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From Italy to Whitley’s Auctioneers

Tyrolean carving has set the high-water mark in woodcarving. Italy’s northernmost province, South Tyrol, is a land as rich with rugged Alpine beauty as it is steeped in history and quickly became a hub of commerce; a center for art, and a cultural melting pot that quickly transcended its Roman and Austrian roots.

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What is a Discovery Sale?
Most auctions focus on a specific category like “Silver” or “20th century Art”. A “Discovery Sale” is a great opportunity to view, bid on, and win auction items from a wide and varied range of auction categories.

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Reach Out and Touch Someone: Collecting Antique and Vintage Telephones

Telephones have been popular with collectors since Alexander Graham Bell asked Mr. Watson if he was in the next room. In fact, the most valuable patent ever issued, U.S. Patent # 174,465, was issued on March 7, 1876 to Bell for his invention of a device that produced clearly intelligible replication of the human voice.

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Worth Their Salt: The Open Salts Collection of Elaine Cooper

Salt cellars were used in ancient Rome, and through the centuries continued to be a feature of table decoration. Open salts were commonly used in the 19th century before shakers came into general use. They were made in a variety of shapes and sizes and in mediums including glass, ceramic and metals.

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