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W&L still unbeaten — barely

W&L still unbeaten — barely

Friday night was frustrating for the vaunted Washington & Lee Eagles.  They lost their top ...

High cost dooms local event

High cost dooms local event

Money was the driving factor for the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce’s decision to discontinue ho...

Police: CB Elementary School fire arson

Police: CB Elementary School fire arson

Law enforcement officials have said the Jan. 5 fire that destroyed the former Colonial Beach Element...

KG seeks best bang for tourism bucks

KG seeks best bang for tourism bucks

King George Director of Economic Development Linwood Thomas has been tasked with coming up with idea...

Supervisors mull adding 4th fire station

A fourth fire station in Shiloh would reduce response times for calls, said King George Fire Chief D...

CB runs by another opponent

CB runs by another opponent

The Colonial Beach Drifters seemed to have mastered the “ground and pound” approach to football. Led ...

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King George

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Sealston cell tower approved

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A 195-foot cell tower approved last week for the Sealston area in western King George is expected to increase reliable phone service and provide better data transmission and streaming capability on sm...

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Colonial Beach

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Council tries to cut taxes, told it can’t

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Despite their best efforts and good intentions, the Colonial Beach Town Council was unable to reduce real estate taxes at a recent meeting.

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Westmoreland

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Expansion seeks to illustrate county is more than just famous families

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Expansion seeks to illustrate county is more than just famous families

The popular Westmoreland County Museum in Montross is in the middle of a $1 million expansion that will allow citizens and tourists to visit a 1940’s-style soda fountain and general store and go back ...

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Sports

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W&L still unbeaten — barely

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
W&L still unbeaten — barely

Friday night was frustrating for the vaunted Washington & Lee Eagles.  They lost their top running back, perhaps for the season.  They drew a flurry of flags from the officials.

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Area Deaths

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Teresa M. Martin

Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Teresa M. Martin, 57, of Paden City, WV died Saturday, August 30, 2014 as the result of an automobile accident in King George, VA.

 Teresa was born May 8, 1957 in New Martinsville, WV, daughter of...

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Antiques Considered - September 24, 2014

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Antiques Considered - September 24, 2014

This Victorian parlor table belongs to a Northern Neck family who inherited it many years ago.  The wood is walnut, and the family thinks the finish is original.  Although the picture appear...

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Antiques Considered - September 25, 2013

Last week’s column on the McCoy vase has elicited an inquiry about this comparable piece of art pottery, a Roseville ashtray.  Roseville was one of McCoy’s principal competitors, both firms having originated in central Ohio. Roseville began as a manufacturer of functional pottery housewares, but in the 1890s entered into the art pottery market.

The firm moved to Zanesville, Ohio in 1898, and remained in business until 1954. Once having moved into the art pottery arena, Roseville, which kept the name after the move to Zanesville, began producing great quantities of items, most of which have blue, pink or brown, as in this case, backgrounds.

The pattern list was extensive. Today the most valuable pieces are in the Cremo pattern. This ashtray is in the magnolia pattern. Cremo pieces bring high prices, but all Roseville commands the market’s attention. Rarely will one find any piece, regardless of how simple, for under $50.

The high point for Roseville came in the interwar years from 1920 to 1940. In that era Roseville was one of the most desirable potteries in America. Production centered on the American market where the demand was consistently strong. After the factory closed in 1954 interest in Roseville declined, and by the 1970s it was virtually non-existent.

About 30 years ago the process reversed itself. Collectors’ societies were formed; books were written, and Roseville was re-discovered. Today it is one of the most collectible forms of American art pottery, with good values maintaining themselves across the board. Unlike the fate of some collectibles, for Roseville the internet has been a boon, not an impediment to good prices. This ashtray is worth $75, and at a competitive auction it might bring significantly more. Our firm has sold pitchers for upwards of $400. In the case of Roseville even restored pieces bring sound prices. Today it is one of the most popular genres on the market.
Happy Antiquing!

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