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Grandson Finds Photo Album from Asia with Circus Freaks

By John | Buying Photos

We bought this photo album from the grandson of a “picker”. Grandparents can be great for finding things they want to sell. She did not recall much about purchasing the album. A quick search identified it as circus album of an American circus company that was based in Asia. The album was full of circus photos and sites and scenes from all the venues they visited in Asia.

A truly rare group of photos belonging to one of the performers of the Churchill and Taits Show which was based out of Manilla, or possibly to the Taits, themselves. From the mid-1920s.  Almost all the photos are identified as to the location in a meticulous hand, and some have short descriptions. 

Several photos are of a sympathetic, young man with long hair covering his entire face. Very similar to the earlier performer known as “Jo Jo, The Dog Boy.” There is an intimate quality to them. In two of the photos he is with a female companion or, possibly, his mother.  Also, there are two photos of Bertie, front and back, covered with tattoos. Also, “The Great Van Norman,  in his leap for life.”  A photo that will stop your breathing. The Van Norman  photo has the words “A Churchill and Tait Attraction.” Then there are two photos of “Jake Cox, Firediver and Smokediver.”  As well, “The Mysterious Blondell” with all his magic gear or appliances.  Also, the motorcycle rider, Gunboat Jack, in the “Silo-Drome” – The Wall of Death they call it on the internet.  The show promoters, as legible on a sign, offered anyone $100.00 if they could duplicate the feats of their riders.  There are more Carnival specific photos than I can post – about 18. Not to forget a few primitively painted sideshow tents. There are a good number of images of Tait folks touring or posing with the Taits, I believe.

The album has 178 photos or thereabout.  The balance of the album is pristine photos of the sights of South Asia, naturally, because of being based out of Manilla, there are images of temples, including the Snake Temple, spectacular historic buildings, boats, waterways and a number of photos focused on public gardens of a grand scale.

Some of the locations are: Beneres, India; Calcutta; Kuala, Lumpur; Taiping, Perak F.M.S.; Kowloon, Hong Kong; Soerabaja, Java; Bangkok, Thailand; Sumatra, W.C.; Penang, Malaysia.  All or most of these were the sites where the Churchill-Tait Attractions had shows.

Dimensions: The Album is 8.5” wide and 6.5” high and 2” thick.  The photos vary, from 4” X 6”  to   5.25 X 3 ⅜   to  2 1/8” X 3.25”.

Date: Mid 1920s.

Origin: Manilla

Condition: The photos are as mint as they come, the album was missing the front cover, the back cover has separated from the album. 

Antique German Teddy bears

Antique Steiff Bears, Animals, & Toys

By John | Actively Buying

Actively Buying

Condition:

Want

Pay

Straw and Horsehair Stuffed Toys

Better to Best

One

$$$-
$,$$$

Tin & Windup Toys

Better to Best

Multiple

$$-
$$$

GI Joe, Star Wars, Lego, etc.

In Original
Package

One or Multiple

$$-
$$$

Superheros Comic Collectibles

Good to Best

One or Multiple

$$-
$$$

100 Year Old Dolls

Good to Best

One or Multiple

$$-
$$$

We pay for shipping

We buy well-crafted, well-designed (100 years old) antique Steiff bears and animals. We’re always interested in buying Steiff stuffed animal toys, We are eager to discuss German toys in general and especially Steiff stuffed animals. We’re also looking for Art deco toys, mid-century modern toys, and some contemporary toys; they are all desired. If you have newer toys in their original packaging like GI Joe, Star Wars, Lego, etc. are all wanted.

Antique toys we buy and want to buy are:

  • Antique (over 100 years old) Steiff Bears
  • Animals stuffed with straw with mohair fur
  • Animals stuffed with horsehair
  • Homemade Antique Toys
  • Antique Games

If you have any antique stuffed animals we’d like to discuss buying from you.

  • Steiff Bears
  • Steiff Rabbits
  • Steiff Dolls
  • We’re happy to look at any type of Antique Steiff Animal

You might have other things we buy. Click to see all the categories we like to buy.

Our Buying Terms:

  • We are not hunting for bargains
  • We pay fair prices
  • We want to earn your business

We BUY from YOU!

  • We are always buying!
  • We pay fair prices
  • We buy all types of dolls; we are not just antique toy buyers.

When you have antique toys to sell, we want you to think of us every time. By paying fair prices, sellers return to sell to us and they recommend us to friends and family. We reward you every step of the way if you sell to us or if you refer to us.

We want to earn your business

We are avidly buying toys every day in the national marketplace. We constantly do research to understand current market prices. This research gives us the confidence to offer you a fair price. Once we come to an agreement we are responsible for the safety, storage, and marketing. You have become a successful seller.

Some people enjoy the experience so much they go out and look for more antiques. We look forward to seeing their discoveries.

Civil War Flag McIntosh Guards Georgia

Civil War Antiques & Relics

By John | Actively Buying

We avidly buy Civil War antiques and relics. We will earn your business. If you find or have Civil War photos, letters, weapons, medals or anything else and are looking for a buyer we want to talk to you about your collection. Civil War relics are the most desirable of all military collectibles. We are militaria buyers from all American conflicts, but we are avid buyers of Civil War relics. We are not bargain hunters.

We buy all type of Civil War antiques & relics.

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Antique Southern Jar with Lug Handles from North Carolina or Georgia

Savannah Picker finds Antique Southern Pottery Jar

By John | Buying Pottery

We bought this North Carolina stoneware jar from a Savannah picker. Here are some tips for evaluating southern antique pottery.

Based on the color and glaze this most likely came from North Carolina or Georgia. It has some stylistic features of Isaac Lefever (1831-1864) who was a Lincoln County North Carolina potter but there is no identification. The maker of this storage jar may have studied under Lefever. Here’s an example of a signed Lefever piece on the Mesda.org website.

We’re avid buyers of southern antique pottery. Contact us if you have old southern pottery you want to sell.

Antique Southern Jar with Lug Handles from North Carolina or Georgia

Antique Southern Jar with Lug Handles from North Carolina or Georgia

The bottom is the best place to look for clues about the age of southern pottery.

The bottom is the best place to look for clues about the age of southern pottery.

  • High-Fired Glassy Ash Glaze
  • Look at the bottom for signs of age
  • Look for signatures or marks which are typically on the handle or shoulder. Also, check the bottom.
Ketucky Cabinet

Unique, Unusual, Handmade American Furniture

By John | Actively Buying

We go everywhere to buy unique, unusual, handmade American furniture.

Handmade Corner Cabinet from Virginia

Important: We are very selective about the furniture we’re currently buying. This is an example of unique, handmade, well-crafted, well-designed furniture we recently bought. We’re looking for furniture that is UNIQUE (see example photos), furniture we can not find in our area. 

See other things we are buying now.
Folk Hadmande Furniture and Folk Art
Folk Hadmande Furniture and Folk Art

We pay fair prices

We buy all types of antiques; we are not just antique furniture buyers. Due to the volume of submissions, we can not respond to everyone.

NOTE: If your furniture submission does not meet our requirements you probably will not get a response. Brand name furniture is not hand-made it is manufactured.

When you have antiques to sell, we want you to think of us every time. By paying fair prices, sellers return to sell to us and they recommend us to friends and family. We reward you every step of the way if you sell to us or if you refer to us.

Johnson-Jeffries Fight 1910

Sports Memorabilia and Collectibles

By John | Actively Buying

We go everywhere

We buy sports memorabilia the things that are sports-related. Older antique sports collectibles are best. If you want to sell something today give us a call. Click to see all the categories we like to buy.

  • Photos, Photo Albums and Real Photo Postcards
  • Uniforms, Hats, Trophies, Equipment
  • Antique Tobacco Baseball Cards
    Vintage Baseball Cards, Baseball Blanket Felts, and Sports Collectibles & Memorabilia

    Vintage Baseball Cards, Baseball Blanket Felts, and Sports Collectibles & Memorabilia

Our Buying Terms:

  • We are not hunting for bargains.
  • We pay fair prices.
  • We want to earn your business.
Colored Baseball Broadside from Georgia
Colored Baseball Broadside from Georgia

We BUY from YOU!

  • Social History in Sports: Photos and anything related to women in sports, and African-Americans in sports the older the better.
  • Special Sports Events: Photos, photo albums and scrapbooks about playoffs, competitions, and trips to unusual locations.
  • Civil Rights in Sports: Photos related to early integration in sports. Jack Johnson, Joe Lewis, and other legendary sports achievers.
  • Women’s Sports: Photos and scrapbooks related to women’s early involvement in sports.

We pay fair prices for sports memorabilia

We buy all types of old, antique, and vintage memorabilia related to sports. Real photo postcards (RPPC), photo albums, individual photos, or just unique photos, cabinet cards, carte de visites (CDV), tintypes, and ambrotypes (glass).

When you have vintage photographs or sports memorabilia to sell, we want you to think of us every time. By paying fair prices, sellers return to sell to us and they recommend us to friends and family. We reward you every step of the way if you sell to us or if you refer to us.

We want to earn your business

We are avid buyers.   We constantly do research to understand current market prices. This research gives us the confidence to offer you a fair price. Once we come to an agreement we are responsible for the safety, storage, and marketing. You have become a successful picker.

Some people enjoy the experience so much they go out and look for more antiques. If that sounds like you; we’re already looking forward to seeing your discoveries.

WWII German souvenir, letter, death telegram and photos.

Preserving Military Photos, Letters & Correspondence from Storage Unit Auctions

By John | Buying Military Memorabilia , Buying Photos

We bought this collection of military items because it tells a meaningful story about military service during WWII.

WWII telegram and photos.

When we buy military items we’re drawn to collections of numerous objects that illustrate military service. Often this includes photos, letters, audiotapes, and correspondence.

WWII  photos.

WWII German souvenir

We do buy single items with strong significance to military service but we’d be more inclined to purchase military memorbilia in collections of items that might include military photos and military photo albums, military scrapbooks, tapes or letters that include details of the military service (particularly wartime) or a letter describing the writers military experience. We also buy military medals which include purple hearts.

Old Man Framed Photo

Vintage Photos & Photo Albums

By John | Actively Buying

We avidly buy vintage photos, photo albums and we pay for shipping.

We buy vintage photos and photo albums from ANY time period. We are vintage photo buyers of photography focused on historical events and interesting people.

  • Interesting People: For people there has to be something noteworthy about them newsworthy (activists, movement leaders, politicians, actors), notorious (criminals), infamous, unusually dressed, or odd characters.
  • Life in America: We also buy photo albums that tell a story or represent “life in the day”. Any work environments like stores, farms, and factories,
  • Social History Movements:  like labor, woman’s suffrage, civil rights, gay LGBT rights, & immigrant farm labor.

If your photos don’t seem like a good fit click to see all the other things we like to buy.

Selling Photography Terms:

  • We are not hunting for bargains.
  • We pay fair prices.
  • We want to earn your business.

We BUY from YOU!

  • Exotic Travel: Photos related to trips or travel especially exotic faraway places like Asia, Africa, Antarctica, Alaska, & Hawaii  the older the better.
  • Special Family Events: Photos about spectacular honeymoon trips to unusual locations.
  • Animals: Photos of wild animals or safaris
  • Civil Rights in America: Photos related to the civil rights movement, meetings, marches, protests, etc.
  • Women’s Sufferage: Photos related to women’s suffrage and the right to vote
  • Labor Movement: Photos related to the labor movement, farm later, immigrant labor

We pay fair prices for photography

We buy all types of old, antique, and vintage photography. Real photo postcards (RPPC), photo albums, individual photos by noted photographers (i.e. Van Vechten) or just unique photos, cabinet cards, carte de visites (CDV), tintypes, and ambrotypes (glass).

When you have vintage photographs to sell, we want you to think of us every time. By paying fair prices, sellers return to sell to us and they recommend us to friends and family. We reward you every step of the way if you sell to us or if you refer to us.

We want to earn your business

We are avid photography buyers.   We constantly do research to understand current market prices. This research gives us the confidence to offer you a fair price. Once we come to an agreement we are responsible for the safety, storage, and marketing. You have become a successful picker.

Some people enjoy the experience so much they go out and look for more antiques. If that sounds like you; we’re already looking forward to seeing your discoveries.

Thomas Ritchie Pottery Jar, Signed TR 2, Catawba County NC

Thomas Ritchie Pottery Jar from Catawba County NC

By John | Buying Pottery

We were pleased to buy this jug when a Florida picker called.

Thomas Ritchie (1825-1909) Signed T R and stamped 2, with an unbeatable, high-fired ash glaze and a high neck with three deep score lines under a bold collar that flares out to the spout. The loop handle is high and ribbon-like in movement. These characteristics of the jug that I have noted are shared with early American stoneware examples.

A sought after Catawba County, North Carolina potter. 

Antique Thomas Ritchie Pottery Jar

Thomas Ritchie Pottery Jar, Signed TR 2, Catawba County NC

Thomas Ritchie Pottery Jar, Signed TR 2, Catawba County NC

Thomas Ritchie Pottery Jar, Signed TR 2, Catawba County NC

Thomas Ritchie Pottery Jar, Signed TR 2, Catawba County NC

Thomas Ritchie Pottery Jar, Signed TR 2, Catawba County NC

Thomas Ritchie Pottery Jar, Signed TR 2, Catawba County NC

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