‘Neat’ Set of Apothecaries Measures
People become antique dealers for various reasons. Some do so when their personal collection becomes too big for their home and, at retirement, opening a […]
Umbrellas Double as Presidential Campaign Devices
By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist It is amazing sometimes in the world of collectibles that a relatively mundane item becomes an important historical artifact simply […]
Presidential Campaign Tin Trays
By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist Throughout the 19th century, supporters for American presidential candidates were able to advertise their loyalty by buying some rather unusual […]
What Makes a Political Button Valuable?
By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist Common or scarce? Political buttons were created for campaigns, for issues, even for special events—or sometimes just because. With so […]
William Jennings Bryan Items from the 1908 Democratic Convention
By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist WorthPoint was a sponsor of the American Presidential Experience in Denver, Colo., earlier this year. This travelling road show of […]
Tools of the Trade: Amputation Saws
You know, if you read my blog on amputation sets, that amputations were the surgical procedures most performed during the Civil War. Resection was a […]
Preserving a George Washington Centennial Ribbon
Even at 132 years old, George Washington could be better preserved, at least as he appears on this wonderfully preserved Jacquard silk ribbon from the […]
The George Washington Trivet
According to Kelly & Ellwood in their 1990 book Trivets & Stands, the first George Washington Trivet was designed and cast in brass for the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876. George Washington was an appropriate subject, considering that the Exposition was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Dec
Crazy Prices for Obama Victory Papers
November 5 was a very special day for the United States of America. When Barack Obama was declared the next president of the United States, hot collectibles were the next morning’s newspaper. Across the country, the demand for the Nov. 5 edition of the newspaper, any newspaper, was astronomical.
Political Collectibles: What’s Hot
Someone once suggested to me that when an election is over, the buttons and posters and everything are all trash. I immediately countered that this may be the one area of collectibles where items from an event continue to have a value well after it has ended.