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Bloomfield, NJ, USA, July 16, 2024 -- Nye & Company Auctioneers’ two-day Chic and Antique auction slated for Wednesday and Thursday, July 31st and August 1st, starting at 10 am Eastern time both days, is so big it’s being sold over two months. The online-only auction will feature around 825 lots in a wide variety of fine and decorative arts from the 17th century all the way up to the modern day.

The sale is packed with collections and estates primarily from the tri-state area. One of the top highlights is a pair of Keith Haring subway drawings, titled Dogs Eating Man. The diptych drawings from circa 1980-1984 are illustrated in the 1984 edition of Art in Transit, Keith Haring’s tome of subway drawings, with photographs by Tseng Kwong Chi. Estimated at $80,000-$120,000, these works of pop/street art are a rare survival of Haring’s subway drawings.

Continuing with the theme of contemporary and modern art, Nye and Company will be selling property from the estate of Theodore (Ted) A. Bonin who, along with Carolyn Alexander, formed the Alexander and Bonin Gallery in New York City. The firm was known for working with rigorous, genre-defying artists, many now deceased and underappreciated while still alive.

In an interview with ARTnews, Elisabeth Sussman, curator of the Whitney’s Thek retrospective, said, “Bonin was exceptional as a scholarly and exacting advocate for every artist that he, as a dealer, represented, including among others, Paul Thek and Sylvia Mangold. He will be missed.”

Highlights from the collection include an acrylic on cast plaster bust titled Michael by John Ahearn (est. $3,000-$5,000); an untitled work on wax paper by Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum (est. $800-$1,200); a great contemporary piece by Roman Ondak titled Pocket Money of My Son (est. $3,000-$5,000); and works by Javier Pinon, Marco Neti, Rita McBride and Stefan Kurten.

For those who prefer more traditional art, there is a terrific single-owner selection of Folk Art coming from a New England collection. The sinuous lines and simplistic nature of some of the pieces actually bridge the gap into modernism. These are the type of objects that would be an excellent focal piece in a more modern or contemporary setting.

Highlights include a terrific life-size articulated wood figure illustrated in American Vernacular, New Discoveries in folk, self-taught and outsider sculpture by Roger Rico and Frank Maresca (est. $3,000-$5,000). There is also an exceptional whirligig solider once in the collection of Isabel and Harvey Kahn, a dynamic piece of moving sculpture estimated conservatively at $1,500-$2,500 and a splendid group of 19th century painted game boards and portrait miniatures.

Traditional furniture will feature a small but choice group of property from a private collection that features a rare Gothic lancet arched back side chair attributed to the Philadelphia cabinet maker Crawford Riddell. Estimated at $2,000-$4,000, the chair should sell within range or more.

From the same collector is a rare labeled butler’s desk from another Philadelphia cabinet maker, Charles White, and a sideboard with a stenciled label by (Michel) M. Bouvier, as illustrated in Philadelphia Empire Furniture, by Allison, Johnathan A., Christopher, Peter and John W. Boor.

The auction also includes a wide range of traditional fine art. There is work by one of the Philadelphia Ten artists, Nancy Maybin Ferguson, of a New England street scene, possibly Provincetown, from a private Park Avenue collection (est. $3,000-$5,000). There are two works attributed Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot (both est. $20,000-$40,000). One is a forest scene and the other depicts a view near Rotterdam. Both are masterfully painted and emblematic of his work.

The sale also includes an abstract fruit still life by Michael Goldberg that should sell in the range of $8,000-$12,000. Another terrific painting is by Wilfred Gabriel DeGlehn, titled The English Hospital at Arc en Barrios. This work is conservatively estimated to finish at $6,000-$9,000.

Finally, the sale features a nice selection of luxury brand objects that are perfect for those looking to make strong fashion and accessories statements. Hermes is prominently featured with a choice of either a 25cm or 30cm leather Birkin bag. If you prefer the Kelly model, there is a Pochette Clemence leather clutch.

Rolex is also another standout brand included in the auction. There is an 18K gold Presidential Oyster Perpetual watch (est. $10,000-$15,000), but if you prefer something sportier, included is an Explorer II polar watch, which is a model that can often be seen on the wrist of Prince Harry.

Real time Internet bidding and absentee bidding will be provided by,,, and the Nye & Company website: Telephone bidding will also be available on a limited basis.

We encourage you to come by our gallery or view the sale online. People can bid in absentia and online. An online preview is being held from July 15th thru August 1st at the abovenamed sites.

For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers and the Chic and Antique online-only auction on Wednesday and Thursday, July 31st – August 1st visit The full color catalog will be available to viewed shortly at,,, and

About Nye & Company Auctioneers:
Anyone looking for additional images, condition reports or info about an object is invited to visit the Nye & Company website or email to For those who would like to inspect the items in person, Nye & Company will hold a public exhibition from July 22nd -26th from 10am-4pm each day and then again from July 29th-30th from 10-4 (all times are Eastern). For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers, visit

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Brooklyn, NY, USA, July 13, 2024 -- A spectacular 235-piece sterling silver flatware service by Georg Jensen in the Bernadotte pattern, a signed Daum (France) crystal art glass bouquet of roses, a large sterling silver cup by Cartier in the original box, and many examples of Black Americana are just some of the items bidders will find in SJ Auctioneers’ online-only auction slated for Sunday, July 21st.

The 225-lot Black Americana, Collectibles, Décor & Silverware auction will start promptly at 6 pm Eastern time, with internet bidding offered exclusively through

Other items expected to do well include a gorgeous, circa 1850-1890 Gorham mixed metals Y50 sterling silver and copper jardiniere vase with applied 3-D strawberry plant and spider (est. 1,500-$2,500); two metallic chess sets with storage cases (each est. $250-$350); and a pair of Spanish silver heron crane bird figurines, 7 inches tall, 850 silver (est. $750-$1,200).

The artists, designers and silversmiths will include names such as Cartier, Georg Jensen, Daum, Tiffany & Company, Frontenac, Royal Danish, Bvlgari, Porter Blanchard, Mayauel Ward, Marx, Herend, Gorham, Mulholland Brothers, Reed and Barton and many others. Not many of the Black Americana pieces are identified by maker, but all are rare and highly collectible.

The 235-piece Georg Jensen sterling flatware service for eight includes 16 serving utensils and comes in a three-tiered chest and soft storage box (est. $20,000-$24,000). The bottom of the Daum signed crystal art glass bouquet of roses is just over 7 inches tall, has no cracks or repairs and is signed “Daum France” on the bottom (est. $900-$1,500). The Cartier sterling silver cup in the original box is in like-new shape and is inscribed, “J.B.H.” (est. 300-$450).

Sterling silver flatware services are enormously popular because of their beauty, historical significance and high silver content in troy ounces. SJ Auctioneers has offered many such services in past auctions and this one will be no exception. A few examples are as follows:

- A 103-piece Frontenac sterling silver flatware service with a repair to one gumbo soup spoon, otherwise in very crisp original condition. No monogram (est. $6,500-$8,000).

- A 140-piece Royal Danish sterling silver flatware service for 12, a dinner size with fish set. The chest in the catalog photo for display purposes only (est. $6,500-$8,000).

- A 116-piece Georg Jensen sterling silver flatware service for 12 in the Cactus pattern, with serving utensils. Chest in the catalog photo not included (est. $11,900-$12,000).

- A 6-piece Tiffany & Co. sterling silver tea and coffee service in the Hampton pattern from 1912 in the Art Deco style, with an elegant, geometric design, weighing 126.8 troy oz. (est. $6,900-$9,500).

- A Porter Blanchard sterling silver coffee service having an 11-inch diameter tray with wooden handles, weighing 40 troy ounces, in excellent condition (est. $2,400-$2,800).

Other sterling silver offerings from Tiffany & Co. include a porringer bowl dish (23245) with the original box (est. $300-$450); a large, 10-inch-tall water pitcher, 10 inches tall, weighing 31.38 troy oz. and no dents, dings or issues (est. $1,600-$2,000); and, in the jewelry category, an Elsa Peretti cord heart with diamond pendant necklace, 18 inches long, weighing 5.3 grams and featuring one single round brilliant diamond of approximately .04 carats (est. $300-$450).

Black Americana will be plentiful, with attractive estimates in the $50-$150 range. These will include a cast iron Uncle Sam figure, 11 inches tall; a 1920s nodder bobble head, 4 ¼ inches tall; a Diaper Dan Syroco wood type thermometer, 5 inches tall; a Shearwater porcelain tiger, 5 ¾ inches tall; and 1913 sheet music for the song Ma Pickaninny Babe by Chas. L. Johnson.

Other offerings will include a pair of Sophia-Ann porcelain babies on a wood swing, one holding a bottle; a green glass cereal jar with Aunt Jemima logo; an Aunt Jemima porcelain figurine, 5 inches tall; a cast iron baby bank with Japanese hand-painted wooden décor; a framed advertisement for Uncle Kola’s Yams; and framed artwork of a cotton picker family.

Pieces from Africa will feature a visually arresting mask, 4 ¼ inches tall (est. $50-$500); a carved tribal woman ebony wood sculpture, about 7 inches tall (est. $150-$250); and carved wood tribal figurines one 11 ¼ inches tall and the other 13 ¼ inches tall (each est. $90-$150).

Toys will feature a tin wind-up The Magic Barn and Tractor with the original box (est. $180-$360); a 1952 Marx Roy Rogers Rodeo Ranch playset (est. $150-$350); a Yonezawa (Japan) tin toy airplane model of a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet with original box (est. $500-$1,000); and a 1961 set of 34 Disney Marx Fairykins with the original box (est. $300-$750).

Other noteworthy lots include an early coin silver water pitcher in very good condition, 13 inches tall with a lovely inscription and weighing 29.7 troy oz. (est. $1,700-$2,200); a Bvlgari Serpenti forever cuff in excellent condition with the original box (est. $340-$500); and a real nice Mayauel Ward signed blue iridescent mushroom décor paperweight (est. $150-$350).

Bidding is available online now, at Pre-bidding is also available, meaning for those who are unable to attend the online auction, they can still leave their bids now. This auction uses Autopay by A link to the catalog is here:

To learn more about SJ Auctioneers and the online-only Black Americana, Collectibles, Décor & Silverware auction on Sunday, July 21st, starting promptly at 6 pm Eastern time, visit Updates are posted often.

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The first in a series of online-only auctions dedicated to the lady head vase collection of Maddy Gordon is slated for Monday, July 22nd, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, by Strawser Auction Group. Bidding will be handled exclusively through This first sale will feature 214 lots of lady head vases. Bidding will start at just $1 for each vase up for bid.

To view the catalog, click this link:

Ms. Gordon’s collection, in its entirety, comprises more than 3,000 head vases. It will require up to seven auctions and several years to liquidate all of it. The makers include names such as Lefton, Inarco, Relpo, Napco and many others. All are wonderful representations of the figural vases in the form of a head (or bust) of a woman that have captivated collectors for decades.

Ms. Gordon isn’t just a collector. She’s written books and articles on the subject, and was the founder of the Head Hunters Newsletter and organizer of the annual Head Vase Conventions in Kissimmee, Florida for many years. She became a huge fan of America’s first head vase creator, Betty Lou Nichols, and authored the book, Head Vases, Etc., The Artistry of Betty Lou Nichols.

An article in Kovels Antique Trader stated that lady head vases “exude glamour with their perfectly coiffed hairdos, big lush eyelashes and ruby lips, elegant fashions, and sometimes adorned with pearls or other jewelry, a stylish hat or gloves - or sometimes all three accessories.”

Maddy Gordon, a New Yorker all her life, was the daughter of serious antique collectors and, through her training as a medical and psychiatric social worker, was well-equipped to recognize and appreciate the nuances of facial expressions. Not surprisingly, then, she became interested in lady head vases when they first began appearing at shows, shops and flea markets years ago.

While some people limit their collections to beautiful ladies, Maddy has been attracted to the whole universe, one that includes babies, animals, clowns, Madonnas, children, nurses, brides, and characters like Uncle Sam. Some are not vases at all but ashtrays, lipstick holders, head lamps and more. It’s estimated over 10,000 different varieties of head vases have been made.

Celebrity head vases have even crept into the mix over the years. Ones created in the likeness of Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Carmen Miranda and others have found their way into collections. These can include males, too, like Elvis Presley, but those are less common. A 1964 Jackie Kennedy head vase by Inarco sold for just under $1,000.

And now, a bit of history: lady head vases first appeared in Europe in the 19th century, with the earliest American examples not arriving on the scene until the 1930s. Lady head vases were often made in Japan after World War II, by companies like Enesco, Inarco, Lefton, Napco, Reubens and Relpo. American makers included Betty Lou Nichols, Royal Copley, Ceramic Arts Studio, Shawnee Pottery and Henry Holt. These could be purchased cheaply in packs of 6 or 12.

Florist companies produced the head vases as a marketing gimmick to sell small bouquets, which is why so many ended up in American homes in the 1950s and ‘60s. Retailers like Woolworth’s also sold them. By the 1970s thousands of different kinds of head vases were made, which led to a glut in the market, a decrease in demand, the end of the craze and a discontinuation of product.

Fast forward to the new millennium, where a fresh crop of appreciative collectors rediscovered lady head vases for the diminutive treasures that they are. Most range in size from 2-14 inches, although most are seven inches or less. Some collectors have put them to work, filling them with flowers or other artful arrangements, using them to hold beauty supplies, or even to hold pens.

While all the lady head vases in Maddy Gordon’s collection are authentic and true to the period, collectors need to know there are reproductions in the market that are sold mainly in gift shops throughout the county. Most recent pieces are easy to distinguish from their older counterparts, but buyers are still encouraged to purchase from reputable antique dealers and trusted collectors.

As mentioned, Betty Lou Nichols is credited with sparking the lady head vase craze in the U.S., and pieces by her are highly sought after today by collectors. She began making her creations in the 1940s with clay and a rolling pin, on her parents’ kitchen table. She opened her first ceramics studio in 1945. She was the only maker to add handmade details, such as ruffles, lace and bows.

Betty Lou Nichols head vases are distinctive and tend to represent women in the Gay ‘90s style, with big hats and big curls, perfect cheekbones and skin. The trademark Betty Lou look includes eyelashes lowered “in perpetual coquetry.” There are no Betty Lou Nichols lady head vases in the Part 1 sale of the Maddy Gordon collection, but there may be some offered in future auctions.

There is a wide variety of styles of head vases in the world: plain women, tribal women, and women in their Sunday best. Many have realistic facial features, with eyes open or closed, with chic accessories like pearl necklaces with matching dangling earrings or other jewelry and stylish hats. Some have a perfectly manicured hand that frames a side of their face or a gloved hand.

There is also a variety of hairdos, including curls, updos, long hair, bouffants, and short, sassy styles, sometimes adorned with ceramic flowers or ribbons. Necklines also vary. Head vases can be collected by makers, specific sizes, or themes, such as brunettes, those wearing hats, or those with hands. Vases with teenage faces, from the 1960s, are not as common as the adult versions.

As for pricing, lady head vases can be found for between $10 to $1,000 and even more, depending on rarity. It’s easy to start collecting head vases, since many can be found at antique shops or online in the $10 to $50 range. Ruby Lane has a variety ranging from $17 to $2,600. You could also get lucky and find one for far less at a yard sale, flea market, or thrift store.

Many collectors are willing to pay $50 or more for a head vase they don’t have yet, even if it’s not rare or a celebrity. Head vases, like all collectibles, fluctuate in value. It’s always a good idea to buy head vases that are in good shape, with little or no crazing, chips, or breaks, since the condition adds to the value. And also, as usual, when it comes to collectibles, buy what you like.

Makers like Napco, Enesco, Nichols and other manufacturers included a maker’s mark on the bottoms of their pieces. Other companies included a paper label or foil sticker that, over time, wore away. Not every head vase is marked, but that doesn’t necessarily make it less valuable or collectible. Sellers, as a general rule, include a photo of the mark on the bottom of the piece.

Some information for the writing of this story first appeared in an article in Kovels Antique Trader, titled Lady Head Vases: Ten Things You Didn’t Know. To read the article, click this link:

To learn more about Strawser Auction Group and the first in a series of online-only auctions dedicated to the lady head vase collection of Maddy Gordon, slated for Monday, July 22nd, visit Updates are posted often. You can reach Strawser Auction Group by phone at 260-854-2859 or 260-336-2204; or via email, at

About Strawser Auction Group:
Michael Strawser operates Strawser Auction Group, the most experienced and trusted auction house for majolica. Strawser Auction Group has handled many of the greatest majolica collections and sold items to the biggest collectors in the world. Mr. Strawser was the founder of the Majolica International Society and served as its very first president at the organization’s inception. To learn more about Strawser Auction Group, visit You can reach them by phone at 260-854-2859 or 260-336-2204; or via email, at

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Atlanta, GA, USA, July 12, 2024 -- Ahlers & Ogletree has back-to-back online auctions planned for Wednesday, July 17th (Historical Documents, Books & Americana, 352 lots) and Thursday, July 18th (Asian Works of Art, 189 lots), beginning promptly at 10 am Eastern time on Wednesday and 9 am on Thursday. Online bidding will be facilitated by, and A&O’s own bidding platform (

The Historical Documents, Books & Americana auction will feature letters, signatures and ephemera from 42 U.S. Presidents; documents and pamphlets relating to the founding of America, the Revolutionary War and the American Civil War; a collection of Duck Stamp prints deaccessioned from the Morris Museum in Augusta, Ga.; and the Southern historical document collection of Frank and Marie-Therese Wood, authors of Slavery: A Look at History Through Primary Source Documents.

The Asian Works of Art sale, the next day, contains Chinese and Japanese ceramics; works on paper; works in stone, wood and bronze; a selection of fine Chinese Export pieces; and a collection of Southeast Asian masks. These events will wrap up Ahlers & Ogletree’s summer calendar. Their next big sale is slated for Thursday, September 12th, featuring the estate of Greg Crawford, live and online.

Headlining the July 17th Historical Documents, Books & Americana auction is a one-page pardon, signed by John F. Kennedy (as President) and Robert F. Kennedy (as Attorney General), dated Nov. 8, 1963, just days before JFK’s assassination (est. $8,000-$12,000); and a consulate appointment dated April 18, 1863, signed by President Abraham Lincoln using a dip pen, also signed by Secretary of State William Seward, and accompanied by a JSA (James Spence Authentication) (est. $5,000-$7,000).

The deaccessioned collection of Duck Stamp prints includes a 1934 Federal drypoint etching on paper, pencil signed by Ding Darling (American, 1876-1962), titled and dated, housed in a 16 inch by 15 ½ inch frame and with duck stamp #rwl (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a 1972 Iowa state duck stamp print by Maynard Reece (American, 1920-2020), first edition lithograph on paper, remarqued by the artist with two ducks, mounted on a 16 inch by 17 inch matting board and all ready to frame (est. 2,000-$4,000).

A document from King George’s Inferior court of common dated March 7, 1761, signed by future U.S. President John Adams (as “Adams”), with over 100 words written in his hand on the front, framed and with a printed picture of Adams, should bring $1,800-$3.200. Also, a one-page letter handwritten by Andrew Jackson and dated July 23, 1817, penned from the Nashville Head Quarters and sent to then-Secretary of the Navy Benjamin William Crowninshield, framed, is expected to reach $2,000-$3,000.

A collection of 114 double-sided vellum, 16th century, six-line antiphonal leafs, all seeming to be from one edition, with many illustrated and illuminated with colored designs and figural face drawings, 23 ¼ inches by 16 ¼ inches, has an estimate of $2,500-$5,000. Also, a color print of Benjamin Franklin mounted on paper and signed by former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, inscribed to Robert Woodruff and contained in a frame measuring 15 ½ inches by 12 ½ inches, should hit $1,000-$2,000.

Expected top earners in the Asian Works of Art auction include an impressive and large Tibetan 18th century (or earlier) copper alloy figure of Chakrasamvara and Vishvamata, with multiple heads and arms, crushing numerous figures, 35 ¼ inches tall on a lotus form base (est. $5,000-$10,000); and a Chinese pre-1924 cream lacquer six-panel Coromandel screen depicting Xiwangmu, Queen Mother of the West, with dedication and two seals, 93 inches tall by 121 inches wide (est. $2,000-$4,000).

An Indonesian Balinese lacquered ceremonial celuluk wooden mask, modeled as the queen of the Leyaks, Rangda, set with semiprecious stones including amethyst, sapphire, topaz, and tourmaline, glass gemstones, 57 inches by 27 inches, should realize $2,000-$3,000; while a Chinese carved white jade (or jadeite) pendant (or plaque) decorated with a landscape and poem but otherwise apparently unmarked, diminutive at just under 2 inches tall, carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

A pair of Chinese rose Mandarin porcelain vases, now mounted as lamps, circa 1830, each having applied Buddhist guardian lion handles and salamanders, enamel decorations with birds, butterflies, flowers and reserves with court figures, is estimated at $1,200-$2,400. Also, a late 19th/early 20th century bronze zoomorphic jardiniere after Genryusai Seiya (Japanese, 1868-1912), likely Meiji era, depicting multiple animals, with a seal mark to the underside, should gavel for $1,000-$2,000.

A Japanese six-panel byobu screen made in the manner of Soga Chokuan (Japanese ca. 1596-1615), with tethered hawks (or falcons), paint on paper adhered to a gold paper background, unsigned, each panel 55 inches tall by 19 ½ inches wide, has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. Also, a pair of Japanese maki-e lacquer decorated stirrups, late 17th or early 18th century, in iron and lacquered wood, decorated in floral maki-e lacquer, each one 11 inches tall, should finish at $1,000-$2,000.

In addition to online bidding, telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held by appointment only, in the Ahlers & Ogletree gallery located at 1788 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard Northwest in Atlanta, Ga. To schedule an appointment, you may call 404-869-2478.

Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. Ahlers & Ogletree is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly at 404-869-2478; or, you can send them an e-mail, at

To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and the back-to-back online auctions planned for Wednesday, July 17th (Historical Documents, Books & Americana, 352 lots) and Thursday, July 18th (Asian Works of Art, 189 lots), beginning promptly at 10 am Eastern time on Wednesday and 9 am on Thursday, visit You can follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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Middletown, RI, July 10, 2024 -- Not resting on his laurels, Dr. Michael Gottfried at Aquidneck Chiropractic, located at 1272 West Main Street, Building 2, Middletown, RI, is collaborating with Spherehead Pillow to help patients with sleep challenges.

Dr. Gottfried, a problem sleeper himself, noted, “Over the 43 years that I have been a Chiropractic Physician, I have tried more than 20 cervical pillows to see if they were worth my recommendation. I can honestly say that the Spherehead Pillow is the first and only one that I recommend. My own experience is that I have better sleep quality and less morning stiffness or discomfort. Nothing works for everyone, but if you try this pillow for at least a week I am confident that you won't be disappointed.”

Additional chiropractic practices, physical therapy offices and sleep study locations will also be introducing the Spherehead Pillow to patients.

Nothing about the Spherehead Pillow is business as usual. It doesn’t look like a standard rectangular pillow.

Because it is not a standard rectangular pillow.

Founder and visionary Alizah Josette, a Warwick, RI resident and paralegal, struggled to find an adequate pillow that would allow unrestricted movement but prevent harmful twists and strains of the head and neck muscles. Through her persistence, dedication and numerous prototypes, she unlocked the secret to a soothing night's sleep - a pillow that cradles and supports the head and neck, promotes alignment of the spine, and allows flexibility of sleeping positions.

Round and scooped out, the patented Spherehead Pillow offers a unique physical shape and physical benefits.  Within a week, most users adapt and blossom.

The 100% Charmeuse pillowcase, which comes with the pillow, is beneficial for all hair types.  While the pillowcase is machine washable and durable, the smooth material bolsters healthy hair and helps prevent breakage.

Spherehead’s innovative design offers restorative sleep every night by providing gentle support of the head and neck and promoting proper spine alignment.  Spherehead's unique design embraces sleeping habits and benefits the body. The Spherehead memory foam pillow cradles the head and mirrors the natural curve of the cervical spine. Back sleepers enjoy unrestricted movement, while Spherehead prevents damaging twists and turns of the head and neck allowing muscles to relax and unwind.  

The Spherehead pillow does not interfere with any sleep apparatus, such as an eye mask or a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Side sleepers appreciate the gentle contour of the Spherehead pillow that rests along the curve of the cheek, ensuring the face is unobstructed.

The Spherehead Pillow retails for $59.99. It is available at the Spherehead Pillow website at or via Amazon at; or the offices of Aquidneck Chiropractic.

The company is also partnering with chiropractors and other healthcare professionals to make the pillow readily available.

For more information, visit

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Reno, NV, USA, July 10, 2024 -- Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC will look to take some of the edge off of summer’s sweltering heat with a cool, two-day Timeless Treasures Auction on Saturday and Sunday, July 13th and 14th. The online-only event is loaded with 1,584 lots of numismatics, Western Americana, postal history and more. Online bidding will be provided by

“Get ready for two exciting days packed with an array of remarkable items awaiting new homes,” said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC. “We invite everyone to join us in this fun sale, featuring collectibles in all the usual categories. And don’t forget, all lots open for bidding at just ten dollars.” Start times both days will by 8 am Pacific.

Day 1 categories include maps and travel, autographs, books, dolls and toys, sports, model railroading, transportation (railroads, air, steamship / marine and automobile), stage / Express / Wells Fargo, philatelic (covers, postcards and stamps) and stocks and bonds – 797 lots in all.

A Boston Directory for the year 1855, published by George Adams (Boston), 412 pages, in very good to fine condition, with the re-binding fine, has a pre-sale estimate of $180-$500. Also, a group of 23 collectibles books, including Art of the Old West, Collectible Advertising, Fountain Pens, Oak Furniture, Cast Iron and Tin Toys, Silent Movie Stars and more should hit $200-$400.

Railroad lots will feature a 1933 Ann Arbor (Mich.) Railroad pass, issued to Mrs. E. G. Clark, “Wife of Freight Traffic Mgr.” (est. $100-$200); a collection of 38 mostly toy train parts, to include an HO Transformer, rolling stock and straight track (est. $150-$200); and three Canadian National Railway silver hot food covers, all in a Canadian National Hotels box (est. $150-$400).

An 1875 Wells Fargo & Co. receipt from Virginia City, Montana for a nugget pin valued at $15 going to Kansas has been assigned a pre-sale estimate of $100-$200; as has a collection of about 40 early German color postcards (Gruss, etc.), from the late 19th century (circa 1888-1900).

A group of around 300 or more stamps from Australia and Queensland, 1913 to modern, mostly in used condition and gathered from family collections, dealers and trade stock, should finish at $80-$300. Also, an 1893 Wells Fargo & Co. Bank check made out to Cliff House (Colorado), in the amount of $23.00, signed by Cliff House owner Adolph Sutro, is expected to fetch $70-$150.

A photo postcard depicting and signed by former baseball star J.C. Martin, shown wearing a Chicago White Sox uniform (one of several teams Martin played for, including the Miracle Mets of 1969), signed, “Best Wishes / J.C. Martin”, has an estimate of $80-$100. Also, a circa 1938 child-size wooden rocking chair, with some mesh loose, is expected to command $50-$100.

Day 2 is loaded with Native Americana, art, photography, entertainment / cinema / Hollywood / theater / dance, music, World’s Fair and Expositions, numismania, fraternal organizations and badges, exonumia medals and tokens, coins, foreign numismatics, currency, gold, silver, fine jewelry, bullion, antique and costume jewelry, gemstones, gold nuggets and mineral specimens.

Also up for bid will be other numismatics (ephemera, ingots, U.S. Mint), mining collectibles, firearms-related items, advertising, political and military, gaming, bottles, assorted collectibles (souvenir plates, spoons and flatware), and collectibles in a wide range of categories, including household, general store, home décor, porcelain, ceramic and glass – in all, a total of 782 lots.

An outstanding, two-volume complete set collection of U.S. Liberty Head half-dollars, housed in Library of Coins albums, Volumes 1 (1892-1903) and II (1904-1915), 73 circulated coins in all, should realize $3,000-$4,000; while a group of six Capped Bust U.S. half-dollar coins, dated 1809, 1812, 1813, 1823, 1824 and 1828, in circulated condition, has an estimate of $600-$900.

Gold U.S. coins will also be on offer, to include an 1875-S $20 Liberty Head gold coin, in AU condition, from a mintage of 1,230,000 coins (est. $2,500-$3,500); an 1894 $10 Liberty Head gold coin, in AU 55 condition, of 2,470,735 minted (est. $1,200-$1,500); and a 1913 Indian Head $5 gold coin with a sunken relief design, one of just 915,901 minted (est. $700-$1,000).

A collection of five circa 1900-1920 Lash’s Bitters bottles (San Francisco), five different tooled top varieties of the 18 listed by Ring-Ham, with two of the five having the original paper labels, is expected to garner $240-$375. Also, a gorgeous petite gold ruby ring testing 14 carat gold and featuring an oval ruby and two small white stones, weighing 2.3 grams, should make $300-$500.

A hard-to-find first edition copy of Battles of the Civil War by Kurz & Allen, over two feet wide and housed in its original archival box, dated 1960, carries a pre-sale estimate of $400-$600. Also, a group of three photographs of the Northwest by Darius Kinsey (1869-1945), including Snoqualmie Falls, Mont.; Mt. Si; and a fawn deer (all in Washington) should make $600-$1,000.

Rounding out just some of the Day 2 highlights is a large collection of 80 different Fresno (Calif.) tokens, to include Fresno Savings Bank, Bank of Fresno, Dapavo & Papolo, Bailey Brothers, Blackstone Hut, Diamond Jubilee, Minor & Son and many more (est. $600-$1,000).

This is a timed auction, so there will be no live auctioneer or audio/video feed. Folks can bid now, up to the day each session closes. On all three auction days, they will be able to log in to a virtual console and bid live, per normal. Each lot will open with an automatic timer that’s reset with each live bid. Once the bidding stops and the timer runs out, then the next lot is presented.

In addition to internet bidding offered exclusively on, phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Color catalogs are available by calling 1-844-492-2766, or 775-851-1859.

Anyone owning a collection that might fit into a Holabird Western Americana Collections auction is encouraged to get in touch. The firm travels throughout the U.S., to see and pick up collections. The company has agents all over America and will travel to inspect most collections.

To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, and the two-day, online-only timed auction planned for July 13th and 14th, beginning at 8 am Pacific time each day, please visit

About Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC:
Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC is always seeking new and major collections to bring to market. It prides itself as being a major source for selling Americana at the best prices obtainable, having sold more than any other similar company in the past decade alone. The firm will have its entire sales database online soon, at no cost – nearly 200,000 lots sold since 2014. To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can send an e-mail to To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, please visit

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Atlanta, GA, USA, July 9, 2024 -- A rare circa 1976 Philip & Kelvin LaVerne bronze and pewter chinoiserie ‘Chan Li’ cabinet sold for $81,250; a 2002 Neiman Marcus Edition Ford Thunderbird convertible roadster roared off for $18,150; and an oil on canvas equestrian painting by James McLaughlin Way finished at $15,730 at Ahlers & Ogletree’s Modern & Contemporary Art + Design auction held on June 26th.

The auction, online and in Ahlers & Ogletree’s Atlanta gallery located at 1788 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, contained 337 lots of Modernism and Outsider art, including original paintings, important furniture and decorative arts. By the time it was all over, the sale had grossed a total of $547,903.

Highlights included a large collection of works by Philip & Kelvin Laverne, a pottery jug by Pablo Picasso, a color lithograph by Salvador Dali, original artworks by Steve Penley and Todd Murphy, a Hollywood Regency dining table, a pair of chairs by George Nakashima, tapestries by Jon Eric Riis, a Paradise Persian by acclaimed glass blower Dale Chihuly, and a ‘Trellis’ sofa by John Saladino.

The Philip LaVerne (American, 1907-1987) and Kelvin LaVerne (American, b. 1937) bronze and pewter chinoiserie ‘Chan Li’ cabinet from around 1976, boasted figural decoration and four doors, rising on meandering legs. The piece – depicted in Philip & Kelvin LaVerne: Sculpture III, a copy of which accompanied the lot, along with a 1976 bill of sale – sailed past the $50,000 high estimate.

The black 2002 Neiman Marcus Edition Ford Thunderbird limited-edition luxury convertible roadster commemorated the iconic Ford Thunderbird, which was revived after a hiatus and released as part of Neiman Marcus's prestigious "Christmas Book" as an exclusive model of 200. The car showed just 39,125 miles on the odometer. It was expected to do well and sold within estimate.

The oil on canvas painting by James McLaughlin Way (Ga., 1968-2014), titled Black Horse #2, was signed upper left and showed the artist’s stamp to verso. The equestrian work was impressive at 60 ¼ inches by 72 ¼ inches, overall, in the frame. It easily bested its $4,000-$6,000 pre-sale estimate.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. Internet bidding was facilitated by A&O’s own bidding platform (, and About 50 people attended the auction in person at the gallery; 91 phone bidders and 32 absentee bidders also submitted bids. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of a 21-25 percent buyer’s premium.

In addition to the auction’s top lot, there were other pieces by Philip LaVerne (American, 1907-1987) and Kelvin LaVerne (American, b. 1937) that made the list of top achievers. They included:

- A set of three figural bronze and pewter plaques, circa 1976, titled Girls in Ecstacy (sic), Realizations and Women in Dispare (sic). These were signed in mold, with three having Philip LaVerne Collection labels and to with Tennessee Fine Arts Center labels ($8,470).

- A bronze and pewter chinoiserie ‘Spring Festival’ low console table from the second half of the 20th century, an impressive 56 inches wide, having figural decoration and rising on square legs, signed in mold and retaining a Philip LaVerne Galleries Ltd. label to the underside ($13,310).

- A bronze and pewter chinoiserie ‘Chan Boucher’ cocktail table, circa 1965, having a shaped top, figural decoration, and rising on French ribbon legs, signed in mold to the top and retaining a Philip Laverne Galleries, Ltd. label to the underside. The high estimate was $6,000 ($10,890).

A Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) for Madoura ‘Hibou’ (or owl) faience pitcher from 1954 (A.R. 253), 9 ¾ inches tall and decorated in medium blue on a white ground, the underside marked and inscribed ‘Edition Picasso’, and showing a Madoura stamp, changed hands within estimate for $7,865.

A circa 1976 color lithograph on Japon paper by Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989), titled Manhattan Skyline (Tarot Series), signed lower right and numbered (“22/100”) to the lower left, nicely housed in a frame measuring 39 inches by 30 inches, more than doubled its high estimate by reaching $6,655.

A pair of circa 1960s black walnut ‘Grass-Seated Chairs’ by George Nakashima (American, 1905-1990), having a round back over spindle supports, resting on a woven grass seat and raised on turned legs, apparently unmarked, measuring 26 ¾ inches tall by 23 ¼ inches wide, gaveled for $7,260.

One of the true sleepers of the sale was a black acrylic on paper stylized depiction of a Coca-Cola Bottle by Steve Lyall Penley (American, b. 1964), signed lower left and measuring 45 ¾ inches by 28 ¾ inches (paper, less the frame). It soared past the $1,200 estimate to finish at $7,260. Another work by Penley, an untitled Floral Bouquet Still Life acrylic on canvas, signed and unframed, made $1,936.

The furniture category featured a circa 1975 Hollywood Regency dining table having a beveled circular glass top on a triparte brass swan base, 30 ½ inches tall and 60 inches in diameter ($2,722); and a John Saladino (American, 1969) ‘Trellis’ sofa having Brentano ‘Embrace’ upholstery, lattice on the back and sides, and a loose back, side and accent pillows, apparently unmarked ($1,694).

Returning to artwork, an acrylic and mixed media on stacked wood boards by Chris Hobe (Ga., 20th century), titled Last One (2019), cipher, titled and dated to verso and unframed, commanded $3,328.

Next up for Ahlers & Ogletree is an online-only Historical Documents, Books & Americana auction slated for Wednesday, July 17th, starting at 10 am; followed by an online-only Asian Works of Art auction planned for the next day, Thursday, July 18th, starting at 9 am. Both start times are Eastern.

To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and the firm’s calendar of upcoming auction events, please visit You can also follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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SelecTech, Inc., a leader in the manufacture of innovative flooring products with long-term value and immediate benefits, recently announced Benjamin Smith as director of sales. In that capacity, Smith will be responsible for all sales activities related to SelecTech’s StaticStop flooring products.

“We’re delighted to have Ben leading our sales efforts for StaticStop,” said Thomas Ricciardelli, president of SelecTech, Inc. “The need for ESD flooring solutions, particularly in healthcare and the lab and life sciences space, has grown tremendously. Ben will be a key piece in educating these markets on the great need for ESD flooring in those spaces.”

Smith has more than a decade’s experience in enterprise sales. He comes to SelecTech after a stint at Khoros. He’s a graduate of the University of Denver with a degree in business and finance.

To learn more about SelecTech products, including the StaticStop and FreeStyle ESD flooring products, visit

About SelecTech, Inc.:
SelecTech, Inc., which was founded in 1993 with the mission of creating valuable products from scrap plastics. The company has become a leader in the manufacture of flooring products from recycled materials and uses one million pounds of recycled materials annually. Their floor products—which include StaticStop, FreeStyle and Place N Go flooring tiles—are made with up to 100 percent recycled content, are 100 percent recyclable and installed without adhesives, making them some of the “greenest” and most cost-effective flooring products available. The unique interlock system on SelecTech’s flooring products enable them to be installed at a much lower cost, without a lot of costly downtime, which provides significant value to customers.

SelecTech is headquartered at 33 Wales Avenue, Suite F in Avon, MA. For more information about SelecTech, visit

Media Contact:
Steven Dubin, PR Works

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Assonet, MA, June 30, 2024 -- Woodside Dental Care, 36 South Main Street, Assonet, MA, officially opened their newly expanded and renovated practice. The state-of-the-art facility now includes six treatment rooms, a luxurious reception area and a room parking lot that can accommodate 29 vehicles.

Woodside Dental Care has been serving Assonet, East Freetown, Berkley, Lakeville and surrounding communities for more than 35 years, offering a wide range of dental services. Services include preventive dentistry; checkups and cleanings; gum disease therapy; teeth whitening; dental implants; dentures; dental crowns and much more.

Dr. Derek Cornetta, DDS, FAGD, the director of the dental practice noted, “We are delighted to welcome more patients, provide them with the comfort and reassurance they need and the easy in and out parking that greatly reduce the stress of a dental appointment.”

In addition to Dr. Cornetta, Woodside Dental feature a second accomplished dentist, Dr. Aliza Hanif DDS.

About Woodside Dental Care:
Woodside Dental Care’s mission is to not only maintain a healthy smile, but to completely change perceptions of dentistry and challenge the idea that going to the dentist is unpleasant.

Woodside offers high quality care, maximum convenience, and the kind of friendly service you’d expect at a small, family-focused practice. For information, visit the offices at 36 South Main Street, Assonet, MA, via the web at or call (508) 452-6302.