Booth # S549
B1004


STEVE SIRLS (NEW FOR 2011)

Q: iF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, WHAT ANTIQUE OR COLLECTIBLE WOULD YOU BUY RIGHT NOW?

A: Art, silver and furniture would be my choice. It has lasting value and is pleasant to live with. Of course I would consult with experts before the leap.

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST GORGEOUS ANTIQUE YOU EVER SAW, IN A PRIVATE COLLECTION, OR EVEN A MUSEUM?

A: It had to be furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, or any furniture collection. The Federal pieces really do have a sleekness to them.

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING STORY YOU KNOW ABOUT ANY OF THE ANTIQUES YOU HAVE EVER HAD?

A: My antique Acutron watch, with a clear face and clear back, was a gift from my father for high-school graduation. He gave it to me and I didn't like it. So he placed it in the box that I did not find until after his death 40 years later. What a fool was I? Yes, and how do I appreciate it now and remember him with great respect for many other reasons, too. I did not actually know what this vintage watch was until a friend looked down at my wrist one evening and said, "Where did you get that and do you know what it's worth?" I said, "You wouldn't believe where I got it and no I don't." The watch actually has a name but I can't remember it.

Q: WHAT GENRE OF ANTIQUES DO YOU HAVE AS A COLLECTION?

A: I have several pieces of Blue Willow. No, many pieces. Way too many. I would love to collect great pieces of miniature furniture. It is so much fun to see great things in a small version, many having the same great details.  

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE ERA DO YOU NOT LIKE?

A: I am fond of most real antiques, especially if they are true antiques. I love to look. I am afraid that we have taken the word to an extreme and it no longer really fits the true definition. I truly believe that the GasLamp does the best job of keeping the competition up with the dealers, thus creating a better product overall.

Q: ARE ANTIQUES A GOOD INVESTMENT? WHY OR WHY NOT?

A: Yes, they are a good investment, but only if they are established in their value and if you are certain that there will always be a market for the item. In many cases this is a real hard target to hit. Many antique pieces are established investments and will continue to increase in value, bar an earthquake or comment.

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