• 4
    Jun

America’s Early Antique Stores: When did the Industry begin in Earnest in the U.S.?

Having lunch with friends from the U.K., we discussed our afternoon spent browsing through antique stores. “Why aren’t there more antiques in your antique stores?” questioned Nigel. “There aren’t enough real antiques in America” chimed in his wife Susan, “except those that are imported from Europe, of course.” “America has a thriving antiques business” I […]

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  • 15
    May

Collecting the Royals: Kings, Queens and Pretenders to the Throne

There seems to be a lot of abdicating going around. First, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down as Supreme Pontiff (a kind of monarchy), the first reigning Pope to do so in 600 years. Then Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who was on the throne for only 33 years, abdicated in favor of her eldest son, […]

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  • 9
    May

Collecting JFK: Reviewing the Dave Powers Kennedy Presidential Auction

As WorthPoint’s Worthologist for presidential, political and White House memorabilia, one of my first articles, written more than five years ago, concerned the collectibles of President John F. Kennedy. In “Collecting JFK” I highlighted four collectible categories to consider when determining the value of any JFK item: personal, association, event and commemorative. The closer to […]

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  • 6
    May

Ask a Worthologist: Mom’s ‘Untouchable’ Bird Figurine

Darren H. inherited a bird figurine from his mother. He thinks it might have been a wedding gift 
but was never told where it came from or how much was paid for it. His inquiry 
was forwarded on to me via the Ask a Worthologist service. “I have no idea where this robin figurine came […]

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  • 27
    Mar

Ask A Worthologist: The Railroad Platter

Bart N. was given this platter by a relative. The piece is in very good condition, having been packed away for 40 years. Bart plans to donate it for a charity auction. His questions regarding this piece were forwarded on to me via WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service. “I was given this platter by my […]

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  • 22
    Mar

Spring is the Time to Hop on Easter Collectibles

A time of bunnies bearing eggs is just one tradition of Easter. Many religions have been celebrating early spring as a time of renewal, warmth and new life. It is a social festival involving bonfires, baskets, food, family, community and faith all around the world. So, while the traditions have been handed down for millennia, […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: When Does a Collectible Hit its Bottom Price?

When asked about the influence of the Internet—especially eBay—on the antiques and collectibles market, the shift in the antiques and collectibles supply and demand is one of the first points I make. Prior to the Internet/eBay, auctioneers, collectors, dealers and others in the antiques and collectible trade could only best guess at the survival rate […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Toys, Glass, Petroliana Fetch Top Dollar in Auction

RAYMOND, Ill. — A standard-glaze portrait vase bearing the likeness of a cocker spaniel sold for $2,640 on the last day of a three-day auction held Feb. 15 thorough 17 hosted by Matthews Auctions. The 13-inch vase, signed “M. Timberlake,” was in good condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs. It was the top achiever […]

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  • 3
    Mar

It’s All In the Marks: Identifying Ceramics and Glass

To well-seasoned or novice collectors, determining a maker or origin of a piece can be very confusing if it is outside their normal area of interest. Any markings that can be found can often help unravel the mystery—if you know what the marks mean. If you don’t, however, they can lead you well astray of […]

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  • 14
    Feb

It’s All In the Marks: Dating Royal Copenhagen Figurines

To well-seasoned or novice collectors, determining a maker or origin of a piece can be very confusing if it is outside their normal area of interest. Any markings that can be found can often help unravel the mystery—if you know what the marks mean. If you don’t, however, they can lead you well astray of […]

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