• 13
    Dec

My Disappointing Antiquing Road Trip through Western Kansas

[caption id="attachment_2501399" align="alignright" width="228" caption="One of my planned stops was at The Old Hardware Store—the oldest hardware store in Kansas—but it was closed . . . on a Tuesday morning! (photo courtesy  of The Old Hardware Store)"][/caption] I recently went on a two-week trip to south-central Colorado. The reason for the trip was two-fold; 1) to visit my youngest...

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  • 12
    Dec

Antiques Auction Forum: Ron Burkey on Hot Militaria Trends

[caption id="attachment_2501392" align="alignright" width="140" caption="Ron Burkey"][/caption] This week Martin visits with knowledgeable dealer/collector Ron Burkey in Portsmouth, N.H. They discuss militaria trends, what is hot and what is not. They also talk about cautionary purchasing for the novice collector and explore many facets of collecting! Listen here: Ron Burkey Podcast 12-12-2011 Martin Willis is a Worthologist and auctioneer who...

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  • 12
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Coney Island ‘Cyclone’ Ticket Booth, Christmas Seal Collection

QUESTION: A friend and I recently started to attend storage auctions. We paid $50 for the first locker we bought. Inside, in a dark, dim corner, we found the original Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster ticket booth. The front of the booth reads “RIDE THE / WORLD FAMOUS / ROLLERCOASTER / THE/ CYCLONE / 25.” We think this...

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  • 12
    Dec

Collecting Antique Lithographed Toys – The ‘Bliss’ of the Hunt

[caption id="attachment_2501357" align="aligncenter" width="447"] This 18-inch Bliss Santa and Sleigh in very good condition sold for $2,530 (including buyer’s premium) at Cowan’s Auctions in 2007. It has a cross-over appeal to holiday collectors as well as toy collectors.[/caption] The development of a printing method for making chromolithographs radically changed book publication during the middle of the 1800s because...

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  • 12
    Dec

That’s My Story – Shaky Family Histories no Guarantee of Provenance

[caption id="attachment_2501352" align="alignright" width="213" caption="Sears did not make this cabinet, as opposed to the story told to me by the owner. It was factory-made in the early 20th century and may have been sold by Sears but it was not manufactured by the company."][/caption] The life story of an antique—where it’s been, who owned it and how it...

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  • 12
    Dec

Using Identification Marks: What’s a Kite Mark? Part I

[caption id="attachment_2501329" align="alignright" width="203"] An example of what the first version of the “Kite” or “Diamond” mark—used from 1847-1867—looked like.[/caption] There are several ways to place an estimated date of production for factory-made pieces of pottery or porcelain: some involve the marks used by the company over their history of operation, others required by International trade laws that...

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  • 8
    Dec

Scenes of Time and Place: Helen LaFrance’s Folk Art Memory Paintings

[caption id="attachment_2501264" align="aligncenter" width="502" caption="The cover of “Helen LaFrance / Folk Art Memories” (S & S Publishing) wraps one of the artist’s paintings around the book."][/caption] I recently entered a postpartum period, which usually refers to the time beginning immediately after the birth of a child and extending for several weeks beyond. This is actually pretty miraculous, since...

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  • 8
    Dec

Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Dec.5-9, 2011

In this week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles, we learn that early photographs—and their rights—of Marilyn Monroe brought a pretty, as did a rather regular-looking red alligator bag. . . Haute Living Marilyn Monroe Images Sold for More than $300,000 at Auction Copyrights and images from Marilyn Monroe’s first photo shoot have just sold for an impressive...

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  • 7
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/07/2011

[caption id="attachment_2501249" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Irredeemable #32 (Cover C Dan Panosian Plutonian Vs Max Damage)"][/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 back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to...

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  • 6
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: The First Adopters

I am reaching the point where I forget more than I remember. Memory theorists cite short-term memory—the ability to retain memory in an active, readily-available form for a short period of time—as one of the earliest memory types to weaken among the elderly, apparently a group to which I belong now that I am in my 70s. I...

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