• 14
    Jan

The Outstanding Pottery & Tile of Santa Catalina Island

The Catalina story is a fascinating chapter in the history of Southern California ceramics. In operation for only 10 years, Catalina Clay Products—a project of the Santa Catalina Island Company—produced an extraordinary array of articles between 1927 and its takeover by major mainland competitor, Gladding-McBean & Co., in 1937. Ownership of the picturesque island, located […]

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  • 14
    Jan

Marghab Linens—The Finest Embroidery Ever Made

Imagine a tablecloth of the finest Irish linen, embroidered with the best French embroidery floss in a design of exquisite colors and flowing lines. Not a stitch out of place or less than perfect; a design so intricate that it consists of more than 85,000 tiny stitches. Only one company ever produced such magnificent work—Marghab […]

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  • 13
    Jan

Chinese Auction Houses: More Than Just Culture Shock!

The mad scramble by Western entrepreneurs and businessmen to “get into the China market” leaves visible scorch marks across the globe that are probably so pronounced they can be seen from outer space. But the Chinese didn’t build the Great Wall for nothing—the Middle Kingdom has always been insular and, in many ways, still is. […]

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  • 12
    Jan

The Leaf Problem: Where to Put Table Extensions

Extension dining tables were a great invention. Going from slabs of boards laid across trestles to a fixed table that could be expanded at will was a giant step in human gastronomic history. But it also created a number of problems/opportunities for future diners. One of the problems is centered on the very thing that […]

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  • 11
    Jan

Collectors Snap to Attention for Historic Field Drums

Church-bells ringing on Sunday morning are a familiar sound in communities all over America. There was a time, though, that the faithful were called to worship by the sound of drums. Thomas L. Purvis notes in his book “Colonial America to 1763” that the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony built a platform atop their meeting house […]

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  • 8
    Jan

Nailed It! Dime Struck on a Nail Brings $42,300 at Auction

Spectacular mint error brings impressive price realized in spirited bidding in Heritage Auctions Tampa, FL Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention auction TAMPA – A singular and spectacular U.S. Mint error coin—a Roosevelt Dime struck on a zinc-coated sixpenny nail and graded MS65 PCGS—sold for $42,300 on Jan. 6, 2016, in Heritage Auctions’ Florida United Numismatists […]

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  • 8
    Jan

What You Really Have To Touch When You Buy

“I will not buy it unless I can touch it and see it” is among the most common reasons given for not buying antiques and collectibles online. The rationale predates the internet. Individuals who refused to buy objects listed in classified and display advertisements in trade periodicals made and continue to make the same argument. […]

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  • 6
    Jan

Is That Old Circus Poster You Found Authentic or a Reproduction? More Answers

Nearly seven years ago I wrote my first article for WorthPoint—“Is That Old Circus Poster You Found Authentic or a Reproduction?”—a guide to help identify circus poster reproductions. Ever since, I have been receiving e-mails with comments about that article and questions about posters readers have found. Hopefully, I can answer or clarify some of […]

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  • 5
    Jan

Step into My Parlor … and Sit in the Correct Chair

One of the most frequently seen arrangements of seating furniture in an antique shop or at a show is the ubiquitous “parlor set.” It seems to usually consist of a rather poorly constructed small scale love seat and a couple of more-or-less matching chairs, one of them probably a rocker. Not much to look at […]

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  • 4
    Jan

Telling Between Real and Reproduction Cherry Blossom Depression Glass

Cherry Blossom is just one of the hundreds of Depression glass patterns produced. It happens to by my favorite so it’s the easiest to write about for me! Cherry Blossom was produced by the Jeannette Glass Co., located in Jeannette, Pa., from 1930-39. It was produced in the standard pink and green, but a great […]

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