• 4
    Mar

Whether Called Peer, Pier, Console or Petticoat, it is always a Pier Table

[caption id="attachment_2519128" align="alignright" width="300"] This late Classicism mahogany pier table, circa 1840, is the style usually referred to incorrectly as a “petticoat” table. (Photo: LiveAuctioneers.com/Garth’s Auction)[/caption] One of America’s most favorite pieces of furniture in the first half of the 19th century was that odd size table that usually sat in the hall and had a mirror in...

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  • 3
    Mar

A Very Chinese Purim Spiel: Chinese Export Silver Megillot

非常中國式的普珥節話劇 [caption id="attachment_2519235" align="aligncenter" width="556"] This photograph is titles “A Purim Party, Shanghai, 1910”, and is courtesy of Yad Va’Shem, Jerusalem.[/caption] To many people, it will seem incongruous that a 19th-century Chinese silversmith in Canton would have created a megillah, but it’s not as strange as it initially appears. Albeit that Chinese megillot are rare, they come with...

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  • 3
    Mar

A Holy Grail of New England Bottles, a ‘Stoddard Flag Flask,’ Found

[caption id="attachment_2519109" align="alignright" width="251"] The business side of the flask, showing the large, embossed 13-star flag. The value of this rarity—known as a Stoddard Flag flasks—ranges from about $12,000 to $20,000, with a similar example selling early late last year for more than $14,000.[/caption] Yes, that headline is correct, and I’d love to be able to say I...

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  • 3
    Mar

Like Peanut Butter & Jelly, WorthPoint & Thrift Hunters Are a Winning Combination

[caption id="attachment_2519103" align="aligncenter" width="615"] Bryan Goodman and Jason T. Smith go with WorthPoint like peanut butter & jelly.[/caption] Back in early 2013, Bryan Goodman & Jason T. Smith of Thrifting With The Boys started filming Season One of their new TV show, “Thrift Hunters” (Spike 9:30 p.m. EST/PST Saturdays). The first week of filming was thrifting at their...

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  • 3
    Mar

The Postcard Time Machine: How About Those Quiz Kids?

[caption id="attachment_2519093" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Between 1940 and 1956, there were about 600 different Quiz Kids; a few dozen were regulars from the ages of 7 to 16. Millions of people tuned in on their radios on Sundays to listen to five young contestants, recording live. Red-bordered postcards like this are rarer than the black-and-whites; expect to pay $10-$15...

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  • 3
    Mar

It’s All in the Marks: ‘Dresden Lace’ Pieces in the Style of Meissen

[caption id="attachment_2519139" align="aligncenter" width="540"] This piece, with its depiction of a 18th Century social event at first glance looks similar to 18th & 19th century pieces by the Meissen porcelain works in Germany, but it is actually a 20th century “Dresden Lace” figurine made after World War Two.[/caption] One thing that leads new collectors of porcelain figurines down...

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  • 2
    Mar

Hammond Model S Chord Organs: The Non-Musician’s Instrument of Choice

[caption id="attachment_2519159" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Hammond Model S6 chord organ. The Model S organs were designed to have non-musicians “playing lovely organ music within 30 minutes.”[/caption] Americans value their leisure time. I know I do; it’s nice to have some time to spend however I see fit. My ancestors (yours, too, I suspect) worked all day and had...

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  • 28
    Feb

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Original Art of Wolverine’s First Appearance to be Sold

In this week’s roundup, we’ll start with some amazing auctions this going on at your favorite comic book auction houses this week and then we’ll take a peek at some key comics that have direct connections to some of this week’s new releases. But first, be sure to strap into your extreme cold weather gear, because our adventure...

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  • 28
    Feb

Catherine the Great Owned the Ultimate Collection of Chinese Silver Filigree Works

中國出口銀器: 凱薩琳大帝來了 [caption id="attachment_2519060" align="aligncenter" width="555"] Catherine the Great inaugurating the new Imperial Academy of Art in 1765 at the Shuvalov Palace in St Petersburg; just another day at the office for her Imperial Highness.[/caption] Catherine the Great could never be called a simple girl; to do so would be a gross understatement of the reality that was...

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  • 27
    Feb

$10M ‘Saddle Ridge Hoard’ Gold Coin Treasure Rocks Numismatic World

[caption id="attachment_2519000" align="aligncenter" width="565"] The finest-known example of the 1866-S “No Motto” Type I $20 Liberty was the gem out of the some 1,400 gold coins found by a Northern California couple buried on their property. The coin could claim more than $1 million at auction. The overall value of the “Saddle Hill Hoard” treasure is roughly $10...

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