• 18 Nov
    2015

The Collector’s Minute: Stag Handled Carving Sets

Items we see a great deal of that is often described as “having been in the family for five generations” are stag/bone-handled carving or cutlery sets. This, I suppose, is a result of people associating antler or bone handles with antiquity, their age increased by family tales about the origins of these pieces revisited every […]

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  • 6 Jul
    2015

Read My Lips… There’s Treasure in Your Back Yard!

Almost any time I mention to someone that I dig for antique bottles, the first words out of their mouths is something along the lines of: “… you’re kidding! Well, as a matter of fact, one time we were digging a hole for a new water pipe behind our house and the back hoe started […]

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  • 5 Mar
    2014

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1960s S. Salvadori Metal End Table Lamp

QUESTION: I own a gilded/painted table lamp which I rescued from a basement in Conshohocken, Pa. It has a stepped pedestal base. The standard features a basket of metal flowers and foliage, some in gilt and others painted. A tag reads: “Made in Italy / S. Salvadori / Firenze.” I love the lamp. What can […]

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  • 17 Sep
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1950s Gentex Corporation H-4 Flight Aircraft Helmet

QUESTION: I have a helmet that was given to me by my deceased aunt. It is gold in color, has a ribbed top, and a decal of a wing with an anchor above two buttons to which a face shield or oxygen mask could be attached. Inside is a textile lining which includes a piece […]

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  • 18 Jul
    2013

Antique & Collectible Hand Tools often make for Estate Sale Windfalls

The big white canopy tent was erected overnight. It sat on the parking lot of a shopping mall, close to the highway. Attached was a vinyl banner that read “TOOL SALE.” Judging by the crowded parking lot, the sale was well underway. Inside the tent, there was row after row of tables, bins and floor […]

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  • 14 Feb
    2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: Cobbler’s Bench

Arthur M. has an unusual piece he inherited 20 years ago. Downsizing, and not sure of his options, he engaged WorthPoint’s Ask a Worthologist service. The question was forwarded to me. Here’s his question: “I inherited this bench along with a bunch of other items stored in a farm outbuilding about 20 years ago. I […]

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  • 11 Oct
    2010

The Collector’s Minute: Stag Handled Carving Sets

Items we see a great deal of that is often described as “having been in the family for five generations” are stag/bone-handled carving or cutlery sets. This, I suppose, is a result of people associating antler or bone handles with antiquity, their age increased by family tales about the origins of these pieces revisited every […]

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  • 19 Jun
    2008

Antique Tools – Collectibles You Can Put to Use

The author is a Yankee Auctioneer with more than 25 years in the business, you can also find him at www.auctionwally.com where he has over 300 archived appraisals and articles on antiques & collectibles, all are free to view without having to sign up.

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