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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Holiday Gifts Estate Jewelry Coins Fine Art

          November 21, 2020 Our Annual Holiday Estate Jewelry, Coins, Fine Art and Wonderful Gift sale comprises an exceptional grouping of fine estate jewelry, investment grade coins, fine art, and decorative objects, as well as, one of a kind decorative collectible accessories fresh to the market from local upstate New York estates.    Lot 105 19c Eggert &...

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“In Cold Blood” Memorabilia & Militaria Sale

October 3, 2020 For this sale we have been consigned a one owner collection of World War II era original United States armed forces equipment and memorabilia including Helmets, Uniforms, Field Equipment, Edged Weapons, Sweetheart Jewelry, etcetera, of an Upstate New York collector, as well as a nice group of 19th century American military percussion muskets and edged weapons. We are offering...

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The Great American Propaganda Machine and the American Public + October 3rd Auction Event

By Alexandra Ponti During World War II, supporting the troops was a part of your patriotic duty as an American. People all over the country planted victory gardens to grow their own fruits and vegetables, and everywhere you went, Uncle Sam told you to support the war effort by signing up to join the military or buy war bonds. Many of these recruiting posters still survive, and are the most familiar...

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Fine Summer Estate Auction-Decor Art Jewelry

August 1, 2020 Exceptional group of fresh to market upstate New York estate items. Highlights include one owner collection of PSA DNA signed baseballs including Babe Ruth, one owner lifetime collections of Carder Steuben art glass & Victorian Amberina art glass including Libbey, Tiffany bronze & Favrile glass candelabra, selection of fine antique and contemporary designer jewelry including...

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VoxPop Radio Show December 3rd, 2019

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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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