• 23
    Jan

It’s All in the Marks: Laviolette Limoges Porcelain

Floral French Limoges porcelain was very popular from the last quarter of the 19th century until the beginning of the First World War in 1914. Pottery in this style was mass-produced for the export market during these years, and much of it still survives, so it is not considered rare. Laviolette used the maker’s mark […]

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  • 22
    Jan

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/22/2014

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 online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists […]

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  • 21
    Jan

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Mary Miley Theobald & ‘Stuff After Death’

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, Martin Willis speaks with historian and author Mary Miley Theobald on a “what to do” book on when you are faced with in inherited household. They cover topics such as how to identify, value and dispose of inherited stuff. Check out her “Stuff After Death” or visit […]

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  • 21
    Jan

Rinker on Collectibles: How Accurate are Our Memories?

This column examines two types of memories—collecting and personal. While there are similarities between collecting and personal memories, there are key differences. There also is a difference between memory and reality. Memory changes, becoming distorted over time. Reality is constant. Memory is preferred over reality, especially when it offers a more positive view of a […]

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  • 21
    Jan

The Longest Tea Party the World’s Ever Seen! Part 1

中國出口銀器: 有史以來最長的茶具 之一 My research has long made me aware of the inextricable links between The China Trade period and Chinese Export Silver; without the former, Chinese Export Silver simply would not have existed. Although the official period of the trade with China is 1757-1842, the reality was the trade continued and flourished until the […]

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  • 20
    Jan

Paranormal Photo Album Far Exceeds Expectations at Auction

As an appraiser, I try to scan the results of auctions in my interest area so I can stay on top of changing market trends. A Dec. 12, 2013, auction of photographs and photo albums, offered by Swann Auction Galleries, was mostly disappointing. Only 70 percent of the lots sold and total sales were 10-percent […]

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  • 20
    Jan

Oh Baby! A Look Back at Steiff’s Toys for Tots from the 1970s and ’80s

The long-standing tag line for the Steiff Company, articulated by the founder Margarete Steiff at the turn of last century, is “Only the best for our children.” Of course, Steiff is best known for its high quality and collectible Teddy bears, animals, and dolls, which in many cases were designed as playthings, but the company […]

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  • 20
    Jan

Multitasking Furniture: Doing Double Duty in the Colonial Home

Have you ever had one of those “multipurpose” tools or gadgets? You know, the kind that combines several useful ideas into one convenient package? If your experience is like mine, you found that the convenience was overrated and the usefulness less than useful. Like most things designed to do more than one thing, they don’t […]

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  • 20
    Jan

Awesome Toys of the ’80s: Japanes Kinnikuman & M.U.S.C.L.E. Figures

In my third-grade class, we had a Japanese exchange student named Kenta. He couldn’t speak much English, but he understood the universal language of toys well enough. Kenta had lots of really awesome 1980s toys that my friends and I had never seen before—it was long before the Internet exposed everybody in the world to […]

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  • 20
    Jan

The Collector’s Minute: Hepplewhite Style

The piece pictured here is a mahogany butler’s desk. It’s in the “Hepplewhite style,” which was popular from the late 18th century through the 1820s. Desks like this got their name because they could be used by household staff while standing up, as butlers would—the desk containing what was needed to run the day-to-day business […]

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