- published: 23 Jan 2017
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We're doing a Bargain Show with a difference. I've picked out 4 dealers that are known by customers as places to go for bargains to highlight some of their merchandise, and discuss their pricing strategies. One's a vintage clothing dealer, one a general merchandise antique dealer who only stocks authentic pieces, one an ephemera dealer, and one an antique furniture refinisher and dealer. Hope you can join us for a look at how these successful dealers bring customers into their booths & showcases. -Gary http://www.iantique.com/videos Shabby Chic with Kaci http://www.iantique.com/videos/7/1842/shabby-chic-antiques-with-gary-stover http://www.brassarmadillo.com/shop/denver-co/
I sell in an antique mall that has 600+ dealers, an acre of space, 250+ booths, & 500+ showcases--the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, CO. For this week's show I've selected 7 booths that I think are really shops in their own right. The vendors have created, often with the assistance of mall management, memorable selling spaces that enhance customers' enjoyment of the mall experience and serve to present merchandise in an effective manner. There are many more than 7 booths that do a good job in creating a shop-like environment, but time & my own personal preferences limited me to these 7. Join us on Sunday evening at the usual time for a stroll through the Mall, as we try to pick up some ideas about how we might improve the image of our own shops & mall spaces.
Think of the potential pitfalls in relying first on a signature or mark to identify a piece. It might be fake (think KPM plaques, Meissen, forged paintings); it might be an inferior piece to the norm for that artist or mark; maybe it doesn't have a mark but once did (refinished Gustav Stickley furniture); if it's unsigned, maybe it's a study by a known artist. In this week's show we'll examine the case for specializing in unmarked and unsigned pieces, on the premise that with diligence you can find unsigned items that with research you can attribute to known makers. The advantage, of course, is that you can buy cheaper, usually much cheaper. Have you ever watched the appraisers on Antiques Roadshow who specialize in Chinese art & artifacts? The marks are invariably earlier than when the pi...
OK, so you're not all that interested in antique humidors, but are you interested in Arts & Crafts metal, or Roycroft, or Handel, or Heintz, or general store collectibles? Humidors make a great category to consider for their cross collectibility, and there happen to be at this time a number of great examples for sale here in the Brass Armadillo, so I decided to devote this coming Sunday's show to examining these Antique Humidors & Cross Collecting. Don't get me wrong--there are still many collectors of antique humidors, for their own sake. I think that the bias against tobacciana is overblown, and if you don't believe me, check out recent sales on ebay. There's an Alfred Dunhill humidor, c. 1908, listed for sale on ebay at $250,000.
Mid-century modern furniture has been popular for years, and it's a great seller here at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. It this week's show I'll highlight some designer pieces from the '50's & '60's. There's a pair of Moreddi teak end tables, a Crawford Furniture maple desk, a Paul McCobb Planner Group coffee table, a set of 4 Conant Ball bar stools designed by Leslie Diamond, and much more. I always thought that mid-century was a trend that would eventually go out of style--that definitely has not happened! Connect with Gary on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaryStoverHour/ https://www.facebook.com/denverbrassarmadillo http://www.brassarmadillo.com/shop/denver-co/ Check out the iAntique video archive for more: http://www.iantique.com/videos
A black light can often be a useful tool for identifying and dating antiques and works of art, and it can often help determine whether repairs have been made. In this week's show we'll look at how a black light can be used to detect repairs to porcelain, determine whether glass is period or a reproduction, date textiles, authenticate dating on cast iron and painted wood furniture, and consider ways a black light can be used to examine works of art and other works on paper. In my experience use of a black light alone is almost never enough to give you all the information you need to date and authenticate antiques, but it has often been an essential tool in aiding in that process. Check out the Facebook page for tips, tricks, and giveaways! https://www.facebook.com/GaryStoverHour/ Check...
We'll examine some truly great examples of French, English, and American antique hardware, some of which is brass, some iron, some porcelain, some elegant, some country--I bet you'll find something you really like. We'll try to relate the hardware style to the furniture style and the architectural style of the period--do they all work together in these examples? What's the value difference on a piece of furniture that has original hardware vs one in which the hardware's been replaced? -Gary
I just acquired a collection of antique candlesticks, and it struck me how varied they are! There are pewter ones, brass ones, glass ones, porcelain ones, wooden ones, silver plate ones, sterling silver ones, candelabras, etc. This would be an interesting category to collect not just because they're candlesticks, but also because you can have such variety in a collection. If you have missed a show, check out the iAntique video archive: http://www.iantique.com/videos Check out the Facebook page for Monthly Contests, buying/selling tips and much more! https://www.facebook.com/GaryStoverHour/
Cast iron has been used for centuries for a variety of goods, and pieces in some of the categories have become quite collectible. We'll search the mall for interesting & representative antique cast iron items in many different categories, including toys, kitchen ware, safes, bells, scales, country store, etc. When I started looking in the aisles of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver I thought I would find maybe 100 pieces of Griswold cast iron--I found only 2. Where have all the skillets gone? I did find some great cast iron irons. My favorite was the bell. Gary http://www.iantique.com/videos http://www.brassarmadillo.com/shop/denver-co/
This coming weekend the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver will be represented with a booth at the World Wide Antique & Vintage Show in Denver. Several years ago we had a booth at the Modernism Show in Denver, and that proved to be a great success, and it was a lot of fun! So I decided to devote this week's program to antique shows. When I lived in New York we never missed the Pier Shows, then when we lived in Florida we attended the Extravaganzas at Renninger's in Mount Dora. The World Wide in Denver is a major event in the antiques world calendar, and we're looking forward to participating this year. Check out the Facebook Page for the Monthly Contest! https://www.facebook.com/GaryStoverHour http://www.iantique.com/videos
In the show I did a couple of weeks ago on antique candlesticks I tried to make the case that there was such variety in the category that a collection could be almost unlimited, and that was very much a part of the appeal. I think you could say the same thing about antique inkwells. But don't take my word for it! Join us and have a look at 4 great examples I found here in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, and then we'll compare them with 4 examples currently offered for sale on Ebay. If you have missed a show, check out the iAntique video archive: http://www.iantique.com/videos Check out the Facebook Page for tips, tricks, giveaways and more!!! https://www.facebook.com/GaryStoverHour/
On Monday the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq Composite, and the S&P 500 all hit all-time highs. There is less than 5% unemployment. Inflation is less than 2%. Interest rates have been historically low for 9 years. Gas is cheap. So what is everybody, not only many antique dealers, complaining about?? Maybe people just always complain, no matter what. Certainly no politician is going to come out & say that if you're not doing well it's your own fault! You've got to blame somebody else, right? So, for years I've been making the case that prices for antiques are rising & that they continue to rise. It's just that the game is now played differently. So in this week's show and continuing next week in Part II I'll be looking at current prices in many categories & comparing them to price...
A how-to-do-it on polishing brass, using a huge antique Russian samovar & a mid-century modern sculpture as examples--that's this week's show on Sunday. The samovar was a yard sale find last week, and it was so totally uncared for that my wife said don't even think about buying it. It's now bright & shining & for sale for $385, and it's a steal at that price! The sculpture was sold to us as bronze by a high end gallery in Los Angeles. They should have watched my show on "Distinguishing Metals." Had they done so, they might have been able to identify the sculptor, as the piece is unsigned! We finish off by polishing our mascot, a brass armadillo. The poor little thing had gone long unattended and had turned a very ugly brown on us. Now he's also bright & shining & a very happy little guy.
everal weeks ago we did a show on antique tilt-top tripod tables, and analyzed them according to the approach of Albert Sack, one of the foremost names in the antiques world in the 20th century. His book, "Fine Points of American Furniture: Good, Better, and Best" is a classic known to all serious antique dealers. I've tried the same approach in this week's program on Antique Boxes. We've got 4 pieces to consider: 2 tea caddies, a dressing box, and a bank box. All are English, 1 is 18th century while the other 3 are 19th century; and each has a different primary wood: rosewood, mahogany, walnut, and yew. They're similar, but they're different, so I hope they'll provide good examples to compare against each other.
In this week's show I highlight about 20 antique & vintage lamps that are currently for sale in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. We'll look at oil lamps not converted, oil lamps converted to electric, chandeliers, table lamps, floor lamps, lamps made up by creative people, midcentury modern lamps, Tesla lamps--basically any kind of lamp you can think of! Prices range from $42 to $3,995. There's a $53 chandelier that I think is a steal! I believe you'll see that converting lamps from oil to electric is a real art--some of these were artfully done, some maybe not.
This show highlights a collectible category in which the price trends are all positive--Fenton Art Glass. Curtis Silbaugh, investor & collector of Fenton, brings a number of his most interesting pieces to the show & discusses quality, rareity, age, marks, and all else about this iconic American glass company that went out of business a couple of years ago after more than a century in the business. In fact, Curtis believes that one reason for the continuing rise in prices for Fenton is the fact that they're no longer producing glass. Curtis also thinks that Fenton is now being appreciated by collectors in the way that Tiffany's has been for years! If he's right, then maybe this is a place to park investment funds! You won't believe the variety of beautiful colors that Fenton produced.
I've done shows, which are in the Video Archives, on various antique metals, and one on polishing brass, however I haven't done one devoted to antique brass & the other copper alloys. So, that's the subject of this week's program: Antique Brass & Related Metals. For exhibits I've selected a few great pieces from the BRASS Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver: 3 Renaissance Revival French clocks, candlesticks, a Georgian trivet, and many others. For comparison I've taken a bronze statue that's lost its original patina, and I discuss spelter, pot metal, and the various qualities of brass. Connect with Gary on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaryStoverHour/ https://www.facebook.com/denverbrassarmadillo http://www.brassarmadillo.com/shop/denver-co/ Check out the iAntique video archive for m...
I did a show a few years ago on identification of silver, sterling silver marks, and how to calculate melt down value. That show is in the Videos section. In this week's program I'll discuss some recent acquisitions: a 3 piece tea set by S. Kirk & Son of Baltimore exhibiting their extraordinary repousee work, a kettle on stand with burner by Gorham of Providence, a 113 piece flatware set by Wallace, ice cube tongs also by Kirk, and others. I'll use the flatware set, which is in a matching pattern called Stradivari, to assess the pros & cons of selling it as scrap or as a useable set. Stradivari is a fairly plain pattern, not like the more collectible Grand Baroque, but this is a huge, great matching set, and it would be a shame to see it melted down. Gary http://www.iantique.com/videos/7/...
Check out our new Facebook Page! https://www.facebook.com/GaryStoverHour/ On this episode, we'll feature another show highlighting exceptional bargains in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. Our purpose in doing these occasional programs on bargains is not really to sell individual pieces, but more to show how wide spread bargains are in virtually every category throughout the antique malls and stores of America, if only you take the time to look. So, I try to select pieces from many categories, hoping that everyone will find something that is interesting to them, and hopefully provide a little new information about the pieces. If anyone would like for me to focus on a particular category that you find interesting, I'll try to work it into a future program.
"Turn of the Century"--a very broad term to describe everything between Victorian and the '20's. In this week's program we'll examine pieces made during the Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Edwardian, Fin de Siecle, Jugendstil, Modernismo periods. It was a time of great scientific and industrial advancement: we'll look at a Kahn & Bros parlor stove possibly designed by Rudolph Thiem, a spool cabinet made by Merrrick Thread Co, a Loetz vase, a 40 drawer store hardward cabinet made by A. R. Brown of Irwin, Tennessee, and many more representative examples. Connect with Gary on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaryStoverHour/ https://www.facebook.com/denverbrassarmadillo http://www.brassarmadillo.com/denver/
In all the 6 years I've been doing these shows we've never featured Fiesta dinnerware "Fiestaware"! For years I tried to persuade 2 of the great Fiesta collectors to come on my show, but I think they were too bashful. So, I'm doing this week's show without them (but I'm borrowing part of their outstanding collection to feature)!. The Hoffman's of Denver truly do have one of the world's great collections of vintage Fiestaware--all the shapes, all the colors, so I had to be selective + I added one piece I just picked up myself. There are the 5 colors debuted in 1936, the turquoise in 1937, the '50's colors in 1950. We'll look at the history of the Homer Laughlin Company & track the introduction of the shapes & colors, and when they were discontinued, and we'll look at the marks to help us de...
I'll be walking throughout the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, looking for unusual architectural antiques, such as balustrades, pillars, weathervanes, various kinds of doors and stained glass windows, antique tin ceiling tiles, windmill blades--you'll have to tune in to see what extraordinary things that are available for sale. We'll also discuss current uses for these items, when the original use has become outdated. A little over a year ago I did a show on Frank Lloyd Wright, and in that program we touched upon the fabulous architectural fixtures and fittings that often grace FLW houses (also the houses of some Arts & Crafts bunglalows, such as the Gamble House & Blacker House in Pasadena, CA).
On the Vintage Antiques Roadshow program that aired this week one of the appraisals taken from an Antiques Roadshow event in Albuquerque in 2002 was for the pearwood tea caddy, c.1810, that is shown with this blog. In 2002 it was appraised for $7,000-8,000. They now appraise it in 2017 for $1,200-1,800, a decline in value of 80%. But is that real?? We'll explore the issues this raises in this week's show. Hint: it's not an apples to apples comparison even though it's the same tea caddy! I'll take a few examples of pieces in other categories to do the same sort of comparison with. The problem with this kind of sensationalism is that people who don't follow the market for antiques closely might think that prices across the board (or even if they think it's just for tea caddies) are declining...