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Historic Toys of Hubley

Historic Toys of Hubley

By Robert Reed   From coal dump trucks to cap pistols the toys of Hubley Manufacturing Co. were an historic part of the 20th century.   Their colorful catalogs assured, “Hubley toys are made to sell.” And sell they did. The Lancaster, Pennsylvania enterprise was at one point among the largest makers of cast iron toys in the world.   […]

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The Appraiser’s Diary: Toothless Murray

The Appraiser’s Diary: Toothless Murray

During the last week of November, I found myself near the Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, Colorado. I had no plans to see any dogs up for adoption that day but decided to walk through. It was very nostalgic for me. As a child, I remember going to the local shelter to adopt several dogs throughout my childhood that turned […]

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Lady’s Dressing Tables Had Varied Names & Looks

Lady’s Dressing Tables Had Varied Names & Looks

By Anne Gilbert A look at many of today’s auction catalogs and antique dealer offerings is a trip through the history of the “dressing table” or “vanity.” These days dressing tables are usually “built-ins” that come with a house or Condo. They are a far cry from the elegant examples made of fine woods and often gilded. Not only did […]

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Antique Detective Q & A

Q.  This small ceramic object was in a drawer of my late mother’s dressing table. Nobody in the family knows anything about it. No maker marks on the bottom. It is charming with the figures of three dogs and flowers. What is the purpose of  the hole?  I plan to put it in my garage sale but don’t know what to charge? L. […]

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The Merry Christmas Seals

The Merry Christmas Seals

By Henry J. Pratt   “If each piece of mail were taxed but a pence, then considerable money could be raised for charity.” That’s what a 38-year-old Danish postal clerk, Einar Holbell, thought and dreamed while sorting mail in his country during the 1903 Christmas rush.   Denmark’s then-King Christian quickly approved Holbell’s idea. So, in 1904, they printed a […]

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