Porcelain and Tea from the age of 6(12/11/08)
When your son buys his very first piece of antique porcelain at the age of 6—as opposed to a toy truck—as a parent, you know he is destined to be interested in history, art and antiques. In the case of Christopher Kent, this turned out to be true.
From Musket to Rifle(12/11/08)
Recycling doesn’t just happen with paper or plastic, and it isn’t just a modern concern. In the 19th century, the U.S. government had to find a way to convert a large inventory of early smooth-bore muskets for the use of a more “modern” fighting force.
Modernism is Older Than You Think(12/11/08)
Jim Kamnikar, president of WorthPoint and GoAntiques.com, visited the Miami National Antiques Show, where he spoke with Ray Kisber from Montreal, Canada, about the style of furniture, glassware, and collectibles known as Modernism. So, Ray, where does Modernism come from?
The Kid’s Korner at the Coin & Currency Convention(12/11/08)
In the middle of a hot summer, I toured the cool cash at the 36th annual Whitman Coin & Currency Convention in Baltimore, Md. What I found, besides about 500 dealers specializing in currency, coins, gold, and platinum, was the Kid’s Korner.
Early 20th Century Reverse Painted Lamps(12/11/08)
Alan Grodsky of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was on hand at the Miami National Antiques Show and was able to share with Jim Kamnikar, president of WorthPoint and GoAntiques.com, his collection of reverse painted early 20th century lamps. But first, Kamnikar asks Grodsky what are some of the key factors in determining style and quality.
Defregger or not Defregger: That is the question(12/11/08)
Worthologist Christopher Kent was a featured Worthologist at the annual “Treasures from the Attic” antique road show held in Manassas, Va., in March 2008. With his background in antique furniture, paintings, glassware and decorative arts, he was presented with an interesting question of provenance for what appears to be a painting by Franz von Defregger, a painter favored by Adolf Hitler.
A Guardia Civil Uniform of Spain(12/11/08)
The Guardia Civil, or Civil Guard, is the national police force of Spain. Established in 1844 during the reign of Queen Isabella II, the Guardia Civil was created to fight the lawlessness of the Spanish countryside.
Ulla Darni: The Art of Light(12/11/08)
Luminous is really the only way to describe the colorful floral chandeliers of artist Ulla Darni. Who could imagine turning essential light into warmth through color and art.
You Can’t Fly This Plane: Collectible Tools(12/11/08)
You Can’t Fly this Plane—Antique Tools at Work
Those of us in the antiques and collectibles world talk often about finding items of interest and value in Grandma’s closet, but rarely do we talk about finding equally important items of value in Grandad’s workshop. Collector John Davis is here to tell us why we shouldn’t neglect tools as a highly desirable collectable.