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  • 24
    Mar

Unloved Antiques: Cavalier Cedar Chests

[caption id="attachment_2519565" align="aligncenter" width="526"] This Cavalier cedar chest, in the waterfall design circa 1920, may be loved for its family history but with tens of millions produced for the last 100 years, collectors aren't so crazy about them.[/caption] Some items, even if in good shape and approaching the magical 100-year mark that turns a “vintage” item into an...

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  • 12
    Jan

Unloved Antiques: Old Master Prints

[caption id="attachment_2517987" align="alignleft" width="226"] "Girl with a Broom," originally thought to be by Rembrandt, is credited to Carel Fabritius. The original is in the National Gallery, but you'll find vintage prints at garage sales.[/caption] No yard sale or flea market would complete without a few Old Master–type renderings of works by notable artists like Rembrandt van Rijn. Some...

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  • 12
    Nov

Unloved Antiques: Capodimonte Ceramics

[caption id="attachment_2516793" align="alignleft" width="282"] While some early Capodimonte ceramics sell well, most aren't very collectible.[/caption] I don't have a week go by that I don't get a call or email about a "fantastic" piece of Italian porcelain by "Capodimonte.” It's nearly always claimed to be an inheritance, as I don't recall actually meeting anyone who admits to buying...

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  • 4
    Nov

Unloved Antiques: Bronze Commemorative Medals and Coins

[caption id="attachment_2516634" align="alignleft" width="282"] This Medallic Arts Company medal, minted in 1950 to commemorate its own 50th year in business, has a very modest value.[/caption] Nearly everyone has a bronze commemorative coin or medal kicking about the house. I must have a half dozen or so myself from local events. I have the 125th-anniversary coin of the founding...

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  • 19
    Feb

Unloved Antiques: Reproduction Victorian-Era Spyglasses

[caption id="attachment_2510288" align="alignright" width="300"] Despite the “Henry Barrow & Co., London” company mark, this is a reproduction made in the last 30-odd years. High demand and low manufacturing costs resulted in a market flooded with these convincing-looking fakes.[/caption] The next item in this series of Unloved Antiques is something that causes big problems in the antique and collectibles...

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  • 15
    Jan

Unloved Antiques: Great-Great-Grandma’s Spinning Wheels

[caption id="attachment_2509363" align="alignright" width="300"] Owners of “family heirloom” spinning wheels are often disappointed in their actual value. Though the market surged in the 1990s, these days even examples in good condition have a hard time selling for $100.[/caption] The next item in this series of Unloved Antiques is something that once was almost a requirement in any antique...

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  • 5
    Dec

Unloved Antiques: The American Old Family Bible

[caption id="attachment_2501200" align="alignright" width="270" caption="This “old family bible,” published in 1877 by the O.A. Browning & Co., of Toledo, Ohio and London, Ontario. It’s in fair to good condition and comparable examples often sell at auction in the $80-$150 range."][/caption] Next in this series of “Unloved Antiques” is the American “Old Family Bible.” Most families have one, often...

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  • 14
    Nov

Unloved Antiques: ‘Starving Artist’ Paintings

[caption id="attachment_2500844" align="alignright" width="259" caption="An example of an “Enrico” painting, otherwise known as a “starving art painting,” which were as mass-produced as a painting could be."][/caption] The 14th item in this series of Unloved Antiques is really more decorative arts than antique, but we get a huge number of requests for information regarding this item, more than for just...

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  • 31
    Oct

Unloved Antiques: 19th-Century Pump Organs

[caption id="attachment_2500505" align="alignright" width="239" caption="This Estey Eastlake-style organ was made circa 1890 and is of a type generic to the North Eastern U.S. and Canada. While why may be loved, and this isn’t even taking its sound into account, they don’t sell for more than $200."][/caption] The next item in this series of Unloved Antiques is the 19th-century...

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  • 17
    Oct

Unloved Antiques: ‘Stradivarius’ Style Violins

[caption id="attachment_2500222" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="A violin with a label stating: “Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno, which was used a part of a marketing strategy, indicating the violin was designed after originals by Antonio Stradivari. It is worth, usually, around $75."][/caption] The twelfth item in this series of “Unloved Antiques” is the world-famous “Stradivarius Violins.” Nothing hits the popular-culture’s...

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