• 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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  • 20
    Dec

Ahlers & Ogletree to Kick off New Year with Multi-Estate Auction Extravaganza

[caption id="attachment_2517766" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This 19th-century oil on tin by Charles Durand (Fr., 1837-1917), titled “Homme en Armure” (“Man in Armor”) will be among the 1,200-some lots up for bid in a two-day New Year’s Extravaganza Auction slated for the weekend of Jan. 4-5 by Ahlers & Ogletree.[/caption] ATLANTA – Some 1,200 quality lots from prominent local estates...

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  • 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

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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