Collectibles

The Item. This battle flag belonged to John Rodgers, a Maryland man who captained ships for the Union’s North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War. Rodgers’ squadron flew the flag in an...
Ultimately, the ceramics simply became too big. For more than 30 years, Joan Mirviss’ nine-room, pre–World War II apartment in Midtown Manhattan had served both as her home and as the Joan B Mirviss...
Salon-goers in 18th-century France frequently played loto , which most Americans know as bingo. But instead of cardboard sheets checked with alphanumeric grids, loto enthusiasts used decorated wooden...
The limited-edition Omas Marte fountain pen references man’s fascination with Mars. Made from rose gold and precious gems, the pen’s surface is a miniature map of the red planet, replete with craters...
Italian pen maker Tibaldi has teamed with Bentley Motors for a special-edition collection that pays homage to the venerable automaker. The Continental Collection features distinct details reflective...
Pen maker Montblanc was founded in Hamburg, Germany, in 1906, the same year that jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels opened in Paris’ Place Vendôme. In December 2006, the two brands celebrated their...
Peter Finer is a different sort of gun nut. Finer’s late father, an experienced skeet shooter, taught him to handle firearms when he was a teenager, and many years later Finer fired off six British...
Every detail of the Caran d’Ache 1010 (718.482.7500, www.carandache?.com ) —from the tiny screw at the top of the clip to the multidimensional gold overlay of gear wheels and bridges—is intended to...
"Why don’t you play something for us?" asked Dan DeMars, owner of DeMars Guitars, an instrument maker from Norwich, Vt., that was among the roughly 1,500 companies displaying their wares at January’s...
William Jamieson’s wares are not for the faint of heart. His 6,500-square-foot triplex apartment in Toronto that doubles as his showroom displays 12 genuine shrunken heads, an unwrapped Egyptian...
It is January, and David Calvo’s studio is quiet, just as he prefers at this time of year. The two craftsmen he employs are not working on any wood-carving, bronze-sculpting, or furniture-making...
Call it sculpture for your wrists. Armrevolution ( www.armrevolution.com ), a design firm with offices in London and New York, has debuted a line of futuristic, mechanical-looking cuff links and is...
The Item. This is the passport that Wilt Chamberlain carried during his travels to Europe and the Soviet Union with the Harlem Globetrotters, whom he joined in 1958, after his junior season at the...
The art of Japanese porcelain making is at the core of Sailor’s Arita writing instruments. Named for the city that gave birth to this art form in Japan more than 400 years ago, the Arita features...
The featured items in Henry Taron’s next auction of antique walking sticks (the British term for "canes") might make you wonder why the accessory ever went out of style. The handle of a Tiffany...
Evan Penny’s portrait sculptures can be painstakingly realistic and at the same time completely absurd. The Toronto artist pockmarks their silicone skins with pores, fashions faces and necks with...
The cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, Bayard Sharp Hall at the University of Delaware, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia all found their voices in Lake...
THE ITEM This rock crystal snuff bottle from China dates to the late 18th or early 19th century, when its owner would have used it to hold powdered tobacco. One craftsman roughed out the shape of the...
Omas and Maserati, both founded in Bologna, Italy, set out to create a sleek expression of their respective craftsmanship. The result is the Omas for Maserati fountain pen, which is a masterful...
Trevi Fountain, one of Rome’s most famous sculptural masterpieces, is immortalized in the Trevi collection of pens from Stipula . This Florentine pen maker, known for its exquisite metalwork, has...
The private salon of Countess Ottilie von Faber (1877-1944) was the inspiration for this year’s Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year . The countess was the wife of Count Alexander zu Castell-...
It might look like a pig, but this bronze, 2,500-year-old Chinese wine vessel actually takes the form of a tapir, an animal related to horses and hippos. "Tapirs were extinct in China then, but they...
Marco Coppiardi insists that by employing Antonio Stradivari’s antiquated techniques, he produces violins superior to any modern-made ones. Coppiardi, a 40-year-old luthier with dark hair and a small...
The Item This trio of baseball jerseys was worn during the 1909 season by Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance, the Chicago Cubs infielders immortalized in verse. Shortstop Tinker, second...
Man’s Room , the new accessories collection from 23-year-old Serbian designer Damjan Popovac ( www.damjanpopovac.com ), is as masculine as its name suggests. Take his Hand, a $7,470 back scratcher...
Music "is to the soul what the water bath is to the body," wrote author and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. While Holmes’ observation might be true, music making, like bathing, does not...
The Jiva Hill Park Hotel ( www.jivahill.com ) in France has begun offering easy access to some of the finest ski areas in the Alps. The hotel, located on the Swiss border near Mont Blanc, has created...
The Item. This original, 40-by-60-inch promotional poster for Forbidden Planet shows the 1956 film’s real star, Robby the Robot, carrying a supine Anne Francis. Considered one of the best science-...
In Japan, as in the United States, companies have been printing baseball cards for about as long as teams have been playing the sport. Japan has had professional baseball since the Great Japan Tokyo...
Lawrence Yerkes heals ailing books. The master bookbinder treats important and valuable volumes that have been traumatized by fires, floods, and the accumulated insults of advanced age. On a morning...

Pages