• 10 Jul
    2009

Locomotive-Shaped Iron Could be a Real Money Train

For WorthPoint member Marilyn Detwiler, this locomotive-shaped iron may be a money train. Marilyn contacted WorthPoint, requesting information through Ask a Worthologist about an iron she owns that is in the shape of a steam locomotive. This figural iron is a unique household collectible, as only two other similar examples have been documented. WorthPoint’s brokering […]

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  • 7 Jul
    2009

Collecting Wares Made in Post-WWII ‘Occupied Japan’

When I was a boy I collected postage stamps. That was it. Stamps. They could be from any country, any time period and depicting any subject. My stamp books quickly became full and after spending lots of my pocket money, I soon realized that without some sort of limiting condition, my hobby would get out […]

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  • 7 Jul
    2009

Josephine Owaissa Cottle (Gale Storm): A Tribute to Those Who Finish Second

Celebrity deaths dominated the news for the past 10 days—Edward Leo Peter “Ed” McMahon, Jr., Farrah Leni Fawcett (Farrah Fawcett), Michael Joseph Jackson, Josephine Owaissa Cottle (Gale Storm), and Billy Mays. The extensive television coverage following the death of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson made everyone, regardless of age, familiar with whom these […]

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  • 7 Jul
    2009

Collecting Juvenile Book Series: Our Little Cousins

Many people like to collect vintage juvenile series books. Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, The Hardy Boys and The Bobbsey Twins are some of the most popular collectibles. But a charming, old, often-overlooked series is one called Our Little Cousins. From 1901 until around 1933, publisher L.C. Page produced this high-end children’s series with at least […]

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  • 6 Jul
    2009

The Story of the Pre-Tractor John Deere Company

If you live anywhere near a farm or field or orchard, you’ve no doubt seen one of the ubiquitous John Deere tractors at work or at rest, its green and yellow paint scheme telling you exactly what it is. John Deere collectibles are popular across the country, too, as you can find model tractors, old […]

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  • 1 Jul
    2009

This Week in Geek 7/02/09

This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by WorthPoint comic book Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday, Matt takes a look at the week’s new comics from a collector’s point-of-view and discusses which books may be hard to find in the near future and why. Make sure to click on the […]

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  • 22 Jun
    2009

Duck, Duck, Goose: The Superb and Valuable A. Elmer Crowell Decoys

Next month, on July 15, Copley Fine Art Auctions, LLC will auction some of the most fabulous decoys ever made. The firm will open its annual two-day sporting sale by offering seven decoys by A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952) from the H.V. Long collection. Crowell has always been my favorite carver of decoys, and I am […]

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  • 22 Jun
    2009

The Curious Time Piece: A 19th Century Japanese Bracket Clock

One of the joys of being an appraiser is the number of truly wonderful things one runs into on what starts as an average day of cataloging items for sale or an estate clearance. After being in the business for years, one would think you had seen just about everything that was intriguing in this game, but every […]

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  • 22 Jun
    2009

American Antique Furniture Styles: Who Do They Really Belong To?

We are a nation of immigrants, no discussion. Some of us have been here longer than others, and some can even claim their family came on the Mayflower, but that’s just a method of transportation, not a pedigree. Some were here long before the Mayflower but even they aren’t really from here. We all came […]

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  • 22 Jun
    2009

Adler Sterling Flatware Service Commands Top Price at Leland Little Estate Auction

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – An important and complete 132-piece modern hammered sterling flatware service for 12 by the renowned California silversmith Allan Adler sold for $15,525 at an Historic Hillsborough Auction earlier this month the grand opening event at the new Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Gallery. The silver service was the top earner […]

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