• 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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  • 29
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Milestones, Anniversaries and Legacies (Harry’s 1,500th Column)

[caption id="attachment_2524648" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry Rinker has been writing his column about collectibles for more going on three decades. Today’s column is No. 1,500, a milestone of sorts, but nearly the last.[/caption] When I wrote my 1,300th Rinker on Collectibles column in late December of 2011, was the 255th anniversary column for “Rinker on Collectibles.” Writing 1,300 weekly...

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  • 29
    Oct

Can You Tell Me What this is Really Worth? (What can I sell it for?)

[caption id="attachment_2524636" align="aligncenter" width="600"] These are both first editions of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” They look the same and sold at the same gallery in 2015. The one on the left sold for $750 while the one on the right sold for $4,000. The one on the right is an earlier printing of the first edition, but is...

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  • 27
    Oct

The Sony Cassette Walkman Changed How and Where We Listened to Our Music

[caption id="attachment_2524617" align="aligncenter" width="600"] While its sonic fidelity was derided as “a donkey cart,” the Sony Walkman nevertheless changed music listening habits forever. Now, these original Walkman devices are doing a pretty good business on the secondary and collectibles markets.[/caption] “No invention in my lifetime has so changed an art and cheapened it as the Sony Walkman, which...

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  • 26
    Oct

WorthPoint Names Robbin Levin as Director of Reseller Programs

[caption id="attachment_2524539" align="aligncenter" width="600"] WorthPoint founder and CEO Will Seippel and Robbin Levin, WorthPoint’s new Director of Reseller Programs, celebrates eBay’s 20th anniversary at a Roaring Twenties party hosted by WorthPoint in San Jose, Calif., in September.[/caption] WorthPoint.com, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has announced Robbin Levin...

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  • 26
    Oct

Starting a Vintage Halloween Collection not a Scary Proposition

[caption id="attachment_2486828" align="alignright" width="209"] Some of the earliest versions of commercial jack-o-lanterns were pressed cardboard with a tissue-paper face from the 1910s and 1920s.[/caption] Halloween, as we know it today, became popular in the United States in the late 19th century when a flood of Irish and English immigrants brought a renewal of interest in the study of...

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  • 26
    Oct

Haunted Antiques: Do Some Items Retain Ghostly Emotions of Original Owners?

I hope that the title has piqued your interest in this article and I am fairly certain that a few of you are thinking “Okay, this whackadoodle has totally lost her mind.” Either way, this is a very true story based on events that I experienced in my antique shop. I have been a life-long collector and an...

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  • 23
    Oct

History Shines Light on Celebrating Halloween Collectibles

  [caption id="attachment_2493771" align="aligncenter" width="540"] This group of paper table decorations, including a witch, owl, cat ghost and jack-o-lanterns sold for $80.50 at auction. (Photo: Cowan's Auctions, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio)[/caption] The tradition of Halloween is rooted deep in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, dating back almost 2,000 years. In the areas that are now Ireland, the United...

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  • 22
    Oct

Halloween and Horror Movie Imagery at the English Cinema

With Halloween fast approaching, it’s that time of the year when we sit back, turn off the lights and scare ourselves silly with a good horror movie. Horror’s success as a genre is mirrored in the collecting interest in horror movie posters. As examples, an original poster for “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) sold for $334,500 in 2007 and...

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