The antiques and collectibles’ field is filled with whatsits.  A whatsit is any object whose use has been temporarily forgotten or not known at all.  Normally, whatsits relate to specialized tools that no longer have the use for which they were made.  Artisan, craft shop, garage, home shop a…

National disasters wreak havoc on antiques and collectibles.  Irreplaceable family heirlooms are gone.  Collection losses, whether large or sm…

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Phonographs were invented in 1877. The early ones had one needle for recording and another needle for playing. The music was recorded on tinfoil-coated cylinders using a needle to make tiny lines that, when played with the other needle, made sounds. Thomas Edison, the inventor, founded his o…

On February 3 and 4th, 2017 I had the pleasure of attending the Iowa Auctioneers Associations Conference at the Holiday Inn in Des Moines Iowa.  At the conference I had the pleasure of meeting Jeffrey Sweeney from Waukon, Iowa.  Jeffrey held the honors of "Ringman of the Year" for 2016-17. I…

The antiques and collectibles’ field is filled with whatsits.  A whatsit is any object whose use has been temporarily forgotten or not known at all.  Normally, whatsits relate to specialized tools that no longer have the use for which they were made.  Artisan, craft shop, garage, home shop a…

National disasters wreak havoc on antiques and collectibles.  Irreplaceable family heirlooms are gone.  Collection losses, whether large or sm…

Collectors love a challenge.  Challenges appeal to collectors’ strong sense of gamesmanship – the art of winning games by using various ploys …