• 6
    Apr

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

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 the lower section. What the thing was called is often and confused, as is what its original use. Old timers in the trade […]

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  • 11
    Mar

The History of Vacuum Cleaners on the Antiques Auction Forum Podcast

Worthologist Martin Willis discusses an unusual topic, with an entertaining guest, old-school salesman Ken Beach, talking about the history of the vacuum cleaner, recorded at the Home & Garden Show in Costa Mesa, Calif. on this latest edition of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast. Beach has sold vacuum cleaner for more than 49 years in 22 […]

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  • 3
    Dec

The Iconic Eames Lounge Chair; Is that One Real or Fake?

The Eames model 670 lounge chair and 671 ottoman are undoubtedly the most recognizable pieces of mid century modern furniture and the most copied. The 670 lounge set was designed by Charles and Ray Eames; the famous husband-and-wife team that literally changed the course of commercial design starting in the early 1940s. The lounge chair […]

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  • 13
    Aug

When Seeking Advice on Antique Furniture, it’s Important to Manage Your Experts

In the identification and evaluation of antique furniture, almost everyone needs some help now and then, even the “experts.” No one can know it all, as the field is too vast and too interpretive for any one person to be the ultimate authority. So how do you rule in or out who you might think […]

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  • 24
    Mar

Unloved Antiques: Cavalier Cedar Chests

Some items, even if in good shape and approaching the magical 100-year mark that turns a “vintage” item into an “antique,” do not appreciate in value like one would think. In cases like the Cavalier cedar chest, one reason its value is low is
 its availability—they aren’t rare—and the fact it’s made by a lesser-known […]

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  • 20
    Mar

Estate Sale Misidentification Almost leads to Melting of $33M Fabergé Egg

What a difference a few minutes of research can make. If you haven’t heard by now, collectors around the globe are talking about the discovery of the third Imperial Russian Fabergé egg, identified last week by Kieran McCarthy of London’s Wartski jewelers. The Fabergé community is extremely excited about the find, as the egg has […]

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  • 18
    Mar

Cottone Auctions Sale to Feature Works by Greatest Names in the Art World

GENESEO N.Y – Works by some of the greatest names of 19th- and 20th-century art will be part of Cottone Auctions’ annual Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction on March 29, when more than 500 lots will be for sale. Featured will be numerous pieces from the prominent estate of William Levine of Rochester, NY. […]

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  • 17
    Mar

Ask a Worthologist: The ‘Thrift Store’ Bowl

Gerald S. found this silver bowl at a second-hand shop. It wasn’t until 
later that looked at he looked closer and decided to find out more about it by contacting us. He emailed us via WorthPoint’s 
“Ask a Worthologist” service to find out exactly what he had, and his inquiry was forwarded to me. Here’s […]

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  • 17
    Mar

Is It an Antique or Real Treasure? It’s Your Call

Assume for a minute that you have just come into the possession of what looks like it might be a valuable piece of antique furniture. Maybe you inherited it by default. Maybe you stumbled across it at a yard sale or an auction or maybe you even found it in a junk store. This could […]

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  • 5
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1960s S. Salvadori Metal End Table Lamp

QUESTION: I own a gilded/painted table lamp which I rescued from a basement in Conshohocken, Pa. It has a stepped pedestal base. The standard features a basket of metal flowers and foliage, some in gilt and others painted. A tag reads: “Made in Italy / S. Salvadori / Firenze.” I love the lamp. What can […]

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