• 5
    Sep

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Mid-Century Modern Penn State Classroom Chair

[caption id="attachment_2515207" align="alignright" width="185"] Thonet Industries produced several mid-20th-century design variations of this chair, some designed for use as dining table chairs and others (heavier in form) for auditorium and classroom use. Modernist dealers ask between $225 and $300 for the dining room versions. This classroom version lists around $100.[/caption] QUESTION: In the 1990s, I bought four (4)...

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  • 4
    Sep

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/04/2013

[caption id="attachment_2515165" align="aligncenter" width="477"] X-Men Battle of the Atom #1 (of 2)(Frank Cho Variant Cover), 1:50, ($18-$20). The X-Men of the future travel to today to warn the X-Men of the past that they must return to their own time line. My head hurts just writing that.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book...

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  • 4
    Sep

5,000-Year-Old Game Pieces Prove the Impulse to Create Board Games is Intrinsic

[caption id="attachment_2515191" align="aligncenter" width="492"] Stone pieces, such as these ancient tokens found in Turkey, are regarded as a luxury today. The ancient Turks had not yet discovered plastic miniatures and die-cut cardboard.[/caption] When I’ve written in this column about hobby board games or the kinds of board games that most folks are familiar with, 50 or 60 years...

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  • 4
    Sep

Mud on a Supermodel: The Inappropriate Hardware Detracts from Fine Furniture

[caption id="attachment_2515183" align="alignleft" width="298"] This turn-of-the-century Golden Oak server was degraded with porcelain floral pulls.[/caption] Putting lipstick on a pig usually doesn’t make much difference in how we view the pig but the opposite application might have a dramatic effect. How about putting barnyard mud on a runway supermodel? Now that is bound to affect our perception of...

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  • 3
    Sep

The Auction that Launched the Antiques Trade

[caption id="attachment_2515129" align="aligncenter" width="576"] As Captain-Generalcy of the English forces, John Churchill was the commander of the English troops at the Battle of Blenheim in Bavaria (1704). His clever tactics enabled him to beat his French opponents, and the Monarchy awarded him the title Duke of Marlborough and an estate (above) named in recognition of his successful battle...

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  • 3
    Sep

The Collector’s Minute: 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4*S NART Spyder

[caption id="attachment_2515140" align="aligncenter" width="512"] This 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4*S NART Spyder sold for $27.5 million at an auction facilitated by RM Auctions on Aug. 19, 2013.[/caption] It seems the dream cars of my childhood, the late 1950s to ’60s Ferrari, are always out of reach, with ever-increasing values. I have, alas, come to the realization that one will never...

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  • 3
    Sep

It’s No Joke When it Comes to Steiff’s Vintage Teddy Clown Bears

[caption id="attachment_2515152" align="alignleft" width="300"] Richard Steiff—who was living in New York at 1925 and was responsible for growing the brand in the United States, was unhappy with the “colorless, sober and insipid” look of the company’s offerings. The direct result was the development of Teddy Clown bear, who work a felt hat with two pom-poms and a matching...

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  • 3
    Sep

Collectible Posters from the 1969-70 ‘American Invasion’ of the U.K.

[caption id="attachment_2515156" align="alignleft" width="244"] Isle of Wight Festival August 1969: Bob Dylan – It was a real coup to land Dylan for the ’69 festival and various members of the rock aristocracy joined 500,000-plus fans to witness Dylan in action. This poster is oft-reproduce, but an original one would cost you $500 to $600. (Photo: moviepostermem.com)[/caption] The Beatles...

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  • 30
    Aug

A Serious Case of Mistaken Identity Finally Revealed

中國出口銀器: 一個被錯誤辨認已久的身份終於被揭露了 [caption id="attachment_2515114" align="aligncenter" width="241"] Here we have a Chinese Export Silver tea caddy that is currently offered for sale and is attributed to Kan Mao Hsing.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2515115" align="aligncenter" width="174"] The maker’s mark clearly shows it was, in fact, made by Tu Mao Xing.[/caption] There is no such maker as Kan Mao Hsing! This article is...

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  • 29
    Aug

Grey Flannel’s Basketball Hall of Fame Auction a Slam Dunk for Hoops Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2515098" align="alignright" width="231"] This 1960 U.S.A. Basketball Olympic Gold Medal, belong to Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas, is among the 140-some items to be had at the Grey Flannel’s Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Auction, slated for Sept. 7. (Photo: Grey Flannel Auctions)[/caption] SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Each year, basketball’s finest gather in Springfield, Mass., to honor...

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