At the time of this writing the self-styled Caliphate created by Islamic State six years ago in Syria and Iraq has been reduced to little more than a square mile of bombed out rubble. During IS’ heyday much was made in the western press of a supposed systematic trade in antiquities looted by IS operatives… Read More As the IS “Caliphate” disappears, time to revisit larger issues of the illicit antiquities trade
We’ve recently added several more ancient coins and small antiquities to our online shops, including here and on Etsy. Here are images. Interested buyers may purchase them here or in our Etsy shop (links provided).
In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, we are still here in Wilmington, NC, more or less in one piece. Many others in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond were not as fortunate. Below are a couple of images from the aftermath of the storm. Our inventory is intact but please note that many local post… Read More Hurricane Florence Update
With the new year well under way, this seems a good time to share with our readers a sample of the many antiquities and antiquities-related artwork we sold in 2017. In addition to these, we also sold many more ancient coins, antique prints and books dealing with antiquities and ancient art.
Over the years we’ve sold countless ancient pottery oil lamps. As is typical of the market for this type of antiquity, most ancient lamps are the more common low-fired pottery lamps from the Levant (Palestine / Israel / Jordan / Syria). These have a special significance for many collectors and the general public because of… Read More A Sample of our finer Roman oil lamps
It’s always a thrill when a new customer contacts me out of the blue to examine a group of objects for purposes of authentication or valuation or for help with bringing the collection up for sale. Often these are objects that have been passed down from parents or grandparents, and just as often the current… Read More Antiquities authentication and valuation: the thrill of examining long forgotten collections