• 5 Aug
    2009

Provenance Adds to the Value of Antique Furniture

With the large number of antiques and collectibles appraisal shows on television and the increasing number of similar sites available online—some worthwhile and informative and some not—you have surely heard the expression “what a wonderful provenance” or “with such an excellent provenance it surely would sell at auction for…” So what exactly is a provenance […]

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  • 4 Aug
    2009

The History of the Roskopf Watch

I am telling the story of Georges Fredric Roskopf not only because it is a fascinating history, but to make a point to watch collectors and enthusiasts: collections of watches don’t necessarily have to be high grade, bejeweled, gold, or “high falutin’” to be interesting and collectible. A collection of Roskopf and Roskopf-type watches can […]

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  • 28 Jul
    2009

Circus Programs: Souvenir Magazines a Colorful and Plentiful Collectible

Souvenir circus programs vary widely in content, size and quality, but most have one thing in common: they provide patrons with a colorful, chronological list of the acts that will be appearing in the performance. A program can be as simple as a single sheet with a list of the acts, but the programs most […]

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  • 27 Jul
    2009

Harry Rinker’s Tips on Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings – Part II

This column continues my response to a request from Steve Dennis of Orlando, Fla. for a few insider tips that would help him decide whether to buy an oil painting that he might find at a garage/yard sale or flea market for resale. Steve wants to buy low and sell high in a short period […]

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  • 27 Jul
    2009

Factory Decoys Offer another Collecting Avenue

There are as many strategies to collecting decoys as there are decoys. For example, one can collect by area made, maker or species. One popular area of decoy collecting is the factory-made decoy. Factory decoys are those decoys commercially made by machine and advertised for sale in sporting magazines. This really began around 1870, due […]

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  • 27 Jul
    2009

Who are the Top 30 American Visual Artisans of the 20th Century?

Who are the 30 most influential American visual artists of the 20th Century? Who made it to No. 1? List a few of your favorites then compare notes with our picks. This list has not been compiled scientifically, though. There are bound to be disagreements and we would like to foster debate. Who was ranked […]

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  • 22 Jul
    2009

Napkin Rings the Final Touch on a Finely Set Table

Sterling silver napkin rings in Rococo design (left), engraved flowers and scrolls with an entwined C and P (center) and with pie crimp edges and engraved foliage and the name “Aroha” (right). During the height of the Victorian era, many dining tables across America were elegantly set, with find china and magnificent silver services. They […]

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  • 22 Jul
    2009

Binnacles 101: Get Your Bearings with Nautical Collectibles

Many people who come into my shop are confused by the nature of the nautical instruments called binnacles that I have artistically scattered about. Without looking in the large glass port to see the compass inside, many assume they are diving helmets! Binnacles are not diving helmets. And they come in many sizes and make […]

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  • 20 Jul
    2009

Harry Rinker’s Tips on Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings – Part I

Steve Dennis in Orlando and Ian Atken in Toronto are two of my favorite garage sale aficionados. Steve and Ian ask about their latest finds by participating in WHATCHA GOT?, my nationally syndicated antiques and collectibles call-in radio show that airs Sunday mornings 8 to 10 a.m. Eastern. If your local station does not carry […]

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  • 20 Jul
    2009

Big Ben: The Iconic London Landmark Appears on Thousands of Collectibles

Big Ben is probably the most famous clock in the world, and is one of London, England’s best known landmarks. Actually, Big Ben is not the name of the clock at all, but one of the bells (the 13-ton bell that strikes on the hour) housed in the tower. It is speculated that the bell […]

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