• 28
    Nov

Here’s Wishing You a Safe Shipping Season (But I’m Not Holding My Breath)

By Wayne Jordan If you’re gifting and shipping collectibles for the holidays, I hope you are either very lucky or very well insured. I recently shipped a First World War artillery-shell lamp and packed it to the point where I thought it was bullet-proof: a layer of paper wrap, tape-reinforced at the lamp's base and socket, bubble-wrapped, and...

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  • 28
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles: Holiday Memories of the Friday after Thanksgiving

By Harry Rinker Growing up as a youngster in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Friday after Thanksgiving marked the start of the “official” Christmas holiday shopping season. Department stores and local merchants unveiled their Christmas window displays. Santa’s Toyland opened to the delight of children of all ages. It was the first opportunity to meet and...

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  • 26
    Nov

Comics Speculator: Holy Hot Rods! The Original Batmobile to be Auctioned

By Matt Baum This week on the Comic Speculator we’re taking a break from comics to talk about one of the most iconic collectible cars in the nerd-car-collecting world. While it’s a collector’s market I’m not sure exists, I certainly with I had the income to be a part of it. Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 6 Entertainment and Music...

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  • 25
    Nov

The Collector’s Minute: Stag Handled Carving Sets

Items we see a great deal of that is often described as “having been in the family for five generations” are stag/bone-handled carving or cutlery sets. This, I suppose, is a result of people associating antler or bone handles with antiquity, their age increased by family tales about the origins of these pieces revisited every year at Thanksgiving,...

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  • 24
    Nov

How to Remove Stains from your Antique China, Pottery and Porcelain

Have you ever passed up purchasing a wonderful piece of art pottery, flow blue, transferware or any other collectible ceramic or porcelain because it had horrible crazing or other stains? I know I have. Condition, condition, condition is the mantra that has been drilled into our heads. Only buy the best when purchasing our collectables and antiques. However,...

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The History of Thanksgiving Day, as told in The Ladies' World, 1892
  • 24
    Nov

The History of Thanksgiving Day, as told in The Ladies’ World, 1892

As a fans of antiques and collectibles, whose interest in history is peaked by the things we collect, we thought it would be interesting to provide here an account of Thanksgiving in America as it was thought of more than a century ago. What follows is “The History of Thanksgiving Day” as it appeared in pages of “The Ladies’...

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  • 22
    Nov

Collecting JFK: Do the Kennedy Things Grandmother Saved Have Any Value

There are events in our lives that stand out like no others. Most of us in my generation know where we were and what we were doing on Nov. 22, 1963 when we learned that John F. Kennedy was assassinated. In the hours and days that followed, we lived the tragedy through media coverage of an almost unreal...

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  • 21
    Nov

The Antique Turkey Platter: Rarely Used Dish Could Pay for Christmas and then Some

[caption id="attachment_2517319" align="aligncenter" width="500"] This Staffordshire platter depicts the State Arms of Pennsylvania and is an early 19th-century piece by an unknown maker. As it is a very rare example, it sold for $26,000 in 2010.[/caption] It’s that time of year where family heirlooms are dragged out of their hiding places in china cabinets and buffets to serve...

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  • 21
    Nov

Polishing Your Antique Silver: Tips for a Tedious Holiday Chore

[caption id="attachment_2487497" align="alignright" width="300"] There are a number of different commercial products available for cleaning silver: cloth, liquid, cream, paste and foam are common products that are easily available.[/caption] Thanksgiving Day is less than a week away, and if you are tempted to get out your antique silver to make your holiday table sparkle, there are a few...

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  • 19
    Nov

Worthologist Von Ferscht Helps Brings Chinese Export Silver Back to Light in China

[caption id="attachment_2521407" align="alignright" width="230"] Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht in Beijing at the opening of the Chinese Export Silver exhibition in September 2014.[/caption] WorthPoint Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht has been at the forefront of research for Chinese Export Silver over the past five years, as his copious writing and publishing on the still little-known subject has dramatically changed the...

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