• 6
    Jul

What Makes Antique Furniture Valuable? The Four-Part Test

How many times have you read the report of an auction somewhere and the price quoted on some article just didn’t seem reasonable; either way too high or way too low? Or have you walked into a shop or show and asked yourself, “where do they get off asking that kind of money for that […]

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  • 8
    Jun

Brand of Brothers – The Stickley Furniture Family

Anyone who dabbles in older and antique furniture knows that the name “Stickley” is an important one in American antique furniture. And everybody knows that Gustav Stickley made much of the high-priced Mission style furniture that currently enjoys so much favor in the auction market. Is that all there is to it? Not by a […]

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  • 1
    Jun

Saving the World: How to Restore Antique and Vintage Globes

Globes were initially engraved or painted directly on spherical shells. In the late 16th century, globe-makers began printing maps and pasting them onto round shells made of solid wood or hollow wood stuffed with layers of paper. Some were made of blown glass, marble or metal. The maps were divided and cut into panels (gores) […]

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  • 1
    Apr

The Origin of the Chocolate Easter Bunny – Collecting Antique Chocolate Molds

How can we think of Easter without a chocolate bunny? Today, the foil-wrapped confections are mass-produced by the hundreds of thousands. But there was a time when they were handcrafted, using individual molds. And those original molds are now antique collectibles. Cocoa is believed to have first harvested in the Amazon more than 4,000 years […]

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  • 29
    Mar

Find of the Week: Steiff Easter Rabbit

As the season has turn from winter to spring, it’s time to start thinking about Easter and all of the wonderful traditions that come along with it. For many people, the Easter Rabbit is practically synonymous with the holiday of Easter itself. As a matter of fact, the concept of an “Easter Rabbit” has its first […]

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  • 14
    Jan

1973 Hot Wheels Promotion Leads to Collectible Toy Treasure Trove

What do you do when presented with 40 cases of collectible toys? Why, you sell about 25 percent of them for a down payment on a house and squirrel away the rest for a rainy day, of course. This is exactly what my friend Erik did when his mother gave him three dozen unopened cases […]

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  • 22
    Nov

Collecting JFK: Do the Kennedy Things Grandmother Saved Have Any Value

There are events in our lives that stand out like no others. Most of us in my generation know where we were and what we were doing on Nov. 22, 1963 when we learned that John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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  • 4
    Sep

Scrabble is everywhere, making the Word Game more Beloved than Valuable or Collectible

Scrabble. Chances are, you’ve played it and found yourself wracking your brain over a rack of tiles that seems to only spell out “XYNOBIS” or “ZURENAR.” If you’re like me, you are too prideful in your Scrabble prowess to settle for a paltry three or four letter word, preferring to dazzle the table with a […]

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  • 17
    Jul

Subbuteo has been bringing Soccer Action to Enthusiasts’ Tabletops for 70 Years

So, the 2014 FIFA World Cup has ended and the Germans—undeniably the most organized team in the tournament—have been christened the World Champions. It was a great World Cup, full of drama and fever-pitched emotion with tremendous upsets and surprises. Tim Howard, the U.S. goalkeeper, stopped (almost) everything, Argentina’s Lionel Messi sulked and Brazil virtually […]

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  • 14
    Jul

How to Find the Value of a Rare Book without Auction Records

When you’re determining the value of a rare book, one of the first places to look is the auction records. WorthPoint’s Worthopedia™, the Americana Exchange and American Book Prices Current databases are essential resources for determining the prices a book has earned during the past 30 years or so. This is usually a decent indication […]

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