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  • 20
    Jan

The Collector’s Minute: Hepplewhite Style

[caption id="attachment_2518115" align="alignleft" width="181"] A Hepplewhite-style butler's desk—called such because it could be used standing up by household staff.[/caption] The piece pictured here is a mahogany butler's desk. It's in the “Hepplewhite style,” which was popular from the late 18th century through the 1820s. Desks like this got their name because they could be used by household staff...

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  • 17
    Jan

Danelectro Guitars: The Beginners’ Instrument Collected by Rock Stars

[caption id="attachment_2518097" align="alignright" width="212"] The classic styling of a Danelectro guitar.[/caption] Vintage guitar auctions are heavily weighted toward the three big names in guitar history—Fender, Gibson and Martin—and rightfully so: in recent decades, those companies have produced the guitars that have shaped rock ’n’ roll and folk music. When a name-brand guitar owned by a big star goes...

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  • 14
    Jan

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1950s Italian Ceramics, Philadelphia Tavern Prints

[caption id="attachment_2518049" align="alignright" width="269"] I own an urn-like vase that rests on a matching plate. The vase stands 8 ¾ inches high and is 3 ¼ inches wide at its widest part. The plate is 9 ½ inches in diameter. The vessel is marked “Italy / 1391” on the base. What information can you provide?[/caption] QUESTION: I own...

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  • 14
    Jan

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/15/2014

[caption id="attachment_2518054" align="alignright" width="283"] Miracleman #1 (Joe Quesada Regular Cover), $5.99. After years of lawsuits, Miracleman makes his return.[/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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from...

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  • 13
    Jan

Making a Federal Case: A Young America Tries to Find its Own Style

[caption id="attachment_2518085" align="alignright" width="383"] This reproduction Federal-style cabinet base shows Sheraton-style spool turns and a tapered reeded column with Hepplewhite drawer pulls.[/caption] One of the most popular and most reproduced styles in America for the last 100 years has been the Federal style of the early 19th century. It is so ubiquitous that it is almost unrecognizable as...

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  • 13
    Jan

It’s Always Naptime with Steiff’s Vintage Sleeping Style Animals

[caption id="attachment_2518036" align="aligncenter" width="490"] If you are ready to snuggle up with a friend for a nice winter’s nap, a Steiff “floppy” or “cosy” style animal pal, such as this elephant, would be a good choice.[/caption] I don’t know about you, but after a month of a few too many parties, second helpings, special holiday desserts and celebratory...

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  • 13
    Jan

Chinese Export Silver: The Cultural Crossovers of Incense

中國出口銀器: 中外文化結合的香! [caption id="attachment_2518006" align="alignright" width="318"] Here we have a particularly fine pair of spill vases by Wang Hing circa 1890, taking the form reticulated dragon in clouds cylinders standing upon three splayed dragon head feet that display an unusual attention to detailing. The vases have Bristol blue liners; probably made in England since blue glass was not...

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  • 12
    Jan

Unloved Antiques: Old Master Prints

[caption id="attachment_2517987" align="alignleft" width="226"] "Girl with a Broom," originally thought to be by Rembrandt, is credited to Carel Fabritius. The original is in the National Gallery, but you'll find vintage prints at garage sales.[/caption] No yard sale or flea market would complete without a few Old Master–type renderings of works by notable artists like Rembrandt van Rijn. Some...

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  • 10
    Jan

Postcard Time Machine: Life of the Tlingits of Canada and Alaska

[caption id="attachment_2517996" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Eagle Crest of the Nexadi: A very poor hunter was pitied by the eagles and taken to their home. He married an eagle and became one. He was then able to bring food to his mother and brothers. This family took the eagle as its crest.[/caption] Every so often I come across a...

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  • 10
    Jan

Rinker on Collectibles: These Are Not My Comic Book Superheroes

[caption id="attachment_2517979" align="aligncenter" width="502"] The modern lineup of Avengers. These superheroes do not resemble the superheroes I grew up with.[/caption] During my December 2013 roundtrip plane flights from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to Munich, I watched three Superhero movies—“Iron Man 3” (2013), “Man of Steel” (2013) and “The Wolverine” (2013). The violence overwhelmed me. Superheroes defy the odds-maker,...

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