• 25
    Mar

Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – March 25, 1943

Lt. Reichard's WWII Diary Project and Recap: On January 1, 2009, WorthPoint began a three year project following the life of a WWII soldier through the daily pages of his diary. To read about the inception of this project, or to add your own comments, click here. January 1943 Recap: We first met Lt. Reichard in January, stationed...

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  • 25
    Mar

Weaving Through the Do’s and Don’ts of Collecting Oriental Carpets

Editor’s Note: Whether you think of oriental carpets as art, antiques or collectibles, they are, unquestionably, objects of great beauty and desirability. Sonal Panse tells you what you need to know when starting a collection or buying only one. “Oriental” is a catchall word for several countries ranging from the Caucasus to Southeast Asia to the Middle East....

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  • 25
    Mar

Folk Art: So Much More than Grandma Moses

Editor’s note: The charm of folk-art collectibles reaches far beyond rural artists. Learn what folk art really is, and see some wonderful examples. By Wayne Mattox A painter peeked into a shed and saw a man hammering out a large copper form into the shape of a galloping horse. “I envy you, wind-vane maker,” the artist said. “All...

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  • 25
    Mar

This Week in Geek 3/25/09

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 hot links for...

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  • 24
    Mar

Reproduction or Antique? How Best to Enhance a Doll Collection

When talking with a doll collector, the conversation inevitably turns to those dolls that make up our “dolly dreams.” We secretly envision going to a yard, garage or estate sale where we find that elusive doll sitting on a box or shelve wearing an impatient look that says: “Well, I have been waiting all day for you to...

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  • 24
    Mar

Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – March 24, 1943

Lt. Reichard's WWII Diary Project and Recap: On January 1, 2009, WorthPoint began a three year project following the life of a WWII soldier through the daily pages of his diary. To read about the inception of this project, or to add your own comments, click here. January 1943 Recap: We first met Lt. Reichard in January, stationed...

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  • 23
    Mar

The Main Types of Under-Glaze Decorations in Japanese Porcelain

There are five main types of under-glaze decoration that were used in the Arita kilns: Blue and white, sometsuke in Japanese; Iron pigment, tetsue in Japanese; a copper-based glaze, shinshayu in Japanese; a technique wherein the image is rendered by leaving it impressed into the body of the piece; and using the clear over-glaze as a contrast agent,...

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  • 23
    Mar

Weekly News Roundup: March 23-27, 2009

Finishing out the week in art, antiques and collectibles news is John McEnroe's role in the Salandar implosion, a green light for the Michael Jackson sale, TEFAF Maastricht's biggest buzz, art thieves in England, a 1939 Grand Prix car and two museums' plans to deaccession pieces of their collections. From The New York Daily News: Tennis great John...

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  • 23
    Mar

Heritage Comic Book Auction has Worthologist Reconsidering Fiscal Responsibilities

[caption id="attachment_2479647" align="alignright" width="196" caption="Page 15 from Marvel's Defenders #1 (1972) drawn by silver-age legend Sal Buscema and inked by Frank Giacoia."][/caption] I receive a weekly newsletter from the Heritage Auction Galleries that is usually full of amazing comics and comic memorabilia that are so far out of my price range it makes me want to cry. Not...

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  • 23
    Mar

Antique Art Furniture: The Aesthetic Movement

Furniture is sometimes described as being “functional art.” The functioning part is generally obvious. The table has to stand up straight, the drawers have to open and close and the bed has to keep you up at night. But the art part? Since the definition of what is actually art is so open to interpretation, one man’s art...

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