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  • Feb 19 2016
  • 19 Feb 2016

How to Use British Silver Assay Marks and Hallmarks

In the world of antiques, British Sterling silverware is one very few items with a set in stone guarantee as to when and where a […]

  • Feb 18 2016
  • 18 Feb 2016

A Collecting Category with Built-In Ups and Downs: Yo-Yos

QUESTION: What do Good Humor ice cream bars, parking meters and yo-yos have in common? ANSWER: Donald F. Duncan (1892-1971), American entrepreneur. It was Duncan’s […]

  • Feb 17 2016
  • 17 Feb 2016

Collecting Comics the Hard Way; One Page at a Time

Everyone knows classic comics are a hot commodity. The first appearances of Batman and Superman have sold for more than three million dollars in the […]

  • Feb 15 2016
  • 15 Feb 2016

Rinker on Collectibles: Introduction to the Forgotten Giants

In early December 2015, I received a package from Richard and Ramona Wise, R. & R. Antiques, Charleston, Illinois, who had attended the Institute for […]

  • Feb 12 2016
  • 12 Feb 2016

The Postcard Time Machine: Vintage Valentine Postcards have Heart

The first mailed valentine was postmarked in 1806 in England. By the end of the 1800s, fancy valentines adorned with lace, ribbons, hearts and Cupids […]

  • Feb 9 2016
  • 9 Feb 2016

Making a Federal Case: A Young America Tries to Find its Own Style

One of the most popular and most reproduced styles in America for the last 100 years has been the Federal style of the early 19th […]

  • Feb 8 2016
  • 8 Feb 2016

Rinker on Collectibles: The Shelf-Sitter Era has Ended

A shelf-sitter is an object that rests upon a hanging shelf, mantle, tabletop, bookcase or cabinet with glass doors. It is an object that is […]

  • Feb 8 2016
  • 8 Feb 2016

How I Overcame my Fear of Consigning Things for Sale at an Auction

Last year I decided to get into the auction game. I had a couple of items that I thought would bring a nice return, to […]

  • Feb 4 2016
  • 4 Feb 2016

Is the Doll Collecting Market Booming or Busting?

“Boom or bust” is a phrase I heard many times growing up in the coalfield region of Eastern Kentucky. The small burg where I grew […]

  • Feb 2 2016
  • 2 Feb 2016

Q and A With Harry Rinker: Mid-Century Die Cast Cap Gun

QUESTION: I have a western-style toy cap gun marked “KUSAN, INC. NASHVILLE, TENN. #280.” It is in excellent shape and completely functional. I am interested […]