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  • 21
    Nov

Using Identification Marks: What’s a Rd. Number?

There are several ways to place an estimated date of production for factory-made pieces of pottery or porcelain. Some involve the marks used by the company over its history of operation, other marks were required by international trade laws that are all well documented. Putting all these clues together is a lot like solving a mystery, each clue...

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  • 16
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/16/2011

[caption id="attachment_2500940" align="alignright" width="194" caption="Batman #3 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Variant Cover)"][/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics...

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  • 15
    Nov

Chinese Ivory & Jade Carvings to Highlight Elite Decorative Arts’ Auction

[caption id="attachment_2500912" align="aligncenter" width="368" caption="These Namibian elephant tusks, 69 inches long with wooden display stands, have a presale estimated value of $40,000-$60,000. They will be up for auction on Saturday, Nov. 19, in a sale hosted by Elite Decorative Arts."][/caption] BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Nearly 600 lots of top-quality Chinese carvings and works of art—including antique carved ivory...

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  • 15
    Nov

The Retrophile Files: Establishing the New Cool at Brooklyn’s Sunday Love

[caption id="attachment_2500898" align="aligncenter" width="421" caption="A window-chalkboard is one of the hot sellers at Sunday Love in Brooklyn, N.Y. The quirky, vintage finds and repurposed furniture store has been helping to establish the new cool."][/caption] While a good number of my fellow New Yorkers are still entranced by the “Ikea effect,” I am happy to report that a growing...

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  • 15
    Nov

Asian Artifacts, American Paintings to Top South Florida Auction

[caption id="attachment_2500930" align="aligncenter" width="368" caption="This rare, diminutive hardstone six-panel miniature screen, measuring 13 ¼ inches by 18 ½ inches, will be among the items up for sale at a Sat., Nov. 26, auction hosted by Matheson’s AA Auctions, in conjunction with United Appraisal Group, Inc., of Miami."][/caption] MELBOURNE, Fla. – The property of a prominent South Florida collector,...

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  • 15
    Nov

Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Nov. 14-18, 2011

(UPDATED Tuesday, Nov. 15 12:25 p.m.) In this week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles, we learn that there some questions about how eBay runs its automobile auctions, that a program from the 1903 World Series brings in a tidy sum and, for those Justin Bieber fans out there, he is putting his pet snake up for auction....

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  • 14
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Reverse-Painted Glass, Victrola VV-80, Baseball Gloves

QUESTION: I own a reverse painting on glass of Pennsylvania’s famed Horseshoe Curve, located just outside Altoona, Pa. The painting measures 29 ½ in. by 13 ½ in. The painting hung in my grandparent’s parlor when I was a child. I am now 84. Initially, the gilded floral-motif frame was wider, but my grandmother had my uncle cut...

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  • 14
    Nov

How to Know When Toss-Away Books Could Yield Big Treasures

[caption id="attachment_2500872" align="aligncenter" width="514"] Unframed 1881 Vero Shaw chromolithographs from “The Illustrated Book of the Dog” sell for $45 to $85 each.[/caption] We’ve all seen piles of old and broken books at estate sales; the spines are stripped off, the covers are warped and detached, handfuls of internal pages are missing and they smell a bit musty. Most...

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  • 14
    Nov

Meet an Über-Collector: Laura Belfiore, Gemstones, Minerals & Fossils

[caption id="attachment_2500856" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Laura Belfiore, über-collector of gemstones, minerals, fossils and such, with one of her favorite collection displays. Laura began collecting when she was 17 and has since put together an impressive collection.[/caption] Passion, energy, excitement. The thrill of the hunt. It seems that everyone infected with the collecting bug shares these same traits! True enthusiasts—or...

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  • 14
    Nov

Passing the Smell Test – Telling Good Advice from the Bad

[caption id="attachment_2500850" align="alignright" width="251"] Gluing a small piece of veneer into a loose mortise before gluing in the tenon will create a tight wood joint. This is a repair that passes the “smell test.” (Fred Taylor photo)[/caption] Need some advice about furniture? Want to know how to repair that chair or fix that ugly spot on the table...

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