• 22
    Oct

Halloween and Horror Movie Imagery at the English Cinema

With Halloween fast approaching, it’s that time of the year when we sit back, turn off the lights and scare ourselves silly with a good horror movie. Horror’s success as a genre is mirrored in the collecting interest in horror movie posters. As examples, an original poster for “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) sold for $334,500 […]

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  • 20
    Oct

When Preparing a Table for a Ghoulish Party, Decorate with Halloween Glass

Creepy crawlers and things that go bump in the night are always welcome this time of year. Halloween is right around the corner. Ghosts and goblins yelling “Trick or Treat,” carved pumpkins illuminated on the porch and your teenagers couch bound for a night filled with popcorn and scary movies! Some of us who still […]

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  • 19
    Oct

Haunting Photographic Images of Early Halloween Costumes are Desired Collectibles

Halloween’s roots arguably date back thousands of years to Celtic harvest traditions. But the celebration in the form we know it today has a much more recent history. In the United States, Halloween parties as social events started in the 1880s and 1890s. And although masquerade balls had always been popular, costumes were not worn […]

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  • 15
    Oct

Furniture French: You May Already Speak It

If you like older and antique furniture, you may have already acquired another asset that you didn’t even know about in addition to the antiques. You may have the beginnings of a second or, in some cases, even a third language skill. Most of us are reasonably proficient in English, and some of the fortunate […]

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  • 14
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Is the Antiques and Collectibles Show Circuit Doomed?

Last month, I received an email from a friend, Dan Darby—the general manager of U.S. Antique Shows—announcing the cancelation of the venerable New York Pier Show for March, 2016. “Dealer participation in the 2014 and 2015 March Pier Shows was less than desired, with 2015 slightly lower than the preceding year,” Darby stated. “This continues […]

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  • 13
    Oct

Bauer Pottery: Color for the Dinner Table and Beyond

Most people are familiar with the brightly colored ceramic dishes known as Fiesta. Homer Laughlin China of West Virginia introduced this line to an enthusiastic public in 1936. But the story of dinnerware in a range of cheery primary colors had its beginnings six years earlier, when the J A Bauer Pottery began producing its […]

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  • 12
    Oct

Philco Predicta was the most Advanced Television of our Time (for a very short time)

“It’s truly TV today, from the world of tomorrow… it’s 1965… today!” This line from the 1958 Philco television ad exclaiming that the new Predicta model TV was “the most excitingly new concept in the history of television!” At the time, 1965 was a mere seven years away, and the announcer seemed confident that the […]

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  • 9
    Oct

How to Detect Repaired Porcelain, Art Pottery & Clay Pieces

Antiques and collectibles enthusiasts often find themselves frequenting community charity auctions, local antique shows, neighborhood garage sales and internet web sites searching for their next “Great Find.” But buying from someone you don’t know—and may never be able to find again—is sometimes risky business. For collectors of different types of ceramic art, including porcelain figurines, […]

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  • 8
    Oct

Detecting Furniture’s Cheap Tricks & Fake Finishes

Throughout most of the history of wooden furniture, there have been many attempts to disguise the true nature of the wood used. Most attempts are efforts to make a lesser wood appear to be a more expensive, more beautiful or more exotic species. It may be that the desired wood is too expensive for the […]

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  • 7
    Oct

It’s All in the Marks: Dating a Wedgwood Jasperware Urn

This covered urn is an example of Wedgwood “Jasperware.” According to its owner, this one was purchased in 1980 at auction; its vintage was not listed in the auction catalog. Jasperware is a very distinctive type of stoneware with ivory/marble-looking appliques of Greek and Roman classical design on a blue, black, pink, brown red or […]

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