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  • 23
    Apr

Gemr Brings Online Communities to Disparate Collectors and their Collections

Whether the objects of someone’s collection are well-known—such as comic books or vintage firefighter helmets—to the more esoteric, like a Sneakerhead’s collection of Air Jordan basketball shoes, the website Gemr has brought like-minded enthusiasts together to learn, share and show-off their collection, as well as put buyers in touch with possible sellers to help improve and increase collections. Gemr, which...

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  • 23
    Apr

800 Props & Collectibles from FX Series ‘Justified’ on the Auction Block

Fans of the TV show “Justified” may be delighted to know that they can now own a piece of the show. The Hollywood collectibles auction site ScreenBid.com is offering more than 800 props and wardrobe items from the hit series in an auction that is running through Saturday, April 25. The critically acclaimed FX series, based on the...

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  • 21
    Apr

9 Hot Collectibles Categories to Consider for Investment Potential

Some collectors consider investment potential when buying antiques and collectibles. While not everyone agrees with this approach, a number of auctioneers and dealers gave their views on items with the most investment potential or that are currently “hot.” Auctioneers generally agree that today’s environment is much different from several years ago. Millennials—those people born between 1975 and 1995—have...

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  • 21
    Apr

WorthPoint Releases New iOS App for iPhone and iPad; Android App to Follow this Summer

WorthPoint, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has announced the release of its new 2015 iOS app for iPad and iPhone, allowing antiques and collectibles enthusiasts access to the company’s huge online database of values records. [caption id="attachment_2522726" align="alignleft" width="300"] The new version of the WorthPoint app fixes...

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  • 15
    Apr

The Boomers Dilemma: When the Kids don’t want to inherit the Family Antique ‘Treasures’

There was a time when prosperous Americans eschewed durable consumer goods. Rarely would they buy a mass-produced sofa or dining set. Instead, they bought functional antiques that would hold their value from generation to generation and not be fodder for the dump in six or seven years. Take the DuPont’s of Delaware, for example. The Winterthur Museum (a...

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  • 14
    Apr

Secret Message Found Etched in Lincoln’s Watch

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln, we are reposting this article about a hidden message discovered scrawled inside the president’s pocket watch. An article posted by the Associated Press in March of 2009 immediately captured the imagination of our watch expert David Mycko, who wrote about the watch—a typical English Fusee...

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  • 13
    Apr

The 51-Star Flag of the United States: The Designs are Ready and Waiting

It is the longest-serving national flag of the United States. Since July 4, 1960, after the addition of Hawaii as the 50th state, the flag of the United States with its 50 stars has served longer than the 48-star flag, the national standard from 1912 to 1959. [caption id="attachment_2522703" align="aligncenter" width="600"] One of three possible 51-star designs for...

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  • 9
    Apr

Chinese Export Silver an Oft-Forgotten yet Significant Antique Silver Category

Chinese Export Silver (1785-1940) is a much-forgotten, yet highly significant antique silver category. Early Chinese Export Silver was comprised mostly of faithful copies of comparable quality of British, American and European silver of the Georgian period, with silver content being up to half as much again as the originals. Probably most of the true masterpieces of Chinese Export...

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  • 7
    Apr

A Holy Grail of New England Bottles, a ‘Stoddard Flag Flask,’ Found

Yes, that headline is correct, and I’d love to be able to say I was the one who found it. I didn’t, but the next best thing is for a friend of mine to have dug it up. He did, and I was able to see it and hold it myself. My friend, whose name I won’t mention...

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  • 7
    Apr

Collectible Vintage Cookbooks: Which are Tasty Treats and which are Past Their Prime?

In my business, I visit (and work at) a lot of estate sales and antique stores. It’s always amazing to see the number of vintage cookbooks that come up to the cash register. Usually, they are small and inexpensive, with recipes that were once popular but no longer fashionable (like casseroles and Jell-O salads). Often, they represent ethnic...

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