• 15
    May

1,000 Rare, Collectible Timepieces to go on the Block at Fontaine’s

More than 1,000 lots of vintage antique clocks and watches—many of them exceedingly rare and highly collectible timepieces—will be sold at a two-day, four-session sale scheduled for May 30-31 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. The centerpiece lot promises to be a rare and fine E. Howard Model #61 floor standing astronomical regulator, the […]

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  • 15
    May

I Wish I Hadn’t Sold That: Items I’m Still Kicking Myself Over

Over the years, as an incurable metalware collector, I’ve discovered many interesting pieces. Since display space is at a premium within my home, it’s important to keep my collection a manageable size. That means that periodic downsizings are in order. It’s always hard trying to decide which pieces to relinquish. Each one has its own […]

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  • 15
    May

How to Tell if a Eames Lounge Chair Has Been Repaired

Many sellers and buyers who are familiar with the design and history of the Eames lounge will tell you it is usually not a matter of if, but when the construction will fail. Because there are no screws protruding through the wood shells and holding the chair “together,” the design carries the inherent risk of […]

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  • 15
    May

Tools of the Trade: Surgical Knives and Scalpels

In your hunt for the ultimate in medical instruments, don’t pass by loose instruments such as knives and scalpels. Surgical knives were used for amputations, see my article on Amputation Sets (Collecting Amputation Sets 101, Tools of the Trade: Amputation Saws, Proper Care and Storage of Antique Medical Instruments) Two methods were used for amputation. […]

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  • 15
    May

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – May 15, 1943

[voxant 3698692] Saturday,  May 15, 1943 At sea – headed for Casablanca, Morocco [Handwritten note above the date:] *North Africa is finally cleaned up. Today it happened. We were running peacefully along in a beautiful sea when a small wake was observed off the starbord (sic) bow. In less than a minute the ship was […]

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  • 14
    May

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – May 14, 1943

[voxant 3697427] Friday,  May 14, 1943 At sea – headed for Casablanca, Morocco Today, thank the good Lord was totaly (sic) uneventful and may all the rest be the same. I am glad for my own comfort that the weather has been so lovely but it worries me just a trifle that this is so […]

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  • 13
    May

This Week in Geek 5/13/09

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 […]

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  • 13
    May

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – May 13, 1943

[voxant 3696605] Thursday,  May 13, 1943 At sea – headed for Casablanca, Morocco This morning when I woke up the ship was in motion although it took a little while to realize that fact. I got dressed and washed the best I could and went up to breakfast. What a line there was. I think […]

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  • 12
    May

Harry Rinker on Gold Parties – Seller Beware

In this edition of Ask Harry Rinker on WorthPoint, Harry talks with Mary Brenneman about why it is wise to avoid gold parties. Host – Mary Brenneman, WorthPoint’s VP of content Send your questions for Harry to news@worthpoint.com. harry-rinker-on-gold-parties Subscribe to this Podcast For more from Harry Rinker on the pitfalls of selling gold items, […]

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  • 12
    May

Weekly News Roundup: May 11-May 15, 2009

Making headlines in art, antiques and collectibles news is a chess set that brought in five figures at auction, Jeff Koons’ giant blue egg and a rash of thefts at English estate homes. From BBC News: £10,000 for ‘rubbish’ chess set The chess set that was headed for the rubbish bin back in the 1800s […]

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