October 16, 2009 |
Drew Brining of Hammonton is only 12, but already he's signed up with the Southern New Jersey African Violet Club. He's even breeding his own plants. It helps that his mother, Donna, is club president and owner of Fancy Bloomers, an African violet business. Still, he's unusual on two fronts: He's young and he's male in a segment of the horticultural world saddled with a "little old lady" image that just won't quit. Back in the '50s and '60s, when the craze peaked, African violets were the favorite of stay-at-home moms and grandmothers.
April 24, 2009 |
One of the special benefits for collectors in major cities like Philadelphia is that wonderful things come to them. On the menu this weekend is a banquet of pottery from turn-of-the-century Arts-and-Crafts-movement pieces to contemporary studio works by living artists. Members of the American Art Pottery Association have been touring collections and listening to seminars this week as part of the organization's 2009 convention based in Northeast Philadelphia. Starting at 3:30 p.m. today, collectors will be able to preview about 400 lots, many featuring works by women, which will be offered for sale by auctioneer Greg Belhorn beginning at 5 p.m. During the preview reception, authors will sign their books on ceramics.
April 13, 2012 |
'Traditional, Modern, International" at Joan Perkes Fine Art is the commendable debut exhibition of a new gallery that opened its doors April 1 in a Lambertville neighborhood with a decidedly Cape May feel to it. From the start of this new venture, Perkes says, she was amazed at the phone calls she got from neighborhood people saying they had heard about her plans and wanted to know how they could help. Her enterprise was warmly welcomed as she set up shop in a large 1891 building where, once upon a time, spokes for automobile wheels were manufactured.
December 13, 1992 |
Books are always good holiday gifts for collectors. Basic references are updated annually to record new coin issues, mintages, market trends, and prices paid at sales and auctions. A solid standard reference is Coin World's 1993 Guide to U.S. Coins, fifth edition (Amos Press, $4.95). This paperback includes the prices realized during the year's sales, as well as essays on U.S. numismatics. Errors and flaws, those coins that defy the odds and leave the mints clipped, blank, off-center and double- struck, fascinate collectors of all stripes.
January 25, 1991 |
At the antiques show sponsored annually by St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Cherry Hill, the antiques are almost secondary to the food. That, at least, is what the promoter says. The food, prepared by church volunteers, has been the big draw at the show during its seven-year existence. But collectors won't go hungry for the lack of antiques. At this year's show, at the Cherry Hill National Guard Armory tomorrow and Sunday, they'll find a wide assortment of merchandise: prints, china and glassware, country and Victorian furniture, jewelry and more, offered by more than 40 dealers.
October 21, 1990 |
"Perfins" are one of the stamp hobby's inexpensive and challenging collecting subjects. Perfins - the term is collector's shorthand for perforated insignia or perforated initials - are stamps punched with tiny holes. The holes form outlines of letters, numbers, logos, coats of arms, animals, musical instruments or any of thousands of other designs. The perforations are used to identify the buyer of the stamps, and to discourage theft or misuse of stamps by employees of corporations, government agencies and organizations that buy postage in large quantities.
February 28, 1992 |
If the advance hype on two of the more interesting shows is any indication, collectors are in for a twin treat this weekend. The Philadelphia Antiques Show and Sale opening today at Twelve Caesars should attract collectors interested in a wide variety of antiques. Up for inspection and purchase are the collections of some 60 dealers from throughout the country. Estate and antique jewelry, "museum quality" artwork, cut glass and crystal, 18th and 19th century European antiques, furniture, art deco and nouveau and Oriental pieces highlight the selection.
July 19, 1991 |
Collecting dollhouse miniatures is the second most popular hobby in the United States. And that, no doubt, has to do with the anticipated convergence on the Holiday Inn in King of Prussia Sunday of some 500 to 800 collectors and hobbyists. The fifth annual Greater Philadelphia Area Dollhouse and Miniatures Show and Sale is set to get underway at 10 a.m. in the hotel's ballroom. Vendors from eight states are expected to show up with all manner of miniature merchandise, including authentic reproductions of furniture and such other teeny items as clay food and candelabra, mini-dolls and more.
May 8, 2009 |
For dedicated fans, the Star Trek adventures on television and film show an optimistic blueprint for the 21st century. The flip side of science fiction might be the industrial grimness of a film like Alien, but it's the crew of the Starship Enterprise that offers diversity, positive ideals, and a strong prime directive that promises a harmonious future. That goodness brings the series into the hearts of collectors. John Tenuto, collectible editor of trekmovie.com, is among the fans who consider finding memorabilia from Star Trek a family passion, one shared by his wife and son. On the site - launched in July 2006 to follow the movie that opened this week - Tenuto reviews collectibles and toys and serves as the resident "Shatnerologist," covering anything connected with the original Captain Kirk actor, William Shatner.
February 7, 1988 |
Beads are a perfect collectible. They are intriguing, durable, portable and available in infinite variety. Some are beautiful and valued objects of adornment; others unlock secrets of civilizations. Until now, there has been no comprehensive book on beads. Bead collector Lois Sherr Dubin has filled the need with The History of Beads From 30,000 B.C. to the Present (Abrams, $60). With the cooperation of museums, researchers and collectors, Dubin delves into the history of beads in nearly every part of the world.