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Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Rare Battle of Britain aircraft engines expected to fly out of auction for £10k - This is Derbyshire

Rare Battle of Britain aircraft engines expected to fly out of auction for £10k - This is Derbyshire

THREE engines which powered Battle of Britain planes will go under the hammer in a massive four-day antique, fine art and collectors' sale next week.

Bamfords, which is staging the sale featuring more than 3,000 lots, said it is the largest they have ever held and auctioneer Steven Iredale believes the reason is that people are selling items to raise money.

  1. Kirsty Gardner, of Bamfords, with one of the three Battle of Britain engines set to go under the hammer next week.

  2. A Boer prisoner of war walking stick

He said: "People are also buying for investment because they are not getting a return on their money in banks and they don't trust stocks and shares.

"Gold and silver are fetching good prices and so we have been overwhelmed by goods for auction and decided to hold a mammoth four-day sale."

The three 36.7-litre V12 engines were used in Supermarine Spitfires and the Avro Shackleton.

The aviation artefacts were discovered in a barn in Derbyshire during a house call to value some furniture. They are expected to sell for more than £10,000 each.

Mr Iredale said: "These extremely rare pieces of British history have been saved from destruction for more than 30 years.

"They were part of a collection belonging to Dan Taylor, who has dedicated his life to the preservation and conservation of vintage aircraft.

"He had rescued these engines, which he thought were of little worth, as well as saving the original patterns for the legendary World War Two Merlin engine from a skip.

"The sale will also include his extensive collection of aircraft parts including propellers, an anti-gravity test rig and a Spitfire gun camera."

Mr Iredale said the engines had already attracted interest from around the world.

He said: "It's something we have never dealt with before and even more unusual as we only went to see the furniture in his house and shed."

In contrast, the sale will also feature a painting of Henry Boden, the last man to live at the Friary in Friar Gate before it became a hotel. Mr Boden was the owner of a lace factory on the site of what is now Westfield and Boden Street is named after him.

Mr Iredale said: "This is a rare painting of a well-known Derby figure."

Other items set to go under the hammer include a medieval candlestick, an 18th century pottery bear baiting jug, a collection of Clarrice Cliff, a rare Charlotte Rhead charger, a George II lantern clock, a Rolex wristwatch, a 2,000-year-old Roman alabaster fragment and a Wurlitzer jukebox.

A collection of Derbyshire Blue John comprises pieces estimated at prices, ranging from under £100 to around £25,000.

Another unusual item is a Boer prisoner of war walking stick, which has been submitted by the producers of the television programme Dickinson's Real Deal, which will be filmed at the Chequers Road venue on Wednesday.

Viewing for the sale is tomorrow from 2pm to 5pm, Monday from 1pm to 7pm and on the mornings of sale from 9am, with the auction beginning at 10.30am on each day from Tuesday to Friday.


Schoolchildren's artwork on display (From Borehamwood Times) - Borehamwood & Elstree Times

Schoolchildren's artwork on display in Borehamwood

The artwork of young artists has gone on display in Borehamwood.

The Schools Art Show, which is in its 15th year, showcases the work of pupils at 14 schools and opened on Wednesday evening. It will run until 5pm on Sunday.

The exhibition is on show at St Teresa’s Parish Centre in Shenley Road and is hosted by the Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood.

Paintings, sculptures and drawings will be on display and more than 1,000 people are expected to attend.

Today the exhibition is open from 9am until 5pm and tomorrow it will be open from 1pm until 5pm.

Admission to the exhibition is free.


Philanthropist Ruth Horton loved art - Roanoke Times

Ruth Horton with part of her donated art collection. — Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech/John McCormick

Ruth Horton spent her life supporting the arts and giving to others.

The art collector and patron, who along with her late husband donated hundreds of pieces of artwork and land to the Virginia Tech Foundation, died Monday at Warm Hearth Village in Blacksburg. She was 92.

Robert Miller, owner of Miller Off Main Street Galleries, said he still remembers the night he met Horton when she and her husband, Miles, came to see a multimedia slideshow he had created as a student in architecture. Once he began selling art, the Hortons became “dear patrons of 38 years,” and Miller said the couple was dedicated to more than just the art world.

“They were in a position to give, and they gave everything they ever had to support a lot of social causes, not just the arts,” Miller said. “They were the epitome of what I would consider true philanthropists, no strings attached.”

The Hortons moved to Blacksburg in 1956 when Miles Horton was hired as Virginia Tech’s head reference librarian. The two had met at the University of Virginia, where Ruth Horton was using G.I. Bill tuition for nursing school, after serving as a nurse in World War II.

Originally from outside of Harrisonburg, Ruth Horton spent years traveling and collecting art with her husband. But Tony Distler, former director of Virginia Tech’s School of the Arts, said that Ruth Horton always had a soft spot for local artists.

“They supported local artists in the NRV very strongly, and a good portion of the donated artwork is local artists,” Distler said. “For example, Ruth had a very strong affection for Walt Hewes of Giles County.”

Carol Teele, Ruth Horton’s friend for 15 years, said that after Miles Horton died in 2001, Ruth Horton moved out of the couple’s estate on Mountain Lake in Giles County to a townhouse at Warm Hearth. The couple’s land, which included their house, a studio for artists and an observatory, was donated to the Virginia Tech Foundation.

Distler was in charge of cataloging and moving the artwork, which he said consisted of about 900 pieces, the majority of which are prominently displayed in various buildings around campus.

According to the Office of University Development at Virginia Tech, Horton was a member of the President’s Circle, meaning she gave at least $1 million to the university.

In addition to donating artwork, Horton never stopped giving back to her community, Teele said.

“She served as the first woman on the First National Bank board, she was a founding member of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, she gave to a lot of charities, she was on the board of trustees of Blacksburg United Methodist Church,” Teele said. “She always gave and did.”

Horton died as a result of a hematoma that formed after she fell May 30. Her stepdaughter, Caroline Horton Lapan, said that because of other complications, doctors were not able to address the bleed.

“She will be sorely missed,” Miller said. “It wasn’t just what she did for the university; it was everything for society at large.”

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