Please your eyes at Potomac estate sale June 13-14

Jun 1, 2015

Our next big estate sale on June 13-14 at 9604 Sotweed Drive in Potomac, Maryland will provide all kinds of pleasure for your eyes – and chances to pump up your muscles, too. This humongous home is brimming with a wide array of fine art from oil on canvas paintings to art glass and countless other signed pieces of eye candy. It also houses an impressive home gym that compliments a collection of sports gear and memorabilia. Love Asian art? Potomac has it. Love Mid-Century Modern? Covered. Fine jewelry including gold, silver and high quality watches? Of course. And don’t forget the tools and hardware. There’s a mini Home Depot in the basement. Wrap that all up with a fascinating mix of collectibles, kitchenware, rugs, vintage cameras, clocks, books, records and a smattering of...

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Bon voyage on the S.S. Great Northern in 1916

Apr 27, 2015

Relive the glamour of old-fashioned steamship travel with this colorful passenger list from the S.S. Great Northern, a ship of the Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company. Now in our Orion’s Attic eBay store (Historical Memorabilia section), the passenger list unfolds into a panoramic view of luxury travel at its finest. Lounge in the sun or cut a rug on the dancing deck. Listen to sweet melodies in the music room. Spend an afternoon on the beach at Waikiki. This passenger list was for Voyage No. 4, which left Honolulu on February 4, 1916 and arrived in San Francisco on Feb. 9, 1916. What makes our latest piece of historical ephemera so great is the typed note that is hand-signed. It was written to Miss M. Miller in care of The City Hall, Kansas City, Missouri....

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Searching the streets of Civil War Boston for a woman I have never seen...

Apr 24, 2015

[Editor’s Note: Orion’s Attic obtained an exceptional group of rare books — three editions of the Boston Almanac for the years 1862, 1863 and 1880. I had no idea that they would take me on an emotional journey. Following is the story these three volumes have to tell. They are now available in the Books department of our eBay store, which you can always access at OrionsAttic.com.] I did some more time traveling this week, going back to Boston early in the Civil War and hanging out there through 1880. I even met a woman whose name I still do not know, a woman I can’t stop wondering about. Boston in 1862 was filled with tension. Business leaders like everyone else were frightened by the onset of what Boston Almanac for 1862 editor George...

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This Just In: Figural Whiskey Decanters and Whimsy

Apr 7, 2015

Our newly acquired 100-plus piece figural whiskey decanter collection is so enticing that it could drive teetotalers to hit the bottles – or at least begin collecting them. The first batch of 25 whiskey decanters and counting is now in our Orion’s Attic eBay store. (We’ve also placed a few in our booth at Emporium Antiques in downtown Frederick, Maryland.) The collection we obtained from an Alexandria, Virginia home during one of our estate liquidations is focused largely on the 1960s and 1970s and covers four of the most prominent makers – Jim Beam, Ezra Brooks, McCormick and the Foss Company. If you’re partial to bourbon, you may already know the story of how these kinds of bottles came to life. If not, sip the basics here. The preeminent maker is, of course, the...

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