Sunday, December 29, 2013

Remember the Maine Bell

This bell was made from brass recovered  from the wreckage of the U.S.S. Maine that sunk in Havana Harbor in 1898 from an explosion. The sinking prompted an outcry by the American people for the U.S. to intervene in Cuba against Spain.  The slogan of the day was "Remember the Maine, to hell with Spain."  No real evidence has ever been found to truly blame Spain for the demise of the Maine.  Bells like these were offered at the Pan-American Exposition held in Buffalo in 1901.  

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 Bust
This 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.