• 24 Oct
    2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: Art Nouveau-Style Chocolate Service Set

WorthPoint member Denise A. has what she was told is a coffee set that dates from the late 1800s, the former property of a relative who traveled extensively during the 1920s and collected things from all over the world. While Denise likes the look of the set, it really does not go with anything in […]

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  • 29 Aug
    2011

Unloved Antiques: Dragonware Tea Set

The ninth item in this series of “Unloved Antiques” is Dragonware. The tea set above is a good example of this Japanese pottery. Dragonware is the term used to describe porcelain or pottery items with raised decorations that depict an oriental dragon. Many family stories abound about these colorful tea sets; in fact, we’ve almost […]

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  • 22 Aug
    2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: Rosenthal Figurine

James M. spotted this Rosenthal figurine in a box lot of odds and ends at a country auction last year and bought the box for the huge sum of $12. Most of the other stuff in the box—table-top bric-a-brac—appeared to date from the 1930s, but it was the figurine that caught his eye as potentially […]

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  • 15 Aug
    2011

Dining with Antiques – White House China

In the United States, official state dinners are formal events hosted by the President in honor of visiting heads of foreign governments. Ceremonial in nature, they are often held to reaffirm diplomatic ties. In times past, these protocol-heavy dinners were also given for members of the cabinet, Supreme Court and Congress, as well as for […]

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  • 2 Aug
    2011

Dining with Antiques – Dinner with Salvador Dali

“At the age of 6 I wanted to be a cook,” wrote Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali in his 1942 autobiography. “At 7 I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily since.” Dali (1904-1989) is best known for his symbolic and controversial paintings, his flamboyant, eccentric lifestyle and his iconic mustache. Dali […]

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  • 18 Jul
    2011

Dining with Antiques – Ancient Roman Pottery

In the previous installments of “Dining with Antiques,” we have so far covered a variety of vintage recipes and collectible dinnerware dating from the 1800s to the 1960s. This article, however, features some of the oldest collectibles on earth, along with some of the oldest recorded recipes. It is hard to believe, but ancient Roman […]

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  • 5 Jul
    2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: Weller Pottery Umbrella Stand

Veronica J. spotted this “large vase” in an antique shop whose proprietor was retiring and clearing his stock. The vase was tagged as “Weller,” but it was unmarked. When questioned about it, the dealer claimed he’d purchased it at auction five years before as a Weller piece, but had been unable to sell it for […]

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  • 27 Jun
    2011

Unloved Antiques: Hummel Knockoffs

The seventh item in this series of “Unloved Antiques” are Hummel knockoffs, like the three above. These post-World War Two Japanese creations were based on the popular Goebel Hummel figures made from the late 1930s onward. The original designs for these innocent views of children being the creation of Berta Hummel (German, 1909-1946). Berta is […]

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  • 23 May
    2011

English Antique Tableware a Popular, Practical Collectible

In the mid-18th century, potters of England’s Staffordshire district began experimenting with new clays, forms, glazes and decorative techniques in creating tableware. This explosion of innovation owes much to the relative freedom granted to British businesses during this period that allowed the traditional craft and cottage industry to evolve into what would become a large, […]

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  • 11 May
    2011

Unloved Antiques: Commemorative Whiskey Decanters

The fourth item in this series of “Unloved Antiques”  (previous editions focused on Collector Plates, antique Singer Sewing Machines and vintage Decorator Prints) and is the commemorative whiskey decanter, like the one pictured right, issued by Ezra Brooks distilleries, circa 1973. This particular one, honoring the Veterans of Foreign Wars, was just one of many veteran […]

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