About James S. Maxwell, Jr. & Virginia Caputo

Girl Skipping Rope Mechanical Bank

Jim has been in the business of buying and selling antiques and collectibles for over sixty years. He dates his first days of dealing to the early 1950's when he was a boy and sold stamps to friends for a few cents each.

Years later his collecting and dealing interests grew to encompass coins, stamps, political pinback buttons and other political collectibles, antique toys, toy robots, mechanical banks, photography, sports memorabilia, sport and nonsport tobacco cards, advertising trade cards, gum cards, folk art and a wide range of categories of collectibles. He has been a member of the Mechanical Bank Club of America since 1970.

Jim is very experienced and knowledgeable in detecting restorations, repairs and other flaws in mechanical banks and toys and in detecting banks and toys that were not made in period. He is consulted frequently by auction houses, collectors and dealers who need assistance in determining whether specific banks and toys have repairs or were made in period or not.

To read an article by Jim and Ginny about collecting mechanical banks click here or on the image of the Skipping Rope Mechanical Bank above. The article has some interesting history about oldtime mechanical bank collectors that you may never have heard of and offers 15 tips for collectors on how to learn to spot repairs and how to determine if a bank is a reproduction.

Early Steiff Teddy Bear

Ginny began dealing in antiques in 1976 in New England when she opened a shop in Jefferson, a small town just north of Holden, Massachusetts. From 1976 until she moved to Pennsylvania in 1984 to join forces with Jim, she set up at antiques shows in Concord and Amherst, New Hampshire, Brimfield, Massachusetts and other shows in New England as well as at shows in York, Pennsylvania. She has been particularly fond of antique nineteenth furniture in original finishes, folk art, wood and paper toys, soft stuffed antique toys such as teddy bears and dolls and other antique fabric items.

As dealers together they have sold antiques and collectibles at antique markets in Adamstown, Pa, at the York Antiques Show, at their own antiques shop in Adamstown, and online. From the early 1990's to 2001 they held 48 mail and phone bid auctions in which they sold over 100,000 American tobacco cards including over 35,000 T-206 baseball cards as well as other early nineteenth century American cards, both sports and nonsports. They also held two mail/phone bid auctions of antique iron toys and mechanical banks, two mail/phone bid auctions of occupational shaving mugs, and one mail/phone bid auction of lunch boxes.

In recent years they have been buying and selling very actively in the area of nineteenth and early twentieth century photography while also continuing to deal in their specialties of mechanical banks, toys, paper ephemera, political collectibles, and antique smalls. They are active as sellers on ebay selling under the ebay user id of imajgin. To visit their listings on ebay, click here or on the Imajgin image below.

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Ginny’s Photography

Dandelions: a scanogram by Virginia Caputo

Both Ginny and Jim are artists as well as antiques dealers. Ginny's media is photography. Her work has been shown in many local and national exhibits. While she has put aside her photography in recent years in order to focus more on the antiques business, she hopes to find time to get back to creating photographs again. For more information about Ginny's photography, click here or on the image of the dandelions.

Ginny has been a member of the Lancaster County Art Association (LCAA) since 2002 and is the webmaster for their site. From 2003 to 2008 she served on the Board as Publicity Chair and also served as Vice President and President from 2004 to 2008.

Jim’s Paintings

Jim Maxwell and one of his paintings

Jim's media is paint and his style is abstract. His work has been shown at Ginny's former studio/gallery on W. Orange St. in Lancaster, at the Lancaster County Art Association, and in exhibits in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, D.C. For more information on Jim's painting, click here or on the photo of Jim.