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  • 15
    Jul

Rare, Important A. E. Crowell Decoys to Headline Decoys Unlimited Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514196" align="alignleft" width="300"] The expected top lot of the Summer Decoy Auction—slated for July 28-29 by Decoys Unlimited, Inc., at the Cape Codder Resort and Hotel—is this bufflehead drake by A. E. Crowell, which carries a $125,000 to $175,000 presale estimate.[/caption] HYANNIS, Mass. – Rare and important early 20th-century decoys by the renowned carver A. E. (Elmer)...

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  • 15
    Jul

Manatee Galleries’ July 27 Auction features Diplomat’s Chinese Porcelain Collection

[caption id="attachment_2514192" align="alignright" width="300"] This Chinese Chongzheng (1628-1643) transitional “Wucai boys” covered jar, standing 11½-inches tall and similar to an example that sold for HK$275,000 at Christie’s May 2012 sale in Hong Kong, is one of the nearly 400 lots belonging to Ambassador Ragnar Petri and Mrs. Ingrid Burdin Petri that will come up for auction on July...

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  • 15
    Jul

International Society of Appraisers Releases Fall Education Schedule

CHICAGO – The International Society of Appraisers has announced the six-course schedule for the Fall of 2013, which will begin in September and through November. The courses include: The 7-Hour Personal Property USPAP; Appraisal of Antiques & Residential Contents; Requalification; the Core Course in Appraisal Studies; the 15-Hour Personal Property USPAP; and Appraisal of Fine Art. For more information about...

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  • 14
    Jul

It’s All In The Marks: Dating Porcelain and Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2514091" align="alignleft" width="263"] This late 19th-century portrait plate could be worth as little as $35 or as much as $600. How to know? It's all in the marks.[/caption] The process of identifying any item examined by an appraiser is based on a number of identifiers. In the case of pottery and porcelain, it often involves looking for...

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  • 12
    Jul

Ask a Worthologist: Salt-Glazed Crock

Janice H. picked up a stoneware crock with a cobalt-blue design at a country auction. It does have some small damage, and she’s hoping to resell it if she can make a good profit. She used our Ask a Worthologist service to determine its value, and her request was forwarded on to me. Here is her question: I...

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  • 12
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: Repurposed, a New Name for an Old Concept

[caption id="attachment_2514121" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This table was originally a lane taken from a soon-to-be-demolished bowling alley, making it as perfect example of repurposed.[/caption] Repurposing antiques and collectibles is back in the news. The Kovel on Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter introduced a “New Uses for Old Stuff” monthly feature beginning with its June 2013 issue. It is hard to...

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  • 12
    Jul

The Collector’s Minute: Leather Buckets

[caption id="attachment_2514208" align="alignleft" width="250"] This leather bucket dates to the first Duke of Devonshire's fire brigade, made in 1696. It's one of only two known to currently exist.[/caption] Before the invention of steam-powered water pumps, fires were put out by water thrown by "bucket chains.” In these chains, men passed full leather buckets, some which held three gallons,...

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  • 12
    Jul

MLB’s All-Star FanFest Filled with Collectible Opportunities

This weekend, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York will be home to the world’s largest interactive baseball exhibit. Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star FanFest, sponsored by T-Mobile, will provide attendees a wealth of collectible opportunities. Shopping at baseball card and memorabilia dealer booths will be just one aspect of the festivities. Paid admission to the...

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  • 12
    Jul

Ways to Tell between Original Mid-Century Modern Items & Reproductions

[caption id="attachment_2514185" align="aligncenter" width="240"] This this lamp authentic Mid-Century Modern, or a loving reproduction? How can you tell? Start by checking the cord and plug.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514186" align="aligncenter" width="240"] What about this one? The green bottle lamp (above) is modern from Johnathan Adler, while the wooden one (left) is original MCM.[/caption] Would you like a little insight into...

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  • 12
    Jul

That Stiff, Yellowing Copy of the Declaration of Independence: Is it Real? Or Valuable?

[caption id="attachment_2514220" align="alignright" width="236"] This folded 1776 Dunlap copy of the Declaration of Independence was still crisp and clean when found in 1989. It sold at Sotheby’s two years later for $2.4 million dollars.[/caption] In 1989, when a lucky Philadelphia man found an original 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence hidden in an old painting that he’d...

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