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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

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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

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Antique car owners have opportunity to show off - Abington Mariner

Antique car owners have opportunity to show off - Abington Mariner


Strolling the landscaped grounds of the Codman Estate on Sunday, visitors could take in dozens of antique cars ranging from a Ford Model T to a 1960s Dodge Dart.

The annual antique car show was sponsored at Codman for the 28th year by Historic New England as a fundraiser and a way to attract people to the estate who might not otherwise visit. Some of the cars and owners, including John Bartley of Watertown, have been coming to the show since it began 28 years ago.

Bartley’s car, a 1937 Ford Touring Deluxe, is unusual because it’s only had two owners—Bartley and his late mother. Because of rationing during World War II, she was unable to get a new tire to replace one that was damaged, so she sold the car to her son for $2 in 1943, and he’s owned it ever since. In the glove compartment, Bartley still keeps the notebook in which he jotted down the expenses incurred on a road trip to Canada on his honeymoon in 1951 ($8 for a hotel room, $3.85 for supper, $2.02 for 8.1 gallons of gas).

Bartley’s car is also unusual in that it’s had very little work done on it, since he’s taken good care of it over the years.

“I’m not into restoration. I like ’em clean,” he said.

Another car at the show that’s stayed in the family for a while was the 1975 baby-blue Volkswagen Beetle owned by Laurence and Nancy Zuelke of Lincoln. Because the odometer wasn’t working for a while, they’re not sure exactly how many miles they’ve put on it, though Nancy estimates it at “two-hundred-something thousand.”

Next to the Zuelkes’ car was another 1957 Beetle, this one in metallic gold. Some have asked owner John Henry of Dunstable, if that’s really the original color. He explained that VW offered gold Bugs for two years in honor of the one-millionth Beetle that rolled off the assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany in 1955. For the show, Henry added a period touch with some musty old suitcases tied to a 1950s VW roof rack with twine (though he used more reliable modern bungee cords for the drive down to Lincoln).

Perhaps the most unusual customization on view was the paint job on a black 1962 Cadillac convertible. Owner John Dunton of Waltham did the painting himself, with advice from an artist friend. Radiating along the sides are subtle red “ghost flames”; because of the technique he used, the flames sparkle in bright sun but almost completely disappear in low light. Dunton even removed the door handles and other appendages from the sides of his 18-foot-long car to enhance the sleek effect.

“It kind of gives it that smooth look, which I like,” he said.

Peering at the colorfully gleaming historic cars, visitors strolling the Codman Estate grounds may not have noticed another back-to-the-future feature around them. Using old photographs and journals, head gardener Ellen Mackey is overseeing work to restore the estate’s landscaping to how it appeared the early 20th century, when Sarah Codman designed and built features including a walled Italian garden.

What brings antique car enthusiasts to the Codman Estate show every year? “The setting, I think,” said event coordinator Margaret Laforest of Historic New England, which manages the 270-year-old Codman Estate. “We have a historic preservation mission, the same as many of these car owners.”


WHEN Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE Codman Estate (34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.)

TICKETS Free to Historic New England members and children under 12, $5 for non-members. To purchase online, visit

INFO call  617-994-5900 ext. 5514


London 2012: artwork by Olympians - Daily Telegraph

As athletes compete internationally, much of the art reflects individual travel experiences. Bill Kund, who cycled in the Olympics for the United States, has lived in four different countries and includes in his varied photographic portfolio pictures from Britain entitled The Great British Telephone Booth. Wojciech Zablocki, a Polish fencer, architect and painter, uses the Olympian connection with Greece as the backdrop of many of his works.

Interspersed with what hangs on the wall are free-standing plinths with sculptures of torsos by Emanuela Pierantozzi, an Italian judo expert. Her bronze likeness of Marco Pantani, the Italian cyclist who fell victim to drug addiction, is one of the museum’s highlights.

'Blue Dragon', a digital design by skier Lucia Medzhiradska, who represented Czechoslovakia and later the Slovak Republic

Sadly, Al did not live to see the ultimate success of his project – he died in 2007 of a long-standing heart condition – and Cathy, his widow, is now the driving force behind it. An artist and athlete in her own right, she said that her late husband was a quiet but highly motivated man with an incredible work ethic. “He was never expected to do well, but he became the first athlete to win four consecutive gold medals. Yet his real belief was in the importance of effort over the winning of trophies.”

That emphasis is reflected inside the gallery itself, where standards vary from highly original and professional pieces to “work in progress”. There is a museum on site devoted to Olympic memorabilia, and plenty of space so that children can learn through films and talks the importance of teamwork and personal development through individual effort. Community and youth educational programmes are also held at regular intervals both on the campus and internationally.

Cathy and her board members were lucky enough to secure as chief executive Bob Beamon, a gold medallist at the 1968 Games, whose long jump mark remained the world record for nearly 23 years. He is still a tall, imposing figure and now also a graphic artist, whose talents extend beyond paper: he has even designed his own bow tie.


The Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery ( will be staging free exhibitions in Cockington Court, Torquay (Saturday until September 1, 10am-5pm daily), and University College London (July 27 until August 12, 10am-8pm daily in the Main Watkins Building on Gower Street). Bob Beamon and Cathy Oerter will be attending the opening of both. The Torquay show will have 12 pieces from the gallery; the London one will have 32, plus children’s art.

'Snakes' also by Lucia Medzhiradskae


Antique fish lure collectors gather in Fort Wayne -

A convention in Fort Wayne is hoping to lure some fishing enthusiasts and other visitors.

The National Fishing Lure Collectors Club is holding its national convention at the Grand Wayne Center. Over 1,000 collectors from around the world are expected to attend the three-day event that runs through Saturday.

The conference features more than 500 tables of antique lures, spoons, jigs, reels, bobbers, sinkers and other antique fishing equipment.

This display in the atrium of the Grand Wayne Center is open to the public Friday from 12-5 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to -1:00 p.m. Free appraisals of old fishing equipment also will be offered.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Stolen Matisse 'recovered in US' - BBC News

A painting recovered in an FBI operation in Miami is believed to be a Matisse stolen from a Venezuelan museum more than 10 years ago.

A man and a woman allegedly tried to sell Matisse's Odalisque a la culotte rouge to undercover FBI agents.

Pedro Antonio Marcuello Guzman, 46, and Maria Martha Elisa Ornelas Lazo, 50, have been arrested and charged with possession of stolen goods.

The 1925 painting has been valued at approximately $3m (£1.9m).

The painting depicts a bare-chested woman sitting cross-legged on the floor wearing a pair of scarlet trousers.

It was stolen approximately a decade ago from the Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art - formerly known as the Sofia Imber Contemporary Art Museum, or MACCSI.

In 2003 the museum discovered the original artwork had been replaced with a forgery after an art collector reported it was being offered for sale in New York.

A press release from the Department of Justice on Wednesday claimed Mr Marcuello had agreed to sell the painting for $740,000 (£472,680) after admitting it was stolen.

"Marcuello allegedly admitted to the undercover agents during a meeting that he knew the painting was stolen and offered to sell [it]," the statement said.

The artwork was then brought into the US - from Mexico - by a courier identified as Ms Ornelas.

"Upon inspection by the undercover agents, the painting appeared consistent with the original Henri Matisse painting reported stolen from the MACCSI museum," the statement said.

According to Reuters, the FBI's National Stolen Art File database lists five other missing Matisse works, including a collection of 62 sketches.

His 1906 Pastoral was one of five paintings stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris in 2010.

Earlier this year a Matisse floral still life, titled The Peonies, fetched $19m (£12m) at an auction in New York.


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