Friday, July 19, 2024

Rare Books, Maps and Atlases from The Recently Closed Birmingham-Southern College will be Auctioned July 31st & Aug. 1st

Davenport, WA, USA, July 19, 2024 -- An important collection of rare books, maps and atlases from the recently closed Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama will be sold at auction on July 31st and August 1st by Grant Zahajko Auctions, online and live in the Grant Zahajko gallery located at 510 Morgan Street in Davenport. Start times on both auction days will be 9 am Pacific time.

“This collection represents three hundred years of history, with material relating to cartography, abolitionism, law, exploration, and U.S. history by state, featuring Alabama, Florida and others,” said Grant Zahajko of Grant Zahajko Auctions. “Many titles represent the first to come to market in decades. Some books are one of only a few to come to market in the last hundred-plus years.”

Birmingham-Southern College traces its roots back to 1856, the year the Alabama Legislature chartered Southern University as a Methodist institution. This collection of books was stored and shelved in a locked special collections room called the "Wood room". The school officially closed in May of this year. Many iconic important titles are scattered throughout the auction.

In all, nearly 1,000 lots will come up for bid. The books will feature subjects that include Americana, Presidents, Founding Fathers, Southern States, Alabama, Florida, the Carolinas, Anti-Slavery, Exploration and more. Also included are important atlases, maps, pamphlets and more. Session 1, on July 31st, will contain lots 1-499. The rest will be offered on August 1st.

Session 1 highlights will feature a copy of the 1741 book A Description of the English Province of Carolina, By the Spaniards Call’d Florida, and By the French Louisiane, by Daniel Coxe, published by Oliver Payne in London (est. $2,000-$4,000); and a first English edition, limited issue copy of James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses, published in London and Paris in 1922 by John Rodker for the Egoist Press, #1631 of 2,000 copies, on handmade paper (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Session 2 star lots include a copy of A New General Atlas, Containing a Geographical and Historical Account of All the Empires, Kingdoms and Other Dominions of the World, by John Senex, published in London in 1721 and featuring 34 double-page, hand-colored maps (est. $12,000-$18,000); and a copy of the large folio A General Atlas, Describing the Whole Universe, complete with 35 maps, by Thomas Kitchen, published in London, 1780 (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Returning to Session 1, two Florida-related volumes have pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$4,000. One is a first edition copy of The Territory of Florida: or, Sketches of the Topography, civil and natural history of the country, the climate and the Indian Tribes, by John Lee Williams, published in 1837 (with an 1840 map) by A.T. Goodrich (N.Y.). The other is a complete, first edition copy (with six folding maps and one folding plate) of An Account of the First Discovery and Natural History of Florida by William Roberts and Thomas Jefferys, published in 1763.

A copy of The American Military Pocket Atlas of the British Colonies, a first edition of the so-called Holster Atlas, designed to “suit the pockets of officers of all ranks” during the American Revolution, with maps, published in London in 1776, should bring $6,000-$8000; while a copy of The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England and the Summer Isles, etc., with four maps (possibly printed later) and descriptions, published in 1624, is expected to hit $8,000-$12,000.

A copy of Hakluyt’s Voyages (three volumes in two books), a complete record of Elizabethan voyages and discovery, published circa 1598-1600 by Bishop, Newberie and Barker (London), has an estimate of $10,000-$20,000. Also, a three-volume set of History of the Indian Tribes of North America, by Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall, with 115 original portraits of Principal Chiefs, published in 1842 (Vol. 1 and 2) and 1845 (Vol. 3) from the Indian Gallery in the Dept. of War (Washington and Philadelphia) should hit $8,000-$12,000.

Back to Session 2, where a copy of A Complete Atlas, or A Distinct View of the Known World by Emanual Bowen, with 68 engraved maps including 47 double-page maps, published in 1752 by William Innys, et. al., should finish at $4,000-$6,000); and a copy, in French, of Atlas Nouveau, Contenant Toutes Les Parties du Monde, etc., with 36 double-page or folding engraved maps, hand-colored in outline, published in 1733, has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000.

A copy of A Complete Historical, Chronological and Geographical American Atlas from 1823, with 53 numbered double-page engraved mapsheets, charts and letterpress tables, the folio 18 inches by 12 ¾ inches, should fetch $2,000-$4,000. Also, a copy of Slave Songs of the United States, 115 pages, published in 1867 by Simpson & Co. (N.Y.), measuring 9 ¼ inches by 6 inches and in overall good condition, is expected to hammer for $250-$350.

There are two offerings from J. H. Colton (N.Y.) in the sale. One is a copy of Colton’s New Topographical Map of the Eastern Portion of the State of North Carolina, with Part of Virginia and South Carolina (1863), with a large lithographed pocket map of North Carolina (est. $1,000-$1,500). The other is the complete two-volume set of Colton’s Atlas of the World (1856), both 19 inches by 17 inches, with Volume 1 containing 37 maps (est. $500-$1,000).

A preview will be held live at the Davenport gallery on Tuesday, July 30th, from 1pm to 5pm Pacific time, or online via appointment on Zoom. To schedule an appointment, call 509-725-5600; or, you can send an email to

Internet bidding is available on the popular platforms,,, (Grant Zahajko’s branded version of Invaluable) and Auction Mobility (Grant Zahajko’s branded platform). Phone and absentee bids will be accepted.

To learn more about Grant Zahajko Auctions and the auction scheduled for July 31st and August 1st, please visit

About Grant Zahajko Auctions:
Grant Zahajko Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at 509-725-5600; or, you can send an email to To learn more about Grant Zahajko Auctions, please visit

N6 Properties Breaks Ground on Latest Boston Community

Boston, MA, July 18, 2024 --
Boston developer Diarmaid McGregor, principal of N6 Properties, recently announced the start of work at 375 Cummins Highway on a 49-unit apartment building in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston. The project represents the first ground-up venture McGregor and company have undertaken since forming N6 Properties in 2023.

The nearly 50,000 square-foot 375 Cummins Highway will host 49 modern residential units with parking for up to 44 vehicles.

“While N6 Properties is a newer company, this project represents the evolution of the model I’ve been following the past 20 years. We find underutilized lots near public transportation and amenities and put in play our vision for modern city living.” said McGregor. “We’re excited to have selected Richard Schmidt Architects and Delphi Construction to bring this project to life. Their experience has been paramount in this challenging market to keep the project on budget.”

A major project component is a focus on sustainability and resiliency. The building is designed with an all-electric, high-efficiency, heating, and cooling system, and a lighting system that is over 50 percent more efficient than similar neighboring buildings. Electric vehicle charging stations are planned for in the naturally ventilated parking garage.

“The building infrastructure is designed to accommodate photovoltaic solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity. The landscaping concept focuses on maintaining the existing urban forest. New plantings will be drought tolerant, native species vegetation.” said Rick Schmidt, AIA, Principal of Rick Schmidt, Architects.

With the help of FinanceBoston N6 Properties secured a loan with North Shore Bank to build the project.

“The project is a prime example of eliciting a property’s highest and best use” said Brian Rooney, principal at FinanceBoston. “It’s vacant land in a great location, and through a collaborative process with the community and City, will now be transformed into something that benefits the neighborhood.”

“Matt LaFlamme and the rest of the team at North Shore were very easy to work with and seemed genuinely excited about this project in this particular neighborhood,” said MacGregor.

The anticipated completion date is January 2026.

The units at 375 Cummins Highway quintessential city spaces will showcase stunning kitchens, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, designer tile baths, spacious living areas, with private balconies, and an array of natural light in the units. The building will also include a large lobby and lounge area, with a coffee bar, in addition to a generous gym space and bicycle storage.

Said Corey Heaslip, vice president of Delphi Construction, “I am thrilled that Delphi is able to be a part of this project and with how our preconstruction team was able to partner with N6 Properties team throughout the budgeting process as the details and scope were refined. That is a key ingredient to a project’s success.”

Other comparable N6 Properties projects include: Wellington at 1301 at 1301 Blue Hill Avenue in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood, completed in 2023, and an ongoing build at 34 Oak Park in Hyde Park (completion date set for 2025).

For complete information about N6 Properties and past, present and future projects, visit

About N6 Properties:
N6 Properties specializes in urban, middle-market development projects. N6 Properties is an independent company that employs teams of local contractors, design and construction professionals who share our core values and commitment to impeccable design and craftsmanship. Those values apply to how we manage our properties, with regular landscaping and interior/exterior maintenance to sustain the original pristine appearance of each building. For more information, visit or call 617-581-3424. 

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Is An Energy Drink Worse Than A Soda? Ask A Dentist

Assonet, MA, July 18, 2024 -- Perception vs. reality: an energy drink is good, soda not so much. Yet if you ask any dental health professional, it might surprise you to know what dentists view as the lesser of two evils-at least when it comes to the well-being of your teeth.

“Energy drinks are highly acidic and can erode your enamel more aggressively than cola. If you’re sipping on an energy drink throughout the day, you’re exposing your teeth to prolonged acid attacks. This can lead to severe enamel erosion and cavities,” said Dr. Derek Cornetta, DDS, who owns and operates Woodside Dental Care at 36 South Main Street in Assonet.

Dr. Cornetta notes that many energy drinks contain large amounts of sugar. The combination of acids and sugar, over time, can weaken tooth enamel, allowing sugars to seep into the tooth, causing tooth decay.

“As with most vices, the key is moderation and some simple preventative steps,” said Dr. Cornetta.

To minimize the impact of energy drinks and soda for that matter, on your teeth, Dr. Cornetta advises rinsing your mouth with water after consuming either drink. That helps neutralize the acidity. He also encourages patients to try and limit consumption and choose alternatives that are less acidic and sugary, like water.

“Of course, brushing and flossing regularly will help prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria caused by energy drinks, soda or anything else,” said Dr. Cornetta.

Woodside Dental Care offers a wide range of dental services from routine checkups to teeth whitening, dentures to state-of-the-art dental implants. To schedule an appointment or for more information, visit or call (508) 452-6302.

About Woodside Dental Care:
Woodside Dental Care’s mission is to not only maintain a healthy smile, but to completely change perceptions of dentistry and challenge the idea that going to the dentist is unpleasant.

Woodside offers high quality care, maximum convenience, and the kind of friendly service you’d expect at a small Mom & Pop store. For information, visit the offices at 36 South Main Street, Assonet, MA, via the web at or call (508) 452-6302.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Timeless Captures: The Frederick Mill Meserve Photography Auction will be held Online Tuesday, July 23rd, by JG.Limited

Danvers, MA, USA, July 17, 2024 -- An extraordinary collection of 450 historic photographs, providing a rare glimpse into the 19th century through iconic and hard-to-find images, will come up for bid in an online-only auction titled Timeless Captures: The Frederick Mill Meserve Photography Auction slated for Tuesday, July 23rd, by JG.Limited. 30-minute extended bidding starts at 8 pm Eastern.

Folks can log on now to view the 450-lot catalog and place their bids at www.JG.Limited. Here's a direct link to the auction: In addition to online bidding (not available on LiveAuctioneers, by the way), telephone bids will also be accepted. To place a phone bid you may call 978-536-0033.

“This event features some of the most historically significant photographs ever assembled,” said JG.Limited president and founder Jared Gendron. “From abolitionists and suffragettes to inventors, doctors, scientists and political leaders, this auction documents many of the iconic figures of the 19th century. It’s possibly the largest group of Meserve photos offered in decades.”

Alongside these historical icons, the auction also offers images of art and cultural figures, including the greatest poets, painters, and theatrical figures of the era. Many of these images are virtually impossible to find, featuring early printings made directly from the original glass plate negatives by the renowned photography collecting pioneer Frederick Hill Meserve (1865-1962).

The photographs are original period silver prints and platinum prints dating to 1913 or earlier. They are part of a full volume of photographs produced by Meserve. Each one is 2.125 inches by 3.25 inches and set into the original paper frame, with corners set into slits, so it is removable. Annotations are in the frame’s lower border, written in pencil by Meserve.

Frederick H. Meserve began collecting Civil War-era photographs in the 1890s to illustrate his father's war diary. His collection includes significant works from photographers such as Matthew Brady, Sarony, and Nadar. His collaboration with historian Carl Sandburg led to the publication of The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln in 1944. The collection has had a lasting impact, even featured in filmmaker Peter Kunhardt's work on Abraham Lincoln photographs and memorabilia.

Just some of the many luminaries featured in the Meserve collection include these examples:

- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), the Irish poet and playwright, best known for his epigrams and plays, as well as his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (est. $900-$1,000).

- Charles Darwin (1809-1882), the British naturalist whose theory of evolution by natural selection was laid out in his book On the Origin of Species (est. $900-$1,000).

- Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), the influential American author and abolitionist known for her groundbreaking 1852 novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (est. $200-$250).

- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), the renowned Russian composer whose repertoire included such works as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker (est. $650-$750).

- Orville and Wilbur Wright (two separate photographs), who co-invented and built the first successful powered airplane, flown near Kitty Hawk, N.C. (each est. $450-$500).

- Thomas Edison (1847-1931), the American inventor of devices in electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, motion pictures (est. $350-$400).

- Walt Whitman (1819-1892), the influential American poet, essayist and humorist, best known for his collection of poems titled Leaves of Grass from 1855 (est. $350-$450).

- Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), the Russian novelist, philosopher and social reformer known for his epic novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877) (est. $500-$600).

- Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), the American writer, poet and literary critic known for The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher (est. $800-$1,000)

- Karl Marx (1818-1883), the German philosopher, economist and revolutionary who co-wrote, with Engels, The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital (est. $600-$750).

- Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), the leading African American educator and civil rights advocate, founded the Tuskegee Normal & Industrial Institute (est. $350-$400).

“This auction is a testament to Meserve's dedication to preserving and sharing these invaluable pieces of history with collectors, and we are excited to carry on that initiative through our auction to a global audience of collectors," Mr. Gendron said. He added that the Part 2 sale of Timeless Captures: The Frederick Mill Meserve Photography Auction will be held at a later date.

Bidders need to know that 30-minute extended bidding starts on July 23rd at 8 pm Eastern time. The clock will then reset for another 30 minutes each time a bid is placed. The 30-minute clock reset is unique for every lot; each has its own unique countdown during extended bidding.

To learn more about JG.Limited and the Timeless Captures: The Frederick Mill Meserve Photography Auction, online now and closing on Tuesday, July 23rd, with 30-minute bidding set to begin at 8 pm Eastern, or to register online to start bidding and buying, visit www.JG.Limited.

About JG.Limited:
While its business is rooted in the past, JG.Limited is focused on – and welcomes – the future. It harnesses modern technology through a custom developed and designed website. In addition, the company’s Android and Apple apps allow bidders to participate in regularly scheduled auctions; register, preview, watch, and bid from tablet or mobile devices – all with the press of a button. To learn more about JG.Limited, please visit www.JG.Limited. Updates are posted frequently.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Nye & Company's Online-Only Chic and Antique Auction, July 31-Aug. 1, has Around 825 Lots of Fine and Decorative Arts

Bloomfield, NJ, USA, July 16, 2024 -- Nye & Company Auctioneers’ two-day Chic and Antique auction slated for Wednesday and Thursday, July 31st and August 1st, starting at 10 am Eastern time both days, is so big it’s being sold over two months. The online-only auction will feature around 825 lots in a wide variety of fine and decorative arts from the 17th century all the way up to the modern day.

The sale is packed with collections and estates primarily from the tri-state area. One of the top highlights is a pair of Keith Haring subway drawings, titled Dogs Eating Man. The diptych drawings from circa 1980-1984 are illustrated in the 1984 edition of Art in Transit, Keith Haring’s tome of subway drawings, with photographs by Tseng Kwong Chi. Estimated at $80,000-$120,000, these works of pop/street art are a rare survival of Haring’s subway drawings.

Continuing with the theme of contemporary and modern art, Nye and Company will be selling property from the estate of Theodore (Ted) A. Bonin who, along with Carolyn Alexander, formed the Alexander and Bonin Gallery in New York City. The firm was known for working with rigorous, genre-defying artists, many now deceased and underappreciated while still alive.

In an interview with ARTnews, Elisabeth Sussman, curator of the Whitney’s Thek retrospective, said, “Bonin was exceptional as a scholarly and exacting advocate for every artist that he, as a dealer, represented, including among others, Paul Thek and Sylvia Mangold. He will be missed.”

Highlights from the collection include an acrylic on cast plaster bust titled Michael by John Ahearn (est. $3,000-$5,000); an untitled work on wax paper by Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum (est. $800-$1,200); a great contemporary piece by Roman Ondak titled Pocket Money of My Son (est. $3,000-$5,000); and works by Javier Pinon, Marco Neti, Rita McBride and Stefan Kurten.

For those who prefer more traditional art, there is a terrific single-owner selection of Folk Art coming from a New England collection. The sinuous lines and simplistic nature of some of the pieces actually bridge the gap into modernism. These are the type of objects that would be an excellent focal piece in a more modern or contemporary setting.

Highlights include a terrific life-size articulated wood figure illustrated in American Vernacular, New Discoveries in folk, self-taught and outsider sculpture by Roger Rico and Frank Maresca (est. $3,000-$5,000). There is also an exceptional whirligig solider once in the collection of Isabel and Harvey Kahn, a dynamic piece of moving sculpture estimated conservatively at $1,500-$2,500 and a splendid group of 19th century painted game boards and portrait miniatures.

Traditional furniture will feature a small but choice group of property from a private collection that features a rare Gothic lancet arched back side chair attributed to the Philadelphia cabinet maker Crawford Riddell. Estimated at $2,000-$4,000, the chair should sell within range or more.

From the same collector is a rare labeled butler’s desk from another Philadelphia cabinet maker, Charles White, and a sideboard with a stenciled label by (Michel) M. Bouvier, as illustrated in Philadelphia Empire Furniture, by Allison, Johnathan A., Christopher, Peter and John W. Boor.

The auction also includes a wide range of traditional fine art. There is work by one of the Philadelphia Ten artists, Nancy Maybin Ferguson, of a New England street scene, possibly Provincetown, from a private Park Avenue collection (est. $3,000-$5,000). There are two works attributed Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot (both est. $20,000-$40,000). One is a forest scene and the other depicts a view near Rotterdam. Both are masterfully painted and emblematic of his work.

The sale also includes an abstract fruit still life by Michael Goldberg that should sell in the range of $8,000-$12,000. Another terrific painting is by Wilfred Gabriel DeGlehn, titled The English Hospital at Arc en Barrios. This work is conservatively estimated to finish at $6,000-$9,000. 

Finally, the sale features a nice selection of luxury brand objects that are perfect for those looking to make strong fashion and accessories statements. Hermes is prominently featured with a choice of either a 25cm or 30cm leather Birkin bag. If you prefer the Kelly model, there is a Pochette Clemence leather clutch.

Rolex is also another standout brand included in the auction. There is an 18K gold Presidential Oyster Perpetual watch (est. $10,000-$15,000), but if you prefer something sportier, included is an Explorer II polar watch, which is a model that can often be seen on the wrist of Prince Harry.

Real time Internet bidding and absentee bidding will be provided by,,, and the Nye & Company website: Telephone bidding will also be available on a limited basis.

We encourage you to come by our gallery or view the sale online. People can bid in absentia and online. An online preview is being held from July 15th thru August 1st at the abovenamed sites.

For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers and the Chic and Antique online-only auction on Wednesday and Thursday, July 31st – August 1st visit The full color catalog will be available to viewed shortly at,,, and

About Nye & Company Auctioneers:
Anyone looking for additional images, condition reports or info about an object is invited to visit the Nye & Company website or email to For those who would like to inspect the items in person, Nye & Company will hold a public exhibition from July 22nd -26th from 10am-4pm each day and then again from July 29th-30th from 10-4 (all times are Eastern). For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers, visit

Saturday, July 13, 2024

SJ Auctioneers will Hold An Online-Only Black Americana, Collectibles, Decor & Silverware Auction on Sunday, July 21st

Brooklyn, NY, USA, July 13, 2024 -- A spectacular 235-piece sterling silver flatware service by Georg Jensen in the Bernadotte pattern, a signed Daum (France) crystal art glass bouquet of roses, a large sterling silver cup by Cartier in the original box, and many examples of Black Americana are just some of the items bidders will find in SJ Auctioneers’ online-only auction slated for Sunday, July 21st.

The 225-lot Black Americana, Collectibles, Décor & Silverware auction will start promptly at 6 pm Eastern time, with internet bidding offered exclusively through

Other items expected to do well include a gorgeous, circa 1850-1890 Gorham mixed metals Y50 sterling silver and copper jardiniere vase with applied 3-D strawberry plant and spider (est. 1,500-$2,500); two metallic chess sets with storage cases (each est. $250-$350); and a pair of Spanish silver heron crane bird figurines, 7 inches tall, 850 silver (est. $750-$1,200).

The artists, designers and silversmiths will include names such as Cartier, Georg Jensen, Daum, Tiffany & Company, Frontenac, Royal Danish, Bvlgari, Porter Blanchard, Mayauel Ward, Marx, Herend, Gorham, Mulholland Brothers, Reed and Barton and many others. Not many of the Black Americana pieces are identified by maker, but all are rare and highly collectible.

The 235-piece Georg Jensen sterling flatware service for eight includes 16 serving utensils and comes in a three-tiered chest and soft storage box (est. $20,000-$24,000). The bottom of the Daum signed crystal art glass bouquet of roses is just over 7 inches tall, has no cracks or repairs and is signed “Daum France” on the bottom (est. $900-$1,500). The Cartier sterling silver cup in the original box is in like-new shape and is inscribed, “J.B.H.” (est. 300-$450).

Sterling silver flatware services are enormously popular because of their beauty, historical significance and high silver content in troy ounces. SJ Auctioneers has offered many such services in past auctions and this one will be no exception. A few examples are as follows:

- A 103-piece Frontenac sterling silver flatware service with a repair to one gumbo soup spoon, otherwise in very crisp original condition. No monogram (est. $6,500-$8,000).

- A 140-piece Royal Danish sterling silver flatware service for 12, a dinner size with fish set. The chest in the catalog photo for display purposes only (est. $6,500-$8,000).

- A 116-piece Georg Jensen sterling silver flatware service for 12 in the Cactus pattern, with serving utensils. Chest in the catalog photo not included (est. $11,900-$12,000).

- A 6-piece Tiffany & Co. sterling silver tea and coffee service in the Hampton pattern from 1912 in the Art Deco style, with an elegant, geometric design, weighing 126.8 troy oz. (est. $6,900-$9,500).

- A Porter Blanchard sterling silver coffee service having an 11-inch diameter tray with wooden handles, weighing 40 troy ounces, in excellent condition (est. $2,400-$2,800).

Other sterling silver offerings from Tiffany & Co. include a porringer bowl dish (23245) with the original box (est. $300-$450); a large, 10-inch-tall water pitcher, 10 inches tall, weighing 31.38 troy oz. and no dents, dings or issues (est. $1,600-$2,000); and, in the jewelry category, an Elsa Peretti cord heart with diamond pendant necklace, 18 inches long, weighing 5.3 grams and featuring one single round brilliant diamond of approximately .04 carats (est. $300-$450).

Black Americana will be plentiful, with attractive estimates in the $50-$150 range. These will include a cast iron Uncle Sam figure, 11 inches tall; a 1920s nodder bobble head, 4 ¼ inches tall; a Diaper Dan Syroco wood type thermometer, 5 inches tall; a Shearwater porcelain tiger, 5 ¾ inches tall; and 1913 sheet music for the song Ma Pickaninny Babe by Chas. L. Johnson.

Other offerings will include a pair of Sophia-Ann porcelain babies on a wood swing, one holding a bottle; a green glass cereal jar with Aunt Jemima logo; an Aunt Jemima porcelain figurine, 5 inches tall; a cast iron baby bank with Japanese hand-painted wooden décor; a framed advertisement for Uncle Kola’s Yams; and framed artwork of a cotton picker family.

Pieces from Africa will feature a visually arresting mask, 4 ¼ inches tall (est. $50-$500); a carved tribal woman ebony wood sculpture, about 7 inches tall (est. $150-$250); and carved wood tribal figurines one 11 ¼ inches tall and the other 13 ¼ inches tall (each est. $90-$150).

Toys will feature a tin wind-up The Magic Barn and Tractor with the original box (est. $180-$360); a 1952 Marx Roy Rogers Rodeo Ranch playset (est. $150-$350); a Yonezawa (Japan) tin toy airplane model of a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet with original box (est. $500-$1,000); and a 1961 set of 34 Disney Marx Fairykins with the original box (est. $300-$750).

Other noteworthy lots include an early coin silver water pitcher in very good condition, 13 inches tall with a lovely inscription and weighing 29.7 troy oz. (est. $1,700-$2,200); a Bvlgari Serpenti forever cuff in excellent condition with the original box (est. $340-$500); and a real nice Mayauel Ward signed blue iridescent mushroom décor paperweight (est. $150-$350). 

Bidding is available online now, at Pre-bidding is also available, meaning for those who are unable to attend the online auction, they can still leave their bids now. This auction uses Autopay by A link to the catalog is here:

To learn more about SJ Auctioneers and the online-only Black Americana, Collectibles, Décor & Silverware auction on Sunday, July 21st, starting promptly at 6 pm Eastern time, visit Updates are posted often.

About SJ Auctioneers:
SJ Auctioneers prides itself on offering its customers great service and fast shipping, unlike some other auction houses where people need to arrange their own shipping. SJ Auctioneers is always seeking quality items for future auctions. To inquire about consigning an item, an estate or a collection, you may call 646-450-7553; or, you can send an email to To learn more about SJ Auctioneers, visit Updates are posted often.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta has Back-to-Back Online-Only Auctions Planned for Wednesday and Thursday, July 17th & 18th

Atlanta, GA, USA, July 12, 2024 --
Ahlers & Ogletree has back-to-back online auctions planned for Wednesday, July 17th (Historical Documents, Books & Americana, 352 lots) and Thursday, July 18th (Asian Works of Art, 189 lots), beginning promptly at 10 am Eastern time on Wednesday and 9 am on Thursday. Online bidding will be facilitated by, and A&O’s own bidding platform (

The Historical Documents, Books & Americana auction will feature letters, signatures and ephemera from 42 U.S. Presidents; documents and pamphlets relating to the founding of America, the Revolutionary War and the American Civil War; a collection of Duck Stamp prints deaccessioned from the Morris Museum in Augusta, Ga.; and the Southern historical document collection of Frank and Marie-Therese Wood, authors of Slavery: A Look at History Through Primary Source Documents.

The Asian Works of Art sale, the next day, contains Chinese and Japanese ceramics; works on paper; works in stone, wood and bronze; a selection of fine Chinese Export pieces; and a collection of Southeast Asian masks. These events will wrap up Ahlers & Ogletree’s summer calendar. Their next big sale is slated for Thursday, September 12th, featuring the estate of Greg Crawford, live and online.

Headlining the July 17th Historical Documents, Books & Americana auction is a one-page pardon, signed by John F. Kennedy (as President) and Robert F. Kennedy (as Attorney General), dated Nov. 8, 1963, just days before JFK’s assassination (est. $8,000-$12,000); and a consulate appointment dated April 18, 1863, signed by President Abraham Lincoln using a dip pen, also signed by Secretary of State William Seward, and accompanied by a JSA (James Spence Authentication) (est. $5,000-$7,000). 

The deaccessioned collection of Duck Stamp prints includes a 1934 Federal drypoint etching on paper, pencil signed by Ding Darling (American, 1876-1962), titled and dated, housed in a 16 inch by 15 ½ inch frame and with duck stamp #rwl (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a 1972 Iowa state duck stamp print by Maynard Reece (American, 1920-2020), first edition lithograph on paper, remarqued by the artist with two ducks, mounted on a 16 inch by 17 inch matting board and all ready to frame (est. 2,000-$4,000).

A document from King George’s Inferior court of common dated March 7, 1761, signed by future U.S. President John Adams (as “Adams”), with over 100 words written in his hand on the front, framed and with a printed picture of Adams, should bring $1,800-$3.200. Also, a one-page letter handwritten by Andrew Jackson and dated July 23, 1817, penned from the Nashville Head Quarters and sent to then-Secretary of the Navy Benjamin William Crowninshield, framed, is expected to reach $2,000-$3,000.

A collection of 114 double-sided vellum, 16th century, six-line antiphonal leafs, all seeming to be from one edition, with many illustrated and illuminated with colored designs and figural face drawings, 23 ¼ inches by 16 ¼ inches, has an estimate of $2,500-$5,000. Also, a color print of Benjamin Franklin mounted on paper and signed by former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, inscribed to Robert Woodruff and contained in a frame measuring 15 ½ inches by 12 ½ inches, should hit $1,000-$2,000.

Expected top earners in the Asian Works of Art auction include an impressive and large Tibetan 18th century (or earlier) copper alloy figure of Chakrasamvara and Vishvamata, with multiple heads and arms, crushing numerous figures, 35 ¼ inches tall on a lotus form base (est. $5,000-$10,000); and a Chinese pre-1924 cream lacquer six-panel Coromandel screen depicting Xiwangmu, Queen Mother of the West, with dedication and two seals, 93 inches tall by 121 inches wide (est. $2,000-$4,000).

An Indonesian Balinese lacquered ceremonial celuluk wooden mask, modeled as the queen of the Leyaks, Rangda, set with semiprecious stones including amethyst, sapphire, topaz, and tourmaline, glass gemstones, 57 inches by 27 inches, should realize $2,000-$3,000; while a Chinese carved white jade (or jadeite) pendant (or plaque) decorated with a landscape and poem but otherwise apparently unmarked, diminutive at just under 2 inches tall, carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

A pair of Chinese rose Mandarin porcelain vases, now mounted as lamps, circa 1830, each having applied Buddhist guardian lion handles and salamanders, enamel decorations with birds, butterflies, flowers and reserves with court figures, is estimated at $1,200-$2,400. Also, a late 19th/early 20th century bronze zoomorphic jardiniere after Genryusai Seiya (Japanese, 1868-1912), likely Meiji era, depicting multiple animals, with a seal mark to the underside, should gavel for $1,000-$2,000. 

A Japanese six-panel byobu screen made in the manner of Soga Chokuan (Japanese ca. 1596-1615), with tethered hawks (or falcons), paint on paper adhered to a gold paper background, unsigned, each panel 55 inches tall by 19 ½ inches wide, has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. Also, a pair of Japanese maki-e lacquer decorated stirrups, late 17th or early 18th century, in iron and lacquered wood, decorated in floral maki-e lacquer, each one 11 inches tall, should finish at $1,000-$2,000. 

In addition to online bidding, telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held by appointment only, in the Ahlers & Ogletree gallery located at 1788 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard Northwest in Atlanta, Ga. To schedule an appointment, you may call 404-869-2478. 

Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. Ahlers & Ogletree is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly at 404-869-2478; or, you can send them an e-mail, at

To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and the back-to-back online auctions planned for Wednesday, July 17th (Historical Documents, Books & Americana, 352 lots) and Thursday, July 18th (Asian Works of Art, 189 lots), beginning promptly at 10 am Eastern time on Wednesday and 9 am on Thursday, visit You can follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Dr. Michael Gottfried at Aquidneck Chiropractic Collaborates with Spherehead Pillow

Middletown, RI, July 10, 2024 -- Not resting on his laurels, Dr. Michael Gottfried at Aquidneck Chiropractic, located at 1272 West Main Street, Building 2, Middletown, RI, is collaborating with Spherehead Pillow to help patients with sleep challenges.

Dr. Gottfried, a problem sleeper himself, noted, “Over the 43 years that I have been a Chiropractic Physician, I have tried more than 20 cervical pillows to see if they were worth my recommendation. I can honestly say that the Spherehead Pillow is the first and only one that I recommend. My own experience is that I have better sleep quality and less morning stiffness or discomfort. Nothing works for everyone, but if you try this pillow for at least a week I am confident that you won't be disappointed.”

Additional chiropractic practices, physical therapy offices and sleep study locations will also be introducing the Spherehead Pillow to patients.
Nothing about the Spherehead Pillow is business as usual. It doesn’t look like a standard rectangular pillow.

Because it is not a standard rectangular pillow.

Founder and visionary Alizah Josette, a Warwick, RI resident and paralegal, struggled to find an adequate pillow that would allow unrestricted movement but prevent harmful twists and strains of the head and neck muscles. Through her persistence, dedication and numerous prototypes, she unlocked the secret to a soothing night's sleep - a pillow that cradles and supports the head and neck, promotes alignment of the spine, and allows flexibility of sleeping positions.

Round and scooped out, the patented Spherehead Pillow offers a unique physical shape and physical benefits.  Within a week, most users adapt and blossom.

The 100% Charmeuse pillowcase, which comes with the pillow, is beneficial for all hair types.  While the pillowcase is machine washable and durable, the smooth material bolsters healthy hair and helps prevent breakage.

Spherehead’s innovative design offers restorative sleep every night by providing gentle support of the head and neck and promoting proper spine alignment.  Spherehead's unique design embraces sleeping habits and benefits the body. The Spherehead memory foam pillow cradles the head and mirrors the natural curve of the cervical spine. Back sleepers enjoy unrestricted movement, while Spherehead prevents damaging twists and turns of the head and neck allowing muscles to relax and unwind.   

The Spherehead pillow does not interfere with any sleep apparatus, such as an eye mask or a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Side sleepers appreciate the gentle contour of the Spherehead pillow that rests along the curve of the cheek, ensuring the face is unobstructed.

The Spherehead Pillow retails for $59.99. It is available at the Spherehead Pillow website at or via Amazon at; or the offices of Aquidneck Chiropractic.

The company is also partnering with chiropractors and other healthcare professionals to make the pillow readily available.

For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Steven Dubin, PR Works

Bidding Starts at Just $10 Per Lot in Holabird's Online-Only Timeless Treasures Auction This Weekend, July 13th and 14th

Reno, NV, USA, July 10, 2024 -- Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC will look to take some of the edge off of summer’s sweltering heat with a cool, two-day Timeless Treasures Auction on Saturday and Sunday, July 13th and 14th. The online-only event is loaded with 1,584 lots of numismatics, Western Americana, postal history and more. Online bidding will be provided by

“Get ready for two exciting days packed with an array of remarkable items awaiting new homes,” said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC. “We invite everyone to join us in this fun sale, featuring collectibles in all the usual categories. And don’t forget, all lots open for bidding at just ten dollars.” Start times both days will by 8 am Pacific.

Day 1 categories include maps and travel, autographs, books, dolls and toys, sports, model railroading, transportation (railroads, air, steamship / marine and automobile), stage / Express / Wells Fargo, philatelic (covers, postcards and stamps) and stocks and bonds – 797 lots in all.

A Boston Directory for the year 1855, published by George Adams (Boston), 412 pages, in very good to fine condition, with the re-binding fine, has a pre-sale estimate of $180-$500. Also, a group of 23 collectibles books, including Art of the Old West, Collectible Advertising, Fountain Pens, Oak Furniture, Cast Iron and Tin Toys, Silent Movie Stars and more should hit $200-$400. 

Railroad lots will feature a 1933 Ann Arbor (Mich.) Railroad pass, issued to Mrs. E. G. Clark, “Wife of Freight Traffic Mgr.” (est. $100-$200); a collection of 38 mostly toy train parts, to include an HO Transformer, rolling stock and straight track (est. $150-$200); and three Canadian National Railway silver hot food covers, all in a Canadian National Hotels box (est. $150-$400).

An 1875 Wells Fargo & Co. receipt from Virginia City, Montana for a nugget pin valued at $15 going to Kansas has been assigned a pre-sale estimate of $100-$200; as has a collection of about 40 early German color postcards (Gruss, etc.), from the late 19th century (circa 1888-1900).

A group of around 300 or more stamps from Australia and Queensland, 1913 to modern, mostly in used condition and gathered from family collections, dealers and trade stock, should finish at $80-$300. Also, an 1893 Wells Fargo & Co. Bank check made out to Cliff House (Colorado), in the amount of $23.00, signed by Cliff House owner Adolph Sutro, is expected to fetch $70-$150.

A photo postcard depicting and signed by former baseball star J.C. Martin, shown wearing a Chicago White Sox uniform (one of several teams Martin played for, including the Miracle Mets of 1969), signed, “Best Wishes / J.C. Martin”, has an estimate of $80-$100. Also, a circa 1938 child-size wooden rocking chair, with some mesh loose, is expected to command $50-$100.

Day 2 is loaded with Native Americana, art, photography, entertainment / cinema / Hollywood / theater / dance, music, World’s Fair and Expositions, numismania, fraternal organizations and badges, exonumia medals and tokens, coins, foreign numismatics, currency, gold, silver, fine jewelry, bullion, antique and costume jewelry, gemstones, gold nuggets and mineral specimens.

Also up for bid will be other numismatics (ephemera, ingots, U.S. Mint), mining collectibles, firearms-related items, advertising, political and military, gaming, bottles, assorted collectibles (souvenir plates, spoons and flatware), and collectibles in a wide range of categories, including household, general store, home décor, porcelain, ceramic and glass – in all, a total of 782 lots.

An outstanding, two-volume complete set collection of U.S. Liberty Head half-dollars, housed in Library of Coins albums, Volumes 1 (1892-1903) and II (1904-1915), 73 circulated coins in all, should realize $3,000-$4,000; while a group of six Capped Bust U.S. half-dollar coins, dated 1809, 1812, 1813, 1823, 1824 and 1828, in circulated condition, has an estimate of $600-$900. 

Gold U.S. coins will also be on offer, to include an 1875-S $20 Liberty Head gold coin, in AU condition, from a mintage of 1,230,000 coins (est. $2,500-$3,500); an 1894 $10 Liberty Head gold coin, in AU 55 condition, of 2,470,735 minted (est. $1,200-$1,500); and a 1913 Indian Head $5 gold coin with a sunken relief design, one of just 915,901 minted (est. $700-$1,000).

A collection of five circa 1900-1920 Lash’s Bitters bottles (San Francisco), five different tooled top varieties of the 18 listed by Ring-Ham, with two of the five having the original paper labels, is expected to garner $240-$375. Also, a gorgeous petite gold ruby ring testing 14 carat gold and featuring an oval ruby and two small white stones, weighing 2.3 grams, should make $300-$500.

A hard-to-find first edition copy of Battles of the Civil War by Kurz & Allen, over two feet wide and housed in its original archival box, dated 1960, carries a pre-sale estimate of $400-$600. Also, a group of three photographs of the Northwest by Darius Kinsey (1869-1945), including Snoqualmie Falls, Mont.; Mt. Si; and a fawn deer (all in Washington) should make $600-$1,000.

Rounding out just some of the Day 2 highlights is a large collection of 80 different Fresno (Calif.) tokens, to include Fresno Savings Bank, Bank of Fresno, Dapavo & Papolo, Bailey Brothers, Blackstone Hut, Diamond Jubilee, Minor & Son and many more (est. $600-$1,000).

This is a timed auction, so there will be no live auctioneer or audio/video feed. Folks can bid now, up to the day each session closes. On all three auction days, they will be able to log in to a virtual console and bid live, per normal. Each lot will open with an automatic timer that’s reset with each live bid. Once the bidding stops and the timer runs out, then the next lot is presented.

In addition to internet bidding offered exclusively on, phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Color catalogs are available by calling 1-844-492-2766, or 775-851-1859.

Anyone owning a collection that might fit into a Holabird Western Americana Collections auction is encouraged to get in touch. The firm travels throughout the U.S., to see and pick up collections. The company has agents all over America and will travel to inspect most collections.

To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, and the two-day, online-only timed auction planned for July 13th and 14th, beginning at 8 am Pacific time each day, please visit

About Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC:
Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC is always seeking new and major collections to bring to market. It prides itself as being a major source for selling Americana at the best prices obtainable, having sold more than any other similar company in the past decade alone. The firm will have its entire sales database online soon, at no cost – nearly 200,000 lots sold since 2014. To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can send an e-mail to To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, please visit

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

A Philip & Kelvin LaVerne 'Chan Li' Cabinet and A 2002 Ford Thunderbird Roadster Top Ahlers & Ogletree's June 26 Auction

Atlanta, GA, USA, July 9, 2024 --
A rare circa 1976 Philip & Kelvin LaVerne bronze and pewter chinoiserie ‘Chan Li’ cabinet sold for $81,250; a 2002 Neiman Marcus Edition Ford Thunderbird convertible roadster roared off for $18,150; and an oil on canvas equestrian painting by James McLaughlin Way finished at $15,730 at Ahlers & Ogletree’s Modern & Contemporary Art + Design auction held on June 26th.

The auction, online and in Ahlers & Ogletree’s Atlanta gallery located at 1788 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, contained 337 lots of Modernism and Outsider art, including original paintings, important furniture and decorative arts. By the time it was all over, the sale had grossed a total of $547,903.

Highlights included a large collection of works by Philip & Kelvin Laverne, a pottery jug by Pablo Picasso, a color lithograph by Salvador Dali, original artworks by Steve Penley and Todd Murphy, a Hollywood Regency dining table, a pair of chairs by George Nakashima, tapestries by Jon Eric Riis, a Paradise Persian by acclaimed glass blower Dale Chihuly, and a ‘Trellis’ sofa by John Saladino.

The Philip LaVerne (American, 1907-1987) and Kelvin LaVerne (American, b. 1937) bronze and pewter chinoiserie ‘Chan Li’ cabinet from around 1976, boasted figural decoration and four doors, rising on meandering legs. The piece – depicted in Philip & Kelvin LaVerne: Sculpture III, a copy of which accompanied the lot, along with a 1976 bill of sale – sailed past the $50,000 high estimate.

The black 2002 Neiman Marcus Edition Ford Thunderbird limited-edition luxury convertible roadster commemorated the iconic Ford Thunderbird, which was revived after a hiatus and released as part of Neiman Marcus's prestigious "Christmas Book" as an exclusive model of 200. The car showed just 39,125 miles on the odometer. It was expected to do well and sold within estimate.

The oil on canvas painting by James McLaughlin Way (Ga., 1968-2014), titled Black Horse #2, was signed upper left and showed the artist’s stamp to verso. The equestrian work was impressive at 60 ¼ inches by 72 ¼ inches, overall, in the frame. It easily bested its $4,000-$6,000 pre-sale estimate.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. Internet bidding was facilitated by A&O’s own bidding platform (, and About 50 people attended the auction in person at the gallery; 91 phone bidders and 32 absentee bidders also submitted bids. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of a 21-25 percent buyer’s premium.

In addition to the auction’s top lot, there were other pieces by Philip LaVerne (American, 1907-1987) and Kelvin LaVerne (American, b. 1937) that made the list of top achievers. They included:

- A set of three figural bronze and pewter plaques, circa 1976, titled Girls in Ecstacy (sic), Realizations and Women in Dispare (sic). These were signed in mold, with three having Philip LaVerne Collection labels and to with Tennessee Fine Arts Center labels ($8,470).

- A bronze and pewter chinoiserie ‘Spring Festival’ low console table from the second half of the 20th century, an impressive 56 inches wide, having figural decoration and rising on square legs, signed in mold and retaining a Philip LaVerne Galleries Ltd. label to the underside ($13,310).

- A bronze and pewter chinoiserie ‘Chan Boucher’ cocktail table, circa 1965, having a shaped top, figural decoration, and rising on French ribbon legs, signed in mold to the top and retaining a Philip Laverne Galleries, Ltd. label to the underside. The high estimate was $6,000 ($10,890).

A Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) for Madoura ‘Hibou’ (or owl) faience pitcher from 1954 (A.R. 253), 9 ¾ inches tall and decorated in medium blue on a white ground, the underside marked and inscribed ‘Edition Picasso’, and showing a Madoura stamp, changed hands within estimate for $7,865.

A circa 1976 color lithograph on Japon paper by Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989), titled Manhattan Skyline (Tarot Series), signed lower right and numbered (“22/100”) to the lower left, nicely housed in a frame measuring 39 inches by 30 inches, more than doubled its high estimate by reaching $6,655.

A pair of circa 1960s black walnut ‘Grass-Seated Chairs’ by George Nakashima (American, 1905-1990), having a round back over spindle supports, resting on a woven grass seat and raised on turned legs, apparently unmarked, measuring 26 ¾ inches tall by 23 ¼ inches wide, gaveled for $7,260.

One of the true sleepers of the sale was a black acrylic on paper stylized depiction of a Coca-Cola Bottle by Steve Lyall Penley (American, b. 1964), signed lower left and measuring 45 ¾ inches by 28 ¾ inches (paper, less the frame). It soared past the $1,200 estimate to finish at $7,260. Another work by Penley, an untitled Floral Bouquet Still Life acrylic on canvas, signed and unframed, made $1,936.

The furniture category featured a circa 1975 Hollywood Regency dining table having a beveled circular glass top on a triparte brass swan base, 30 ½ inches tall and 60 inches in diameter ($2,722); and a John Saladino (American, 1969) ‘Trellis’ sofa having Brentano ‘Embrace’ upholstery, lattice on the back and sides, and a loose back, side and accent pillows, apparently unmarked ($1,694).

Returning to artwork, an acrylic and mixed media on stacked wood boards by Chris Hobe (Ga., 20th century), titled Last One (2019), cipher, titled and dated to verso and unframed, commanded $3,328.

Next up for Ahlers & Ogletree is an online-only Historical Documents, Books & Americana auction slated for Wednesday, July 17th, starting at 10 am; followed by an online-only Asian Works of Art auction planned for the next day, Thursday, July 18th, starting at 9 am. Both start times are Eastern.

To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and the firm’s calendar of upcoming auction events, please visit You can also follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

About Ahlers & Ogletree:
Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. Ahlers & Ogletree is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly at 404-869-2478; or, you can send them an e-mail, at To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and the firm’s calendar of upcoming auction events, please visit You can also follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

Lady Head Vases from The Outstanding Collection of Maddy Gordon will be Sold Online, July 22, by Strawser Auction Group

Wolcottville, IN, USA, July 9, 2024 --
The first in a series of online-only auctions dedicated to the lady head vase collection of Maddy Gordon is slated for Monday, July 22nd, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, by Strawser Auction Group. Bidding will be handled exclusively through This first sale will feature 214 lots of lady head vases. Bidding will start at just $1 for each vase up for bid.

To view the catalog, click this link:

Ms. Gordon’s collection, in its entirety, comprises more than 3,000 head vases. It will require up to seven auctions and several years to liquidate all of it. The makers include names such as Lefton, Inarco, Relpo, Napco and many others. All are wonderful representations of the figural vases in the form of a head (or bust) of a woman that have captivated collectors for decades.

Ms. Gordon isn’t just a collector. She’s written books and articles on the subject, and was the founder of the Head Hunters Newsletter and organizer of the annual Head Vase Conventions in Kissimmee, Florida for many years. She became a huge fan of America’s first head vase creator, Betty Lou Nichols, and authored the book, Head Vases, Etc., The Artistry of Betty Lou Nichols.

An article in Kovels Antique Trader stated that lady head vases “exude glamour with their perfectly coiffed hairdos, big lush eyelashes and ruby lips, elegant fashions, and sometimes adorned with pearls or other jewelry, a stylish hat or gloves - or sometimes all three accessories.”

Maddy Gordon, a New Yorker all her life, was the daughter of serious antique collectors and, through her training as a medical and psychiatric social worker, was well-equipped to recognize and appreciate the nuances of facial expressions. Not surprisingly, then, she became interested in lady head vases when they first began appearing at shows, shops and flea markets years ago.

While some people limit their collections to beautiful ladies, Maddy has been attracted to the whole universe, one that includes babies, animals, clowns, Madonnas, children, nurses, brides, and characters like Uncle Sam. Some are not vases at all but ashtrays, lipstick holders, head lamps and more. It’s estimated over 10,000 different varieties of head vases have been made.

Celebrity head vases have even crept into the mix over the years. Ones created in the likeness of Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Carmen Miranda and others have found their way into collections. These can include males, too, like Elvis Presley, but those are less common. A 1964 Jackie Kennedy head vase by Inarco sold for just under $1,000.

And now, a bit of history: lady head vases first appeared in Europe in the 19th century, with the earliest American examples not arriving on the scene until the 1930s. Lady head vases were often made in Japan after World War II, by companies like Enesco, Inarco, Lefton, Napco, Reubens and Relpo. American makers included Betty Lou Nichols, Royal Copley, Ceramic Arts Studio, Shawnee Pottery and Henry Holt. These could be purchased cheaply in packs of 6 or 12.

Florist companies produced the head vases as a marketing gimmick to sell small bouquets, which is why so many ended up in American homes in the 1950s and ‘60s. Retailers like Woolworth’s also sold them. By the 1970s thousands of different kinds of head vases were made, which led to a glut in the market, a decrease in demand, the end of the craze and a discontinuation of product.

Fast forward to the new millennium, where a fresh crop of appreciative collectors rediscovered lady head vases for the diminutive treasures that they are. Most range in size from 2-14 inches, although most are seven inches or less. Some collectors have put them to work, filling them with flowers or other artful arrangements, using them to hold beauty supplies, or even to hold pens.

While all the lady head vases in Maddy Gordon’s collection are authentic and true to the period, collectors need to know there are reproductions in the market that are sold mainly in gift shops throughout the county. Most recent pieces are easy to distinguish from their older counterparts, but buyers are still encouraged to purchase from reputable antique dealers and trusted collectors.

As mentioned, Betty Lou Nichols is credited with sparking the lady head vase craze in the U.S., and pieces by her are highly sought after today by collectors. She began making her creations in the 1940s with clay and a rolling pin, on her parents’ kitchen table. She opened her first ceramics studio in 1945. She was the only maker to add handmade details, such as ruffles, lace and bows.

Betty Lou Nichols head vases are distinctive and tend to represent women in the Gay ‘90s style, with big hats and big curls, perfect cheekbones and skin. The trademark Betty Lou look includes eyelashes lowered “in perpetual coquetry.” There are no Betty Lou Nichols lady head vases in the Part 1 sale of the Maddy Gordon collection, but there may be some offered in future auctions.

There is a wide variety of styles of head vases in the world: plain women, tribal women, and women in their Sunday best. Many have realistic facial features, with eyes open or closed, with chic accessories like pearl necklaces with matching dangling earrings or other jewelry and stylish hats. Some have a perfectly manicured hand that frames a side of their face or a gloved hand.

There is also a variety of hairdos, including curls, updos, long hair, bouffants, and short, sassy styles, sometimes adorned with ceramic flowers or ribbons. Necklines also vary. Head vases can be collected by makers, specific sizes, or themes, such as brunettes, those wearing hats, or those with hands. Vases with teenage faces, from the 1960s, are not as common as the adult versions. 

As for pricing, lady head vases can be found for between $10 to $1,000 and even more, depending on rarity. It’s easy to start collecting head vases, since many can be found at antique shops or online in the $10 to $50 range. Ruby Lane has a variety ranging from $17 to $2,600. You could also get lucky and find one for far less at a yard sale, flea market, or thrift store.

Many collectors are willing to pay $50 or more for a head vase they don’t have yet, even if it’s not rare or a celebrity. Head vases, like all collectibles, fluctuate in value. It’s always a good idea to buy head vases that are in good shape, with little or no crazing, chips, or breaks, since the condition adds to the value. And also, as usual, when it comes to collectibles, buy what you like.

Makers like Napco, Enesco, Nichols and other manufacturers included a maker’s mark on the bottoms of their pieces. Other companies included a paper label or foil sticker that, over time, wore away. Not every head vase is marked, but that doesn’t necessarily make it less valuable or collectible. Sellers, as a general rule, include a photo of the mark on the bottom of the piece.

Some information for the writing of this story first appeared in an article in Kovels Antique Trader, titled Lady Head Vases: Ten Things You Didn’t Know. To read the article, click this link:

To learn more about Strawser Auction Group and the first in a series of online-only auctions dedicated to the lady head vase collection of Maddy Gordon, slated for Monday, July 22nd, visit Updates are posted often. You can reach Strawser Auction Group by phone at 260-854-2859 or 260-336-2204; or via email, at

About Strawser Auction Group:
Michael Strawser operates Strawser Auction Group, the most experienced and trusted auction house for majolica. Strawser Auction Group has handled many of the greatest majolica collections and sold items to the biggest collectors in the world. Mr. Strawser was the founder of the Majolica International Society and served as its very first president at the organization’s inception. To learn more about Strawser Auction Group, visit You can reach them by phone at 260-854-2859 or 260-336-2204; or via email, at

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

SelecTech Names Benjamin Smith as Director of Sales

Avon, MA, July 02, 2024 --
SelecTech, Inc., a leader in the manufacture of innovative flooring products with long-term value and immediate benefits, recently announced Benjamin Smith as director of sales. In that capacity, Smith will be responsible for all sales activities related to SelecTech’s StaticStop flooring products.

“We’re delighted to have Ben leading our sales efforts for StaticStop,” said Thomas Ricciardelli, president of SelecTech, Inc. “The need for ESD flooring solutions, particularly in healthcare and the lab and life sciences space, has grown tremendously. Ben will be a key piece in educating these markets on the great need for ESD flooring in those spaces.”

Smith has more than a decade’s experience in enterprise sales. He comes to SelecTech after a stint at Khoros. He’s a graduate of the University of Denver with a degree in business and finance.

To learn more about SelecTech products, including the StaticStop and FreeStyle ESD flooring products, visit

About SelecTech, Inc.:
SelecTech, Inc., which was founded in 1993 with the mission of creating valuable products from scrap plastics. The company has become a leader in the manufacture of flooring products from recycled materials and uses one million pounds of recycled materials annually. Their floor products—which include StaticStop, FreeStyle and Place N Go flooring tiles—are made with up to 100 percent recycled content, are 100 percent recyclable and installed without adhesives, making them some of the “greenest” and most cost-effective flooring products available. The unique interlock system on SelecTech’s flooring products enable them to be installed at a much lower cost, without a lot of costly downtime, which provides significant value to customers.

SelecTech is headquartered at 33 Wales Avenue, Suite F in Avon, MA. For more information about SelecTech, visit

Media Contact:
Steven Dubin, PR Works

Sunday, June 30, 2024

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Saturday, June 29, 2024

Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing Wins 2023 GAF Master Elite President's Club Award

Plymouth, MA and Osterville, MA, June 29, 2024 --
Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing announced today that it has been recognized as a 2023 President’s Club Awards winner. 

Each year, GAF, a Standard Industries company and North America’s largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, selects the most elite roofing contractors certified by GAF to receive its prestigious GAF Master Elite® President's Club Award. This annual recognition celebrates contractors that showcase exemplary efforts in high-quality service and leadership in the roofing industry across the country.

“We are delighted to be recognized by GAF, the gold standard of the roofing industry. But do not rest on our laurels. Each day our goal is to meet and exceed customer expectations,” noted Russell Cazeault, owner of Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing. 
Bobby Fischer, Vice President of Partner Programs at GAF explained, “The GAF Master Elite® President's Club Award is given to contractors each year who have distinguished themselves through their commitment to providing high quality of work and exemplary level of service to customers. Less than two percent of roofing contractors nationwide qualify for this award, and it is a testament to the high standards they keep and dedication to their employees, customers, and community.”

GAF Master Elite® President's Club Award winners are selected from an elite group of roofing contractors that must first demonstrate proper licensing (in states that require it), maintain insurance, a proven reputation, and a commitment to ongoing professional training. In addition, qualifying contractors must also have met the criteria to earn the designation of a GAF Master Elite® residential contractor.

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About Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing:
Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing offers both roof replacement as well as exterior repairs including trim & rot replacement, new siding, or gutters installation. Roofing options include asphalt shingles, metal roofing and fabrication, cedar roofing, copper roofing and flat roofing. Roofing choice depends on the home's aesthetic style, budget, and energy efficiency needs. Cazeault Roofing also services many commercial customers for both repairs as well as replacement.

For more information or arrange an appointment contact Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing,, 508-428-1177

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Wanted Posters for Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid Bring $12,500 at Holabird's 4-day Auction, June 6-9 in Reno, Nev

Reno, NV, USA, June 29, 2024 -- A group of three original wanted posters for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, including two original Pinkerton wanted posters/circulars, sold for $12,500, while wanted posters and other items pertaining to many other notorious Wild West outlaws also performed well in Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC’s four-day American History & Hall of Fame Showcase auction held June 6th thru 9th, online and live at the Holabird gallery in Reno.

A staggering 2,335 lots came up for bid across the four days, in many collecting categories. The Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid posters sold as one lot and represented one of the top lots overall. The two outlaws were famously depicted in a movie starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. They died in a hail of gunfire at the end. In real life, they met a similar fate, in Bolivia.

That lot, and others like it, were featured on Day 3, unquestionably the busiest of the three days. Other top achievers from the session that also featured famous outlaws included the following:

- An 1882 wanted poster for Black Bart Poet Stage Robber, offering an $800 reward, along with a circular compiled by J.B. Hume, a Wells Fargo Special Officer, containing a poem written by Bart found after a robbery. Bart’s real name was Charles E. Boles ($7,187).

- A rare original carte de visite photograph of Black Bart, circulated by Wells Fargo out of Sacramento, Calif. The lot also featured a photograph of Bart, signed (as “Charles E. Boles”), from when he served as a U.S. Army First Sergeant in Illinois ($3,875).

- A collection of nine items relating to the notorious Dalton Gang, including a carte de visite of the deceased gang, taken by a Kansas photographer after a botched bank robbery attempt; and Gratton Dalton’s signed oath of office to become a U.S. Marshal ($5,000).

- A Wells Fargo $1,800 reward poster issued in 1881 for three masked men still at large after the Nov. 7, 1881 robbery of the stage from Sonora to Milton, California. The men included Billy Minor (or Miner, alias Billy Anderson, alias the “Grey Fox”) ($4,875).

- A collection of four items from the life of John Wesley Hardin (1853-1895), a hardened criminal, Western outlaw and murderer of at least a dozen men, who became a lawyer at the end of his life, only to have himself murdered in El Paso by a jealous man ($3,375).

Also sold were two Wells Fargo reward posters from 1875: one issued in San Francisco by Gen. Superintendent John J. Valentine, offering a $3,000 reward for the recovery of gold bars and dust stolen from the Express Box from Sonora and Columbia to Milton ($2,500); and one, also from Valentine, offering a reward for the capture of an unknown bandit who stole a Wells Fargo & Co.’s express box on the Chinese and Copperopolis stage of $600 in coin and gold dust ($4,375).

Following are additional highlights from the auction. Internet bidding was via, and All prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.

Day 1, on Thursday, June 6th, featured 590 lots of Native Americana, jewelry and watches, collectibles, books / antiquarian, medical collectibles, advertising items, toys and kids’ items.

A copy of Pentateuch /Salonica 1521, very old and with handwriting on two sides, realized $8,750. It traces the history of the Jews of Thessaloniki (also known as Salonika) dating back 2,000 years. In Greek, the Pentateuch (which Jews call the Torah) includes the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, containing some of the most famous stories in the Bible, including Adam and Eve, Jacob and his brothers, Moses and the Ten Commandments.

Day 2, on Friday, June 7th, contained 550 lots of maps, transportation and railroad (including two key railroad pass collections), plus old stock certificates (including banking, railroad and other).

A railroad pass (#131) for the Bodie and Benton and Commercial Co. from 1887, issued to W. H. Jones, Arizona & New Mexico Railroad, signed by Thomas Falk, Gen. Supt., brought $6,562.

As stated, Day 3, on Saturday, June 8th, was super busy, with 595 lots of Wells Fargo & Express, outlaws and lawmen, autographs, Rev War and early military, President Lincoln, the JFK assassination, Black Americana, Civil War, Gen. George A. Custer, presidential, firearms and weaponry, sports / Hall of Fame, baseball, basketball, boxing, football and many other items.

Black Americana featured an original ferrotype photograph of eight of the founding members of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee and the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society (better known collectively as the Underground Railroad, which shuttled slaves from the South to the North in the 1800s). The photograph was taken circa 1855-1860, with identifying notes included ($6,875).

Items pertaining to the Civil War included an autograph book (and thus an actual POW record) of 116 Confederate officers held at Johnson’s Island, Ohio. The rare first-hand record of the POWs, containing two autographs per page, included some of General Morgan’s “Raiders”, an unsuccessful attempt to secretly raid Union camps in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky ($5,000).

The Lincoln County War was an Old West conflict between rival factions that began in 1878 in the Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory (later the state of New Mexico), and continued until 1881. The feud involved William H. Bonney (“Billy the Kid”), Sheriff William J. Brady and other notables. A collection of 17 rare Lincoln County War documents hammered for $6,250.

Lots relating to Abraham Lincoln always stir bidder interest. The auction included these items:

- Three items from the days of mourning following Lincoln’s assassination, including a black mourning ribbon with “P.S. Lincoln” stamped in silver; a funeral card adorned with 16 silver metal spirals; and an official White House pass to the 1865 funeral ($4,500).

- A Lincoln & Hamlin 1860 campaign envelope and coated engraved jugate card with portraits of the two men, in fine condition. In the 1860 election, Hamlin balanced the Republican ticket as a New Englander paired with the Northwesterner Lincoln ($3,125).

- A Military Trial of Conspirators pass signed by Gen. David Hunter, President of the Military Commission Trial of the Conspirators following Lincoln’s assassination. The pass admitted two men (named) and three of their friends into the courtroom ($2,500).

The famous, Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken by Bob Jackson in 1963 the moment JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby in the basement of the Dallas Police headquarters, signed by homicide detective James Robert Leavelle (1920-2019), who is shown in the photo wearing a white cowboy hat and expressing wide-eyed shock, made $3,750.

A cabinet card with a photo of a senior Chief Sitting Bull, the image crisp with good contrast, changed hands for $3,250. The back of the card reads, “compliments of Mary Moore”, possibly the famous actress of the time. Sitting Bull fought the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of Little Big Horn but was not the leader. He later accompanied Buffalo Bill in his very popular Wild West Show.

Baseball lots included an autograph cut square with the signatures (in pencil) of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig ($4,625); an autograph cut of Roger Connor (1857-1931), known as the “Homerun King” of the dead ball era ($2,600); and a group of four items pertaining to the infamous Black Sox World Series scandal of 1919, including a ticket sub from Game 2, a World Series program, an autograph of Ring Lardner and a check issued to the man who instituted the fix ($2,750).

Day 4, on Sunday, June 9th, was also active, with 600 lots of mining, numismatics, tokens, World’s Fair memorabilia, bottles, saloon, tobacciana, gaming, cowboy, entertainment, music, photographs, ephemera and philatelic, a fitting end to a four-day auction packed with great stuff.

A document of pledges signed by the United Merchants of Austin, Nevada for one ‘Sack of Flour’, auctioned for the U.S. Sanitary Fund (the Civil War forerunner of the American Red Cross) on April 20, 1864, signed by Ruel Colt Gridley, whose wager prompted the auction, along with a billhead from Gridley’s store and a carte de visite photograph of him, went for $3,125.

An elegant glossy finished wooden case containing five different portraits of Queen Elizabeth appearing on gold sovereign coins, all in brilliant uncirculated condition and dated 1958, 1978, 1986, 2007 and 2020, changed hands for $3,012. Each one shows a different portrait of the monarch. Included was a brochure detailing the coin’s designers and the Queen’s family tree.

To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can send an e-mail to To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, visit Updates posted often.