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Welcome to NYPA-Collector

The Collector was founded in Rochester, NY and has served those with an interest in arts and antiques in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New England and beyond for more than three decades.

Our goal is to continue to serve collectors, dealers, auctioneers and show organizers to advance the hobby of collecting and the knowledge of history and antiques. At the same time, we hope to introduce antiques to a wider audience that may find owning a few antiques as décor is a great way to make a connection to the past.

In many ways antiques collectors are preservationists and historic researchers, even if that isn’t their goal. We think that’s a good thing!

Please visit our new website often as we add features.

We would love to hear from you!
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What to our writers have in common?
They all have an interest in history and antiques. Each month they follow the antiques beat, attending auctions, shows, galleries, museums and much more.

Have an antique you just can’t identify?
Take a picture, write down sizes and other information that might not be evident in the photo, then send it to our “What Is It?” column at news@nypa-collector.com.

What's Coming Down the Track...

Our calendar is full of upcoming auctions, antique shows, sales and more.

Remembering Esther Howland – Pioneer of the American Valentine

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here’s a verse from an Esther Howland creation (ca. 1850-1870):  Anticipation. How oft my bright and radiant eyes O'erflow with love - and so do thine How bright the morrow's sun would rise Would'st thou, love, be my Valentine.     [Modula...

Publishers Message: It’s New Year’s, Have a Ball!

We accidentally came across this bit of New Year's history: the Times Square ball drop is 110 years old this year. According to the “official” Times Square website (if it is print and on the internet, it must be true) the first “drop” occurred in 1907 and the ball was a...

Large Cycladic Marble Head From 2,500 BC Soars to $188,800 at September Cottone Auction

data-ad-client="ca-pub-9511683181499499" data-ad-slot="1673509758"> Day 1 featured the lifetime collection of philanthropist Annette McGuire Cravens (1923-2017). GENESEO, N.Y. – An outstanding Cycladic marble head dating from 2,500 BC with impeccable provenance soared to $188,800 and...

4th Annual Kempton Antique Show

The fourth annual one-day Kempton Antique Show was staged on Saturday, October 21 at the Community Recreation Center in Kempton, Berks County, Pennsylvania. It opened at 9 a.m. and closed at 4 p.m. on a mild, mostly sunny day. Inside the building in two rooms were 43...

Features of the NYPA-Collector Print Edition

Auction Results

From big to small, keep up to date with the latest auction results.

Show Reviews

Feature articles by our talented writers, as well as photo galleries, make you feel as if you were there.

Traveling Through History

David Hamilton shares his love of history, museums, and all things railroad.

Fakes I've Known

Expert Lew Larason offers tips on how to identify antique furniture fakes and altercations.

Press Releases

We will keep you up to date with all the latest news about upcoming shows, auctions, exhibits and more.

What's Selling on eBay?

Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod give their expert opinion as to value on selected marketplace sales.

Event Calendar

Our calendar includes upcoming auctions, antique shows, sales and so much more.

Collector's Playtime

Helene Marlowe writes monthly of her love of collectibles – especially dolls – and provides many beautiful photos.

Civil War Collector

Is it Real or a Reproduction? Expert John Sexton identifies and gives value to varous Civil War items.

Living With Antiques

Lew Larason shares his wisdom of dealing with antiques with write-in readers just like you.

Name This Famous Antique

What famous antique is it? Do you know?
Test your knowledge!

Book Reviews

Our writers review books on antiques, artists, art mevemnets and more.

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Ponzi’s Antiques One of Many Popular Dealers at the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show

Paul and Connie Polce of Trumansburg are among the popular antique dealers who are returning to the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale on February 11, 2018. The couple has been in the antique business for over 40 years.  Their venture started when, in the process of remodeling a house, they began attending auctions.   At the first auction they bought some old wooden planes, especially suitable since Paul was a carpenter. They spied a coffee grinder at the next auction but it was bought by an antique dealer.  Once they successfully negotiated to purchase the grinder from the dealer, a friendship formed, and that individual took the couple under her wing.   Later on, they started to sell antiques on weekends from the upstairs in their home.  When Paul retired in the late 1970s   the...

Morphy Auctions Merges with James D. Julia, Inc.

Morphy Auctions has Merged with James D. Julia to be International Leader in Multiple Collecting Categories Denver, Pennsylvania: Effective December 14th, 2017, Dan Morphy of Morphy Auctions, proudly announced that he has successfully merged with the renowned international auction company of James D. Julia, Inc., which will become a division of Morphy Auctions. Morphy Auctions and James D. Julia, Inc. share a common purpose of delighting collectors worldwide with aligned missions and unparalleled customer service standards. Joining forces creates a synergistic team of passionate staff members to better serve our customers and strengthen the antiques and collectibles industry. Both companies take pride in having the most talented and knowledgeable experts in the industry. One of the...

Rare Danish Abolitionist Medal Acquired by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

One of the most important medallic items related to the Atlantic slave trade and one of Denmark's most iconic medals is now part of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's collections. Designed by the Danish artist Nicolai Abildgaard and struck in bronze in 1792 fromdies by the Italian medalist Pietro Leonardo Gianelli, the extremely rare piece commemorates that year's royal edict ending trade in enslaved personson Danish ships. Only a small handful of these medals produced in a variety of metals are known to exist: white metal examples are in Danish museums andothers, held in private collections, were struck in bronze and silver. "The items of Colonial Williamsburg's collections capture tangibly ourcomplex, shared history," said Mitchell B. Reiss, Colonial Williamsburg president and CEO....

Remembering Esther Howland – Pioneer of the American Valentine

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here’s a verse from an Esther Howland creation (ca. 1850-1870):  Anticipation. How oft my bright and radiant eyes O'erflow with love - and so do thine How bright the morrow's sun would rise Would'st thou, love, be my Valentine.     In the annals of 19th century history, many New England-women are lauded for their significant accomplishments as advocates for social reform (Susan B. Anthony, Harriet B. Stowe) or for their humanitarian efforts (Clara Barton).  Their names quickly come to mind and are immediately associated with their contributions.  But how many of us remember or recognize the name “Esther Howland?”  Greeting card and ephemera collectors honor and celebrate her accomplishments as the creator of...

Morphy Auctions Merges with James D. Julia, Inc.

Morphy Auctions has Merged with James D. Julia to be International Leader in Multiple Collecting Categories Denver, Pennsylvania: Effective December 14th, 2017, Dan Morphy of Morphy Auctions, proudly announced that he has successfully merged with the renowned...

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Fakes I’ve Known by Lew Larason

An antiques dealer friend generally buys and sells “mid-century” furniture, which doesn’t interest me very much since I was making furniture “back then.” However, she finds some interesting items. Recently, she asked me to re-glue two chairs...

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The Pâte de Verre of G. Argy-Rousseau

One of the more recognizable and influential pâte de verre artists of the Art Nouveau period is G. Argy-Rousseau. Born in France in 1885 to a family of simple farmers, Joseph-Gabriel Rousseau would evolve into an inquisitive engineer, inventor and artist,...

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