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Halloween is coming up and it’s not too early to start thinking about whether to dress up as a witch, goblin, and princess or action superhero. If you think you are too old to dress up, think again. In the early 20th Century, adults were the ones dressing up in costumes and going to parties, where they played games and had a great time. Many of those same costumes as well as much of the decorations and paraphernalia of the time has become so collectible that people are paying top dollar at auction houses, estate sales, yard sales and antique shows for them. Hence, the value of Halloween decorations has dramatically increased in the past twenty to thirty years.
Mikey and his just as silly new girlfriend were delighted when their long wait to adopt a baby came to an end. The adoption center called and told them that they had a wonderful Russian baby boy. Mikey was ecstatic with joy and couldn’t wait to hold and talk to the baby. On the way home from the adoption center they stopped by the local college so that they could enroll in night courses.
Almost since the beginning, when in 1932 George G. Blaisdell founded the Zippo Manufacturing Company, Zippo lighters became popular and collectible. Because they were windproof, they first, became popular with the American GI’s, who could be seen in the foxholes and trenches lighting up. Although it has gone through modifications, changes in design and finish updates, the Zippo lighter and its internal works have not changed much after seventy six years and it is still as popular and with collectors as ever.
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Zippo is popular with collectors not only in the United States but around the world. The name Zippo has a world class reputation and is known for its lifetime warranty. Collecting Zippo lighters can also be a little bit easier than a lot of other collectibles because of their size if you have space limitations. In addition, although not always fool proof against reproductions, Zippo lighters can be identified by looking at the bottom of the lighter. Each Zippo lighter is stamped with the date or a date code as well as the company’s mark.
Besides costumes, we have seen a rise in the price of vintage Halloween postcards, die-cut decorations and even books. The reason for the premium prices being paid for these collectibles is the scarcity of such things. If you think about it, it makes sense; a lot of people save their Christmas decorations from year to year and therefore there are a lot of collectibles available for that holiday. However, decorations for holidays like Halloween were simply used and tossed by the owners, never thinking about them again, making it harder for us to find the collectibles now. A recent search on the Internet showed prices for vintage costumes ranging in price for as little as $10 for more recent ones to hundreds of dollars for those of older vintage.
Monmouth Pottery Company was erected in Monmouth Illinois in February of 1893 by William
Hanna and associates to make use of the vast deposits of stoneware clays in that area. They were one of the seven Midwest companies
that joined together to form the Western Stoneware Company in 1906. The Monmouth Pottery Company claimed it was the largestpottery in the world in 1898. Monmouth Pottery Co. was sold in 1905 and became one of seven other pottery companies to form Western
Stoneware Co. in April 1906. Monmouth was known as plant #1 and occasionally you will see the Western Stoneware mark with a number
indicating which plant it was produced at.
Oliver Stone, blockbuster Hollywood director, filmmaker and little known art enthusiast, has contracted with Christie’s Auctions to sell some of his Asian artwork. The paintings, which are expected to bring in more than $5.5 million dollars, will have pre-auction viewings in Tokyo, Japan, Seoul, South Korea and Taipei before the sale dates of November 30 – December 1, 2008.
The 6th Annual Purcellville Town Wide Tag Sale will take place this weekend on Saturday & Sunday, October 11 & 12, 2008, where else but in the town of Purcellville, Virginia. During these two days, the town is turns into a huge tag sale with many residents selling their wares and hundreds of visitors looking for a bargain. An antique flea market is usually held in conjunction with the sale by our friend Suzanne at Really Great Finds. Purcellville is a picturesque town less than an hour away from the Washington DC Beltway and well worth the trip if you are visiting this weekend.
Monmouth pottery was well known for their variety of salt-glazed utilitarian wares excellent in quality and durability. Not surprising
that the pictured carafe continues to be in such pristine condition. It carries the original mark of the Monmouth Company which is
the plain Maple Leaf. When the company was purchased by Western Stoneware they incorporated the logo, but added the wording and famous
blue coloring. This piece is fired with a Carmel glaze and has molded ribs running vertically up the base and neck and the rest of
this piece is smooth. It measures 11 ¼ inches tall from base to the top of the lid and is free from chips, cracks, or crazing. There
is brazing to the rim on the bottom as can be expected with stoneware of this age.
After they filled out the registration form, the woman in admissions asked them, “whatever inspired you to study the Russian language?” Mikey proudly spoke for the both of them when he answered, “We just adopted a Russian baby and in a year or so he’ll start to talk. We just want to be able to understand him.”
Up for auction from Stone’s collection will be two paintings by Liu Wei and one each by Tang Zhigang and Gu Wenda. However the most prominent piece from Stone’s collection is a painting titled, Bloodline: Big Family No. 2 by Zhang Xiaogang. This painting alone, which was part of an exhibit at the San Francisco Art Museum, is expected to bring in more than $3.6 million.
The Zippo Manufacturing Company continues to produce the lighters in its Bradford, Pennsylvania plant and there have been over 400 million Zippo lighters produced. In 2002, Zippo branched out into other areas of production in order to diversify their product line. In addition to the lighters, the company now makes hand warmers, knives and tape measures amongst other things. However, the Zippo lighter is still its most collectible product and in a recent search of EBay we found lighters going from as little as $15 to this 1949 Town & Country Sailboat lighter that sold for more than $2,250.