• 24
    Nov

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 […]

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  • 23
    Nov

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 […]

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  • 20
    Nov

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 […]

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  • 20
    Nov

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.

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  • 18
    Nov

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 […]

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  • 17
    Nov

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 […]

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  • 17
    Nov

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 […]

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  • 17
    Nov

The Antique Turkey Platter: Rarely Used Dish Could Pay for Christmas and then Some

It’s that time of year where family heirlooms are dragged out of their hiding places in china cabinets and buffets to serve on the table for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners without much though about their value. Year after year, pieces like vegetable bowls, gravy boats and platters are loaded with all the good things that […]

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  • 16
    Nov

What Makes an Autograph Valuable? Five Ways to Assess your Signed Memorabilia

Autographs have always been a part of our lives. Both of us have spent many, many years in the autograph and memorabilia business, both selling and acquiring autographs. Over that time, we have seen autograph collecting evolve from keepsakes on torn pieces of paper or scorecard to an industry that spits them out rapid fire. […]

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  • 13
    Nov

‘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 […]

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