• 8 Jan
    2016

What You Really Have To Touch When You Buy

“I will not buy it unless I can touch it and see it” is among the most common reasons given for not buying antiques and collectibles online. The rationale predates the internet. Individuals who refused to buy objects listed in classified and display advertisements in trade periodicals made and continue to make the same argument. […]

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  • 6 Jan
    2016

Is That Old Circus Poster You Found Authentic or a Reproduction? More Answers

Nearly seven years ago I wrote my first article for WorthPoint—“Is That Old Circus Poster You Found Authentic or a Reproduction?”—a guide to help identify circus poster reproductions. Ever since, I have been receiving e-mails with comments about that article and questions about posters readers have found. Hopefully, I can answer or clarify some of […]

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  • 5 Jan
    2016

Step into My Parlor … and Sit in the Correct Chair

One of the most frequently seen arrangements of seating furniture in an antique shop or at a show is the ubiquitous “parlor set.” It seems to usually consist of a rather poorly constructed small scale love seat and a couple of more-or-less matching chairs, one of them probably a rocker. Not much to look at […]

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  • 4 Jan
    2016

Telling Between Real and Reproduction Cherry Blossom Depression Glass

Cherry Blossom is just one of the hundreds of Depression glass patterns produced. It happens to by my favorite so it’s the easiest to write about for me! Cherry Blossom was produced by the Jeannette Glass Co., located in Jeannette, Pa., from 1930-39. It was produced in the standard pink and green, but a great […]

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  • 24 Dec
    2015

‘The Night Before Christmas,’ Auctioneer’s Style

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the hall Not a customer was stirring, they were all at the mall; The prints were hung on the easels with care, In hopes that Dealers all would be there; The Dealers were nestled in that draughty old shed, While visions of Stickley and Roycroft danced in […]

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  • 22 Dec
    2015

A Three-Minute Gift of Christmas Magic

I stomped the dirty slush off my boots as I push open the restaurant door, cursing the season and the phony Ho-Ho-Ho of it all, letting the cold wind blast past. Everyone looked round to see who else was crazy enough to be out in this weather and then settling back to the Mama’s special […]

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  • 21 Dec
    2015

The Giant, Menacing Department Store Santa

Dana H. had a bit of a scare in the loft of an old carriage house on a gloomy day, a property she and her husband were thinking of buying. The sun breaking through a window cast a shadow of a large man standing behind her. Spinning about, it turned out to be the last […]

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  • 18 Dec
    2015

Naughty or Nice: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ Capra, Commies and the FBI

“He’s making a list, checking it twice; gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…” When Coots & Gillespie’s famous Christmas song debuted on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in 1934, they warned that “Santa Claus is coming to town.” Not many years later, in Hollywood, Calif., a new set of lyrics could apply: “J. Edgar Hoover […]

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  • 17 Dec
    2015

Novelty, Sentimental Value make Santa Claus Trading Cards and Sets worth Collecting

Santa Claus is an iconic figure the world over and, as such, has been used to market everything from laundry detergent to Coca-Cola. It should come as no surprise, then, that he, too, has been paid the ultimate tribute by being immortalized on cardboard. Through the years, Santa has been the subject of many a […]

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  • 16 Dec
    2015

Collector’s Minute: First Commercial Christmas Card

To collectors, there is always a “Holy Grail” or the “Stuff of Dreams” for their category of collecting, for which, of course, a small fortune would be required to obtain the item. For Collectors of Christmas memorabilia there are many items out there that could fill their personal “12 Days of Christmas” wish list. The […]

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