• 11
    Mar

Collector’s Minute: Cybis Ticonderoga Carousel Horse Bicentennial Collectible

Since the mid-1800s, the production of commemorative items to celebrate anniversaries of historical events, births and deaths of celebrities, presidents and kings and queens has been a huge business. During the run-up to and during these events there is a great interest by the public to share in the moment through purchasing some memento or […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Early American Influence on the British Music Scene, U.K. Rock ’N’ Roll Posters

When we think of iconic 1960s rock bands, the likes of British artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who & Led Zeppelin all come to mind. However, these bands did not just emerge from a vacuum. It is important to consider the American influences that shaped the British music scene and gave […]

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  • 7
    Mar

Wang Hing: Discovering the True Identity of a Silversmithing Genius

宏興: 發現一個天才的真正身份 The 1842 Treaty of Nanking became the catalyst for many changes in Canton; not only had a new order had been established in the China Trade itself but Chinese Export Silver went through a rapid metamorphosis. What had been faithful high-quality copies of the neo-classical Georgian style were transformed into overtly traditional Chinese […]

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  • 5
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/05/2014

New Comics Roundup This week kicks off with a new Dark Horse series about a mysterious woman written by Greg Rucka, continues with the story of an aging space hero by Mark Millar, and then plucks a genetically modified soldier from across the pond and drops him at IDW. There’s also a serious conspiracy story […]

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  • 5
    Mar

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The Art of Master Carver John Haley Bellamy

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I talk with author Jim Craig for a fascinating discussion of the finest American eagle carver of all time, John Haley Bellamy. The upcoming Portsmouth, N.H., Historical Society’s exhibition titled Bold & Brash: The Art of John Haley Bellamy is from slated to run from April 4 […]

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  • 5
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1960s S. Salvadori Metal End Table Lamp

QUESTION: I own a gilded/painted table lamp which I rescued from a basement in Conshohocken, Pa. It has a stepped pedestal base. The standard features a basket of metal flowers and foliage, some in gilt and others painted. A tag reads: “Made in Italy / S. Salvadori / Firenze.” I love the lamp. What can […]

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  • 5
    Mar

Ask a Worthologist: Franklin Mint’s Limited Edition Pavlova Wine Glasses

WorthPoint subscriber Jessica A. loves yard sales and began visiting them years ago as a university student in need of cheap household items. Now, she goes for decorator items for her home. Recently, she came across a set of crystal stemware that she thinks might be quite valuable. She e-mailed us via WorthPoint’s Ask a […]

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  • 4
    Mar

The Collector’s Minute: Chalkware and Plaster Busts

Chalkware or plaster busts like this generally can date from the turn of the 19th century through to the 1950s. While not mass-produced in the modern sense, they were made in large numbers, and many were given away as carnival prizes or sold in “five and dime”–type department stores. A great many were also used […]

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  • 4
    Mar

Bopping Through Recording History with Collectible Rockabilly Records

Collecting records is easy. Records are widely available and often cheap. But assembling a meaningful record collection requires thought, vigilance and no small investment. Records have been produced for so long—since 1894—and in so many different musical genres and formats that serious collectors must consider the boundaries and contents of their collections or they will […]

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  • 3
    Mar

A Very Chinese Purim Spiel: Chinese Export Silver Megillot

非常中國式的普珥節話劇 To many people, it will seem incongruous that a 19th-century Chinese silversmith in Canton would have created a megillah, but it’s not as strange as it initially appears. Albeit that Chinese megillot are rare, they come with what any megillah has—a long story. But this time it’s not just the scroll contained inside; the […]

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