• 17
    Nov

The Antique Turkey Platter: Rarely Used Dish Could Pay for Christmas and then Some

[caption id="attachment_2517319" align="aligncenter" width="500"] This Staffordshire platter depicts the State Arms of Pennsylvania and is an early 19th-century piece by an unknown maker. As it is a very rare example, it sold for $26,000 in 2010.[/caption] It’s that time of year where family heirlooms are dragged out of their hiding places in china cabinets and buffets to serve...

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  • 16
    Nov

What Makes an Autograph Valuable? Five Ways to Assess your Signed Memorabilia

Autographs have always been a part of our lives. Both of us have spent many, many years in the autograph and memorabilia business, both selling and acquiring autographs. Over that time, we have seen autograph collecting evolve from keepsakes on torn pieces of paper or scorecard to an industry that spits them out rapid fire. [caption id="attachment_2524946" align="aligncenter"...

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  • 13
    Nov

‘Herzlichen Glückwunsch!’ Best Wishes on Starting a German Beer Stein Collection

[caption id="attachment_251180" align="aligncenter" width="553"] A collection of German regimental and reservist beer steins. These steins can be difficult subject for novice collectors due to the high number of reproductions that are out there. However, novices shouldn’t be discouraged, as there are ways of distinguishing the copies from the real deal.[/caption] Collecting something new can usually be overwhelming. When...

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  • 12
    Nov

The Zen of Collecting: 8 Tips for Building a Better Collection

“Knowledge is power,” a quote attributed to Sir Francis Bacon, is the watchword of collecting and one reason WorthPoint is such a valuable resource: With a few keystrokes you can research a specific collectible and find out what similar items—even the very same one you’re considering purchasing—sold for in the past. It’s the ideal way to get an...

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  • 11
    Nov

Multitasking Furniture: Doing Double Duty in the Colonial Home

[caption id="attachment_2518107" align="alignleft" width="288"] This variation of the hutch table displays a chair under the top with a lift seat for more storage. (Photo: LiveAuctioneers.com/Copake Auction)[/caption] Have you ever had one of those “multipurpose” tools or gadgets? You know, the kind that combines several useful ideas into one convenient package? If your experience is like mine, you found...

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  • 6
    Nov

True Blue: Knowing the True Value of Turquoise

[caption id="attachment_2524750" align="aligncenter" width="600"] These five stones can all pass for turquoise, yet only one is natural turquoise. Can you spot it? They are (from left) plastic, howlite, block turquoise, stabilized turquoise and natural turquoise.[/caption] What's in a name? When it comes to buying jewelry, this can be a very important question. And when it comes to gemstones,...

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  • 5
    Nov

Official Thanksgiving Proclamation are Attractive and Cherished Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2524764" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Very few of the holidays get officially recognized as Thanksgiving does. That’s because it is usually done through an official Thanksgiving Proclamation, which make for fun and historic collectibles.[/caption] Holidays allows us to share the spirit through postcards, figurines, glassware, commemorative plates, stamps, coins and greeting cards, among many others. Very few of the...

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  • 5
    Nov

WorthPoint adds iGavel Sales Data to Worthopedia; Database grows by 12.2M Items

  [caption id="attachment_2525046" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Items that have sold on iGavel—such as this large Chinese cinnabar lacquered covered box, which sold for $8,767 including buyer’s premium in April—are now being added to the WorthPoint Worthopedia.[/caption] WorthPoint.com, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has just added more than 12.2...

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  • 4
    Nov

Display and Care of Your Decoy Collection

[caption id="attachment_2524772" align="aligncenter" width="600"] These decoys are mounted on the wall using hand forged iron L brackets. The decoy on the left is a Mitchell Black Duck and the black and white decoy is an Eider from Maine. Also on the cypress board and batten wall is a Chelsea clock and barometer with a pewter collection on the...

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  • 3
    Nov

Hand-Carved American Furniture that Never Came Close to a Chisel

[caption id="attachment_2509548" align="aligncenter" width="464"] The elaborate design on the crest rail of this turn-of-the-century oak rocker was pressed into the wood, not carved.[/caption] In furniture making and design, it always seems preferable that flat, plain panels of unadorned wood be largely avoided wherever possible. There’s a need to decorate blank space. Over the centuries, that need has largely...

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