• 17 Sep
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1950s Gentex Corporation H-4 Flight Aircraft Helmet

QUESTION: I have a helmet that was given to me by my deceased aunt. It is gold in color, has a ribbed top, and a decal of a wing with an anchor above two buttons to which a face shield or oxygen mask could be attached. Inside is a textile lining which includes a piece […]

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  • 9 Jul
    2013

Chinese Qianlong Celadon Jade Censer to Pace Crescent City Auction

NEW ORLEANS – An 18th-century Chinese Qianlong celadon jade censer with a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000 and items from the living estate of iconic New Orleans artist and photographer George Valentine Dureau will be part of a huge weekend auction planned for July 13-14. The auction will be conducted by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in […]

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  • 27 Jun
    2013

Let There Be Light: Choosing the Best Mid-Century Modern Pendant Lamps

Which of these five classic Mid-Century Modern pendant lights would you prefer? It’s a trick question because the answer will depends on style of the room, the coverage of the actual light thrown and where the lamp will be used. The pendant light has long been the consumers answer for diffused or directional lighting over […]

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  • 20 May
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Thorens Music Box, H. L. Leonard Bamboo Fly Rod

QUESTION: I have a Thorens music box and a dozen 4 ½-inch metal disc records, one of which is “A Bicycle Built for Two.” The mechanism is housed in a small wooden box. What is the value of my music box and discs? – A, Spring City, Pa. ANSWER: Herman Thorens registered the Thorens family […]

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  • 9 May
    2013

Who Watches ‘Mad Men’ Just to Check out the Cool Furnishings? I Do!

I am guilty of this and I am sure many others out there are as well! My wife enjoys the storyline of the hit AMC television series “Mad Men,” but I scan the screen for period items that coincide with the correct years of production, country of manufacture, scarcity and condition. I must say, the […]

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  • 22 Jan
    2013

Ask a Worthologist: Makers’ Marks and What They Do—or Don’t—Mean

To collectors, well-seasoned or novice, the subject of determining a maker or origin of a piece can be very confusing if it’s outside one’s normal area of interest. Markings can often help unravel the mystery if you know what they mean. If you don’t, they can lead you well astray of the truth. This question […]

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  • 19 Sep
    2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: ‘Bronze’ Cherub Lamps

Jeremy T. has a pair of “bronze” lamps that he picked up at a garage sale last year, but never did anything with them. They’ve been boxed away in his own garage since the day he brought them home. Now that it’s time to pare down his own overstuffed garage, Jeremy has decided to find […]

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  • 8 Nov
    2010

Ask A Worthologist Question: Victorian Student Lamps

  As reward for helping some friends pack for a move, Susan M. received what she believed to be a Victorian library oil lamp. But after inspection, and without finding any maker’s marks, she thought she might have a reproduction. So she turned to WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service to see what she might have. […]

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  • 14 Sep
    2010

Ask A Worthologist Question: Alabaster Lamp

  Jason B., taking advantages of some really terrible weather during a sale of forfeited items at a self storage business, bought what he thought was a marble lamp. Not knowing anything about it other than it was wrapped in newspapers from the 1960s, Jason turned to WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service to find out […]

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  • 1 Jul
    2009

Collectors Shine a Light on Early Lanterns Varieties

When we see lanterns used as decorative objects, it’s hard to imagine that they were once among the only sources for lighting. As such, they were made to be hung, carried, placed on a table or applied to a wall. Each was designed for a specific use inside and out. Most also had one panel […]

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