• 17
    Nov

The Antique Turkey Platter: Rarely Used Dish Could Pay for Christmas and then Some

It’s that time of year where family heirlooms are dragged out of their hiding places in china cabinets and buffets to serve on the table for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners without much though about their value. Year after year, pieces like vegetable bowls, gravy boats and platters are loaded with all the good things that […]

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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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  • 10
    Dec

The Antique Turkey Platter: Rarely Used Dish Could Pay for Christmas and then Some

It’s that time of year where family heirlooms are dragged out of their hiding places in china cabinets and buffets to serve on the table for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners without much though about their value. Year after year, pieces like vegetable bowls, gravy boats and platters are loaded with all the good things that […]

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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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  • 12
    Jul

Ask a Worthologist: Salt-Glazed Crock

Janice H. picked up a stoneware crock with a cobalt-blue design at a country auction. It does have some small damage, and she’s hoping to resell it if she can make a good profit. She used our Ask a Worthologist service to determine its value, and her request was forwarded on to me. Here is […]

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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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  • 20
    Jun

Lawn Art: The Oft-Overlooked Value in Estates

In American popular culture, the kitsch surrounding pink flamingo lawn ornaments appears universal. Mention such ornaments and visions of trailer parks in Baltimore come to mind; perhaps as a result of John Waters’ 1972 movie “Pink Flamingos,” with its subtitle: “An Exercise in Poor Taste”. Until the 1970s, upscale suburban homes sometimes boasted lantern-carrying lawn […]

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  • 21
    Mar

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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  • 14
    Oct

Valuable Majolica earthenware hiding in plain sight

Valuable Majolica earthenware hiding in plain sight

By Sherri Hall-Wilcox

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  • 2
    Apr

Stoneware Jugs Can Pad Your Pockets

31 Club member, Cecil, attended a very small flea market in Greenville Kentucky, when a gentleman approached him inquiring about one of the exhibitors. Cecil informed him that the person would be back to his booth very shortly. As he was passing on this information, Cecil noticed a stoneware jug the man was carrying. This […]

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