show Episode 5, September 10, 2019   https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2019/09/vp-ARCHIVE-9-10-19.mp3 Source: WAMC’s Vox Pop Antiques 09/10/2019   We had another interesting and enjoyable hour with Ray on V talking about a large collection of Chinese antiques we are cataloguing, historical autographed...

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Art Deco: 1920s Filigree Jewelry

Origin of Filigree Filigree jewelry has long been popular, with found samples in southern Asia dating to a few thousand years old and gold filigree flourishing in the Fatimid era of Egypt.  Originally, filigree was made with delicate threads of precious metals being hand-manipulated by jewelers into intricate designs.  This process took a lot of time and required expert craftsman.  This made filigree...

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Opening at the Met: ‘The Art of London Firearms’

Flintlock pistol, made by Wogdon & Barton. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is opening a new exhibit featuring exquisitely crafted firearms, highlighting the abilities of British gunmakers.  The exhibit, entitled ‘The Art of London Firearms’, features seventeen separate firearms, each made in London.  Instead of rifles and long guns, the focus will be on pistols dating from the mid-eighteenth...

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Mark Lawson Antiques Hosts Landmark Saratoga Springs Estate Sale March 10-12 2017

Mark Lawson Antiques announces an historic Saratoga Springs estate sale taking place March 10, 11, and 12. This untouched on-site estate sale is a landmark event, with a wide variety of items collected over the years by the long-time Saratoga Springs residents. The gentleman of the house was a true captain of industry, an avid amateur woodworker with an interest in antique and modern tools, and...

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Settling an Estate Sale Saratoga Springs Albany NY

Thoughts on Settling an Estate

Settling an estate or thinking of having an estate sale? Here’s some of what we have learned: We have helped literally thousands of people over the last 25 years taking care of or resolving issues related to settling an estate. Figuring out how to find new homes for things that have come down through families or friends can be a difficult and overwhelming job. It may involve emptying a house...

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Estate Sale & Dispersal

One of the things we are busiest with and that I enjoy the most is providing estate sale services: helping families figure out how to deal with houses full of things that they need to take care of. For a variety of reasons, including downsizing or elderly parents moving on, clients call us to help them figure out what to do. It can be incredibly overwhelming to consider disposing of family treasures...

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Pocket Watches: The Value of Nostalgia

 Pocket watches were one of the most popular collectibles 15 to 20 years ago. Many people had fond memories of sitting with their grandfather and playing with or being shown his pocket watch, and it was traditional to pass these keepsakes down through the family. In the 1920s, the wristwatch began to replace the cumbersome pocket watch in popularity and by the 1950s pocket watches were a thing of...

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Antique Japanese Swords: 19th Century Japanese Katana

A Brief History of Antique Japanese Swords

Inspired by swords imported from China and Korea, Japanese swords first appeared after 200 CE, the finest of which emerged in approximately 700 CE under the direction of Amakuni, a legendary swordsmith from the Yamato Province. In reaction to civil wars, skirmishes to attain and retain leadership, invasions from Korea and China, and Japanese invasions of Korea and China that necessitated exceptional...

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