The High Rock Spring Flows Back to Life

Stereoview of the High Rock Spring in Saratoga Springs
The High Rock Spring is one of the oldest and most enduring symbols of Saratoga Springs. According to local lore, healing properties of the mineral-rich waters drew the Native Americans of the region to take advantage of its strengthening properties. Some time during the 1700s, white men added their own part to the spring’s legend. The first documented white man to take the waters was Sir...

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A Brief History of Antique Japanese Swords

Antique Japanese Swords: 19th Century Japanese Katana
Inspired by swords imported from China and Korea, Japanese swords first appeared after 200 CE, the finest of which emerged in approximately 700 CE under the direction of Amakuni, a legendary swordsmith from the Yamato Province. In reaction to civil wars, skirmishes to attain and retain leadership, invasions from Korea and China, and Japanese invasions of Korea and China that necessitated exceptional...

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Restoring the William Aiken Walker Painting

William Aiken Walker - After
An uncommon William Aiken Walker painting was the show-stopping surprise of our speaking event at the Malta Community Center in May this year. The painting is a beautiful example of Walker’s larger works on canvas and was a really nice find to end the day. As happens with many antiques, however, the years had not let the painting escape entirely unscathed. The William Aiken Walker painting...

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Precision Swiss Timepieces: An Antique Patek Philippe Pocket Watch

Patek Philippe pocket watch
A client brought us this beautiful Patek Philippe pocket watch in 2014, just in time to coincide with the renowned company’s 175th Anniversary. Patek Philippe is considered among the most prestigious of luxury Swiss brands and is respected for creating some of the most complicated mechanical watches ever made. The company’s origins lie in Geneva, Switzerland. Antoni Patek began making...

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From the Archives: A 19th Century Henry Capt Carriage Clock

c1880 Henry Capt Bronze Dore Carriage Clock
Today we’re taking a look back at one of our auction highlights from 2010: a late 19th century bronze doré carriage clock. The first carriage clock was invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet, the leading watchmaker of his day. Breguet (1747-1823) was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. His step-father came from a family of watchmakers, and while Abraham-Louis resisted joining the trade as a youth,...

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Appraisal Event Finds: A William Aiken Walker Painting

William Aiken Walker painting
This William Aiken Walker painting was the star of our appraisal day event at the Malta Community Center on Saturday, May 9th. The Antiques Roadshow-style event had a great turnout with a wonderful mix of family treasures and hidden gems. Attendees brought a varied group of items for a two hour speaking event that examined and evaluated each piece, its history, significance, and potential value. William...

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Appraisal Event Finds: Louis Comfort Tiffany Vases

Louis Comfort Tiffany Vases
On Saturday, April 25th, we were at the Malden Bridge Community Center for an Appraisal Day event. The event is similar to the Antiques Roadshow: individuals bring in their family treasures for appraisers to evaluate, looking for information and hoping for a pleasant surprise. We had a great time at the event, meeting lots of people and seeing some really interesting things. This week we’ll be taking...

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Native American “Wild West” Show Beaded Costume Jacket

Today’s spotlight is on an early twentieth century piece of  Western American History. Recently we took a look at the authentic Native American jacket we found at the Malden Bridge Community Center Appraisal Day event. The jacket is characterized by intricate beading and design. Though the history of this garment is still speculative, the original owners believe that it was crafted by Plains Indians...

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