• 28 Mar
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Curtis-Lee Mansion Lithograph, Nabisco Pro Face Cards

QUESTION: I own a lithograph print of the Curtis-Lee Mansion, also known as Arlington House, located in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. John Ross Key, the grandson of Francis Scott Key, did the lithograph. The print is framed and measures 25 ½ inches by 13 ½ inches. What is its value? – D, Quincy, […]

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  • 26 Mar
    2013

It’s All In the Marks: Currier and Ives Prints

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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  • 19 Mar
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Zon-O-Phone Phonograph, Peter Ompir Toleware Tray

QUESTION: Our family owns a Zon-O-Phone phonograph that is good condition. There are several discs stored in the cabinet. We enjoy it as an interesting piece of furniture and occasionally listen to the recordings. What information can you provide about the Zon-O-Phone and its value? – TL, State College, Pa., via e-mail ANSWER: Frank Seaman […]

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  • 12 Sep
    2011

Unloved Antiques: 19th-Century Religious Prints

The tenth item in this series of “Unloved Antiques” is late 19th- to early 20th-century religious prints, such as those depicting Patron Saints, Guardian Angels or the Madonna were very popular from the turn of the 19th century through the 1930s. Virtually any Catholic home—particularly those of European origins of the period—would have an image […]

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  • 25 Apr
    2011

Unloved Antiques: Mass-Produced Decorator Prints

The third item in this series of “Unloved Antiques” (read the first two installments here and here) is the Decorator Print, like this one titled “Cupid Awake” by photographer Morris Burke Parkinson. This print was produced from 1897 through to the 1920s, if not later, and distributed by the Taber Prang Art Company of Springfield, Mass., […]

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  • 23 Mar
    2011

The Collector’s Minute: Equestrian Prints

One item we see more of than just about anything else in the appraisal & antique business are late 19th- to early 20th-century “equestrian prints,” generally depicting fox hunting, or as Oscar Wilde put it, “The unspeakable in pursuit of the Inedible.” Equestrian prints of were quite popular during this period, most were based on […]

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  • 16 Aug
    2010

Ask A Worthologist Question: Charles M. Capps Etching/Aquatint

  Ben T., being the thoughtful and helpful nephew, has been helping his aunt go through all the stuff that has accumulated in her garage over the years. While “stuff” might be a generous term to most of the garage’s content, one item caught his eye. Not wanting to toss out something that might be […]

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  • 19 Jul
    2010

Ask A Worthologist Question: Early Golf Reprint

  Jessie D. found an old print hidden behind a framed mirror. Not wanting to toss out something that might be valuable, Jessie turned to WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service. The question was forwarded to me. Here is the question: “This print was found when I was removing a discolored mirror from an old frame […]

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  • 15 Dec
    2009

‘Original’ Rembrandt Etching Could be Modern Armand Durant Restrike

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (Dutch-Born July 15, 1606 – Died October 4, 1669) is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in the period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age. While most of us could never afford an original “Old Master” Oil painting by […]

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  • 22 Sep
    2009

Currier & Ives Prints: Ways to Tell Originals form Reproductions

From 1834 to 1907 the firm of Currier & Ives provided for the American people a window on their country’s development from a rural society to an industrialized one. Highly detailed and colorful, these are prime examples of the work of “America’s printmakers.” For nearly three quarters of a century, Currier & Ives provided “Colored […]

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