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From Baskets and Guitars To Wine And
Wristwatches, A Wide Variety Of Books For
Collectors Are Available


A variety of subjects are covered in the new releases by Schiffer Publishing.

Electrifying the Wristwatch, by Lucien Trueb, Gunther Ramm and Peter Wenzig, is a well-researched work focusing on the period from 1950 to 1985. The in-depth text, accompanied by 600 photographs, traces the path that led from the electromagnetic pendulum clocks (which made their appearance as early as the 1840s,) to the modern quartz wristwatch. The history of these first electrical clocks is incuded in the book.

It was a major change for the watch-making industry when the mechanical pieces hand-made by the European masters gave way to the electromechanical devices mass-produced in Asia.

Electrifying the Wristwatch, (ISBN: 978-0-7643-4304-9), hard cover, is priced at $99.99.


This Screwpull is used as the jacket cover for the book.

Screwpull®, Creation & History of a High-tech Corkscrew, will be an excellent addition to the library of corkscrew collectors or wine connoiseurs. It is written by Donald Minzenmayer and describes how the process of opening a bottle of wine changed in the 1970s with the introduction of the Screwpull.

Cork has been used for over 200 years to seal wine bottles. Corkscrews to remove the corks have ranged in design from simple T-handled ones to complex mechanical devices. In 1975, an engineer named Herbert A. Allen, who had a fine wine cellar of his own, was presented a challenge by his wife, Helen. As the one who frequently had to open wine for their guests, she frequently found the process to be an embarrassing challenge. Her charge to her husband was “Produce a corkscrew that would extract the cork effortlessly and perfectly every time.”

The result was the Screwpull, launched in 1979. It could remove a cork with very little force, inflict no injury, and perform without embarrassment.

Since the first model, there have been many additional models made. This book describes them, with photographs, and also includes the patent drawings. Also included is that useful little tool, the Screwpull foil cutter.

Since the patent has expired, there are now many knock-offs, made in China, on the market. The book includes a discussion of these.

Screwpull, (ISBN: 978-0-7643-4421-3), hard cover, is priced at $59.99.


This sterling flat funnel was made by William B. Kerr Co. of New Jerey. It is decorated with a rooster holding a wine glas in its claw.

Also of interest to wine lovers is Wine Antiques & Collectibles, by Donald A. Bull & Joseph C. Paradi.

Over 2,000 photographs illustrate this reference book for collectors, along with values for the items pictured.

It is divided into three main sections. The first covers objects used in the production of wine, from vineyard tools to sampling devices. (The sampling device, called a “wine thief,” is a pipette that can be inserted into a barrel to remove a sample.)

The second section describes collectibles associated with drinking wine, from corkscrews to wine bottles to beautiful funnels.

The final section includes items used for promoting wine - postcards, paper fans, labels, statuary and much more.

Wine Antiques & Collectibles (ISBN: 978-0-7643-4335-3), hard cover is priced at $79.99


American Indian Baskets, sub-titled “Building and Caring for a Collection,” is the most recent publication by William A. Turnbaugh & Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh. The authors have used their decades of research, along with nearly 800 photographs, in writing this book.

The baskets are grouped by specific tribal styles within Native America’s nine basketry regions: Southwest, Great Basin, California, Plateau, Northwest Coast, Arctic and Subarctic, Plains, Southeast and Northeast.

A most helpful section, titled “Caution Corner,” provides a comparison with imported baskets, often confused with American Indian work. This section also includes commercial baskets made in both the United States and imported.

American Indian Baskets, (ISBN: 9780-7643-4404-6), hard cover is priced at $59.99.


A Hamer guitar.

The Ultimate, An Illustrated History of Hamer Guitars, by Steve Matthes and Joe Moffett, is the story of these electric guitars.

The Introduction is written by Paul Hamer, and gives the background which led him to develop his guitars (including a paid admission to Woodstock in 1969.) From that early inspiration, Hamer electric guitars were made for 30 years.

The interesting shapes of the Hamer guitars are one of the things that sets them apart from others. So do their names - the Blitz, the Phantom, the Scarab and more.

This is an entertaining and colorful book and the history of late 20th century American music makes it even more interesting.

The Ultimate (ISBN: 978-0-7643-4352-0), hard cover, sells for $39.99.


The books are available from your local bookseller or contact Schiffer Publishing, or see the online catalog,

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Portland Expo Featured In New
Robin Williams Book


The largest antique show in the Pacific Northwest, Christine Palmer & Associates July Portland Expo, is the central event in The Portland Payoff, the second mystery novel by Robin Williams.

We met the central characters in Williams’s first book, The Road to Reno. They are antique dealers from Vancouver, BC, who specialize in high-end art and antiques.

Catherine and Colin, who work for Frank Ball’s antique store and auction house, had neglected to report to Ball on a casual comment made to them the previous year in Klamath Falls, Oregon, as they were on their road to Reno. When Ball hears about it the following year, and recognizes what it might mean, the hunt is on for what could be a real find.

But, of course, there are road blocks along the way. Some come from other antique dealers; others come from owners unwilling to part with what they have; and still others come from some really unpleasant people.

We follow the characters as they head up and down I-5, from Vancouver, BC, to Medford, Oregon. Eventually, everyone converges at the July Expo in Portland, where all the bits and pieces of the action fall into line and produce a satisfactory ending for our leading characters.

Williams has clearly experienced Expo. The July Expo was last weekend, as I write this. His characters have more stamina than I have - they made it all day for three days on their tired and sore feet. But their Portland payoff was a fine one indeed.

The Portland Payoff, by Robin Williams, is published by the book division of Hampshire Antiques Ltd. It is priced at $19.95. To order, phone Hampshire Antiques at (604) 733-1326 or visit the website: There is a $4 shipping charge; autographed copies are available on request.

I’ll look forward to further challenges for Frank, Colin and Catherine in future books.

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