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Morphy Auctions' October 2105 Premier Coin Sales Event Cashes In With Sales Topping $690,000

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Color Your World With Julia’s November 18 Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Auction

Nov. 17th
Nov. 18th

Morphy Auctions' October Premier Antique Fishing Tackle Sales Event Reels in Over Half A Million Dollars

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James D. Julia Leads the Way in a Firearms Auction Extravaganza that Exceeds $19 Million!

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Pook & Pook, Inc. November 14th Sporting Sale

November 14th

Morphy Auctions' October Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Sales Event Takes The Victory Lap With Sales Topping $4.4 Million!

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GasLamp Stores in Nashville, Tenn., Gearing Up for Holiday Open House

Nov. 21st

Metrolina October Show One Soggy Event, But Drier for November Extravaganza

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Julien's To Auction Property From Collection of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach

Dec. 4-5

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

March 12-13, 2016

Chamblee’s Antique Row’ Annual Holiday Open House

Dec. 5-6

Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2016 Normandy Sacrifice for freedom: Albert H. Small Student Teacher Institute

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Morphy Auctions' October 2105 Premier Coin Sales Event Cashes In With Sales Topping $690,000

Morphy's October 31st Premier Coin Auction was all treats and no tricks for the hundreds of numismatists participating in the sale. This event featured 828 lots of the world's most collectible and important local, national, and international currencies, including gold coins and silver dollars, with all denominations and key and semi-key dates represented. When the final hammer fell on this 100% sell-through event, 90 lots realized $1,000 or above, nine lots realized $2,500 or above, and five lots registered over $5,000.

1796 US Liberty Cap half cent, $6,500.

This auction offered lucky collectors an outstanding selection of more than 50 penny and half cent coin-buying opportunities. A1796 United States Liberty Cap half cent, in very good condition, realized $6,500. The head-right facing version of this currency was only minted from 1794 through 1797 and is extraordinarily rare. One collector took a shine to a 1909 S VDB graded wheat penny that realized $2,500. This highly sought-after coin in mint condition features the initials of Victor David Brenner, the designer of the Lincoln cent, and was minted in San Francisco. 

1909 S VDB graded wheat penny, $2,500.

Silver dollars were another sterling category in this auction, with more than two dozen examples on offer. A 1796 small Eagle silver dollar in fine plus condition soared to $9,000. This coin, minted from only from 1795 to 1803, was made from 89.2% silver instead of the traditional 90%, due to a silver shortage at the time. An 1893 Morgan silver dollar in very good condition realized $4,000, far from small change. Its mark from the San Francisco mint makes this example much more desirable than similar examples struck in Philadelphia, Carson City, or New Orleans.

1796 small Eagle silver dollar, $9,000.

Collectors also took a shine to over 100 lots of gold coins featured in this sale. An 1878 United States $3 cased gold coin realized $2,500. Minted from 1854 to 1889, it features an Indian princess as part of its unusual design. A 1799 United States $10 Liberty gold coin found its freedom at $9,000. This extremely fine example was designed by Robert Scot, the first chief engraver of the United States Mint.

Cut sheets and bank notes were also high currency contenders in this auction. A 1917 United States Elliot-Burke uncirculated $1 note cut sheet more doubled its high estimate to realize $2,000. A handsomely illustrated 1875 $10 Ephrata, Pennsylvania charter realized $2,250, while a 1902 Gap, Pennsylvania charter with a distinctive red seal realized $2,750. Both of these Lancaster area bank notes were initially issued at $10, making them very good investments indeed.

According to Dr. John Morphy, coin expert and lead cataloger for this sale, "It was extraordinary to see such strength across every currency category represented in this auction. 98% of the items were from the Shirley and Elmer Pierce collection, which was expertly curated over almost seven decades. The Pierce family attended the sale and was delighted not only with the financial results, but the outpouring of interest in Elmer's legacy in the coin-collecting community. Elmer had a particularly good eye for Pennsylvania-area currencies. These also attracted the interest of many local numismatists, who bid enthusiastically for the best examples." 

Morphy Auctions' October Premier Antique Fishing Tackle Sales Event Reels in Over Half A Million Dollars

It's no fish tale to say that Morphy's debut antique fishing sales event was a phenomenal success! Led by Morphy's department head and well known industry expert Joe Stagnitti, this auction featured more than 550 of the most interesting and collectible fishing baits and lures, reels and rods, accessories, and related ephemera in recent memory. Collectors seemed to agree with 35 lots realizing $2,000 or above, 13 lots realizing $5,000 or more, and six lots casting past $10,000.

A Wiggle Tail Minnow Co., Detroit, MI., c. 1912, estimated at $5,000-$10,000, realized $23,180.

This auction featured an enormous selection of amazing baits and lures from famous manufacturers including James Heddon, William Shakespeare Jr., Creek Chub, and Pflueger. Many were with their original boxes or cards and in extraordinary condition. A Moonlight Dreadnought bait and box, Paw Paw, MI, estimated at $4,000-7,000, had one collector moonstruck at $29,280. A Wiggle Tail Minnow Co., Detroit, MI., c. 1912, estimated at $5,000-10,000, realized a not-so-little $23,180. Other irresistible sales highlights included an EC Adams Jersey Expert with box and paper which was estimated at $8,000-12,000 and sold for $19,520, and a Moonlight Paw Paw Underwater Minnow with box, which was estimated at $4,000-6,000 but more than tripled its high estimate to realize $18,300.

A Moonlight Dreadnought bait and box, Paw Paw, MI, estimated at $4,000-$7,000, sold for $29,280.

Rods and reels were also well represented in this sale. Bidders seemed to be hooked on the fine examples from the many companies and individual craftsmen on offer. A HS Gillum deluxe salmon fly rod, bag and tube, estimated at $600-1,000, had one collector fully equipped at $1,708. A new in the box EJ Sellers Deluxe Bas-Kit Reel, estimated at $500-$1,000, reeled in $1,300. A rare and historically important Peter A. Altmaeir 1869 patent handle reel sold at $6,000. Other reel-deal highlights include a Philbrook & Paine marbleized salmon reel, a HL Leonard bi-metal raised pillar salmon reel, and a JF and BF Meek #1 brass Kentucky reel that sold for $12,200, $9,760, and $4,270 respectively.

A great selection of fishing related ephemera and collectibles rounded out this well-curated sale. These included fishing licenses and buttons, advertising, and fine and folk carvings, among other rarities. Collectors fell hook, line, and sinker over a c. 1930 South Bend fishing tackle display, which was estimated at $800-1,500 and realized $3,250. An incredible Nash of Maine brook trout mount, estimated at $4,000-6,000, came to life at $7,500. A 1912 Bristol Fishing Rods calendar, estimated at $500-$1,500, stood the test of time to realize $2,000.

C. 1930 South Bend fishing tackle display estimated at $800-$1,500 realized $3,250.

According to Joe Stagnitti, Division Head of the Antique and Vintage Fishing Tackle, Baits, and Ephemera Division at Morphy Auctions, "I could not be more pleased with the results of this debut sales event. We had over 300 online bidders, 65 people live at the sale, and a 99.5% sell-through rate. Our top consignor was in the audience and was delighted and overwhelmed with the results. We have already started accepting consignments for our next semiannual fishing auction, scheduled for April, 2016."

Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collectibles, is headquartered in Denver, Pennsylvania. A full-service auction house, the company presents over 30 premier auctions annually, as well as monthly discovery sales. Morphy's team of specialists includes the nation's finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, petroliana and automobilia; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; and jewelry. Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories. Morphy's has been in business since 2004 and has grown from two to over 65 employees in over a decade. For more information on Morphy Auctions, visit 

Pook & Pook, Inc. November 14th Sporting Sale

Building on its first dedicated sporting sale in May, Pook & Pook, Inc.’s November catalog highlights the artistry in this often functional category. Detailed engravings, inlays, and carvings abound on older firearms, while newer offerings often feature decorative accents, accessories, or original cases. Filled with militaria, firearms, sporting art, and Native American items, Pook & Pook, Inc.’s Sporting Sale has something for bidders of every price point.

Jacob Dickert (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 1740-1822) full stock flintlock long rifle.

The auction opens with long guns, including Pennsylvania long rifles from renowned makers Johannes Derr, Jacob Dickert, Peter White, and J. D. Gill. The rare, signed Peter White example is accompanied by another relief-carved long rifle that is the epitome of White’s Bedford County school. The desirable Jacob Dickert rifle has little extraneous ornamentation, but this makes its characteristic daisy finial patchbox and long tiger maple stock that much more striking. Also of note are two finely detailed AyA No. 2 shotguns with elaborate full scroll engraving.

AyA – Aguirre y Aranzabal No. 2 sidelock ejector 20 gauge shotgun

The shotguns’ intricate decoration is rivaled only by a scroll engraved Colt Model 1849 presentation pocket revolver. One of several handguns up for auction, this piece is in rare company, including a Colt Second Model Dragoon revolver, a U. S. Model 1805 Harper’s Ferry flintlock pistol, and a U. S. Model 1855 pistol carbine with its original shoulder stock.

Scroll engraved presentation Colt Model 1849 five-shot percussion pocket revolver

Colt Second Model Dragoon six-shot percussion revolver

Pook & Pook, Inc.’s handguns, including several commemorative and 20th century examples, are followed by a group of historic militaria, sporting accessories, and artwork. Original oil paintings by Richard Bishop are a highlight, as are several duck decoys. A signed copy of Joel Barber’s Wild Fowl Decoys kicks off a collection of carved and painted decoys, including the work of Virginia artist William Gibian. His preening wood duck drake is a lovely example sure to elicit interest amongst Southern collectors.

November 14th’s sale concludes with over sixty lots of Native American artwork. Baskets, weavings, and pottery, as well as stone and wood carvings, close a strong second foray into dedicated sporting auctions.

Interested bidders are encouraged to contact Pook & Pook, Inc. at or (610) 269-4040 with questions regarding condition reports, in-house, phone, or absentee bidder registration, or to purchase a catalog. Catalogs can also be viewed online at or, where online bidding is also available. A gallery exhibition is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th, from 12 pm to 5 pm and Wednesday, November 11th through Friday, November 13th, from 10 pm-4 pm. Bidders may also preview items on Saturday, November 14th, the morning of the auction, from 8 am-9 am. The sale begins at 9:00 am. 

Morphy Auctions' October Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Sales Event Takes The Victory Lap With Sales Topping $4.4 Million!

Enthusiasts just couldn't get enough of Morphy Auctions' October 5th Automobilia and Petroliana sales event in Denver, Penn., so much that the reserved-seating-only auction lasted almost 11 hours long. This remarkable buying opportunity featured 800 of the finest oil and gas related signs, globes, and pumps and had practically a 100% sell-through rate. After the hammer fell for the last time, 91 lots realized $10,000 or above. In addition, 17 lots realized $25,000 or more, and 7 lots sped past $50,000.

Polly SSP die-cut neon sign estimated at $70,000-$100,000 realized $91,500.

This auction featured many absolutely remarkable signs that generated sales results to match. Bird was the word with a Polly SSP die-cut neon sign. It was estimated at $70,000-$100,000 and realized $91,500. A Kelly Tires with "Lotta Miles" logo sign rolled right over its estimate of $50,000-$80,000 to realize $90,280. Also of interest was a Harbor Petroleum Products with seaplane logo sign that soared past its $35,000-$50,000 estimate to realize $73,200, and Pennsylvania Vacuum Cup Tires die-cut flange sign whose cup runneth over to $50,020 on a $15,000-$25,000 estimate.

Kelly Tires with "Lotta Miles" logo sign estimated at $50,000-$80,000 realized $90,280.

Harbor Petroleum Products with seaplane logo sign soared past its $35,000-$50,000 estimate to realize $73,200,

There's no getting around the fact that globes are very popular among car enthusiasts. This sale delivered world-class result in this category. A Bengal Green Gasoline with logo 15-inch single lens, estimated at $5,000-$10,000, roared to $24,400, while a Superior Gasoline lenses new HP metal globe body took the high road to realize $23,180 on its $5,000-$8,000 estimate. A Speedway Lens original red ripple globe body that realized $23,180 and a super rare Standard Oil chimney cap etched OPC that realized $18,300 round out these globe highlights; both of these selections were originally estimated at $5,000-$8,000.

Buyers could not help getting pumped up over this auction's fantastic selection of gas pumps. A very rare Service Station Equipment Eco-meter gas pump, estimated at $20,000-$40,000, realized $61,000, while a Raymond "4 in 1 Justice" 5-gallon visible gas pump, estimated $15,000-$20,000, flexed its muscles to realize $46,360. Other "full service" pump highlights included: a Correct Measure "Correct-o-meter" gas pump which was estimated at $15,000-$30,000 and realized $34,160; a Milwaukee Model #850 cash recorder gas pump which was estimated at $5,000-$10,000 and realized $15,860; and a Gilmore Blue-Green Gasoline with logo gas pump that was estimated at $7,500-$10,000 and realized $15,860.

As with any auction, this sales event offered good values for those willing to go off the beaten path. It was a Sunday drive for bidders who scored a Packard service sign, estimated at $20,000-$40,000; an Evangeline Gasoline with logo sign, estimated for $15,000-30,000, for $12,200; and a Canadian Double ten gallon visible gas pump, estimated at $20,000-$40,000 for $16,470.

According to Dan Matthews, Division Head of Petroliana/Automobilia at Morphy Auctions, "This first of four oil and gas sales events featuring the amazing Kyle Moore collection truly achieved astonishing results. However, given the quality and scope of the items on offer, I am not surprised at how enthusiastically the collecting community embraced this buying opportunity. I look forward to presenting 1,200 more lots from the Moore collection at our upcoming two-day Petroliana/Automobilia sales event on January 9th and 10th, 2016."


About Morphy Auctions: Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collectibles, is headquartered in Denver, Pennsylvania. The company also has an office in Las Vegas, Nevada. A full service auction house, the company presents over 30 premier auctions annually, as well as monthly discovery sales. Morphy's team of specialists includes the nation's finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, petroliana and automobilia; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; and jewelry. Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories. Morphy's has been in business since 2004 and has grown from two to over 65 employees in over a decade. For more information on Morphy Auctions, please visit 

Color Your World With Julia’s November 18 Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Auction

It's the can't-miss sales event of the fall—James D. Julia's annual November Lamps, Glass and Fine Jewelry auction. This remarkable auction features more than 650 lots with over $2 million in inventory from many fresh-to-the-market private collections from all across the United States. With more than $500,000 in unreserved consignments, this sale offers collectors fantastic buying opportunities with bargains to be had from start to finish.

A rare Tiffany October Night chandelier, estimated at $160,000-$180,000.

This sale offers many other truly outstanding Tiffany lighting and art glass examples. Most collectors will feel a little evening romance over an exceptionally rare and lovely October Night chandelier (estimated at $160,000-$180,000), a rare mottled and opalescent Koi Fish lamp, with provenance to a 1991 international auction (estimated at $50,000-$100,000), a Poppy lamp with amber and lavender glass that truly comes to life when illuminated (estimated at $70,000-$90,000), and a newly discovered Apple Blossom "dash numbered" shade, found in an Ohio home, which is estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Our research shows that this remarkable example, numbered 1512-1, has never appeared at auction before.

A rare mottled and opalescent Koi Fish lamp, with provenance to a 1991 international auction, estimated at $50,000-$100,000.

Julia's is thrilled to present the spectacular Dr. Robert LeVere glass collection on offer without reserves. Collectors will truly appreciate this 60-piece grouping, all in immaculate condition. LeVere, from central Ohio, purchased these fantastic examples in the 1960s and 1970s during trips to New York City associated with professional conferences. This collection features a breathtaking selection of top of the line 1920s era Argy Rousseau pate de verre in extremely choice patterns. Highlights include a marvelous Spiders & Brambles vase, a Feather vase, and a Chrysanthemum vase; each is estimated between $1,500 and $3,000. These patterns all reflect the nature, floral, and animal themes that were so popular at the time.

The LeVere collection also features a number of remarkable French cameo glass from a number of prestigious and well-known manufacturers. Cameo glass highlights include a Galle mold blown red and yellow crocus vase (estimated at $2,000-$3,000), a Daum Nancy winter scene vase (estimated at $1,500-$3,000), and a Burgun & Schverer Bleeding Heart gilded cameo vase, estimated at $1,500-$3,000. Collectors will certainly cast a hungry eye to a number of Victorian era and Early American examples including Stevens & Williams and Sandwich items, including a pair of green tulip vases (estimated at $1,000-$1,500), and an English carved vase with applied handles attributed to Stevens & Williams, estimated at $600-$900.

This auction offers nine outstanding Tiffany Studios and fine lamp examples from the collection of Jean Paul Loup. Loup, a successful dealer and collector of fine art and glass from the Chicago area, came to America from France on holiday when he was just 22 years old in 1965 with the intention of staying for two months. He fell in love with the country and never left, becoming a U.S. citizen on July 4th, 1976.

After building a reputation and financial success in the international fine art world, Mr. Loup has become a collector of fine things, including fine and contemporary art, American and French art glass, and Tiffany lighting. A discriminating collector, Mr. Loup purchased each of these quality lamps at either James D. Julia, Inc. or Sotheby’s New York. Collectors will unquestionably take a shine to the nine conservatively priced lamps, highlighted by a Nasturtium table lamp on a rare American Indian-style base and an Allover Dogwood lamp (each estimated at $40,000-$50,000), as well as an Arrowroot table lamp and a Daffodil lamp (each estimated at $35,000-$45,000).

Art glass spanning several genres is a major category of offerings in this upcoming sale. Dr. Mark Jackson, from the St. Louis, Missouri, area, began collecting art glass as a child when he accompanied his parents on buying trips and to antique shows. This auction features almost 50 of the finest selections from this diverse collection.

A 14.5-inch, iris and flames Galle marquetry vase in its original presentation box, estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

The Jackson collection features five magnificent Galle marquetry vases. A highlight from this grouping—and perhaps the entire auction as a whole—is a 14.5-inch iris and flames Galle marquetry vase in its original presentation box, which is estimated at $15,000-$25,000. Our cataloger described it as: "The highest quality Galle marquetry piece we have ever had the privilege of offering." Collectors will also be all aflutter over a 13.75-inch Galle marquetry butterfly vase from this collection, which is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.

Jackson also had a fine eye for antique Loetz, KPM plaques and Handel lighting, and this sale offers some of the finest examples of these categories in recent memory. Included is a brilliantly colored, rare Loetz PG 691 vase (conservatively estimated at $3,000-$5,000) and a Loetz chalice-shaped vase in the highly sought after PG 358 genre, commonly referred to as a “black bottom," estimated at $3,000-$5,000. A large KPM plaque of an old woman is estimated at $6,000-$8,000; its quality and details rivals the best oil paintings of its period. A very rare and desirable reverse-painted Handel 7040 Tulip lamp, estimated at $4,000-$6,000, will most certainly electrify the bidding audience.

The Jackson collection also offers many fine selections for those who prefer more modern glass objets d'art. These are all competitively priced to sell and delight buyers. Contemporary highlights include a Harvey Littleton glass sculpture (estimated at $2,000-$3,000) and a large Mark Peiser vase with orange and yellow decoration, estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Several of the fine contemporary examples in the Jackson collection are featured in Grover's Contemporary Art Glass reference book.

Julia's is also offering over two dozen fantastic selections from the Dean and Kate Armstrong collection, to be sold unreserved as part of this premier sales event. The Armstrong family, from Kansas, concentrated on Tiffany and fine pottery. Tiffany highlights from this particularly well-curated grouping include a gold 12-panel linenfold table lamp (estimated at $8,000-$12,000), a 10-inch damascene intaglio carved dragonfly table lamp (estimated at $6,000-$8,000), and a spectacular Cypriote vase, conservatively estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Collectors can't help but get creative over a grouping of Arts and Crafts era pottery standouts, including a framed Rookwood nature scene plaque by Rothendush (estimated at $2,000-$3,000), a Newcomb College vase by Anna F. Simpson (estimated at $2,000-$4,000), and a Wheatley pottery lamp base supporting a Tiffany spider arm, estimated at $2,500-$4,500.

A private unreserved collection from a Long Island, N.Y., estate will really get glass enthusiasts aglow. The collection includes a broad scope of Tiffany favrile art glass and metal items, Loetz selections, and decorated art glass shades from Quezal and other makers. Two highlights include a handsome and distinctive Tiffany Cypriote/Lava vase, (estimated at $800-$1,200), and a most unusual Tiffany Favrile Glass salesman's sample kit. This set, from the Tiffany Furnaces in Corona, Long Island, New York, features five sample containers each housing a series of colorful cabochons, finials, and other glass items used in the manufacture of custom stained glass windows and decorative items. This remarkable offering is conservatively estimated at $800-$1,200.

A mottled purple Bonsai table lamp, one of the more sought-after patterns, estimated at $7,000-$9,000.

Another private collection on offer at Julia's from the Boston area features a collection of Le Verre Francais cameo glass with some of the more sought-after and desirable patterns. These stunning pieces, decorated in a hybrid style of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, feature stylized plant, animal, and nature themes. Collectors will light up over a gorgeous and rare mottled purple Bonsai table lamp, one of the more sought-after patterns, (estimated at $7,000-$9,000) and a beautifully crafted floor lamp with metalwork by artist Paul Kiss with a Muller shade, estimated at $7,000-$9,000.

A rare Tiffany aquamarine floral glass vase, estimated at $40,000-$60,000.

For Tiffany art glass enthusiasts, all eyes will be on a rare aquamarine floral glass vase (estimated at $40,000-$60,000), and a spectacular 9-inch red favrile vase with an iridescent decoration, estimated at $20,000-$25,000. This absolute rarity was on display at the Dayton Art Institute from 2003-2004 and is a stunning example of Tiffany’s most desirable red favrile glass.

As always, Julia’s will present a fantastic assortment of cameo glass from various noteworthy makers. Jewels in this grouping include an elaborately decorated blue and white 10.5-inch Webb cameo handled vase with exquisite detailing (estimated at 47,500-$52,500), an 11.5-inch Galle mold blown berry vase (estimated $6,000-$8,000), a 12.25-inch Burgun & Schverer wheel-carved floral cameo (estimated at $10,000-$14,000), and a 12.5-inch complex Reyen cameo vase with a poppy and thistle decoration, estimated at $18,500-$22,500.

Collectors interested in the highest quality and most attractive antique lighting will be delighted with the full range of lamps available through this sale. It's a day at the beach with a Handel #5935 Venetian Harbor Scene shade on an original Handel mermaid base (estimated at $9,000-$12,000), a spectacular Pairpoint Puffy Apple Tree lamp on a tree trunk base (estimated at $25,000-$35,000), and an outstanding looking and beautifully manufactured Duffner & Kimberly Elizabethan table lamp with a gold gilded base, estimated at $17,000-$20,000.

A Handel #5935 Venetian Harbor Scene shade on an original Handel mermaid base, estimated at $9,000-$12,000.

Contemporary lighting is also featured in this sale, with floral themes from several high-quality makers really making headlines. A Steven Stelz richly-colored Trellis Nasturtium shade with an amazing assortment of glass is estimated at $8,500-$10,000), and a Somers Stained Glass beautifully executed sunflower leaded lamp is estimated at $7,000-$9,000. Porcelli Studios fans will catch the bouquet with a stunning floral lamp with an irregular border, which is being offered as part of the Jean Paul Loup collection. This extraordinary example is estimated at $8000-$10,000.

Victorian and early American glass has been a long time specialty at Julia's, and this sale offers many fine selections in these popular categories. Collectors will climb every mountain for the Mt. Washington examples on offer, including a pitcher decorated with fish in a net (estimated at $900-$1,200), complete with its Brookside Antiques sticker from noted dealer/collector Louis St. Aubin, a black Lava vase (estimated at $1,200-$1,800), and a Royal Flemish handled vase, estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Also available are a large selection of rainbow-hued Victorian baskets and antique art glass, including several lots of highly sought after plated amberina, the finest being a plated bowl estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

And last but certainly not least, bidders will undoubtedly take a shine to this auction's selection of silver and jewelry. Positively sterling highlights include a phenomenal 384 piece Tiffany and Co. Olympian pattern flatware service and an elegant Georg Jensen sterling silver service for 12 in the Bernadotte pattern. The fully marked Tiffany service was patented by noted silversmith Edward C. Moore in 1878 and featured 17 different scenes on the handles that represent tales from classical mythology. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is estimated at $20,000-$25,000. The Jensen Bernadotte set, equally modern and classic at the same time, is estimated at $3,000-$4,000. For those who are a bit more "hands on" with their sparkling treasures, this auction is pleased to present 30 lots of fine jewelry, featuring a royal blue sapphire with white gold and diamond ring with GIA certification (estimated at $15,000-17,500), a signed Tiffany/Schlumberger 14ct aquamarine ring (estimated at $9,500-$12,500), and an amazing 21ct Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring with GIA certification, estimated at $35,000-$45,000.

More information on James D. Julia's upcoming Lamps, Glass, and Fine Jewelry auction can be found at or calling (207) 453-7125. Department Head Mike Fredericks and Assistant Julie Killam welcome your questions and inquiries. Both can be reached at This auction is fully documented in a detailed and color illustrated catalog which is available for $39. This event will host its preview on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 from 9 am-5 pm. The actual auction will be held on Wednesday, November 18th, beginning promptly at 10am sharp at Julia’s auction facilities at 203 Rt. 201 in Fairfield, Maine. 

James D. Julia Leads the Way in a Firearms Auction Extravaganza that Exceeds $19 Million!

Once again Fairfield, Maine, proved to be the epicenter of the most significant firearms auction offering in the world. On October 2, 3, & 4, the Poulin Auction Company (a separate company immediately adjacent to the Julia Auction Company) generated $4 million dollars in firearms sales. Immediately thereafter, the Julia Auction Company conducted a sale on October 5, 6, & 7, which generated approximately $15 million dollars for a total of $19 million dollars in sales of firearms in Fairfield, Maine.

As in the past, the analytics of the Julia sale continue to show them as the leading firearms auction house in the world for high-end, expensive guns. Over 412 lots in this auction realized $10,000 or more; 175 lots realized $20,000 or more; seven lots generated over $100,000. Another important and consistent fact is the overwhelming number of old-time collectors which go to Julia’s. This sale includes over 17 different important collections, a new record.

October 5, the first day of the auction, unveiled the initial offering of Julia’s new Sporting & Collector Firearms session; a special division of Julia’s which features moderately priced firearms (generally speaking in the $2,000-$8,000 range). This first day sale was responsible for nearly $2.3 million dollars and produced lots of winners. A rare Colt 1911 A1 Military 1938 was estimated at $3,000-4,000 but soared to twelve times its high estimate at $51,750. A Winchester Model 1894 Deluxe estimated at $7,000-$11,000 brought $10,350. A nearly new Colt Clover Leaf House Pistol 41 cal. estimated at $1,500-$2,500 from the Phil Bleakney Collection realized a strong $5,175. Many of the guns from the Bleakney Collection were in outstanding condition, as was the fine Savage Navy revolver estimated at $2,500-$4,500 and sold for $6,900. A beautiful selection of high quality Civil War long arms was also offered from the Bleakney Estate Collection; his great model 1865 Spencer Carbine estimated at $3,000-$5,000 generated a $6,900 selling price.

The 3-day auction featured a number of fine antique fighting knives. This session included a massive IXL Bowie with reclining lion pommel. This great knife estimated at $2,000-$4,000 generated a lot of interest, up to $6,325. A rarely seen Texas Ranger folding knife estimated at $3,000-$4,000 went out at $6,900. Many other special collections were included in this first session. Selected examples from the Robert Burg Collection included a Remington Model 1100 SD Grade F 4 gun skeet set estimated at $8,000-$12,000 which shot to $13,800.

Session 2 began on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and was highly anticipated by high-end sporting arms collectors from all over the world. Some questioned whether the sporting arm collector fraternity could absorb the extraordinary offering that Julia’s was about sell. Prior to the sale, Jim Julia confidently stated that he felt the superb selection about to be sold would do extremely well. There was a tremendous amount of fabulous Brownings, in fact, the largest ever sold at auction. Many came from the noted collection of the late Rod Fuller, who had amassed a truly extraordinary collection of Brownings.

Early on in the sale, it was very clear that Julia’s confidence was justified. Fuller’s 410 ga. Diana Grade Browning engraved by Watrin was estimated at $7,500-$12,500. It garnered a number of absentee bids, numerous phone bidders and live in-house bidders which all drove it to $14,950. His collection of Browning Olympian rifles was the largest and finest ever offered at auction. A big game rifle with long extractor engraved by Dewil carried a presale of $7,000-$10,000, again, generating a flurry of bids that drove the price to $14,375. Another of the many Olympian grades was a high-powered long extractor medium game rifle engraved by Marechal and Cargnel. It was estimated at $7,500-$12,500, but a plethora of bids drove it to $16,100. A finely engraved FN Browning side plate Super Post 3-barrel small gauge set was estimated at $23,000-$33,000 but ended out at $40,250.

Holland & Holland Four Bore Double Elephant Rifle; estimated at $60,000-90,000, sold for $149,500.

One of the highest prices of the day was for a humongous Holland & Holland 4-bore double elephant rifle. It was wonderfully engraved and in superb condition and came from a noted old time collector bearing a $60,000-$90,000 estimate. The final price was far above the high estimate at $149,500. The sale included not only one Holland & Holland but a great number of fine Holland & Hollands, including a golden age Royal Deluxe Hammerless Ejector Double Rifle 577 nitro which was made for his Highness Sir Rana Ranjit Singhji. It came to the auction with a $60,000-$100,000 estimate and went out at $115,000. Another Holland & Holland made for his Highness was the cal. 425 Westley Richards; carrying a presale estimate of $45,000-$75,000, it sold for $80,500.

Perhaps the most historic of the sporting arms for this day was the John Rigby 470 Boxlock Ejector Double Rifle once owned by Philip H. Percival. He was noted as the Dean of African Professional Hunters. He was also the individual who inspired Hemingway’s character “Pop” in “Greenhill’s of Africa.” In addition to guiding Hemingway, he had also guided Theodore Roosevelt and numerous other notable big game hunters. His rifle carried a presale estimate of $75,000-$150,000 and sold for $80,500.

Any quality sporting arms auction which included one or more Boss shotguns was a matter to be prideful of. This auction did not include only one, but numerous superb Boss shotguns, one lot with a 410 Side Lock Ejector Single Trigger Game Gun in excellent condition. It carried a presale estimate of $75,000-$125,000 and realized $103,500.

One of the most notable names to ever produce English shotguns was the Purdey firm which still exists today. Most distinguished was a 410 Double with Ken Hunt relief sculptured engraving, a true work of art and probably never fired. It carried a presale estimate of $80,000-$120,000 and went out at $103,500. Another Purdey estimated at $55,000-85,000 went out at $74,750. Another Purdey, estimated at $47,500-67,500, went out at $66,125. Yet another Purdey estimated at $50,000-70,000 realized $65,750. A Purdey estimated at $50,000-$70,000 went out at $57,500. This is just a sampling. The results and the consistency were truly impressive. Julia’s is not known only for their successes with foreign shotguns but also for their tremendous success with American quality firearms; in fact, they hold the record for the highest auction price ever attained for a shotgun at auction (Theodore Roosevelt’s Fox Shotgun which generated $862,500 in October 2010).

In this sale, an exceptionally fine Parker BHE Trap Gun estimated at $27,500-$42,500 realized $43,125. A beautiful 410 Parker VHE Single Trigger Skeet Gun with Beaver tail forend went out at $51,750. A truly exceptionally fine and rare 16 ga. Remington 1894 EE grade shotgun from the Estate of Andy B. Anderson sold for $48,875. The second day ended with an extraordinary offering of superb Marlin rifles from a single owner, private collection. Most notable was the engraved Deluxe Special Order Model 1897, carrying a presale estimate of $50,000-$70,000, it shot to $80,500. Another incredible Marlin, probably one of a kind, Deluxe engraved Model 1892 with cheek piece brought $45,400.

Day 3, October 7, began with volcanics from the Bleakney Collection. A rare lever action carbine estimated at $15,000-$25,000 left for $35,650. Shortly thereafter, a wonderful assortment of Winchesters were offered, including an extraordinary Model 73 with brilliant case colors estimated at $35,000-$50,000; it sold for $57,500. A Winchester Model 1876, which at one time was gifted to the famous Sioux Chief Sitting Bull, sold for $46,000.

Historic and Iconic Extremely Fine Cased Pair of Col. Colt Presentation Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolvers to Col. James Cameron who died heroically at the Battle of First Bull Run. James was the brother of Simeon (Lincoln’s Sec. of War); estimated at $100,000-150,000, sold for $132,250.

Following the Winchesters was an outstanding collection of Colts, including a Second Model Dragoon identified to a Civil War sergeant. It was estimated at $15,000-$25,000 and went out at $34,500. Most notable of all the antique Colts offered was the historic Brace of Model 1860 Armies presented by Col. Colt himself to Col. James Cameron, Commander of the 79th New York Highlanders. Cameron died shortly after receiving his gift in the first Battle of Bull Run while leading a heroic charge.

Colt gifts directly from Col. Colt himself were something special, and at the outset of the war, Colt made certain to ingratiate a great number of commanding officers and political figures with gifts of his Colts, hoping to grease the way for future Army contracts. His gifts, in part, paid him handsomely, and throughout the war, Colt was awarded many contracts. Colt’s strongest attempt to ingratiate was not James Cameron who received these Colts, but actually Simeon who also received a brace of Colts. Simeon was James’ brother, but most importantly Lincoln’s Secretary of War and thus an extremely important person. Cameron’s Colts hammered for $132,500.

A Custer Range Colt Cavalry sold for $47,150. One historic lot, a Colt SA, which once belonged to the famous Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, brought $33,350. Hamer was most famous for his pursuit and final success in killing both Bonnie and Clyde, thus ending their reign of terror.

Rare Colt Model 1875 Gatling Gun on Carriage with Limber, estimated at $200,000-300,000; sold for $201,250.

The most expensive Colt of the day was a rare Model 1875 Gatling gun with carriage and limber. In outstanding condition, it sold for $201,250.

One of the prizes of the Bleakney Collection was an exceptional Nimschke engraved Colt SAA in extremely fine condition. It was estimated at $40,000-$60,000 but went out at $80,500.

A couple of months prior to the auction, Julia’s was contacted by Newsweek regarding Confederate flags. The writer quizzed Julia on whether he thought the Confederate flags in his upcoming auction would suffer greatly from the current controversy regarding Confederate flags.

Julia’s response was: “I do not deal in symbols. I deal in rare, historic artifacts, and the uproar concerning the symbolism will have nothing to do with the value of these historic flags which I am about to sell.”

Fine & Historic Army of Northern Virginia Battle Flag carried by Tucker’s Naval Brigade at Battle of Sailor’s Creek, one of the last engagements of the Civil War, sold for $109,250.

The sales results basically verified that. The fine and historic Army of Northern Virginia Battle Flag carried by Tucker’s Naval Brigade at the Battle of Sailor’s Creek, one of the last military engagements of the Civil War, went out just under $110,000. Another Confederate First National Battle Flag of the 15th South Carolina Heavy Artillery Battalion known as Lucas’ Artillery brought $46,000. Wal-Mart may have decided not to sell modern replicas and symbols of the Confederate flags, but that certainly will not be Julia’s decision in the future when it comes to selling antique and historic relics.

Speaking of Confederate items, the outstanding collection of Civil War firearms and fighting knives belonging to James Maconkey was offered in this sale. His rare, fine CH Rigdon Augusta, GA CSA-marked Confederate revolver was estimated at $40,000-$60,000 and went out over estimate at $63,250. A rare Confederate Dance Dragoon revolver estimated at $45,000-$60,000 went out over high estimate at $67,500. Another rare Civil War and Confederate Collection included the fabulous fighting knives amassed by noted collector, John Ashworth. His Confederate Bowie knife made at Etowah Iron Works in Georgia was inscribed and at one time used by Capt. E. M. Seago. It brought $37,375.

Another highly noteworthy collection in this sale was that of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess of Zurich, Switzerland. His massive collection of auto loading weapons had been divided up into various sessions, this one being just about the last of the offering of Sturgess’ arms. An extraordinary Swiss/UK trials prototype Luger Rig SN 30 realized $57,500. The Sturgess Collection also included a group of exceedingly rare Gabbet Fairfax Mars Model 1901 pistols. Most notable in this sale was the Gabbet Fairfax that accompanied its original holster; an extraordinarily rare accessory. This gun estimated at $40,000-$60,000 went out over high estimate at $69,000.

As always, this Julia auction included an excellent offering of Class III machine guns. A fantastic GM Frigidaire M-2 Browning 50 cal. machine gun estimated at $30,000-$50,000 did just under high estimate, a tad over $47,000. A fantastic ZB26 with Nazi proofs was estimated at $25,000-$35,000 and sold for $46,000. Also performing extremely well was an exceedingly rare MP 43 with ZF4 Scope rail. It was estimated at $15,000-$22,000 and performed well over high estimate at $39,675.

Julia’s is now amassing consignments for their March 2016 Firearms Auction which already includes some extraordinary offerings. Most notably is an important private collection of the highest quality Colt percussion firearms together with great sporting arms, Winchesters, Military Class III, and much more. More details regarding this October auction can be found on Julia’s website, or by telephone, 207-453-7125, or mail to P.O. Box 830, Fairfield, Maine 04937. The Julia Auction Company’s next auction will be an Important Lamp & Glass auction scheduled for November 18, 2015. This important sale will feature an extraordinary assemblage of beautiful Tiffany lamps, three rare and important private collections of superb cameo glass, and much, much more. 

GasLamp Stores in Nashville, Tenn., Gearing Up for Holiday Open House

It's that time of year again when GasLamp Antiques and GasLamp Too in Nashville, Tenn., prepare to welcome guests to their Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 21st, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.The party will be held at both locations, with seasonal sales and hourly gift card drawings.

“From the music to the refreshments, we see this event as a kick-off to the holiday shopping season," said Lauren H. Bugg, CEO of GasLamp Antiques and GasLamp Too. "We hope that everyone catches a bit of the 'holiday spirit' just walking through our doors."

With nearly an acre of climate-controlled shopping, GasLamp Antiques and GasLamp Too offer an eclectic assortment of fine antiques, vintage and retro furnishings, estate jewelry, industrial pieces and more. Named the 2015 "Best Antique Store" by the Nashville Scene Readers’ Poll, and "Best Antique Mall" in this year's Toast of Nashville by Tennessean newspaper readers, the GasLamp stores are also home to Sunday workshops like "Decking the Tree," scheduled for November 8, at 3 pm.

GasLamp Antiques and GasLamp Too are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. GasLamp Antiques is located at 100 Powell Place, across from 100 Oaks Mall, just off exit 79 off Interstate 65. GasLamp Too is at 128 Powell Place, just a few blocks from the flagship location. For more information, contact the stores directly at 615.297.2224 or 615.292.2250. 

Julien's To Auction Property From Collection of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach, Dec. 4-5

Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif., the premier entertainment auction house, is proud to announce the Dec.3rd. 4th and 5th auction of property from the collection of former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and his wife, the actress Barbara Bach. The collection, curated by the couple, features items from their London estate and Beverly Hills and Monaco residences.

The couple met in 1980 on the set of the movie Caveman. Ms. Bach had already made a name for herself as a beautiful actress and former Bond girl. They married in 1981 and have enjoyed an enduring love since.

The collection consists of musical instruments (including drums and guitars), career memorabilia from the Beatles' era and Ringo’s solo career, including his All-Starr Band, fine antiques, custom-made eclectic furnishings, fine art and personal items. The auction also has the most important drum kit to ever hit the auction block and one of seven of Starr’s personal drum kits: the iconic musician’s first 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit. The kit was used by Starr in 200+ performances between May of 1963 and February of 1964 and was used to record some of The Beatles' biggest hits including: “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “She Loves You,” “All My Loving,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Money,” “I Wanna Be Your Man,” and others. Paul McCartney also used the Oyster Black Pearl kit on his first solo album, McCartney. This specific drum kit has not been seen in public for more than 50 years (est. $300,000-$500,000).

Ringo Drum Set

Barbara Bach Dress

Beatles Artwork

Ringo Starr’s other spectacular kits offered for sale each carry unprecedented provenance of the Beatles and Ringo Starr’s solo career. They include:

*A custom-built Jumbo Silver Sparkle kit that was used in The Beatles “Hello Goodbye” promotional video filmed in November 1967 (est. $100,000-$200,000).
*A kit commissioned for Starr by George Harrison. In 1968, Harrison traveled to Los Angles to produce an album. While there, he worked with drummer Hal Blaine who used a unique “Monster Drum Set.” Harrison was inspired to get one for Starr (est. $10,000-$20,000).
*In 2002, Starr performed on a Ludwig four-piece kit in gold sparkle with a hammered bronze snare at the George Harrison memorial concert, Concert for George. Starr played that night with “George’s Band” alongside Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Dhani Harrison and other musicians (est. $30,000-$50,000).
*A unique set of Ludwig clear Vistalite drums with interior lights used by Starr in his 1978 television movie Ringo (est. $30,000-$50,000). *The 1989 inaugural tour of Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band toured three countries in five months. Starr played a Ludwig silver sparkle while performing with Clarence Clemmons, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren, Billy Preston, and Joe Walsh. Starr continues to tour with a line-up of All-Starrs (est. $50,000-$70,000).

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Chamblee’s Antique Row’ Annual Holiday Open House, Dec. 5-6

Chamblee’s Antique Row in Chamblee, Ga., will host its annual Christmas Open House Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6, with free refreshments and special sale prices. Chamblee’s Antique District is the largest, most distinctive antiquing community in Georgia, with more than 250 dealers and 300,000+ total square feet of antiques and collectibles. Chamblee was named the “Antique Capital of Georgia” by the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Shoppers can enjoy holiday refreshments as they journey back to a simpler time, browsing from shop to shop in this unique antiquing neighborhood. “Providing shoppers with holiday treats as a token of appreciation has been a tradition of Antique Row for nearly 40 years,” said Syl Turner, President of the Chamblee Antique Dealers Association, adding, “With such a great quantity and variety of goods, Antique Row is known as a ‘giant prop house’ for Georgia’s growing film and television industry.”

The variety of merchandise is impressive: American and European furniture, Black Americana, advertising/Coca-Cola, Art Deco, Modern/Mid-Century, industrial, primitives, art pottery, rare and used books, radios and phonographs, china and glassware, toys and dolls, paintings and prints, watches and clocks, linens and lace, estate and vintage costume jewelry, medical and scientific instruments, vintage cameras and photographs, old post cards & ephemera, early telephones, old sporting collectibles, coin-operated machines, barware, folk art, lighting, sterling silver, vintage clothing, western gear and more.

This year, the Chamblee antique merchants will be giving away $200 in gift certificates to a few lucky shoppers. Entry forms are available at these shops on Antique Row: Antique Factory, Atlanta Furniture Restoration, Atlanta Vintage Books, Attic Treasures, Broad Street Antique Mall, Chamblee Antiques & Collectibles, Chamblee Antiques & Interiors, Consignment Furniture Depot, Estate Gallery Consignments, Rust & Dust Antiques, Simple Finds Interiors & Antiques and The Treasure Mart. The more stores shoppers visit, the greater their chances of winning. The drawing will be held on Dec. 15th and entrants need not be present to win.

To reach Chamblee's Antique Row, take I-285 on the northeast side of Atlanta to exit 31A, (Peachtree Industrial Blvd.) and go 1.5 miles south to Broad Street. Turn left and proceed to Antique Row. Open House hours are 11-5 Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 770-458-6316 or visit

 Metrolina October Show One Soggy Event, But Drier for November Extravaganza

“Confetti from Heaven” is how the website described the conditions at the October Metrolina Antique Market in Charlotte, N.C. But folks weren’t fooled–they knew it was really rain. Add to that a governor with dire warnings against leaving the house and the inevitable occurred–a group of sad dealers and office workers. Things did pick up on Saturday and Sunday, though.

“My best show ever,” is how Patricia Carter, a Metrolina dealer for more than 40 years, described her show. “I sold my very best items. I was so excited,” she said. The show was also happy to welcome back Pauline Powell, who is still recovering from back surgery. “Not such a good show for me,” said Pauline, “but I can’t wait for the Extravaganza.

The 2015 November Extravaganza at the Metrolina Antique Market will feature a food truck rally, which was tested for the first time in October. This new style of eating offers everything from goulash to gourmet. At the show, dealers were overheard discussing vigorously the merits of Sophie's Soul Food Truck versus Mae’s Creole Kitchen or Comfort Food on Wheels.

“All things old are new again, “said Joy Shivar, show manager. “We continue to mix traditions from the past with new and fun ideas that will make Metrolina a destination for young and old.” A beer garden is in the works and November will feature a full cash bar with seasonal offerings.

Many venues are full for the November show. “We still have space in the malls, the tents and outdoors but our buildings are at capacity,” said Shivar, who advises dealers to lock down their spots as soon as possible for what is being billed as “the largest show in the Southeast.” For more information on booking the Extravaganza in November or the December show which will emphasize unique gifts, visit or call 704-714-7909. 

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

Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2016 Normandy Sacrifice for freedom:
Albert H. Small Student Teacher Institute

A fully funded learning experience taking fifteen student-teacher pairs to Normandy, France to tell the story of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day is now accepting applications for the 2016 Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute. This highly competitive program accepts 15 student and teacher pairs for an immersive experience of learning both in Washington, D.C. and on the beaches of Normandy. The institute is funded through a generous donation from Mr. Albert H. Small. The institute covers all expenses for European travel, visits to historic sites, and lodging in both Europe and Washington, D.C.

Normandy Sacrifice for Freedom: Albert H. Small Student Teacher Institute seeks to teach a new generation about the sacrifices and challenges faced by U.S. service members during World War II. Student and teacher pairs select a service member from their home state or territory who died in the line of duty. After conducting months of research participants travel to Washington, D.C. for a ten day immersion in World War II history.

“At National History Day we strive to bring history to life, and few things do that better than the narratives about these silent heroes,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “By learning about the stories behind each of these Silent Heroes, the students and teachers truly come to understand the magnitude of the sacrifice made by these brave service members.”

After a reception at the White House, sponsored by the White House Historical Association, participants embark on a journey of research and discovery. Historians and archivists guide the students and teachers through primary source material from World War II at the National Archives. Guest historians and speakers teach them about the importance of D-Day and Operation Overlord to the outcome of the war. Then the participants fly to France where each pair walks the beaches of Normandy in the footsteps of their silent hero.

Throughout their time in France, the students give briefings from their extensive research on various aspects of the War. On the final day the group heads to the American Cemetery in Normandy, France where the fifteen students honor their silent hero with a graveside eulogy.

Applications for this competitive program are due by November 30, 2015 at midnight. All participants must apply as one team. The adult must be a middle or high school teacher or librarian. The student must be a sophomore or junior in high school as of fall 2015. All applications must be fully completed and submitted as a single PDF document. The application, and more information, can be found online at

National History Day (NHD) is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage more than half a million middle- and high-school students around the world in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. The keystone of NHD is the annual Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest held each June at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit 




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