• 29
    Oct

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Paul Schreckengost-Designed Zodiac-Theme Plate

[caption id="attachment_251650" align="alignright" width="300"] A 9-inch diameter sky blue Zodiac-theme plate designed by Paul Schreckengost for Gem Clay Forming Company of Sebring, Ohio.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a 9-inch diameter sky blue Zodiac-theme plate designed by Paul Schreckengost for Gem Clay Forming Company of Sebring, Ohio. Viktor Schreckengost, a famous designer and longtime professor at the Cleveland Institute of...

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  • 27
    Oct

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Behind the Scenes of an Auction of a Lifetime

[caption id="attachment_2516377" align="alignright" width="300"] Martin Willis auctioning off pieces from the estate of homestead of Josiah Bartlett, New Hampshire’s first governor and the second to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1989.[/caption] This week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast’s format is a little different as we present a Martin Willis lecture in Amesbury, Mass., about the behind-the-scenes action of...

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  • 27
    Oct

They Came from the Crypt: Universal Monsters Toys and Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2516487" align="aligncenter" width="520"] While many of the Universal Studios monsters first debuted on screens in the 1940s or earlier, they didn’t reach toy and hobby store shelves until the 1960s. Regardless of the era in which they were produced, Universal Monsters-themed toys are now highly collectible.[/caption] Walk into any toy or comic shop nowadays and chances are...

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  • 27
    Oct

Haunting Photographic Images of Early Halloween Costumes are Desired Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2516476" align="aligncenter" width="417"] Many photos of vintage Halloween costumes are collected because of their unintended artistry. This early 1930s rural snapshot is haunting and hypnotic.[/caption] Halloween’s roots arguably date back thousands of years to Celtic harvest traditions. But the celebration in the form we know it today has a much more recent history. In the United States,...

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  • 27
    Oct

The Complex Hierarchy of the China Trade Relative to the Chinese Export Silver Trade

相對於中國出口銀貿易而言的中國貿易之複雜階級制度 [caption id="attachment_2516402" align="aligncenter" width="538"] “View of Hoppo Returning,” a late 18th-century depiction by unknown Chinese artist. When the Hoppo arrived for inspection visits, the merchants and local officials turned out to receive him[/caption] Chinese Export Silver was very much a product of the China Trade, but the period between 1757-1842 is now known as the “Old China...

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  • 25
    Oct

Great Obscure Halloween Board Games Lurking in the Shadows

[caption id="attachment_2516439" align="aligncenter" width="483"] As much as I appreciate that they put the Reptile woman in the game (the drawing in the bottom right quadrant), and as great as the figurines look, the game is awful. (Left to right) Abraham Van Helsing, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster (from “Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell”), and Father Sandor (from “Dracula,” “Prince...

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  • 25
    Oct

Lalique, Netsuke, Patek Philippe Headline Levy’s Sale

[caption id="attachment_2516396" align="alignleft" width="300"] This Japanese carved wood-and-lacquer Netsuke from the Meiji period (1868-1912), stands 2 inches tall and has an estimated price of $500-$800.[/caption] PALM BEACH, Fla. — Collections of 1920s Rene Lalique glass, netsuke carving and signed estate jewelry will headline a 500-lot estate auction planned for Oct. 27. The auction, hosted by A.B. Levy’s, will...

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  • 25
    Oct

Auction Report: Meissen Urns Take Top Lot at Cottone Fall Fine Art Sale

[caption id="attachment_2516361" align="alignleft" width="300"] The top lot of the auction was this spectacular pair of antique Meissen armorial covered urns, which sold for $201,250.[/caption] GENESEO, N.Y. — A spectacular pair of antique Meissen armorial covered urns sailed past their pre-sale high estimate of $15,000 to gavel for $201,250 at a Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction held Oct....

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  • 25
    Oct

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Ghost & Phantom Variants on the Rise

[caption id="attachment_2516419" align="alignright" width="298"] Avengers #158 (Marvel, 1977)[/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 Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current...

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  • 25
    Oct

Kintsugi Techniques: A Detailed Look at the Art of Repair

[caption id="attachment_2516298" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This bowl shows the telltale golden veins of a repair by the ancient Japanese technique of kintsugi.[/caption] There is a boom going on in the Japanese art of repair called kintsugi. A quick search on the Internet will turn up links to several major exhibitions in the last couple years. This ancient, traditional art...

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