• 16
    Nov

Collector’s Minute: Ivorex and Plaster Plaques

[caption id="attachment_2494287" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="An example of plaster plaques of “Anne Hathaway’s Cottage” (left) and “Shakespeare’s House Stratford-on-Avon” that have confused some people into believing they were indeed hand-carved ivory."][/caption] Appraisers & dealers often run across odd items that their owners are convinced are made of some exotic, hand-carved material such as marble or ivory. Unfortunately, most are...

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  • 11
    Nov

Gus Wilson and One of His 100-Year-Old Decoys

[caption id="attachment_2494254" align="alignright" width="238" caption="A white-winged scoter decoy by Augustus Wilson held by yours truly in my shop."][/caption] Recently I received a call from a woman who had a decoy she wanted more information on. A local auction house referred her to me. She was a delightful woman who, as a nurse, was gifted this lovely decoy. Times...

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  • 11
    Nov

Are We in the Golden Age of Collectibles on Television?

For those of us who are antiques and collectibles enthusiasts, this has to be the Golden Age for us, as least where television is concerned. In 1979, the granddaddy of antique shows—“Antiques Roadshow”—premiered on British television. At first, we here in the States were treated to reruns of the BBC version until 1997 when an American version of...

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  • 10
    Nov

Weekly News Roundup: November 8 to November 12

In art, antiques and collectibles news, Sotheby’s loses money, but less than predicted, some nuns score a home run with a Honus Wagner card and an eccentric lady’s stamps go up for auction. From Businessweek: Sotheby's reports smaller 3Q loss Okay, not the best of news, still there are some bright spots. Sotheby’s lost more than $19 million,...

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  • 10
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/10/2010

[caption id="attachment_2494266" align="alignright" width="195" caption="Thunder Agents #1 1:10 Cooke variant"][/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)...

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  • 9
    Nov

New Ownership of SoldUSA.com Hosting Big Militaria, Guna & Ammo Collectibles Auction

[caption id="attachment_2494211" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Two of these Winchester “Planting Game Feed Pays” point-of-purchase partial die-cut display, early 1930s are among the 2,000 some lots that are currently up for bid in an online auction facilitated by SoldUSA.com. The auction ends on Nov. 20, 2010."][/caption] MATTHEWS, N.C. – As many as 2,000 quality lots of militaria, guns, ammo and...

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  • 9
    Nov

E. Howard #61 Astronomical Regulator Clock, Period Furniture Highlight Fontaine Auction

[caption id="attachment_2494195" align="alignright" width="106" caption="This E. Howard #61 astronomical regulator, one of the rarest and most desirable clocks in the world, will be among the 500 or so fresh-to-market lots up for bid in a sale to be facilitated by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery."][/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A cataloged antique auction featuring more than 500 quality lots—including an E....

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  • 8
    Nov

Stinky Stuff: Get Rid of Old Furniture Smells

One of the nice aspects of collecting older and antique furniture is the link to the past that each piece inevitably represents. If we could only see all the places it had been and meet some of the people who had used/abused it. What historical events has it witnessed? Did it hear the radio report about Pearl Harbor...

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  • 8
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles Another Grand Adventure

Life is an adventure. Mine certainly is. It will be until I die. Even then, who knows? While most people are retired by my age (I am 69), I plan to keep working into my 80s or, God willing, into my 90s. Susie Barbour, a former KDKA radio personality and friend, is responsible for my “life is an...

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  • 8
    Nov

Ask A Worthologist Question: Victorian Student Lamps

  [caption id="attachment_2494160" align="alignright" width="247"] As reward for helping some friends pack for a move, Susan M. received this nickel-plated Victorian student lamp. Not know exactly what she had, or how much it was worth, she consulted WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service.[/caption] As reward for helping some friends pack for a move, Susan M. received what she believed...

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