• 20
    Jan

Paranormal Photo Album Far Exceeds Expectations at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2518135" align="alignright" width="249"] A 1920s medium lies in a deep trance while a strange materialization of a face, veil and hair floats over her head. The image was said to be that of a long-deceased woman named Katie King.[/caption] As an appraiser, I try to scan the results of auctions in my interest area so I can...

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  • 20
    Jan

Oh Baby! A Look Back at Steiff’s Toys for Tots from the 1970s and ’80s

[caption id="attachment_2518142" align="alignright" width="240"] This Steiff baby toy from the early 1980s is the adorable “wuerfel” or cube is a soft, six-sided block that measures 10-cm in all directions. It is is the last block, wooden or otherwise, produced by the Steiff to date.[/caption] The long-standing tag line for the Steiff Company, articulated by the founder Margarete Steiff...

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  • 20
    Jan

Multitasking Furniture: Doing Double Duty in the Colonial Home

[caption id="attachment_2518107" align="alignleft" width="288"] This variation of the hutch table displays a chair under the top with a lift seat for more storage. (Photo: LiveAuctioneers.com/Copake Auction)[/caption] Have you ever had one of those “multipurpose” tools or gadgets? You know, the kind that combines several useful ideas into one convenient package? If your experience is like mine, you found...

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  • 20
    Jan

Awesome Toys of the ’80s: Japanes Kinnikuman & M.U.S.C.L.E. Figures

[caption id="attachment_2518125" align="alignright" width="240"] The rare kinkeshi M.U.S.C.L.E. man Satan Cross actually had more legs in his Japanese variant, but he wasn’t actually listed as part of the U.S. line, so he’s considered a “non-poster” rare. It is worth about $50.[/caption] In my third-grade class, we had a Japanese exchange student named Kenta. He couldn’t speak much English,...

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  • 20
    Jan

The Collector’s Minute: Hepplewhite Style

[caption id="attachment_2518115" align="alignleft" width="181"] A Hepplewhite-style butler's desk—called such because it could be used standing up by household staff.[/caption] The piece pictured here is a mahogany butler's desk. It's in the “Hepplewhite style,” which was popular from the late 18th century through the 1820s. Desks like this got their name because they could be used by household staff...

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  • 17
    Jan

Danelectro Guitars: The Beginners’ Instrument Collected by Rock Stars

[caption id="attachment_2518097" align="alignright" width="212"] The classic styling of a Danelectro guitar.[/caption] Vintage guitar auctions are heavily weighted toward the three big names in guitar history—Fender, Gibson and Martin—and rightfully so: in recent decades, those companies have produced the guitars that have shaped rock ’n’ roll and folk music. When a name-brand guitar owned by a big star goes...

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  • 17
    Jan

How Searching for One Particular Penny Started a Life-Long Coin Collection

[caption id="attachment_2518091" align="alignleft" width="240"] In 1966, my mom told me and my brothers that she had heard about a particular Lincoln penny from 1955, a coin she was intent on locating and was certain that she had received at least one of them as a tip while working as a waitress. Searching for this coin started me collecting...

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  • 14
    Jan

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1950s Italian Ceramics, Philadelphia Tavern Prints

[caption id="attachment_2518049" align="alignright" width="269"] I own an urn-like vase that rests on a matching plate. The vase stands 8 ¾ inches high and is 3 ¼ inches wide at its widest part. The plate is 9 ½ inches in diameter. The vessel is marked “Italy / 1391” on the base. What information can you provide?[/caption] QUESTION: I own...

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  • 14
    Jan

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/15/2014

[caption id="attachment_2518054" align="alignright" width="283"] Miracleman #1 (Joe Quesada Regular Cover), $5.99. After years of lawsuits, Miracleman makes his return.[/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...

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  • 13
    Jan

Making a Federal Case: A Young America Tries to Find its Own Style

[caption id="attachment_2518085" align="alignright" width="383"] This reproduction Federal-style cabinet base shows Sheraton-style spool turns and a tapered reeded column with Hepplewhite drawer pulls.[/caption] One of the most popular and most reproduced styles in America for the last 100 years has been the Federal style of the early 19th century. It is so ubiquitous that it is almost unrecognizable as...

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