• 14
    Apr

Secret Message Found Etched in Lincoln’s Watch

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln, we are reposting this article about a hidden message discovered scrawled inside the president’s pocket watch. An article posted by the Associated Press in March of 2009 immediately captured the imagination of our watch expert David Mycko, who wrote about the watch—a typical English Fusee...

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  • 13
    Apr

The 51-Star Flag of the United States: The Designs are Ready and Waiting

It is the longest-serving national flag of the United States. Since July 4, 1960, after the addition of Hawaii as the 50th state, the flag of the United States with its 50 stars has served longer than the 48-star flag, the national standard from 1912 to 1959. [caption id="attachment_2522703" align="aligncenter" width="600"] One of three possible 51-star designs for...

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  • 9
    Apr

Chinese Export Silver an Oft-Forgotten yet Significant Antique Silver Category

Chinese Export Silver (1785-1940) is a much-forgotten, yet highly significant antique silver category. Early Chinese Export Silver was comprised mostly of faithful copies of comparable quality of British, American and European silver of the Georgian period, with silver content being up to half as much again as the originals. Probably most of the true masterpieces of Chinese Export...

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  • 7
    Apr

A Holy Grail of New England Bottles, a ‘Stoddard Flag Flask,’ Found

Yes, that headline is correct, and I’d love to be able to say I was the one who found it. I didn’t, but the next best thing is for a friend of mine to have dug it up. He did, and I was able to see it and hold it myself. My friend, whose name I won’t mention...

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  • 7
    Apr

Collectible Vintage Cookbooks: Which are Tasty Treats and which are Past Their Prime?

In my business, I visit (and work at) a lot of estate sales and antique stores. It’s always amazing to see the number of vintage cookbooks that come up to the cash register. Usually, they are small and inexpensive, with recipes that were once popular but no longer fashionable (like casseroles and Jell-O salads). Often, they represent ethnic...

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  • 6
    Apr

Whether Called Peer, Pier, Console or Petticoat, it is always a Pier Table

One of America’s most favorite pieces of furniture in the first half of the 19th century was that odd size table that usually sat in the hall and had a mirror in the lower section. What the thing was called is often and confused, as is what its original use. Old timers in the trade will call it...

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  • 3
    Apr

The Search for Christian and Easter Rarities in the World of Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 復活節的珍寶 Christianity has had a presence in China since the Tang Dynasty, including a significant influential Jesuit network, as well as Protestant missionaries, many of whom were Scottish. Yet, despite the long history, surviving Chinese Christian religious artefacts are extremely rare. During Passion Week and Eastertide, we explore this complex and at times violent history as well...

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  • 3
    Apr

It’s Rabbit Time: Steiff’s Bitty Baby Easter Bunnies

There are so many reasons to love Easter—the family gatherings, traditional brunches, spirit of the holiday, lovely seasonal flowers, baskets full of candy—the list could go on and on. For most people all over the world, Easter is synonymous with rabbits. And why is that? For many centuries, rabbits have been equated with high fertility, making them the...

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  • 2
    Apr

Finding the Best of Bin: What to look for in the Thrift Store Book Aisle

As recent WorthPoint articles attest, many online sellers are discovering the joys of buying thrift store inventory for resale. Treasure-seekers love to rummage and love a bargain. But they love it even more when they can pull a prize out of someone else’s discards and turn it into a profit. It takes a sharp eye, but certain types...

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  • 1
    Apr

The Origin of the Chocolate Easter Bunny – Collecting Antique Chocolate Molds

How can we think of Easter without a chocolate bunny? Today, the foil-wrapped confections are mass-produced by the hundreds of thousands. But there was a time when they were handcrafted, using individual molds. And those original molds are now antique collectibles. Cocoa is believed to have first harvested in the Amazon more than 4,000 years ago and a...

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