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  • 15
    Aug

Assuring Success with Steiff’s Good Luck Charms

Good luck! Viel glueck! Buena suerte! Bonne chance! Whatever language you say it in, the heartfelt sentiment runs true. The exciting news that WorthPoint launched a new sister website in the United Kingdom and antique- and vintage-collectibles-loving enthusiasts across the pond now have the same access to information and fun we have here in the United States when...

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  • 15
    Aug

Dining with Antiques – White House China

[caption id="attachment_2499182" align="alignright" width="194" caption="President Rutherford B Hayes’ Limoges china included 130 vivid scenes featuring American landscapes and wildlife. This 20-inch platter had decorative, curled-in corners."][/caption] In the United States, official state dinners are formal events hosted by the President in honor of visiting heads of foreign governments. Ceremonial in nature, they are often held to reaffirm diplomatic...

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  • 15
    Aug

States Poke Fun at Themselves Through Postcards

[caption id="attachment_2499176" align="alignright" width="300" caption="As a Floridian, I hear lots of people complain about our heat, especially in the summertime, and we natives smile and nod politely. When I go out west though, and my skin feels as though it’s baking in a 600-degree oven, Arizonians will invariably say, “But it’s a dry heat” . . . as...

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  • 11
    Aug

Ultimate Spider-Man: It Doesn’t Matter if He’s Black or White

[caption id="attachment_2499119" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The news that the new web-slinger in the pages of Ultimate Spidey is 13-year-old Miles Morales, a half-Latino, half-Afro-American teenager, has caused an uproar in some circles. Comics Worthologist Matt Baum says that in reality, it’s no big deal, for reasons he details below."][/caption] Last Tuesday, Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Micheal Bendis dropped a...

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  • 10
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/10/2011

[caption id="attachment_2499103" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Amazing Spider-Man #667 (Stephanie Hans FF Anniversary Variant Cover)"][/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics...

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  • 10
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: WWII Military Sign, Lexington Piano, MLB Newsletters

QUESTION: I have a framed broadside that reads: “WARNING / UNITED STATES ARMY/ EASTERN MILITARY AREA / UNDER AUTHORITY OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9066 OF THE PRESIDENT / OF THE UNITED STATES AND PURSUANT TO PUBLIC PROCLAMATIONS / ISSUED BY HEADQUARTERS EASTERN DEFENSE COMMAND AND FIRST / ARMY, GOVERNORS ISLAND NEW YORK, THE WITHIN AREA HAS BEEN /...

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  • 10
    Aug

The Furniture Detective: Old Brass – Or Is It?

[caption id="attachment_2499110" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This drawer pull, reportedly from the mid to late 18th century, shows no filing or shaping around the edges. It appears to have been stamped rather than rolled. That probably means it is a late 19th- or even 20th-century reproduction."][/caption] When you read the catalog for an auction that will be presenting some genuine...

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  • 10
    Aug

Unloved Antiques: Silver-Plated Souvenir Spoons

[caption id="attachment_2499089" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A collection of silver-plated souvenir spoons, while cherished by their collectors, has no real monetary value. They often sell in lots of 25 for $25."][/caption] The next item in this series about unloved antiques is mid-20th century silver-plated souvenir spoons. Most owners of these collections think they are quite valuable, often under the impression...

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  • 8
    Aug

The Story of the ‘Inverted Jenny’ 24¢ Air Mail Error Stamp

[caption id="attachment_2499133" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The U.S. Air Mail stamp #C3 1918 24¢ Curtiss Jenny, printed upside down and known as the “Inverted Jenny,” is the most famous error stamp in the world."][/caption] During the first decade of the 20th century, the United State Postal Service conducted numerous experimental trials on ways to effectively carry the mail, including by...

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  • 8
    Aug

After Successful First Half, Fontaine’s Auction Gallery Looks To Finish Strong in 2011

[caption id="attachment_2499072" align="alignleft" width="246" caption="This highly collectible English astronomical regulator clock will be among the than 500 rare and vintage clocks from a single-owner collection will cross the block without reserve in the Antique Discovery Clock Auction, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27."][/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The first half of 2011 was kind to Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, and now...

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