Send me an E-mail
(Please, no questions
 about value.)

Instructions for sending photographs of your pieces with your question.

What American glass company produced more art glass than any other?

Mount Washington Glass
Boston & Sandwich Glass Co.
The New England Glass Co.
                     To see the answer

The Legend of Bohemian Glass:
A Thousand Years of Glassmaking in the Heart of Europe

by Antonin Langhamer

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the history and traditions of Czech art glass. Divided into 12 chapters, the book details the evolution and development of glassmaking as an art form from the earliest times, when the first glass beads appeared in central Europe, to the present.
More Books


The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany

This video introduces the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, highlighting the expansive range of artistic objects created during his career. It also showcases Tiffany Studios' Favrile glass and provides an historical look at the life of Tiffany.

Click on the title to view.

And look for other videos in selected articles.

Have Bob speak
 on antiques to your group or organization.

More Information

Can't find what
 you're looking for?

Go to our Sitemap

Find out what's coming in the
2022 Fall Edition

of the



Share pages of this ezine with your friends using the buttons provided with each article.

Download our
Decorative Periods and Styles Chart

Read our newest glossary:

Antique Furniture Terminology
 from A to Z

courtesy of AntiquesWorldUK

Videos have
come to

The Antiques

Expand your antiques experience.

Look for videos
in various

Just click on the
arrow to play.

Featured Antique

Bohemian Tango Cordial Set

Sledge From Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition Takes Nearly $150,000 at Bonhams
by Roland Arkell


A sledge from the first expedition to the Antarctic led by Ernest Shackleton sold for $150,000 (£115,000) in Bonhams’ Travel and Exploration sale on February 6.

It was entered for sale by Monkton Combe School, the alma mater of Eric Marshall (1879-1963) who was the expedition ship Nimrod’s surgeon, cartographer and photographer. Marshall (1879-1963), a medic, rower and rugby player, met Shackleton at a party in 1906, and volunteered for the expedition on the spot.

The two men did not always see eye to eye. Marshall’s diaries frequently expressed irritation and much later he would call his boss “the biggest mountebank of the century”.

However, Shackleton chose Marshall alongside Jameson Adams, and Frank Wild to undertake the four-man march to the South Pole. Although the quartet had to abandon the attempt, in January 1907 they were within 100 geographical miles of the pole and, at the time, the furthest south ever traveled.

The sledge proved a superior form of transport than others chosen for the expedition. One of the Nimrod sponsors was the Arrol-Johnston motor company whose four-cylinder, 15-horsepower air cooled car was untested in situations much less demanding than Antarctica.

A total of eighteen 11-foot (3.36  meters) long ash and hickory sledges ‘of the Nansen pattern’ were purchased from LH Hagen and Company for the expedition. Shackleton favored the size as the “best for general work, for it was not so long as to be unwieldy, and at the same time was long enough to ride over sastrugi and hummocky ice”. They were pulled by ponies that gradually succumbed to the conditions.

Estimated at $78,270-130,450 (£60,000-100,000), the sledge was the subject of competition from bidders in the room, on the phone and on the internet. A sledge flag—also from Monkton Combe School which received their donation from Marshall in 1952) sold for a further $78,270 (£60,000), plus a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

A number of other Nimrod sledges are known, including seven in The Museum of New Zealand that were brought to New Zealand in 1917 with the rescued men of the ‘Ross Sea Party’ and sold at auction in Wellington in March of that year.

< Back to Antiques News

Antiques Q&A

Antiques and More on

The Antiques Almanac on Facebook

No antiques or collectibles
are sold on this site.

How to Recognize and Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Book: How to Recognizing and Refinishing Antiques for Pleasure and Profit
Have you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and needed some TLC? Bob's new book offers tips and step-by- step instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.

Read an Excerpt

Auction News
Get up to the minute news of antiques auctions around the country and the world.

Also see
The Auction Directory

Antiques News
Read breaking news stories from the world of antiques and collectibles.

Art Exhibitions
Search for art exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.

Home | About This Site | Antiques | Collectibles | Antique Tips | Book Shop | Antique Trivia | Antique Spotlight | Antiques News  Special Features | Caring for Your Collections | Collecting | Readers Ask | Antiques Glossaries | Resources | Contact
Copyright ©2007-2019 by Bob Brooke Communications
Site design and development by BBC Web Services