• 30
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Fire Hydrant Bank full of Silver Coins

QUESTION: I own a bank in the shape of a fire hydrant. My Uncle Pete, who was a volunteer at the Oakbrook Fire Company, gave it to my father. The bank is red in color, has a chain like a real fire hydrant, and stands two feet high. The body of the bank is plaster, but the bottom...

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  • 30
    Nov

Collector’s Minute: White Eagle Statue

[caption id="attachment_2494496" align="alignright" width="210" caption="A cast iron eagle—not to be confused with the Maltese Falcon—is the promotional mascot of the White Eagle Oil Company."][/caption] Large iron or bronze eagle figures or statuettes like the one pictured left are generally “architectural salvage” from 19th-century buildings and monuments scheduled for demolition. Most date from the 1840s through the first quarter...

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  • 30
    Nov

Collecting the Business behind Circus Show Business

'The Circus is the only ageless delight that you can buy for money. Everything else is supposed to be bad for you. But the Circus is good for you. It is the only spectacle I know that, while you watch it, gives the quality of a truly happy dream.' — Ernest Hemingway Hemingway penned those words in his...

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  • 30
    Nov

Steiff’s Endearing Creepy Crawlers From the 1950s & ’60s

[caption id="attachment_2494471" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A stack of Steiff”s Slo turtles from the late 1950s."][/caption] Not every one of nature’s creations can be considered “endearing” . . . unless they just happen to be replicated in mohair, velvet or felt by the talented hands of Steiff’s craftsmen. Steiff has been the leader in the creation of high-quality, realistic toys...

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  • 24
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – Back Issue Report 11/24/2010

[caption id="attachment_2494442" align="alignright" width="222" caption="Superman #1 "][/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online...

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  • 24
    Nov

Magnificent Lenzkirch Grandfather Clock, Made, Circa 1860, Soars to $39,000

[caption id="attachment_2494428" align="alignright" width="218" caption="The top lot of the Nov. 6 Stevens Auction Company event was this fine Lenzkirch grandfather clock with music box, which realized $39,200."][/caption] BROOKHAVEN, Miss. – A magnificent Lenzkirch grandfather clock—crafted circa 1860, standing 8 feet 2 inches tall and featuring a music box that plays 15 ½ inch discs—soared to $39,200 at an...

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  • 24
    Nov

Quality Furniture, Fine Art, China & Pottery to Pace Flowery Branch Auction Event

[caption id="attachment_2494406" align="aligncenter" width="504" caption="This Hepplewhite sideboard by MasterCraftsman with satinwood bell pull inlay—measuring 7 feet 10 inches long—is among the many quality pieces of antique and vintage furniture that will be offered for bid at Flowery Branch Auction & Antiques on Nov. 27."][/caption] FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Hundreds of lots of quality, fresh-to-the-market pieces of high-end furniture—including...

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  • 24
    Nov

Weather Heats Up Commodity Prices at West Palm Beach Antiques Festival

[caption id="attachment_2494423" align="alignright" width="280" caption="This pitcher with Abraham Lincoln’s likeness was produced for his second inauguration in 1865."][/caption] WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After a cold front with rain rolled through West Palm Beach, the weather for the Nov. 5- 7 West Palm Beach Antiques Festival was perfect sunshine with highs in the low 70s, and sunny was...

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  • 24
    Nov

Rare ‘Star Spangled Banner’ First Edition Price Expected to Rocket

[caption id="attachment_2494437" align="aligncenter" width="492" caption="A very rare first edition of the lyrics and music of the “Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key was found bound in a young Pennsylvania woman’s music book. It will be auctioned off at Christie’s on Dec. 3 and is expected to between $200,000 and $300,000."][/caption] NEW YORK – A very rare first...

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  • 24
    Nov

Texaco Marine Lubricants Single-Sided Porcelain Sign (1959) Realizes $6,325

[caption id="attachment_2494414" align="aligncenter" width="517" caption="The top lot of a two-day auction hosted by Matthews Auctions on Nov. 6-7 was this Texaco Marine Lubricants single-sided porcelain sign, which realized $6,325."][/caption] RAYMOND, Ill. – An outstanding Texaco Marine Lubricants single-sided porcelain sign, made in 1959 and rated 9.25 out of 10 for overall condition, sold for $6,325 at a two-day,...

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