• 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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  • 12
    May

Auction Report: GoAntiques Preferred Auctions May 16 & 17

Lovers of antiques, art and collectibles should mark their calendars for not one, but two days of GoAntiques Preferred Auctions. On May 16 and May 17, hundreds of enticing items are going under the hammer on Proxibid with bidding starting on both days at noon EDT. Whether Victorian furniture or 18th-century salt-and-pepper shakers intrigue you, […]

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  • 12
    May

Telling the Age of Your Vintage (or Newer) Eames Lounge

OK, now that you have discovered if that Eames lounge is real or fake (The Iconic Eames Lounge Chair; Is That One Real or Fake?), how do you determine its age? Because these chairs were mass-produced, certain parts, pieces and custom orders floated from year to year, so using exact years to date an Eames […]

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  • 12
    May

Circus Blogs: Inside Stories from Men with Sawdust in their Veins

Circus blogs are an open window to the circus worlds of today and yesterday. The best of these blogs is Buckles Blog, which is updated every day. When searching for the latest and most exciting circus news, those in the know go to Buckles Blog first. William “Buckles” Woodcock, a legendary elephant trainer whose circus […]

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  • 12
    May

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – May 12, 1943

[voxant 3695991] Wednesday,  May 12, 1943 Staten Island,  New York (Handwritten text written in pencil above the date at the top of the page] The band met us on Staten Island and played for half hour while we had to stand with heavy packs on listening. I’m afraid we did not quite appreciate the effort […]

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  • 11
    May

Brimfield Vintage Canoes

During the September antiques shows at Brimfield, WorthPoint Chief Worthologist Thom Pattie talked vintage canoes with dealer John Magoun—their history, what to look for and their future value.

See WorthPoint’s feature section on Brimfield.

Videographer: Scott Shactman

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  • 11
    May

Dressed Fleas and Flea Circus are Not Necessarily for the Dogs

One of the most unusual and interesting Ask A Worthologist questions that we have come across was posed by Lisa Townley, a WorthPoint member from Texas, regarding a small matchbox that contained miniature wedding dress and tuxedo—worn by a flea bride and groom. Lisa told me that she remembered the small box from when she […]

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  • 11
    May

Pop Quiz: What Do You Know About Veneer?

Which of the following is true and which is false? 1. The presence of veneer on a piece of furniture indicates recent production? 2. The presence of veneer indicates inferior quality? 3. A piece of furniture with veneer on it cannot be stripped, sanded or refinished? 4. When veneer chips, it’s best to remove the […]

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  • 11
    May

Cincinnati Watch & Clock Show Offers Bargains for the Patient

The annual National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) Watch & Clock Regional Show was recently held at the drawbridge Estate in Fort Mitchell, Ky. located just seven miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio. The little town of Fort Mitchell has hosted this show for every spring more than 30 years; a cornucopia of antique […]

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  • 11
    May