• 1
    May

Gold Alert: From Investing in Gold to Buying it over the Counter

As an appraiser often I am asked, “Should I invest in gold?” Let me go over the basics before you decide to invest in gold. I watch TV and listen to the radio and I hear all of the commercials about investing in gold, and if you have read my article on “Selling and Buying […]

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  • 15
    Mar

Diamond Wise: Facts You Should Know before You Buy or Sell that Engagement Ring

Buying and selling diamonds can be both easy and then complicated. Many believe that if you have a handle on the Four Cs—color, clarity, carat and cut—you will be able to successfully navigate your way through the buying or selling process. But what about actual pricing? Knowing how diamond pricing works, the wholesale price through […]

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  • 8
    Jun

‘One of a Kind’ Watches from J.W. Packard Collection Highlights Timepieces Sale

Christie’s upcoming Sale of Important Watches, featuring exceedingly rare watches from the collection of automobile pioneer James Ward Packard—including two very fine and unusual watches, custom-designed by Packer himself and executed by the world’s foremost watch manufacturers, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. The auction, slated for June 15 at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza location, will include […]

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  • 21
    Mar

Gold, Silver Prices Endanger Future of Antique Watch Collections

The gold and silver markets have been doing a steady rise for the last year or more, bringing on the demise of literally thousands of gold and silver collectibles and antiques of all nature. But watches have been hit particularly hard. I just returned from a National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors‘ Regional Show […]

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  • 14
    Dec

Fabulous Antique Chinese Market Watches

The Chinese have their own taste in things, from dress to food and just about everything in between. This includes watches and jewelry, and since I don’t know too much about jewelry, I better write about watches. Fortunately, I know a little about Chinese watches. Nowadays, the Chinese make everything, including watches. But there aren’t […]

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  • 21
    Sep

Collecting Sports Presentation and Commemorative Watches

Sports collectibles is a hugely popular item for collectors of today and yesterday, and there is no sign that their popularity is waning. Competitive sports probably date back to the day when a caveman tried to outdo the hunting abilities of his neighbor. He may have kept a few souvenirs from those hunts, like a […]

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  • 14
    Sep

1953 Timex Ben Hogan Folding Watch

Ben Hogan is a very big name in golf, preceding such iconic players as Arnold Palmer and Jack Nickolas, and just as famous. Ben Hogan lent his name to all sorts of golf equipment, clothing, and accessories, but most especially golf clubs. One interesting item with the Hogan moniker is this watch, which was worn […]

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  • 24
    Aug

The Collector’s Minute: Grandpa’s Gold Watch

One item an appraiser runs into most often is that icon “Grandpa’s gold watch,” and depending how well-heeled Grandpa was, the more his watch is worth today. Values for American pocket watches vary a great deal, depending on the vintage, the quality of the movement and—most importantly, these days—the metal content of the watch case. […]

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  • 2
    Aug

Becoming a Collector of Vintage Bakelite Jewelry

Once you have decided you want to start collecting vintage Bakelite jewelry, you need to get started somewhere. And the best advice is to start off slowly and carefully. It helps, of course to have some basic knowledge of the history of this wonderful era of collecting. There are many exceptional books on vintage Bakelite […]

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  • 3
    May

A Rack Lever Fusee Civil War Watch with a Story

This is a medium quality English fusee pair case “contract watch” carried by a Union soldier during the Civil War. As I have written earlier, there is a difference between a “Civil War watch” and a “Civil War Relic.” This watch is certainly the former, as it existed before 1861, the evidence that it is […]

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