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  • 5
    Mar

Ask a Worthologist: Franklin Mint’s Limited Edition Pavlova Wine Glasses

[caption id="attachment_2519136" align="aligncenter" width="540"] WorthPoint subscriber Jessica A. found a limited edition set of 10 “Pavlova” wine glasses by Igor Carl Faberge made for the Franklin Mint at a yard sale and bought them for $55. Now she’d like to know more about them and their possible worth.[/caption] WorthPoint subscriber Jessica A. loves yard sales and began visiting...

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  • 4
    Mar

The Collector’s Minute: Chalkware and Plaster Busts

[caption id="attachment_2519089" align="alignleft" width="164"] This chalkware bust of Minehaha shows some chipping, which should not be repaired as it adds a patina that collectors crave.[/caption] Chalkware or plaster busts like this generally can date from the turn of the 19th century through to the 1950s. While not mass-produced in the modern sense, they were made in large numbers,...

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  • 4
    Mar

Bopping Through Recording History with Collectible Rockabilly Records

[caption id="attachment_2519120" align="aligncenter" width="614"] The "Million Dollar Quartet" record at Sun Records in 1956. Seated: Elvis; Standing, from left: Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.[/caption] Collecting records is easy. Records are widely available and often cheap. But assembling a meaningful record collection requires thought, vigilance and no small investment. Records have been produced for so long—since...

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  • 4
    Mar

Whether Called Peer, Pier, Console or Petticoat, it is always a Pier Table

[caption id="attachment_2519128" align="alignright" width="300"] This late Classicism mahogany pier table, circa 1840, is the style usually referred to incorrectly as a “petticoat” table. (Photo: LiveAuctioneers.com/Garth’s Auction)[/caption] One of America’s most favorite pieces of furniture in the first half of the 19th century was that odd size table that usually sat in the hall and had a mirror in...

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  • 3
    Mar

A Very Chinese Purim Spiel: Chinese Export Silver Megillot

非常中國式的普珥節話劇 [caption id="attachment_2519235" align="aligncenter" width="556"] This photograph is titles “A Purim Party, Shanghai, 1910”, and is courtesy of Yad Va’Shem, Jerusalem.[/caption] To many people, it will seem incongruous that a 19th-century Chinese silversmith in Canton would have created a megillah, but it’s not as strange as it initially appears. Albeit that Chinese megillot are rare, they come with...

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  • 3
    Mar

A Holy Grail of New England Bottles, a ‘Stoddard Flag Flask,’ Found

[caption id="attachment_2519109" align="alignright" width="251"] The business side of the flask, showing the large, embossed 13-star flag. The value of this rarity—known as a Stoddard Flag flasks—ranges from about $12,000 to $20,000, with a similar example selling early late last year for more than $14,000.[/caption] Yes, that headline is correct, and I’d love to be able to say I...

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  • 3
    Mar

Like Peanut Butter & Jelly, WorthPoint & Thrift Hunters Are a Winning Combination

[caption id="attachment_2519103" align="aligncenter" width="615"] Bryan Goodman and Jason T. Smith go with WorthPoint like peanut butter & jelly.[/caption] Back in early 2013, Bryan Goodman & Jason T. Smith of Thrifting With The Boys started filming Season One of their new TV show, “Thrift Hunters” (Spike 9:30 p.m. EST/PST Saturdays). The first week of filming was thrifting at their...

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  • 3
    Mar

The Postcard Time Machine: How About Those Quiz Kids?

[caption id="attachment_2519093" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Between 1940 and 1956, there were about 600 different Quiz Kids; a few dozen were regulars from the ages of 7 to 16. Millions of people tuned in on their radios on Sundays to listen to five young contestants, recording live. Red-bordered postcards like this are rarer than the black-and-whites; expect to pay $10-$15...

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  • 3
    Mar

It’s All in the Marks: ‘Dresden Lace’ Pieces in the Style of Meissen

[caption id="attachment_2519139" align="aligncenter" width="540"] This piece, with its depiction of a 18th Century social event at first glance looks similar to 18th & 19th century pieces by the Meissen porcelain works in Germany, but it is actually a 20th century “Dresden Lace” figurine made after World War Two.[/caption] One thing that leads new collectors of porcelain figurines down...

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  • 2
    Mar

Hammond Model S Chord Organs: The Non-Musician’s Instrument of Choice

[caption id="attachment_2519159" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Hammond Model S6 chord organ. The Model S organs were designed to have non-musicians “playing lovely organ music within 30 minutes.”[/caption] Americans value their leisure time. I know I do; it’s nice to have some time to spend however I see fit. My ancestors (yours, too, I suspect) worked all day and had...

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