• 7
    Aug

Photographs Can Offer More Than Just a Thousand Words

Collectors of American Indian art view their objects from two angles: as art and history. For example, the aesthetics of a war club easily transforms it into a sleek modern sculpture. When viewed in an historical context, however, the club becomes a lethal weapon. Often, the history of an artifact increases its value as a […]

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  • 13
    Jul

Creativity and a Little Sand Equals Great Folk Art

One of the hottest categories of antiques on today’s market is folk art. Though very broadly defined, the term “folk art” generally refers to individual creations by untrained or self-taught artists. From naïve, 19th-century paintings to whimsical sculptures from the late 20th century, good folk art has an inherent charm that, in recent years, has […]

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  • 18
    Mar

Music Items, Coin-Op, Advertising, Toys and Gaming to lead Fontaine’s Auction

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – For folks looking to start or increase their collection of musical items, coin-op, advertising, toys, country store, banks, gaming and more will have 365 lots of fresh, quality merchandise to consider in a March 29 auction scheduled by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. The musical items will feature rare Victrolas, gramophones, music boxes, phonographs […]

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  • 19
    Feb

Fine Art, Design, Orientalia, and Clocks on the Block at Hess Fine Auctions

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – More than 125 lots of rare and highly collectible Orientalia, fine art, design pieces, tribal art, antiquities, clocks and more will be sold in an Internet and catalog auction slated for Saturday, Feb. 22, by Hess Fine Auctions, with assistance from ATN Properties, LLC. Both companies are headquartered in St. Petersburg, […]

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  • 30
    Jul

The Collector’s Minute: Australian Aboriginal Shield

As an appraiser, one sometimes comes across some wonderful things among the average bric-a-brac most of us have stashed in our homes; things that are often so far removed from the everyday items we have, we have no idea as to their origin or potential value and have to call in a specialist. The piece […]

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  • 23
    Jul

Collecting the Uncollectible: Items that are Taboo to Some Pique the Interest of Others

As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy approaches, one of the last available possessions associated with the event is up for sale. In Boston this October, Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding band will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Experts estimate it will bring $30,000 to $50,000. When I first read an […]

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  • 1
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: World War Two-Era USO Entertainer-Signed Dollar Bill

QUESTION: I have a bill that my father carried through his World War II service in Africa, Italy and Germany. The bill contains autographs obtained backstage from members of U.S.O. touring groups. Signatures include Louise Allbritton, June Allyson, Mary Brian, Eddie Cantor, Harry James, George Raft, Dinah Shore, and one name I cannot make out. The […]

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  • 11
    May

Dressed Fleas and Flea Circus are Not Necessarily for the Dogs

One of the most unusual and interesting Ask A Worthologist questions that we have come across was posed by Lisa Townley, a WorthPoint member from Texas, regarding a small matchbox that contained miniature wedding dress and tuxedo—worn by a flea bride and groom. Lisa told me that she remembered the small box from when she […]

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  • 30
    Nov

Iroquois Purses

Iroquois Purses

By Dolores Elliott

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  • 25
    Nov

Large Iroquois Pincushion

Large Iroquois Pincushion

By Dolores Elliott

One of the most common forms of Iroquois pincushions is the large rectangular pincushion that often features a beaded bird on a field of purple velvet. A frame of beaded leaves surrounds the purple center. I estimate that at least 8,000 of these pincushions were made between 1870 and 1910.

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