• 11
    Nov

Blue and White Oriental Porcelain: A Guide to Changes and Styles

“Of a strong build, suitable for export and of good material, with a clear white body often left unglazed on a flat base. The glaze is thick and rather bubbly, and the blue is of a bright violet tone.” — R.L. Hobson,author and Chinese Ceramics Specialist, British Museum, 1915. The technique of painting a color […]

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  • 10
    Nov

Older Circus Photos Bring Higher Prices

In a previous article Circus Photos I wrote about circus photographs and their values. Another article on Side Show collectibles highlighted pitch cards and photos of human oddities. So now, let’s talk about another group of much older photos, including ambrotypes, tintypes, cabinet card photos, carte de visite portraits (CDVs) and stereo photos. The difference […]

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  • 20
    Oct

Before Use in Home Décor, Model Boats Battled for Supremacy on the Ponds

Pond boats have been used extensively in home decorating for 20 plus years. They have a simplicity and beauty of line that complements interior décor from modern to traditional to funk. They grace our homes now but in their previous lives, they spent plenty of time on ponds, natural and manmade, for the sake of […]

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  • 20
    Oct

‘Come See the Strange, the Unusual . . . the Circus Side Show Collectibles’

The circus side show dominated the midway. The flashy banner line and the talker (not a barker) shouted about the wonders to be seen on the inside: “. . . the strange and the unusual . . . the giant and the midget family, the sword swallower, the fire eater, the snake charmer and the […]

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  • 13
    Oct

Everyman’s Desk – The History of the Larkin Desk

The term “Larkin Desk” is a familiar one to most collectors and buyers of older and antique furniture, especially to those who favor furniture from the “Golden Oak” era around the turn of the 20th century. In fact, the phrase has become so familiar that the original meaning and source may be a little obscure. […]

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  • 13
    Oct

Collector’s Minute: An Art and Architecture Glossary

Art and architecture, like all other fields of interest, have interesting words and terms. Here is a quick guide to some of the styles and terms found in our worlds of art and architecture. Abstract Expressionism: This is a type of painting which developed in New York in the 1940s in which painting a recognizable […]

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  • 13
    Oct

Anatomy of an Auction – The Auctioneer’s Percentage

QUESTION: If I sell some of my collectibles at auction, what percentage should I expect to pay an auctioneer? – Marti, via email ANSWER: The answer to your question is . . . it depends . . . on a lot of variables. • First: Before quoting a commission rate, the auctioneer is going to […]

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  • 7
    Oct

Some Circus Photos are Worth a Thousand Bucks

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When it’s a circus photo, it can sometimes be worth a thousand dollars . . . or more. While most circus photos have a value of only a few dollars, collectors will pay hundreds of dollars or more for others. Publicity photos produced by circuses are […]

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  • 7
    Oct

Regular Maintenance for Antique Furniture – a List of ‘Don’t Do’s’

I hope that you caught my suggestions last time on the “common sense little stuff” that you SHOULD do to prevent your having to spend money on “big stuff” later on (Regular Maintenance for Antique Furniture – a List of ‘Should Do’s’). Enjoy the second part of this Regular Maintenance series and remember that all […]

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  • 7
    Oct

This Week in Geek 10/07/09

I have to take a moment here to eat some crow. Not too long ago I was responsible for a lot of yelling and screaming about the state of Spiderman in the Marvel U. This would have been before, during and after the “One More Day” storyline which saw Peter Parker making a deal with […]

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