• 13
    Aug

20th Century Casters – More Rust than Roll

[caption id="attachment_2485413" align="alignright" width="412" caption="This assortment of 20th-century casters present more problems than solutions for most homeowners."][/caption] One of the mysteries of the universe to me is "Why do so many 20th century pieces of furniture have wheels or casters on them?" A clue of sorts can be found in the generic name of many early 20th century...

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  • 12
    Aug

Tossing Numbers Around – the Business of ‘Feel Good’ Appraisals

Since there are no fixed prices for antiques and collectibles, it has become increasingly commonplace to toss around any number that comes to mind. When the number comes from someone billed and introduced as an expert, the public tends to blindly accept it as fact. The truth is it is a guesstimate, almost never backed by an offer...

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  • 12
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 12, 1943

Thursday, Aug. 12, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485980" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 12, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning I took Frazer and went up to Mateur to see what we could do E.B.S. out of. As it turned out we got nothing. Of course that is not unusual as E.B.S. is not supposed to let us have...

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  • 11
    Aug

Card Tables You Don’t Fold Up and Hide in the Closet

[caption id="attachment_2485371" align="alignright" width="384" caption="An example of a mahogany card or gaming table with one board top from the late 18th century. The table has stitch inlay on the edge of the leaves and cuffing on the tapered legs. The secondary woods are poplar and white pine. The table is believed to Salem, Massachusetts-made, circa 1790."][/caption] When you...

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  • 11
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 11, 1943

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485971" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 11, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] I wonder if there ever will come a time when I will get used to the darned flies. If for nothing else I will be thankful to get back to the states to get rid of the damned pests. It is...

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  • 10
    Aug

Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 10-14, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news, a glittery glove is up for sale, a list of the most expensive celebrity collectibles sold to date, and an antique Bugatti hits the block. From The Associated Press: Michael Jackson's glittery glove up for auction In the on-again/off-again world of the Michael Jackson auction—it’s on again. Well, at least the sale...

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  • 10
    Aug

How to Detect Repaired Porcelain, Art Pottery & Clay Pieces

[caption id="attachment_3166" align="alignright" width="288" caption="Chips on the top rim of this Weller Art Pottery vase were professionally restored by Old World Restorations, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3167" align="aligncenter" width="288" caption="The repairs are invisible to a cursory glance. Which is why one needs to be on the lookout for repaired porcelain, art pottery and clay pieces."][/caption] Antiques and collectibles...

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  • 10
    Aug

Expert Appraisers Miss ‘Great Find’ Hiding in Plain Sight

[caption id="attachment_2485334" align="alignright" width="287" caption="Will Seippel, the founder, CEO and president of WorthPoint, recently discovered a pair of these 18th-century Sevres end pieces at an estate sale after many people passed them over, including a pair of expert appraisers, who tagged them at $125 each. Their true value is much, much more."][/caption] Just as the everyday collector hopes...

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  • 10
    Aug

Auction Report: Hot Deals Realized at Sizzling Mississippi Mansion Sale

[caption id="attachment_2485245" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The top lot of the sale at the Belle Oaks mansion in Macon, Miss., was this beautiful 4-piece parlor suite by J.H. Belter, circa 1855 ($11,550)."][/caption] MACON, Miss. – A beautiful four-piece parlor suite by the 19th-century New York furniture maker John Henry Belter, in the Rosalie with Grapes pattern, sold for $11,550 at...

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  • 10
    Aug

Landmark St. Joseph Restaurant’s Building, Memorabilia & Equipment to go on the Block

[caption id="attachment_2485270" align="aligncenter" width="470" caption="The landmark Judy's D&G Restaurant in St. Joseph, Mo. The restaurant’s building and contents will be auctioned Aug. 20 and 22."][/caption] ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Judy’s D&G Restaurant—a landmark St. Joseph dining facility that had operated continuously from its opening during World War II until its recent closing—will be the object of a three-category,...

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