• 9
    Mar

The Collector’s Minute: Fabulous Fakes No. 2

Anytime an antique item becomes very collectible, it tends to rise in value to the point it becomes difficult to find at a price most want to pay. At this point, the economics of fraud are possible. For example, if a circa 1870 Flow Blue basin set was selling at $450, and a modern “reproduction” […]

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  • 8
    Mar

Find of the Week: Steiff Teddy Baby

The Margarete Steiff GmbH Company in Germany invented the Teddy bear in 1902. Designed by Steiff family member Richard Steiff, the first mohair Teddy was called PB55 (company shorthand for plush, jointed, and 55 centimeters). This Teddy was deep chocolate brown, chubby, heavy (due to its size and wood-wool stuffing), and loosely jointed by simple […]

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  • 8
    Mar

When it is OK to Replace Original Furniture Finish

Don’t touch that original finish! That mantra of the very high-end antique furniture market has been drummed into the collecting public psyche to the point that most people, expert or novice, are now afraid to take any steps toward restoration of a piece of furniture for fear of incurring a major financial loss in case […]

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  • 2
    Mar

Brokering Success: ‘Bittersweet’ Sale of China Press Exceeds Expectation

What would this handsome piece of antique furniture say if it could talk? Like so many antiques, this Chippendale walnut china press tells us a story. It is said to have once stood in the historic Nancy Jones House in Cary, N.C. This home, built by Nathaniel Jones around 1803, also served as a tavern […]

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  • 1
    Mar

Reunion Renews Interest in Circus World Memorabilia

With typical circus fanfare, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus World broke ground for its theme park on April 26, 1973. Irvin Feld, president of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, Inc., was assisted by an elephant carrying a 15-foot shovel. The elephant, along with a herd of his elephant friends, all […]

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  • 25
    Feb

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 saw a number of pieces from the Edo and Meiji period , I didn’t really understand the technical complexities of making work in that era. Knowing how many obstacles the […]

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  • 25
    Feb

Where’s Will? – Ross’ Garage Sale Warehouse

WorthPoint CEO and President Will Seippel will be traveling to numerous antique and collectibles shows throughout 2010. He will Twitter where he’s going each week. Anyone who sees him there and comes up to say hello will receive a one-year CEO Club discount membership to WorthPoint. You’ll know it’s Will because he’ll be wearing a […]

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  • 24
    Feb

Find of the Week: Steiff Siamy Siamese Cat

Cats are truly a legacy species for the Steiff Company. Felines of practically every breed, shape, and size have been featured at one time or another in the Steiff menagerie. As a matter of fact, cats have been in the catalog since it was first published in 1892; at least six cat designs were featured […]

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  • 18
    Feb

Minor Book Repairs – Sprucing Up Your Old Friends

Favorite old books are like friends. But they can start to show wear with handling and age. While restoration of very valuable books should always be left to experts, it is okay to spruce up your grandmother’s leather-bound hymnal or that beloved Hardy Boys copy you’ve had since the 7th grade. Here are some quick […]

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  • 11
    Feb

Bid Up – Auction Terminology

Buying goods at auction is one of the most common ways dealers acquire inventory for their shops. It is one of the few places where collectors get a chance to compete on level ground with dealers for choice items. But conducting an auction is a complicated business. Auctioneers go to school to learn their trade […]

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