• 24
    Sep

Five Ways Collecting Political Buttons is Different than Other Hobbies

As there is still a good 410 days or so left before the 2016 presidential election, the news coverage of the primary candidates in both the Republican and Democratic parties is nearly wall-to-wall already. And as voters begin to take sides, they’ll be looking to show their support for their chosen candidates. Traditionally, that support […]

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  • 21
    Sep

With Pope Francis set to Visit the U.S., Here’s a Look at Collecting Papal Memorabilia

As Pope Francis comes to the United States for a three-city visit—Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia—throngs of Catholics and others will be lining the streets to get a look at the 266th pontiff and spiritual leader of about one billion Catholics worldwide. Francis, who is also the head of state of Vatican City—a country […]

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  • 3
    Sep

Look with Your Brain, as well as Your Eyes, to Avoid a Costly Mistaken Identity

I was wandering around an antique mall in Tennessee one time a few years back and noticed some small tools and other oojahs in a display case. The attendant came over and pointed to several pocket kits and said, “I wouldn’t want to see a doctor coming at me with one of those!” I thought […]

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  • 22
    Nov

Collecting JFK: Do the Kennedy Things Grandmother Saved Have Any Value

There are events in our lives that stand out like no others. Most of us in my generation know where we were and what we were doing on Nov. 22, 1963 when we learned that John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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  • 15
    Nov

Upcoming Legends Auction Retells the Story of JFK and Camelot One item at a Time

With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy later this month, several high-level auctions of personal, campaign and presidential items associated with his time at the White House have recently been conducted. Even personal effects of Lee Harvey Oswald have been auctioned. Now comes the Kennedy-Hollywood connection. John McInnis Auctioneers is […]

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  • 15
    Nov

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Dan Meader on the JFK and the Legends Auction

On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks Martin talks to Dan Meader at John McInnis Auctions about the record-breaking David Powers Auction of JFK’s affects earlier this year and the upcoming monumental Legends Auction, JFK, Peter Lawford, Ernest Hemingway, Marilyn Monroe and more. Listen to Dan’s enthusiasm as he explains behind the […]

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  • 12
    Jul

The Curious Phenomenon of 19th-Century Chinese Export Silver Bosun’s Whistles

傳送我上去吧, 史考特. 十九世紀中國出口銀海軍口笛的特殊實物 What we know as the China Trade began in 1757 when, by Imperial edict, a set of stringent regulations were implemented in order to try to control the non-Chinese merchant sea traders trying to set anchor in Chinese ports. An area at the mouth of the Pearl River was designated as foreign […]

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  • 15
    Jun

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Cigar Box

QUESTION: I have an English sterling silver cigarette box with a tortoiseshell lid. It measures approximately 7 inches by 4 inches by 3 inches. Since the lid is tortoiseshell, I am concerned about selling it in fear that it might be confiscated by Federal authorities because tortoise products are on the endangered species list. What […]

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  • 15
    May

Collecting the Royals: Kings, Queens and Pretenders to the Throne

There seems to be a lot of abdicating going around. First, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down as Supreme Pontiff (a kind of monarchy), the first reigning Pope to do so in 600 years. Then Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who was on the throne for only 33 years, abdicated in favor of her eldest son, […]

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  • 9
    May

Collecting JFK: Reviewing the Dave Powers Kennedy Presidential Auction

As WorthPoint’s Worthologist for presidential, political and White House memorabilia, one of my first articles, written more than five years ago, concerned the collectibles of President John F. Kennedy. In “Collecting JFK” I highlighted four collectible categories to consider when determining the value of any JFK item: personal, association, event and commemorative. The closer to […]

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