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Memories of a Life in the Circus – Odds and Ends from the Big Top (2/2/10)
The Living Statues was a popular act during the 1920s and 1930s. Charlotte Shive is the Golden Indian in this tableau. This photo was taken by Harry A. Atwell and is valued at $75 to $100.In two previous articles, I shared experiences in the life of Charlotte (Shive) Maxwell, who spent 20 years performing with … More >>

Chatelaines: The Lady of the House’s Tool Belt (2/1/10)
In 1871 the fashion of wearing châtelaines was revived by Princess Alexander of Wales, who wore one. They remained in vogue for another 20 years. Worn by housewives or housekeepers, the numerous chains carried a wide range of useful objects. This châtelaine is made of cut steel with a deep hook, which attached over the womanA chatelaine is a brooch or clasp, worn at the waist, from which trinkets keys, and useful items are suspended. … More >>

Where’s Will? – The Original Miami Beach International Antiques Show (1/28/10)
There were lines of people at the doors on opening day of the Original Miami International Antiques Show. So many people, in fact, that show officials were forced to open early to control the crowd. That is a very good sign for all of us dealers.Editor’s Note: WorthPoint CEO and President Will Seippel will be traveling to numerous antique and collectibles shows throughout 2010. He … More >>

The Circus Fraternity: My Friend Charlotte and the Ubangis (1/27/10)
The ash tray is marked on the bottom: © 1933 W.C. Anderson. It was probably sold in stores to capitalize on this widely publicized circus exhibit of the Ubangis, the saucer-lipped natives from French West Africa. The value is $150-200.  In an earlier article, I told the story of a dear friend, Charlotte (Shive) Maxwell, who ran away and joined … More >>

Shelley Pottery – Post-War Shapes and Designs (1/27/10)
This is a Shelley cup and saucer with a large Cappers Rose  floral design and in the Stratford shape with a green handle and gold trim, pattern number 2392, made between 1959-1966.Shelley pottery during the 1920s and 30s was held in high esteem, not only by the retailers in the United … More >>

Proper Fabrics for Dolls’ Clothes: Dressed in Only the Best (1/20/10)
This child’s coat and bonnet set, circa 1920, was made from the antique winter white wool fabric, adorned with embroidery and silk ribbons. The bonnet and the coat are fully lined, and the coat closes with five tiny pearly glass buttons.One of the many tragedies of modern life is the switchover from natural fibers to those composed of synthetic substances. … More >>

What Makes Antique Furniture Valuable? The Four-Part Test (1/20/10)
This showy 1920’s headboard is in excellent condition. But its quality is so poor that it has little real value. (Swedberg photo)How many times have you read the report of an auction somewhere and the price quoted on some article just … More >>

Fascinating Story behind Antique Sunburst Circus Wagon Wheel (1/13/10)
A Charlotte Shive publicity photo.Finding antique and odd circus equipment is difficult, but such items are highly treasured by circus collectors. Sometimes the provenance … More >>

Caring for Old Books: Top 10 Dos and Don’ts (1/12/10)
Sliding a book off of a shelf.  A vintage book’s value can vary tremendously based simply on its condition. For a particularly rare and collectible book, the … More >>

The Sticky Question of the Universal Secondary Wood: Pure Gum (1/12/10)
This 1940s Colonial Revival reproduction of a mahogany Hepplewhite chair is made entirely of gum.Early 20th century furniture made in America developed its own unique style, loosely known as Colonial Revival. That “style” was … More >>

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