• 4
    Feb

Is the Doll Collecting Market Booming or Busting?

[caption id="attachment_2525727" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A 12-inch marked Barrois French fashion doll in tableau with a friend. These dolls were once hard for collectors to find. Now, with the Internet, it’s not so hard. Has this helped or hurt the doll collecting market??[/caption] “Boom or bust” is a phrase I heard many times growing up in the coalfield region...

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  • 4
    Feb

They May not Look Like Much, but ‘Pete’ Miller’s Rifles are Beautiful

[caption id="attachment_2525710" align="aligncenter" width="630"] Three of Pete's rifles.[/caption] By R. Bruce Moon As the morning began to brighten, I watched the buzzards settle on the hog. I had shot the 180-pound boar two evenings before, taken the backstraps, then dragged the carcass to a clearing 200 yards from the tripod in the hope that a coyote would come...

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  • 29
    Jan

WorthPoint Invites its Enthusiastic Subscribers to Sell Subscriptions

[caption id="attachment_2525702" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Reseller Program allows current WorthPoint subscribers to act as a broker, offering WorthPoint subscriptions at a discount to prospective buyers, and the reseller earns a bonus for each subscription they sell.[/caption] WorthPoint, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of art, antiques and collectibles, is taking advantage of its subscribers’...

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  • 27
    Jan

How to Bequeath Your Collection and Keep it out of Probate

[caption id="attachment_2525693" align="aligncenter" width="600"] If you have a baseball card collection and would like it to go to your grandson, you had better prepare your last will and testament to make sure bequeathed items or collections go where you want them to go and not end up in probate.[/caption] To some, leaving behind a meaningful legacy upon death...

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  • 27
    Jan

Lost and Found Visuals: The Art and Value of Vernacular Photography

[caption id="attachment_2520936" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Collectors of found photography look for scenes from a bygone era with mini narratives to imagine.[/caption] The old photograph was pasted into a scrapbook and had crusty brown rubber cement seeping around the edges. The image was a little girl with a sneaky smile and dark bangs, peeking out of the paneled window of...

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  • 26
    Jan

Bowie: Knife Of Legends

[caption id="attachment_2525666" align="alignnone" width="630"] A Musso-style Bowie knife created by the late Jim Lofgreen. (Photo by bladegallery.com)[/caption] By Art Carter We want to touch it. We’d like to pick it up, admire its craftsmanship, and feel its solid weight, but it’s almost intimidating. It’s a paradox of beauty and terrible function. We’d love to own this bit of...

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  • 25
    Jan

Bold as Brass: Cleaning Your Antique Brass Furniture Hardware

Most traditional furniture hardware is brass or brass looking, but that covers a multitude of sins. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and is a nonferrous (no iron or steel) metal. Brass that is 70-percent copper is known as bright brass or high brass and shines up to be bright yellow. A higher copper content produces...

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  • 19
    Jan

Rinker on Collectibles: London Bridge is Falling Down

[caption id="attachment_2525630" align="aligncenter" width="600"] On-the-way-down stories sell and the media sets and encourages trends. But are we really seeing the beginning of the end of the antiques market?[/caption] When my “Rinker on Collectibles” column first appeared in 1987, its focus was the emerging 20th-century collectibles market. Twenty-nine years later, the 20th-century collectibles secondary market has achieved a level...

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  • 18
    Jan

Institute for the Study of Antiques and Collectibles Announces 2016 Seminar Slate

The Institute for the Study of Antiques and Collectibles has announced to two seminar series for 2016 that will consist of introductory and era-specific courses on antique and collectibles jewelry, as well as a Summer Camp that will teach basic researching and valuing techniques, understanding fine visual arts, and toys, games, and puzzles dating from the mid-nineteenth century...

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  • 15
    Jan

Jerry Kramer’s puts his Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I Championship Ring up for Auction

[caption id="attachment_2525591" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Jerry Kramer’s 1967 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I Championship Ring will cross the auction block in New York on Feb. 20 and is expected to bring more than $100,000 when it does.[/caption] NEW YORK – The most significant NFL Championship ring ever offered at auction, offensive lineman Jerry Kramer’s 1967 Green Bay Packers...

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