• 29
    Oct

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Paul Schreckengost-Designed Zodiac-Theme Plate

QUESTION: I have a 9-inch diameter sky blue Zodiac-theme plate designed by Paul Schreckengost for Gem Clay Forming Company of Sebring, Ohio. Viktor Schreckengost, a famous designer and longtime professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, was Paul’s brother. I found a great deal of information about Viktor but very little about Paul on the […]

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  • 15
    Oct

Ask a Worthologist: Lladró Ballet Dancers Figurine

WorthPoint member Denise J. purchased a Lladró figurine from a bankruptcy sale of a jewelry store. She believes it must have been old stock because it isn’t listed in any current Lladró catalogs and wonders if it’s worth more because it appears to be out of production. Her question was sent to our “Ask a […]

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  • 8
    Oct

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Belmont Metal Products Dual White Enamel Washtubs

QUESTION: I have a dual (double) washtub setup. The tubs have a white enamel finish and are mounted on a metal frame. There is a metal tag that reads: BELMONT METAL PRODUCTS, INC. / YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO.” I was wondering what my dual wash tub setup is worth. – JT, via e-mail ANSWER: After failing to […]

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  • 30
    Sep

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Elaine Miller on Glass and Ceramic Restoration

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis conducts a fascinating interview with noted glass and ceramic conservator Elaine Miller, where she discusses the art of restoration/repair and her passion for putting the puzzles back together as well as maintaining the integrity of fine objects. Listen here: Martin Willis is Worthologist, auctioneer and director […]

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  • 30
    Sep

It’s all in the Marks: No, It`s not Early Meissen

Contrary to many who believe that advertising and product branding was mainly a Madison Avenue/20th-century marketing innovation, “branding”—the marketing of a name, or even profiting off a competitors reputation—dates back to antiquity. When it comes to pottery and porcelain, there were dozens of smaller potteries that attempted to cash in on the prestige of famous […]

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  • 25
    Sep

Rinker on Collectibles: Who’s Responsible for Maintaining Value in a Collecting Category?

The antiques and collectibles market is not a laissez-faire economy. According to Wikipedia, laissez-faire is “an economic environment in which transactions are free from government regulations, tariffs and subsidies, with only enough regulation to protect property rights. This phrase laissez-faire is French and literally means ‘let (them) do,’ but it broadly implies ‘let it be,’ […]

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  • 24
    Sep

Collectible Sports Figures: They’re More than Just Bobbleheads

There are many types of sports figures for collectors to pursue that have intrinsic value all of their own. However, they can also serve as a versatile piece to add variety and dimension in the display of other sports memorabilia as well. Available in all shapes, sizes, and materials, sports figures go by a variety […]

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  • 24
    Sep

It’s all in the Marks: What Does ‘OEPIAG/EPIAG’ Mean?

Going through the e-mail from WorthPoint readers, we often receive questions about the markings on pottery and porcelain, particularly European pieces made between the First and Second World Wars (1918-1939). I often get a lot enquires about the markings “OEPIAG” and “EPIAG Marks,” such as the question below. QUESTION: “I inherited boxes of porcelain from […]

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  • 14
    Sep

It’s All in the Marks: Strnact Pottery

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 1900 to 1933. The Strnact pottery, which employed more than 300 people in 1910, was founded by Josef Strnact, Jr., in 1881 in the former […]

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  • 13
    Sep

Ask a Worthologist: Edmands & Co. Crock

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 Ask a Worthologist service and asked for more information. Her request was forwarded on to me. Here’s her question. “I bought this crock at an auction about six […]

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