Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Largest of all Thunderbirds

This '72 Thunderbird is mechanically sound, has blue plates, air conditioning runs cold, all for original hubcaps in place....asking $2950....this is the largest and heaviest of Thunderbirds produced, with the humming 460 engine....

Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Store Route 62, Yucca Valley

Times are good. Opened another store at another location. Check out my finds at Route 62 Arts and Antiques in Yucca Valley. I know you need an early 70's turquoise rotary phone.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Amethyst - Color of Nobility

I have some Amethyst rings to share with you. Amethyst is quartz, which comes in purple hues. You will sometimes see the term green amethyst, which is green quartz. The depth of the color ranges from light to deep purple and the best quality is produced out of Brazil. I have two Amethyst rings I just acquired. Both are set in sterling silver. The bottom picture is a sterling amethyst ring measureing 19 x 15 cm. It is bezel set and the setting is .925 silver (sterling). The ring is a size 8 and is priced at $14.95

The top picture is an amethyst sterling ring with a 27.70 carat stone. The ring size is 7, and the stone measures19.5 x 19.8 x 11 cm. The prices of this ring is $57.95.

If you are interested in either ring, or have a jewelry need, please shoot me a note at....

Monday, February 8, 2010

Diamonds, Rubies, Saphires, Emeralds

Since the beginning of time man has cherished the finer things in life. This includes jewelry of all makes and types. I am asked often to look at someone's jewelry and determine value and such. Having worked in a fine jewelry store, and being out and about to auctions, estate sales, and trade shows...I can say that the public's general knowledge of gems is not that sophisticated. Did you know that Saphires come in all colors including red (which is a Ruby). Amethyst is a quartz in the shade of purple. Are diamonds rare? .....yes and no. Fine emeralds are rarer than diamonds. Should you ever have a need for an unbiased opinion of your jewelry, or are looking for a stone or setting to add to your jewelry line...shoot me a note.
Lee Tidwell

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Abbel's Auction- Thursday

Join us this Thurday as we auction numerous items in various prices ranges. Check out the link for complete details.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Berkey and Gay

I was asked by a friend to help out an estate sale he was holding. He purchased the contents of his neighbor's home who passed away. A portion of the furnishing was a Berkey and Gay bedroom set. Part of the fun of the dealing in antiques and collectibles is the researching of new found treasures. I found the following website helpful to begin my research.

A few books on the matter helped out too.

We eventually settled for $1000, and sold the set to another neighbor.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Milk Glass---many questions.

One area of collecting I have yet to remotely conquer is milk glass. I remember going to an estate sale in the Hollywood area and purchased numerous pieces of milk glass tumblers for 50 cents a piece. I was proud of my find, and felt as if I discovered a hidden treasure chest. My balloon was deflated when I did my research and realized that I paid exactly what the items were worth. Milk glass is an opaque or translucent milky white or colored glass, blown or pressed into a wide variety of shapes. The quality and range of value varies so much with milk glass that I recommed that one familiarize themselves with varieties of such before investing any substantial amount of money. These companies all made milk glass that is widely collected today.
Kanawha Glass Co.
Fenton Glass Company
Fostoria Glass Company
Imperial Glass Company
Mosser Glass
Westmoreland Glass Company