December 9, 2007 |
Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Leta Shubin of Bala Cynwyd might have just the thing. Shubin has created the Mad Platter, a playful take on the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Shubin combines vintage china, Depression glass, odd mugs and candlesticks - even martini glasses - into a many-tiered serving tray that looks like sculpture. The platter must not tip over, must appeal to the viewer's imagination, and satisfy her aesthetic sense, the artist said.
May 9, 2007
All the buzz about the 1600 block of E. Passyunk Avenue makes perfect sense. With a critical mass of destination restaurants like Paradiso, RoseLena's, Cantina Los Caballitos, and the new Chiarella's Ristorante (of Wildwood, N.J., fame), the street is hopping on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. A trickle of new retailers that keep late hours, like Beautiful World Syndicate Records and the 20th Century Cool vintage décor store, adds fun to the after-dinner stroll. (Not to be missed: 20th Century Cool's glowing display of uranium-spiked Depression Glass and its sublime collection of Roseville art pottery.
May 29, 2004 |
Memorial Day marks the start of the warm-weather auctions that cater to vacation travelers. Here are some sales that are worth the trip, particularly if you are interested in country items and folk crafts. Close to home, at 9 a.m. today and Monday in Worcester, Montgomery County, just west of the intersection of Routes 73 and 363, Hauseman's Auctions will sell blacksmith tools and related items on behalf of the proprietors of the Ironmaster of Center Point, Alma Houpt and her late husband, Harry.
March 30, 2003 |
For Shirley Smith, collecting Depression glass is all about happy memories. As a child in the 1930s, she played with a doll-size glass tea set that had a pattern of cherries on it. Through marriage, children, grandchildren and several moves, she held on to the translucent-pink cups and saucers. "My husband went to a Depression glass show in 1989, just out of curiosity, and he came back and said, 'I think you might like this,' " Smith said. He was right, and she started learning about her cherished glass pieces - and buying more.
March 16, 2002 |
Fragile collectibles, from Depression glass to Hummel figurines, will go on the block during the next few days. Here's the breakdown. The Depression glass will be auctioned by the Diefenderfer Auction Company at 9 a.m. next Saturday at the Denver Fire Company in Denver, Lancaster County, near the intersection of Routes 272 and 222. More than 2,500 lots, all from a single New England collection, will be offered, along with 130 pieces of "Elegant" glassware...
September 13, 2001 |
Veteran auctioneer Eileen Rhoads has been around the auction block for many years. While she brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to all of her sales, she is not frequently moved to superlatives. But just ask about her "Girlfriends" sale that starts at 10 a.m. Sunday and listen to her gush. The "girlfriends" are two Kimberton, Pa., area women who have devoted 50 years to nurturing their childhood friendship and to collecting child and doll-size things, including furniture and dishes.
February 4, 2001 |
The glassware was often given away as promotional gifts, packed with breakfast cereals, or just handed out to customers at gasoline stations and movie theaters. Ray Sharrah, 79, of West Chester, a member of the Liberty Bell Glass Club, said that Depression glass and china evoke memories that make it especially valuable to older people and popular among collectors. "I just love the stuff. My mother had it," said Sharrah, a member of the club since its founding in the mid-1970s.
April 26, 1999 |
W.F. Comly & Son auctioneers will hold a sale on May 11 that can put you in the cafe business. The only thing you'll have to purchase separately is an apron for the barroom and wax for your handlebar mustache. "This is a bankruptcy sale of Lena's Cafe in Cherry Hill with the liquor license, real estate and restaurant equipment to be offered piecemeal, or as an entirety," said auctioneer Steve Comly. Comly, on Boston Street in Kensington, is the oldest auction house in Philadelphia, with a history of public sales dating back to 1834.
August 22, 1998 |
One of summer's better auction traditions will take place this afternoon in Souderton, where the Souderton Mennonite Homes will hold its annual quilt sale. It is one of several country sales today. The quilt auction traditionally offers four dozen or more quilts, some custom-made for the occasion, in the various patterns that are much of the fun of quilting. Today's auction, for instance, features log cabin and wedding ring patterns, as well as a special music quilt made by home supporters Jeanette and Bud Bunny that will go on the block about 2:30 p.m. The auction, being conducted by Alderfer Auction Co., will begin at 1:15 p.m. with a consignment of collectible Winross model trucks, all issued in 1998.
July 9, 1994 |
With weather this warm and many folks headed for vacation resorts, this is hardly the time for serious auction-going. Fortunately a variety of sales over the next few days - at least two in resort areas - will offer some agreeably light bidding. At 4 p.m. in Royersford, for instance, the Ken Reed Auction Gallery will offer some grand old Lionel standard-gauge trains, including a freight train set in its original boxes. The freight train is from a single local consigner who also is selling off a variety of other toy vehicles.