• 2
    Jul

Rare Blue-Green St. Drake’s Plantation X Bitters Bottle Gavels for $37,950

[caption id="attachment_2513933" align="alignright" width="191"] The top lot of the American Bottle Auctions’ Internet and catalog sale #58, which went online June 21 and ended June 30, was this rare blue-green St. Drake's 1860 X Plantation bitters bottle, which realized $37,950.[/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A St. Drake’s Plantation 1860 X bitters bottle—made between 1862-1872 and one of only a...

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  • 2
    Jul

Avoiding a Razing: Maryland Town Pays Ransom to Rebel Troops

[caption id="attachment_2513908" align="aligncenter" width="529"] Circulated examples of $100 notes bearing the same designs as this unissued, $100 obsolete note from the Hagerstown Bank in Maryland were possibly part of the ransom paid to Confederate troops to keep the town from being burned. (Photo: oldmoney4u on eBay)[/caption] By Gerald Tebben The citizens of Hagerstown, Md., knew no good would...

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  • 1
    Jul

How to Sell Your Antiques, Collectibles and Vintage Items

[caption id="attachment_2513898" align="alignleft" width="300"] Got an overload of antiques? Inherited a houseful of vintage items? These tips can save you money, time and heartbreak.[/caption] Most antique dealers and collectors find that there comes a point when the need arises to sell a few items. There is also household downsizing or the necessity to liquidate an entire houseful of...

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  • 1
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: Managing and Sustaining this Nascent Recovery

The antiques and collectibles trade is in the early stages of an economic recovery, fueled by a host of positive trends in America’s general economy. The economic train’s engineer no longer sees light at the end of the tunnel. The engine has exited the portal. However, a majority of the train’s cars remain within the tunnel’s darkness. If...

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  • 1
    Jul

Revolutionary War Games: Fighting Redcoats on your Table Top

[caption id="attachment_2513860" align="alignright" width="218"] They don’t make ’em like this much anymore. Pictured is the box proclaiming that 1776 is “The Game of the American Revolutionary War.”[/caption] With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, our thoughts turn to things like hot dogs and made-in-China fireworks as we celebrate our nation’s independence. For the board game collector or player,...

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  • 1
    Jul

Revolutionary War-Era Church Silver from Woburn, Mass., to Lead James D. Julia Sale

[caption id="attachment_2513844" align="aligncenter" width="491"] The two loving cups and six beakers from the First Congregational Church of Woburn, Mass. That will be featured in an upcoming annual summer Antique, Asian and Fine Art auction to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on Aug. 21-23, 2013.[/caption] WOBURN, Mass. – A collection of Revolutionary War-era silver from the First...

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  • 1
    Jul

McColl-Frontenac ‘Red Indian’ Logo Porcelain Sign Paces ‘Check The Oil’ Sale

[caption id="attachment_2513849" align="alignright" width="300"] The top lot of the auction was this McColl-Frontenac Products sign with “Red Indian” logo sold for $11,550 at a “Check the Oil” auction held June 22 by Matthews Auctions. The auction was conducted on the second day of the Check the Oil Gas & Oil Show, held annually in Dublin.[/caption] DUBLIN, Ohio –...

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  • 30
    Jun

WE WE WC: The Consummate Georgian Silversmith of Canton

[caption id="attachment_2513819" align="aligncenter" width="478"] Here is the set that lit up my world; a five-piece tea set by the Canton silversmith we know as WE WE WC—one of the most enigmatic, yet sophisticated makers of early-mid 19th century Canton—that is both rare and unusual.[/caption] 位技術高超的喬治時期廣東銀匠 I write prodigiously about Chinese Export Silver and, if I lived in an...

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  • 28
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Playboy Bunny Costumes

[caption id="attachment_2513714" align="alignleft" width="300"] This 1986 photo from the Chigago Sun Times archives shows three variations on the Playboy Bunny costume: (from left) the Cabaret Bunny, the standard Bunny and the original 1960s Bunny.[/caption] Playboy magazine and the Playboy Bunny were among the most memorable icons of the 1960s, at least to most males over the age of...

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  • 27
    Jun

Treasures That Aren’t: The Most Faked Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2513835" align="alignleft" width="296"] These Beatles signatures were found to be not authentic, but sold for $166.[/caption] In antiques and collectibles, you’ve got your share of frauds and scams. We’ve been shocked by stories of imposters who can create “authentic” paintings by the world’s masters, produce ancient art objects, forge signatures on baseballs, create “rare” books, “find” long...

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