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Interesting and unusual items for sale or being sought

Since I have had the position of editor for Collectors Journal for nearly 8 years (Yikes), I’ve met quite a few people who ask my opinions on the value of their family treasures. I should also backtrack and add that part of the reason I got the position in the first place was my lifelong interest in antiques, collectibles and old, unusual objects along with my journalistic and editorial experience.

Loving and collecting antiques doesn’t always equate to being able to appraise an item, however, and I always tell people the difference between the two. I try to keep up with trends in the antiques market as to “What’s Hot and What’s Not,” but that can change quickly.

One of my co-workers at another position I have (part-time) recently lost her parents and has to dispose of a fairly large amount of items –some of them appear to be valuable. She wants prices for several items and I don’t feel comfortable bandying about nonprofessional valuations. This lady’s mom was a very discerning buyer and her job took her to Paris quite often. There are several pieces of art from France as well as other interesting objects. She has a J & P Coats thread cabinet in oak with all the original handles. The cabinet is beautiful, and looks to be old, but I can’t definitively say it’s an original or a reproduction. Searching on the Internet I found quite a few cabinets –some in ash wood – that look similar to the cabinet in question.

But I made it clear to my co-worker that I am not a professional appraiser. My best efforts to find the value of an object consists of searching on the Internet and trying to find something similar and check the price. EBay is usually one of the better gauges as to value, but not always.

For that reason I was interested to receive the following e-mail about appraising courses:

The 7th annual, two-day seminar is planned for October 4th and 5th by the Foundation for Appraisal Education (FAE), to be held in the gallery of Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year's theme -- 300 Years of Southern Style -- is designed to deepen knowledge of Southern decorative arts and antiques, furnishings and antiques. The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) will give professional development credits for those who fully participate. The seminar is open to ISA, AAA and ASA appraisers and professionals, as well as all interested individuals. If you need additional information about this year's event, you may call Anne Kelly Lewis at 817-995-8023; or, you can email her at annerkelly@gmail.com.

I think I’ll call Anne Lewis and try to learn more about the process.

Further looking into the old e-mail bag has the following information in upcoming sales:

A two-day, 1,033-lot Important September Estates Catalog Auction scheduled for September 14th-15th by Crescent City Auction Gallery, online and at the gallery in New Orleans. Top lots will include an oil on board painting by Arkansas artist Donald Roller Wilson, an early 20th century Tiffany Studios Art Nouveau leaded glass table lamp, a circa 1900 patinated bronze by Frederic Remington, and a 19th century Patek Philippe pocket watch. Online bidding will be via LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Sully Hildebrand at (504) 529-5057; or, email her at info@crescentcityauctiongallery.com.

The sale of antique furniture and fine art from the estate of Lt. Gen. Hanford MacNider and his son Jack -- names synonymous with Mason City, Iowa, where they lived most of their lives – is planned for Friday, September 20th, by Susanin's Auctions, online and at the firm's gallery in Chicago, Illinois. Hanford MacNider was a soldier, businessman, statesman and even a presidential candidate (in 1940). Jack MacNider was the former president and CEO of Northwestern States Portland Cement Company, which the MacNider family controlled from 1908-1990. Both men are deceased. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Max Condon at (312) 832-9035; or, you can email him at max@susanins.com.

Potter & Potter Auctions is pleased to announce their annual fall Coin-Op & Advertising Auction to be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 starting at 10 a.m. at the company's gallery, located at 3759 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60613. This can’t miss, early fall event also includes antique advertising, rare Black Americana, playthings from times past, and other fine collectibles. All items from this upcoming sale will be on display and available for public preview on Thursday, September 26th and Friday, September 27th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Potter & Potter facility.  He can be reached at gabe@potterauctions.com or via telephone at (773) 472-1442.

Have a wonderful week shopping, browsing, bidding and buying. And don’t forget to check out this issue of Collectors Journal for listings and ads for upcoming sales, markets and auctions! Please contact us with Auction Action news; mystery items; unusual collections; club and convention news and any other antiques-related matters at editor@collectorsjournal.com or meego929@aol.com; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.