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About Heckler Since the company’s founding in 1987, Heckler has been regarded as one of the most reputable names in the auction business. Today Heckler is a full-service auctioneer and appraiser of antiques as well as being known as the foremost auction house for antique glass. Heckler offers collectors the chance to bid on rare and desirable items which often achieve record prices. In October 2010, Heckler set a record for antique glass sold at auction when an extremely rare General Jackson eagle portrait flask in a stunning yellow green color sold for $176,670. Heckler has been responsible for the sale of many important collections including those of Ralph Finch, Dr. Gary and Arlette Johnson, Warren C. Lane, Jr., the Honorable Judge Edward MacKenzie, Thomas McCandless, William Pollard, Paul Richards, and Carl Sturm. In addition to handling these important and large collections, Heckler welcomes the consignment of important single items and small collections. In the past Heckler has often realized record setting prices with outstanding individual items. Over the past 25+ years, Heckler has been involved with museums, historical societies, and antique hobby organizations. We are always happy to share our knowledge with others in the hobby. Our expertise, particularly regarding appraisals, is also often called upon by prominent museums that maintain significant antique glass collections including: The Corning Museum of Glass, Old Sturbridge Village, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the National Bottle Museum, and many others. Whether you are interested in bidding in our auctions, consigning with us, obtaining an appraisal, or seeking information, we look forward to hearing from you. What Makes Us Different An unparalleled client base that connects the consignor with the right buyers Our reputation as the premier firm for our clients to acquire antique glass is based on our ability to act as a crossroads for the antique glass community. Our broad industry client base creates a unique atmosphere where the consignor has the opportunity to maximize the return of every item sold. Unmatched experience and subject matter expertise Norman C. Heckler and staff enjoy unparalleled recognition for antique glass expertise. We have assisted a venerable "Who’s Who" of clients in de-accessioning singular items and entire collections. These clients include some of the most recognizable names and collections such as: Charles B. Gardner, Judge Edmund Blaske, Paul Richards, Judge Edward McKenzie, William Pollard, Thomas McCandless, Dr. Gary and Arlette Johnson, Warren C. Lane, Jr. and more. Our expertise is also often called upon for appraisal services to prominent museums that maintain significant antique glass collections including: The Corning Museum of Glass, Old Sturbridge Village, The Seagram Museum, Wadsworth Athenaeum, The Connecticut Historical Society, The National Bottle Museum, Henry Ford Museum, and The Louisville Museum. Personal attention, attention to details For many auction firms, antique glass is but one of many categories represented which can dilute the commitment to your important consignment. Not only is antique glass our focus, but our expertise and attention to detail often uncovers aspects of your consignment that are overlooked in a broader auction setting. Every detail surrounding your consignment is handled by a firm with a focus on antique glass. Defining condition, color, market and best auction format involves a delicate interplay of market knowledge and potential buyers. Speak with the experts. Our clients receive unmatched accessibility to the people directly responsible for all the details surrounding a consignment or purchase. Today there are more choices than ever, but there are no shortcuts to maximize your return While the age of the internet has enabled even greater opportunities for potential consignors to reach a buyer, it must be done correctly. The subtleties of the antique glass market remain outside of the web-based auction format. The antique glass community has a specific set of collecting criteria including condition, provenance, form, shape, impression, and color that significantly impact value. Like other antique forms and artwork, all of these qualities can be highly subjective and dependent on accurate interpretation. In today’s market, savvy consignors leverage our experience and structured auction benefits, together with our web capabilities, to deliver the greatest results. Glass Enthusiasts, For Glass Enthusiasts - The antique glass community Norman C. Heckler & Company acts as a vibrant intersection for the antique glass enthusiast. We often fill public speaking slots at antique and bottle events. For 15 years Heckler sponsored an annual Columbus Day Weekend Event which was the de facto national event for collectors, hobbyists and enthusiasts alike. The Columbus Day event was unique in its ability to bring together a diverse cross section of clients in an event that was one of the most recognized in the antique glass community.