• 23
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/23/09

The DC December solicitations are up and, as always, they give away just enough plot to keep us salivating. The most shocking of which seems to deal with the fate of one of my favorite members of the Green Lantern Corps. I’m not going into it because this is not a spoiler blog but I […]

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  • 23
    Sep

Tells Give Away ‘Not Quite Authentic’ Antique Scrimshaw

I recently acquired a scrimshawed whale tooth, knowing full-well that it was NOT an antique, despite the scribed date of 1859. I made my original assessment based solely on “tells” visible in the seller-provided photographs, which are included with this article. Once in hand, loupe-inspection confirmed my suspicions. But first, here are the historic references […]

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  • 23
    Sep

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Marwal Bull, Reed and Barton Bells, Heisey Syrup Pitcher

QUESTION: I own a large plaster of Paris sculpture of a bull that is painted dark brown. An impressed oval-stamp with “MARWAL / IND / INC” in its border is located near the right rear leg of the bull. When was this sculpture made? What is its value? – LR, Titusville, FL ANSWER: An Internet […]

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  • 22
    Sep

Currier & Ives Prints: Ways to Tell Originals form Reproductions

From 1834 to 1907 the firm of Currier & Ives provided for the American people a window on their country’s development from a rural society to an industrialized one. Highly detailed and colorful, these are prime examples of the work of “America’s printmakers.” For nearly three quarters of a century, Currier & Ives provided “Colored […]

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  • 22
    Sep

From Rock ‘N’ Roll to the Circus: Feld Follows the Path of P.T. Barnum

Collectors of circus memorabilia do just that—collect items from circuses past and present. However, there are some items that are not circus at all, but are somehow related to the circus. In this article we will discuss one such item from the recent past that has a parallel story in the distant past. P.T. Barnum […]

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  • 22
    Sep

Gabel Kuro, Wurlizter Jukeboxes to Highlight John Gurrech Collection Auction

NORTHPORT, Ala. – The world-famous jukebox and advertising collection of the late John Gurrech of Houston, Tex., including an extremely rare 1940 Gabel Kuro and a 1936 Wurlizter Model 35, considered to be one of the rarest of all Wurlizters, will be going up for auction in early October. Dozens of rare and vintage jukeboxes, […]

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  • 22
    Sep

Regular Maintenance for Antique Furniture – a List of ‘Should Do’s’

Over the last 30 years of repairing and restoring antique and collectible furniture, many questions have come from my customers about the little things that should or should not be done on a regular basis to care for their prize possessions. Much of this information is just “common sense,” but many of us are so […]

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  • 21
    Sep

Weekly News Roundup: Sept. 21-25, 2009

Starting out art, auction and collectibles news is an armed robbery of a Rene Magritte painting worth €3 million, a museum director accused of taking Egyptian artifacts, and an Italian airline auctioning its art collection. The Times of London Armed thieves steal Magritte painting in daylight raid A masterpiece by the surrealist painter René Magritte […]

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  • 21
    Sep

Weiss Auction Items Run the Gamut: Stamps, Coins, Comic Art and Rock ‘N’ Roll

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Hundreds of quality, fresh-to-the-market items in an impressive array of categories—to include stamps, coins, rare books, autographs, postcards, sports items, comics, comic art, rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, pop culture collectibles and more—will be sold in a two-day, weekend sale slated for Oct. 3-4 by Philip Weiss Auctions. “We’ve been fortunate enough to […]

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  • 16
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/16/09

There was an amazing rumor that hit the internet last week. Well, an amazing comic rumor. anyway. We all know that Disney bought Marvel Comics recently. Shortly afterwards; amidst the rumors of Pixar Ant Man movies and Mickey Mouse/Spiderman crossovers came the rumor that Disney was seriously lowering the cost on new comics to $1.99. […]

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