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  • 6
    Mar

U.S. & Worldwide Bank Notes, Scripophily, Security Printing to be Auctioned

[caption id="attachment_2519207" align="aligncenter" width="560"] This France Banque de France ND 1917 essay progress proof can be won at an upcoming auction of rare and highly collectible U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily and security printing ephemera, to be hosted on March 11 by Archives International Auctions.[/caption] FORT LEE, N.J. – More than 1,000 lots of rare and highly collectible...

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  • 5
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/05/2014

[caption id="attachment_2519171" align="alignleft" width="323"] Rogue Trooper #1 (Cover SUB James Stokoe), $3.99[/caption] New Comics Roundup This week kicks off with a new Dark Horse series about a mysterious woman written by Greg Rucka, continues with the story of an aging space hero by Mark Millar, and then plucks a genetically modified soldier from across the pond and drops...

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  • 5
    Mar

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The Art of Master Carver John Haley Bellamy

[caption id="attachment_2519153" align="alignleft" width="173"] John Haley Bellamy[/caption] In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I talk with author Jim Craig for a fascinating discussion of the finest American eagle carver of all time, John Haley Bellamy. The upcoming Portsmouth, N.H., Historical Society’s exhibition titled Bold & Brash: The Art of John Haley Bellamy is from slated to...

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  • 5
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1960s S. Salvadori Metal End Table Lamp

[caption id="attachment_2519148" align="alignright" width="225"] This lamp, with a basket of metal flowers and foliage, has a tag that reads: “Made in Italy / S. Salvadori / Firenze.” It has a conversation decorator value of between $65 and $85 to a person who views it with some admiration.[/caption] QUESTION: I own a gilded/painted table lamp which I rescued from...

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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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