• 23
    Jan

It’s All in the Marks: Laviolette Limoges Porcelain

[caption id="attachment_2518207" align="alignleft" width="300"] Values in Limoges porcelain peaked in the 1980s but slumped in recent years due to the number of pieces flooding the market from estate sales.[/caption] Floral French Limoges porcelain was very popular from the last quarter of the 19th century until the beginning of the First World War in 1914. Pottery in this style...

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  • 22
    Jan

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/22/2014

[caption id="attachment_2518180" align="alignright" width="325"] All-New Invaders #1 (John Cassaday Variant Cover), 1:50 ($14-$16)[/caption] 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...

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  • 21
    Jan

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Mary Miley Theobald & ‘Stuff After Death’

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, Martin Willis speaks with historian and author Mary Miley Theobald on a “what to do” book on when you are faced with in inherited household. They cover topics such as how to identify, value and dispose of inherited stuff. Check out her “Stuff After Death” or visit her website. Listen...

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  • 21
    Jan

Rinker on Collectibles: How Accurate are Our Memories?

This column examines two types of memories—collecting and personal. While there are similarities between collecting and personal memories, there are key differences. There also is a difference between memory and reality. Memory changes, becoming distorted over time. Reality is constant. Memory is preferred over reality, especially when it offers a more positive view of a past moment or...

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  • 21
    Jan

The Longest Tea Party the World’s Ever Seen! Part 1

中國出口銀器: 有史以來最長的茶具 之一 [caption id="attachment_2518160" align="alignleft" width="324"] The tea clipper Loudoun Castle is unloading at the East India Dock in London on Dec. 8, 1877. The tea trade was essential in developing the market for Chinese Export Silver.[/caption] My research has long made me aware of the inextricable links between The China Trade period and Chinese Export Silver;...

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  • 20
    Jan

Paranormal Photo Album Far Exceeds Expectations at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2518135" align="alignright" width="249"] A 1920s medium lies in a deep trance while a strange materialization of a face, veil and hair floats over her head. The image was said to be that of a long-deceased woman named Katie King.[/caption] As an appraiser, I try to scan the results of auctions in my interest area so I can...

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  • 20
    Jan

Oh Baby! A Look Back at Steiff’s Toys for Tots from the 1970s and ’80s

[caption id="attachment_2518142" align="alignright" width="240"] This Steiff baby toy from the early 1980s is the adorable “wuerfel” or cube is a soft, six-sided block that measures 10-cm in all directions. It is is the last block, wooden or otherwise, produced by the Steiff to date.[/caption] The long-standing tag line for the Steiff Company, articulated by the founder Margarete Steiff...

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  • 20
    Jan

Multitasking Furniture: Doing Double Duty in the Colonial Home

[caption id="attachment_2518107" align="alignleft" width="288"] This variation of the hutch table displays a chair under the top with a lift seat for more storage. (Photo: LiveAuctioneers.com/Copake Auction)[/caption] 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...

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  • 20
    Jan

Awesome Toys of the ’80s: Japanes Kinnikuman & M.U.S.C.L.E. Figures

[caption id="attachment_2518125" align="alignright" width="240"] The rare kinkeshi M.U.S.C.L.E. man Satan Cross actually had more legs in his Japanese variant, but he wasn’t actually listed as part of the U.S. line, so he’s considered a “non-poster” rare. It is worth about $50.[/caption] In my third-grade class, we had a Japanese exchange student named Kenta. He couldn’t speak much English,...

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  • 20
    Jan

The Collector’s Minute: Hepplewhite Style

[caption id="attachment_2518115" align="alignleft" width="181"] A Hepplewhite-style butler's desk—called such because it could be used standing up by household staff.[/caption] The piece pictured here is a mahogany butler's desk. It's in the “Hepplewhite style,” which was popular from the late 18th century through the 1820s. Desks like this got their name because they could be used by household staff...

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