• 31
    May

A Chair by Any Other Name: How Some Sitters Got Their Monikers

[caption id="attachment_2513131" align="alignleft" width="264"] This type chair is called a Savonarola chair, an updated version of the Roman curule seat. (Photo: Liveauctioneers.com/Great American Auction)[/caption] There are at least three categories of furniture that are so important to us in our daily activities that they have special names. These titles describe a particular characteristic, function or purpose that goes...

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  • 31
    May

Chinese Clouds Have always had Silver Linings! China Puts a Large Value on Silver

[caption id="attachment_2513059" align="aligncenter" width="506"] A Hung Chong tea set and tray (not shown), circa 1900, is currently offered for sale in a dealer’s showroom in Shanghai for a staggering $27,000. In a U.K. or U.S. auction house would expect to achieve a hammer price of $9,000 (with tray).[/caption] Historically, silver has always had a greater value within China...

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  • 31
    May

Music-Box Bellies make Steiff’s 1950s-Era Teddy & Jocko Musical Treasures

[caption id="attachment_2513052" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This pair of Stieff characters from the 1950s sings a happy tune, or two. The squeeze-style musical animals are named Music Jocko and Music Teddy, respectively.[/caption] Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. Here is one of...

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  • 31
    May

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Action Comics #1 found in Home’s Wall

[caption id="attachment_2513046" align="alignright" width="186"] This copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, was found by a Minnesota man in the wall of an abandoned house he bought and was remodeling.[/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 and...

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  • 31
    May

Space, the Final Collecting Frontier: ‘Star Trek’ Toys and Memorabilia

[caption id="attachment_2513090" align="aligncenter" width="615"] The original television series “Star Trek” ran for only three seasons but had a much larger impact on pop culture.[/caption] The second half of the 1960s was a memorable time for American television programming. Audiences were introduced to numerous shows that would become revered classics, including “I Spy,” “Days of Our Lives,” “I Dream...

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  • 29
    May

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: 10th Anniversary of the Randolph Street Market

[caption id="attachment_251303" align="aligncenter" width="590"] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, recorded live in Chicago, Martin Willis offers up a special round-robin format podcast in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Randolph Street Market.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, recorded live in Chicago, Martin Willis offers up a special round-robin format podcast...

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  • 29
    May

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/29/2013

[caption id="attachment_2513024" align="alignright" width="286"] Clive Barker's Next Testament #1 (of 12)(Was 'Clive Barker's New Genesis)(Cover B Ben Oliver), 1:20, $7-$10[/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...

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  • 24
    May

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Arcade Cast Iron Farm Toy, Uncle Sam & Hitler Button

[caption id="attachment_2512984" align="aligncenter" width="480"] The value of the Arcade #4220 blue cast iron corn planter, similar to this green one, and in very good condition is between $35 and $45.[/caption] QUESTION: I own an cast iron, Arcade blue corn planter toy. I acquired it as part of a boxed lot at an auction. What is its value? –...

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  • 24
    May

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Repurposing with Cari Cucksey

[caption id="attachment_2512979" align="alignleft" width="225"] “Cash and Cari's” Cari Cucksey (center) with some fans at her tent at the Brimfield Antique Show.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Cari Cucksey of HGTV’s “Cash & Cari,” whom he caught up with recently at the Brimfield Antique show. So see some of the...

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  • 24
    May

What’s In a Number? It’s All About the History

[caption id="attachment_2512940" align="alignleft" width="240"] The design for the controversial 1793 Flowing Hair, Chain cent didn’t last long. Only 36,103 were struck before the Mint ran out of planchets.[/caption] By Gerald Tebben In U.S. coin collecting, the number 15—in the words of the late Rodney Dangerfield—can’t get no respect. It started strong in our coinage history but lacked the staying...

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