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  • Mar 11 2016
  • 11 Mar 2016

The Test of Time – How to Tell When, Where and by Whom a Gold Watch Was Made

Dealers and appraisers are often asked the same questions, such as “How old is it?” “Who made it?” and “What’s it worth?” for example. Our […]

  • Mar 8 2016
  • 8 Mar 2016

Kutani Ceramics: Warmth with Technical Complexity

Kutani ceramics didn’t appeal to me at first. They seemed a little gaudy, ornate, the opposite of the type of work I like. Until I […]

  • Feb 19 2016
  • 19 Feb 2016

British Silver Hallmarks Made Easy: The Marks Tell the Story

To decipher this Hallmark to determine who made our Sterling silver chocolate pot and when it was made, we first have to examine the city […]

  • Feb 19 2016
  • 19 Feb 2016

How to Use British Silver Assay Marks and Hallmarks

In the world of antiques, British Sterling silverware is one very few items with a set in stone guarantee as to when and where a […]

  • Oct 7 2015
  • 7 Oct 2015

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

This covered urn is an example of Wedgwood “Jasperware.” According to its owner, this one was purchased in 1980 at auction; its vintage was not […]

  • Apr 9 2015
  • 9 Apr 2015

Chinese Export Silver an Oft-Forgotten yet Significant Antique Silver Category

Chinese Export Silver (1785-1940) is a much-forgotten, yet highly significant antique silver category. Early Chinese Export Silver was comprised mostly of faithful copies of comparable […]

  • Mar 3 2014
  • 3 Mar 2014

It’s All in the Marks: ‘Dresden Lace’ Pieces in the Style of Meissen

One thing that leads new collectors of porcelain figurines down the wrong path is judging a figurine’s vintage by its style, rather than other indicators […]

  • Feb 18 2014
  • 18 Feb 2014

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Royal Doulton Copy, B. David Jewelry

QUESTION: I have a Royal Doulton “Lavinia” figure that I received from my grandmother. The logo on the bottom does not match the logo I […]

  • Feb 14 2014
  • 14 Feb 2014

The Collector’s Minute: Hand-Painted Porcelain

This partial tea set is hand-painted porcelain and dates from the turn of the 19th century. Pieces like this are generally what are referred to […]

  • Jan 23 2014
  • 23 Jan 2014

It’s All in the Marks: Laviolette Limoges Porcelain

Floral French Limoges porcelain was very popular from the last quarter of the 19th century until the beginning of the First World War in 1914. […]