• 13
    Feb

The Collector’s Minute: Chokin-Style Decorative Art

[caption id="attachment_2518552" align="alignleft" width="243"] Chokin-style decoration originated in Japan for samurai swords, but after laws banned the carrying of such weapons, artists applied their trade to more mundane decorative pieces.[/caption] Chokin metal work is an art form that dates all the way back to the 12th 
century and used a variety of different colored metals from base metals...

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  • 12
    Feb

Watch Your Names: There’s No Such Thing as ‘Victorian Style’

[caption id="attachment_2518659" align="aligncenter" width="520"] This is an extreme example of the Italian style from Italy, 1939. (Photo: LiveAuctioneers.com/Austin Auction Gallery)[/caption] Have you ever noticed that when it comes to names and descriptions of older and antique furniture, what you see, or what you hear, is not always what you get? A sofa can be couch or divan, a...

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  • 11
    Feb

The Comic Speculator — New Comics Roundup 02/12/14

[caption id="attachment_2518677" align="alignleft" width="260"] She-Hulk #1 (Siya Oyum Variant Cover).[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers...

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  • 11
    Feb

Curation the Key to a Lasting Sports Memorabilia Collection

[caption id="attachment_2518653" align="alignleft" width="298"] This collection is properly curated. Items are protected, out of humidity and off the ground. This protects value and is great to look at.[/caption] Collectors of sports memorabilia should know that acquiring a treasured item to add to their prized collection is just half of the process; curating is the other. Curating a collection...

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  • 10
    Feb

A Valentine’s Love Story Through Steiff Dolls

[caption id="attachment_2518628" align="alignleft" width="224"] It took a while, but this matched pair of Steiff Bazi dolls finally found each other—proving good things come with patience.[/caption] Every enthusiast has extra-special items in his or her collection—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. In keeping with the theme of Valentine's...

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  • 10
    Feb

Cruise Ship Art Values a Matter of Knowing Appraisals

[caption id="attachment_2518637" align="alignleft" width="300"] Cruise ships host thousands of art auctions each year, selling millions in prints and one-of-a-kind artworks to cruisers.[/caption] Wandering through the house with the executor, I tried to get a sense of the contents of the estate. I was immediately curious about the dozens of shipping tubes I saw; they were everywhere. There were...

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  • 7
    Feb

Those Four Mop-Topped Lads from London—The Beatles—Invaded America 50 Years Ago

[caption id="attachment_2518594" align="aligncenter" width="536"] Fifty years ago this Sunday—Feb. 9, 1964—some 73 million people tuned into the Ed Sullivan Show for The Beatle’s first appearance. Since then, Beatle merchandise and collectibles have been coveted by fans and collectors.[/caption] If you were on this earth on Feb. 9, 1964, I’ll bet dollars to donuts you remember what you were...

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  • 7
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: At 55, is Barbie Over the Hill?

[caption id="attachment_2518566" align="alignright" width="219"] The original 1958 Barbie. She will turn 55 years old this March. Is she still relevant in 2014?[/caption] In March of 2014, Barbie will celebrate her 55th birthday. G.I. Joe turns 50 in February. Both were born (introduced) at a New York Toy Fair. G.I. Joe became a member of the “Adventure Team” in...

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  • 7
    Feb

Chinese Export Silver: Discovering the New Master Silversmith of Shanghai

中國出口銀器: 發現上海的新銀匠大師 [caption id="attachment_2518607" align="aligncenter" width="557"] The elegant and traditional idyll of the Shanghai Tea Gardens as it was 20 years before the end of the 19th century. It is widely believed these tea gardens were the inspiration for the “Willow” pattern we know so well in the West.[/caption] Having researched Chinese Export Silver for well over three...

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  • 7
    Feb

Ask A Worthologist: The Mermaid Lamp

[caption id="attachment_2518573" align="alignright" width="210"] Mermaid lamps like this have been reproduced to be "in the style of" numerous sculptors. Sanctioned originals are pricy. Chinese knockoffs, not so much.[/caption] Albert T. likes to pick up things that need a little repair, fix them and then resell them. He bought this lamp quite inexpensively, and it had been sitting in...

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