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Antique Trader

Antique Trader

August 1, 2021

Whether you're looking for a trusted place to bid in auctions, buy or sell, Antique Trader is the top resource to find online auction sites, auction houses, and expert advice about antique furniture, jewelry and collectibles. Thousands of antiques and collectibles are for sale in each issue as well as hard to find items to buy, sell, or trade. Antique Trader also contains the most current and comprehensive information on antique shows and stores and earns best-selling honors year after year by providing precise descriptions and current pricing.

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United States
Active Interest Media
24 Issues

in this issue

11 min
when flowers did the talking

When people get a bouquet of flowers today, the first thing they generally reach for is a vase to put them in. In Victorian times, people reached for their floral dictionary to decipher what secret message the flowers were saying. From the simple daisy to the complex dahlia, flowers of every type have captivated for thousands of years, and the symbolic language of flowers has been recognized for centuries in many countries throughout Europe and Asia. Mythologies, folklore, sonnets, and plays of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese are peppered with flower and plant symbolism, and nearly every sentiment can be expressed with flowers. In the romantic minds of the Victorians, with their interest in medieval chivalry and sentimental symbolism, an obligation to social etiquette caused extreme censorship of what was…

20 min
events calendar

ARIZONA July 23-24, 2021, Prescott Valley. Prescott Antique Show & Vintage Market, Findlay Toyota Center, 3201 N. Main St., Prescott Valley, Arizona. Featuring antiques, retro items, weird stuff and cool junk. SH: Friday early bird $15, 3-6pm; early bird ticket is good for free admission on Saturday. Saturday general admission $5, 4-8pm. Children under 12 are free. For dealer and show info: email prescottantiquesshow@gmail.com or visit www.prescottantiqueshow.com or see them on facebook or Instagram. CALIFORNIA Ongoing: every first Sunday of the month, Alameda. Alameda Point Antiques Faire. Ongoing: every second Sunday of the month, Sacramento. Sacramento Antique Faire, located under the freeway on 21st Street, between W & X Streets in Midtown, Sacramento, has reopened with new COVID-19 protocols in place. SH: 6:30am-3pm. rain or shine. ADM: $3 (children 16 & under free), parking…

1 min
collectors thirsty for old whiskey

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — A bottle of historic bourbon whiskey thought to be the only surving stash from the cellar of financier John Pierpont Morgan sold far above estimate at Skinner’s recent Rare Spirits sale. The single bottle of Old Ingledew Whiskey, bottled in the 1860s in La Grange, Ga., by Evans and Ragland, sold for $137,500, smashing the pre-sale estimate of $20,000- $40,000. Skinner’s rare spirits expert Joseph Hyman said the contents of the bottle had been carbon-14 dated (using a hypodermic needle through the cork) to 1763-1803. This places it in the historical context of the Revolutionary War of the 1770s and the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, making it one of the oldest known whiskeys in existence. Standard practice was to store spirits in large glass demijohns after being aged…

3 min
diver finds message in a bottle from 1926

CHEBOYGAN, Mich. — What started as boat cleaning resulted in the discovery of a 95-year-old message in a bottle. Jennifer Dowker, owner and founder of Nautical North Family Adventures, found a message in a bottle dated from 1926 while diving in the Cheboygan River in June. When a prospective scuba diving client asked to try breathing through a regulator onshore, Dowker invited him to try it as she cleaned the windows on her glass-bottom boat, according to the Detroit Free Press. Dowker said she wanted to find something cool to keep her client interested and so she went upstream and saw the green bottle there. “I picked it up and I saw the paper inside, I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh this is awesome,’” she said. After swimming back to the boat, Dowker asked her first…

15 min
go fly a kite

Ask me what I know about Decatur, Illinois, and I’ll tell you that that’s where Hi-Flier kites come from. Came from, at least, in the era when I was an ardent consumer of kites. This was from about 1960 to 1966, roughly when I was in second through eighth grade, on the Northwest Side of Chicago, near Talcott Road and Canfield, right on the border with Park Ridge. I say “consumer” of kites because that’s how it worked: I saved up a dime, bought a kite down at Bud Maday’s Talcott Hardware Store at Talcott and Canfield, and flew it until I destroyed it, which was anywhere from five minutes to five days after standing up in the Edison School playground and committing my doomed possession to the Windy City’s erratic…

1 min
stolen picasso found, builder arrested

KERATEA, Greece — Almost nine years after they were stolen in a near-perfect heist at the National Gallery in Athens, Pablo Picasso’s Head of a Woman and Piet Montrian’s Stammer Windmill have been found. The two works were recently recovered in the eastern Attican town of Keratea, hidden inside the house of a Greek man, who was being monitored by police. Authorities arrested the 49-year-old builder for the theft, officials said at a news conference. The two paintings are now in the possession of the police. Initially, the raid on the Athens National Gallery in 2012 was blamed on two thieves, who had also removed an early 17th-century sketch attributed to the Italian Mannerist artist Guglielmo Caccia. The heist had baffled authorities. The two burglars entered the gallery in the early hours through an…