• 23
    Aug

New Virginia Auction Firm Jay & Wilma’s to Host Multi-Estate Sale

IVOR, Va. – Several prominent local estates—including one with collections that span multiple generations—will be auctioned in the first sale to be held exclusively by the fledgling Jay & Wilma’s Local Estates auction firm. The auction, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Ivor Municipal Building, located at 8420 Bell Avenue. Ivor is […]

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  • 21
    Aug

‘Great Find’ Article Generates Reader Comments

We’ve had a lively discussion following the publication of an article about Will Seippel, WorthPoint’s founder and CEO, and how he stumbled upon a “Great Find” missed by an estate sale’s appraisers (“Expert Appraisers Miss ‘Great Find’ Hiding in Plain Sight”) Will, arriving just before the sale was about to close for the day, thought […]

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  • 19
    Aug

This Week in Geek 8/19/09

Big news this week as a successor has been named to replace J. Michael Straczynski on Thor. Kierion Gillen, writer of Phonogram for Image Comics, will take over the God of Thunder this November. Now, of course, Thor enthusiasts everywhere are curious if Gillen will continue to thrill fans and maintain Thor’s huge sales. They […]

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  • 19
    Aug

What Did You Read As a Child? Collecting Memories

Avid readers and book collectors all have one thing in common—they were inspired by their childhood favorites. We learned to value books because of the ones we read when we were young. These are the books we will always remember—the ones that stimulated our imaginations, took us away to fabulous places and created in us […]

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  • 18
    Aug

Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 17-21, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we get to peek into the art that decorated Bob Guccione’s house, see what’s up with O.J.’s memorabilia and a Warhol of Michael Jackson sells for big bucks. From The New York Times: On the Block, a Peek Into the Lifestyle of Bob Guccione Some things that were less […]

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  • 18
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Royal Winton, Baffle Ball, Blenko Vase

QUESTION: I inherited a luncheon set consisting of six plates, six cups and saucers, teapot, creamer, and sugar, in Royal Winton’s Cheadle pattern. What is its value? – B, Lehigh Valley, PA ANSWER: Leonard Lumsden Grimwade, a modeler, founded the Elgin Pottery in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent in 1885. His older brother Sidney joined the firm shortly […]

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  • 18
    Aug

Antiques Show Offers Treasures for Those Who Know How to Look

The headlines read: “Mid-Summer Blues Amidst a Depressed Marketplace!” I see it every day in the newspaper and on CNN, but someone forgot to tell the people in this beautiful upstate New York hamlet of Bouckville. Every year for the last 17 years, this sleepy little town of Bouckville host the Madison-Bouckville Outdoor Antiques Show, […]

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  • 18
    Aug

New Haven Clock Company a Most Prolific Operation

The New Haven Clock Company was one of the most prolific of the early American New England clock companies. Some indication of the range and scope of their production is that auction listings over the years indicate more than 300 different models were produced , including shelf clocks, clocks with china cases, figural clocks and […]

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  • 18
    Aug

Advertising History: The Origin of ‘Nipper,’ the RCA Victor Dog

“Nipper,” the RCA Victor advertising dog, was one of the most familiar advertising icons of the early 20th century. The image was used extensively on products by RCA, the figures used in stores and outlets that sold the RCA product line or serviced them. But for the decision of one man more than 100 years […]

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  • 17
    Aug

‘The Circus Is Coming!’ Circus Couriers Whet Communities’ Appetites

“The circus is coming!” It was the cry of every kid who heard the news that the circus was coming to their town. And how did they learn this news? They saw the colorful posters that covered the buildings in town and could pick up a circus courier to take home and spend hours studying […]

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