• 11
    Sep

The Ups And Downs of Depression-Era Southern California Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2523746" align="aligncenter" width="600"] An assortment of Bauer Pottery of the 1930s & '40s includes the ring pattern along with kitchen ware and a small strawberry jar from the firm’s extensive garden pottery. Glazed earthenware. (This photo was the cover art for the out-of-print Collector Books guide “The Collectors Encyclopedia of Bauer Pottery” written by the author)[/caption] When...

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  • 10
    Sep

Letter Signed by Father Junípero Serra on offer at Upcoming Bonhams Auction

[caption id="attachment_2523738" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This letter, written in Spanish in a scribal hand with an official seal on Feb. 7, 1775 in Mexico City, is to the various heads of the California missions and signed by Junipero Serra and four others. It carries a presale estimate $60,000 to $90,000.[/caption] NEW YORK – A two-leaf decree letter signed by...

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  • 9
    Sep

Online Promises: You Believe Those Internet Articles, Don’t You?

[caption id="attachment_2523803" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This table was made by Paine Furniture Co of Boston. Does it look valuable? One website article says yes, indeed. The author begs to differ.[/caption] If you use the Internet to find information, like I do, you already know it can be a great resource. But as I have found out—and as you probably...

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  • 6
    Sep

Sports Collectibles News & Notes: Home Renovation Yields Baseball Treasure

Imagine gutting the basement walls of a dilapidated home only to find a long lost treasure. We’ve heard these stories before: the guy who found an Action Comics #1 while restoring a Minnesota house or the rare Babe Ruth poster found while demolishing another Minnesota House. This time, though, the find was in Connecticut. Plantsville, Conn., specifically, is...

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  • 3
    Sep

Look with Your Brain, as well as Your Eyes, to Avoid a Costly Mistaken Identity

[caption id="attachment_2493751" align="alignright" width="300"] Canvas for surgical wallets has been used for more than 100 years. And this style of wallet has been used for more than 200 years.[/caption] I was wandering around an antique mall in Tennessee one time a few years back and noticed some small tools and other oojahs in a display case. The attendant...

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  • 2
    Sep

Mud on a Supermodel: The Inappropriate Hardware Detracts from Fine Furniture

[caption id="attachment_2515183" align="alignleft" width="298"] This turn-of-the-century Golden Oak server was degraded with porcelain floral pulls.[/caption] Putting lipstick on a pig usually doesn’t make much difference in how we view the pig but the opposite application might have a dramatic effect. How about putting barnyard mud on a runway supermodel? Now that is bound to affect our perception of...

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  • 1
    Sep

Salesman’s Samples: Colleting Scale Models of Turn-of-the-Century Merchandise

[caption id="attachment_2523680" align="aligncenter" width="500"] In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, functional salesman’s samples were expensive to make but easy to transport and demonstrate their products features and benefits using the scaled-down functional product sample to potential customers. What do you think a farmer would think when shown this sample hay rake? With its original case, it...

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  • 31
    Aug

Rinker on Collectibles: A Look at the Future of Stamp Collecting

[caption id="attachment_2523689" align="aligncenter" width="444"] Having heard numerous rumors that stamp collecting—like many other traditional collecting categories—is in decline, Harry Rinker decided to see for himself at the American Philatelic Society’s 129th Convention and Exhibition in Grand Rapids, Mich., last month.[/caption] The American Philatelic Society held its 129th Convention and Exhibition in Grand Rapids, Mich., last month from Aug....

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  • 26
    Aug

Crocker Farms added to WorthPoint’s Worthopedia; Database grows by 8.8 Million Items

WorthPoint.com, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has just added more than 8.8 million pieces of art, antiques and collectibles sales results to its Worthopedia™ database, bringing the total to more than 276 million. The new sales data—8,831,096 individual sales records—is aggregated from WorthPoint’s data partners eBay, Heritage...

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  • 25
    Aug

Ravaged and Rehabilitated, Superhero Steiff Dally Dalmatian heads to Charity Auction

[caption id="attachment_2523625" align="aligncenter" width="400"] This 1960s-era sitting Steiff “Dally” Dalmatian will be auctioned on eBay beginning on Sept. 1, with the proceeds to benefit the Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that trains and provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities, including wounded warriors.[/caption] Christopher Reeve, the actor who played Superman in a series of movies in...

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