• 1
    May

Furniture Style and Form: What’s Wrong With a ‘Period’ Coffee Table?

[caption id="attachment_2512497" align="alignright" width="300"] While this may look like an antique mid-19th-century Rococo Revival coffee table, it is a mid-20th-century fabrication using elements of the Rococo Revival style.[/caption] In the world of antique furniture, the word “period” has a very specific meaning. To say that something is period means that it is from the time when the style...

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  • 1
    May

Gold Alert: From Investing in Gold to Buying it over the Counter

As an appraiser often I am asked, “Should I invest in gold?” Let me go over the basics before you decide to invest in gold. I watch TV and listen to the radio and I hear all of the commercials about investing in gold, and if you have read my article on “Selling and Buying Gold” here on...

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  • 1
    May

Is That Old Circus Poster You Found Authentic or a Reproduction? More Answers

[caption id="attachment_2512386" align="alignleft" width="301"] This Tiger Head Poster (Blue) was issued in 1970 for the 100th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey souvenir program. It included a set of four posters measuring 26 inches x 17 inches and sold for $3.98 per set.[/caption] Nearly five years ago I wrote my first article for WorthPoint—“Is That Old...

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  • 1
    May

Collecting The Duke, English Style: John Wayne UK Quad Movie Posters

[caption id="attachment_2512408" align="aligncenter" width="553"] A simple unfussy design as “Rooster Cogburn” takes centre stage in this “True Grit” Quad movie poster from the U.K. (Photo: moviepostermem.com)[/caption] In this article we are going to look at one of the true greats of the 20th century cinema: John Wayne, the epitome of the all-American hero, and the posters of his movies...

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  • 1
    May

A Tiny Classic Steiff Design with a Big Identification Mystery

[caption id="attachment_251251" align="aligncenter" width="491"] A Steiff wollie raven made at the Steiff factory in the 1960s (left) is compared with a version of the woolie raven made by a third-party manufacturer in 1982-83 (right). There some obvious differences.[/caption] Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or...

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  • 1
    May

Five Appraisal Options for First-Time Estate Executors

[caption id="attachment_2512423" align="alignright" width="248"] Estate executors should not attempt to value artwork. Get an expert opinion.[/caption] My friend Stan showed me the inventory that he’d just completed for his uncle’s estate. He was proud of his thoroughness; he claimed to have spent more than 150 hours compiling the inventory and acquiring valuations for the estate’s personal property. I...

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  • 29
    Apr

The Columbus Mint That Never Was

[caption id="attachment_2512299" align="aligncenter" width="561"] John Sherman, whose portrait appears on the face of $50 Third Charter national bank notes, introduced a resolution in 1876 as a U.S. senator from Ohio requesting that President Ulysses S. Grant have a building in Columbus, Ohio, examined for use as a possible Branch Mint of the United States. The structure was evaluated,...

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  • 28
    Apr

Elusive Coins: They’re Out There Somewhere

[caption id="attachment_2512254" align="alignright" width="238"] The supposed circulation-strike 1895 Morgan dollar has been an enigma for more than a century. All known examples are proof strikes, including this impaired Proof 50 example that shows signs of circulation wear.(Image: HeritageAuctions.com)[/caption] By Gerald Tebben In collecting, the rare but attainable coins, such as the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter dollar (mintage 52,000);...

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  • 26
    Apr

Rinker on Collectibles: The Academic Historian vs. The Collector

On March 28, 2013, I presented a scholarly paper entitled “Celebrity Bounce” as a member of the Collecting and Collectibles: Collectors, Collections, and Value panels at the Popular Culture Association / American Cultural Association 43rd Annual Conference held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. This is the second paper I presented at a PCA/ACA Annual...

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  • 26
    Apr

Collector’s Years of Digging, Diving for Bottles on Display at New Hampshire Museum

[caption id="attachment_2512286" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Also featured in the "All Bottled Up" exhibit at the Woodman Institute Museum in Dover, N.H., are bottles from another local collector, Dave Landry. They feature amazing colors and designs of his bottles, including figural bitters bottles, mineral water bottles from Saratoga Springs, and a large cobalt blue master ink bottle, among many others.[/caption]...

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