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  • Jun 10 2015
  • 10 Jun 2015

The Postcard Time Machine: The Mermaids of Weeki Wachee

Mermaids have captured the hearts of men, women and children worldwide for thousands of years, from the first stories in 1000 B.C. to the animated […]

  • Jun 6 2015
  • 6 Jun 2015

Collectible Matchbox Cars: Hope You Saved the Box!

I am 54 years old. So if my math is correct, it would have been about 46 years ago (the late 1960s). Now, I’ll sound […]

  • Jun 3 2015
  • 3 Jun 2015

Kintsugi Techniques: A Detailed Look at the Art of Repair

There is a boom going on in the Japanese art of repair called kintsugi. A quick search on the Internet will turn up links to […]

  • May 28 2015
  • 28 May 2015

Protecting Your Sole Proprietor Estate Assets in the Case of Unexpected Death

You’ve worked long and hard to build your business. You have a great reputation, strong cash flow, a solid asset base, and reliable employees. You […]

  • May 22 2015
  • 22 May 2015

$25.3-Million Pogue Coin Collection Sale is Numismatic History in the Making

I have been involved in the numismatic field for more than four decades. In that time, I’ve had the privilege to catalog common coins and […]

  • May 22 2015
  • 22 May 2015

Golden Age of Illustrations Works bring Record Prices

Today, a Norman Rockwell painting can sell for more than an Edward Hopper oil. Rockwell’s “Saying Grace” sold in December or 2013 for $46 million, […]

  • May 20 2015
  • 20 May 2015

As the need for Estate Liquidation Companies rise, so does the need for Estate Sale Licensing

The headline of the consumer complaint post was brash: “They literally stole our whole house: they sold $42,527 worth of items and gave us a […]

  • May 18 2015
  • 18 May 2015

WorthPoint Sells Online Marketplace GoAntiques.com to Gemr

In a move designed to streamline its information data business, WorthPoint has announced the sale of its GoAntiques.com online marketplace to Gemr.com, a social marketplace […]

  • May 13 2015
  • 13 May 2015

The Secret Japanese Art of Kintsugi Brings Beauty to Breakage

Break a favorite antique? Instead of throwing it out or gluing it together, there is an alternative. Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese method of repairing ceramic, […]

  • May 13 2015
  • 13 May 2015

加州淘⾦金热对中国银器和⾹香港的影响

深⼊入研究发现,中国外销银是⺫⽬目前看来最复杂和最多样的银类品种。⽆无法任取⼀一 件这种银器物⽽而知其然,其内涵传递的信息远⽐比其外观要多。拾⼀一件外销银如同握⼀一 颗⼿手榴弹,其中满裹着各种历史、⽂文化和艺术价值,随时准备引爆⽽而揭开⼀一个个秘密。.   然⽽而中国外销银背负着⼀一个⻓长达50年或更⻓长时期的错误命名,从没有给予它⼀一个 接近真相的适合头衔,其需求与产⽣生并⾮非物如其名。尽管在18世纪末⾄至1840年这60多 年的时间⾥里,当时⼀一⼤大批重要的新古典银出现显然是为了“出⼝口市场”⽽而制作,多数银 ⾸首先因此⽽而⽣生产,⽽而后另外⼀一些产品则是供国内消费,以旅居中国的⻄西⽅方居民或新兴 中国的中产阶级为主。 仅在最近⼤大量的勘校性研究后发现,⼀一些被⻄西⽅方认为是“制造者”⾝身份的⼈人,实际 上并不是制造者,他们是零售银匠或零售商,其银制品仅是其中⼀一种特别商品。鉴定 银器标识背后的⼈人物,在这时空中,经常能够带⼈人进⼊入⼀一个⽆无法预料的旅程,其中这 样⼀一个银器标识就是⾹香港的“Chong Woo(⻓长和)”。 具有“⻓长和”标识的银器总为稀缺品,可往往与优质产品⽆无关,但是此银器标识⼜又 没有特别明确的样式。该标识能够追溯到英国殖民统治早期(具体⽽而⾔言是1849年 起),这清楚地表明曾有⼈人懂得严格控制银器的⼯工艺与样式质量。 与许多中国零售银匠标识⼀一样,“⻓长和”之名完全是虚构的名称,该标识背后的真 实⼈人物是招⾬雨⽥田(Chiu Yu Tin,常称招成林),他是⾹香港岛最早的移民者之⼀一,仅14 岁⼩小⼩小年纪就去到那⾥里谋⽣生。他出⽣生在南海县⼀一个贫苦的家庭,该县距⼲⼴广州不远。有趣的是,许多重要的⼲⼴广州零售银匠来⾃自佛⼭山南海县。招⾬雨⽥田可能与银匠世家有某些密 切联系。 但是我们所知道的是在1849年,招⾬雨⽥田赚到了⾜足够的钱能够让其开展奢侈品⽣生 意,并且在1853年的⾹香港名录中显⽰示他是⼀一位承办商或“中国⼩小⼯工艺品”⽅方⾯面的商⼈人。1849年在美国历史上也是⼀一个吉祥年,詹姆斯·∙⻢马歇尔(James Marshall)第⼀一次在当 时苏特锯⽊木⼚厂中(Su@er’s Sawmill)发现了⾦金⼦子,也就是今天称之为萨克拉曼多的地 ⽅方,距离三藩市不远。 我们也很快知道在⾹香港运营开启后的1851年,来⾃自⾹香港的“华⼈人⻓长和(Chinaman Chungwoo)”的商品进⼊入到美国三藩市的海关记录条⺫⽬目中,包括总价值为426美元的 茶、丝及其他多种品⺫⽬目,船运⾄至于三藩市的三个独⽴立商⼈人。后来船运的货物也包括有 […]