• 13
    Apr

Motion Pictures That Chronicle Circus Life Mix Collectible Categories

Circus life is a natural for motion pictures. Old movies give us rare glimpses of long-gone, circus performers and their lifestyle. We can see first-hand the wagons, tents, animals and typical backyard activity—though usually in black and white. Many such circus movies are available on VHS or DVD and besides the movie itself, there are […]

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  • 5
    Apr

What Makes It a ‘Civil War Watch’ vs. a ‘Civil War Relic?’

It may seem you’d need to be very gullible to believe what many sellers put in their descriptions, namely that every other key-wound pocket watch on eBay is a “Civil War Watch.” Sounds a little too-far fetched to be true, but in many instances, they are 100-percent correct, if the watch in question pre-dates the […]

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  • 29
    Mar

Salvador Dali Sterling Silver ‘Easter Christ’ Plate

A reader from Oshkosh, Wis. Writes: “After my parents died, I inherited a 1972 Lincoln Mint, Salvador Dali, sterling silver, Easter plate entitled “Easter Christ.” The plate measures 9 inches in diameter. It is number 2021 of an edition of 20,000. I have no clue what my mother paid for it in 1972. I do […]

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  • 25
    Mar

Where’s Will? – Scott Antique Markets, Atlanta

ATLANTA – I wandered off to the Scott Antiques Markets in Atlanta (Scott is a show that that runs monthly shows in Atlanta and Columbus, Ohio). The show in Atlanta is larger and is run on the second weekend of the month. I would guess that the Atlanta show has more than 1,000 dealers. I […]

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  • 23
    Mar

One Man’s 25-Year Journey Collecting Japanese Ceramics

Are you a collector or are you in an accumulating phase? I interviewed John Wocher, a hospital executive in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture, who has put together an impressive collection of Japanese ceramics over the last 25 years or so about how he accumulated his collection. David Pike: How long have you been in Japan? John […]

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  • 17
    Mar

U.S.M.T. Corps and the Civil War Telegraph Service Watch

The U.S. Military Telegraph Corps was formed in 1861 following the outbreak of the American Civil War. David Strouse, Samuel M. Brown, Richard O’Brian and David H. Bates—all from the Pennsylvania Railroad Company—were sent to Washington, D.C. to serve in the newly created office. In October of that year, Anson Stager was appointed department head. […]

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  • 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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