Adore & Adorn: Vintage Native American Silver Jewelry

At Mark Lawson Antiques, we appreciate and enjoy style, artistry, and craftsmanship. Though we are fortunate enough to see an array of beautiful antique items every day, we take special delight in evaluating and buying Southwest Native American jewelry. This traditional type of jewelry developed in part through contact with Spanish Colonials of Mexico and trade with early European fur trappers....

Continue reading

Antiques Appraisal Event at Hearthstone Village September 15, 2017

Malta Community Center speaking event
Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques will be hosting an Antiques Appraisal event at Hearthstone Village in Latham, NY on Friday September 15th, 2017. Register in advance to claim one of 40 spots to have your family heirloom or mysterious attic find evaluated. This Antiques Roadshow-style event will publicly evaluate and discuss the antiques, art, and other objects of interest provided by the audience....

Continue reading

Toys on the Move: Mechanical Tin Lithographs

    Wind-up tin lithographs are wonderful examples of the type of collectible toys that clients bring to Mark Lawson Antiques. The most common kinds that we see are automobiles, motorcycles, amusement park rids, popular entertainment characters, and robots. Wind-up mechanical toys have surprisingly uncomplicated inner workings but their form and decoration are incredibly¬†variable. It...

Continue reading

Malta Community Center Spring Antiques Appraisal Show

William Aiken Walker painting
Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques will talk about antiques, appraisals, and the ins and outs of downsizing at the Malta Community Center on Saturday May 6, 2017. Learn more about the constantly changing trends in the antiques world, and watch a live appraisal of antiques and other items of interest provided by audience members. This promises to be an exciting event; you never know what treasures...

Continue reading

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...

Continue reading

Thoughts on Settling an Estate

Settling an Estate Sale Saratoga Springs Albany NY
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...

Continue reading

Serving Up Local History: Saratoga Chips

Saratoga chip serving spoon - Whiting sterling silver, Empire pattern
The holiday season is upon us! As our thoughts turn towards warm gatherings of friends and families around the table, let’s take a look at Saratoga Springs’ most famous family recipe: the Saratoga chip. The history of Saratoga chips is controversial, passed down word-of-mouth through local legend and lore, embellished by some sources, disputed hotly by others. Although many of the specifics...

Continue reading

Appraisal & Buying Event at the Amsterdam Century Club

Buy Sell Gold Silver Jewelry Coins Diamonds Antiques Amsterdam NY
Come see us Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at the Century Club of Amsterdam for an Appraisal & Buying Event. Discover the value of that family heirloom, the mysterious painting that has always been on the wall or the old sword your grandfather said came from Japan. Receive top professional prices for those old pieces of jewelry you never wear, the silver coins that have been sitting in a drawer...

Continue reading