• 12
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Chance is a Scarce Commodity in the Antiques World

NOTE: While this “Rinker on Collectibles” Questions and Answers column focuses only on one question, the information and principals discussed in the second half of the answer have universal application. QUESTION: I have seven pieces of Old Hickory furniture that came from a rural Pennsylvania fishing and hunting lodge built in the late 1930s or […]

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  • 30
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The Corey Daniels Gallery

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis stops along busy U.S.-1 in Wells, Maine, and has a conversation with gallery owner Corey Daniels and gallery director/artist, Miles Spadone. Cory discusses his transitions from 18th-century period furniture to today’s contemporary art, which he displays in a beautiful setting. Check out the Corey Daniels Gallery […]

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  • 23
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Polar King Icebox, Howdy Doody Figurines, Sears Catalog

QUESTION: I own a Leonard’s Polar King icebox, probably made in the 1920s or 1930s. The outside and inside are in good shape. A label on the icebox reads: “LEONARD’S POLAR KING / trademark U. S. Patent Office / Grand Rapids, Michigan. Does it have value? – JA, via e-mail ANSWER: When Linda and I […]

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  • 11
    Jul

What’s Under Your Seat? A Short History of Cushioning

Has that old couch gotten a little shaky? Sinking in spots? Maybe that old chair has gotten lumpy and the recliner is getting to be downright uncomfortable. What’s inside of these things that allows them to get out of sorts? That depends a great deal on when the piece was made, the original quality of […]

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  • 9
    Jul

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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  • 8
    Jul

And Now for the Bad News: When Your Family Heirloom Isn’t a Treasure

Life is full of little disappointments, especially these days. One of the ways that disappointment shows itself is when I have to disclose to inquiring readers that their family treasure just isn’t. Of course I do not go out looking for people on whom to heap disappointment, at least not usually. They seek me out—not […]

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  • 27
    Jun

Treasures That Aren’t: The Most Faked Collectibles

In antiques and collectibles, you’ve got your share of frauds and scams. We’ve been shocked by stories of imposters who can create “authentic” paintings by the world’s masters, produce ancient art objects, forge signatures on baseballs, create “rare” books, “find” long lost stamps and “discover” historical letters or diaries. Even antique wine has been fabricated. […]

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  • 27
    Jun

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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  • 21
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Barzilay Stereo Cases & Cabinets

“Barzilay” is not a name you hear much of any more, but back in the 
1960s to 1970s, it was one well known to audiophiles designing their 
own stereo sound systems. Barzilay produced stereo equipment case 
kits, speaker cases and wall units in kit form, much like the now familiar Ikea 
company furniture today. The […]

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  • 20
    Jun

Lawn Art: The Oft-Overlooked Value in Estates

In American popular culture, the kitsch surrounding pink flamingo lawn ornaments appears universal. Mention such ornaments and visions of trailer parks in Baltimore come to mind; perhaps as a result of John Waters’ 1972 movie “Pink Flamingos,” with its subtitle: “An Exercise in Poor Taste”. Until the 1970s, upscale suburban homes sometimes boasted lantern-carrying lawn […]

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