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  • 13
    Jan

Chinese Export Silver: The Cultural Crossovers of Incense

中國出口銀器: 中外文化結合的香! [caption id="attachment_2518006" align="alignright" width="318"] Here we have a particularly fine pair of spill vases by Wang Hing circa 1890, taking the form reticulated dragon in clouds cylinders standing upon three splayed dragon head feet that display an unusual attention to detailing. The vases have Bristol blue liners; probably made in England since blue glass was not...

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  • 12
    Jan

Unloved Antiques: Old Master Prints

[caption id="attachment_2517987" align="alignleft" width="226"] "Girl with a Broom," originally thought to be by Rembrandt, is credited to Carel Fabritius. The original is in the National Gallery, but you'll find vintage prints at garage sales.[/caption] No yard sale or flea market would complete without a few Old Master–type renderings of works by notable artists like Rembrandt van Rijn. Some...

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  • 10
    Jan

Postcard Time Machine: Life of the Tlingits of Canada and Alaska

[caption id="attachment_2517996" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Eagle Crest of the Nexadi: A very poor hunter was pitied by the eagles and taken to their home. He married an eagle and became one. He was then able to bring food to his mother and brothers. This family took the eagle as its crest.[/caption] Every so often I come across a...

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  • 10
    Jan

Rinker on Collectibles: These Are Not My Comic Book Superheroes

[caption id="attachment_2517979" align="aligncenter" width="502"] The modern lineup of Avengers. These superheroes do not resemble the superheroes I grew up with.[/caption] During my December 2013 roundtrip plane flights from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to Munich, I watched three Superhero movies—“Iron Man 3” (2013), “Man of Steel” (2013) and “The Wolverine” (2013). The violence overwhelmed me. Superheroes defy the odds-maker,...

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  • 10
    Jan

Collecting the Players of 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Class

[caption id="attachment_2518022" align="alignright" width="179"] Recently inducted Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas' Leaf rookie card can be had for between $75-$85.[/caption] Being elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame is a right of passage for players whose careers exemplified greatness during the era in which they played. This year, the quaint town of Cooperstown, in upstate,...

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  • 8
    Jan

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/08/2014

[caption id="attachment_2517947" align="alignright" width="300"] Action Comics #27 (Scribblenauts Unmasked Variant), 1:20, ($8-$10)[/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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales....

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  • 7
    Jan

Failed Video Game Consoles of the 1990s Have Some Collector Value Now

[caption id="attachment_2517888" align="alignright" width="300"] Nintendo’s 1995 hardware release was the Virtual Boy, the number-one name most folks in the know would associate with the phrase “failed video game console.”[/caption] If you’re not tuned into the video games world (or any television, radio, print or online news source), you may not be aware that when you woke up this...

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  • 7
    Jan

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Jeffrey Herman on Silver and Silver Care

[caption id="attachment_2517881" align="alignleft" width="174"] Jeffrey Herman[/caption] On the first Antiques Auction Forum podcast of 2014, Martin Willis speaks with Jeffrey Herman, who is passionate about silver and discusses how to care for silver, plus freely gives many other tips for the collector or buyer. His comprehensive website—Herman Silver—has all the advice you may ever need. Listen here: [audio:http://www.worthpoint.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/154.-Jeffrey-Herman-Silver-Care.mp3]...

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  • 7
    Jan

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Silver-Plated Furness Bermuda Shaker

[caption id="attachment_2517885" align="alignright" width="226"] I have a silver-plated salt or pepper shaker from the Furness Bermuda line. It measures approximately 3 1/2 inch high. The bottom is marked “Triple deposit, Mappin & Webb, Prince’s Plate, London & Sheffield C60/28.” The hallmark is an “m” inside a shield. What is its value?[/caption] QUESTION: I have a silver-plated salt or...

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  • 7
    Jan

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Selling Trophy Mounts

[caption id="attachment_2517895" align="alignright" width="268"] What most executors and heirs don’t know is that they could go to jail or be fined for selling grandpa’s prized mounted deer head, fish, bird, rug or other decorative wildlife trophy item. This mule deer mount is illegal to sell in states such as California.[/caption] If you were an estate executor and discovered...

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