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George Glastris

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Local Address:  Chicago , Illinois , United States

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Miller's, 13 Mar 2005 [cached]
George Glastris
George Glastris is Director of Science & Technology at Skinner's Auctioneers in Boston - the largest independent auction house in the USA.He is also the only science & technology appraiser on PBS's Antiques Roadshow so gets plenty of camera time!He was born in St Louis, Missouri.
Siren call of bright red fire engine lures collectors3, 9 Nov 2001 [cached]
It brings out the little boy in everybody , said George Glastris , a specialist in antique machinery for the Skinner Inc. auction house , which is holding what it says one of the largest sales ever of firefighting memorabilia on Saturday.
The auction in the central Massachusetts town of Bolton features more than 1 , 000 hoses , hats , silver trumpets , photos , badges and even a horse-drawn steam engine , built in 1905 for Manchester , N.H..
Built around the collection of a Pennsylvania doctor and fire chief who asked to remain anonymous , the sale had been planned for more than a year before firefighters became the heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Our first reaction was to postpone it out of respect , Glastris said.But the people in the fire services said no..And in hindsight we're glad we agreed.
With so many bad things it's been one of the first chances for people to gather and have a bit of fun around firefighting , he said.
The difference after Sept. 11 is that the general public never realized that people collected old fire hoses , Glastris said.
COLLECTOR NETWORK::, 18 Jan 2001 [cached]
Business enterprise demanded the services of a scale in the 19th and early 20th centuries explains George Glastris , a specialist in antique scales and balances at Skinner , Inc , the Boston -based auctioneer of fine arts and antiques.A business person hardly left the house without a coin scale in the 19th century adds Glastris.This was due to coin's worth being largely based on its weight.Glastris also explains that British postal scales from the mid 19th century became common as Royal postage became dependent upon the weight of the shipment.Homemakers used scales as a means of baking , and cooking in the early 20th century , which produced a hefty supply of scales.Scales became a standard of commerce and their abuse became reason for intervention.
The evolution of more accurate , innovative scales have made for interesting types of scales over the years.The interesting facets and characteristics of scales make them a fascinating item to collect.
According to George Glastris , at the high end of the spectrum are older Jockey scales that are decorative and interesting that were once used to weigh Jockeys in old English manor races.Such scales might be found as a conversation piece in an old country house and usually sell for several thousand dollars.Industrial scales aren't commonly found at auctions though.Many were sold for scrap during the war effort explains Glastris.What's more , older industrial scales , because of their construction are still used.
How much does a collector need to get started in this collecting category.Under $50 says Glastris.Several hundred dollars will buy you much more.Skinner , Inc. holds an auction each year with a Science and Technology theme.Its catalog features about six or seven scales for sales which range from a small accurate diamond scale to a coin scale used to determine the true weight and precious metal content of a coin.
In Search Of Value
Rogers Park / West Ridge Historical Society, 22 Feb 2007 [cached]
George Glastris is a specialist in antique scientific, technical, and mechanical instruments and is also very knowledgeable in furniture, decorative arts, toys and collectibles. He spent ten years as an auction specialist at Christie's London, and then worked at Skinner's in Boston. He now runs his own business, Edison Gallery, in Chicago. He has appeared numerous times on PBS's "Antiques Roadshow" and the History Chanel's "American Pickers". He is the author of Miller's Collecting Science & Technology.
"Collect and Serve" by George Glastris, 1 June 2002 [cached]
By George Glastris
George Glastris, of Skinner Auction Galleries in Boston, is co-author of Miller's Collecting Science & Technology and appears regularly on PBS's Antiques Road Show.
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