Phil and Joan Castle made the discovery of their lives in October 2018, when they swept their metal detectors over what proved to be a so-called “purse hoard” of 14th-century British gold coins. Image courtesy of Noonans

British metal detectorists make the find of their lives: medieval gold coins

Phil and Joan Castle made the discovery of their lives in October 2018, when they swept their metal detectors over what proved to be a so-called “purse hoard” of 14th-century British gold coins. Image courtesy of Noonans

Phil and Joan Castle made the find of their lives in October 2018, when they swept their metal detectors over what proved to be a so-called “purse hoard” of 14th-century British gold coins. Image courtesy of Noonans

LONDON – Phil and Joan Castle, who live in New Romney in Kent, England, have been hunting treasure with metal detectors for more than 30 years. It was in October 2018, while searching one of their favorite plowed fields at nearby Romney Marsh that Joan, using her XP gold max metal detector, found a broken gold coin on the surface. Another signal beside it in the soil revealed a medieval brass purse bar at eight inches down. Phil came over to help and immediately found a gold coin. During the next two hours, the married couple uncovered four more gold coins in an area of five meters, with Joan finding two herself. The purse bar and the coins, which are estimated at £12,000-£15,000, will be offered for sale by specialist coin, medal, banknote and jewelry auctioneers Noonans (previously Dix Noonan Webb) on Tuesday, May 24.

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Colonial Williamsburg exhibition to reveal secrets of restoration

Etched Belle Farm board, Gloucester County, Va., ca.1775-1780, AF-VA22560.1.1. Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg

Etched Belle Farm board, Gloucester County, Va., ca.1775-1780, AF-VA22560.1.1. Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Decades ago a simple wooden board in use as a shelf was discovered in Belle Farm, an 18th-century house in Gloucester County, Virginia. It turned out to be much more interesting than an untrained eye would notice at first glance: etched into the surface was the original design for two arches that are still to be seen in the house today. This extraordinary artifact provided Colonial Williamsburg’s architectural historians with valuable information on design development and layout in the last half of the 1700s. The design was later used as the model for the arches in the southwest dining room of the reconstructed King’s Arms Tavern on Colonial Williamsburg’s Duke of Gloucester Street.

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A circa-1820s original Kill Devil fishing lure, the only known surviving example, will be auctioned on March 25 in England. Described as the most important antique fishing lure to come to auction, it is estimated at £4,000-£6,000. Image courtesy of Mullock’s Specialist Auctioneers & Valuers

What makes the ‘Kill Devil’ the world’s most important fishing lure?

A circa-1820s original Kill Devil fishing lure, the only known surviving example, will be auctioned on March 25 in England. Described as the most important antique fishing lure to come to auction, it is estimated at £4,000-£6,000. Image courtesy of Mullock’s Specialist Auctioneers & Valuers

A circa-1820s original Kill Devil fishing lure, the only known surviving example, will be auctioned on March 23 in England. Described as the most important antique fishing lure to come to auction, it is estimated at £4,000-£6,000. Image courtesy of Mullock’s Specialist Auctioneers & Valuers

CHURCH STRETTON, UK – The most important antique fishing lure that has ever been consigned for sale, an original circa-1820s “Kill Devil,” will make a rare appearance at auction in Mullock’s auction on March 23. Specialists in antique and modern fishing tackle, Mullocks says the lure is the only known survivor of its type. It will be offered with a £4,000-£6,000 (US$5,230-$7,840).

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An Ettore Sottsass UFO lamp, designed for Arredoluce, realized $3,250 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2020. Image courtesy of Toomey & Co. Auctioneers and LiveAuctioneers

Home lighting trends: designers get creative, clever, cozy

An Ettore Sottsass UFO lamp, designed for Arredoluce, realized $3,250 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2020. Image courtesy of Toomey & Co. Auctioneers and LiveAuctioneers

An Ettore Sottsass UFO lamp, designed for Arredoluce, realized $3,250 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2020. Image courtesy of Toomey & Co. Auctioneers and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Designers and lighting companies have been busy coming up with new ways to hold a lightbulb and project light, and winter is a great time to explore their latest solutions. Some are inspired by the skies overhead. Others by style eras, from Deco to disco. Still others are working with interesting materials around which to build a lamp.

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A late 19th-century quilt featuring a Windmill Blades pattern sold for $11,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2020. Image courtesy of Freeman’s and LiveAuctioneers.

Quilt artists create textiles to display or cozy up with

A late 19th-century quilt featuring a Windmill Blades pattern sold for $11,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2020. Image courtesy of Freeman’s and LiveAuctioneers.

A late 19th-century quilt featuring a Windmill Blades pattern sold for $11,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2020. Image courtesy of Freeman’s and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK (AP) – In this winter of hunkering down at home, there’s a trend that’s just right for the times: quilts as decor and as art. An artistic quilt might be displayed prominently on a wall, thrown over a couch, or just folded and hung from the rungs of a ladder. (Or you could cozy up with it.) “Quilts bring warmth, depth and texture to any room,” says Suzy Williams, a quilter and graphic designer in Oak Park, Illinois. She offers tutorials and patterns for quilt-making on her website, Suzy Quilts.

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On January 27, selections from the collection of the late film critic Joel Siegel will be offered at Leland Little Auctions. Siegel is shown here with a Navajo rug that he acquired.

Profile: Joel Siegel – film critic, TV personality, author and collector

On January 27, selections from the collection of the late film critic Joel Siegel will be offered at Leland Little Auctions. Siegel is shown here with Navajo rugs that he acquired.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – On Thursday, January 27, Leland Little Auctions will offer the collection of the late Joel Siegel, longtime film critic for the ABC show Good Morning America. The Siegel collection is featured within the company’s 536-lot Winter Estate Auction.

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A scarce set of 1908 Rose Company postcards, one featuring E.J. Coleman, president of the Scranton Miners baseball club, sold for $660 at Robert Edward Auctions’ spring 2018 sale. Image courtesy of Robert Edward Auctions.

Collector seeks rare Scranton baseball cards to complete collection

A scarce set of 1908 Rose Company postcards, one featuring E.J. Coleman, president of the Scranton Miners baseball club, sold for $660 at Robert Edward Auctions’ spring 2018 sale. Image courtesy of Robert Edward Auctions.

A scarce set of 1908 Rose Company postcards, one featuring E.J. Coleman, president of the Scranton Miners baseball club, sold for $660 at Robert Edward Auctions’ spring 2018 sale. Image courtesy of Robert Edward Auctions.

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – In the most fun card game a baseball fan as big as he is could play, Stephen Olson is potentially holding a miracle hand. He just needs to be dealt two more cards to complete it.

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Interior designers freshen decor by mixing styles

Carsons tufted chaise lounge in burnt orange. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Regency Auction House

NEW YORK – The freshest style in decor these days is … mixing styles.

Traditional and contemporary often work well together. Think abstract art with an overstuffed chaise, or an 18th century-style toile wallpaper with an ’80s-era lamp. The appeal is in the pleasing tension between the styles; sophisticated, artsy, yet livable.

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‘Dying art’ of stained glass provides a living for one artist

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – Kyle Baughman welcomes working from his studio at the Hattiesburg Community Arts Center.

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A mixed set of vintage Pyrex mixing bowls. Image courtesy Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists and Live Auctioneers.

Pyrex and Pink Daisies: Midcentury cookware is fab again

A mixed set of vintage Pyrex mixing bowls. Image courtesy Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists and Live Auctioneers.

A mixed set of vintage Pyrex mixing bowls. Image courtesy Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists and Live Auctioneers

NEW YORK – If you want to freshen up your kitchen, look no further than Grandma’s old casserole dishes.

Vintage kitchenware is back in style — pieces from the mid-20th century painted with flowers, bright colors, and specific functions, such as bracketed chip and dip bowls or four-piece refrigerator storage sets.

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