• 21 Mar
    2013

It’s All In the Marks: Pitchers and Plates

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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  • 11 Mar
    2013

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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  • 23 Jan
    2013

Ask a Worthologist: The Mystery of the Hungarian-Italian Vase

Ben N. claims to know nothing about antiques; he just buys what he likes and, to date, he’s done very well when he’s researched what he’s brought home. His latest piece is one he found in a church fundraiser for $100. Ben contacted us via WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service to inquire about this piece, […]

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  • 28 Nov
    2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: Roseville Vase

Jeff A. found an unusual vase he thinks is Art Nouveau. He recently bought it at an antique store because he liked its design. His curiosity got the better of him and he’s since done a little research on it. He’s intrigued because it has no maker’s marks, number or letters to give any idea […]

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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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  • 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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  • 21 Feb
    2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: Staffordshire Pearl Figural Group

Jessie H. got into a bidding war 10 years ago for a ceramic figurine at an auction. While he ended up paying more than he wanted, he was happy he won the piece. Now, a decade later, he feels it’s time for it to go, if he can get the right price. He engaged WorthPoint’s […]

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  • 14 Dec
    2010

Ask A Worthologist Question: Rookwood Vellum Plaque

Vale E. has an unusual piece she inherited four years ago. Not knowing exactly what she had, she engaged “Ask a Worthologist” service. The question was forwarded to me. Here is her question: “I inherited this small portrait of a mountain winter scene with a pine tree about four years ago. I never really gave […]

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  • 2 Nov
    2010

Face Jugs: A Uniquely Southern Collectible with a Mysterious Origin

Bulging, uneven eyes and pointed teeth may not sound like desirable facial attributes, but in the world of face jugs, sometimes the uglier the better. These jugs typically have large eyes, often seeming to bubble off the face, a protruding nose and a mouth rivaled by a James Bond movie character by the name of […]

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  • 27 Sep
    2010

Ask A Worthologist Question: Dutch Delft Tiles

When Jennifer T. bought a house, she found some ceramic tiles wrapped in Dutch newspapers. Having seen similar tiles in auction catalogs, Jennifer engaged WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service to see if the tiles she had were similar to those selling for hundreds of dollars or more at auction. The question was forwarded to me. […]

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