Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Chateau Mouton Rothschild

From an auction catalogue note by Serena Sutcliffe M.W., Head of Sotheby’s International Wine Department: “Created a First Growth in 1973 but considered by all to have been at the top of the pyramid throughout the 20th century. Mouton is the most opulent and exuberant of all the Firsts, a reflection of the two huge personalities that have headed the Chateau since 1920, Baron Philippe and then Baroness Philippine de Rothschild. [...] Click here to continue reading.

Stag’s Leap Wine

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

From a Skinner catalogue note by Phil Minervino: “Ever since shocking the established hierarchy and “winning” the Paris Tasting of 1976, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has enjoyed a privileged perch. The winery makes several ultra suave, elegant cabernets. There is the flagship Cask 23 (a true “reserve” wine), two single-vineyard wines, S.L.V. and Fay, and the estate cabernet. Balance and refinement are the operative descriptors of the Stag’s Leap red wines.”

Gutta Percha – definition

Gutta Percha

Gutta percha is defined as a tough plastic substance made from the latex of several Malaysian trees (generally Payena and Palaquium) of the sapodilla family that resembles rubber but contains more resin, and is used especially as insulation and in dentistry.

Dawson, Moses

Moses Dawson Biographical Note

Moses Dawson was an important figure in early 19th century Cincinnati political and social life. An Irish immigrant, he was a lifelong supporter of the cause of independence. In Cincinnati, he was known as a “Jackson man” and fervent anti-Whig. His ownership and editorial columns in “The Inquisitor” and “Cincinnati Advertiser” supplied him with a sounding board for his wide ranging political, economic and religious opinions.

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Stuffel, Gary & Karen Collection – Provenance Garths 8-29-08

Gary and Karen Stuffel of Washington, Indiana

Gary and Karen Stuffel loved the country life, and both loved the dream of living with early American antiques. Born in Daviess County, Indiana, they chose to settle in Washington where Gary worked as a union carpenter and Karen as a Postmaster for the Edwardsport post office, and then later the Montgomery post office. Their love extended to a project of acquiring a log home originally built [...] Click here to continue reading.

Malacca Shafts

Malacca Cane Shafts

A flexible type of bamboo from Southeast Asia, Malacca was the preferred, premium shaft for quality canes. It is most often associated with canes of English provenance, but was used throughout the world in fine dress canes, especially before 1830.

Machmer, Richard & Rosemarie — Provenance Pook 10-24-08

Richard & Rosemarie Machmer Provenance

The following remembrances were publishing the Pook and Pook auction catalogue for this sale, held on October 24 and 25, 2008. For coverage of this sale, please see the account in Maine Antique Digest, published in January of 2009, available at

About thirty-five years ago, I traveled around two hours to an evening country auction in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania. As I walked into the auction house, facing me was [...] Click here to continue reading.

Hinderer’s Iron Works

Hinderer’s Iron Works

Established by Frederick C.A. Hinderer in 1886, Hinderer’s Iron Works operated in New Orleans, Louisiana, at 302-304 Camp Street until 1894 and at 1112-1118 Camp Street from 1894 to 1920.

(Source: Neal Auction Company)

Wood, Robert & Co. Foundry

Robert Wood & Co.

Robert Wood began his business as a blacksmith in Philadelphia in 1838. He operated under “Robert Wood, Philadelphia Maker” until 1857 when he took on a partner, Elliston Perot and changed the name of the foundry to “Wood & Perot.” Perot died in 1865 and Wood, in 1866 took on Thomas S. Root to form Robert Wood & Co. He operated under this foundry name until 1878. Wood was the [...] Click here to continue reading.

Chateau Margaux

Chateau Margaux

From an auction note by Serena Sutcliffe M.W., Head of Sotheby’s International Wine Department: “Chateau Margaux is the most imposing building of all the First Growths, its neo-classical elegance reflected in the sheer aristocratic bearing of the wines. The superb scent of Margaux fascinates – so alluring, so complex and so giving. The Mentzelopoulus regime wines are unerringly consistent in quality, often topping the charts against the toughest opposition. There is weight [...] Click here to continue reading.

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