Sterling Tea Balls and Infusers
Tea balls, also known as tea infusers and tea eggs, were most popular around 1890 to 1910. Tea balls are perforated metal ball-shaped containers in which tea leaves are placed. The infuser/tea ball is placed in a cup or pot of hot or boiling water, allowing the tea to brew without loose tea leaves spilling into the pot or cup.
Selling While it’s Hot!
People tend to think that the collectibles market goes only in one direction as things age and that is up. While it’s true that many antiques and collectibles do get more valuable with age, I can assure you it’s not always the case. Remember Beanie Babies? How about canning jars? Old Insulators? Right.
Time to Sell Ungraded Silver Coin
This week, when I took my son, Joshua, to a coin store to look around, I couldn’t believe my eyes. There must have been six or eight employees working behind the counter plus twenty-five or thirty customers. I asked to speak to the manager. I really wanted to know what all these people were doing here. He told me they were all either buying for their collection or selling their silver or gold.
Antique Silver Napkin Rings – Beauty and Value
Do you know a single napkin ring can bring up to $5,000? But be careful, because there are reproductions. Napkin Rings were fashionable from about 1860 to 1900, and no formal table would have been set without them. Where did the days of the formal table go, now that we are in the disposable age where everything goes into the trash as soon as the meal is completed?
Salt and pepper
I’ve been wondering what my salt and pepper shakers are worth. My mom picked them up for me at a thrift shop for $5, but every pair of shakers that I looked up that were similar were worth a lot more. If anyone can enlighten me on thier actual value I would surely appreciate it. They are two rabbits in a nieman marcus box and the sticker on the bottom says that they are godinger sterling silver.
Identifying Marks On British Sterling
Here is a cute British sterling vinaigrette circa 1818. It was made by John Shaw under the reign of George IV. How do we know this?
The hallmarks on this piece are the keys to identity.
Rare Roman Coin and Other Antiques
I have a Rare Imperial Roman Coin, Constantius II, 337-361 A.D. A real rare coin. I also have a 1914 Eastman Kodak Pocket Camera and leather holder in good condition. I have a Treasure Island printed 1922 in New York, my MacMillan Co. Robert Lewis Stevenson signed.
The mass production of hand-wrought aluminum decorative accessories is indebted to the inventiveness of Charles M. Hall and Paul T. Heroult. Hall, of the United States and Heroult, in France, working independently, simultaneously discovered an inexpensive electrolytic reduction process in 1886. Soon after, the price of aluminum dropped from $545 per pound to 57¢ per […]
Silver, Regional Paintings and Weathervanes Top 2007 Antique Predictions
With 2007 barely underway, it’s time to make my annual predictions for the antique and collectibles market. The short version is that you can expect sterling and coin silver hollowware, regional American paintings, and figural weathervanes to go up in value while cut glass and European china will experience a downturn. Of course, I don’t […]