1892-O Micro O Barber Half Dollar Coin

Artist and Numismatist Augustus Heaton published his “Treatise on the Coinage of the United States Branch Mints” in 1893. This was the landmark book that inspired collectors to consider mint marks as varieties worth collecting. Nineteenth century numismatists had previously paid little attention to mint marks. In his book, Heaton states (concerning the 1892 New Orleans Mint half dollar),...

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Louis Vuitton: The Evolution of a Trunk Maker

Louis Vuitton Suitcase
Written by Elyse Shapiro   The Louis Vuitton LV monogram has become one of the most globally recognized insignias. Whether it was seen on a trunk, coat, bag, shoes, or a knockoff, everyone seems familiar with the mark. It is hard to imagine that Louis Vuitton’s history started with humble beginnings when looking at the brand’s colossal success today. A selection of Louis Vuitton items...

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David Webb: An American Jeweler

David Webb Ancient World Scroll Necklace and Earrings
Written by Elyse Shapiro   Famed jewelry designer David Webb embodied quintessential American fashion. His designs are reflections of an eclectic melting pot. From his love of New York society and architecture, to his fascination with ancient cultures, to his homages to zoological jewelry designers before him, David Webb spun his own creativity into his myriad influences. Webb’s pieces are...

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Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.

Poissons Brooch by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.
Written by Elyse Shapiro   Renowned 20th century artist and jewelry designer, Jean Michel Schlumberger, may forever be an icon of the jewelry world. He was one of only four designers allowed to sign his work at Tiffany & Co., accompanied by Paloma Picasso, Elsa Peretti and Frank Gehry. Schlumberger’s name will grace his creations through time. His iconic designs pull elements from...

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A 19th Century Toy Telling an 11th Century Story

Christmas, like everything else in 2020, was very different. One thing that will stay the same is that one Mariah Carey Christmas song that gets played on all of the radio stations. You know it. No? Well, let me sing you the refrain, “All I want for Christmas is a windup horse drawn chariot painted with scenes from the rule of Roger I of Sicily.” Wait. That can’t be right. I think I must have mixed...

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VoxPop Radio Show December 3rd, 2019

chinese antiques
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2019/12/vp-ARCHIVE-12-3-19.mp3 Source: https://www.wamc.org/post/antiques-12319   We enjoyed another visit with Ray Graf on Vox Pop on WAMC 90.3 FM yesterday! Thanks to everyone who called and emailed in, and listened along. In case you missed it, make sure you like our Facebook page so you can get all our updates with events and future radio shows. You can...

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My Commitment to Your Safety and Well-Being

In these uncertain times, your safety and well-being remains my highest priority. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect our communities, I want to share the immediate steps I’ve taken to help keep my clients and employees safe and healthy. My staff and I have consulted and will continue to monitor current guidelines and best practices provided by New York State and the Center for Disease...

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Find of the Week: Rare Asscher Cut Diamond Ring

asscher cut diamond ring
A piece of fine antique jewelry set with an Asscher cut diamond is one of the rarest and most desirable pieces of jewelry that we find. This week on Find of the Week, we are showcasing an absolutely exceptional antique piece of jewelry. It is a beautiful Asscher cut diamond sapphire and platinum ornately engraved ring that was made sometime around 1920. It is accented with scattered clean and white...

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