Postcard Time Machine: Christmas—The Way it Never Was
By Bonnie Wilpon These days, I hear people bemoaning the commercialization of the holiday season. At least once during Black Friday, there’s a tale on the news of a shopper being trampled by a thundering horde galloping toward a big sale. But in the wonderful world of postcards, there are never any arguments or disagreements, […]
‘Registered in R.I.’ License Plate is a Real Diamond Found in the Rough
Last year, at the beginning of the holiday season, I received an e-mail from a young lady by the name of Nancy who dabbles in antiques and collectibles and frequents estate sales. What immediately caught my attention was the attached photo of a small, white-on-black porcelain license plate with the words “Registered in R.I.” at […]
The Iconic Eames Lounge Chair; Is that One Real or Fake?
The Eames model 670 lounge chair and 671 ottoman are undoubtedly the most recognizable pieces of mid century modern furniture and the most copied. The 670 lounge set was designed by Charles and Ray Eames; the famous husband-and-wife team that literally changed the course of commercial design starting in the early 1940s. The lounge chair […]
‘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 […]
Rinker on Collectibles: Holiday Memories of the Friday after Thanksgiving
By Harry Rinker Growing up as a youngster in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Friday after Thanksgiving marked the start of the “official” Christmas holiday shopping season. Department stores and local merchants unveiled their Christmas window displays. Santa’s Toyland opened to the delight of children of all ages. It was the first opportunity […]
The Collector’s Minute: Stag Handled Carving Sets
Items we see a great deal of that is often described as “having been in the family for five generations” are stag/bone-handled carving or cutlery sets. This, I suppose, is a result of people associating antler or bone handles with antiquity, their age increased by family tales about the origins of these pieces revisited every […]
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.
The History of Thanksgiving Day, as told in The Ladies’ World, 1892
As a fans of antiques and collectibles, whose interest in history is peaked by the things we collect, we thought it would be interesting to provide here an account of Thanksgiving in America as it was thought of more than a century ago. What follows is “The History of Thanksgiving Day” as it appeared in pages […]