• 15
    Sep

Antique Furniture Marriage Proposal: How to Tell if Different Pieces Have Been Wed

Tall bookcase secretaries are very impressive, not to mention expensive, especially if they are old and in great condition. The same goes for those wonderful old chest-on-chests with lots of drawers and a great provenance. But how can you tell if the piece is “right” and not assembled from various parts of different articles? In […]

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  • 15
    Sep

Anatomy of an Auction: What Is a ‘Cut’ Bid?

QUESTION: What is the universal signal from bidder to auctioneer   means  that “cut your opening dollar amount in half?” I thought it was when you took your bid card and kind of waved it sideways at the auctioneer with a cutting motion. – A Reader ANSWER: “I’m bid 50 . . . now 100 . . […]

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  • 15
    Sep

George Hunzinger’s 19th-Century ‘Patent Furniture’ is Easy to Identify

This rocking chair is an example made by the factory of Hunzinger was born in Germany in 1835 to a family that had been cabinetmakers since the 17th century. He emigrated to New York at the age of 20, already trained as a furniture maker; one of many German cabinetmakers, including the Herter Brothers, who came […]

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  • 15
    Sep

Eltham Palace Is Really an Art Deco Dream Palace

The 1930s are remembered by many people as a time of poverty and high unemployment. The economic difficulties of that era are well recorded, and for the masses, life was tough. But escape, of a sort, came through the movies. Here—in contrast with the Great Depression that dominated people’s lives—was glamour and sophistication. Elegant people […]

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  • 14
    Sep

Weekly News Roundup: Sept. 14-18, 2009

Headlining art, antiques and collectibles news are some stolen Warhol portraits, a stolen note from Jackie Kennedy and photographer Annie Leibovitz getting more time to straighten out her financial mess. From The Los Angeles Times: Fortune in Warhol Pop Art stolen Ten portraits of athletes worth multimillions of dollars—including O. J. Simpson, skater Dorothy Hamill, […]

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  • 14
    Sep

Jump Into Collecting Books: Investing in Modern and Current First Editions

If you are looking for an investment you can enjoy on a rainy day is relatively easy to get into and doesn’t require a broker or bank, then give first edition books a go. Most people think that collecting first editions is an expensive hobby for the high-income earners with large paneled libraries and leather […]

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  • 14
    Sep

New Lessons: The Impact of the 2008-09 Economic Crisis on Collectors

When did the 21st century officially begin—January 1, 2000 or January 1, 2001? The great debate of 10 years ago has reached “who cares” status. As a 2000 proponent, I am happy to see the null/naught decade end and the tens decade begin. As the null/naught decade concludes, the antiques and collectibles trade is once […]

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  • 14
    Sep

Rare Hawkes Coronet Pattern Tray Tops American Brilliant Cut Glass Auction

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – A rare American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) oval-shaped tray in the Coronet pattern by Hawkes was the top seller at a multi-estate sale conducted on Sept. 5 by Woody Auction of Douglass, Kan. The Hawkes tray, which measures 15 inches by 10 ½ inches and was featured in the book “Rarities” […]

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  • 9
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/09/09

Hot on the heels of Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Comics comes equally huge news from DC. Well, maybe not equally huge, but pretty big. Publisher and president of DC Comics Paul Levitiz is stepping down after seven years. The announcement came with the news that DC would be reorganizing and will now be known as […]

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  • 9
    Sep

Last Year’s Almanacs May Not Be Useful, but They Sure Are Collectible

It used to be said of something no longer of use that it was “as useless as last year’s almanac.” But not any longer. Old almanacs are both valuable and interesting, and lately have become the object of much collector attention. It is easy to understand why. Reading backwards through a collection of them is […]

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