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Antique Detective: Ad Signs Collectible and Sometimes Costly

Antique Detective: Ad Signs Collectible and Sometimes Costly

By Anne Gilbert    Would you hang a huge tin sign depicting a yellow Shell gasoline product in your living room? These days the concept of what is collectible has changed. Check out the TV show “Flea Market Flips” and you are in for a surprise. Prices are often in the high hundreds.    Late 19th and early 20th century advertising signs […]

by · July 30, 2020 · 0 comments · Feature Article
Those Marvelous Old Marbles

Those Marvelous Old Marbles

By Robert Reed    There is still a bit of everlasting joy in a jar full of old marbles, sitting snugged away on a shelf and holding warm memories as well as vivid colors.    Marbles, of course, have been treasured by children for centuries, dating to the days of Egypt and later to Rome, where Emperor Augustus Caesar himself is said […]

by · July 30, 2020 · 0 comments · Feature Article
Pocket Watch Stands a Timely Collectible

Pocket Watch Stands a Timely Collectible

By Anne Gilbert    Chances are you wouldn’t recognize a watch stand if you saw one. At first glance some look like small picture frames. The frames may be figural or even of a precious metal. They belong to a bygone era when watches were somewhat of a novelty and meant to be displayed when not worn. When they come to […]

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What Is It? August 2020

What Is It? August 2020

   Send your answers to the What Is It contest, postmarked by August 20, to the Mountain States Collector, P.O. Box 1003, Bailey, CO 80421. At least three winners will be drawn. Winners will receive a year’s subscription to the Mountain States Collector.

by · July 30, 2020 · 0 comments · What Is It?
Ancient Glass, Contemporary Adaptations

Ancient Glass, Contemporary Adaptations

By Anne Gilbert    Surprisingly ancient Roman glass objects are still showing up at auctions. But are they really ancient? As you are about to learn glass makers over the centuries discovered that they could learn a lot from ancient Roman and Egyptian techniques. And, glass fakers have never stopped reproducing faked ancient glass.    Emile Galle’ and Louis Comfort Tiffany experimented […]

by · July 1, 2020 · 0 comments · Feature Article