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  • 15
    Jan

Bold as Brass: Cleaning Your Antique Brass Furniture Hardware

Most traditional furniture hardware is brass or brass looking, but that covers a multitude of sins. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and is a nonferrous (no iron or steel) metal. Brass that is 70-percent copper is known as bright brass or high brass and shines up to be bright yellow. A higher copper content produces...

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  • 14
    Jan

1973 Hot Wheels Promotion Leads to Collectible Toy Treasure Trove

What do you do when presented with 40 cases of collectible toys? Why, you sell about 25 percent of them for a down payment on a house and squirrel away the rest for a rainy day, of course. This is exactly what my friend Erik did when his mother gave him three dozen unopened cases of vintage Hot...

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  • 13
    Jan

The Opening of Paul Revere’s Time Capsule on the Antiques Auction Forum Podcast

In my most exciting historic podcast, I am on location at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for the Reveal Ceremony of the famed Paul Revere-Samuel Adams Time Capsule with Dan Sullivan of gemr.com. Plus, a phone interview with the woman who opened the box, Pam Hatchfield, who is Head of Objects Conservation at the MFA. Hatchfield is...

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  • 9
    Jan

WorthPoint Names Antoine Lyseight as New Chief Technology Officer

ATLANTA, Ga. – WorthPoint.com, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has announced that Antoine Lyseight has been promoted to the position of Chief Technology Officer. Lyseight has been with WorthPoint since September of 2012 and has been responsible for the company’s Software Development, Product Development, Dev Ops and...

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  • 7
    Jan

How Searching for One Particular Penny Started a Life-Long Coin Collection

Now that we have taken the curtain down on another year and started a new one, for numismatists such as myself, it is a time to reflect and really enjoy the hobby of coin collecting. As Old Man Winter settles in and the days have gotten shorter, it’s a great time to catalog and research coins in your...

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  • 6
    Jan

Made in the Shades: Art Nouveau Art Glass Illuminate Start-Up Collections

Louis Comfort Tiffany was not the only glassmaker producing gorgeous American art glass during the turn of the 20th century. American glass manufacturers such as Steuben Glass Works, Quezal Art Glass and Lustre Art Glass Co. were equally as influential in the production of high quality decorative glass. The art glass by these makers is often just as...

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  • 5
    Jan

Anchors, Harpoons and Brass Ship’s Fittings are Maritime Treasure Waiting in the Mud

Here in New England, if you look carefully with a “pickers” eye, you may be lucky enough to come across artifacts from one of its signature touchstones from its historical past—fishing and whaling. These maritime treasures are sought after by collectors, and the demand for them isn’t fading away any time soon. A couple of years ago I...

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  • 22
    Dec

A Tale about Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’—Goblins, Ghosts and Lawyers

Thanksgiving celebrations at my house usually conclude by watching one of the more than three dozen film adaptations of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (we’re not football fans). I find the variations in scripts and character portrayals to be fascinating. My personal favorite is the 1984 version starring George C. Scott as Scrooge. [caption id="attachment_2517674" align="alignleft" width="300"] An 1843...

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  • 20
    Dec

Love ’Em or Hate ’Em: Thomas Kinkade Christmas Figurines Abound

I received a note from a collector of Thomas Kinkade figurines who receives a new one every two months, thanks to a subscription. She wanted to know if they will increase in value over time. Thomas Kinkade (Jan. 19, 1958 – April 6, 2012) is like liver and onions: either you like him or you hate him. Kinkade...

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  • 19
    Dec

Sounds of a Victorian Christmas: Original Carols Played on Original Instruments

If I had to admit to a Christmas-time pet peeve, it would be this: I’m a Scrooge when it comes to cover versions of classic Christmas tunes: I don’t like them. Bah, humbug, says I. Hip-hop “O Holy Night?” I don't think so. “Jingle Bells” by the Austrian Death Machine? Fuhgeddaboudit! Give me those “old-time” Christmas songs delivered...

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