• 16
    Nov

The Collector’s Minute: Porcelain and Pottery Markings Reference Points

[caption id="attachment_2487396" align="alignright" width="252" caption="This mark was used on French Quimperware pottery made by the De la Hubaudière factory from 1883 to 1895. "][/caption] You might wonder when watching the appraisers at “Antiques Roadshow” just how they can determine so much information about a teacup or platter simply by turning them upside down. The fact is the markings...

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  • 16
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Things of Science, Holly Hobbie Dinnerware, USS Kentucky Menu

QUESTION: I have several Things of Science kits that I received through the mail when I was a youngster. I tried to find information about them but have not been successful. What can you tell me about their history and value? – MP, Kempton, PA ANSWER: I only applied to two universities for my undergraduate work—Lehigh University and...

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  • 16
    Nov

Recording the Treasure: Photographing Your Antique Furniture

If you really enjoy researching, discovering and acquiring pieces of older and antique furniture, not to mention repairing, restoring and maintaining your functional links to the past, sooner or later you are going to get the urge to photograph them. You have all kinds of legitimate practical reasons to make a record of your treasures, such as for...

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  • 12
    Nov

Auction Report: Thomas Buttersworth Marine Oils Top Gordon S. Converse Auction

[caption id="attachment_2487344" align="alignright" width="326" caption="Glasgow & Cutter Scout,” one of two original marine oil paintings by Thomas Buttersworth (Br., 1768-1842), sold for a combined $33,925 at auction on Oct. 21, 2009."][/caption] WAYNE, Pa. – A pair of gorgeous marine oil paintings by the noted British artist Thomas Buttersworth (1768-1842) sold for a combined $33,925 at a multi-estate sale...

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  • 12
    Nov

Auction Report: Astronomical Regulator, Henry Rifle Pace Cottone Auctions Sale

[caption id="attachment_2487327" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="This rare .44 caliber Henry rifle, purchased by the U.S. Government for use during the Civil War, sold for $48,300 at an sale held by Cottone Auctions in August."][/caption] GENESEO, N.Y. – A vintage E. Howard & Co. (Boston) Astronomical Observatory Regulator clock soared to $52,900 and a rare and antique Henry rifle purchased...

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  • 11
    Nov

This Week in Geek 11/11/09

[caption id="attachment_2487373" align="alignright" width="320" caption=""Celebrating Peanuts: 60 Years""][/caption] 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 trends—good and bad—in the world of comic books from a collector's point-of-view. Make sure to click on the hot links for previews and more...

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  • 11
    Nov

Weekly News Roundup: November 9 to November 13

In art, antiques and collectibles news, Sotheby’s has rebound auction results, Jack Ruby’s hat goes for big bucks and still another Yves Saint Laurent sale. From Reuters: Activity, prices bounce back at Sotheby's auction First Warren Buffett signals the economy is coming back by buying Burlington Northern. Then a Sotheby’s Impressionism and modern-art auction brought in $180 million,...

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  • 11
    Nov

The Comic Speculator 11/11/2009

[caption id="attachment_2487358" align="alignright" width="320" caption="Batman and Robin #6"][/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current...

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  • 11
    Nov

Blue and White Oriental Porcelain: A Guide to Changes and Styles

“Of a strong build, suitable for export and of good material, with a clear white body often left unglazed on a flat base. The glaze is thick and rather bubbly, and the blue is of a bright violet tone.” — R.L. Hobson,author and Chinese Ceramics Specialist, British Museum, 1915. [caption id="attachment_2487307" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A stoneware water pot with...

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  • 10
    Nov

Allman Promotions Acquires Florida’s West Coast Antique Shows

[caption id="attachment_2487302" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Steve and Judy Allman, owners of Allman Productions LLC, have announced that they have acquired all of the shows previously managed by Yvonne and Jim Tucker of Antiques Shows of Florida."][/caption] NAPLES, Fla. – Judy and Steve Allman, owners of Allman Productions LLC, have announced that they have acquired all of the shows previously...

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