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Updated March 2017

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Four Major Collections Up for Bid at Showtime Auction’s March 31-April 2 Event

The single-owner, lifetime gambling and coin-op collection of Richard and Mary Schulte of Michigan, plus three other outstanding collections from other states around the country, will co-headline Showtime Auction Services' three-day spring auction slated for the weekend of March 31st thru April 2nd, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Monarch salesman’s sample range, in near-mint condition and one of over 40 salesman’s samples in the sale.

The other collections include: Part II of the Tiny Moyer salesman’s sample and child’s stove collection from Maryland; Ron Sturgeon’s German cut-a-way school model car collection from Texas; a fabulous country store and advertising collection of Donna and Bruce Weir from Illinois; and the diverse and eclectic collection of trade signs and many other unusual items from the Don Sayrizi collection. Over 2,000 lots will be offered over the course of the three sale days.

Collecting categories will include advertising, breweriana, trade signs, reverse glass signs, trays, country store, general store, medical, quack medical, optical, RX, dental, sewing, millinery, spool cabinets, dye cabinets, shoes, grocery, crocks, coffee, tea, Coca-Cola, soda, soda fountain, ice cream, barber shop, gum, gum machines, popcorn, peanuts, salesman’s samples, toys, cap guns, slot machines, coin-op, gambling, whiskey, saloon, brothel, cigar and tobacco.

Scarce Mennen’s Talcum Powder flange sign with tray.

Other categories will feature match holders and match safes, trade signs, express, cars, factory models, automobilia, petroliana, motorcycle, bicycle, advertising and regular clocks, Black Americana, farm, hardware, paint, veterinary, showcases, store counters and more. All items can be previewed on Thursday, March 30th, from 9-5 EST and each day during the auction.

To learn more about Showtime Auction Services and the big upcoming March 31st thru April 1st-2nd auction, visit

Two major bottle collections Will be Sold March 3-11 by American Bottle Auctions

Two major fine bottle collections – the Vince Madruga collection of Western bitters and medicines, and the John O’Neill collection of mostly early San Francisco bottles, whiskeys and sodas – will headline Auction #63, a two-part online and catalog auction by American Bottle Auctions. Part 1 was held Feb. 10-18. Part 2 is scheduled March 3-11. Interested bidders may register for Auction #63 now, on the American Bottle Auctions website, at Inquiries may be made via e-mail, to

“Auction 63 will offer quite possibly the top Western glass auction ever presented,” said Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions. “Vince Madruga amassed his collection over a 50-year span, and his bitters include many of the top Western examples known. All are relatively fresh to the market. And many bottles in John O’Neill’s collection are one-of-a-kinds or extremely rare.”

Highlights of the Madruga collection will include a turquoise Catawba Wine Bitters and an extraordinary E.G. Lyons from San Francisco. “These are simply the tip of the iceberg,” Mr. Wichmann remarked. “Of the 89 western bitters being sold from the Madruga collection, many are either one of a few known or market fresh, having never been sold at public auction before.”

The number of bottles that have never come up for auction from the O’Neill collection will give collectors a chance to bid on items previously unavailable or even unknown to the hobby. His collection of Pacific Glass Works base embossed items are not only rare, many are unique and never before seen. O’Neill’s collection is an eclectic mix of rare and highly desirable examples. To learn more about American Bottle Auctions and Part 2 of Auction #63, slated for March 3-11, log on to 

Come To The La Bahia Antique Show March 24-April 1

Don’t miss the 24th Annual La Bahia Antique Show at the La Bahia Hall, March 24 to April 1 in Burton, Texas, near Round Top. Country cooking all day, and an ATM will be on the premises. Drive the old La Bahia Indian Trail through the country and find antique treasures under the beautiful trees of an historic 1879 building. It is the perfect setting for the La Bahia Antique Show. Dealers come from Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas and other states to attend this event, bringing Flow Blue, Victorian, primitives, elegant glass, silver, English furniture, vintage and European linens, estate jewelry, coins, toys and vintage lamps. Outside dealers will be offering merchandise such as garden architecture, shabby chic, quilts, vintage goods, re-purpose and collectibles. There will be porcelain restoration at the show.

The La Bahia Antique Show has been making positive impressions on visitors since it started in 1992. The Round Top Register’s Antiques and Craft Show Guide states that among the “…shows that have shown consistent quality over the years is the La Bahia Antique Show at 237 and Hwy. 290….” Admission and parking are free.

Visit for info, or stop by Hwy. 237 (290 W), Burton, Texas. Hours for the show will be Sept. March 24 (First Friday Frenzy) 8 am-7 pm (late shopping); March 25-31, 8 am-6 pm; and April. 1, 8 am-4 pm. The fall show will be Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017.

Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival

Planning is well underway for the Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival’s 20th anniversary, March 24-25 at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, N.C., offering a buying opportunity for and educational programs about North Carolina’s traditional handmade pottery.

The Festival began 20 years ago to showcase Catawba Valley alkaline-glazed stoneware that was continuing to be made by local potters. Catawba Valley is one of three pottery-producing areas in the state. Because potters were firing predominately in wood-fired kilns, pottery was available for sale in large quantities at odd times. Marketing was by word-of-mouth, not the best approach. The original goal was to provide a place, one day a year, when Catawba Valley pottery could be purchased.

Twenty years ago, folk art collectors were seeking Southern pottery face jugs and food preservation vessels. Catawba Valley potters were in the forefront of making face jugs because of the history of their being made by Harvey Reinhardt and the Hilton Family, and by Burlon Craig who was still an active potter.

Over the years, the CVP&AF grew to include pottery from across the state and into the South: Georgia, South Carolina and other locations. The Festival became the primary destination for people interested in potters making traditional ware, pots used daily in food preparation. Today potters, including some from the Penland School of Crafts with academic training, have joined the vendors at the show. All vendors are juried.

Education has always been an important focus of the festival. Because the two non-profits supported, the Historical Association of Catawba County and the North Carolina Pottery Center, are engaged in teaching history, each festival has an exhibit and lecture. This year, the exhibit is titled, "Twenty Classic Catawba Valley Pots," organized by Dr. Charles Zug. The lecturer is local potter Kim Ellington speaking about his introduction to the local pottery and what it means to be a working potter. The Saturday exhibit and lecture are part of the admission fee of $6 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. The lecture will be 11 a.m. on Saturday. Festival hours are 9 a.m–5 p.m.; demonstrations and videos are also available. Friday night’s Preview Party, 7-10 p.m., offers an early buying opportunity and a full Southern supper. A fundraiser for the two non-profits, tickets are $45 each (also good for Saturday entry), advance reservations required by March 18th.

The 110+ vendors include working potters and antique dealers bringing old pottery, furniture, textiles, folk art and decorative accessories to give context to the hand-made pottery. The CVP&AF is considered the primary destination for people interested in Southern traditional pottery. Whether buying a coffee mug or a work of art, you will have a fun experience. All profits go to the non-profit institutions. Info:, 828-322-3943, 828-324-7294 or

Pottery has been made in the Catawba Valley since 1820 and from the Seagrove area since 1750. North Carolina is the only state where the tradition has continued uninterrupted to the present; it is recognized on a national level as having an outstanding craft community.

Fan Association of North America (FANA) to Hold Conference in Chicago, April 26-30

Members of the Fan Association of North America (FANA), a national collector’s group of hand fan enthusiasts, will be creating their own breezes as they hold their annual conference on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Ill., April 26-30. Fan lovers from across the country and beyond will have many opportunities to view and learn about historic and stylish hand fans during the four-day conference.

Highlights of the meeting will include viewing exquisite fans from collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum and the Chicago History Museum. Lectures on Imperial China treasures, ivory and the law, and lace fans will be held, and the use of fans in Tai Chi will be demonstrated.

In addition, a members’ fan sale that offers extraordinary antique fans, along with other unusual and interesting fans in all price ranges, will be held. This will be followed by a fun charity fan auction to benefit FANA’s educational outreach efforts. FANA members who attend this conference are always delighted to find that “special fan” (or two or three, or more) that they have dreamt about to add to their collection.

FANA welcomes new members who may join by visiting FANA’s website, In addition to the annual meeting, member benefits include the FANA newsletter and the FANA Journal. Also check out discussions on Facebook at “Hand Fan Collectors.” For further information, contact Kathryn Hanna at or call 952-200-9727.

Antiques and Appraising School Releases Data on Top-Selling Items

The latest results from the Asheford Institute of Antiques survey of buying trends within the antiques and collectibles community were published online by the school's Research & Polling Department. After conducting similar surveys over the past five years, the internationally recognized home-study school on antiques, collectibles and appraising released its latest trending data from the antiques marketplace for the 2016 year. The survey, which concentrated on compiling and grouping information related to customers buying habits over a twelve-month period, was brought back this year after a strong response on the school’s website from readers requesting updates from previous surveys, reported Director of the Institute Charles Green. He went on to note that there were some interesting differences between the results from this poll, and those from previous years.

"We've made our questionnaire sharper, and more specific, as well as bringing the participant base up to over 1,200 respondents, but the questions are still essentially the same," said Green, "even though the answers are quite different."

Carlee Jackson, the school's public relations director agreed with Mr. Green's assessment, and stated that the main goal of this year's survey was to once again measure the interest in current trends of antiques and collectibles, based on actual sales results and requests for specific items. She noted that while the survey was informal in nature, and not predicated on scientific formulas, the results were still quite compelling when viewed in their entirety.

“What we’re seeing is a strong change in direction when it comes to certain areas of the decorative arts,” said Jackson, “It's not just Mid-century modern that's moving, but a number of other areas that are also making up ground.” Jackson went on to note that interest in 1960s and ‘70s collectibles, particularly space and Star Wars-related items, had also risen sharply as well. “There's no doubt in my mind that these are the new, younger collectors that we're seeing today. They're the ones who are really beginning to drive the industry forward.”

Aside from the popularity of Mid-Century Modern furniture, many of the younger dealers from the survey also noted that literally anything 20th century, from brutalist metal sculptures to lesser known painters, had also become increasingly sought after by both dealers and collectors.

“We're in a virtual bidding war every time something from this era comes up,” said Shannon Smith, a young East Coast dealer.

Older dealers seemed to echo a similar sentiment but indicated that there were other areas of the market that were beginning to show signs of renewed interest, particularly in the area of Greek and Egyptian revival styles—especially when done in stone and marble. Claude Paquin, a longtime dealer from Quebec, said some of his Victorian marble-top side tables, which hadn't moved in years, were suddenly flying out the door.

“Who knows?” said Paquin, “Maybe it's the beginning of something old!”

Readers can view the full results of the Institute's survey at the school’s Student News page at: For more information about the school's antiques and appraisal course, call 877-444-4508 or write: Asheford Institute of Antiques, 981 Harbor Blvd., Suite 3, Dept. 275PX14 Destin, FL 32541-2525 (Canadian Office: 131 Bloor Street West, Suite 200, Dept. 124PX14 Toronto, ON M5S 1R8). Or visit the website at:

WICA 2017 Convention

The White Ironstone China Association will hold their 23rd annual convention May 4-7 at the Embassy Suites in East Syracuse, N.Y. To start the weekend, there will be a convention welcome meeting on Friday evening. This will welcome any newcomers to the convention, and give everyone time to re-connect with friends. Following this event, the Embassy Suites is offering complementary drinks and snacks at the Evening Reception.

The guest speakers this year are Jacqueline Beaudry and Jean-Pierre Dion from Canada. Jacqueline has been director of an art gallery for 20 years, and Jean-Pierre is a professor at the Universite du Quebec at Montreal for 30 years. Both have an interest in Canadian ceramics. They will speak on the white-ware of the 19th century in Canada. In addition, Mary Eikenhorst is planning a display of Canadian and English-made white ironstone that were potted for the Canadian market.

Come and join us for a weekend of information and several chances to purchase some very nice pieces of White Ironstone China. You must be a member to attend. To join, visit which has a link to join the club. The Sunday Sale is the only function that will be open to the public, May 7th 9-10 am.

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia Returns for a 45th Year in London

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia is set to return to London this summer in what will be its historic 45th year. The prestigious Fair, which offers more choice than any other top European fair, has prices ranging from £100 to hundreds of thousands of pounds. An audience of art and antique enthusiasts from across the globe are anticipated to descend on Kensington Olympia in search of one of a kind, rare and beautiful pieces.

Opening with an exclusive Preview day on Monday 26 June and closing on Sunday 2 July, the Fair is the definitive place for homeowners, interior designers and collectors looking for inspiration. The Fair is expected to attract around 25,000 visitors with more than 55,000 pieces for sale. Each object will be individually vetted by independent experts, providing peace of mind for any buyer—whether a first-time visitor or a regular returnee.

Known for its diverse offering, the Fair features over 120 dealers, some of whom exclusively choose Olympia to display their pieces for sale in a seven-day-only equivalent of a pop-up shop.

From diamond rings to dining tables, from antiquity to the modern day, the Fair will have works of art to cater to all tastes.

As well as the large variety of dealers present, the Art & Antiques Fair Olympia will boast an impressive line-up of speakers giving insight into current trends, interiors, and history.

Mary Claire Boyd, Fair Director said, “Olympia in June is the place to buy that elusive piece that so many of us dream of owning; the essential destination for interiors pieces. The 45th edition of this flagship fair includes exhibitors who can only be seen at this UK show, while others save and restore their best pieces for this seven-day, keenly anticipated event.

“There is also an opportunity to learn a tremendous amount from the combined knowledge of some of the world's leading experts in their fields who are always happy to share their expertise with interested visitors and via the free talks programme.”

After a successful opening year in 2016, SOFA London will be making a welcome return in the Fair. A version of the critically acclaimed Chicago-based show, The Sculptural Objects Functional Art and Design Fair (SOFA), it is an area dedicated to celebrating contemporary three-dimensional art and design—sure to make a big impact.

Located in the elegant National Hall in London Olympia means that the Fair is extremely easy to get to, and there will be a free shuttle bus during the Fair between London Olympia and Sloane Square. A Preview held on Monday 26 June, late openings, champagne bar and a specially created menu at Mosimann’s restaurant all combine to make the Fair a prestigious and must-attend event in London’s summer calendar.

Tickets are priced at £15 in advance and £20 at the door and £60 on Preview day.The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia takes place at the Olympia National, London, W14 8UX. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit




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