• 7
    Jan

How Searching for One Particular Penny Started a Life-Long Coin Collection

Now that we have taken the curtain down on another year and started a new one, for numismatists such as myself, it is a time to reflect and really enjoy the hobby of coin collecting. As Old Man Winter settles in and the days have gotten shorter, it’s a great time to catalog and research coins in your...

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  • 6
    Jan

Made in the Shades: Art Nouveau Art Glass Illuminate Start-Up Collections

Louis Comfort Tiffany was not the only glassmaker producing gorgeous American art glass during the turn of the 20th century. American glass manufacturers such as Steuben Glass Works, Quezal Art Glass and Lustre Art Glass Co. were equally as influential in the production of high quality decorative glass. The art glass by these makers is often just as...

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  • 5
    Jan

Anchors, Harpoons and Brass Ship’s Fittings are Maritime Treasure Waiting in the Mud

Here in New England, if you look carefully with a “pickers” eye, you may be lucky enough to come across artifacts from one of its signature touchstones from its historical past—fishing and whaling. These maritime treasures are sought after by collectors, and the demand for them isn’t fading away any time soon. A couple of years ago I...

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  • 22
    Dec

A Tale about Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’—Goblins, Ghosts and Lawyers

Thanksgiving celebrations at my house usually conclude by watching one of the more than three dozen film adaptations of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (we’re not football fans). I find the variations in scripts and character portrayals to be fascinating. My personal favorite is the 1984 version starring George C. Scott as Scrooge. [caption id="attachment_2517674" align="alignleft" width="300"] An 1843...

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  • 20
    Dec

Love ’Em or Hate ’Em: Thomas Kinkade Christmas Figurines Abound

I received a note from a collector of Thomas Kinkade figurines who receives a new one every two months, thanks to a subscription. She wanted to know if they will increase in value over time. Thomas Kinkade (Jan. 19, 1958 – April 6, 2012) is like liver and onions: either you like him or you hate him. Kinkade...

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  • 19
    Dec

Sounds of a Victorian Christmas: Original Carols Played on Original Instruments

If I had to admit to a Christmas-time pet peeve, it would be this: I’m a Scrooge when it comes to cover versions of classic Christmas tunes: I don’t like them. Bah, humbug, says I. Hip-hop “O Holy Night?” I don't think so. “Jingle Bells” by the Austrian Death Machine? Fuhgeddaboudit! Give me those “old-time” Christmas songs delivered...

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  • 18
    Dec

Tintin Drawing Sets World Record for Original Hergé Comic Artwork

It’s not every day that a crayon drawing fetches more than a half-a-million dollars at auction (don’t start pulling your kids drawings off the fridge yet), but that’s exactly what happened last weekend. An extremely rare 1939 original comic by celebrated European artist Hergé (Belgian Georges Remi) featuring Tintin and his loyal dog, Snowy, sold for $673,468 at...

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  • 17
    Dec

The 12 Days of Christmas as Represented by Steiff Stuffed Animals

By Rebekah Kaufman So what is your favorite Christmas carol? For many people, that just might be “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the cumulative-style song first published in England in 1780. Did you know that the 12 days of Christmas actually begin on Christmas Day and last through Jan. 5? This special time is also known as Christmastide,...

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  • 16
    Dec

Christmas Movie Posters: A Yuletide Collectible Category

By Mike Bloomfield Some of our strongest memories of Christmas involve movies, either those that evoke the very ethos of Christmas or others which have a Christmas like theme. Often, the movies we associate with Christmas can be very personal. Posters for Christmas movies vary in collectability and in the genre in which they are based. With the...

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  • 15
    Dec

Victorian Trash for Christmas: A Fine Pin Cushion Doll

By Bram Hepburn For almost 40 years, I have been on my hands and knees, digging through trash. It is to the point where more people know me by my “a.k.a.” name—The Downeast Digger—than by my actual name. It started innocently enough, as my older brother towed my sister and me out in the trailer of our old...

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