• 17 Nov
    2015

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
    2015

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
    2015

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
    2015

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
    2015

‘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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  • 12 Nov
    2015

The Zen of Collecting: 8 Tips for Building a Better Collection

“Knowledge is power,” a quote attributed to Sir Francis Bacon, is the watchword of collecting and one reason WorthPoint is such a valuable resource: With a few keystrokes you can research a specific collectible and find out what similar items—even the very same one you’re considering purchasing—sold for in the past. It’s the ideal way […]

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  • 11 Nov
    2015

Multitasking Furniture: Doing Double Duty in the Colonial Home

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 that the convenience was overrated and the usefulness less than useful. Like most things designed to do more than one thing, they don’t […]

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  • 5 Nov
    2015

Official Thanksgiving Proclamation are Attractive and Cherished Collectibles

Holidays allows us to share the spirit through postcards, figurines, glassware, commemorative plates, stamps, coins and greeting cards, among many others. Very few of the holidays, though, get officially recognized as Thanksgiving does. That’s because it is usually done through an official Thanksgiving Proclamation. Called ephemera in the collecting world, any paper or printed item […]

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  • 4 Nov
    2015

Display and Care of Your Decoy Collection

Decoys were subjected to extremes of temperature and weather conditions in their working life. In your collection, keeping them away from such extremes is important. As with any antique or collectible, you want to keep them away from direct sunlight as well. Decoys can be displayed anywhere in your home. On shelves, on top of […]

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  • 3 Nov
    2015

Hand-Carved American Furniture that Never Came Close to a Chisel

In furniture making and design, it always seems preferable that flat, plain panels of unadorned wood be largely avoided wherever possible. There’s a need to decorate blank space. Over the centuries, that need has largely been filled using the talents of people with special skills that few of us ever acquire. These are the carvers—the […]

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