• 13
    Jan

Chinese Export Silver: The Cultural Crossovers of Incense

中國出口銀器: 中外文化結合的香! The relationship and benefits between humans and incense may be likened to butterflies to flowers and trees to the sun. This, in itself, is a very Confucian concept. The use of incense in Chinese culture dates to around 450 B.C., but by the Tang period incense was commonly used and no longer just […]

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  • 12
    Jan

Unloved Antiques: Old Master Prints

No yard sale or flea market would complete without a few Old Master–type renderings of works by notable artists like Rembrandt van Rijn. Some them look quite convincing in their gilt frames with layers of dust, but they are all decorator prints, like the one pictured here by 
the Turner wall-art company. The Turner Manufacturing […]

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  • 10
    Jan

Postcard Time Machine: Life of the Tlingits of Canada and Alaska

Every so often I come across a set of postcards that captivates me. While the value of the set may not be more than $20, it’s the subject matter and the artistic rendering that make the grouping so lovely. That was the case with these cards, part of a set of Tlingit Legends from the […]

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  • 10
    Jan

Rinker on Collectibles: These Are Not My Comic Book Superheroes

During my December 2013 roundtrip plane flights from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to Munich, I watched three Superhero movies—“Iron Man 3” (2013), “Man of Steel” (2013) and “The Wolverine” (2013). The violence overwhelmed me. Superheroes defy the odds-maker, even the greatest one of all. The non-stop action created a sense of numbness, a detachment from […]

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  • 10
    Jan

Collecting the Players of 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Class

Being elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame is a right of passage for players whose careers exemplified greatness during the era in which they played. This year, the quaint town of Cooperstown, in upstate, New York, will welcome three such players who helped define baseball in the 1990s. Pitchers and former teammates […]

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  • 8
    Jan

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/08/2014

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 rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists […]

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  • 7
    Jan

Failed Video Game Consoles of the 1990s Have Some Collector Value Now

If you’re not tuned into the video games world (or any television, radio, print or online news source), you may not be aware that when you woke up this morning that you are now living in the 8th generation of home video game consoles. Nintendo released its pre-emptive entry into the next generation sweepstakes last […]

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  • 7
    Jan

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Jeffrey Herman on Silver and Silver Care

On the first Antiques Auction Forum podcast of 2014, Martin Willis speaks with Jeffrey Herman, who is passionate about silver and discusses how to care for silver, plus freely gives many other tips for the collector or buyer. His comprehensive website—Herman Silver—has all the advice you may ever need. Listen here: Martin Willis is Worthologist, […]

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  • 7
    Jan

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

QUESTION: 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? – K.J., Bozeman, Mont. ANSWER: In 1874, […]

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  • 7
    Jan

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Selling Trophy Mounts

If you were an estate executor and discovered a cache of illegal drugs in a decedent’s home, you’d know not to sell them, right? Of course; everyone knows that there are consequences for selling controlled substances. If you have even a modicum of environmental awareness, you also know that it’s illegal to improperly dispose of […]

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