• 31
    Aug

Mohawk Neon Porcelain Sign Soars to $30,250 at Petroliana Auction

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Mohawk Gasoline neon single-sided porcelain sign, graded 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 for condition and with exceptional gloss, sold for $30,250 at a Petroliana & Gas Station Collectibles Auction held here on Aug. 7. “This was one of our best auctions ever, at what is the biggest […]

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  • 26
    Aug

Unique Locomotive Iron Draws Unexpectedly Rich Bid at Auction

When WorthPoint member Marilyn Detwiler decided to use WorthPoint’s Ask a Worthologist service to value and then help her sell a locomotive-shaped iron, she hoped it would be a money train. After the auction, Marilyn is extremely happy with the results. The E.B. Cosby Flat Iron, one of only two other similar examples have been […]

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  • 26
    Aug

This Week in Geek 8/26/09

The long and ugly court battle for the rights to Superman between the Siegel family (Jerry Siegel, along with Joseph Shuster, were the creators of Superman) may be nearing an end. On Monday, Aug. 22, Judge Larson, who has been overseeing the legal case, ordered the Siegel family and DC Comics to use the next […]

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  • 25
    Aug

Uncommon Railroad Watches: Challenging Collections to Complete

Railroad watches were produced in prodigious quantities by nearly all the American watch companies, starting in 1870 and running right up to 1969, with the first being the National Watch Company’s (Elgin) Key Wind B.W. Raymond for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the last being Hamilton’s 992B. While these “common” railroad watches are of interest to […]

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  • 25
    Aug

German-made Jasperware: Easy to Find & Underappreciated

“Jasperware” was originally developed by Josiah Wedgwood during the mid 1700’s. The Wedgwood company was one of the most innovative companies of its time, and often its popular lines were copied by other potteries based in Staffordshire, England and in Europe. This particular piece, like many late 19th century examples by Wedgwood’s Continental imitators, is […]

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  • 25
    Aug

Taking a Peek at Antique Furniture Keyhole Accessories

When you examine almost any older or antique piece of furniture which has doors, drawers, a drop front, a tambour or a lid you almost certainly, sooner or later, will find a lock. To operate the lock, naturally, there is a keyhole. And, except in some of the more primitive cases, the keyhole is almost […]

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  • 25
    Aug

Duck, Duck, Goose II: A. Elmer Crowell Decoys Realize High Prices at Auction

On July 15 and 16 of this year, Copley Fine Art Auctions held its sporting sale in Plymouth, Ma. Among the many items to be sold were seven wonderful A. Elmer Crowell decoys. (Please see Duck, Duck, Goose: Superb and Valuable A. Elmer Crowell Decoys) I knew I couldn’t go to the auction to see […]

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  • 23
    Aug

Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 24-28, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we find an infamous fedora, some expensive antique cars not roaring off the auction block, someone else nabbed in a relics sting and found Tsar Nicholas II family jewelry. From The Dallas Morning News: Hat worn by Jack Ruby during Oswald shooting to be auctioned in Dallas Jack Ruby […]

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  • 23
    Aug

International Society of Appraisers Offering ‘Appraisal of Fine Art’ Course

CHICAGO – The International Society of Appraisers will offer a six-day course entitled “Appraisal of Fine Art” geared for the professional appraiser and the advanced soon-to-be-appraiser in Chicago from September 10 to 15. The course, which a credited course for ISA members, will be taught by Cathy Peters—a professional appraiser who is certified in fine […]

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  • 23
    Aug

Parker Brothers AA Pigeon Gun Sign Highlights Sporting & Firearms Auction

MATTHEWS, N.C. – A Parker Brothers AA Pigeon Gun wood and metal advertising sign, one of only two known, sold for a record $7,543 in an Internet and catalog auction, besting the former record of $5,500 for the other sign, purchased at auction by a Parker Gun Collectors Association member. The auction also saw other […]

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