The Chinese Ding Bowl: Could It Happen To You?

Three years ago in March, the world was fascinated to learn that an incredibly rare Chinese Ding bowl sold at auction for $2.2 million after being discovered at a local yard sale for $3. The now famous Chinese bowl was crafted 1,000 years ago during the Northern Song dynasty. “Ding” wares are celebrated among collectors for their delicately thin carved walls, feather light weight, and fluid naturalistic...

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Art Glass Paperweights by Paul Stankard

Paul Stankard art glass paperweight
We recently came across an art glass paperweight by the renowned American artist Paul Stankard. These paperweights are masterpieces of glassblowing and command very attractive prices in today’s market; we’re always pleased to see one of these beautiful works of art. Paul Stankard is considered by many to be a living master in the art of the paperweight. Born in 1943, Paul Stankard began his...

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Chinese Jade: Prized Gemstone of Imperial China

Antique Jade Jewelry
Jade is a beautiful gemstone often used for jewelry and sculpture, but is there more to jade than meets the eye? For centuries, cultures around the world have associated jade with spiritual and healing powers. Because of its green color, jade is also a symbol of good luck and friendship. The English word jade is derived from a Spanish term meaning “loin stone” because it was used by traditional...

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An Estate Jewelry Find from Johnstown, NY

We recently sold a beautiful piece of estate jewelry for a client from Johnstown, New York. While visiting our client on a house call in Johnstown, we were presented with this stunning 20.05 carat natural emerald. After coming to an agreement with our client, we sent the emerald to the Gemological Institute of America where it was professionally graded, which is a typical step in selling a large...

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Victorian Halloween Postcards

Victorian Halloween Postcard
We’re taking a look at Victorian Halloween postcards today! In the late 19th century, Halloween was an increasingly popular holiday for young adults and children. Halloween’s origins date back thousands of years to the Celtic festival of Samhain (“Sow-in”). The Celts believed that on the night of October 31st, the veil between this world and the next would thin, allowing...

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Hidden Mother Photographs – Behind the Scenes of Early Photography

"Hidden Mother" tintype photograph
We recently came across this “Hidden Mother” tintype, just in time for the Halloween season. At first glance, the tintype is simply a charming portrait of a baby. On closer inspection, you can see the half-hidden form of the child’s mother crouching behind the chair. Some people find Hidden Mother photographs a little creepy, but they’re also a really great look behind the...

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Antiques Appraisal & Buying Event – Bethlehem Public Library 10/17

Antiques Appraisal & Buying Event - Bethlehem Public Library
Join Mark Lawson for an Antiques Appraisal and Buying Event on Saturday, October 17th, 2015 to benefit the Bethlehem Public Library! Do you have family treasures that you would like to sell or learn more about? Let the experts look at them! Timed tickets are required for the event and can be purchased in person at the Bethlehem Public Library’s front desk. $5 per item, limit 3 ticketed items...

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The Sharon Springs Harvest Festival

Are you heading out to the Sharon Springs Harvest Festival on September 19th and 20th? Our last event in Sharon Springs was an Antique Appraisal Clinic for the Rotary in 2010, and we love seeing the renaissance that the area is currently going through! Sharon Springs is located west of Albany and is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of rolling hills and winding valleys. The town is named after...

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