Sunday, December 29, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Lithograph Tin Still Bank
Banks are great fun to collect. They can be found in metals, ceramics, plastics and other materials. This one is a real charmer in lithographed tin in the shape of a 1940's suitcase. With the printed labels it looks well traveled. In its condition it looks like it never left home. It was sold in a shop at $48.50.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Antler and Sterling Corkscrew
Wouldn't it be nice to uncork your next bottle of wine with a corkscrew like this? Corkscrew collectors are a breed unto themselves. They search high and low for the most unusual types.
Corkscrews have been around for centuries and have had significant changes in their technology and design, so the lustful collector will never tire of the hunt. This one was sold on eBay for $125.
Carved African Woman Ivory BustThis intricately carved bust of an African woman is one I acquired from a Washington, DC estate. It is was carved from pre-ban elephant ivory. Pieces like these are no longer imported into the United States. It stands about 3" tall and is in immaculate condition. It has a retail value of about $200.