• 16 Dec
    2007

Aladdin Mantel Lamp Co.

It has a long history of providing heat and warmth to generations of families since 1908. Today, many families around the world still rely on the Aladdin Mantel Lamp’s original use as a main source of light, as a secondary emergency source or as its main source of light in developing countries.

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  • 14 Dec
    2007

Special Forces Beret With Provenance

I recently won a Vietnam era Special Forces beret from an online auction. Prior to bidding, I emailed the seller with specific questions because the auction description was vague and the accompanying image was not great. The seller never responded to my questions, but I could tell that the insignia was a desirable variation, so I took my chances and placed a bid anyway.

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  • 13 Dec
    2007

What Auctions do for you!

From time to time everyone has thought or asked why do Auction Houses charge what they do just to sell an item and make all the money? Here are the basic answers.

The Overhead

A. Mortgage or lease payments for the building
B. Heat, air-conditioning and utilities
C. Insurance both for your items and liability
D. Payroll
E. Equipment
F. Advertising
G. Website cost
H. Photography

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  • 11 Dec
    2007

Baby Boomers Vs. The Disposable Society

In being a part of the grey haired generation a baby boomer and the generation of asking “why?” to everything. I have grown perplexed in trying to understand my children’s generation “The Disposable Generation”.

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  • 7 Dec
    2007

Don’t Smoke!…Collect!

Don’t Smoke!…Collect Tobacciana

What a great area to collect in and it is hot! Whether it is pipes, tins, silks, baseball cards, signs or porcelain, there is something for everyone.

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  • 5 Dec
    2007

Which is a better collectible: A 48 or 49 star flag?

It isn’t surprising that when asked to choose between a 48 star US flag or a 49 star US flag, invariably the 48 star flag is always chosen first. The reasoning is that the 48 star flag is older than the 49 star one and hence more collectible. The short answer is yes and no.

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  • 5 Dec
    2007

Imported Fake Antique Furniture

This weekend I went to a flea market that had an “antique store liquidation sale” in an adjacent building. The building contained numerous rows of furniture. I would guess between 70-100 pieces total. The event was advertised on television and radio as an antique tag sale however; all the pieces were pricey reproductions.

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  • 3 Dec
    2007

Auction Strutters’ Ball…is all that giltters gold?

As in everything in the world “all that glitters isn’t gold”. If you are a novas or an auction veteran there is always something to learn and if you don’t learn you will get burned.

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  • 3 Dec
    2007

It is all in the name…

All things added together increase the value and cost of an item. Just as in buying a car, each accessory or add-on raises the price it is the same in collectibles. In this case a Coalport vase carries a number of marks that help increase its value.

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  • 29 Nov
    2007

Hearing the Veteran’s Story

I just read an article stating there are only three living WWI vets left. It seems like they all faded away without receiving the recognition they deserved. I’ve only met one WWI vet in my life. He was my great uncle Benny. Benny served with the 88th Division and told me that he survived the war but nearly died on the troop ship coming home because of a serious flu outbreak.

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