• 20
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: The 1980s are the New ‘Old’

Time condenses as one grows older. Linda and I just returned from our annual week-long Weihnachts (Christmas) vacation to Germany’s Erzgebirge region. It was a winter wonderland—two feet of snow on the ground when we arrived in Seiffen and snow every day during our stay. When we returned home to Brookfield, Conn., late in evening, it seemed as...

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  • 20
    Dec

Collector’s Minute: Santa Claus Andirons

Nothing says Christmas like a good Yule fire, and what would be more appropriate than Old Santa warming himself by the blazing fireplace in the form of figural cast iron andirons? [caption id="attachment_2494776" align="aligncenter" width="235" caption="These Santa cast iron andirons were made by the Ives Company in the late 1800s."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2494777" align="aligncenter" width="224" caption="These Santa cast iron...

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  • 20
    Dec

Odds ’N’ Ends: Why Do They Call It That?

[caption id="attachment_2494760" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The addition of a drawer to this 18th century blanket chest qualifies it as a “mule chest.” (Garth Auctions/LiveAuctioneers.com photo)"][/caption] In the everyday conduct of our affairs in the older and antique furniture trade, we often come across terms and references that we accept as just part of the lingo but almost just as...

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  • 20
    Dec

Collector’s Minute: Christmas Plates

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without all the tradition and decorations. Precious memories stored away in boxes attics and basements along with the tinsel, ornaments and decoration for the other 49 weeks of the year are pulled out and displayed. Tree ornaments that have been in the family for four generations, paper chains or macaroni-covered Angels made by children...

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  • 16
    Dec

Holiday Shopping Becomes Easier as Christie’s Launches Free iPad App

[caption id="attachment_2494734" align="alignright" width="216" caption="Screenshot of Christie’s new iPad app interface."][/caption] NEW YORK – As the holiday shopping season reaches its fever pitch, Christie's International, the world's leading art business, has announced a new, free App designed specifically for users of the Apple iPad. With special features and functions that are optimized for the iPad’s interface, the new...

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  • 16
    Dec

Chinese Pagoda Form Wood & Ivory Display Cabinet Realizes $34,500 at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2494709" align="alignright" width="151" caption="This 19th century Chinese pagoda form wood and ivory display cabinet in good condition brought $34,500 in a Dec. 3-4 auction facilitated by Leland Little Auctions & Estate Sales."][/caption] HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – A gorgeous 19th-century Chinese pagoda form wood and ivory display cabinet breezed to $34,500 at a two-session weekend cataloged auction held Dec....

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  • 15
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/15/2010

[caption id="attachment_2494701" align="alignright" width="199" caption="Conan The Road Of Kings #1 (of 6) 1:5 Dale Keown 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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the...

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  • 14
    Dec

Weekly News Roundup: December 13 to December 17

In antiques, art and collectibles news, Custer’s last flag brings in top dollar, basketball’s bible and the Emancipation Proclamation are sold. From The Boston Globe: Only salvaged Last Stand flag sold for $2.2m That American flag, tattered and with possible bloodstains, that flew with Gen. George Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn was acquired by the Detroit...

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  • 14
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Firestone Ashtray, Supertone Banjo, Crosley Radio

QUESTION: I have a Firestone rubber tire ashtray from the 1934 “Century of Progress” World’s Fair in Chicago. The ashtray is 5 ½ inches in diameter. The inset is a tinted orange glass. The wording reads: “CENTURY/ OF PROGRESS/ Firestone/ CHICAGO / 1934.” What can you tell me about it? – TC, via e-mail ANSWER: The exact date...

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  • 14
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – Back Issue Report 12/14/2010

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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are...

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