• 7
    Jan

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Silver-Plated Furness Bermuda Shaker

[caption id="attachment_2517885" align="alignright" width="226"] I have a silver-plated salt or pepper shaker from the Furness Bermuda line. It measures approximately 3 1/2 inch high. The bottom is marked “Triple deposit, Mappin & Webb, Prince’s Plate, London & Sheffield C60/28.” The hallmark is an “m” inside a shield. What is its value?[/caption] QUESTION: I have a silver-plated salt or...

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  • 7
    Jan

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Selling Trophy Mounts

[caption id="attachment_2517895" align="alignright" width="268"] What most executors and heirs don’t know is that they could go to jail or be fined for selling grandpa’s prized mounted deer head, fish, bird, rug or other decorative wildlife trophy item. This mule deer mount is illegal to sell in states such as California.[/caption] If you were an estate executor and discovered...

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  • 5
    Jan

Fine Period Belter, Meeks & Horner Furniture to Pace Stevens Auction Co. Sale

[caption id="attachment_2517916" align="aligncenter" width="225"] This rosewood half-tester bed in mint condition, attributed to Mitchell & Rammelsberg and measuring 10 feet, 10 inches tall, will be among the lead items in a two-day auction to be held on Jan. 17-18 and hosted by Stevens Auction Company.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2517917" align="aligncenter" width="235"] Another bed that deserves special mention is this mahogany...

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  • 2
    Jan

Comics, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Art Slated for Trio of January Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2517863" align="alignleft" width="225"] "Archie Comics" #1 will be among issues up for auction in January.[/caption] LYNBROOK, N.Y. — Philip Weiss Auctions has announced a series of upcoming auctions to feature paintings, pottery, rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and natural history collectibles, beginning in January. The first, scheduled for Jan. 18, will be dedicated to comics, comic art, sports...

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  • 1
    Jan

Want an Autograph? Know Your Collector’s Etiquette

[caption id="attachment_2517843" align="aligncenter" width="576"] There's a right way and a wrong way of getting autographs before and after games. Rule one: Let the kids go first.[/caption] I have written before about best practices and proper etiquette for acquiring through-the-mail autographs, but what about acquiring autographs in person? There are many different schools of thought on the proper dos...

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  • 1
    Jan

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

[caption id="attachment_2517928" align="alignright" width="283"] Aquaman #26 (Paul Pelletier & Sean Parsons Regular Cover), $2.99. “Sea of Storms” part one. Jeff Parker takes over as writer[/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....

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  • 1
    Jan

Chinese Export Silver: Culture Shock!

[caption id="attachment_2517819" align="alignright" width="240"] I recently received some criticism about an article I wrote after which I lost it, Joan Rivers-style.[/caption] 文化震撼 I have chosen to start 2014 with a rant! Please humor me while I do… For two years now, I have been striving to increase both the awareness and understanding of Chinese Export Silver by writing...

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  • 30
    Dec

The Collector’s Minute: Art Nouveau-Style Amphora Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2517854" align="alignleft" width="270"] Demand for Amphora pottery has waned in the last two decades.[/caption] This large Art Nouveau bust (left) was made by the Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora pottery factory, circa 1896. The pottery was located in what once was Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia Austria, but is now part of the Czech Republic. This pottery is best known...

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  • 30
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: The Role of Chance in the Antiques and Collectibles Trade

[caption id="attachment_251781" align="aligncenter" width="397"] Chance definition 1(a) is the unknown and unpredictable element in happenings that seem to have no assignable cause.[/caption] The Free Dictionary defines chance as “1(a) the unknown and unpredictable element in happenings that seem to have no assignable cause; 1(b) a force assumed to cause events that cannot be foreseen or controlled, luck; (2)...

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  • 26
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/26/2013

[caption id="attachment_2517796" align="alignright" width="317"] Avengers #24.NOW (Midtown Variant) $10[/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 sales. Sales numbers and...

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