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Ask A Worthologist Question: Currier & Ives Print (4/19/10)
WorthPoint member John S. wanted to find out if his copy of Currier & Ives’ “New England Winter Scene” was an original or a copy, so he engaged “Ask a Worthologist” to get the answer.John S. had what he believed to be an antiqueCurrier & Ives print, but didn’t know much more than what … More >>

Fabulous Fakes: Bogus Carousel Horses (4/5/10)
This genuine carousel horse from the Dentzel company and carved by Daniel Muller in 1909, sold for $90,000 at a Sotheby’s sale in 2006. Rather plain examples of the same vintage often sell for more than $5,000, which means there are some who would try to pass off reproductions as the real thing. Wooden carousel horses are the stuff of childhood legend, though most of us alive today have only ever rode on … More >>

The Collector’s Minute: Civil War Regulation 1860 Naval Cutlass (4/5/10)
An enlisted seaman’s U.S. Navy Regulation 1860 Naval cutlass was the work-horse weapons of the Navy since before the Civil War. Examples with its original riveted leather scabbards often sell for less than $1,500.One of the work-horse weapons of the U.S. Navy since before the Civil War was the Regulation 1860 Naval cutlass. … More >>

The Collector’s Minute: The Wimshurst Machine (3/16/10)
This Wimshurst Machine is an electrostatic device for generating high voltages developed between 1880 and 1883. This old looking reject from a science fiction/monster movie is in fact not the result of the mind of an … More >>

The Collector’s Minute: Fabulous Fakes No. 2 (3/9/10)
An example of a fake Ironware wash basin that started appearing in the late 1980s.Anytime an antique item becomes very collectible, it tends to rise in value to the point it becomes difficult to … More >>

The Collector’s Minute: Fabulous Fakes No. 1 (2/25/10)
A United Wilson candelabra.One thing long-time dealers and collectors pick up over time is a “sixth sense” regarding the authenticity of a piece. … More >>

The Collector’s Minute: ‘The Night Before Christmas,’ Auction Style (12/21/09)
vintage santa 2’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the hall Not a customer was stirring, they were all at the mall; The … More >>

‘Original’ Rembrandt Etching Could be Modern Armand Durant Restrike (12/15/09)
This etching titled "Christ Preaching" is a powerful image. Originally completed by Rembrandt in 1652, it is a grand example of the engraver’s art, but just one of many of RembrandtRembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (Dutch-Born July 15, 1606 – Died October 4, 1669) is generally considered one of the greatest … More >>

The Collector’s Minute: That Old Piece of Pottery is Not as Old as it Looks (12/7/09)
A blue and white pitcher such as this one was sold as utility ware for domestic use and, therefore, seldom marked.One of the interesting things about the antique business is the stories that develop around some items, either from their … More >>

The Collector’s Minute: An Antoine Louis Barye Sculpture (11/30/09)
A bronze lion by Antoine Louis Barye. While it is an original by Barye, it was cast after his death by the famous foundry of Ferdinand Barbedienne. Barbedienne purchased 125 casting models from the late BaryeOne class of items that causes great confusion among novice collectors is “bronze sculptures,” which is understandable due to the … More >>

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