The History of Thanksgiving Day, as told in The Ladies' World, 1892
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    Nov

The History of Thanksgiving Day, as told in The Ladies’ World, 1892

As a fans of antiques and collectibles, whose interest in history is peaked by the things we collect, we thought it would be interesting to provide here an account of Thanksgiving in America as it was thought of more than a century ago. What follows is “The History of Thanksgiving Day” as it appeared in pages of “The Ladies’...

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    Nov

The Antique Turkey Platter: Rarely Used Dish Could Pay for Christmas and then Some

[caption id="attachment_2517319" align="aligncenter" width="500"] This Staffordshire platter depicts the State Arms of Pennsylvania and is an early 19th-century piece by an unknown maker. As it is a very rare example, it sold for $26,000 in 2010.[/caption] It’s that time of year where family heirlooms are dragged out of their hiding places in china cabinets and buffets to serve...

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    Nov

Polishing Your Antique Silver: Tips for a Tedious Holiday Chore

[caption id="attachment_2487497" align="alignright" width="300"] There are a number of different commercial products available for cleaning silver: cloth, liquid, cream, paste and foam are common products that are easily available.[/caption] Thanksgiving Day is less than a week away, and if you are tempted to get out your antique silver to make your holiday table sparkle, there are a few...

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    Nov

Worthologist Von Ferscht Helps Brings Chinese Export Silver Back to Light in China

[caption id="attachment_2521407" align="alignright" width="230"] Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht in Beijing at the opening of the Chinese Export Silver exhibition in September 2014.[/caption] WorthPoint Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht has been at the forefront of research for Chinese Export Silver over the past five years, as his copious writing and publishing on the still little-known subject has dramatically changed the...

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    Nov

Only Known U.S. Poster for Lon Chaney’s ‘London After Midnight’ Could Bring $50,000

[caption id="attachment_2521401" align="alignright" width="265"] “London After Midnight” (MGM, 1927), starring Lon Chaney, The Man of a Thousand Faces, is considered to be one of the “holy grails” of lost cinema. The only known U.S. poster from this movie is up for sale at Heritage Auctions and could bring as much as $50,000.[/caption] DALLAS – The only known copy...

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    Nov

For Video Game Collectors, Acquiring Atari’s E.T. is the Ultimate Dumpster Dive

[caption id="attachment_2521375" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Workers literally sifted through a mountain of trash looking for Atari’s detritus and found it. Thus, the legend of the Atari landfill was confirmed even if the scope of the find didn’t quite match up to the myth.[/caption] Back in April, an excavation crew dug up the fabled “Atari landfill” in Alamogordo, N.M., where...

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    Nov

The Postcard Time Machine: Postcard Producers Played on Leather’s Uniqueness

[caption id="attachment_2521366" align="aligncenter" width="550"] This sweet angel on a leather postcard was mailed in 1907. Like most leather cards, it’s slightly smaller than standard size, measuring about 4.5 inches by 2.75 inches. Made of deerskin, it is very soft and supple. The red color would have been added after the image was completed. Cards like these can easily...

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    Nov

Only ‘Double’ RAF Distinguished Flying Cross Awarded to Indian Pilot under Gavel

[caption id="attachment_2521359" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The medals and other items belong to Roy Air Force Squadron Leader Karun Krishna “Jumbo” Majumdar, including the only “Double” Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to an Indian pilot, will go on auction on Nov. 26 at Morton & Eden in London. Majumdar is considered the “Father of the Indian Air Force.”[/caption] LONDON – The...

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    Nov

American Estates are Gaining Momentum: Will Yours Keep Pace?

Freedom of speech; freedom of religion; freedom to peaceably assemble. The American Bill of Rights was created as a framework for American Society. But the real gem created by the Founding Fathers—the one that truly separated American society from British society—isn’t part of the Social Studies curriculum of any American public school. The hidden gem? Determining how wealth...

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    Nov

Comics Speculator: McFarlane-Signed Amazing Spider-Man #300 Cover Art to be Sold

[caption id="attachment_2521354" align="alignleft" width="266"] The original cover art for Amazing Spider-Man #300 (Marvel, 1988), by drawn and signed by Todd McFarlane, is hitting the block at Heritage Auctions on Nov. 20-22. This issue introduced the character Venom.[/caption] This week on the Comic Speculator we’re taking a look at a couple of stories bouncing around the Internet that will...

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