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  • Feb 7 2014
  • 7 Feb 2014

The Collector’s Minute: Sonora Cabinet Phonographs and Radios

With the passage of time, the names of once well-known companies that were advertised 
daily on radio and in newspapers have faded away. Sonora is […]

  • Jan 17 2014
  • 17 Jan 2014

Danelectro Guitars: The Beginners’ Instrument Collected by Rock Stars

Vintage guitar auctions are heavily weighted toward the three big names in guitar history—Fender, Gibson and Martin—and rightfully so: in recent decades, those companies have […]

  • Jan 14 2014
  • 14 Jan 2014

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1950s Italian Ceramics, Philadelphia Tavern Prints

QUESTION: I own an urn-like vase that rests on a matching plate. The vase stands 8 ¾ inches high and is 3 ¼ inches wide […]

  • Dec 20 2013
  • 20 Dec 2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: French Provincial Loveseat & Camp Granada Board Game

QUESTION: I have a French Provincial loveseat. I was told it was made in France or possibly Quebec, Canada, in the 1880s. Around 1900, my […]

  • Dec 9 2013
  • 9 Dec 2013

Bob Dylan’s Historic Newport Stratocaster to Soars to Nearly $1 Million, a Guitar Record

As comedian Don Adams used to say in his 1960-s TV comedy show Get Smart: “I missed it by this… much,” Christie’s appraisers had estimated […]

  • Nov 15 2013
  • 15 Nov 2013

‘Introducing…. The Beatles’: A Story about a First Collectible

I’m old and I can’t remember anything. So when my editor asked me to write about my very first collectible, I was shocked (and somewhat […]

  • Nov 3 2013
  • 3 Nov 2013

When Dylan Went Electric: Historic Newport Stratocaster to be Auctioned by Christie’s

On Dec. 6, 2013, Christie’s of New York will auction the 1964 Fender Stratocaster guitar that was played by Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk […]

  • Oct 16 2013
  • 16 Oct 2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: A Bottle of 1969 Château Mouton Rothschild

QUESTION: I have a bottle of 1969 Château Mouton Rothschild. The bottle is No. 32124. The bottle label notes: “Shipped by / LEXIS /LACHINE & […]

  • Oct 8 2013
  • 8 Oct 2013

D’Angelico and D’Aquisto: Masters of the Handmade Archtop Guitar

Handmade stringed musical instruments are seldom average. They are usually found at the extremes of quality: they are either gawdawful or sublime. The “worst of […]

  • Sep 20 2013
  • 20 Sep 2013

I Inherited the Family Piano… Now What?

How do you stop an elephant from charging? Take away his credit card. Why do elephants have trunks? Because they would look silly with glove […]