• 14
    Jul

It’s All In The Marks: Dating Porcelain and Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2514091" align="alignleft" width="263"] This late 19th-century portrait plate could be worth as little as $35 or as much as $600. How to know? It's all in the marks.[/caption] The process of identifying any item examined by an appraiser is based on a number of identifiers. In the case of pottery and porcelain, it often involves looking for...

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  • 12
    Jul

Ask a Worthologist: Salt-Glazed Crock

Janice H. picked up a stoneware crock with a cobalt-blue design at a country auction. It does have some small damage, and she’s hoping to resell it if she can make a good profit. She used our Ask a Worthologist service to determine its value, and her request was forwarded on to me. Here is her question: I...

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  • 12
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: Repurposed, a New Name for an Old Concept

[caption id="attachment_2514121" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This table was originally a lane taken from a soon-to-be-demolished bowling alley, making it as perfect example of repurposed.[/caption] Repurposing antiques and collectibles is back in the news. The Kovel on Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter introduced a “New Uses for Old Stuff” monthly feature beginning with its June 2013 issue. It is hard to...

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  • 12
    Jul

The Collector’s Minute: Leather Buckets

[caption id="attachment_2514208" align="alignleft" width="250"] This leather bucket dates to the first Duke of Devonshire's fire brigade, made in 1696. It's one of only two known to currently exist.[/caption] Before the invention of steam-powered water pumps, fires were put out by water thrown by "bucket chains.” In these chains, men passed full leather buckets, some which held three gallons,...

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  • 12
    Jul

MLB’s All-Star FanFest Filled with Collectible Opportunities

This weekend, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York will be home to the world’s largest interactive baseball exhibit. Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star FanFest, sponsored by T-Mobile, will provide attendees a wealth of collectible opportunities. Shopping at baseball card and memorabilia dealer booths will be just one aspect of the festivities. Paid admission to the...

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  • 12
    Jul

Ways to Tell between Original Mid-Century Modern Items & Reproductions

[caption id="attachment_2514185" align="aligncenter" width="240"] This this lamp authentic Mid-Century Modern, or a loving reproduction? How can you tell? Start by checking the cord and plug.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514186" align="aligncenter" width="240"] What about this one? The green bottle lamp (above) is modern from Johnathan Adler, while the wooden one (left) is original MCM.[/caption] Would you like a little insight into...

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  • 12
    Jul

That Stiff, Yellowing Copy of the Declaration of Independence: Is it Real? Or Valuable?

[caption id="attachment_2514220" align="alignright" width="236"] This folded 1776 Dunlap copy of the Declaration of Independence was still crisp and clean when found in 1989. It sold at Sotheby’s two years later for $2.4 million dollars.[/caption] In 1989, when a lucky Philadelphia man found an original 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence hidden in an old painting that he’d...

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  • 12
    Jul

The Curious Phenomenon of 19th-Century Chinese Export Silver Bosun’s Whistles

傳送我上去吧, 史考特. 十九世紀中國出口銀海軍口笛的特殊實物 [caption id="attachment_2514134" align="alignright" width="300"] Here we have a late 19th-century Chinese Export Silver bosun’s whistle that is similar to one that was featured and written of in the famous Chait Collection in 1985 by John Devereux Kernan. This particular item was sold at Christie’s, New York, for $813 in 2008. Today it would be worth...

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  • 11
    Jul

What’s Under Your Seat? A Short History of Cushioning

[caption id="attachment_2514099" align="alignleft" width="300"] This section of a mid-19th-century Empire footstool shows the newly patented biconical springs and several clumsy attempts to correctly tie the sprigs together.[/caption] Has that old couch gotten a little shaky? Sinking in spots? Maybe that old chair has gotten lumpy and the recliner is getting to be downright uncomfortable. What’s inside of these...

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  • 11
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Watch for July 11, 2013: Ghosted, Quantum & Woody

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 place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesyof ICV2.com. Listsof new comics are courtesyof...

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