• 18
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Design is Firmly Footed in Chinese Mythology

中國出口銀器: 牢牢紮根於中國神話 [caption id="attachment_2514324" align="aligncenter" width="216"] An image of a Qílín as depicted in the Ming Dynasty work Sancai Tuhui (三才圖會), compiled by Wang Qi (王圻) and Wang Siyi (王思義).[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514325" align="aligncenter" width="243"] A modern-day digital art version of the Qílín.[/caption] All cultures have their own mythological hooved beasts. The Etruscans had their Minotaur, European mythology has...

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  • 18
    Jul

Antique & Collectible Hand Tools often make for Estate Sale Windfalls

[caption id="attachment_2514276" align="alignright" width="288"] This Sandusky Plow Plane, designed for cutting grooves into wood, recently sold for $14,000.[/caption] The big white canopy tent was erected overnight. It sat on the parking lot of a shopping mall, close to the highway. Attached was a vinyl banner that read “TOOL SALE.” Judging by the crowded parking lot, the sale was...

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  • 17
    Jul

More on Novelty Postcards: Out of the Ordinary

In my last two articles, we looked at several different categories of novelty postcards, including mechanicals, add-ons, postcards that serve other purposes and postcards made from unusual materials. In this final article about novelty cards, let’s explore even more out-of-the-ordinary postcards. Novelty postcards of certain types are particularly hard to find and even harder to find in the...

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  • 16
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/17/2013

[caption id="attachment_2514211" align="alignright" width="288"] Red Sonja #1 (Stephanie Buscema Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99. I love this one and it might be harder to find than you think.[/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...

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  • 15
    Jul

Rare, Important A. E. Crowell Decoys to Headline Decoys Unlimited Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514196" align="alignleft" width="300"] The expected top lot of the Summer Decoy Auction—slated for July 28-29 by Decoys Unlimited, Inc., at the Cape Codder Resort and Hotel—is this bufflehead drake by A. E. Crowell, which carries a $125,000 to $175,000 presale estimate.[/caption] HYANNIS, Mass. – Rare and important early 20th-century decoys by the renowned carver A. E. (Elmer)...

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  • 15
    Jul

Manatee Galleries’ July 27 Auction features Diplomat’s Chinese Porcelain Collection

[caption id="attachment_2514192" align="alignright" width="300"] This Chinese Chongzheng (1628-1643) transitional “Wucai boys” covered jar, standing 11½-inches tall and similar to an example that sold for HK$275,000 at Christie’s May 2012 sale in Hong Kong, is one of the nearly 400 lots belonging to Ambassador Ragnar Petri and Mrs. Ingrid Burdin Petri that will come up for auction on July...

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  • 15
    Jul

International Society of Appraisers Releases Fall Education Schedule

CHICAGO – The International Society of Appraisers has announced the six-course schedule for the Fall of 2013, which will begin in September and through November. The courses include: The 7-Hour Personal Property USPAP; Appraisal of Antiques & Residential Contents; Requalification; the Core Course in Appraisal Studies; the 15-Hour Personal Property USPAP; and Appraisal of Fine Art. For more information about...

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  • 14
    Jul

It’s All In The Marks: Dating Porcelain and Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2514091" align="alignleft" width="263"] This late 19th-century portrait plate could be worth as little as $35 or as much as $600. How to know? It's all in the marks.[/caption] The process of identifying any item examined by an appraiser is based on a number of identifiers. In the case of pottery and porcelain, it often involves looking for...

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  • 12
    Jul

Ask a Worthologist: Salt-Glazed Crock

Janice H. picked up a stoneware crock with a cobalt-blue design at a country auction. It does have some small damage, and she’s hoping to resell it if she can make a good profit. She used our Ask a Worthologist service to determine its value, and her request was forwarded on to me. Here is her question: I...

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  • 12
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: Repurposed, a New Name for an Old Concept

[caption id="attachment_2514121" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This table was originally a lane taken from a soon-to-be-demolished bowling alley, making it as perfect example of repurposed.[/caption] Repurposing antiques and collectibles is back in the news. The Kovel on Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter introduced a “New Uses for Old Stuff” monthly feature beginning with its June 2013 issue. It is hard to...

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