Art pottery production was at an all-time high during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At this time over one hundred companies and artisans were producing individually designed and often decorated pottery which served both utilitarian and aesthetic purposes. Artists often moved from company to company, some forming their own firms. Condition, quality of design, […]
Ashtrays can be found made from every material and in any form imaginable. A popular subcategory with collectors is advertising ashtrays. Others include figural ashtrays or those produced by a particular manufacturer. Reference: Nancy Wanvig, “Collector’s Guide to Ashtrays,” Collector Books, 1997, out of print. — Harry L. Rinker “Official Price Guide to Collectibles”
Auto & Drag Racing
The earliest automobile racing occurred in Europe at the end of the 19th century. By 1910, the sport was popular in America as well. The Indianapolis 500, first held in 1911, has been run every year except for a brief interruption caused by World War II. Collectors search for both Formula 1 and NASCAR items, with […]
Early autograph collectors focused on signature only, often discarding the document from which it was cut. Today’s collectors know that the context of the letter or document can significantly increase the autograph’s value. Standard abbreviations denoting type and size include: ADS Autograph Document Signed ALS Autograph Letter Signed A P Album Page Signed A Q […]
The Antique Automobile Club of America instituted a policy whereby any motor vehicle (car, bus, motorcycle,etc.) manufactured prior to 1930 be classified as “antique.” The Classic Car Club of America expanded the list, focusing on luxury models made between 1925 and 1948. The Milestone Car Society developed a similar list for cars produced between 1948 and […]
Automobilia can be broken down into three major collecting categories—parts used for restoring cars, advertising and promotional items relating to a specific make or model of car, and decorative accessories in the shape of or with an image of an automobile. Numerous subcategories also exist. Spark plugs and license plates are two examples of automobilia with […]
The Ultimate White House Collectible
After all of that pomp and ceremony, you would think that at least one of the people who attended the laying of the cornerstone of the President’s House would remember where they put it.
If you weren’t one of the Freemasons who attended the ceremony on October 13, 1792 to lay the cornerstone at the President’s House, then let me tell you what happened.
Are you wearing the real George W. Bush?
You look good. Very good. Crisp, white shirt with cobalt blue studs and cobalt blue, official presidential George W. Bush cuff links to match. Black tie and tux. Wonderful overcoat and cashmere scarf. Your new shoes shined to perfection. Limousine waiting. Your date is matching perfection. Ready to attend the President’s State of the Union speech?
Movie and Television Merchandise as Collectibles
The box office tally isn’t the whole story of a film’s profit margin – “It’s the merchandise, silly.” So says Mel Brooks in his 1987 science fiction parody Spaceballs, as his character displays merchandise from the film – within the film – including bed sheets and a cereal box.