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  • Feb 9 2016
  • 9 Feb 2016

Making a Federal Case: A Young America Tries to Find its Own Style

One of the most popular and most reproduced styles in America for the last 100 years has been the Federal style of the early 19th […]

  • Feb 8 2016
  • 8 Feb 2016

Rinker on Collectibles: The Shelf-Sitter Era has Ended

A shelf-sitter is an object that rests upon a hanging shelf, mantle, tabletop, bookcase or cabinet with glass doors. It is an object that is […]

  • Feb 8 2016
  • 8 Feb 2016

How I Overcame my Fear of Consigning Things for Sale at an Auction

Last year I decided to get into the auction game. I had a couple of items that I thought would bring a nice return, to […]

  • Feb 4 2016
  • 4 Feb 2016

Is the Doll Collecting Market Booming or Busting?

“Boom or bust” is a phrase I heard many times growing up in the coalfield region of Eastern Kentucky. The small burg where I grew […]

  • Feb 2 2016
  • 2 Feb 2016

Q and A With Harry Rinker: Mid-Century Die Cast Cap Gun

QUESTION: I have a western-style toy cap gun marked “KUSAN, INC. NASHVILLE, TENN. #280.” It is in excellent shape and completely functional. I am interested […]

  • Feb 1 2016
  • 1 Feb 2016

Succeeding in Your Business: Private Labeling and Trademark Infringement Online

Two emails I received this week deal with a recent phenomenon in e-commerce—the so-called “private labeling” of merchandise on Amazon, eBay and other online venues. […]

  • Jan 27 2016
  • 27 Jan 2016

How to Bequeath Your Collection and Keep it out of Probate

To some, leaving behind a meaningful legacy upon death is important. To have built a house, written a book, created a business or performed a […]

  • Jan 27 2016
  • 27 Jan 2016

Lost and Found Visuals: The Art and Value of Vernacular Photography

The old photograph was pasted into a scrapbook and had crusty brown rubber cement seeping around the edges. The image was a little girl with […]

  • Jan 25 2016
  • 25 Jan 2016

Bold as Brass: Cleaning Your Antique Brass Furniture Hardware

Most traditional furniture hardware is brass or brass looking, but that covers a multitude of sins. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and […]

  • Jan 19 2016
  • 19 Jan 2016

Rinker on Collectibles: London Bridge is Falling Down

When my “Rinker on Collectibles” column first appeared in 1987, its focus was the emerging 20th-century collectibles market. Twenty-nine years later, the 20th-century collectibles secondary […]