• 7
    Dec

The Collector’s Minute: That Old Piece of Pottery is Not as Old as it Looks

One of the interesting things about the antique business is the stories that develop around some items, either from their owners or dealers. Cases in point are the two pitchers pictured above. Many times I’ve seen pitchers such as these labeled as being 19th century items because they carry no company markings. But in fact, […]

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  • 30
    Nov

The Ringling Name Sells Products and Expands the World of Circus Collectibles

In a previous article I wrote a little about the history of The Greatest Show On Earth. Over the years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have licensed its name to a variety of products—toys, decorative items, clothing and more—which adds to those things a circus devote can collect. Because The Greatest Show On Earth […]

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  • 30
    Nov

History of the Breitling Navitimer Watch is Shrouded in Mystery

The story of the first Navitimer is shrouded in mystery and even some controversy. Quite simply, no-one knows for certain the full story, or if they do they have not yet spoken. The records held by Breitling SA in Grenchen, Switzerland are incomplete, so to tell the story of the most famous of all Breitlings, […]

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  • 30
    Nov

The Collector’s Minute: An Antoine Louis Barye Sculpture

One class of items that causes great confusion among novice collectors is “bronze sculptures,” which is understandable due to the wide variance in values for what appear at first glance to be similar items, but with huge differences in price. The piece in question here is a lion by the French sculptor Antoine Louis Barye […]

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  • 23
    Nov

Wild West Show Memorabilia Features Great Names of the American West

Collecting wild west show memorabilia is as important to circus collectors as collecting circus memorabilia. The history of the wild west show brings to mind names of great traveling shows and their attractions—Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World, Pawnee Bill’s Historic Wild West, 101 Ranch Wild West Show, Buffalo […]

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  • 23
    Nov

Aging with Style – Appearance Isn’t Always the Best Indicator of Age

Aging with style is almost everyone’s ultimate objective, immediately behind not aging at all. But in this context the word “aging” is being used as a verb as we try to answer the most often asked question about most antiques and collectibles, especially furniture: “How old is it?” The most tempting thing in the world […]

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  • 23
    Nov

History of Thanksgiving Day

As a fans of antiques and collectibles, whose interest in history is peaked by the things we collect, we thought it would be interesting to provide here an account of Thanksgiving in America as it was thought in more than a century ago. What follows is “The History of Thanksgiving Day” as it appeared in […]

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  • 18
    Nov

Polishing Your Antique Silver: Tips for a Tedious Holiday Chore

Thanksgiving Day is a week away, and if you are tempted to get out your antique silver to make your holiday table sparkle, there are a few things you need to know before you get down to the chore of cleaning and polishing that silver. Before cleaning or polishing silver, it is important to inspect […]

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  • 16
    Nov

The Collector’s Minute: Porcelain and Pottery Markings Reference Points

You might wonder when watching the appraisers at “Antiques Roadshow” just how they can determine so much information about a teacup or platter simply by turning them upside down. The fact is the markings that are stamped, painted or impressed on the underside of most ceramic items can tell a great deal about a piece […]

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  • 16
    Nov

Recording the Treasure: Photographing Your Antique Furniture

If you really enjoy researching, discovering and acquiring pieces of older and antique furniture, not to mention repairing, restoring and maintaining your functional links to the past, sooner or later you are going to get the urge to photograph them. You have all kinds of legitimate practical reasons to make a record of your treasures, […]

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