• 27
    Nov

The Bird’s the Word: A Look at Steiff’s Thanksgiving Turkeys

[caption id="attachment_2517081" align="alignleft" width="229"] While the first turkeys produced by Steiff are the now rarely seen felt coffee cozies, circa 1912-1920, the first true turkey its line was the 1950-era Tucky.[/caption] Of course, the bird’s the word when it comes to turkey at Thanksgiving! No matter how your family prepares the ceremonial bird—roasted in the oven, deep fried...

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  • 27
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/27/2013

[caption id="attachment_2517067" align="alignright" width="283"] Mr. Peabody and Sherman #1 (of 4)(Cover A Jorge Monlogo), $3.99[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current...

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  • 27
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles: An Antique is Anything Made Before 1980

[caption id="attachment_251709" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The Rubik's Cube. Harry Rinker posits that anything made in 1980 or before qualifies as an antique. Agree or disagree?[/caption] Shortly after I wrote “Rinker on Collectibles” Column #942 entitled “An Antique Is Anything Made before 1963” in April 2005, I received an e-mail from Bruce Chaney of Roanoke, Ind., that read: “You are...

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  • 22
    Nov

Hearing Sounds From Your Furniture? It May Be Telling You Something

[caption id="attachment_2516710" align="alignleft" width="300"] The space around this china cabinet door indicates the cabinet is not sitting level and the door probably sticks or scrapes. The cabinet just needs to be leveled.[/caption] Sometimes it seems that there just aren’t any quiet spaces or times left these days. Between kids, traffic, television, radio, iPods, cell phones and Harleys it...

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  • 22
    Nov

The Kennedy Half Dollar—A Numismatic Tribute to a Slain President

[caption id="attachment_2517032" align="alignright" width="255"] In the days following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the U.S. Treasury Department was immediately bombarded with calls, letters and telegrams strongly suggesting that a coin be struck in Kennedy’s honor.[/caption] Amazingly, it has been 50 years today. For many of us, it may be difficult to remember where we were, or...

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  • 22
    Nov

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Superman and JFK Comic Controversy

[caption id="attachment_2517040" align="alignright" width="242"] Publication of a DC comic featuring President Kennedy and Superman was suspended after the assassination, but President Johnson later gave the comic the go ahead as a tribute to JFK.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics...

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  • 22
    Nov

Savoir Faire and ‘L’art De La Table’ – So Typically Chinese!

餐桌上的專業與藝術 – 典型的中國風格 [caption id="attachment_2517053" align="aligncenter" width="435"] This stunning pair of Chinese Export Silver épergnes appeared last month at auction in New York at Bonhams by the master of table art, Wang Hing.[/caption] A well-set dining table may be likened to a stage set; it can speak volumes about an occasion, the person who set it and it...

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  • 20
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles: Where Were You When You Heard? Questions that Define Us

Sociologists, psychologists, economists and other members of the academic community have developed elaborate models to define generations. The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project divides us into six generation: G.I. Generation (born before 1936); Silent Generation (born 1937-1945); Older Boomers (born 1946-1954); Younger Boomers (born 1955-1964); Generation X (born 1965-1976); and Millennials (born 1977-1992). No term...

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  • 20
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/20/2013

[caption id="attachment_2517004" align="alignright" width="280"] Batman '66 #5 (Dave Johnson Variant Cover), 1:25, ($10-$12). Johnson nails this one featuring a very cute Batgirl.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here...

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  • 19
    Nov

Three E. Howard Astronomical Regulator Clocks to Pace Fontaine Auction

[caption id="attachment_2516991" align="alignleft" width="246"] This E. Howard & Company No. 68 floor standing astronomical regulator clock with exceptional color and patina is expected to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000 at an antique clock auction scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.[/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Three exceptional E. Howard & Company astronomical regulator clocks—including a No....

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