Automobilia: What We're Excited to See at the Barrett-Jackson Auction

Sep 30 2019 - 1:53pm
Vehicles of all types are integral to United States History, from Route 66 to the spread of interstates in the 1950s. By this era, people were able to travel in personal vehicles much more easily than ever before. Families began taking road trips, which led to imagery of vintage motels and tourist souvenirs. Car and gas companies thrived. The auto culture that came from this made the United States a hotspot for all things transportation. Automobilia refers to all of these components, much more than just the vehicles themselves. It includes all things automotive, such as dealership signs and gas station pumps. Bidders at the Barrett-Jackson auctions can even register as only automobilia... more

What People Don't Know About the Barrett-Jackson Auction

Sep 20 2019 - 6:45pm
While the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction is world renowned, there are some little-known aspects of the company behind it and the auction itself. In honor of Kersten’s Antique’s first attendance of the auction in Las Vegas next month, here is a list of what people might not know about the famous event: 1. Barrett-Jackson has a Factory Five “build-it-yourself” 1935 Hot Rod Truck kit for sale on the brand’s website. It includes the engine mounts, transmission mounts, and exhaust, but the rest is customizable. However, it does cost a pretty $34,990. 2. Though the auction is known for auctioning classic cars iconic to US history, the auction as a whole includes a multitude of authentic pieces from... more

Montana and Yellowstone: Preserving the History of the Old West

Sep 6 2019 - 12:28pm
Western themes have remained popular in North American culture as well as in international depictions of American history. Outside of John Wayne films, images of cowboys and Indians are perhaps even stereotypical ideas of the western United States, or even the entire country itself. However, these themes are cherished in contemporary society as well. Items and curios from frontier and pioneer life find themselves displayed in public places (especially in Cracker Barrels) and in museums. This could not be truer than in Montana. After the Lewis and Clark explorations that began in 1803, mining and gold prospects brought people to the west in the mid-1800s. By the 1860s, towns emerged. Bozeman... more

Generational Clashes Come in the Form of Valuing Family Heirlooms

Jul 3 2019 - 10:53am
From shorter dresses in the 1920s to the peace, love and promiscuity of the 1960s, each new generation brings differences in lifestyles and beliefs. Outside of the political butting of heads between young people and older people today, there is a material issue with family belongings. Think grandma’s china set or grandpa’s antique books. What are the younger generations of families supposed to do with so much stuff owned by older family members? As Millennials and Generation Zs begin to form their own lives, many have the task of taking in family items from aging baby boomers and parents of baby boomers who are downsizing or moving into assisted living homes. However, the nature of and... more

Is Your Antique Clock Worth Something?

Jul 2 2019 - 10:21am
    Here are seven factors to consider when determining the value of an antique clock.   Whether you found an antique longcase clock in your grandmother’s basement or you spotted an authentic Black Forest cuckoo clock at your neighbor’s garage sale, you probably want to know if you’ve discovered something of value that might appreciate over the years.   To determine the value of an old clock, first, you should know what makes something an antique. An antique is any collectible item — from a piece furniture or artwork to a ring or a clock — that has high value because of its age. Typically, the item must be more than 100 years old to be considered an antique.   But not every antique is... more