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Morphy Auctions' March Premier Sales Event to Feature a Remarkable Selection of Antique Advertising from the Most Popular Collecting Categories

March 6, 2016

James D. Julia's February 3-Day Auction To Feature Over 1,300 Lots of Fine Art, Asian Rarities and Other Outstanding Antiques

February 3rd-5th

Morphy Auctions' March Premier Toy, Doll, and Figural Cast Iron Event To Feature Outstanding Selections From The World's Most Collectible Antique Toy Makers And Categories

March 4th-5th

Lightner Museum Curator’s Tour is Held Each Month.
Feb. 3 Topic: French Taste for America’s Gilded Age

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Morphy Auctions' January Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Sales Event Goes Into Overdrive With Sales Topping $4.4 Million!

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The Metrolina Antique Market and “Me Month” (or, Is it Possible to Find My Great Grandfather’s Sword?

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The Houston Museum Antiques Show & Sale 2016 will be in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Feb. 26-28

Colonial Williamsburg’s 68thAntiques Forum Examines Early Republic Treasures

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TLCI’s New On-line Guide Is Coming!

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Publisher of Southeastern Antiquing Magazine Retires

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40th Annual Pineapple Antiques Show Benefiting The Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise Foundation to be Managed by Dolphin Promotions

March 12-13, 2016

Marburger Farm Antique Show Fall 2015

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Morphy Auctions' March Premier Sales Event to Feature a Remarkable Selection of Antique Advertising from the Most Popular Collecting Categories.

Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is pleased to announce this highly anticipatedantique advertising sale event to be held on March 6, 2016. Over 650 truly eye-catching and carefully curated lots will be on offer. All selections from this sale are on display in Morphy's auction gallery and available for preview now.

The auction opens with a razor-sharp selection of over 60 lots of fine barbershop merchandise, including shaving mugs, blades, and even an early wooden barber pole. Collectors will unquestionably get into a lather over lot 42, a German porcelain shaving mug featuring the image of an early touring car (estimated at $2,000-3,000) and lot 48, a captain's shaving mugillustrated with a rendering of the 1883 ferry Atlantic City, estimated at $4,000-6,000. The captain's mug comes with historical documentation; both lots are detailed with their original owner's name emblazoned in gold gilt letters.

Let's raise a toast to this sale's fine selection of alcohol-related advertising materials. It's better than happy hour when it comes to the 60 lots of signs, trays, and posters on tap. Highlights include lot 92, an all original, investment grade Buffalo Distilling Company tin litho sign featuring a wild buffalo (estimated at $15,000-30,000) and lot 97, a fabulous Cook Brewing Company tin litho advertising sign with a graphic of anholder man enjoying a glass of beer, estimated at $1,200-2,400.

Early 1900s Coca-Cola Lillian Nordica celluloid sign, estimated at $30,000-$40,000.

There's no need to soft pedal this event's 150 selectionsof non-alcoholic beverage advertising. Collectors will find the array ofsoda themed trays, posters, signs, calendars, and dispensers on offer extremely refreshing. Lot 163, a beautiful 1901 Coca Cola calendar with strong colors and richly detailed embossing is estimated at $8,000-15,000. How about a standing ovation for lot 172, an early 1900's Coca-Cola celluloid sign featuring opera star Lillian Nordica? This absolute rarity is estimated at $30,000-40,000. And it's a grand slam with lot 229, a Drink Fan-Taz Syrup Dispenser painted to look like a baseball with a picture of a bat across its front. In a league of its own, this remarkable exampleincludes an original pump and is estimated at $40,000-60,000.

Salesman samples are of great interest to collectors, and this auction offers two dozen rare and unusual examples. Many of these items harken back to simpler times when essentials like wagons, hay rakes, bale carriers, and water wells were part of everyday life. Lot 315, a very early salesman sample wood and metal horse drawn plow, is a hardworking highlight of this category. It is very well made, has a great patina, and is estimated at $350-650.

Antique advertising sign and poster enthusiasts need look no further than this sale for the finest selections in these categories. Examples promoting food, clothing, shoes, hardware, domestic items, social organizations, professional services, pharmaceuticals, tobacco items, and many other specialties have especially high visibility. It's easy to see why lot 488, anAultman Taylor Thresher advertising poster featuring a vibrantly colored booming farm (estimated at $3,000-6,000) and lot 502, anOsborne Farm Implements advertising poster with an incredible image of a ferris wheel, estimated at $2,500-5,000, are highlights. Collectors will be saying "M'mm M'mm Good" about lot 563, a curved porcelain Campbell's Tomato Soup sign. This hard-to-find, all-original sign in excellent-plus condition is estimated at $4,000-7,000.

According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, "This upcoming auction features some of the finest antique advertising examples to hit the market in recent memory. Enthusiasts will find extraordinary examples—and temptations—across every major category and specialty. Our offering of soda-related merchandise is particularly strong here. And I encourage bidders to check out this event's amazing group of shaving mugs. They are visually stunning and don't take up too much space. I know that's a growing concern for all collectors - myself included!"

Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517. We can be reached by phone at 717-335-3435, by fax at 717-336-7115, and by email at Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. For more information on Morphy's, please visit

Morphy Auctions' March Premier Toy, Doll, and Figural Cast Iron Event To Feature Outstanding Selections From The World's Most Collectible Antique Toy Makers And Categories

Spring is just around the corner and so is Morphy Auctions' first premier toy sale of 2016. This March 4th-5th event will again prove why enthusiasts turn to Morphy's when they want to add something truly special to their collections. All items from this sale are on display in Morphy's auction gallery and available for preview now.

This auction rolls out with over 60 choice lots of magnificent marbles. Lot 5, a very rare Shrunken Core Onionskin with Floating Mica Panels (estimated at $800-1,200); lot 6, an absolutely outstanding Shrunken Core Onionskin with Floating Mica Panels (estimated at $8,000-12,000); and lot 7, a Rare Open Panel Onionskin with a Mica Core, estimated at $3,000-5,000, just may bring collectors to tears. There is certain to be much interest in lot 13, a Rare Large Two Color Banded Lutz Marble, estimated at $2,000-4,000. This big beauty, with a wet appearance and bands of mint green and blue, is the first our catalogers have seen in this configuration.

It's off to the races with this event's great selection of almost 40 vintage tin litho Japanese toys, many with car, motorcycle, and other transport themes. Lot 324, a 19-inch Japanese Friction Champion's Race Car, and lot 327, an 11.5-inch Japanese Friction Haji Ford Sunliner Convertible are the wheel-deal indeed. Both come with their original boxes and are estimated at $3,000-6,000 each. Another highlight worthy of a crown would be lot 333, a Rare Japanese Friction Tin Litho Imperial Auto with its original box. This highly desirable example, one of the premier Japanese cars ever made, is estimated at $8,000-12,000.

Robots are a very popular collector's category, and this sale offers over 20 out-of-this-world selections. One exceptional highlight would have to be lot 352, a Scarce Japanese Battery Op. R.C. Change Man Robot with its original box, is estimated at $3,000-$6,000. It is the second most detailed of the Change Man versions and features a detailed head and an intricate mechanism. This mechanical marvel is considered a prototype, as the design was never sold to the public.

This sale also builds momentum with a great selection of highly sought after erector sets. Lot 464, a Gilbert 1929 No. 9 Erector Mechanical Wonders Set, one of only a few boxed sets known,and lot 470, Gilbert 1929 No.10 Erector Set, a multi-layer set with removable parts trays, are both mechanical marvels and estimated at $4,000-8,000 each. And collectors will have no trouble constructing interest in lot 478, a Gilbert 1927 Set No. 8 Erector Trumodel Set. This highly collectible example includes its original early decaled wooden box and is estimated at $2,000-4,000.

It's hard to put a price on this event's playful selection of 70 lots of extraordinary Fisher Price toy selections. All are from private collections and are fresh to the market. Lot 132, a very rare Fisher Price No. 1054 Color Boxes set, including six different colored cylinders with matching top lids and balls, is a happy handful at $1,000-1,500. And lots103, a Fisher Price Paper on Wood No. 195 Teddy Bear drumming pair, and 107, a fantasticFisher Price Paper on Wood No. 520 Drummer Boy, should be music to collector's ears. Both are estimated at $800-1,200.

Exceptional all-original Queen Anne,
estimated at $40,000 to $60,000.

No doll is more worthy of the royal treatment in this sales event than lot 707, an Exceptional All Original Queen Anne Doll. This 17-inch rarity is from circa 1720, and is unquestionably one of the finest wooden dolls of its type to come to market in memory. This remarkable example is preserved in a gilt glass case and comes with a charming, period painting of her purportedly first owner. The doll comes to life with glass eyes, rosy cheeks, red lips, and a human hair wig. Most interestingly, she has writing on her silk bodice. Her wardrobe and accessories include leather fingerless gloves trimmed in blue, several layers of clothing, a quilted underskirt, a lace trimmed hat, a pair of silk boots, as well as a perfectly scaled handkerchief and pincushion. She was purchased in England in the 1980s and has been in a private collection since then. This Queen Anne doll is crowned with a $40,000-60,000 auction estimate.

Dolls by Jumeau have been absolute collector's favorites since the late 1800's. This event presents 19 world-class examples of these treasures in an irresistible array of sizes and presentations. Good things come in threes with this sale's offering of First Series Portrait Jumeau Bebes. These pretty-as-a-picture dolls include lot 608, a very attractive 15-1/2" Bebe with highly desirable almond cut eyes; lot 713, a stunning 17" Bebe with tricolor glass eyes with extensive threading; and lot 647, an exceptional 17" Bebe with unusually attractive, traditional Jumeau facial features. All are all are on 8-ball jointed bodies and are estimated at $6,500 - 9,500 each.

This sale also features many dolls with French accents, with fine examples by Steiner, Francois Gaultier, SFBJ, and other makers on offer. Collectors will undoubtedly say “oui" to this auction's three Bru selections, with the finest being lot 649, a 16" Bebe with a Chevrot body and striking blue paperweight eyes. This outstanding, simply beautiful example is estimated at $5,000 - 7,000.

Fine dolls from Germany are also well represented in this event. Lot 722, a rare, fully jointed turn-of-last-century felt Steiff farmer doll has things buttoned up with his early and authentic felt outfit that is integral to his body. This farmer is quite the charmer and comes with a robust provenance—including having been discovered in the attic of an abandoned apartment building scheduled for demolition. He is estimated at $1,000-2,000.

It's time to weigh in on this auction's offerings of fine cast iron items. About 30 cast iron toys will certainly test collector's mettle. Lot 812, a complete and all-original Hubley 1890s Early Mechanical Parade Of Horsesleads the team with its $3,000-4,000 estimate. Also featured are 150 solid lots of doorstops, knockers, openers, scrapers, stands, and other functional items. Two heavy hitting highlights include lot 887, an 18-inch tall Judd Company "The West Wind" doorstop featuring a beautiful young girl walking in a field of flowers (estimated at $3,000-4,000) and lot 899, an extremely rare 16.5-inch tall Bradley and Hubbard full figured "Whistling Jim" doorstop with rubber bumpers, estimated at $2,000-3,000.

As with any Morphy's premier sale, there are always delightful and unexpected treasures waiting to be discovered. Such just might be the case with lot 257, an Emerson Walt Disney Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs Radio. Disney and radio collectors alike will be whistling a happy tune over this 7-inch square, all original radio, estimated at $6,000-9,000.

According to Tommy Sage, Jr. Morphy Auctions' Head of Toy & Train Division, "We are all very excited about this upcoming sale, our first premier toy event for 2016. This is a particularly strong event for those collectors with an eye for fine toy cars, vehicles, and trains, with our selections across those broad categories second to none."Jay Lowe, Morphy Auctions' Head of Doll Division adds, "We aim to offer a great selection of the most desirable doll brands and makers, so that every collector can find something that calls to them. I am particularly drawn to this sale's great range of Jumeau Bebes on offer, as well as the Queen Anne doll as well. I am positive you will find a few new favorites as well!”

Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517. We can be reached by phone at 717-335-3435, by fax at 717-336-7115, and by email at Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. For more information on Morphy's, please visit 

Morphy Auctions' January Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Sales Event Goes Into Overdrive With Sales Topping $4.4 Million!

Despite the freezing temperatures outside, Morphy's standing-room-only sales event had collectors on fire.Thistwo-day auction featured 1,180 lots of the finest oil and gas related signs, globes, and pumps. Bidding was fast and furious, and included a huge number of phone and Internet bids from all over the world.

This sales event was one for the records.Lot 325, a Smith-o-Lene Aviation Brand gasoline sign with airplane graphics (estimated at $40,000 - $60,000) and lot 130, a Musgo gasoline sign featuring an Indian in full head dress graphics (estimated at $60,000 - $100,000) broke the sound barrier to realizea staggering $134,200 and $164,700 respectively. These were the first two times an automobilia and petroliana sign surpassed the six-figure mark at auction.Morphy's is thrilled to hold this dual record distinction.

This Musgo Gasoline sign auctioned for $164,700.

This auction's selection of car-themed signs really towed the line. Those featuring tires seemed to be the wheel-deal with collectors. The rubber hit the road with lot 148, a Converse Tires "A Mileage Masterpiece" sign (estimated at $8,000 - 12,000)which realized $20,740; lot 242, a Norwalk Tires "8000 Miles" sign (estimated at $15,000 - $30,000) which realized $34,160; and lot 861, a Pullman Agency sign (estimated at $7,500 - 15,000) which realized $21,960.

Also popular were signs featuring characters and faces. Lot 828, a rare mounted Oilzum Motor Oils sign featuring a man in a hat (estimated at $30,000 - 50,000) caught the eye of a lucky bidder and went on to realize $75,640. Other handsome highlights includedlot 830, a Mohawk Gasoline porcelain sign featuring an Indian (estimated $25,000 - 50,000) whichrealized $46,360; and lot 928, a Nourse Guaranteed Motor Oil Viking sign (estimated at $10,000 - 20,000) whichrealizeda slick $45,750.

Additional signage highlights included lot 235, a lighthouse-shaped Beacon Ethyl Gasoline sign (estimated at $40,000 - 60,000) thatnavigated its way to $85,400. Lot 722, a Texaco Gas Oil internally lighted can sign (estimated at $25,000 - 50,000), lit the imagination of collectors to realize $80,520. It was a bear market for lot 40, a Gillette Tires "A Bear for Wear" flange sign (estimated at $15,000 - 25,000) and lot 343, a Bruinoil Bruin Gasoline tin flange sign, estimated at $20,000 - 40,000. These big bruins both realized $36,600.

The world was at collector's fingertips when it came to this auction's selections of outstanding globes and lenses. Interest was sky high for lot 379, Rainbow Gasoline Tru-Test Motor Oil lenses (estimated at $5,000 -10,000) which realized $18,910, and lot 591, Sunset Gasoline lenses (estimated at $10,000 - 15,000) which realized $31,720. Lot 274, a Hi-Fly Green Gas lens with plane graphics, more than tripled its low estimate to soar to $35,380. Lot 192, a Texaco Motor Oil & Gasoline Fat Globe Body, which was estimated at $15,000 - 25,000 and realized $23,180, proved itself a shooting star in this category.

Oil cans and pumps were also key categories in this automobilia and petroliana auction. It was "can do" for lot 65, a Sinclair Opaline Motor Oil can featuring early graphics. Estimated at $2,000 - 4,000, it greased collectors' wheels to realize $7,320. And lot 97, a Tokheim Model #36 ADC Showcase Computing Pump, really got hearts racing with its $20,000 - 40,000 estimate. It realized a high test $32,940.

According to Dan Morphy, Presidentof Morphy Auctions, "This second of four oil and gas sales events featuring the spectacular Kyle Moore collection once again produced extremely impressive sales results with many new enthusiasts participating in the bidding. And everyone in attendance seemed to be having such a good time, with the event becoming as much a social event as an auction. It's the type of gathering Morphy's is happy to host! We look forward to presenting the third installment from the Moore collection at our upcoming two day Petroliana/Automobilia sales event on April 23rd and 24th, 2016." 

James D. Julia's February 3-Day Auction To Feature Over 1,300 Lots of Fine Art, Asian Rarities and Other Outstanding Antiques.

It's time to launch the 2016 auction season with the premier event of the winter—James D. Julia's annual February Fine Art, Asian& Antiques sale to be held on February 3rd-5th.This $4 million sale is a signature event for the company andone of the most highly anticipated auctions of the New Year. The sale offers an astonishing selection of fine, decorative, and nautical art; antiques and Asian articles; historical items; and many remarkable, one-of-a-kind treasures as well.

Day one kicks off with 250+ lots of outstanding paintings and sculptures.A museum quality selection of American and European works, bronzes, and prints are on offer.Phenomenal American highlights include: Martin Johnson Heade' deeply symbolic Roman Newsboys II (estimated at $200,000-$400,000); John Singer Sargent's Donkeys in Desert, Morocco, 1880 (estimated at $150,000-$250,000); and a pair of Howard Terpning paintings including Spring Came Early (estimated at $125,000-$175,000) and Searching the Mountains, estimated at $100,000-$130,000.Both Terpning paintings are from the Norman Flayderman collection and are inscribed by the artist to Mr. Flayderman.A fresh-to-the-market abstract painting from German American artist Hans Hofmann, simply dated '42,is colorfully estimated at $100,000-$150,000.

Julia's is internationally recognized for its expertise in Rockport School paintings as well as works featuring Maine artists and themes.Enthusiasts will delight in this sale's selections of both.Several Aldro T. Hibbard paintings are on offer, with the artist's impressive Canadian Rockies, estimated at $15,000-$25,000, at the summit.Emile A. Gruppe's peaceful Gloucester Morning, featuring several fishing vessels in port, is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.Top Maine picks include: an interior scene of two women arranging flowers by Abbott Fuller Graves (estimated at $10,000-$15,000); Walter Schofield's Coast of Maine (estimated at $17,500-$22,500); and an outstanding Waldo Peirce painting of children frolicking with wild animals, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.This charming and playful example is dedicated to Ninette Blanc and comes with full provenance.

Day one also includes a robust selection of other fine works, including Old Masters. A portrait of a gentleman by Johann Baptist Lampi the Younger will have hearts aflutter with its $20,000-$30,000 estimate.And collectors will no doubt take a double look at an important recent discovery of a bronze attributed to Edvard Munch and signed "E Munch." Titled Sostrene, this never-before-seen sculpture depicts two women’s heads - possibly the Meissner sisters, Olga and Rosa.This Munch mystery is estimated at $30,000-$60,000.

Auction day two features over 650 lots of outstanding American and European antiques, furniture, and accessories at center stage.There is truly something for every collector amongst these top-tier and expertly cataloged selections.

This auction offers a fantastic array of decorative and functional items, including a comprehensive selection of extraordinary tall case clocks.Up-to-the-minute highlights include a Cherry Wood Queen Anne Clock by Jeduthan Baldwin (estimated at $30,000-$50,000); a Simon Willard Clock with a painted moon phase dial (estimated at $20,000-$30,000); a Thos. Harland Clock (estimated at $15,000-$25,000); and two Peregrine White Clocks, each estimated at $12,000-$20,000.

This auction presents a royal selection of Queen Anne furniture in extraordinary condition. Items worthy of a crown include: a magnificent Connecticut Cherry Tray Top Table (estimated at $30,000-40,000);Six Walnut Balloon Seat Side Chairs (estimated at $20,000-$30,000); a Maple Flat Top Highboy (estimated at $15,000-25,000); and a Cherry Dressing Table, estimated at $15,000-$20,000.

Period Chippendale furniture also makes a regal appearance.Highlights include: a Ball and Claw Foot Tilt Top Tea Table (estimated at $12,000-$15,000); a Newport Mahogany Corner Chair (estimated at $10,000-$15,000); and a set of Six Chairs, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.And for enthusiasts with an appetite for a room's worth of matching furniture, a sixteen piece, heavily carved Alexander Roux Oak Dining Set (estimated at $25,000-$35,000) and a thirteen-piece Roberta Schilling Decorated Mid-Century Dining Set, estimated at $20,000-$25,000, are worthy of several Michelin stars.

Nautical art as well as historical objects are both significant categories in this upcoming sale. It's all hands on deck with an unsigned 19th Century Ship Portrait, (estimated at $20,000-$30,000);Solon Francis Montecello Badger's Portrait of the Schooner Bessie C. Beach (estimated at $8,000-$12,000); and Antonio Jacobsen's Three Master Schooner In Full Sail, estimated at $8,000-$10,000.For collectors who prefer their acquisitions to have a distinctly historical context, a Washington Family Silk Embroidery with provenance (estimated at $18,000-$22,000); and an 18th century Silver Ornamental Indian Tomahawk, estimated at $15,000-$20,000, will all stand the test of time.

Many important selections featured in the second day of this sales event are from the estate of Siro R. Toffolon. Toffolon was born in Meriden, Conn., in 1932. Following his graduation from Wilcox Technical School in 1951, he went to work for the International Silver Company as a designer of silver flatware for almost four decades. In the 1970s, he created silver flatware patterns for Gorham, Reed and Barton, Stanley Roberts, Ginkgo, and Lunt. He designed over 450 silverware patterns over the course of his career. His other professional achievements included designing clocks for Seth Thomas, jewelry for Krementz, and firearms for the Remington Arms Company.Toffolon had a fantastic eye for Revolutionary War-era objects, clocks, silver, and furniture manufactured in Connecticut and New England.The Toffolon collection includes many spectacular highlights, one being a pair of marked coin silver spoons made by silversmith and patriot, Paul Revere.These are estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

The historic Revolutionary War powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick.

One remarkable lot from this sale will truly catch the eye of historians and museums across the globe.It is a Revolutionary War powder horn, possibly one of the most significant Revolutionary War relics to come to market in decades.Estimated at $20,000-$50,000++, it is one a several Revolutionary War era objects—many from the Toffolon collection—to go under the hammer on February 4th.This extraordinarily important powder horn belonged to Oliver Buttrick. Buttrick was one of the minutemen who stood hisground in Concord, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1775 to face the might of the British Empire. Young Buttrick was present with seven other family members, including his uncle Major John Buttrick. The militia, alerted by people like Paul Revere, mustered at the Concord Bridge to confront the British. This historic engagement created "the shot heard round the world," and catalyzed the military actions against the British Empire that eventually led to this country’s freedom.

The confrontation at the Concord Bridge is unquestionably the most important battle in the annals of U.S.history.To our knowledge, the ButtrickColonialpowder horn is the only artifact from that engagement that has surfaced in decades. It is altogether fitting that Julia’s presents this powder horn from the very first engagement of the Revolutionary War. A few years ago, Julia'ssolda cartridge pouch worn by one of the British Regulars killed on the return to Boston from Concord. But more importantly, they also handled one of the last great historic relics of the Revolutionary War, a special hand-drawn map done by George Washington’s personal cartographer. It was an exact copy of a larger version his cartographer had prepared to send to the Continental Congress after the British defeat. After a very heated bidding battle, Julia's sold this very map for over a million dollars!

Monumental full-bodied fireman weathervane.

Collectors wanting to catch wind of a great offering of weathervanes don't need to look any further than this exciting sale.Key selections include: a 19th century, 52-inch high Monumental Full-Bodied Fireman Weathervane, probably by Mott of Chicago, Ill., (estimated at $125,000-$175,000); an all original Steeple Chase Horse Jumping Over a Gate Weathervane (estimated at $60,000-$90,000); a Hollow Molded and Gilt Copper Grasshopper Weathervane (estimated at $35,000-$45,000); and a Game Cock Weathervane, estimated at $8,000-$16,000.

Although one lot in this sale is modern, it does have a great legacy based upon a mishap almost a century ago.Stamp collectors are familiar with the story of the "inverted Jenny" biplane stamp from 1918.Today, these are amongst the rarest and most famous stamps issued by the U. S. Postal Service.This stamp was rushed into production to celebrate the first airmail flight. In May 1918, a single page of 100 stamps was sold to William T. Robey, a cashier from Washington, D.C. He purchased the only misprints of this stamp to fall into private hands. The misprint shows the "Jenny" upside down. Four inverted "Jennies" from this original block of 100 were sold at auction in October 2005 for $2.7 million.

In 2013, the USPS reissued the "misprinted" inverted Jenny stamps in an edition size of 2.2 million sheets to commemorate this historical gaffe.But in a marketing twist, the USPS secretly produced 100 sheets of the Jenny stamp right side up, creating a "misprint" of the original misprint.To date, of the 2.2 million sheets produced, approximately half have been sold and only 24 "non-inverted" stamp blocks have been found. The USPS later admitted that creating the 100 sheets of right-side-up Jenny stamps broke important rules and protocol.In addition, the USPS held back 23 "non-inverted" sheets for later distribution. Given the controversy, these 23 additional sheets may never be distributed, meaning that only 77 "non-inverted" sheets will ever be in circulation. Julia's will be selling the 24th sheet found of this rare modern issue; it was purchased in Waterville, Me., in September 2015.This profoundly rare sheet of non-inverted Jenny Stamps with a certificate of authenticity from the USPS is estimated at $40,000-$60,000.

Other fine categories featured during the second day of this comprehensive sale include rugs, stoneware, accessories, antique silver, and Object d'Art, among many others.

The third and final day of Julia's annual winter auction is dedicated to Asian Art.Julia's is the go-to auction house in the United States for remarkable pan-Asian treasures including furniture, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, cloisonné, jades, and porcelain.Day three features over 450 fine Asian items, and again confirms Julia's as a leader in these categories.These spectacular treasures have been inspected and cataloged by Julia's new team of Asian art experts.They include Anthony Wu, the Former Asian Art Department Head at one of Canada's largest auction houses, and Joshua Chamberlain, a leading east coast Asian dealer and expert with a vast general knowledge of Asian items with great emphasis on fine porcelain.

Julia's is pleased to present a number of remarkable items from the collection of Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt.Museum quality items on offer include an 800 Piece Collection of Rare Asian Photographs (estimated at $200,000-$400,000); a Monumental and Extremely Rare Pair of Cast Iron Buddhist Lions (estimated at $50,000-$75,000); a Mottled Jade Carving of a Carp (estimated at $15,000-$25,000); and a Pair of Massive Screens with Landscape Designs, estimated at $20,000-$35,000.

Scrolls, artwork, and thangkas are featured prominently during day three of this sales event. Outstanding Asian works on paper, linen, and silk include: a 17th century hand scroll Raising The Alms-Bowl: The Conversation of Hariti The Mother of Demons (estimated at $15,000-$20,000); a c. 18th century Tibetan Painting of Five Mandala of Yama Dharmarja Buddhist Protector (estimated at $8,000-$12,000); and a Finely Painted Thangka of Eleven-Headed Avalokiteshvara, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Julia's selection of decorative items, jades, porcelains, and cloissone objects offered on the final day of this sale are truly in a class by themselves.Asian arts enthusiasts will find their cups running over in regards to this auction's finely carved large Rhino Horn Scholar's Landscape Cup. This 17th century rarity depicts multiple scholars painting, drinking tea, and reading poetry, all underneath a canopy of pine amidst a mountainous backdrop.It is estimated at $25,000-$35,000.Fine jade selections include a broad range of pendants, carvings and snuff bottles.A large He Tian Jade Pendant(estimated at $25,000-$35,000) and a Jade Buddhist Monk with a Begging Bowl, estimated at $15,000-$25,000, will have competing bidders seeing green.Porcelain highlights include a Famille Rose Plaque depicting Zhong Qui’s sister being led by a demon to her wedding(estimated at $20,000-$30,000) and a Republican period Highly Unusual Carved Black and White Vase, estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Collectors will certainly color their worlds with this auction's great selection of cloissone treasures with a pair of Monumental Gilt Four Part Censers burning things up with their $12,000-$15,000 estimate.

Bronzes represent the last, but hardly least, of the wonderful Asian lots in this sale.This event offers collectors a variety of bronze censers, Buddhas, vases and other traditional and ritual items.Heavy hitting highlights include: a Finely Cast Bronze Model of A Foo Lion and Cub (estimated at $7,000-$10,000); a Standing Figure of Amitabhu Buddha (estimated at $6,000-$8,000); and a Japanese sculpture of Perched Peasants, estimated at $2,000-$4,000.

More information on James D. Julia's outstanding three-day Winter Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques auction, as well as the full catalog, can be found online at auction is fully documented in two lavish, full-color, detailed, and illustrated print catalogs; they are available for $40 each or both for $75. In addition to pre-bids, telephone bids, and in-person bids, James D. Julia accepts bids via Bill Gage, Tony Greist, and Katya Tilton welcome your questions and inquiries; they can be reached at or by calling 207-453-7125.

This event will host its preview on February 2nd from 9am-5pm and February 3rd-5th from 8am-10am.The auction will be held on February 3rd-5th, beginning at 10am each day at Julia’s facilities at 203 Skowhegan Road in Fairfield, Maine.

The Houston Museum Antiques Show & Sale 2016 will be Feb. 26-28 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The 2016 Houston Antiques Show & Sale, slated for Feb. 26-28 in Chattanooga, Tenn., will feature special guest Kirk J. Nelson, director of the New Bedford Museum of Glass in New Bedford, Mass. “I grew up in Manchester, Connecticut, which is the site of an 18th-century glass factory, Pitkin Glass Works,” Mr. Nelson said. “The ruins of it are still standing. My father was a collector of several things, including glass and antiques, and I began to collect as well, coins and stamps in the beginning.”

While a sophomore in college, Nelson drove to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., where he was amazed at the collection. He became particularly interested in the development of the glass press and sandwich glass, and the fight over who owned the patents for pressing glass in the 1830s. Nelson also began collecting books on glass, amassing more than 2,000 titles, which he has now donated to the New Bedford Museum of Glass, whose collection includes more than 10,000 books on glass topics.

Special guest speaker Kirk J. Nelson is director of the New Bedford Museum of Glass in New Bedford, Mass.

At the Houston show, Nelson will speak on art glass of 1870-90s and on New Bedford glass. He will also do limited periods of glass identification for show attendees who bring pieces in. (This will not include valuation of items.) Mr. Nelson earned his master’s degree and certificate of museum studies from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the Winterthur Museum and the University of Delaware. His master's thesis examined the development of the American glass press during the 1820s and 1830s.

The Houston Museum in Chattanooga’s Bluff View Arts District is a small but stunning gem in the city’s arts crown. Created with the astounding collection of Anna Safley Houston who during her lifetime amassed more than 15,000 antique pitchers and thousands of other glassware pieces and antiques; the Victorian house on High Street housing the museum has become a national mecca for antique lovers and glass collectors.

The Antiques Show & Sale benefiting Chattanooga's Houston Museum will be held in Stratton Hall, at 3146 Broad Street in Chattanooga, Tenn. Show hours are Feb. 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Central time) and Feb. 28 from noon until 4 p.m. Admission is $10. For more information, call 423-267-7176, or visit 

Lightner Museum Curator’s Tour is Held Each Month. Feb. 3 Topic: French Taste for America’s Gilded Age

Lightner Museum Curator Barry Myers conducts monthly tours featuring unique and special treasures of the Museum. The tours are the first Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. and offer guests an intimate encounter with a select few of the Lightner's eclectic relics.

February’s Curator’s Tour, slated for Feb. 3, will highlight America’s passion for French design in the Gilded Age. In the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were ambassadors to France and developed a taste for French cuisine and decorative arts. These gentlemen introduced French style to the American public. From the 1850s to the 1910s, French style was all the rage. As wealthy Americans traveled to Europe during the 19th century, many became enamored with French style and culture.

Commode (low cabinet or chest of drawers), circa 1900. Mahogany with inlaid marquetry and parquetry veneers, gilt bronze ormolu and moulded allegorical figures.

An opportunity to meet Mr. Myers, along with an interactive tour, gives local residents and tourists alike an opportunity to learn the history of the building and to explore more deeply the Museum’s collections. Tours are included in the price of admission and will begin in the front lobby of the Museum at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Admission is free for St. Johns County residents with valid identification.

Maid at the Door, oil on canvas, Leon Francois Comerre, French, 19th century.

Donations are appreciated and will be accepted after the tour. The Lightner Museum is a non-profit cultural institution sustained by the generous support of individuals, businesses and sponsors. For more information, call 904-824-2874 or visit 

TLCI’s New On-line Guide Is Coming!

Tea Leaf Club International (TLCI) will be launching a free on-line guide to help collectors identify and recognize the many body styles, motifs, potters, and characteristics of the popular decorated ironstone. Target date for the launch is March 1, 2016.

When available, one will be able to view many photos of representative pieces and learn more about the history and development of Tea Leaf through the years. Cross-referencing will allow better access for comparisons. For example, calling up information on sugar bowls will bring up photos of many pieces in various body styles and by different potters. This will help in initial identification of a particular piece. Then, using the link from a photo, one can bring up more information on that style and potter. Visit for information. 

The Metrolina Antique Market and “Me Month”
(or, Is it Possible to Find My Great Grandfather’s Sword?

Most folks focus on others during November and December, with days filled with shopping, traveling, cooking and entertaining. Therefore, many people think of January as a kind of “me month,” a time to choose something special for one’s own self. Dealers at the January show at the Metrolina Antique Market (December 31 to January 3) are ready to spoil all those givers with great deals on everything from Bakelite bangles to bandoliers.

But “Me” is taking on a much larger meaning with the introduction of the show’s association with Family Heirloom Exchange, the world’s largest source of indexed identified items owned by antique dealers and others. Family researchers can search by last name or other criteria for “Orphaned Heirlooms” that are associated with ancestors. The website has had success matching family Bibles, photos, Civil War letters, WWI and WWII items and much more to the delight of descendants and dealers alike.

“Imagine going to an antique show, giving your family names to an usher, who escorts you directly to dealers who have antiques related to those names,” explained Joy Shivar, conceptualist and longtime Metrolina dealer in American history artifacts. “There are tens of thousands of identified items on the antique market. Our website is a 'virtual antique show' that makes it possible for antique dealers to easily communicate with the family researchers who will cherish those items forever.” is a membership site with two levels of participation—free and supporting. Free members can do initial searches and receive automatic notifications called “Joy Alerts” as items are added, associated with up to 20 family names (surnames). Supporting members pay $20 a year to receive Joy Alerts and have full access to detailed information about items including price and contact information for the seller. Supporting members may also post unlimited numbers of items with no additional listing fees. Nor does the site currently charge commissions or buyer’s premiums.

“We truly just want to make matches,” said Shivar. “The more members, the more surnames, the more postings, the more matches—that is our goal. Even though it is still a needle in a haystack—it is a very good haystack. JustaJoy also offers antique dealers another avenue to sell at a very nominal cost with a chance to make someone very happy. What could be better than that?” has members in every U.S. state and in many foreign countries.

The Metrolina Antique Market invites everyone to meet Joy and to participate in “Me Month.” The January show will also feature local craft beer and food trucks to enhance the experience. Visit for more information and special offers or call 704-714-7909. 

Publisher of Southeastern Antiquing Magazine Retires

James McElreath, the creator and publisher of Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine, retired recently after 19 years of leading the magazine and 50 years as owner of McElreath Printing and Publishing in Acworth, Ga. Jim, who was the namesake of “Poor Jim’s Almanac,” was a great collector and antiquer who loved visiting antique shops, malls and shows.

Jim is beloved by his employees and will be greatly missed. 

Marburger Farm Antique Show Fall 2015:
350 Exhibitors Bring Beauty to Function – Making Decorative a Good Word

Once upon a time, snooty antique dealers might have turned up their noses at the “merely decorative.” Not so at the September 29 – 0ctober 3, 2015 Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top. For 350 mega-talented exhibitors, and not a snoot among them, decorative is the new benchmark for buyers.

“People want fabulous decorative antiques to decorate their houses with. Decorative is a good word,” said Susan Clifton from Chine Antiques in Boulder, Colorado. Formerly of Provence, France, Clifton has sources for both French and Swedish antiques, and she buys and sells at good price points. Leaving her booth at Marburger Farm were French benches, Swedish tables, paintings, lighting, prints and other mid-size decorative accessories, as well as French garden furniture to be used to decorate indoors and out.

Decorative antiques are items that can be easily and readily used to decorate and that bear an enhancement beyond function. They feature beauty and character; most are also functional, and some also carry historical meaning. The set of 1790s barn doors sold by South Porch Antiques to an HGTV star at the show is a good example. From the Rochester, N.Y., area, the heavy wood doors were over ten feet tall with original iron hinges and with the wood boards perfectly arranged in a slanted pattern. They oozed historic and visual character and will transform any space, as decorative art on a wall or as functional doors—or both.

Also selling large items was Halsey Dean Gallery of Sandersville, Georgia. “We had a very, very strong show,” said co-owner Chris Gibbie. “It was our best show for selling furniture ever. We are thrilled.” This is not just any furniture: it’s highly decorative as well as functional. Halsey Dean sold a mix of Mid-century Modern and traditional styles, including an Italian Venini chandelier, an early Jansen coffee table, a pair of glamorous nickel-plated French lamps shaped like large urns, a steel console by Raymond Subes and a collection of Salterini garden furniture. Sprawled alongside the historic Silver Dollar Saloon at the show, their booth could have been the “1st Dibs” website on a Texas cow pasture.

Not far away, in the Artisan Tent, Denver, Colorado, artist Dolan Geiman sold mix-media artworks created from antique fragments that he has collected since childhood. With a vaguely southern feel, the pieces sold included large scale portraits such as Geiman’s “Chief Constellation” portrait of an Indian chief in full headdress, more portraits, prints, collages and a decorative vintage bicycle. The show featured approximately 30 artisan exhibitors with original works to complement the vast selection of antiques.

Selling antique art, Kansas City-area Horsefeathers Antiques sold folk art, fine art—and chairs. “Lots of chairs,” said owner Judy Ball. Atlanta exhibitor Greg Mountcastle also sold chairs: a set of four Regency armchairs, as well as a pair of black faux bamboo armchairs and a set of six Italian iron chairs. “It was a great show for me,” reported Mountcastle. He also sold high style decorative/functional pieces such as a 1980s John Dickinson-style plaster table and Gio Ponti style dining table.

Leslie Davis of Leslie Davis Interiors in West Palm Beach, Florida, saw a lot of color go home with buyers. “This was such a good-looking show,” said Davis. She sold vivid custom pillows made from vintage textiles, leather books for decorating, brass and abstract oil paintings in bright tones.

Knowing that unpainted wood also sells at Marburger Farm, Lora Levin of Houston’s LR Antiques sold a huge (over 11 feet long) 19th c. mahogany library table with simple lines. “It’s going right into an Arts and Crafts-era mansion,” reported Levin. “We sold evenly to homeowners, interior designers and retail dealers.” A French walnut wine tasting table will go into a Round Top home and decorative smalls such as Staffordshire, oriental antiques and French country accessories and furniture will go into design projects and retail stores. “We had a very good opening day and then worked with customers who came back or called all week long.”

Alameda, California dealer Rebecca Looten of Monsoon Imports held up the south Asian end of the show with a booth full of antiques and architectural fragments hand-picked in India. “I sold desks, storage cupboards and other furniture to store owners and smaller decorative antiques to homeowners. My customers are people who love to decorate their homes. Marburger Farm is the only show for me.” Looten sold pairs of wood corbels and 18 of the 20 marble wedding platters that she brought, some as wide as three feet. “People use them to decorate tables for the holidays and for food.” She also sold wooden mortars, architectural fragments and “…anything to put a plant in.”

Rick Fusco and Basia Duris of Archangel Design in Hutchinson Island, Florida, sold a wide range of merchandise, from a child’s barber chair to Lucite tables to iron entry gates from New York to a Victorian carousel horse carving. “You get such a great mix of people at Marburger Farm—designers, architects, husband, wives, all kinds of people out looking to buy something. Texans are such fantastic people. We’ll be back,” said Fusco. Archangel also sold a pair of early zinc corbels, a large Fiske urn and two 1970s Italian Fendi chairs with the original leopard pattern fabric.

Exhibitor Janet Wiebe, based in Houston, buys out of Europe, directly importing her own selections for 25 years. Her pieces merge beauty with function. Selling at the show were 15 trumeau mirrors with their graceful decorative trim, an 18th c. pharmacy cabinet in original paint, a pair of 19th c. wood lanterns with their early water gilding decoration and two 18th c. Italian chandeliers. “We sold everything: big, small, furniture, jewelry, lighting. We sold all week, right to the end,” said Wiebe. “Marburger Farm is the only show that I do. It has the best dealers and the best shoppers. What more could you want?”

Well, Marburger Farm wants you--to return to the spring 2016 show or to come for the first time. The spring Marburger Farm Antique Show is open Tuesday, March 29 – Saturday April 2, 2016. One admission is good all week. Parking is free. Advance tickets and group tickets are available. See information on travel, maps, vendors, special events, lodging, on-site shipping and the Marburger Cafe at or call Ashley Ferguson at 800-947-5799. Follow show news on Facebook or on the show blog at 

Colonial Williamsburg’s 68th Antiques Forum Examines Early Republic Treasures

The 68th Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum convenes Feb. 19-24, 2016 and promises guests a trip through the nation’s first half century, when seismic cultural shifts spawned astounding change in the American decorative arts. “Creating an American Identity: A Revolution in Decorative Arts, 1776-1826” features a series of programs highlighting the expertise of top historians and curators from around the nation, with optional regional tours and workshops available for registered guests.

“With independence from Great Britain, the United States was free to trade with nations around the world. As technology enhanced tradecraft, migration within and beyond the former colonies blurred the lines between regional styles,” said Ronald L. Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg’s Carlisle H. Humelsine chief curator and vice president of collections, conservation and museums. “These forces together revolutionized American decorative arts in the Early National period.”

Highlights of this year’s forum include guest presenters: Philip Zea, president of Historic Deerfield, Mass., who will discuss “The Revolution in Craftsmanship: Fate, Fashion and Furniture in the War for Independence”; Matthew Thurlow of the Decorative Arts Trust, whose presentation is titled “Fit for the Virtuous Woman: A Neoclassical Lady’s Writing Desk from Baltimore”; and scholar H. Parrott Bacot, who will address “Louisiana Furniture: the Acculturation Process, 1735-1835.”

Optional bus trips precede the forum and depart from the Williamsburg Lodge. They include the overnight “Plantations of the Albemarle” Feb. 18-19 led by Robert A. Leath, vice president, collections and research and chief curator of The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) at Old Salem, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Sally Gant, MESDA director of education and special programs.

Optional one-day bus trips Feb. 19 are: “South of the James: Powhatan and Amelia Counties,” led by Sara Lee Barnes, library associate, University of Virginia Library, and independent scholar Gordon Lohr of Richmond; “The Lower James: Bricks and Stones and Colonial Bones,” led by antiquarian Ralph Harvard and Matt Webster, director of Colonial Williamsburg’s Grainger Department of Architectural Preservation; and “Richmond’s Finest: The Georgian Revival Houses of William Lawrence Bottomley and Herbert A. Claiborne” led by J. Thomas Savage, director of museum affairs, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.

Optional curator-led workshops Feb. 24 at the Bruton Heights Collections and Conservation Building are “Eagles, Bellflowers and Tapered Legs: Neoclassicism in American Furniture,” “Up Close and Personal: A Study of Post-revolutionary Portraits,” “Treatment Techniques in the Textile Conservation Laboratory,” “Punch Bowls to Peace Medals: Commemorative Goods of the Early Republic,” and “Transforming the George Wythe House into Washington’s Headquarters.”

Registration is available online at or by calling 1-800-603-0948. Forum registration is $650 per person and includes presentations, an opening reception, four continental breakfasts, four coffee breaks, three afternoon refreshment breaks, a closing dinner and Colonial Williamsburg admission through Feb. 26. Museum professional registration is available for $325, limited to two registrants per institution and does not include the closing dinner. Opening reception tickets for non-registered guests are $50; closing reception and dinner tickets for non-registered guests are $85. Registration for the optional bus tours is $175 to $325. Registration for each optional curator-led workshop is $75.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation preserves, restores and operates Virginia’s 18th-century capital of Williamsburg. Innovative and interactive experiences, such as the street theater Revolutionary City® and the RevQuest: Save the Revolution!TM series of technology-assisted alternate reality games, highlight the relevance of the American Revolution to contemporary life and the importance of an informed, active citizenry. The Colonial Williamsburg experience includes more than 400 restored or reconstructed original buildings, renowned museums of decorative arts and folk art, extensive educational outreach programs for students and teachers, lodging, culinary options from historic taverns to casual or elegant dining, the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club featuring 45 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones and his son Rees Jones, a full-service spa and fitness center, pools, retail stores and gardens. Philanthropic support and revenue from admissions, products and hospitality operations sustain Colonial Williamsburg’s educational programs and preservation initiatives. 

40th Annual Pineapple Antiques Show Benefiting The Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise Foundation to be Managed by Dolphin Promotions

Dolphin Promotions is pleased to announce that it has been selected by The Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise Foundation to manage the 40th Annual Pineapple Antiques Show to be held March 12-13, 2016 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. The 40th Annual Pineapple Antiques Show will feature 40 carefully selected dealers from across the U.S., Canada and Europe presenting a wide range of quality antique furniture, paintings, silver, bronzes, porcelain, crystal, antique and estate jewelry, pottery, prints, watches, rare books, vintage clothing and accessories, and much more.

The two-day event will open on Saturday, March 12 and continue through Sunday, March 13 at the beautifully renovated Sarasota Municipal Auditorium located at 801 N. Tamiami Trail, just a few blocks north of Fruitville Road. Show hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 – good for return both days of the show.

“I just love Sarasota and am so looking forward to organizing the Pineapple Antiques Show for The Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise Foundation,” stated Rosemary Krieger, President of Dolphin Promotions, “We have organized antiques shows in Sarasota for over 25 years—so we have relationships with many dealers and collectors in the area. Sarasota is a wonderful community which has a very strong market for art, antiques and design."

Dolphin Promotions also organizes the Sarasota Winter Art & Antiques Show & Sale which will be held January 14-17, 2016 at Municipal Auditorium and benefits the local charity Designing Women. Dolphin Promotion’s portfolio of shows also includes the Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show, Los Angeles Modernism Show benefiting P.S. ARTS, Palm Springs Modernism Show benefiting Modernism Week, and new Fall Edition of the Palm Springs Modernism Show benefiting Modernism Week. The Hillsborough Antiques + Art + Design Show held three times annually in San Mateo, Calif., and benefiting United Veterans Services, is the newest addition to their schedule of shows. For more information, visit





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