Rinker bio

Harry L. Rinker is a principal in Rinker Enterprises, Inc., which specializes in providing appraisal, consulting, editorial, educational, media, personal appearance, research and writing services in the antiques and collectibles field.

Harry hosts “Whatcha Got?,” a nationally syndicated antiques and collectibles radio call-in show, airing Sunday mornings between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The show streams live on the Internet.

A frequent television and radio guest, Harry’s television credits include “Oprah,” “Home Matters,” “Martha Stewart Living,” “Inside Edition,” “Wall Street Journal Report,” the NBC-TV “Today” show, among many others.

“Rinker on Collectibles,” a weekly syndicated column, appears in trade papers and daily periodicals from coast to coast. Harry’s research articles and special feature columns have appeared in “AntiqueWeek,” “Collectors News,” “The Magazine Antiques,” “Maine Antique Digest” and numerous other periodicals and newspapers.

Harry is a prolific antiques-and-collectibles writer. Among the many books he’s authored is “Sell, Keep, or Toss: How To Downsize a Home, Settle an Estate, and Appraise Personal Property.” Between 1981 and 1996, he edited 15 editions of “Warman’s Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide” and seven editions of “Warman’s Americana & Collectibles.”

In 1991, Harry founded the Institute for the Study of Antiques & Collectibles. Its seminars, conferences and other educational programs are designed to increase the skills and expertise of auctioneers, collectors, dealers and others within the field.

Harry is a dedicated accumulator, acquiring items in more than 250 categories. His principal interests are Pennsylvania German material, objects associated with the Moravians, memorabilia of the American canal era, TV cowboy heroes with special emphasis on Hopalong Cassidy, and jigsaw puzzles and associated ephemera, a collection that now exceeds 5,000 examples.

Harry was graduated from Lehigh University and did additional graduate work at Washington University of St. Louis and at the University of Delaware. His distinguished 12-year career as a museum professional began as director of archival research for Historic Bethlehem, Pa., and culminated as executive director of several major historical societies and sites.

Additional information about Harry L. Rinker and Rinker Enterprises is available on the Internet.