Two interesting entrepreneurs…one amazing ranch…a century of history…this is the story of Dutch Joe and Richard Bunger and their attempts to tame part of the truly wild west of Payson Arizona. And, the next chapter of their story is your opportunity to own piece of History, as Pot Of Gold Auction liquidates nearly 100 wagons, buggies, surreys, stagecoaches, and other rustic and historic items from the Dutch Joe Ranch!
Nearly two decades before Arizona would become an official State, in the late 1800s, a man of German heritage came to the area of Payson, Arizona to stake his claim on the dream that would become the United States. Joe Meyer, or “Dutch Joe” as he was known, homesteaded a section of land in the northern part of Arizona. For some 60 years, falling somewhere in the period 1870-1928, “Dutch” Joe created history and legend on his land before he died a somewhat mysterious death at the age of 82. (Read on…) (more…)
Are you looking for something unique and special for a Father’s Day gift? The June 16, 2015 Auction at POG, which is just 5 days before Father’s Day, is just the place to start! This auction offers a large collection of limited edition wildlife conservation and cowboy art. What is so special about this artwork? Click here and you will find a number of lots which feature noted Arizona artists. Perhaps you prefer the whimsical styling of artist Russell Houston who creates an amusing series of cowboy golf. The art of Gerry Metz captures wildlife such as bear and elk in their natural habitats and his fly fishing scenes make you wish you were right there alongside him. Read More… (more…)
Through no fault of anyone in particular, except for rumor and natural progression, terms for various items have become commonplace. Whether a word was used among family and friends, because it’s just easier to say the wrong word, or because modern marketing has us trained to their vocabulary, we frequently assign a ‘name’ to things which simply aren’t true, or use a word so frequently it loses its impact and intention (called Semantic Satiation, by the way). Example: “Buffalo Wings” are not Buffalo’s wings, they are chicken wings, right? Such is the case with “Katana”. It is my hope that we may find a few new words to help uphold the diversity that in weapon-making, identifying, and using. So without further adieu, a quick list to what Japanese swords are actually called, and a spot-check way to tell them apart. *
There are three main divisions, usually, although there are deeper designations the further one gets into collecting, but for a good base, there are primarily: Tanto, Wakizashi, and Katana. Read More… (more…)
It’s OFFICIAL! Don Collier is POG’s new Spokesman! Dan & Cheryl Todd recently had the extreme honor of meeting one of our favorite Classic Western Stars…Mr…Don…Collier! Cheryl, Dan, and Don clicked and just knew they were a natural fit! The new friends immediately began talking about how they could work together…and the liquidation of The Dutch Joe Ranch seemed like the perfect place to start! Wagons, Buggies, Surries…and that rich, iconic voice of Don’s, with the slight Western drawl…MAGIC! Read on… (more…)
Trains…they stir up visions of progress, travel, and even Christmas. Everyone has seen one in their lifetime, and people worldwide hold a reverent and sentimental place for what is probably one of the most iconic creations of the 18th century.
It was 1765 when James Watts invented the steam engine, and nearly a half century later, in 1804, Richard Trevithick took Watts’ idea, and applied it to mass transport, developing the first steam powered locomotive. However it wasn’t for almost another century (60+ years) that the idea to scale down and make “models” of trains was developed.
Since then model trains have become a niche attraction point for people of all ages. For some, “backyard” train sets, large enough to seat people, but small enough to not be considered a commercial operation are a lifetime work in progress, with pieces of track, and scaled down monuments added whenever the “conductor’s” budget allows. Fortunately for these hobbyists, there are companies that specialize in this, and whose sole purpose is to help keep the dream of owning one’s own train alive and chugging along (Come on…one train pun is okay, right?). (Read On…) (more…)
Original Oil by Jimmy Yellowhair: Tungwup Ta-amu Kachina or Whipper’s Uncle Kachina, a guardian standing in front of a woven basket containing corn
If you are looking for some great Native American Indian original artwork to compliment your southwestern décor then look no further than Pot of Gold Estate Liquidation Auction. Coming up in just a few short weeks in our Nov 4th auction, 2014 for example we have not one but two pieces of original oil on canvas paintings by famed Navajo artist Jimmy Yellowhair. If you do a quick internet search to determine where to find and buy work by this sought after artist you will be directed to several galleries and showrooms.
Jimmy Yellowhair is a Navajo artist from Houck , Arizona where he lives on the reservation in a hogan, which is a (Read on…) (more…)
the branch of science and technology concerned with the properties of metals and their production and purification.
To the untrained eye, going “knife shopping” might be something that might seem banal, or even a remedial task at best. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, and they all look the same. (Don’t let them hear you say that, however… they are after all, knives.) However, a brief look deeper might be able to convince even the least “sharp” friend you’ve got that knife research is super important, and that researching the choice of knife might pay its initial investment in blades….. er, spades. It should be noted that the author has a distinct fondness for bladed weaponry/utility and might be very excited about this topic. It should also be noted that this particular piece is in regard to Steel Knife composition as opposed to other archaic metals which might have different rules entirely. Indeed we have come a long way from the Obsidian, Ivory and other bone compositions of Native American Indian tribes and/ or post-Roman Iron. Read on… (more…)
A little less than a decade ago Pot Of Gold Auction opened our doors as a small mom-and-pops venture. Over the years we have sold a variety of items…an interesting mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly…but always with an eye to bringing in better and better consignments. We always want to be accessible to bidders who have a smaller budget, while also appealing to high end clientele. And sometimes a single item can bridge that entire span. A simple “kitschy” item like the Jewelry Christmas Tree collage you see here is made of inexpensive costume, rhinestone jewelry, but because of the style and period the piece reflects it can actually command quite a high price to the right bidder! Read on… (more…)
art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.
“the lava lamp is an example of sixties kitsch”
considered to be in poor taste but appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.
“the front room is stuffed with kitsch knickknacks, little glass and gilt ornaments”
The other day the word “Kitsch” came up in a conversation. The word seems to mean different things to different people, and is misunderstood probably just as much as are the objects the word is used to describe. The “researcher” inside of me begged for more clarification, and sought to explore the world of Kitsch more deeply. (Cue dramatic Indiana Jones music).
As I began to look into this unique term, I found that people commonly use this label on everything from Velvet Elvis paintings, to ceramic poodles, vintage Hawaiian decor, and even ornately carved oriental furniture! Read on…(more…)
1922 “Plain” Lincoln Cent, Little or No Trace of the D Mint Mark Visible
Did you ever wonder about that little “letter” below the date of obverse side of coins (or found on the reverse of some series)? That “letter” is better known as the “mint mark” designating the origin of the Official Mints or branches where the coin was actually minted (ie., Philadelphia, Denver San Francisco, West Point for modern era coinage and Carson City, Nevada, Charlotte, North Carolina, Dahlonega, Georgia, New Orleans, Louisiana, Washington, D.C.; and even in Manila, Philippines for historical coinage of days past). Perhaps some background information is needed here…