• 21
    Sep

Charting the Art and History of Antique Maps

[caption id="attachment_2499766" align="alignright" width="295"] The 1824 map of the state of “Illinois” by Anthony Finley shows the early development in the south of the state.[/caption] People buy antique maps for many reasons. Some buy for the art or decorative value of the maps and others buy for the history, whether that history is personal, local, national or global....

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  • 19
    Sep

Q & A with Harry Rinker: WWII-Era English Teapot, Marx Military Toy Train Set

QUESTION: I have a teapot that was made in England during World War II. It has a teapot-shaped tag that (a) indicates the teapot was made by the women of England and (b) reads “Britain Carries On.” What is its value? – CD, Beverly, Maine, via e-mail ANSWER: Since no picture accompanied your e-mail and you provide only...

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  • 19
    Sep

Classic Car Collection to Highlight William H. Bunch October Auction

[caption id="attachment_2499740" align="aligncenter" width="489" caption="This 1926 Pierce-Arrow Model 80 “New York” car is kitted with all deluxe accessories, including a special storage area for golf clubs. A piece of the Dorando Faggioli vintage car and truck collection, it will be auctioned off on Oct. 4 in a sale facilitated by William H. Bunch Auctions. (William H. Bunch Auctions...

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  • 19
    Sep

Ask A Worthologist Question: ‘Bronze’ Cherub Lamps

[caption id="attachment_2499803" align="alignright" width="232"] WorthPoint member Jeremy T. picked up this pair of “bronze” lamps at a garage sale last year, but never did anything with them. Now that his garage is in need of a sale, he wants to know if they are worth more than the $42 he paid for them. He contacted WorthPoint’s “Ask a...

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  • 19
    Sep

Weekly News Roundup: Sept. 19-23, 2011

Topping this week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles news, we see that some people will buy anything if its connected to the famous and infamous, including a roll of toilet paper rejected by the Beatles, Benito Mussolini’s getaway suitcase stuffed with Il Duce’s duds and official U.S. diplomatic cables from Wikileaks. The Mirror Antiques Roadshow’s Most Unusual...

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  • 19
    Sep

Detecting Furniture’s Cheap Tricks & Fake Finishes

[caption id="attachment_2499758" align="alignleft" width="327"] This fake quarter-sawn oak drop front desk was made using Sherwood’s roller printing method on birch.[/caption] Throughout most of the history of wooden furniture, there have been many attempts to disguise the true nature of the wood used. Most attempts are efforts to make a lesser wood appear to be a more expensive, more...

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  • 19
    Sep

Contents of Fla. Antiques Shop, Massive Toy Train Collection to Headline Auction

[caption id="attachment_2499822" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="Three Roseville pitchers, made circa 1916, will be among the several hundred lots up for bid in an auction featuring the contents of the now close Finders Keepers antique store in Lake Alice Park, Fla., on Sept. 24, 2011."][/caption] WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. – Hundreds of items from the once-thriving (but now closed) Finders Keepers antiques...

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  • 19
    Sep

Burton (Ohio) Antiques Market Regains Standing Among Dealers, Shoppers

[caption id="attachment_2499810" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A red pedal fire chief’s car, tagged at $700, at Bobby Perry’s booth at the Burton Antiques Market in June. The market, which is celebrating its 50th year, will be open again on Sept. 24."][/caption] BURTON, Ohio – Following a 10-years slide—victims of a steadily decline in terms of quality of merchandise and quantity...

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  • 16
    Sep

Weekly News Roundup: Sept. 12-16, 2011

In this week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles news, we see that some people will steal to get the good they want while others are simply shocked when they are discovered in an old shoebox. And over in England, more people are taking what they have and investing in art and antiques as a hedge against future...

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  • 14
    Sep

Colleen Sullivan Collection offers ‘A Midcentury Eye’ at Sotheby’s

[caption id="attachment_2499692" align="aligncenter" width="487" caption="A completely original “Arc de Circle” sofa by Jean Royere is estimated to be between $40,000 and $60,000 in an auction titled “A Midcentury Eye: The Collection of Colleen Sullivan,” to be hosted by Sotheby’s in New York on Sept. 21, 2011."][/caption] NEW YORK – For those wishing to decorate their Uptown apartments like...

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