• 20
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: French Provincial Loveseat & Camp Granada Board Game

QUESTION: I have a French Provincial loveseat. I was told it was made in France or possibly Quebec, Canada, in the 1880s. Around 1900, my aunt purchased the loveseat in Toronto, Canada, and gave it to my mother in 1960. Shortly thereafter, she had it reupholstered in Collingwood, Ontario. It has been in my possession since 1990. The...

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  • 20
    Dec

The Extension Table: From Ancient Rome to the Dining Room

[caption id="attachment_2517596" align="alignleft" width="276"] The side leaves on this drop-leaf table close down out of the way. But how to support them when they are up in use?[/caption] A reader recently sent me some photos of a Victorian-period table. At first glance, it looked like a typical “turtle-top” parlor or lamp table with a wooden top. Closer inspection...

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  • 20
    Dec

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Movie News Enlarge Ant Man First-Appearance Values

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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are...

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  • 19
    Dec

A Tale about Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’—Goblins, Ghosts and Lawyers

[caption id="attachment_2517674" align="alignleft" width="300"] An 1843 edition of “A Christmas Carol.”[/caption] Thanksgiving celebrations at my house usually conclude by watching one of the more than three dozen film adaptations of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (we’re not football fans). I find the variations in scripts and character portrayals to be fascinating. My personal favorite is the 1984 version starring...

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  • 19
    Dec

Christmas Memories of My Mom, the Antique Collector, Dealer and Family Historian

  [caption id="attachment_2517667" align="aligncenter" width="483"] My mom and my girls. As an antique dealer, Mom collected a few things, such as elephants, paperweights, dolls, baby feeding dishes and Dresden flowers.[/caption] Around this time every year, I get a bit melancholy. It is difficult to think about the upcoming holiday season with any sense of true joy. I lost...

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  • 19
    Dec

Hubley Santa Toys: The Value of Trees, Reindeer and Paint

[caption id="attachment_2517513" align="alignleft" width="242"] Hubley Toy Company crafted two tin-toy versions of Santa. The one without a tree is rarer and more valuable.[/caption] As Christmas nears, some items go up in value instead of being on sale. Christmas-related antiques and collectibles often have upticks in value before the big day and are less sought-after on Boxing Day for...

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  • 19
    Dec

Gale Force Nine becomes a Development Force with Cult TV Board Games

  [caption id="attachment_2517734" align="alignright" width="269"] I can’t think of another board game that has a “Mature Content” warning on it. But it’s probably a good idea to heed that warning, as Spartacus isn’t really suitable for younger kids. It doesn’t pull any punches.[/caption] Gale Force Nine started out in the hobby gaming business as a manufacturer of accessories...

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  • 19
    Dec

Repurpose and Recycle to Ease Tight Holiday Gift-Giving Budgets

[caption id="attachment_2517634" align="alignleft" width="300"] Take an old tea cup or piece of stemware and melt candle wax into it around a wick. Now you have an instant designer candle.[/caption] Money is tight for everyone… well, at least everyone I know. So why not repurpose some of the items you already own and give them as gifts? It is...

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  • 19
    Dec

My Greatest Antique Restoration Project to Date

[caption id="attachment_2517646" align="aligncenter" width="491"] The 19th-century house outside of Riga, Latvia, the top two floors would become our home.[/caption] During my third year of living in Estonia I met and began dating Egils, a Latvian man. As a working partner in a publishing house in Riga, Latvia, he didn’t have my flexibility of location—or relocation, as it turned...

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  • 18
    Dec

A Day At Disney World—In Postcards

[caption id="attachment_2517741" align="aligncenter" width="539"] From this vantage point, you can see two of the most popular attractions: the beautiful, old-fashioned 189-foot-tall Cinderella’s Castle and, directly behind it, a futuristic Space Mountain.[/caption] When Walt Disney World opened its gates in Orlando in 1971, I was 19 years old. Having traveled Florida’s byways since getting my driver’s license at 16,...

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