Majolica Vase by Joseph S. Mayer, Trenton. Image courtesy Bard Graduate Center

Potteries of Trenton Society lecture returns for 2021

Majolica Vase by Joseph S. Mayer, Trenton. Image courtesy Bard Graduate Center

Majolica vase by Joseph S. Mayer, Trenton. Image courtesy Bard Graduate Center

NEW YORK – After having to postpone their 2020 lecture event due to COVID-19 the Potteries of Trenton Society is pleased to announce their 2021 annual ceramics lecture, “Trenton’s Majolica Mania,” to be held Saturday, April 17, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern, as a free online webinar. Read more

Rare shooting gallery target a hit at Milestone Auctions

The 1880s iron shooting gallery figure has carved wooden arms and a metal drum. Shooters aimed at the round bull’s-eye on the drummer’s left shoulder. Image courtesy of Milestone Auctions.

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – As the old Dire Straits song goes, “Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger … Sometimes you’re the ball.” Milestone Auction’s January 30 Premier Firearms Auction boasted three guns that sold in excess of $20,000, however, the lot that shot to the top of prices realized in the $1.5 million sale wasn’t a gun but a rare shooting gallery target that sold for $27,000, inclusive of the buyer’s premium. The backup bid was placed through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rare gold coin sells for $9.36 million at Texas auction

The New York-style Brasher Doubloon sold on Jan. 21, 2021 by Heritage Auctions for $9.36 million. Photo by NGC Photo Vision

DALLAS (AP) – A rare gold coin made by a noted craftsman in New York in 1787 has sold at auction in Dallas for $9.36 million.

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Virginia museum seeks information about pre-Civil War coverlet

Montgomery Museum Curator Sherry Wyatt drapes what’s believed to be a slave-made coverlet on a period loom where it will be displayed as part of a new exhibit. Image courtesy of the Montgomery Museum

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) – A story and a handwoven coverlet are all that bear witness to the life of an unnamed woman who lived as a slave on a Montgomery County plantation sometime about 1850.

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Count Palatine 18th-century seal up for auction at Fellows July 23

The 18th century seal with the coat of arms of Frederick Michael, Count Palatine of Zweibrucken-Birkenfield. Fellows image

BIRMINGHAM, UK – Fellows Auctioneers’ Fine Jewelry sale on Thursday, July 23, contains an 18th century seal with the coat of arms of Frederick Michael, Count Palatine of Zweibrucken-Birkenfield (1724-1767). Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Treasure chest hidden in Rockies finally found

Forrest Fenn’s treasure chest. Image courtesy of The Fen Diagrams,

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A bronze chest filled with gold, jewels, and other valuables worth more than $1 million and hidden a decade ago somewhere in the Rocky Mountain wilderness has been found, according to a famed art and antiquities collector who created the treasure hunt.

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Christie’s to offer Mary Queen of Scots’ prayer book July 29

The prayer book of Mary Queen of Scots. Estimate: £250,000-£350,000. Christie’s image

LONDON – Mary Queen of Scots’ prayer book will be offered as part of Christie’s Classic Week’s Old Master Group Evening Sale, being held live in London on July 29 (estimate: £250,000-£350,000).

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Shotgun used by Wyatt Earp sells for $375K

J. Stevens & Co. double-barrel percussion shotgun used by lawman Wyatt Earp. Price realized: $375,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – The gun Wyatt Earp used to kill “Curly Bill” Brocius soared to $375,000 to claim top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Americana & Political Auction Feb. 22-23. The prized firearm helped boost the total return for the sale to $2,355,133.

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Colonial Williamsburg reprises British design collection

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, artist unidentified, London, England, 1590-1600, oil, formerly on wood panel, gift of Preston Davie, 1945-20. Colonial Williamsburg image

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – When the first curators at Colonial Williamsburg began to buy objects for the collection 90 years ago, they acquired what they believed at the time to be appropriate for furnishing the buildings being restored in the historic town. These pieces of historical importance and intrinsic beauty were assembled into what is now referred to as the Colonial Revival style. It was the vision of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr., who financed Colonial Williamsburg’s restoration, that these objects “should become second to no collection of its kind in the country.” Read more

Study: No evidence museum’s stovepipe hat was Lincoln’s

President Abraham Lincoln pictured with a hat. Image courtesy of Holabird Western Americana Collections and LiveAuctioneers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A new study has found no evidence to corroborate that a beaver-skin stovepipe hat – for years a centerpiece of Illinois’ Abraham Lincoln museum – ever actually belonged to the 16th U.S. president, according to a published report.

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