• 22
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Rin Tin Tin, Cola-Cola Poster, Collector Plates

QUESTION: I own a wood plaque featuring a hand-carved image of Rin Tin Tin that measures approximately 7 inches by 3 ½ inches. Rin Tin Tin looks more like a wolf than a German shepherd, one of the n’s in his name is carved backward, and “Andenken,” “Wien D. P. Camp,” and initials—possibly those of […]

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  • 22
    Jul

Napkin Rings the Final Touch on a Finely Set Table

Sterling silver napkin rings in Rococo design (left), engraved flowers and scrolls with an entwined C and P (center) and with pie crimp edges and engraved foliage and the name “Aroha” (right). During the height of the Victorian era, many dining tables across America were elegantly set, with find china and magnificent silver services. They […]

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  • 22
    Jul

Binnacles 101: Get Your Bearings with Nautical Collectibles

Many people who come into my shop are confused by the nature of the nautical instruments called binnacles that I have artistically scattered about. Without looking in the large glass port to see the compass inside, many assume they are diving helmets! Binnacles are not diving helmets. And they come in many sizes and make […]

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  • 22
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 22, 1943

Thursday, July 22, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa Well, this has really been a rugged day. We started work at 700 hours and finished it at…well that remains to be seen, We finished the day’s work in the shop and I just sat down to fill this little item out when the phone rang saying […]

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  • 21
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 21, 1943

Wednesday, July 21, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa Today officially ended my command. Why they didn’t just take my bars away, I don’t know. I’m certainly not interested in being a 1st LT and my chances of being a captain are practically nil, It seems my luck suddenly took an about face in December. Virginia […]

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  • 20
    Jul

Harry Rinker’s Tips on Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings – Part I

Steve Dennis in Orlando and Ian Atken in Toronto are two of my favorite garage sale aficionados. Steve and Ian ask about their latest finds by participating in WHATCHA GOT?, my nationally syndicated antiques and collectibles call-in radio show that airs Sunday mornings 8 to 10 a.m. Eastern. If your local station does not carry […]

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  • 20
    Jul

Fontaine’s Civil War & Militaria Auction to be a Sure Fire Hit with Collectors

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – More than 500 lots of important Civil War items, rare and vintage firearms and all manner of militaria will cross the block in an auction featuring the lifetime collection of the late George J. Bisacca, whose mainly Civil War collection was housed in the Eastover Resort complex in Lenox, Mass. The Saturday, […]

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  • 20
    Jul

Big Ben: The Iconic London Landmark Appears on Thousands of Collectibles

Big Ben is probably the most famous clock in the world, and is one of London, England’s best known landmarks. Actually, Big Ben is not the name of the clock at all, but one of the bells (the 13-ton bell that strikes on the hour) housed in the tower. It is speculated that the bell […]

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  • 20
    Jul

Weekly News Roundup: July 20-24, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news, a beautiful doll sets a record, an auction house expands, another takes a big sales hit and a dumped artist dumps his worldly goods. From The Annapolis (Md.) Capital: Annapolis firm fetches record price for antique doll The little beauty, dressed in the style of the Ballets Russes of […]

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  • 18
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 18, 1943

Sunday, July 18, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa This morning I had planned on sleeping a little late but was wakened by Sgt. Enright at the usual time. When Enright awakens me I know there’s been trouble as he is always the last man up. Well it seems Cpl. C_______, during his tour of guard […]

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