El Roy and Helene Master Collection -Provenance- Pook & Pook, 6-19-09

The Collection of El Roy and Helene Master

The offering of the antiques and collectables of El Roy P. and Helene Livingood Master comes with some degree of sadness. This collection has remained intact for five generations and it is hoped that others can now appreciate its beauty and fine craftsmanship.

Helen, Harry and Minnie Janssen

This legacy started with the arrival of Henry Janssen and Ferdinand Thun from Germany at the turn [...] Click here to continue reading.


Spratling, William – Mexican Silver – Artist & Jewelery Maker

William Spratling, Father of Mexican Silver (1900-1967)

William Spratling was born in 1900 in Sonyea, New York. After the death of both Spratling’s mother and sister, Wilhelmina, in 1910, Spratling’s father moved temporarily to his father’s Alabama home (known as Roamer’s Roost) with sons William and David as well as older daughter, Lucile. At that time, the three Spratling children became wards of their grandfather. By the end of 1912, the family had moved [...] Click here to continue reading.


20th Century Limited Train

The 20th Century Limited

In the 1930′s when technology began to reflect the sleek, aerodynamic lines of the Art Deco movement, the new 20th Century Limited train, designed by Henry Dreyfus, was the pride of the New York Central Line, running from New York to Chicago in sixteen hours.


Arts & Crafts Movement

The Arts & Crafts Movement

The principles of the Arts and Crafts movement were initially frontiered in England through the efforts of John Ruskin and William Morris. Ruskin was not a craftsman but an academic scholar at Oxford. He believed passionately that the Industrial Revolution would erode the English countryside by turning it into factory fields while relegating the skilled English craftsman to the status of a laborer. The battle cry of his movement, [...] Click here to continue reading.


Conestoga Wagons

Conestoga Wagons

The workhorse of the American road for over one hundred years beginning in the mid-18th century, the Conestoga Wagon was created by the Dutch settlers of the Conestoga Valley in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Used to haul freight between towns and from farms to cities and back again, these stout wagons came in various sizes ranging from 15 to more than 26 feet overall. They could weigh up to 3,000 pounds and carry [...] Click here to continue reading.


American National & Gendron

American National & The Gendron Wheel Company

The American National Company of Toledo, Ohio was established circa 1925 and together with the Toledo Metal and Gendron Wheel Companies produced a variety of pressed steel goods including large toy cars and trucks, pedal cars, tricycles, and ride-on children’s toys.

Toys were labeled and sold under a variety of recognized trade names including American National, Toledo, Gendron, Pioneer, Skippy, Reliance, Hi-Speed, Hi-Way, Blue Streak and Sampson.

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Lindbergh, Charles – TransAtlantic Flight

Charles A. Lindbergh’s Atlantic Flight

The first nonstop trans-Atlantic solo flight was achieved by 25-year-old Charles Augustus Lindbergh between May 20 and May 21, 1927. He departed from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York in a highly modified version of a Ryan M-2 strut-braced monoplane, Spirit of St.Louis, and landed 33.5 hours later at Le Bourget Field, near Paris.


Early Bicycles

Early Bicycles

Bicycle enthusiasts join the ranks of other collectors with their unending fascination for the minutiae of the evolution, design and history of their chosen passion. Today’s cool aerodynamic road bikes and sturdy mountain bikes with their lightweight space age tubular frames, spoke wheels, low friction ball bearings and pneumatic tires owe their development over the last 200 years, not to a single person, but to a legion of devoted tinkerers.

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