• 24
    Jun

This Week in Geek 6/24/09

This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by WorthPoint comic book Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday, Matt takes a look at the week's new comics from a collector's point-of-view and discusses which books may be hard to find in the near future and why. Make sure to click on the hot links for...

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  • 24
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 24, 1943

Thursday, June 24, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483890" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 24, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This evening, in fact the whole afternoon as well has been very interesting. Four of us started out about three to see the ruins of Carthage. Those of you who have studied the old Roman Empire will probably remember the part...

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  • 23
    Jun

Weekly News Roundup: June 22-June 26, 2009

In art, auction and collectibles headlines is the sale of a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece that has been featured frequently in movies and TV shows, a poor showing for Christie’s, a very pricey straw bag and the Fab Four show their star power again. From Reuters: Frank Lloyd Wright's famed Ennis House to be sold It was “The...

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  • 23
    Jun

Sèvres: The History of Porcelain Fit for a King

[caption id="attachment_2483857" align="alignright" width="200" caption="One of a pair of Clodion vases, made at Manufacture Royale de Porcelaine de France, and given by Louis XVIII of France to Monsieur, his brother, future king Charles X. Hard-paste porcelain and gilt bronze, 1817."][/caption] There is a porcelain factory in France that in 1752 was designated as the Manufacture Royale de Porcelaine...

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  • 23
    Jun

Wacky Racers Offer a Crazily Customized Die-Cast Collection Category

Having a 4-year-old in the house is a great way to keep young. My son, Bentley, like most children his age, is fond of cartoons. Recently, we were setting up his race track play mat and I asked what kind of race cars he would choose from his collection for the race. Usually he selects F1 or sport/GT...

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  • 23
    Jun

Rinker on Collectibles: What Does Bankruptcy Mean To Collectors?

The early January 2009 announcement that Waterford Wedgwood PLC is entering receivership, the British form of bankruptcy, is the latest indication the traditional 20th century ceramic industry is facing difficult challenges in the 21st century. In addition to Waterford and Wedgwood, the group also owns the Hutschenreuther, Johnson Brothers, Rosenthal, and Royal Doulton trademarks. Hutschenreuther has survived only...

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  • 23
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 23, 1943

[voxant 3727310] Wednesday, June 23, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483762" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 23, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Well I just closed the blackout flaps on the tent, turned on the lights and settled down to a good cigar and started the days entry. It doesn't seem like we have been here in ________ for over a...

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  • 22
    Jun

Duck, Duck, Goose: The Superb and Valuable A. Elmer Crowell Decoys

[caption id="attachment_2483948" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="A nesting Canada goose by A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), East Harwich, Ma., circa 1900-1912. Estimated value at auction: $600,000 to $900,000. (Photo courtesy Copley Fine Art Auctions) "][/caption] Next month, on July 15, Copley Fine Art Auctions, LLC will auction some of the most fabulous decoys ever made. The firm will open its annual...

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  • 22
    Jun

The Curious Time Piece: A 19th Century Japanese Bracket Clock

[caption id="attachment_2483817" align="aligncenter" width="298" caption="A 19th Century Japanese Bracket Clock, circa 1840. With its wooden case intact, it would sell at auction for more than $5,000."][/caption] One of the joys of being an appraiser is the number of truly wonderful things one runs into on what starts as an average day of cataloging items for sale or an estate...

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  • 22
    Jun

American Antique Furniture Styles: Who Do They Really Belong To?

We are a nation of immigrants, no discussion. Some of us have been here longer than others, and some can even claim their family came on the Mayflower, but that's just a method of transportation, not a pedigree. Some were here long before the Mayflower but even they aren't really from here. We all came here from somewhere...

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