• 4
    Dec

Victorian Trash for Christmas: A Fine Pin Cushion Doll

For almost 40 years, I have been on my hands and knees, digging through trash. It is to the point where more people know me by my “a.k.a.” name—The Downeast Digger—than by my actual name. It started innocently enough, as my older brother towed my sister and me out in the trailer of our old […]

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  • 1
    Dec

Love ’Em or Hate ’Em: Thomas Kinkade Christmas Figurines Abound

I received a note from a collector of Thomas Kinkade figurines who had received a new one every two months, thanks to a subscription. She wanted to know if they will increase in value over time. Thomas Kinkade (Jan. 19, 1958 – April 6, 2012) is like liver and onions: either you like him or […]

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  • 20
    Nov

How to Remove Stains from your Antique China, Pottery and Porcelain

Have you ever passed up purchasing a wonderful piece of art pottery, flow blue, transferware or any other collectable ceramic or porcelain because it had horrible crazing or other stains? I know I have. Condition, condition, condition is the mantra that has been drilled into our heads. Only buy the best when purchasing our collectables and antiques.

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  • 13
    Nov

‘Herzlichen Glückwunsch!’ Best Wishes on Starting a German Beer Stein Collection

Collecting something new can usually be overwhelming. When I first started collecting and selling beer steins, I was amazed by the vast variety available. A large majority of the antique steins you will find out there are low-priced “souvenir” steins. These types of steins generally don’t hold much value or collectability. Beginning collectors will usually […]

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  • 9
    Oct

How to Detect Repaired Porcelain, Art Pottery & Clay Pieces

Antiques and collectibles enthusiasts often find themselves frequenting community charity auctions, local antique shows, neighborhood garage sales and internet web sites searching for their next “Great Find.” But buying from someone you don’t know—and may never be able to find again—is sometimes risky business. For collectors of different types of ceramic art, including porcelain figurines, […]

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  • 11
    Sep

The Ups And Downs of Depression-Era Southern California Pottery

When collectors think about California Pottery, they probably picture the vividly colored dishes produced in the golden state during the Great Depression years by the “Big 5”—that would be Bauer, Catalina, Gladding-McBean, Metlox, Pacific, and Vernon Kilns. Colorful pottery used to be a ubiquitous feature of the lifestyle in the southern part of the Golden […]

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  • 11
    Aug

Buying and Enjoying Japanese Porcelain & Historic Items; A Collector’s Take

Are you a collector or are you in an accumulating phase? I interviewed Andreas “Andy” Aigner, a program manager for a telecommunications company who lived in Japan in early 2007 and early 2009 for six-month stints, for his take on collecting porcelain. David Pike: Why do you collect? What does ‘the passion of collecting’ mean […]

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  • 3
    Jun

Kintsugi Techniques: A Detailed Look at the Art of Repair

There is a boom going on in the Japanese art of repair called kintsugi. A quick search on the Internet will turn up links to several major exhibitions in the last couple years. This ancient, traditional art is starting some well-deserved attention outside of Japan. As I’ve noted in a previous article, if you are interested […]

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  • 21
    Jul

Buyer of Chinese ‘Chicken Cup’ Racks up 422 Million American Express Reward Points

Many of us plan our big, monthly purchases with rewards points in mind. Whether they are frequent flyer bonus points, credit card rewards points or another system that offers some kind of prize for spending money with a certain dedicated card, when we are buying big-ticket items, somewhere in the back of our brain we […]

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  • 25
    Jun

Jomar Memorabilia Hits the Internet; Circus Collectors & Enthusiasts Rejoice

Unless you are a circus enthusiast, the name Jomar probably doesn’t mean anything to you. Even an experienced antique collector can rarely identify what it is. Mention Jomar to a circus history enthusiast, though, and he will immediately recognize the name of John Ringling’s private railroad car. The name “Jomar” was created by combining the […]

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