• 21
    Oct

Halloween Collectibles – The Prices are nothing to Boo at

[caption id="attachment_2524469" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Most Halloween items were disposable, as they were intended for one-time use and this was back in the day when not everything in our lives was disposable—unless your mom was like my mom, who packed everything away for use the next year. So, a die-cut black cat decoration like this could set you back...

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  • 20
    Oct

When Preparing a Table for a Ghoulish Party, Decorate with Halloween Glass

[caption id="attachment_2507960" align="alignright" width="300"] A Murano Berkeley House iridescent ghost sculpture would make the perfect centerpiece for a spooky Halloween table setting.[/caption] Creepy crawlers and things that go bump in the night are always welcome this time of year. Halloween is right around the corner. Ghosts and goblins yelling “Trick or Treat,” carved pumpkins illuminated on the porch...

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  • 19
    Oct

Haunting Photographic Images of Early Halloween Costumes are Desired Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2516476" align="aligncenter" width="417"] Many photos of vintage Halloween costumes are collected because of their unintended artistry. This early 1930s rural snapshot is haunting and hypnotic.[/caption] Halloween’s roots arguably date back thousands of years to Celtic harvest traditions. But the celebration in the form we know it today has a much more recent history. In the United States,...

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  • 15
    Oct

Furniture French: You May Already Speak It

[caption id="attachment_2517543" align="alignleft" width="208"] A chifferobe's name is a combination of two words: "wardrobe" and chiffonier, the French term for a tall chest of drawers.[/caption] If you like older and antique furniture, you may have already acquired another asset that you didn’t even know about in addition to the antiques. You may have the beginnings of a second...

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  • 14
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Is the Antiques and Collectibles Show Circuit Doomed?

[caption id="attachment_2524294" align="aligncenter" width="600"] While people my stand in line to get into the Pier Antique Show in New York, “dealer participation in the 2014 and 2015 March Pier Shows was less than desired,” leading the cancelation of next March’s planned show.[/caption] Last month, I received an email from a friend, Dan Darby—the general manager of U.S. Antique...

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  • 13
    Oct

Bauer Pottery: Color for the Dinner Table and Beyond

[caption id="attachment_2524277" align="aligncenter" width="600"] These Ring pattern nested mixing bowls were one of the most popular and enduring items that the J A Bauer Pottery in Los Angeles produced.[/caption] Most people are familiar with the brightly colored ceramic dishes known as Fiesta. Homer Laughlin China of West Virginia introduced this line to an enthusiastic public in 1936. But...

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  • 12
    Oct

Philco Predicta was the most Advanced Television of our Time (for a very short time)

[caption id="attachment_2524259" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The Philco Predicta television, which premiered in 1958, was promoted as the TV of tomorrow, offering 1965 technology. But by the time 1965 rolled around, Philco as a company didn't exist any longer. Still, Predictas are still collectible—and affordable—today.[/caption] “It’s truly TV today, from the world of tomorrow... it’s 1965... today!” This line from...

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  • 9
    Oct

How to Detect Repaired Porcelain, Art Pottery & Clay Pieces

[caption id="attachment_2524252" align="aligncenter" width="288"] Chips on the top rim of this Weller Art Pottery vase were professionally restored by Old World Restorations, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2524253" align="aligncenter" width="288"] The repairs are invisible to a cursory glance. Which is why one needs to be on the lookout for repaired porcelain, art pottery and clay pieces.[/caption] Antiques and collectibles...

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  • 8
    Oct

Detecting Furniture’s Cheap Tricks & Fake Finishes

[caption id="attachment_2524247" align="aligncenter" width="250"] This fake quarter-sawn oak drop front desk was made using Sherwood’s roller printing method on birch.[/caption] Throughout most of the history of wooden furniture, there have been many attempts to disguise the true nature of the wood used. Most attempts are efforts to make a lesser wood appear to be a more expensive, more...

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  • 7
    Oct

It’s All in the Marks: Dating a Wedgwood Jasperware Urn

[caption id="attachment_2524243" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Jasperware was originally developed by Josiah Wedgwood during the mid-1700s and took advantage of new decorating trends, notably, in this case, copies of pieces found by early archeologists digging Greek and Roman ruins. Is this piece an antique of 18th- or 19th-century vintage or a 20th-century production? Know which helps define the value.[/caption] This...

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