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Selling Scrap Gold & Silver Metal

In addition to skimping on buying antiques and collectibles, what many middle class households have turned to doing in this down economy is selling their unwanted gold and silver.  With gold and silver prices at an all-time high, many people are digging through their dresser drawers, rummaging through their attics and clearing out old jewelry boxes as a way to get an infusion of cash flow.  Pawn brokers, jewelry shops and precious metal scrappers, of which there are many more now, are offering buy.


Harker Pottery Company – Oldest Pottery in America

Also known as the “oldest pottery in America,” the Harker Pottery Company was incorporated in East Liverpool, Ohio, in 1890, but was later moved by the Harker family to Chester, West Virginia.  It made pottery teapots and other kitchenware from the 1840’s until the mid-1970s.  The company first produced yellow ware and copied Rockingham ware from Rockingham England.  In its late years, Harker Pottery produced stoneware and crockpot liners.

Some of the most popular vintage Harker Pottery items that collectors seek are Cameoware pieces.  Cameoware is the process, sometimes known as italglio, by which a design is cut into a colored glaze.  Usually, the design was applied as a rubber shape before being dipped into the glaze and then removed before firing the piece; however another process sandblasted the design on the item using a stencil.  One thing to remember is that although Harker successfully used these processes, other companies also used them including Bennett Pottery.


Where You Might Find Harker Pottery in May 2012 . . .

The Eastern National Antiques Show will take place on May 4-6, 2012 at the Carlisle Expo Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  This antique show attracts more than two hundred dealers and thousands of people from around the country.  Aside from antique and vintage pottery, this show features a large selection of art glass, furniture and fine jewelry, as well as vintage toys and ephemera.

May 6-12, 2012, The Spring Show NY, The Park Avenue Armory, New York City, New York

May 12, 2012, Treasures on the Turnpike, Route 50, Aldie, Virginia

May 19-20, 2012, Lucketts Spring Antique Market, Lucketts Community Center, Lucketts, Virginia


May 20, 2012,Hunterdon County Antique Fair, Hunterdon County Fairgrounds, Ringoes, New Jersey

The Brandywine River Museum Antiques Show will be held on May 26-28, 2012 at the museum courtyard and galleries in the museum at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.  This antiques and collectibles show draws many quality antique dealers and hundreds of people from around the country.  The Brandywine River Museum Antiques show features pottery, porcelain, china and furniture.

Collecting Vintage Cameoware

Cameoware was produced by the Harker Company beginning in the 1945.  They used a process of sandblasting to imprint the design onto a pottery piece.  These pieces were usually produced in blue or pink with a white imprint of the design, usually a flower or rose.  These pieces aside from being sold and marketed by other companies were later sold through the Montgomery Ward stores.

When collecting Cameoware, here are some things to keep in mind.  First, it was produced from 1945 until the mid-1970s; so many pieces are still in existence.  The most collectible and sought after pieces were artistically designed by Russell Wright and George Bauer.  Cameoware can usually be found in at Estate Sales, Antique Shows and Flea Markets and prices can range from $10 for a dish to more than $145 for a rolling pin.


Mikey in Hell

A man arrives in hell for the sins he has committed and being escorted to the place of eternal torment.  As he passes one room, he notices a Mikey having an intimate encounter with a beautiful young woman.  “What a rip-off,” the man  mutters, “I have to roast for all eternity and Mikey gets to spend it with a beautiful woman.”  Jabbing the man with his pitchfork, the escorting demon says, “who are you to question that woman’s punishment?!”


Record Auction Price for an Olympic Marathon Cup

The Olympics are coming up this year in London England, which no doubt sparked at least some of the interest in the auction of an Olympics antique.  A record price was set when the Olympic cup given to winner of the marathon in 1896 fetched more than $868,000.  Auctioned by Christie’s in London, this cup was made silver and sold by the grandson of Spyros Louis, who won the cup so long ago. 


Upcoming Auctions . . .

May 10-11, 2012, Laurel Auctions of Maryland will hold a two day auction featuring period and quality antiques as well as reproduction pieces.

May 18, 2012, Weschler’s Auction of Washington, DC will conducting an estate auction that includes works of art and jewelry as well as antique furniture.


What most folks can’t conceptualize is that most antiques and vintage collectibles increase in value over the years.  An antique mahogany wood buffet, in good condition may go for several hundred dollars today, but in an up economy may bring in thousands of dollars. A Murano Art Glass purchased today for $5-10 at a flea market or show, could bring in $100 later; and a kitchen collectible costing $3-5 today could bring in $25 in the future.  Additionally, with everyone talking about greening our environment, what better way than to recycle?

Upcoming Estate Sales

Estate Sale on May 5-6, 2012, 9406 Beauregard Ave, Manassas, Virginia: pottery, vintage glass, Windsor Chairs: 703.660.9380

Estate Sale on May 5, 2012, 124 Hollywood Rd, Glen Burnie, Maryland: antique and vintage furniture, pottery, fishing gear: 443.370.2356

Newsletter May 4, 2012
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