• 29
    Oct

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

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 Art, was Paul’s brother. I found a great deal of information about Viktor but very little about Paul on the […]

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  • 27
    Oct

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

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 a highlight of his career: the 1989 auction at the homestead of Josiah Bartlett, New Hampshire’s first governor and the second to sign the Declaration of Independence. Listen here: […]

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  • 27
    Oct

They Came from the Crypt: Universal Monsters Toys and Collectibles

Walk into any toy or comic shop nowadays and chances are you’ll find a wide array of monster and horror-themed collectibles for purchase, from bobble-head statues depicting the ravenous zombies of TV’s “The Walking Dead” to “Monster High” fashion dolls to cuddly plush versions of Jason Voorhess and Freddy Krueger from the “Friday the 13th” […]

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  • 27
    Oct

Haunting Photographic Images of Early Halloween Costumes are Desired Collectibles

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, Halloween parties as social events started in the 1880s and 1890s. And although masquerade balls had always been popular, costumes were not worn […]

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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 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 Trade.” Despite frenetic attempts by the Emperor to restrict European merchants, citizens and their trading to Macau, business began to spread throughout China. The Canton System was devised to control […]

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  • 25
    Oct

Great Obscure Halloween Board Games Lurking in the Shadows

It’s Halloween time once again, and that means it is also time for my annual Halloween games roundup. I was raised on a steady diet of horror movies, horror books, horror toys and other horror media, so for all my life I’ve been a Halloween kid. But the funny thing is that when you’ve got […]

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  • 25
    Oct

Lalique, Netsuke, Patek Philippe Headline Levy’s Sale

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 get underway at 1 p.m. It will also feature highly collectible timepieces by Patek Philippe, 19th- and 20th- century furniture, sterling silver […]

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  • 25
    Oct

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

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. 4 and 5 by Cottone Auctions. The urns were the top lot in an auction that grossed $2.2 million. The Meissen […]

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  • 25
    Oct

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

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 […]

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  • 25
    Oct

The Collector’s Minute: Calendar Medals

Calendar medals are often items of speculation, and they’re frequently though to be one-of-a-kind, rare presentation pieces. But like paper calendars, they only appear rare because they were often discarded once their useful life was over. Some were made as perpetual calendars, others with a 28-year cycle. For this reason, they’ve been kept around as […]

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