• 13
    Aug

Novelty Postcards offer a World of Collectible Opportunities

According to the dictionary, “novelty” is the quality of being new, original, or unusual. And so it is with novelty postcards. We’re used to seeing pictures on postcards. They can be photographs, artist renderings of familiar scenes or products of their imaginations, holiday or birthday greetings, cartoons or scenes from places around the world. But how about the...

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  • 11
    Aug

Buying and Enjoying Japanese Porcelain & Historic Items; A Collector’s Take

[caption id="attachment_2495754" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Andy Aigner, a collector of Japanese porcelain and other items, started his collection with this set.[/caption] Are you a collector or are you in an accumulating phase? I interviewed Andreas “Andy” Aigner, a program manager for a telecommunications company who lived in Japan in early 2007 and early 2009 for six-month stints, for his...

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  • 10
    Aug

‘Bearly-Collectible’ Northwest Territories Canadian License Plates

[caption id="attachment_2523547" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In 1969, the Canadian Northwest Territories held a contest for school children to design a license plate that would symbolize their homeland. The winning design went to a 7th-grader from Yellowknife and first appeared in 1970.[/caption] One of the most common questions I am asked as a license plate collector is: “What is the...

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  • 7
    Aug

Photographs Can Offer More Than Just a Thousand Words

[caption id="attachment_2523490" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A boudoir card of a Sioux family photo realized $488.75 (including buyer’s premium) at auction. This photo can help a collector identify other collectibles and help understand what these objects meant to their original owners.[/caption] Collectors of American Indian art view their objects from two angles: as art and history. For example, the aesthetics...

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  • 6
    Aug

The Cedar Chest: Hope, Glory and Bottom Drawer

[caption id="attachment_2523485" align="aligncenter" width="600"] At first glance, this appears to be a Lane waterfall Art Moderne chest but it is actually an E.R. chest made by Ed Roos Co. of Forest Park, Ill.[/caption] Any search for information about the family heirloom we call a “cedar chest” will eventually lead you back to the ancient Egyptians, who made boxes...

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  • 6
    Aug

Rinker on Collectibles: Fear of the Unknown, Extremely Scarce Items

[caption id="attachment_2523704" align="aligncenter" width="400"] A period Chippendale chair had an extra piece (shoe) is a piece of wood attached to the top of the back rail into which the splat (the center back piece) fit. In later copies, the back rail included a raised section in the middle of the top that replaced the separate shoe. The obvious...

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  • 3
    Aug

EBay has changed the Face of Bottle Collecting (just like every other Collectible)

[caption id="attachment_2523476" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Here is an example of a fairly common Lightning fruit jar, which in common aqua blue glass is worth about $5 on eBay. But in this vibrant cornflower blue color—with matching colored lid—it could possibly bring $100.[/caption] For those of us who have been collecting enthusiasts for more than 30-plus years, the advent of...

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  • 31
    Jul

The Last Battle of the Civil War Was not in Texas; The Confederate Flag as a Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2523471" align="alignright" width="299"] Because the Cedar Creek Battlefield Visitors Center is not on National Park grounds, it can—and does—sell Confederate Battle Flags and other Civil War memorabilia featuring the flag. In terms of actual Civil War-era Confederate flags, this controversy will not have much of an effect, as there are only some 60 known flags in existence.[/caption]...

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  • 27
    Jul

Art Glass Lamps — A Century of Elegant Lighting

[caption id="attachment_2523464" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This Tiffany Seven-Light Lily Lamp with Gold Dore Base is one of the most innovative styles of the Tiffany lamps. Originally selling for $80 100 years ago, it sold for $21,850 (including the buyer’s premium).[/caption] A century ago, people who wanted to buy fine American-made electric lighting fixtures were presented with a bewildering array...

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  • 26
    Jul

Dining with Antiques – Pierced Sterling Serving Pieces

[caption id="attachment_2523458" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A Gorham Luxembourg cucumber server like this one would be part of an elaborate Victorian table setting, as formal, unique serving utensils for almost every kind of food—oysters, asparagus, bone marrow, crackers, fruit preserves, horseradish, olives—were part of a daily fine-dining experience.[/caption] Wealthy Victorians had a formal, unique serving utensil for almost every kind...

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