Entries by Tom Hoepf

London Eye: December 2008

Carnavalet Museum in Paris accused of retaining Holocaust looted assets In recent years museums all over the world have come under increasing pressure to conduct and publish exhaustive research into the provenance of any material in their collections that might qualify as Holocaust-related assets – objects looted by the Nazis. The vexed issue of restitution […]

Kovels – Antiques & Collecting: Week of Dec. 15, 2008

In past centuries, medicine was very different than it is today. There was little knowledge about the causes of illness until Louis Pasteur reported in 1864 that germs cause disease. Even the idea of washing your hands to avoid germs was a 20th-century idea. Most medicines were herbs and potions that had been found to […]

Syracuse China to close factory after 137 years

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – To this day, Mark Nicotra carries forward a family tradition, inspecting the bottoms of plates for the “Syracuse China” stamp when he’s out to eat at a restaurant. “It was a game we played when we traveled. I think everyone in Syracuse could identify with them … it’s given us a […]

‘Sci-fi’ originator, literary agent, editor Forrest J. Ackerman, 92

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Forrest J Ackerman, the sometime actor, literary agent and magazine editor and full-time bon vivant who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely credited with coining the term “sci-fi,” has died. He was 92. Ackerman died Dec. 4 of heart failure at his Los Angeles home, said Kevin Burns, head of […]

Farmer rescues antique implements from rusty oblivion

DEAVER, Wyo. (AP) – It’s not old junk sitting fallow in fields or farm yards. Robin Murdock, 61, of Deaver has rescued forgotten farm equipment and put it back to work. A 1900s-vintage hay loader, possibly a John Deere, waits in Murdock’s hay field while a dozen or so Black Angus cattle eye the hay […]

Case’s Dec. 6 auction rich in Civil War material, fine art

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Civil War related material and the largest selection of Tennessee fine art ever offered at auction will highlight the Case Antiques Winter Auction to be held Saturday, Dec. 6. Also among the 350 cataloged lots is an offering of exceptional period American furniture and Southern regional pottery. Two of the star lots […]

Pook & Pook’s largest-ever Variety Sale up for bids Dec. 4-5

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. – More than 1,500 lots of furniture, art and accessories will cross the auction block as Pook & Pook Inc. conducts its largest-ever Variety Sale Dec. 4-5. Included in this expansive sale are 200 lots from the collection of Richard and Rosemarie Machmer. The furniture up for auction includes an interesting mix of […]