The Bird’s the Word: A Look at Steiff’s Thanksgiving Turkeys
Of course, the bird’s the word when it comes to turkey at Thanksgiving! No matter how your family prepares the ceremonial bird—roasted in the oven, deep fried in boiling oil or barbequed on the backyard grill—the turkey platter is usually the pièce de résistance on America’s Thanksgiving holiday table. Steiff’s turkeys—although clearly not made for […]
Guns of the Mayflower: Not a Blunderbuss to be found
It seems that each Thanksgiving I happen upon a picture of a somber Pilgrim dressed in black, big buckles on his shoes, belt and hat, with a turkey slung over one shoulder and a blunderbuss firearm in-hand. This image has been used in cartoons, movies and ads for generations; I’m sure that most of you […]
When Heroes Fade Away: A Look at Peyton Manning Sports Collectibles
There is little doubt that Peyton Manning will go down in NFL history as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. This past weekend, Manning surpassed Brett Favre’s career passing yards record with 71,871. To put that into perspective, that is more than 10,500 yards over Dan Marino’s mark of 61,361, who […]
How to Remove Stains from your Antique China, Pottery and Porcelain
Have you ever passed up purchasing a wonderful piece of art pottery, flow blue, transferware or any other collectable ceramic or porcelain because it had horrible crazing or other stains? I know I have. Condition, condition, condition is the mantra that has been drilled into our heads. Only buy the best when purchasing our collectables and antiques.
The Collector’s Minute: Stag Handled Carving Sets
Items we see a great deal of that is often described as “having been in the family for five generations” are stag/bone-handled carving or cutlery sets. This, I suppose, is a result of people associating antler or bone handles with antiquity, their age increased by family tales about the origins of these pieces revisited every […]
Brayton Laguna set the Trend in Early Southern California Pottery
“In view of its innovation and influence, Brayton Laguna Pottery ranks as one of the foremost companies in the history of Southern California pottery.” Thus began the Brayton chapter of my book, “Collector’s Encyclopedia of California Pottery,” that Collector Books released back in the 1990s. Its importance, in my estimation, has only increased over the […]
Rinker on Collectibles: Who Defines a Decade?
During a recent episode pf my radio program, “WHATCHA GOT?,” I interviewed Eric Bradley, author/editor for several KP/Krause Publications titles, including the “Antique Trader’s Antiques and Collectibles 2016 Price Guide,” we discussed the concept of categorizing antiques and collectibles by decade. The first chapter in Eric’s “Picker’s Pocket Guide – Toys” is entitled “Top Collecting […]
‘Herzlichen Glückwunsch!’ Best Wishes on Starting a German Beer Stein Collection
Collecting something new can usually be overwhelming. When I first started collecting and selling beer steins, I was amazed by the vast variety available. A large majority of the antique steins you will find out there are low-priced “souvenir” steins. These types of steins generally don’t hold much value or collectability. Beginning collectors will usually […]