• 28
    Apr

Anchors, Harpoons and Brass Ship’s Fittings are Maritime Treasure Waiting in the Mud

[caption id="attachment_2520039" align="aligncenter" width="576"] This Killick anchor, possibly up to two centuries old, was found preserved deep in a muddy river bed in New Hampshire. Amazingly, it is held together simply by the dowels fitting tightly into drilled holes.[/caption] Here in New England, if you look carefully with a “pickers” eye, you may be lucky enough to come...

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  • 22
    Apr

The Zen of Collecting: 8 Tips for Building a Better Collection

[caption id="attachment_2519998" align="alignright" width="289"] An early 20th-century zen-like scroll painting on silk, signed and seal-marked, depicting two fishermen in a mountain landscape. It sold at Eldred’s Auctioneers & Appraisers for $150 in 2006.[/caption] “Knowledge is power,” a quote attributed to Sir Francis Bacon, is the watchword of collecting and one reason WorthPoint is such a valuable resource: With...

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  • 22
    Apr

‘Thrift Hunters’ Star to Speak to Congress about Internet Sales Tax Issues

[caption id="attachment_2520008" align="aligncenter" width="464"] “Thrift Hunters” co-star and Thrifting with the Boys founder Jason T. Smith (left) with U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) during the Small Business Fly-in/Advocacy Day of the U.S. of eBay held in 2012. Smith will be talking with senators and U.S. representatives on April 30, 2014, about the issue of Internet sales tax as...

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  • 21
    Apr

An Open Love Letter to that Big, Green, City-Smashing Hunk, Godzilla

[caption id="attachment_2519972" align="alignright" width="295"] I have been in love with Mattel’s Godzilla figures since I watched my cousin Todd a 24-inch Godzilla during Christmas, 1979. My life would never be the same.[/caption] I remember it like it was yesterday. Flashback with me to Christmas, 1979. Every Christmas there are toys that dominate the shopping season, but this one...

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  • 17
    Apr

The Search for Christian and Easter Rarities in the World of Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 復活節的珍寶 Christianity has had a presence in China since the Tang Dynasty, including a significant influential Jesuit network, as well as Protestant missionaries, many of whom were Scottish. Yet, despite the long history, surviving Chinese Christian religious artefacts are extremely rare. During Passion Week and Eastertide, we explore this complex and at times violent history as well...

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  • 15
    Apr

The Great Restoration Debate: Should You Rebind or Recover Your Collectible Books?

[caption id="attachment_2519893" align="aligncenter" width="507"] The spines and corners of these books show bumps, frays and tears. An expert book restorer can repair these imperfections with very good results.[/caption] Book restoration can make a damaged book look much better, but it is expensive. Restoration is a sound decision for a family heirloom, like an 18th-century bible filled with generations...

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  • 14
    Apr

Auction House seeking Great Bambio Memorabilia for Babe Ruth Centennial Auction

[caption id="attachment_2519882" align="aligncenter" width="594"] Goldin Auctions is seeking items related to Babe Ruth for the Babe Ruth Centennial Auction, taking place on July 12, exactly 100 years to the day Ruth played in his first Major League Baseball game.[/caption] Babe Ruth. No other name in all of sports, or Americana, for that matter, can transcend generational divides the...

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  • 14
    Apr

WorthPoint adds Book on Chinese Export Silver & Marks to its Online Library

[caption id="attachment_2519877" align="alignleft" width="281"] Adrien von Ferscht’s important book, “Collector’s Guide to Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940” has just been added to WorthPoint’s Marks and Library product.[/caption] WorthPoint has announced that it has just added Adrien von Ferscht’s important book, “Collector’s Guide to Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940”—the largest information reference resource for this unique collectible silver category—to its Marks...

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  • 14
    Apr

8-Year-Old WorthPoint Fan Gives Antique Valuations at the Topanga Vintage Market

ATLANTA – 8-year-old Connor McCrory, known as “America’s Youngest Picker,” will be giving free antiques and collectibles valuations using the WorthPoint Mobile App at the Topanga Vintage Market—home to more than 180 of Los Angeles’s top vintage vendors, plus art, crafts, music and food trucks—on April 27, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pierce College in...

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  • 14
    Apr

The Enamel Revival Phenomenon and its Relationship to Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 琺瑯的復興現象 [caption id="attachment_2519906" align="aligncenter" width="458"] Highly sophisticated Chinese cloisonné first surfaced during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and that workmanship can be seen in this superb bowl.[/caption] The art of cloisonné is often looked upon as a Chinese art and, in some respects, it is a correct assumption. However, cloisonné, as a technique, finds its roots back in...

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