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  • 10 May 2018
    Oftentimes several runs of prints were produced over the years all "after" some one original painting. That can make identifying the specific print run difficult, but often necessary in order to properly value the item. For instance, there must have been at least 10 different print runs all based on the original Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington, and it's that example that I use in this week's program. Prints in the various print runs of comparable quality can vary in price from $150 or so to more than $1,200. It's important to know what you're looking at! Please check the website or youtube for this week's show. Gary
    28 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Oftentimes several runs of prints were produced over the years all "after" some one original painting. That can make identifying the specific print run difficult, but often necessary in order to properly value the item. For instance, there must have been at least 10 different print runs all based on the original Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington, and it's that example that I use in this week's program. Prints in the various print runs of comparable quality can vary in price from $150 or so to more than $1,200. It's important to know what you're looking at! Please check the website or youtube for this week's show. Gary
    May 10, 2018 28
  • 07 May 2018
    When I think of vintage jewelry boxes, the first thing that comes to mind are the ballerina jewelry boxes of the 1960’s. They were every little girls dream at the time. But there’s a lot more to them than you might think Porcelain trinket boxes were very popular during the Victorian days and were decorated with flowers, animals, and sculptures of children. Jewelry boxes have also displayed various events, such as the World’s Fair in 1904. Metal jewelry boxes became quite the thing in early 1900’s when Art Nouveau was extremely fashionable in France. These were made of metal and decorated with ivory, silver or gold.   The designs included birds, animals and women with long hair. American-made jewelry boxes were focused on historic themes, such as the Civil War and colonial days. The history of jewelry boxes with their unique histories can lead you on a fascinating journey through many countries. It's truly worth your time.  They are a varied lot and there are affordable pieces. There is definitely something out there for everyone. Oh and don’t forget the celluloids!
    46 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • When I think of vintage jewelry boxes, the first thing that comes to mind are the ballerina jewelry boxes of the 1960’s. They were every little girls dream at the time. But there’s a lot more to them than you might think Porcelain trinket boxes were very popular during the Victorian days and were decorated with flowers, animals, and sculptures of children. Jewelry boxes have also displayed various events, such as the World’s Fair in 1904. Metal jewelry boxes became quite the thing in early 1900’s when Art Nouveau was extremely fashionable in France. These were made of metal and decorated with ivory, silver or gold.   The designs included birds, animals and women with long hair. American-made jewelry boxes were focused on historic themes, such as the Civil War and colonial days. The history of jewelry boxes with their unique histories can lead you on a fascinating journey through many countries. It's truly worth your time.  They are a varied lot and there are affordable pieces. There is definitely something out there for everyone. Oh and don’t forget the celluloids!
    May 07, 2018 46
  • 02 May 2018
    In this week's program we'll highlight examples of Victor Talking Machines, or Victrolas, made between 1901 & 1929. These non-electronic acoustical record players sometimes had external horns, sometimes internal. They came in a great variety of styles, cabinets, and woods, and they are all very collectible. You may be surprised to see how valuable even those in poor condition sometimes are (not all, but some). We'll discuss the labels and how sometimes the serial numbers can be clues to dating (but not always!) With the current great interest in early vinyl, these record players have remained in strong demand. Please watch this website or YouTube for this week's show, which will be uploaded in a few days. Gary
    76 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • In this week's program we'll highlight examples of Victor Talking Machines, or Victrolas, made between 1901 & 1929. These non-electronic acoustical record players sometimes had external horns, sometimes internal. They came in a great variety of styles, cabinets, and woods, and they are all very collectible. You may be surprised to see how valuable even those in poor condition sometimes are (not all, but some). We'll discuss the labels and how sometimes the serial numbers can be clues to dating (but not always!) With the current great interest in early vinyl, these record players have remained in strong demand. Please watch this website or YouTube for this week's show, which will be uploaded in a few days. Gary
    May 02, 2018 76
  • 26 Apr 2018
    A couple of years ago I did a show in which I discussed a large 36" x 22" photograph that I thought was of Western lawman, Wyatt Earp, but I wasn't sure. The owner of that photograph, Marshall Bulle, and I have spent the last 2 years researching the photo further. Our final report was finished today, and you can read it online at  http://frontiershadows.com/WyattReportWeb.pdf  In the end we did conclude that it is Wyatt. The report runs to 80 pages, and I think that if you have the patience to read it through to the end, you will be convinced too. I'll be interviewing Marshall on my weekly program in a couple of weeks. Please watch for it! Gary
    106 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • A couple of years ago I did a show in which I discussed a large 36" x 22" photograph that I thought was of Western lawman, Wyatt Earp, but I wasn't sure. The owner of that photograph, Marshall Bulle, and I have spent the last 2 years researching the photo further. Our final report was finished today, and you can read it online at  http://frontiershadows.com/WyattReportWeb.pdf  In the end we did conclude that it is Wyatt. The report runs to 80 pages, and I think that if you have the patience to read it through to the end, you will be convinced too. I'll be interviewing Marshall on my weekly program in a couple of weeks. Please watch for it! Gary
    Apr 26, 2018 106
  • 25 Apr 2018
    We're now uploading our programs as soon as they're edited, so please watch the website & search youtube for new programs. In this week's show I'll discuss antique Mexican retablos. These oil paintings on tin of religious subjects were hung in houses, often as a way of giving thanks to a particular Saint, who, in the minds of the believers interceded on behalf of the family. The works are charming and evocative. They remind me of Pre-Renaissance Italian paintings. They have a genuineness similar to hand crafted antiques. You want to touch them, and I think that family members did touch them often. Hope you enjoy the program, and please let me know what you think. Gary
    104 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • We're now uploading our programs as soon as they're edited, so please watch the website & search youtube for new programs. In this week's show I'll discuss antique Mexican retablos. These oil paintings on tin of religious subjects were hung in houses, often as a way of giving thanks to a particular Saint, who, in the minds of the believers interceded on behalf of the family. The works are charming and evocative. They remind me of Pre-Renaissance Italian paintings. They have a genuineness similar to hand crafted antiques. You want to touch them, and I think that family members did touch them often. Hope you enjoy the program, and please let me know what you think. Gary
    Apr 25, 2018 104
  • 18 Apr 2018
    Please join us for this month's Bargain Show from the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. The program will be uploaded in a few days--watch this site + youtube. There were some very interesting items in the Mall at real bargain prices: some c. 1800 pewter pieces one made by Thomas Danforth Boardman & his brother Sherman Boardman, a Sleepy Eye barrel cover, a Sears & Roebuck standing hair dryer, some purple glass, a c.1785 Irish mahogany chair, a porcelain doll by Swarovski in a case, a  Robinhood Ware tray, & much more. If you've liked my facebook page, then you're automatically entered into the drawing for the item I select as Best in the Mall. Gary
    112 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Please join us for this month's Bargain Show from the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. The program will be uploaded in a few days--watch this site + youtube. There were some very interesting items in the Mall at real bargain prices: some c. 1800 pewter pieces one made by Thomas Danforth Boardman & his brother Sherman Boardman, a Sleepy Eye barrel cover, a Sears & Roebuck standing hair dryer, some purple glass, a c.1785 Irish mahogany chair, a porcelain doll by Swarovski in a case, a  Robinhood Ware tray, & much more. If you've liked my facebook page, then you're automatically entered into the drawing for the item I select as Best in the Mall. Gary
    Apr 18, 2018 112