Found 111 articles matching Metals category.
  • May 1 2013
  • 1 May 2013

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. […]

  • Apr 8 2013
  • 8 Apr 2013

Rinker on Collectibles: Money, Money, Money—the Obsession with Monetary Value

When I began my career researching antiques and collectibles in the 1970s, the single question that dominated the collector’s and general public’s mindset was: “What […]

  • Mar 1 2013
  • 1 Mar 2013

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Adrien von Ferscht on Chinese Export Silver

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Adrien von Ferscht, of Glasgow, Scotland, on the subject of antique […]

  • Aug 10 2011
  • 10 Aug 2011

Unloved Antiques: Silver-Plated Souvenir Spoons

The next item in this series about unloved antiques is mid-20th century silver-plated souvenir spoons. Most owners of these collections think they are quite valuable, […]

  • Jun 20 2011
  • 20 Jun 2011

Dining with Antiques – Gelatin Molds

Gelatin—the translucent thickening agent made from animal collagen—has been in use as a food additive for thousands of years. It was undoubtedly discovered while boiling […]

  • Jun 13 2011
  • 13 Jun 2011

Unloved Antiques: 1847 Rogers Brothers Flatware

The sixth item in this series of Unloved Antiques is early 20th century flatware; the 1847 Rogers flatware sets in particular. Such sets were often […]

  • May 31 2011
  • 31 May 2011

Unloved Antiques: ‘Bronze’ Flatware

The fifth item in this series of “Unloved Antiques” is Thai “bronze” flatware. While it’s often listed for sale online as “gold plated” or “solid […]

  • Nov 16 2010
  • 16 Nov 2010

Cincinnati Silver Tableware Still Shines 200 Years Later

When Cincinnati’s first settlers arrived in 1788, they dreamed of establishing a trade center along the water highway of the Ohio River. Their primary concern […]

  • Jun 21 2010
  • 21 Jun 2010

The Collector’s Minute: Firebacks

In Colonial times, homes were heated by fire in stone or brick fireplaces. Normally, a great deal of heat from a wood fire escapes up […]

  • Jul 14 2009
  • 14 Jul 2009

Sheffield and Silver Plate: What to Look For

The social background for the discovery of the methods of plating on copper used in the Sheffield process is quite interesting. It was a time […]