• 26
    Jan

Bowie: Knife Of Legends

[caption id="attachment_2525666" align="alignnone" width="630"] A Musso-style Bowie knife created by the late Jim Lofgreen. (Photo by bladegallery.com)[/caption] By Art Carter We want to touch it. We’d like to pick it up, admire its craftsmanship, and feel its solid weight, but it’s almost intimidating. It’s a paradox of beauty and terrible function. We’d love to own this bit of...

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  • 25
    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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  • 19
    Jan

Rinker on Collectibles: London Bridge is Falling Down

[caption id="attachment_2525630" align="aligncenter" width="600"] On-the-way-down stories sell and the media sets and encourages trends. But are we really seeing the beginning of the end of the antiques market?[/caption] When my “Rinker on Collectibles” column first appeared in 1987, its focus was the emerging 20th-century collectibles market. Twenty-nine years later, the 20th-century collectibles secondary market has achieved a level...

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  • 18
    Jan

Institute for the Study of Antiques and Collectibles Announces 2016 Seminar Slate

The Institute for the Study of Antiques and Collectibles has announced to two seminar series for 2016 that will consist of introductory and era-specific courses on antique and collectibles jewelry, as well as a Summer Camp that will teach basic researching and valuing techniques, understanding fine visual arts, and toys, games, and puzzles dating from the mid-nineteenth century...

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  • 15
    Jan

Jerry Kramer’s puts his Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I Championship Ring up for Auction

[caption id="attachment_2525591" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Jerry Kramer’s 1967 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I Championship Ring will cross the auction block in New York on Feb. 20 and is expected to bring more than $100,000 when it does.[/caption] NEW YORK – The most significant NFL Championship ring ever offered at auction, offensive lineman Jerry Kramer’s 1967 Green Bay Packers...

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  • 15
    Jan

Dining with Antiques – Monet’s Dishes

[caption id="attachment_2496906" align="aligncenter" width="504"] A postcard image from Monet’s famous bright yellow dining room. Notice the dishware on the table.[/caption] The breathtaking impressionist paintings of Claude Monet (1840-1926) have spawned a collectible industry of giant proportions. Prints, posters, coffee table books, calendars, Christmas cards, screen savers, neckties, refrigerator magnets, T-shirts, jigsaw puzzles and even napkins can be found...

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  • 14
    Jan

The Outstanding Pottery & Tile of Santa Catalina Island

[caption id="attachment_2525575" align="aligncenter" width="400"] A decorative “Submarine Garden” plate produced by Catalina Clay Products on the island of Santa Catalina in the 1930s. These were made in more than one size and border color and are very popular and pricey with collectors.[/caption] The Catalina story is a fascinating chapter in the history of Southern California ceramics. In operation...

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  • 14
    Jan

Marghab Linens—The Finest Embroidery Ever Made

[caption id="attachment_2525601" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Yellow and white Margandie and linen place mat and napkin in the Iris design.[/caption] Imagine a tablecloth of the finest Irish linen, embroidered with the best French embroidery floss in a design of exquisite colors and flowing lines. Not a stitch out of place or less than perfect; a design so intricate that it...

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  • 13
    Jan

Chinese Auction Houses: More Than Just Culture Shock!

The mad scramble by Western entrepreneurs and businessmen to “get into the China market” leaves visible scorch marks across the globe that are probably so pronounced they can be seen from outer space. But the Chinese didn’t build the Great Wall for nothing—the Middle Kingdom has always been insular and, in many ways, still is. Despite the fact...

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  • 12
    Jan

The Leaf Problem: Where to Put Table Extensions

[caption id="attachment_2525597" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The early 19th century Federal “D end” table just left the leaf hanging until needed. Two such ends could be placed together with the leave raised, supported by the other table.[/caption] Extension dining tables were a great invention. Going from slabs of boards laid across trestles to a fixed table that could be expanded...

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