* Antique Scientific Equipment
Calculating, surveying, and medical are all hot,
emerging areas. Navigation has slipped, or not grown as much as other
areas. Any type of instrument with a real provenance, such as a Nobel
Prize winner's equipment, is extremely coveted.
* Antique Radios: Antiques from a golden age - While "radio days" are bygone days for most of us, many avid
collectors are captivated by this multi-faceted category. From early
wireless radios to elaborate mirrored models that would make Liberace
proud, the diversity of antique radios invites a broad range of
* History of a Radio
* Radio Speaker
* Records: Sound Recordings
The main problem with collecting LPs today is that the players themselves
are scarcer. When an LP player isn't working, a lot of people don't know
what to do. Instead of trying to get it fixed, they sell their records.
* A Typewriter's History
The No. 10 was Remington's first "frontstrike" typewriter, which means the arms that print the letters (called "type bars" by typewriter people) strike the feeding roller from the front. Such machines are also called "visible" typewriters, because they allow the user to see the work in progress.
* Tech Collectibles -
Here's a bit of news that may surprise you:
computers themselves are becoming sought-after collectibles.
Commodore Amiga 1000 for sale - Reluctantly selling a complete original
Amiga 1000 package.
* Information on Safes
- The Chicago Safe and Lock Company is long
out of business, but in its day produced thousands of safes. A popular
misconception is that safe companies track the safe and combinations they
sell. They don't.
* Fishing Lures
The earliest lures — some now centuries old — were used by Native
Americans, Eskimos, and American settlers. Today's American collectors focus primarily on American-made lures from the late 1800s to the 1950s.
* 5 Questions about Fishing Lures
- In the past few years, high-grade fishing
lures have appreciated in value — in some cases by 200 percent — making them
a great investment. The most valuable are custom-designed lures.
* Fossil Fever
- Sue is the largest, most complete, and
best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex ever discovered — and she'll be unveiled at
Chicago's Field Museum
* Film Poster Market
African-American, Western, the
Errol Flynn-Humphrey Bogart-Bette Davis genre, they've all had their day —
but except for their A titles, they've declined in popularity. A rare,
80-year-old silent movie stone lithograph might only be valuable to an
historian — unless the film or the stars are famous.
* Hollywood Oscars -
Though Oscars have been sold at auction — a Gone
with the Wind Best Picture Oscar went last year for more than $1 million — they've
either predated 1950 or the seller has been given special permission by the Academy.
* Advertising Labels
* Antique Tins
- Tins are grouped according to the product which they originally contained or for which they were designed.
There is also a section on miscellaneous tins.
* Kitchen Collectibles
- Includes many listings which are not featured anywhere else, including napkin doll ladies, figural egg timers, laundry sprinkler bottles, whistle cups, toothbrush holders, plus much more.
- If you want to learn about wines of the world and advance your comprehension of wine production, grape varieties, appellations, and individual wineries, understand the factors (such as location, soil, climate, and methods of viticulture) that affect the taste and nose, and visit your wine shop with a list of quality wines to explore, Tom Stevenson is the man to read.
Beer Bottles and Labels
In the mid-19th century low standards of manufactured food and drink were
becoming a problem. Manufacturers responded by packaging their
beverages in clear glass bottles so the contents could be readily seen, and
glass began to undermine the stoneware monopoly.
Silver Cake Baskets
- Hallmarked sterling silver pieces from Victorian, Edwardian and even later times are also relatively expensive. There are, however, many attractive mass-produced baskets in
electroplated silver from late Victorian and Edwardian times and these are more
Collecting Cheese Dishes
- There were two basic types. The round Stilton dish, with a
domed lid, was made to accommodate a whole cheese, while others were shaped
to take a wedge. Stilton dishes were more popular at the start of the
Victorian period, while wedge dishes were typical of late Victorian and
Old Cooking Utensils
- Old kitchenware provides a fascinating insight into a time when the
preparation and cooking of food were very different from the way they are
- Few things more readily evoke the cosy comforts of the cottage kitchen than
the image of a burnished copper kettle singing and bubbling on a hob or
Old Corkscrews (cork screws)
- Corkscrews are one of those fun collectables that can be not simply collected
but also used to great effect for their original purpose.
Cruet sets have varied in size and shape over the last three
centuries and the care and craftsmanship lavished on them have made some of
the better examples very collectable.
Cutlery designs and patterns
- The shape and decoration of pieces of cutlery, and
especially their handles, can tell you a great deal about when they were
- Edwardian trays come in a wide range of designs and
materials, from plain wooden utensils for everyday use to decorative,
silver-plated examples reserved for special occasions.
Collecting Egg Cups
- By the beginning of the 19th century, egg cruets were also being made in pottery and porcelain, often matching the pattern of the breakfast or tea china. Individual egg cups also now appeared.
Old Irons - Laundry Collectibles
- Very simple in design, flat irons and box irons were the
'state of the art' in the 18th and 19th centuries, before the advent of
- Before the days of washing machines several different devices were used to make the arduous work of the laundry easier.
Jelly Moulds & Jelly Molds
No large 18th or 19th century house would be without a selection of moulds for
shaping various desserts and savoury dishes for presentation at table, and
these make a decorative and very useful addition to a modern kitchen.
The many utensils that were essential equipment for the cook in Regency and
Georgian times are now collectable items that can make an effective display
in the modern home.
Much fine Victorian table linen has survived in
excellent condition and is now popular with collectors as a graceful
adornment for the modern home.
- A menu, perhaps with a delightful illustration, is the
perfect souvenir of a special occasion, whether it be a grand dinner party,
an unforgettable trip or a memorable meal.
Collecting Pot Lids
- Some Victorian goods were sold in small ceramic pots with attractive printed lids. Many were thrown away,
but those that survive are avidly collected today.
- Once an accompaniment to the rowdy drinking sessions of
Georgian gentlemen, the punchbowl eventually took its place in the polite
drawing rooms of Regency England.
Scales and Balances
- The 19th century saw an improvement in the accuracy of
scales and balances, with many new types being sold for use in the home.
Grocer's Scales ~ Kitchen Collectables
- In the days before most goods were pre packed, the grocer's scales in brass or cast iron, with a matching nest of weights, were an essential tool of the trade.
Gongs and Table Bells
Strategically placed in the hall, the gong summoned family and guests to meals;
the servants were then called with a table bell.
Edwardian Table Silver
- Differences in price depended mainly on quality of
workmanship, for their contents tended to be fairly standard, without the
elaboration often found on the Continent.
Since the 17th century an important social custom for the lady of the house has
been the serving of afternoon tea, using a beautifully crafted tea caddy.
Tea pots and teapots
In 1759, Josiah Wedgwood and his partner, Thomas Whieldon, produced globular teapots realistically potted and painted as cabbages, cauliflowers, melons and pineapples. They proved so successful that other copied them, without the same fine results.
Old Chocolate and Biscuit Tins
- The first biscuit tins were uncomplicated, with the
addition of simply a paper label or paper covering. There were experiments
with direct printing onto the tin and onto an alloy mounted on the tin, but
both these methods proved unsatisfactory. The breakthrough came with the
advent of transfer printing.
Wine Coolers and Cisterns
- From the middle of the 18th century to the middle of the
19th, wine coolers and cellarets were essential items in the dining rooms of
All About Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau Posters
Collecting Christmas Cards
Bank Notes ~ paper money
Bronzes - Bronze statues
Classic old cameras
Canal ware - barge and boat folk art
Cartes de Visite
Smoking and Cigarette Accessories
Cruise Ship Collectibles
History of Fire Screens
History of Fountain Pens and Collecting Writing Instrument
Early Gramophones and Record Players
Old Grooming Accessories
Caring for Horn
Ink Pots and Ink Stands
Caring for Ivory and Bone
Men's fashion - 1
Men's fashion - 2
Men's fashion - 3
Men's fashion - 4
Cleaning Mother of Pearl
Collecting Napoleonic Memorabilia
Navigation Instruments, World Globes, Maps and Charts
Papier mache (paper mache)
Parian Busts and Figures
Collecting Phone Cards
Old photo albums
Repairing Picture Frames
Smoking Pipes and Racks
Regency Hanging Lamp
Silhouette Portraits & Wax Portraits
Snuff Bottles and Boxes
Collecting spectacles and glasses
Vacuum Cleaners, old and new
History of Barometers
History of Oil Lamps