Since I revel in stories of object history and provenance, the lovely little run down in yesterday’s NYT Tracking the Progress of Some Special Items Over the Past Year,” tickled my fancy. Included is the tale of Old Jake, a weather vane now on view in its local Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Christopher Rebollo, an antique dealer from Mechanicsville, PA, reveals his plans for the John Shearer desk (above) he picked up at Rago Arts in August. The Freer’s new Pedigree Jar, purchased from Christie’s, also gets some coverage.

A look at Old Jake and the Pedigree Jar after the jump.

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