• 1
    Jul

Saving the World: How to Restore Antique and Vintage Globes

[caption id="attachment_402" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Antique and vintage globes, even if they are damaged, can have a useful and productive second life with a little work."][/caption] Globes were initially engraved or painted directly on spherical shells. In the late 16th century, globe-makers began printing maps and pasting them onto round shells made of solid wood or hollow wood stuffed...

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  • 1
    Jul

This Week in Geek 7/02/09

[caption id="attachment_2484026" align="alignright" width="201" caption="Captain America Reborn #1"][/caption] 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...

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  • 30
    Jun

The Workhorse of the Early American Banking System: Half Eagles, Part One

Half Eagles, or five dollars gold pieces as there are often called, were the workhorse of the early American banking system, as there were so very few quarter eagles manufactured. In fact, of the roughly 2.3 million gold coins made by the United States Mint between the years of 1795 and 1834, 2.1 million were half eagles, or...

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  • 30
    Jun

Mitchell & Rammelsberg Bedroom Suite Highlights Katherine Creamer Estate Sale

[caption id="attachment_2483999" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This five-piece rosewood Victorian bedroom suite, signed Mitchell & Rammelsberg, circa 1860 , was the top earner at the living estate sale of Katherine Creamer, a discerning collector from Mobile, Ala., selling for $51,700."][/caption] ABERDEEN, Miss. – A stunning five-piece rosewood Victorian bedroom suite, signed Mitchell & Rammelsberg (circa 1860), soared to $51,700 at...

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  • 30
    Jun

Weekly News Roundup: June 29-July 3, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news, Michael Jackson makes the headlines, a cigarette butt brings in hundreds of dollars and Sotheby’s makes what could be a costly mistake. From Bloomberg: Jackson Items Fetch $205,000 in Sale, Top Estimates Michael Jackson’s death sent waves through the collectibles world along with the rest of the world. Julien’s Auctions had been...

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  • 30
    Jun

The Computer: Friend or Foe for Antiques Enthusiasts

I have lived through two information revolutions in the antiques and collectibles field. The first occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The number of regional antiques and collectibles trade papers tripled. Several regional papers, e.g., the Tri-State Trader, assumed national importance. Antiques and collectibles publishers expanded their titles to include specialized price guides focused on a...

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  • 30
    Jun

‘Neat’ Set of Apothecaries Measures

People become antique dealers for various reasons. Some do so when their personal collection becomes too big for their home and, at retirement, opening a shop seems a good idea. Others start collecting and trading at a young age and at some point realizes they are a “dealer.” However we come to it, we all love the things...

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  • 30
    Jun

‘On the Ball’—Webb C. Ball’s Contribution to Railroad Watches and Timekeeping

[caption id="attachment_2483954" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="A Ball Watch Co.-certified railraod watch made for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers union."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2483955" align="aligncenter" width="210" caption="While not made by Ball Watch Co., it is marked on the inside of officially certified railraod watches."][/caption] Webb C. Ball was born in Fredericktown, Ohio on Oct. 6, 1847 and became a jeweler & watchmaker....

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  • 29
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 29, 1943

Tuesday, June 29, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483936" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 29, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning I woke up feeling pretty fair and thought the sickness was on its way off. However by noon I thought differently and I ended up down at the dispensery (sic) tonight in a bed. No one understands just what...

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  • 28
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 28, 1943

Monday, June 28, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483931" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 28, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] I thought yesterday was a schorcher (sic), but today was twice as bad. I have been in misery throughout the whole day and this evening went over to see the doc. He wasn't in so will go back in the morning....

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