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Are Your Bidding Paddles Warm?

Are Your Bidding Paddles Warm? Consider this your official 'Upcoming Auctions' alert for the Fall season. Prepare yourselves! It's going to be a busy few months… Treadway/Toomey kicks things off for us with their 20th Century Art and Design Auction in Oak Park, IL on Saturday, September 13. Usual suspects are present as far as furniture is concerned along with some lesser known makers and craftsfirms. Of particular note is the collection of Barry Briskin featuring some exceptional pieces of Pewabic...
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$225Vintage Sterling Arts Crafts Two Stones Pendant and Chain

A wonderful hand made pendant and chain with two large oval stones set in sterling silver in an Arts and Crafts style. Hand Made chain. Hook closure. Marked 925 on the back of the bottom stone. Warm patina, very nice condition.

Maker: Unknown
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date made: Vintage
Dimensions: Pendant measures 3 5/8" long and 1 1/2" across. Each side of the chain measures about 9 1/2" long.

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Little Journeys

The Boys of Biltmore Go eBay -- Almost

The Boys of Biltmore Go eBay -- Almost

"Have you written your column yet?" Leigh Ann asked on Sunday afternoon as we were driving over to our local Ace Hardware store.

"No," I explained, "but I'm expected something extraordinary to happen any minute now."

Now, turning me loose in an Ace Hardware store on a Sunday afternoon is almost guaranteed to give someone a story to tell ("The strangest man came up to me in the store today," she said to her family over...

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Dy's Art Tiles352 307 7584

25 years of painting one-of-a-kind hand-painted ceramic art tiles featuring wildlife, birds, fish and nature themes in any style, including arts & crafts, on murals, backsplashes, accent tiles and relief carved tiles. All work is fully guaranteed.

14200 SE 42nd Terrace
Summerfield, FL

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Collector's Guide

The Gustav Stickley Furniture Nobody Wants

The Gustav Stickley Furniture Nobody Wants

As a historian, it's always fun to stumble across information that runs counter to popular belief.

Realizing, for instance, that William Morris did not invent the Morris chair. He just named Philip Webb's invention after himself. (And Webb was his friend!) Webb may not have protested too loudly, however, for he had 'borrowed' the idea from Ephraim Colman in rural Sussex and taken his version to show Morris in London.

And the rest is history….


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Stickley Brothers Chest

Stickley Brothers Chest Stickley Brothers chest of drawers, two half drawers over four graduated full drawers with original knobs above an arched toe board, refinished, unsigned, numbered, 37"w x 21.5"d x 46.5"h, very good condition. Estimate $900 - $1,200 (Toomey-Treadway Auction, June 1st, 2014) Sold for $1,708
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Shopmark of the Week

Heal & Son (Heal's) This may seem like an easy one given that the name is prominently displayed in the shopmark itself but we're doing it differently this week. Do you know where this company was in operation and what they made?
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