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Kevin’s Vintage Cigarette Lighter Collection

Recently while attending an old estate sale in Mclean, Virginia we came across a couple of old cigarette lighters that we thought were not only well designed, but pretty cool looking too.  The price was right, so we purchased them and as usual started to do some research on old lighters. 


Dumb Mikey and His Alligator Shoes

Dumb Mikey was on vacation in the depths of Louisiana and he wanted a pair of genuine alligator shoes in the worst way, but we know how cheap he is and he was very reluctant to pay the high prices the local vendors were asking. After becoming very frustrated with the ”no haggle” attitude of one of the shopkeepers, Mikey shouted, “Maybe I'll just go out and catch my own alligator so I can get a pair of shoes at a reasonable price!”   The shopkeeper said, “By all means, be my guest. Maybe you'll luck out and catch yourself a big one!”


Recent Auction of Sally Tuffin Vase

Back in September of 2005, NOVA-Antiques.com Newsletter printed and article about Clarice Cliff and her Art Deco designed ceramic pottery pieces.  Recently, a world record auction price was paid for a beautiful piece of blue/green piece of pottery designed to look like an iceberg.  This piece brought in a cool, no pun intended, $27,732 at a Bonham’s Design Auction in England. 

Welcome Crawford Direct

Jim Crawford, of the Collector’s Marketing Resource Center website, provides collectors with creative solutions for developing successful websites.  His website has a ton of information that most of us can use to help with our websites, including such articles as; “How to Send a Webpage with Your Email,” and “How to Get Bookmarked.”  In addition, Jim has quite a bit of information on fun to read sites as well as antiques and collectibles newsletters.  We are proud to say that The NOVA-Antiques.com Newsletter has recently been added to his list.

Stolen Antiques at Home & Abroad

Stafford County Police are looking for a stolen antique birdhouse.  The birdhouse, worth about $1500 according to its owners, was stolen sometime on either December 1 or 2, 2005 from Washington Garden, in southern Stafford.


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Unusual Collections – Yossie’s Handcuffs

Smith & Wesson, better known for making guns, is also maker of a line of handcuffs since 1920.  Their website states, “When you put a pair of handcuffs on a suspect, only one word can describe your expectations . . . confidence.”  For Yossie Silverman, confidence is knowing that he probably has one of the largest collections of handcuffs in the world.  Yossie started by placing his small collection on the Internet in 1995. 

Since then, his collection has grown to over 369 handcuffs and other restraints and some of his collection takes up to 66 square feet of wall space in his bedroom. But that’s not all . . . in addition to his handcuff collection, his website also features a list of museums and links to other places where you might find handcuffs and other types of restraints.  To view Yossie’s collection please click on the image . . .


This vase, named “March of the Penguins,” was not designed by Clarice Cliff, but a fairly new, but renowned artist named Sally Tuffin. Originally she was better known for designing cutting edge clothing for the likes of Paul McCartney and The Beatles but is now being compared to the likes of not only Clarice Cliff, but also William Moorcroft and Henry Doulton.  Ms. Tuffin is an artist that is inspired by nature as depicted in the vase pictured to the left.

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We stumbled upon a website by a man named Kevin in Portland, Oregon.  He has accumulated over 200 different cigarette lighters of different makes and models.  His favorites, not to our surprise, seem to be the Art Deco style lighters from the mid-1930’s, like the one pictured on the left side of the page.  This Ronson lighter features a Rondelight Babyball lighter being held by a Ballerina dancer in chrome.  To view more of Kevin’s click on the image . . .

Determined, Mikey turned and headed for the swamps, set on catching himself an alligator. Later in the day, the shopkeeper is driving home, when he spots Mikey standing waist deep in the water, shotgun in hand. Just then, he sees a huge 9 foot alligator swimming quickly toward him. Mikey takes aim, kills the creature and with a great deal of effort hauls it on to the swamp bank.  Lying nearby were several more of the dead creatures. The shopkeeper watches in amazement.  Just then, Mikey flips the alligator on it's back, and frustrated, shouts out, “Darn it, this one isn't wearing any shoes either!”

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Meanwhile in Corvalis, Oregon a rare antique Stradivarius violin has been reported stolen from the band room at the local high school. The violin that is worth approximately $3000 was stolen sometime between December 2 – 5, 2005.

In Hertforshire, England, the thieves were more brazen and stole a 4000 pound, 11 foot sculpture from the Henry Moore Foundation.  Apparently, the thieves used a Mercedes flat bed truck to steal the bronze “Reclining Figure” that was sculpted in 1968 by Sir Henry Moore.  Police believe that the thieves do not really know the value of the sculpture, which is more than $3 million, and stole it simply for its scrap yard value of $5000.  Police have since recovered the truck used to steal the art piece and have video tape of the theft, but have yet to catch the thieves or recover the sculpture.