• 4
    Mar

The Collector’s Minute: Chalkware and Plaster Busts

Chalkware or plaster busts like this generally can date from the turn of the 19th century through to the 1950s. While not mass-produced in the modern sense, they were made in large numbers, and many were given away as carnival prizes or sold in “five and dime”–type department stores. A great many were also used […]

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  • 4
    Mar

Bopping Through Recording History with Collectible Rockabilly Records

Collecting records is easy. Records are widely available and often cheap. But assembling a meaningful record collection requires thought, vigilance and no small investment. Records have been produced for so long—since 1894—and in so many different musical genres and formats that serious collectors must consider the boundaries and contents of their collections or they will […]

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  • 3
    Mar

A Very Chinese Purim Spiel: Chinese Export Silver Megillot

非常中國式的普珥節話劇 To many people, it will seem incongruous that a 19th-century Chinese silversmith in Canton would have created a megillah, but it’s not as strange as it initially appears. Albeit that Chinese megillot are rare, they come with what any megillah has—a long story. But this time it’s not just the scroll contained inside; the […]

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  • 3
    Mar

Like Peanut Butter & Jelly, WorthPoint & Thrift Hunters Are a Winning Combination

Back in early 2013, Bryan Goodman & Jason T. Smith of Thrifting With The Boys started filming Season One of their new TV show, “Thrift Hunters” (Spike 9:30 p.m. EST/PST Saturdays). The first week of filming was thrifting at their favorite spots all around Las Vegas. They shopped many thrift stores, a warehouse sale, some […]

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  • 3
    Mar

The Postcard Time Machine: How About Those Quiz Kids?

The Quiz Kids were part of American culture for many years. In a time when children were to be seen and not heard, the entire country listened to them, secretly proud to now and then know a quiz answer themselves. Today’s gifted children owe their acceptance to these Kids, who changed public sentiment from seeing […]

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  • 3
    Mar

It’s All in the Marks: ‘Dresden Lace’ Pieces in the Style of Meissen

One thing that leads new collectors of porcelain figurines down the wrong path is judging a figurine’s vintage by its style, rather than other indicators of production dates. A piece depicting an18th-century social event, like the one above, at first glance looks similar to 18th & 19th-century pieces by the Meissen porcelain works in Germany. […]

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  • 2
    Mar

Hammond Model S Chord Organs: The Non-Musician’s Instrument of Choice

Americans value their leisure time. I know I do; it’s nice to have some time to spend however I see fit. My ancestors (yours, too, I suspect) worked all day and had little time for hobbies and amusements. Now, middle-class families have a wide range of leisure activities that they can engage in. As the […]

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  • 28
    Feb

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Original Art of Wolverine’s First Appearance to be Sold

In this week’s roundup, we’ll start with some amazing auctions this going on at your favorite comic book auction houses this week and then we’ll take a peek at some key comics that have direct connections to some of this week’s new releases. But first, be sure to strap into your extreme cold weather gear, […]

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  • 28
    Feb

Catherine the Great Owned the Ultimate Collection of Chinese Silver Filigree Works

中國出口銀器: 凱薩琳大帝來了 Catherine the Great could never be called a simple girl; to do so would be a gross understatement of the reality that was this supremely extrovert empress. Looking at the image above, depicting Catherine the Great inaugurating the new Imperial Academy of Art in 1765 at the Shuvalov Palace in St Petersburg, it […]

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  • 27
    Feb

$10M ‘Saddle Ridge Hoard’ Gold Coin Treasure Rocks Numismatic World

Whether it was fate or purely by accident, February seems to be a great month for prospecting for gold. Two years ago in February a worker renovating an old vineyard building in France discovered a treasure trove of nearly 500 U.S. Double Eagles gold coins that had been located in the rafters of that old building. […]

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