• 25
    Nov

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 […]

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  • 24
    Nov

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.

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The History of Thanksgiving Day, as told in The Ladies' World, 1892
  • 24
    Nov

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 […]

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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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  • 21
    Nov

The Antique Turkey Platter: Rarely Used Dish Could Pay for Christmas and then Some

It’s that time of year where family heirlooms are dragged out of their hiding places in china cabinets and buffets to serve on the table for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners without much though about their value. Year after year, pieces like vegetable bowls, gravy boats and platters are loaded with all the good things that […]

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  • 21
    Nov

Polishing Your Antique Silver: Tips for a Tedious Holiday Chore

Thanksgiving Day is less than a week away, and if you are tempted to get out your antique silver to make your holiday table sparkle, there are a few things you need to know before you get down to the chore of cleaning and polishing that silver. Before cleaning or polishing silver, it is important […]

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  • 19
    Nov

Worthologist Von Ferscht Helps Brings Chinese Export Silver Back to Light in China

WorthPoint Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht has been at the forefront of research for Chinese Export Silver over the past five years, as his copious writing and publishing on the still little-known subject has dramatically changed the awareness and perception of this silver category worldwide. Now, having just returned from China—where his efforts have been recognized […]

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  • 18
    Nov

Only Known U.S. Poster for Lon Chaney’s ‘London After Midnight’ Could Bring $50,000

DALLAS – The only known copy of the U.S. release one sheet from the 1927 lost cinema classic “London After Midnight”—one of the “holy grails” of early cinema—may bring $50,000 or more at Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction, slated for Nov. 22-23. The rare poster highlights a large and important collection of paper […]

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  • 13
    Nov

For Video Game Collectors, Acquiring Atari’s E.T. is the Ultimate Dumpster Dive

Back in April, an excavation crew dug up the fabled “Atari landfill” in Alamogordo, N.M., where supposedly thousands of unsold copies of the “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” video game were unceremoniously buried. This archaeological odyssey back into the 1980s was sponsored by Microsoft, which had commissioned a film crew to create a documentary called “Atari: Game […]

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  • 13
    Nov

The Postcard Time Machine: Postcard Producers Played on Leather’s Uniqueness

What do you do when there’s lots of competition? Make something completely different! That’s what publishers did during the postcard boom of the early 1900s. All kinds of interesting materials were used in order to pique the interest of a buyer over competitors. One of these different materials was leather. Starting in 1903, postcards made […]

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