• 9
    Oct

Battle of Gettysburg Cannon, Drum Part of On-Site Dancy-Polk House Inn Auction

DECATUR, Ala. – A battlefield cannon and drum from the Battle of Gettysburg, plus other Civil War items, will be sold alongside antiques from the historic Dancy-Polk House Inn in an on-site auction slated for Saturday, Oct. 12, starting at 9 a.m. (CST). The Dancy-Polk House Inn, constructed in 1829, is one of only four […]

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  • 9
    Oct

Rare ’40s Beacon Ethyl Gasoline Sign Could Rev Bids up to $60,000 in Petrolina Auction

PEOTONE, Ill. – A rare Beacon Ethyl Gasoline single-sided porcelain sign with a die-cut lighthouse-shaped design, made around 1940 and in remarkable condition (rated 9 out of 10) is expected to command between $40,000 and $60,000 at the Fall Peotone Petroliana & Automobilia Auction slated for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17-18, by Matthews Auctions, LLC. […]

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  • 9
    Oct

Archives International Auctions offers U.S. & Worldwide Banknotes & Scripophily

FORT LEE, N.J. – More than 1,400 lots of rare and highly collectible U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily (the collecting of stocks and bonds), autographs, historical documents and security printing ephemera will be sold in a two-day, two-session auction slated for Oct. 19 and 22 by Archives International Auctions. Bidders may attended either session live […]

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  • 8
    Oct

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Maureen Stanton, on ‘Killer Stuff and Tons of Money’

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis conducts a great interview with Maureen Stanton, author of “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money.” Listen in for a behind-the-scenes look at the way it really is in the world of the antiques marketplace. Martin recommends this book for anyone that wants to know what it […]

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  • 8
    Oct

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Belmont Metal Products Dual White Enamel Washtubs

QUESTION: I have a dual (double) washtub setup. The tubs have a white enamel finish and are mounted on a metal frame. There is a metal tag that reads: BELMONT METAL PRODUCTS, INC. / YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO.” I was wondering what my dual wash tub setup is worth. – JT, via e-mail ANSWER: After failing to […]

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  • 8
    Oct

Canton Georgian Gems in Massachusetts: A Boston Connection to Chinese Export Silver

在馬薩諸塞州的廣東喬治亞風瑰寶 How can one get excited over a silver teapot? No, this isn’t a riddle; it’s a reality! For me, it’s happening more and more frequently as the flow of images being sent to me from around the world of extraordinary examples of Chinese Export Silver increasingly hit my desktop. Late last week a piece […]

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  • 8
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/09/2013

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 Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists […]

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  • 8
    Oct

D’Angelico and D’Aquisto: Masters of the Handmade Archtop Guitar

Handmade stringed musical instruments are seldom average. They are usually found at the extremes of quality: they are either gawdawful or sublime. The “worst of the worst” are poorly assembled, using woods with mismatched tonal qualities. I’ve seen some fretted instruments—guitars, banjos, mandolins and dulcimers—that were absolutely beautiful and a delight to hold but couldn’t […]

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  • 8
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Mechanical Art Balances Mass-Production and Aesthetics

I recently was provided with copies of e-mail exchanges between advanced toy train collectors that dealt with topics ranging from the long-term prospects of sustaining and eventually growing value for high-end toy trains to the assertion that the collecting market is cyclical, that is to say, what is out today will inevitably return to favor […]

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  • 7
    Oct

Chinese Export Silver Candlesticks are Lustrous Beacons of Excellence

中國出口銀器: 明亮的卓越之燈塔 Chinese Export Silver is without doubt the most mysterious silver category the world ever saw. Only now, more than 70 years after it faded into obscurity, are we beginning to understand some of the many enigmas; it’s the stuff of movies! As a silver category, Chinese Export Silver produced copious quantities of individual […]

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