• 17
    Sep

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Pamela Wiggins on Antiques Journalism

[caption id="attachment_2515514" align="alignright" width="160"] Pamela Wiggins[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Pamela Wiggins, who grew up in the antiques business and later became a journalist, joining her two worlds together to write about the subject as well as encouraging the family hobby of antiques interest. Click here to go to her About.com...

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  • 17
    Sep

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1950s Gentex Corporation H-4 Flight Aircraft Helmet

[caption id="attachment_251550" align="aligncenter" width="224"] A Gentex H-4 U.S. Navy flight helmet.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_251550" align="aligncenter" width="224"] The label inside the Gentex H-4 U.S. Navy flight helmet.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a helmet that was given to me by my deceased aunt. It is gold in color, has a ribbed top, and a decal of a wing with an anchor above...

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  • 16
    Sep

When Sun Shone on Canton for 95 Years: From Georgian to High Chinese Style

中國出口銀器: 陽光普照著廣州城的那九十五年 [caption id="attachment_2515476" align="alignright" width="219"] This superb and highly unusual classic form cider jug, produced circa early 19th century in the late 18th-century high Georgian style, is just one example of Sun Shing’s masterworks. Known as “The Winslow Jug,” this piece simply oozes history as it once would have oozed cider.[/caption] I’ve been aware of some debate...

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  • 14
    Sep

It’s All in the Marks: Strnact Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2515538" align="alignleft" width="192"] Event at Art Nouveau's peak, pottery from Josef Strnact pottery didn't top price charts, possibly due to the fact so many pieces were produced.[/caption] This vase is made in the Art Nouveau style, circa 1900, and it was manufactured in Austria. The markings indicate that it was made by the Josef Strnact pottery from...

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  • 13
    Sep

The Secret Japanese Art of Kintsugi Brings Beauty to Breakage

[caption id="attachment_2515413" align="alignleft" width="300"] This small vase was repaired using kintsugi, the ancient Japanese method of using powdered metal and lacquer to bond broken items together.[/caption] Break a favorite antique? Instead of throwing it out or gluing it together, there is an alternative. Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese method of repairing ceramic, glass and other materials, means “gold repair”...

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  • 13
    Sep

The Comic Speculator: Back Issue Roundup – Captain Marvel Movie Rumors

[caption id="attachment_2515399" align="alignright" width="288"] Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (Marvel Comics, 1967), written by Roy Thomas, art by Gene Colan under the name “Adam Austin.” Shipped in March, 1968.[/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...

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  • 13
    Sep

The Postcard Time Machine: Remembering Classic Television Stars

Postcards preserve the past and, like photographs, remind us of people we miss. In this stroll down the memory lane of TV stardom, we’ll take a look at some favorites who are no longer with us. Lucile Ball and Desi Arnez [caption id="attachment_251546" align="alignright" width="269"] This 1950s TV fan postcard features a portrait of Lucile Ball and Desi...

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  • 13
    Sep

Ask a Worthologist: Edmands & Co. Crock

[caption id="attachment_2515419" align="alignright" width="264"] Dendra Y. bought this crock at auction for $22. She made a good buy, as these Edmands & Co. cobalt-blue pieces usually sell for $200 to $300.[/caption] Dendra Y. picked up a crock at a local auction. Only later did she look at the name stamped on it and became curious. She contacted our...

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  • 12
    Sep

Brunswick Panatrope Radio Phonograph was the First Multi-Disc Record Player

[caption id="attachment_2515390" align="aligncenter" width="495"] The 1929 Brunswick Panatrope turntable, tone arm, record volume control, needle cup and record storage bin with a Brunswick record. (Photo: Spin Alley Vintage Phonographs and Radios)[/caption] I bought my first MP3 player last week. I know it's old technology. Apple introduced the iPod in 2001 and I’m just getting on-board. Call me a...

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  • 12
    Sep

American Marble Auctions Makes Debut with Inaugural Online Sale

[caption id="attachment_2515425" align="alignright" width="231"] This magnificent, giant paneled speckled Onionskin marble, graded 8.9, is “too rare to value.” It is expected to be the top lot in the upcoming inaugural American Marble Auctions Internet-only auction slated for Sept. 20-29.[/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The first-ever Internet-only auction for American Marble Auctions—an offshoot of American Bottle Auctions, which has featured...

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