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Old Hollywood Cab Calloway’s Personal Items Going Up for Auction Old Hollywood Cab Calloway’s Personal Items Going Up for Auction Old Hollywood Cab Calloway’s Personal Items Going Up for Auction

Old Hollywood Cab Calloway’s Personal Items Going Up for Auction


Old Hollywood Cab Calloway’s Personal Items Going Up for Auction


Old Hollywood Cab Calloway’s Personal Items Going Up for Auction

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Old Hollywood Cab Calloway’s Personal Items Going Up for Auction

November 19, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Estate Auction Inc. will roll out the red carpet for Old Hollywood starting November 25, 2014. You can be part of the Cab Calloway legacy, and be part of his history. To be part of Cab Calloway’s legacy would be pretty great considering he was a spirited showman, extraordinary singer, talented actor and trendsetting fashion plate. A truly larger than life figure in American pop culture.

Cab Calloway's personal items up for auction Novemeber 2014

Cab Calloway’s personal items up for auction Novemeber 2014

We ended up with a large cache of Cab Calloway’s personal items. Over 170 separate items. All were the personal property of Cab Calloway prior to his passing in 1994. Each will be accompanied by two COA’s, tracing their provenance back to Cab Calloway.

Over 45 plaques from every organization, group and business under the sun, including plaques from: The Blue Note in New York City; The Flo-Bert Award; The Kitani Foundation; Los Angeles County Public Library; The Filmmakers Series New School; Rheingold Award (Contributions to the Children of the City of New York); Cook County Department of Corrections; N.A.A.C.P. Boston Branch; National Shoes; United Air Lines; City of St. Louis; Long Beach City College Foundation; National Urban League Guild Award; Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame; Baltimore Links; Tamarack Lodge; Society of Singers and Lamont “The Shadow” Patterson; Audelco; Provident Medical Center; City of Los Angeles; Nuffie and Cab Admirers; Rose Marie and Danny Thomas with St. Jude Hospital; Duke Ellington Memorial Award, Cotton Club Girls etc.

Over 30 Proclamations, Resolutions, and Certificates from Cities, States and Counties around the country including; City of Miami Beach; Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Signed by Michael Dukakis); San Antonio, TX; Brooklyn, NY; City of New York (Signed by Rudolph Giuliani); Baltimore City; Kansas City, MO; County of Los Angeles; Sonoma County, CA; Wilmington, DE; Washington DC (Signed by Marion Barry, Jr); City of Minneapolis; State of New York (Signed by John E Flynn); City of Dallas; Borough of Manhattan; City of New York (Signed by Ed Koch); Rochester, NY, Etc.

Cab Calloway's personal items up for auction Novemeber 2014

Cab Calloway’s personal items up for auction Novemeber 2014

Invitations to the White House (Lyndon Johnson), Personal Letter from Bill Clinton, Invitation to dine with Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Invitation to Lyndon Johnson Dinner at the Hotel Plaza

Posters, Photos, Advertisements, Artwork (collages), Trophy, Newspaper articles and full paper, etc.

Museum Quality African Artifacts Up For Auction

June 6, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique 30 Inch African Sculpture Yoruba Statue Seed Bead Face Clothes Hair
Cowrie Shells Dangle From Her ‘Hair’-So Cool!
Auction Start Jun 07, 2014 19:10:01 PDT and Ends June 17, 19:10:01 PDT

African artifacts. They range from tourist pieces to museum quality items. We are not experts in this area, but we can read labels on some of them and match others online. If we get something wrong, just let us know and we will try and post it here so everyone can see. We are putting them up in separate auctions over the next few weeks. Check back regularly to see what we get up. GOOD LUCK!!

This piece is a sculpture covered in multiple colors of seed beads, which was identified to us as being from Nigeria, the Yoruba tribe. You can see

that this depicts a woman holding a covered dish in her hands. She is mounted on a base that measures approx. 5½” by 6″, and she stands approx. 30″ tall. You can see that this is old, lots of years of discoloration and dust, not to mention small spots where beads have fallen off over the years. The hair is covered in slightly larger beads, creating the illusion of plaited hair. The braids at the front have cowrie shells at the ends. Please see photos for what we lack words to describe, and feel free to ask questions. Good Luck!

We found this on the Zyama website, a great website on African art, about the Yoruba people:

The Yoruba people, numbering over 12 million, are the largest nation in Africa with an art-producing tradition. Most of them live in southwest Nigeria, with considerable communities further west in the Republic of Benin and in Togo. They are divided into approximately twenty separate subgroups, which were traditionally autonomous kingdoms. Excavation at Ife of life-sized bronze and terracotta heads and full-length figures of royalty and their attendants have startled the world, surpassing in their portrait-like naturalism everything previously known from Africa. The cultural and artistic roots of the Ife masters of the Classical Period (ca. 1050—1500) lie in the more ancient cultural center of Nok to the northeast, though the precise nature of this link remains obscure.

Now two-third of the Yoruba are farmers. Even if they live in the city, they keep a hut close to the fields; they grow corn, beans, cassava, yams, peanuts, coffee, and bananas. It is they who control the markets — along with the merchants and artisans: blacksmiths, copper workers, embroiderers, and wood sculptors, trades handed down from generation to generation.

The Yoruba gods form a true pantheon; the creator god, Olodumare, reigns over almost four hundred orisha (deities) and nature spirits who live among the rocks, trees, and rivers. Their figures, more often of Shango (also spelled Sango and Sagoe), deity of thunder and lightning are carved from wood and kept in shrines. Sculptors have studios in which apprentices learn the techniques of the master and his stylistic preferences. Throughout Yorubaland, human figures are represented in a fundamentally naturalistic way, except for bulging eyes; flat, protruding, and usually parallel lips; and stylized ears. Within the basic canon of Yoruba sculpture, many local styles can be distinguished, down to the hand of the individual artist. Today, Nigeria is structured by a number of cults. The Gelede cult pays homage to the power of elderly women. During Gelede festivities, helmet masks carved in the form of a human face are worn. On top of the head there is either an elaborate coiffure or a carved representation of a human activity. The masks of the Epa cult, which is connected with both the ancestors and agriculture, vary enormously according to the town in which they appear. The mask proper, roughly globular, has highly stylized features that vary little; but the superstructure, which may be four feet or more in height, is often of very great complexity. Generally, they are worn during funerals or rites of passage ceremonies and characteristically they are composed of many elements – usually a human-face helmet mask topped by an elaborate standing figure. When not worn, these masks are kept in shrines where they are honored with libations and prayers. The Ogboni society brass figures, called Edan, are cast in pairs and attached to spikes and a chain runs from head to head to join the pair. They are worn over the shoulders of Ogboni members as sign of office or as an amulet. Large brass figures, called onile, are carved as a pair and represent the male and female aspects of Ile, the earth Goddess. A variety of palm nut containers used for divination are made with caryatides depicting women. Societies and cults still hold celebrations today during the many masked festivities in which costumes of fiber or fabric, masks, music, and dance form one interlocking whole. The most widely distributed cult is of twins, ibeji, whose birth among the Yoruba is unusually frequent. An ibeji statuette is to be made, if one twin died; this ibeji remained with the surviving twin and was treated, fed, and washed as a living child. Their effigies, made on the instructions of the oracle, are among the most numerous of all classes of African sculpture. The equestrian figure is a common theme in Yoruba wood sculpture. It reflects the importance of the cavalry in the campaigns of the kings who created the Oyo Empire as early as the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Only Yoruba chiefs and their personal retainers were privileged to use the horse. Nevertheless, the rider and the horse remained an important social symbol and offered an exciting subject for artistic imagination and skill. The diminutive animal and the dwarfish legs of the horseman are typical for this type of figures. Carved doors and house posts are found in shrines and palaces and in the houses of important men. Fulfilling purely secular functions are bowls for kola nuts, offered in welcoming a guest; ayo boards for the game, known also as wari, played with seeds or pebbles in two rows of cuplike depressions; and stools, spoons, combs, and heddle pulleys. Additional important arts include pottery, weaving, beadworking and metalsmithing.


May 15, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique WEST POINT CADETS SUMMER DRESS Pre-War Britain Soldiers #299 Org Box yqz
1905 English Registry Number 459993 GREAT SET!!!!!
Auction Ending (May 25, 2014 19:12:01 PDT)

What a find! In this auction we have a very nice original box of eight old metal Britains toy, U.S.A. Forces, WEST POINT CADETS SUMMER DRESS figures. The end of the box reads “U.S.A. CADETS No. 299. It has on the cover the English Registry Number 459993, which dates these to 1905 for design. Each figure measures approximately 2 3/8″ tall (to the tip of the hat, excluding the moveable arm with

rifle) and are marked on the underside of the bases: BRITAINS LTD / COPYRIGHT / MADE IN ENGLAND / PROPRIETORS. We find them in good condition with no cracks, breaks, or touch-ups or repairs. Due note that one soldier’s arm is loose on the socket and can come off, not damaged, the hole was cast slightly large. There is some age wear to the thick, shiny original factory paint on most of the rifles, some on the white trousers and some to three of the green bases. The box measures approximately 14 3/4″ x 3 3/8″ x 1 1/4″. They are fresh from the attic of a home on the Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Good luck.

Britains toy brand from wiki:

Britains is a toy company known for its diecast lead soldiers, but the company also diversified into other associated toys such as diecast zamac military trucks and agriculture vehicles.


The W. Britain brand name of toy and collectible soldiers is derived from a company founded by William Britain Jr., a British toy manufacturer, who in 1893 invented the process of hollow casting in lead, and revolutionized the production of toy soldiers. The company quickly became the industry leader, and was imitated by many other companies, such as Hanks Bros. and John Hill and Co. The style and scale of Britain’s figures became the industry standard for toy soldiers for many years.

In 1907 the family proprietorship, William Britain & Sons, incorporated as Britains, Ltd. The Britain family controlled the firm until 1984 when it was sold to a British conglomerate, Dobson Park Industries. They combined the operations with an existing line of toys and renamed the company Britains Petite, Ltd. During the first half of the 20th century, Britains expanded its range and market. By 1931 the firm employed 450 at its London factory. The catalogue had expanded to 435 sets and twenty million models a year were being produced.

In the early 1950s Britains was associated with W. Horton Toys and Games which made the diecast Lilliput ranges of small-scale rather generic cars and trucks and other vehicles. Later, Britains acquired Herald Miniatures, plastic figures designed by Roy Selwyn-Smith. The company was also known for its American Revolutionary War soldiers.

Also in early 1950s, one of the first Britains vehicles was a Bluebird land speed record car of famed driver Sir Malcolm Campbell. It had a removable body and the box showed a detailed cut-away illustration of the car.

Coming Up On Auction This Week! Sword Dagger Knife 800BCE

April 13, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Luristan Greco Bronze Archaic Blade Weapon Short Sword Dagger Knife Khard NR yqz

Middle to Near Eastern 1200 – 800 BCE

This Item will go up for Auction April 17, 2014 9:40 EST

Middle Eastern, 1200 – 800 BCE. Luristan Greco Bronze Archaic Blade Weapon Short Sword Dagger Knife Khard. The blade with pronounced mid rib and tapering from the integral crescentic hilt abruptly and ending in a rounded point. The grip integrally cast and un-flanged and ending in a circular section heavy pommel. The bronze of olive green patina with old separation of the bronze layers at some points along the blade and a few newer chipped areas revealing grey metal below. The blade with areas of relative sharpness surviving despite the degradation of the metal. The crescentic hilt seen more commonly on hafted blades with separate cast hilts as opposed to a flat hilt. It measures approx. 17 1/4″ long, the blade itself approx. 13 3/8″.

Generally speaking, the silhouette of the abrupt tapering of the blade near the hilt appears in sword and dagger blades in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean from the 16th century BCE onwards, but almost always with blades hafted to hilts, and in time with blades with extended tangs. The integrally cast full hilt appears to be from 14th century BCE onwards, and particularly moving further east where bronze production and availability may have been greater.

This item appears to have the design, craftsmanship of an archaic example and the bronze having an appropriate level of corrosion, verdigris and patination. To the best of our opinion, it is of the stylistic dating commonly agreed by scholars to be approximately late 2nd millennium to early first millennium BCE, however, it is being sold as is, without metal analysis, radiography or other testing and without guarantee of dating.

Antique 1923 Underwood Standard Portable Working Typewriter Original Case

March 27, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Something Special About Using An Old-Fashion Typewriter

This is an extraordinary find. We were able to actually type “THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPED OVER THE LAZY DOG” with ease. We couldn’t locate a serial number anywhere on the machine but we matched it to another one with the number 105739. In the case it measures approximately 12 1/4″ x 4 7/8″ and the handle is broken but the machine inside is whole. We are no experts but we couldn’t find a thing wrong with it. This is truly a great find.

More on the Underwood Typewriter Company:

Something Special About Using An Old-Fashion Typewriter

Something Special About Using An Old-Fashion Typewriter

The Underwood Typewriter Company was a manufacturer of typewriters headquartered in New York City, New York. Underwood produced what is considered the first widely successful, modern typewriter. By 1939, Underwood had produced five million machines.

From 1874 the Underwood family made typewriter ribbon and carbon paper, and were among a number of firms who produced these goods for Remington. When Remington decided to start producing ribbons themselves, the Underwoods decided to get into the business of manufacturing typewriters. The original Underwood typewriter was invented by German-American Franz Xaver Wagner, who showed it to entrepreneur John Thomas Underwood. Underwood supported Wagner and bought the company, recognising the importance of the machine. Underwood No. 1 and No. 2s, made between 1896 and 1900, had “Wagner Typewriter Co.” printed on the back. The Underwood No. 5 launched in 1900 has been described as “the first truly modern typewriter”. Two million had been sold by the early 1920s, and its sales “were equal in quantity to all of the other firms in the typewriter industry combined”. When the company was in its heyday as the world’s largest typewriter manufacturer, its factory at Hartford, Connecticut was turning out typewriters at the rate of one each minute. Underwood started adding addition and subtraction devices to their typewriters in about 1910. Philip Dakin Wagoner was appointed president of the Elliott-Fisher Company after World War I (1914-1918). Elliott-Fisher became the parent of the Underwood Typewriter Company and the Sundstrand Corporation. In 1927 Wagoner reorganized the company into Underwood-Elliott-Fisher, which later became the Underwood Corporation. The reorganization was completed in December 1927.[5] John Thomas Underwood was elected chairman and Wagoner president of Underwood Elliott-Fisher. In the years before World War II, Underwood built the world’s largest type writer in an attempt to promote itself. The typewriter was on display at Garden Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey for several years and attracted large crowds. Often, Underwood would have a young woman sitting on each of the large keys. The enormous typewriter was scrapped for metal when the war started. During World War II Underwood produced M1 carbines for the war effort. In 1945 Wagoner was elected chairman of the board of Underwood, and Leon C. Stowell was elected president. Wagoner remained chief executive.[8] Olivetti bought a controlling interest in Underwood in 1959, and completed the merger in October 1963, becoming known in the US as Olivetti-Underwood with headquarters in New York City, and entering the electromechanical calculator business. The Underwood name last appeared on Olivetti portable typewriters produced in Spain in the 80s. Click for more photos

Diverse Array of Quality Historical Americana Being Offered

March 16, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Diverse Array of Quality Historical Americana Being Offered at Auction in Today’s Economy Surprises Ebay Powerseller

Estate Auctions, Inc. Sees Rise Of Pivotal Items Indicative of a Recovering Market

Seeing an eclectic mixture of quality items are nothing new to the owner’s of Estate Auctions, Inc., Norb & Marie Novocin.  Recently though a rise of historically significant upper tier items started to show up in their queue of items to sell on eBay.

The President and Mrs. Roosevelt Wedding Invitation for Alice Lee's marriage to Mr. Nicholas Longworth at White House

The President and Mrs. Roosevelt Wedding Invitation for Alice Lee’s marriage to Mr. Nicholas Longworth at White House

“It looks like consignors are recognizing that more money is starting to flow into the antique field and are willing to attempt to maximize their return on investment at this time.” says, Norb Novocin.

Important pieces that have recently showed up include lots such as a Buffalo Bill Cody Collection, including two never before seen photos of him and his personal grooming kit, including his mustache comb and a Collection of White House Invitations from President & Mrs. Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, including the rare wedding invitation to their daughter’s wedding. These consignments are just a small example of the type of quality investments finding their way to the market on eBay.

EBay has long been considered a bellwether of the underlying financial strength of day to day economy.  That barometer has remained true and spotting trends has gotten to be the hobby of savvy investors.

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