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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Vox Pop w/Ray Graf – May 21st, 2019

On a recent episode of Vox Pop with Ray Graf, Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques and Ray entertain digging up Abraham Lincoln, debate the merits of car salesmen, and learn how to use Google for everything. You can listen to the full recording HERE to follow along with the time stamps below.  RARE BEATLES ALBUM We had another great radio call-in session with Ray Graf over at WAMC on the VoxPop...

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A Wonderful Chair

Every so often, I am reminded of the reason that I do what I do. As a child I loved finding interesting and unusual things, I collected them to the point that my mother gave up attempting to manage or have me manage my bedroom – a wonderful (to me) and messy (to my mother) array of toys, coins, stamps, shells, mineral specimens, sports cards, posters, football  stickers off of Chichita bananas,...

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Self-Expression vs Communism: Art During Communist Controlled Czechoslovakia + Feb 6 Auction

When the Iron Curtain fell across much of Central and Eastern Europe, communism took control over almost a third of the world’s population. During the 40 year reign of the communist state in Europe promotion of the self was banned in favor of the advancement of the masses. Most art at the time championed the glory of communism and the state with a few statues of Lenin and Stalin dotted in the town...

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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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