• 22
    Dec

The Christmas Card Tale – The Origin of the Ubiquitous Holiday Missive

How do tell somebody you care? Go to the store, buy a card and let somebody else do the telling for you. The oldest Christmas card created for general distribution probably was created by William Egley Jr.; a 16 year-old British youth. His 3 1/2-inch-by-5 1/2-inch, 1842 printed impression, preserved in the British Museum, depicts […]

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  • 22
    Dec

Auction Preview: Collectors to Vie for 325 Rare, Vintage Bottles in Online Sale

SACRAMENTO – More than 325 rare and vintage bottles—most of them made between 1850 and 1900, the period most desired by collectors, when superior embossing techniques were employed—will be sold in an Internet and catalog auction slated for Jan. 8-18, 2010 by American Bottle Auctions. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted in the […]

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  • 22
    Dec

Original Plaster Mold of Remington’s Iconic Bronze ‘The Bronco Buster’ on the Block

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – One of only four original plaster models of renowned western artist Frederick Remington’s bronze sculpture “The Bronco Buster” will highlight the upcoming three-day estate sale hosted by Philip Weiss Auctions. The plaster model was hand-carved and cast by Remington himself, prior to 1895, and is the oldest of the original four versions. […]

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  • 21
    Dec

The Collector’s Minute: ‘The Night Before Christmas,’ Auction Style

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the hall Not a customer was stirring, they were all at the mall; The prints were hung on the easels with care, In hopes that Dealers all would be there; The Dealers were nestled in that draughty old shed, While visions of Stickley and Roycroft danced in […]

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  • 21
    Dec

Dillinger Connection Sets $41,000 Price for $150 Hamilton Watch

It’s not often that the belongings of someone as infamous as John Dillinger come up for sale. This month Heritage Auctions listed 11 items attributed to Dillinger, including two pocket watches and a wristwatch—one a gift from his father, the other an Art Deco Hamilton actually carried by Dillinger when he was gunned down by […]

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  • 21
    Dec

Stand Me Up Against the Wall and Shoot

In 1991, I bought the former Vera Cruz (Pennsylvania) elementary school, a 14,000-plus-square-foot building with six classrooms, an all-purpose room with a stage, a kitchen designed to feed more than 100 students, two offices, and three storage rooms. The building serves as the headquarters for Rinker Enterprises, my antiques and collectibles research and educational center, […]

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  • 21
    Dec

Barkcloth: The Quintessential Mid-Century Modern Fabric

For many of us, it doesn’t seem that long ago that we couldn’t wait to get rid of those heavy floral drapes that our parents and grandparents had. Now, if only we had them back! Barkcloth fabric, which was all the rage for drapes, upholstery and other interior decorating from the 1930s to the 1960s, […]

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  • 16
    Dec

This Week in Geek 12/16/09

This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written post-comic-shop-visit 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 the comics he’ll be purchasing and why. Make sure to click on the hot links for previews […]

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  • 16
    Dec

Auction Report: Agathon Léonard Bronze Dancers Bring $60,000 at Leland Little Auction Sale

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – A gorgeous pair of gilt bronze figural dancers, executed by the renowned French artist and sculptor Agathon Léonard (1841-1923) sold for a combined $60,950 at a Fine & Decorative Arts Cataloged Auction held Dec. 5 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Agathon Léonard was the pseudonym of Van Weydveldt. He […]

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  • 15
    Dec

All Knotted Up – Tatting Laces All Sorts of Antique Linens

Tatting is a unique type of knotted lace that was popular from the 19th century through the middle of the 20th century. It is now enjoying a resurgence in popularity, as needle workers are forming groups, sharing patterns and creating tatted doilies and trim. Tatting, which is considered a lace, is done with a tatting […]

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