• 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

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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  • 22
    Aug

Beanies, Dolls and Plates: The ‘Valueless Collectibles’

We all know that the Beanie Baby craze was a wild ride for a couple of years. People were actually acquiring these plush little darlings in the hope of building a nice retirement nest egg. I know a few people who really saw the Beanie Babies as the answer to their financial troubles. I have […]

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  • 6
    Aug

It’s all in the Marks: Using War and ‘Country of Origin Marks’ for Quick Dating

For appraisers and dealers, there are some instant identifiers to determine earliest possible dates of production, some as simple as the country of origin mark. In the course of human history, war often change the boundaries of countries, or even create new countries where none existed before. One prime example is Czechoslovakia. Simply seeing Czechoslovakia […]

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  • 14
    Jul

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

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 manufacturing and company markings, many of which are well documented and some with only the barest of references. I’m going to take you through the process. […]

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  • 9
    Jul

From Public Health Necessity to Collectibility: The History of the Beer Stein

When the first beer steins were being produced, their future collectibility likely wasn’t being considered by those who produced them. It took roughly 400 years after the first steins were produced before stein collecting began to take off. The earliest steins can date back to the Late Middle Ages, more specifically the 1500s. The word […]

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  • 27
    Jun

Treasures That Aren’t: The Most Faked Collectibles

In antiques and collectibles, you’ve got your share of frauds and scams. We’ve been shocked by stories of imposters who can create “authentic” paintings by the world’s masters, produce ancient art objects, forge signatures on baseballs, create “rare” books, “find” long lost stamps and “discover” historical letters or diaries. Even antique wine has been fabricated. […]

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