• 29 Sep
    2009

Collecting the Omega Speedmaster is All About the Details

I have been a collector and a dealer in watches for more than 35 years. It is said that collecting watches is about the details. While this statement may hold some truth for most collectible watches, they’re nothing compared to the pertinent details of the Omega Speedmaster! The year 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of […]

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  • 23 Sep
    2009

Tells Give Away ‘Not Quite Authentic’ Antique Scrimshaw

I recently acquired a scrimshawed whale tooth, knowing full-well that it was NOT an antique, despite the scribed date of 1859. I made my original assessment based solely on “tells” visible in the seller-provided photographs, which are included with this article. Once in hand, loupe-inspection confirmed my suspicions. But first, here are the historic references […]

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  • 22 Sep
    2009

From Rock ‘N’ Roll to the Circus: Feld Follows the Path of P.T. Barnum

Collectors of circus memorabilia do just that—collect items from circuses past and present. However, there are some items that are not circus at all, but are somehow related to the circus. In this article we will discuss one such item from the recent past that has a parallel story in the distant past. P.T. Barnum […]

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  • 22 Sep
    2009

Regular Maintenance for Antique Furniture – a List of ‘Should Do’s’

Over the last 30 years of repairing and restoring antique and collectible furniture, many questions have come from my customers about the little things that should or should not be done on a regular basis to care for their prize possessions. Much of this information is just “common sense,” but many of us are so […]

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  • 15 Sep
    2009

Antique Furniture Marriage Proposal: How to Tell if Different Pieces Have Been Wed

Tall bookcase secretaries are very impressive, not to mention expensive, especially if they are old and in great condition. The same goes for those wonderful old chest-on-chests with lots of drawers and a great provenance. But how can you tell if the piece is “right” and not assembled from various parts of different articles? In […]

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  • 15 Sep
    2009

Eltham Palace Is Really an Art Deco Dream Palace

The 1930s are remembered by many people as a time of poverty and high unemployment. The economic difficulties of that era are well recorded, and for the masses, life was tough. But escape, of a sort, came through the movies. Here—in contrast with the Great Depression that dominated people’s lives—was glamour and sophistication. Elegant people […]

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  • 14 Sep
    2009

Jump Into Collecting Books: Investing in Modern and Current First Editions

If you are looking for an investment you can enjoy on a rainy day is relatively easy to get into and doesn’t require a broker or bank, then give first edition books a go. Most people think that collecting first editions is an expensive hobby for the high-income earners with large paneled libraries and leather […]

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  • 9 Sep
    2009

Basic Training for Those Starting an American Toy Soldier Collection

For many of today’s adults, lead soldiers are toys that our parents or grandparents played with. By the time they came around, the lead soldier was mostly a thing of the past, and if soldiers were in the toy box, they would be of the plastic, known almost universally as “Little Green Army Men.” But […]

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  • 8 Sep
    2009

Heralds Promote Circuses Coming to Town, Tear Down ‘Inferior’ Competition

Circus heralds and couriers stand out among all the advertising pieces produced by the traveling shows of the Golden Age. They were printed in greater volume than another advertising item—usually in the millions. For more information on couriers see my story titled ‘The Circus Is Coming!’ Circus Couriers Whet Communities’ Appetites. Heralds are advertising sheets […]

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  • 8 Sep
    2009

The Origin of the COMEX Rolex ‘Sea Dweller’ Diver’s Watch

During the late 1960s, in collaboration with COMEX—a France-based professional dive company—Rolex developed its “Submariner” model to meet the most stringent technical and professional demands of the professional deep-sea diver. In the process, Rolex eventually produced a very different watch from the Submariner and named it the “Sea Dweller,” which is still in production today. […]

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