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.
‘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 […]
It’s All in the Marks: Dating a Wedgwood Jasperware Urn
This covered urn is an example of Wedgwood “Jasperware.” According to its owner, this one was purchased in 1980 at auction; its vintage was not listed in the auction catalog. Jasperware is a very distinctive type of stoneware with ivory/marble-looking appliques of Greek and Roman classical design on a blue, black, pink, brown red or […]
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 […]
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 […]
A Look at Cincinnati Pottery Before There Was Rookwood
For most antique lovers, the Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati conjures up images of fine ceramics. Great decorators, combined with great glazes gave this art pottery a well-deserved national reputation. Few people know, however, that Cincinnati was also the scene of a thriving ceramic industry long before pottery began to be manufactured on the top of […]
‘Thrift Hunter’ Jason T. Smith to Attend Christmas-Themed Tiki Event in SoCal
Jason T. Smith, the star of “Thrift Hunters” and a WorthPoint Worthologist with a penchant for all things tiki, will be bringing dozens of Polynesian-themed items to sell at the International Tiki Marketplace Holiday Edition Saturday, Dec. 6 at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, Calif. The event—which will feature some 40-plus tiki vendors, live […]
St. Patrick’s Day: Another Excuse to Collect!
As an Irish person—living in Ireland—let me relay the bad news/set the record straight: we don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Aside from having the day off work, it’s a slight non-entity. Yes, you have people who use the day to drink themselves silly in the many pubs around the country (mainly because they have […]