• 10
    Jun

Movie Money May be Fake but can be Real Collectables

By Gerald Tebben [caption id="attachment_2511000" align="alignright" width="202"] Replicas of the Persian “coins” used in the movie “300” show Persian King Xerxes on both sides and are unlike anything that actually circulated in the ancient world. (Photo: Warner Bros.)[/caption] From the cursed gold coins in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” to a common $1 bill...

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  • 7
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Who is Fougasse?

[caption id="attachment_2513230" align="alignleft" width="188"] Fougasse's posters blanketed London Underground stations in World War Two, reminding patrons of their role in national security.[/caption] One of the joys of the antique and appraisal business is running into wonderful things you've never seen before,
each one a new mystery to be solved. I had one such item come across my desk earlier...

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  • 7
    Jun

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Margaret Zoladkowski on Antique Textiles

[caption id="attachment_2513338" align="alignright" width="184"] Margaret Zoladkowski.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Margaret Zoladkowski, a recent University of New Hampshire graduate who is pursuing a career in the antiques and auction industry. She currently interns at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has knowledge as well as a passion...

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  • 7
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – Back Issue Report: Peter Panzerfaust #1 Value Take Flight

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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are...

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  • 5
    Jun

All Covered Up: The Art and Lexicon of Upholstery

[caption id="attachment_2513288" align="alignleft" width="228"] The side by side nail head trim is called toe-to-toe nail head.[/caption] While in my shop one day, I had a phone call from an obviously agitated man. Actually it happened more than once but that’s another story. With some desperation in his voice, he wanted to know where in town he could find...

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  • 5
    Jun

If the Tea Party had Its Way, U.S. Coins and Notes Would be Very Different

[caption id="attachment_2510803" align="alignright" width="300"] The weight of silver coins was adjusted beginning in 1853, with arrows added to either side of the obverse date on this quarter to signify the change. (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] By Gerald Tebben What would a Tea Party revolution mean to coin collectors? That’s something I had been thinking about as the group flexed...

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  • 5
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – Hot Picks: Astro City, Rogues & Poison Elves

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 courtesyof ICV2.com. Listsof new comics are courtesyof...

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  • 4
    Jun

The Shanghai Jazz Age as Depicted through Silver Cocktail Shakers

銀色上海爵士樂年代 [caption id="attachment_2513379" align="aligncenter" width="254"] This Chinese Export Silver cocktail shaker made by the Shanghai silvermaker Lain Chang, circa 1920, as purchased at a U.K. car boot sale for £3 (about $4.60). It’s easily worth $1,000 or more.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2513380" align="aligncenter" width="329"] Here we have a circa 1925 Chinese Export Silver cocktail shaker by Hung Chong who operated...

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  • 4
    Jun

America’s Early Antique Stores: When did the Industry begin in Earnest in the U.S.?

[caption id="attachment_2513342" align="aligncenter" width="512"] A modern American antique shop is stocked with antiques from around the world. But when did these shops become commonplace instead of being out of the norm in the U.S.?[/caption] Having lunch with friends from the U.K., we discussed our afternoon spent browsing through antique stores. “Why aren’t there more antiques in your antique...

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  • 4
    Jun

Space: An Infinite Opportunity for Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2513154" align="alignleft" width="240"] This Apollo 11 patch could have been yours for $42.[/caption] It was an amazing afternoon at my grandma's house on July 20, 1969. Being 13 at the time, I wasn't quite clear on the whole historic idea of space travel or landing a man on the moon. I was watching the black-and-white image on...

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