• 17
    Dec

Warming Up Your American Quilt-Buying Knowledge

[caption id="attachment_2517615" align="alignright" width="267"] A red and white Lone Star or Star of Bethlehem pattern quilt, circa 1900.[/caption] Quilts are everywhere this time of year—in decorator magazines, at winter bazaars, for sale at all kinds of stores, and in many antique shops. How do you know what to look for if you are interested in buying one, but...

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  • 16
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: Developing an Interior Decorating Mindset – Part 2

In my column “Developing an Interior Decorating Mindset – Part I,” I explored the inherent decorating value in antiques and collectibles, stressed the importance of understanding “Looks”—also known as decorating design styles—and suggested methods to determine which Looks are dominant, stable or declining. These topics represent the “broad brush” approach. Now I’ll focuses on details. In 2013, a...

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  • 16
    Dec

Awesome Toys of the ’80s: Shogun Warriors

[caption id="attachment_2517559" align="aligncenter" width="490"] The Shogun Warriors family portrait. I miss these guys.[/caption] My soon-to-be-4 son has suddenly taken an interest in the Power Rangers, Saban’s long-running (20 years!) Westernization of several different Japanese tokusatsu (“special effects”) superhero series. And by “taken an interest,” I mean “obsessed to the point of believing that he is the blue ranger.”...

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  • 16
    Dec

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Michael Lauck and the Magic of Collecting Magic

[caption id="attachment_2517492" align="alignright" width="208"] A vintage Harry Houdini poster. Michael Lauck talks about the collecting of magic and its related items.[/caption] On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Michael Lauck about the history of magicians, including women in the field, Houdini, collecting ephemera, posters, props and more. This is a fascinating interview with a...

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  • 16
    Dec

Furniture French: You May Already Speak It

[caption id="attachment_2517543" align="alignleft" width="208"] A chifferobe's name is a combination of two words: "wardrobe" and chiffonier, the French term for a tall chest of drawers.[/caption] 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...

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  • 16
    Dec

Naughty or Nice: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ Capra, Commies and the FBI

[caption id="attachment_2517583" align="aligncenter" width="491"] The finale of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover didn’t like the themes of the movie and sent agents to investigate the production.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2517588" align="alignright" width="200"] This original advertising poster is offer on eBay for $15,995.[/caption] “He’s making a list, checking it twice; gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…”...

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  • 13
    Dec

Winter-Themed Animals are Favorite Christmas-Time Steiff Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2517566" align="alignright" width="214"] Santa Claus, who made his grand debut in the Steiff catalog in 1953, was produced as a five-ways jointed 31-cm doll with a rubber head.[/caption] Christmas and Steiff really do go hand in hand and for many families all over the world, it simply would not be the holidays without a little something “Steiff-y”...

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  • 13
    Dec

WWI Drawing by Official British War Artist Christopher Nevinson sets Record

[caption id="attachment_2517485" align="aligncenter" width="480"] American Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein, a screenprint entitled “Two Nudes” realised a strong price of £124,000.[/caption] LONDON – A poignant First World War drawing by official War Artist for the British Government, Christopher Nevinson, set a new world record for a work on paper by the artist at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auction’s sale of...

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  • 13
    Dec

In Christmases Past, Wicker Made the List

[caption id="attachment_2517517" align="alignleft" width="282"] Add a few millennia and you'll find the historical roots of this Victorian wicker sleigh.[/caption] In the past, Christmas was a much simpler time, and the emphasis was more on family, church and 
community rather than the monumental gift extravaganza it is today. Then, money was often
 tight and credit cards were a thing...

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  • 13
    Dec

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Dr. Fate’s Collection & the ‘Apocalypse’ Tweet

[caption id="attachment_2517498" align="alignright" width="281"] Dr. Fate’s Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961) sold for $60,000.[/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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to...

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