• 18
    Aug

Doll Collector: Bru is the ‘Face’ of Antique French Dolls

(This article first appeared in Doll Collector magazine. Please click here to subscribe) [caption id="attachment_2514107" align="alignleft" width="204"] A 22-inch tall doll from a McMasters Harris auction has the ideal Bru face. (Photo: McMasters Harris Auction Co.)[/caption] If you were to make a survey of doll collectors today and ask them to name their first choice for a brand...

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  • 16
    Aug

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Martin Kemp and the newly Discovered Da Vinci Work

[caption id="attachment_2514859" align="alignright" width="215"] “La Bella Principessa.”[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Martin Kemp, who discusses where science meets art to uncover the “La Bella Principessa,” a Leonardo Da Vinci work that was nearly unattributed and lost through time. Listen in to hear how a $21,000 German 19th-century portrait can turn into...

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  • 16
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Lithograph Motor Race Game, Mechanical Whale Toy

[caption id="attachment_2514896" align="alignright" width="300"] A Wolverine Motor Race lithograph board game.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a Motor Race Game, a 16-inch-square lithograph tin game board and the six cars. It is in very good condition. My wife and I play the game, careful not to scratch the surface. What is it worth? – AA, via e-mail ANSWER: Wolverine introduced...

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  • 16
    Aug

A Coin Collector’s Question: Is it Time to Flock to U.S. Silver Eagles?

[caption id="attachment_2514959" align="alignright" width="300"] Here is the coin that started it all: the 1986 U.S. Silver Eagle, a multifaceted silver-Bullion coin, good as a collectible or for IRA deposit.[/caption] In the early 1980s, a multitude of investors and collectors were keen on acquiring silver in coin or bar format for investment and speculation. The metals market was a...

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  • 16
    Aug

Game-Used Bats: The Eras and Values for Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2514935" align="alignleft" width="264"] This early Louisville Slugger dates to the Dead Ball Era.[/caption] In the first part of our series on collecting game-used bats, we examined issues relating to authentication. This included establishing provenance and identifying game-used characteristics. In this, part two, we’ll take a look at the values of game-used bats, examine some legendary lumber and...

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  • 16
    Aug

Chinese Export Silver: An Almighty Battle Royal over a Tea Set!

中國出口銀器: 一套茶具上的偉大戰役 [caption id="attachment_2514902" align="aligncenter" width="495"] Here is the tea set that caused the ground to move under author Adrien von Ferscht’s very feet. The battle scenes depicted on the panels of this tea set are of the Battle of Yancheng, the outcome of which was the routing of the invading Jin army. General Yue Fei was aided...

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  • 16
    Aug

Fender Instruments: From Radio Repair to Rock ‘n’ Roll History

[caption id="attachment_2514848" align="alignleft" width="300"] This 1962 Stratocaster model featured a contoured body, three pickups and a double cutaway.[/caption] Leo Fender became a rock ‘n’ roll icon quite by accident. After a brief career as a bookkeeper, Leo opened a radio repair shop in Fullerton, Calif., in 1938, when he was just 29 years old. In 1938, the electronics...

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  • 16
    Aug

It’s All in the Marks: How to Identify Rookwood Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2514863" align="alignleft" width="148"] It's a Rookwood vase, but when was it made and who designed it?[/caption] For appraisers at Antiques Roadshow-type of events, it's often like teaching condensed "Antiques 101" courses, with a narrow focus on one maker, artist or decorative-arts movement. In many cases, we first concentrate on the basics of identification to determine more detailed...

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  • 15
    Aug

Illuminating Antique Furniture: Let There Be Light… with Caution

[caption id="attachment_2514885" align="alignleft" width="300"] If left in place long enough, this table runner and centerpiece will protect the center of the table while the exposed sections fade around it. The table should be uniformly covered in the long term.[/caption] Have you ever stopped to think how important light is to your antique furniture? A good place to start is...

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  • 14
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/14/2013

[caption id="attachment_2514828" align="alignright" width="378"] Infinity #1 (of 6)(Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover), 1:200, ($50-$60). There should be plenty of the variants out there so keep your price point low.[/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, back issues and the comic market...

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