• 17
    Mar

Collector’s Minute: Isidore Jules Bonheur Sculptures

[caption id="attachment_2519418" align="alignleft" width="300"] The piece is based on “Taureau Chargeant” (“A Pacing Bull”) by Isidore Jules Bonheur but is a 20th-century reproduction. It appears older than it is because of its deep patina, which on these modern pieces is not the result of 100-plus years of oxidation, but a chemically induced one.[/caption] Sculptor Isidore Jules Bonheur was...

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  • 17
    Mar

Ask a Worthologist: The ‘Thrift Store’ Bowl

[caption id="attachment_2519429" align="alignright" width="288"] This thrift-store find was a real winner. It's a rare Roycroft piece from pre-1920.[/caption] Gerald S. found this silver bowl at a second-hand shop. It wasn't until 
later that looked at he looked closer and decided to find out more about it by contacting us. He emailed us via WorthPoint’s 
“Ask a Worthologist” service...

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  • 17
    Mar

The Huge Influence of the Early 20th-Century Chinese Department Stores

中國出口銀器: 二十世紀初中國百貨公司業的巨大影響 [caption id="attachment_2519529" align="alignright" width="312"] This kettle and stand is typical of the early Wing On Company silver production.[/caption] Department stores were first introduced to China in the late 19th century but they came in the guise of foreign chains or investors who were doing nothing more than trying to establish lucrative colonial implants that had previously...

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  • 17
    Mar

Is It an Antique or Real Treasure? It’s Your Call

[caption id="attachment_2519423" align="aligncenter" width="502"] Is this dining set a valuable antique? No. It is a 20th-century Colonial Revival reproduction. Is it attractive? Yes. Is it useful? Yes. Is it a treasure? Absolutely.[/caption] Assume for a minute that you have just come into the possession of what looks like it might be a valuable piece of antique furniture. Maybe...

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  • 17
    Mar

Estate Executors’ Headaches: How to Open, Price and Sell Residential Safes

[caption id="attachment_2519407" align="alignright" width="300"] Eventually, estate executor will have to deal with a safe, whether is in a wall, in the floor or sitting like a 700-pound gorilla in the basement. To relieve a bit of “executor pain,” here’s my primer on how to deal with residential safes: how to locate them, get them open, deal with the...

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  • 17
    Mar

The Postcard Time Machine: The Dionne’s Miracle Quintuplets

[caption id="attachment_2519442" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The five rosy-cheeked, curly-haired quints, playing like other little girls, brought smiles to tired hearts during the Great Depression. Postcard #4 is from the numbered set of 49 black-and-whites that make up the most common quint cards. Many collect them by number. Generally, $10-$15 is an expected price in excellent condition (though often seen...

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  • 17
    Mar

The Basics of Sports-Card Collecting: Understanding Card Grading

[caption id="attachment_2519471" align="alignleft" width="255"] This 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card was graded by Professional Sports Authenticators as a PSA 8, Near Mint/Mint.[/caption] As with most collectibles, the value of a trading card often comes down to three criteria: condition, condition and condition. This is true whether you are talking about a vintage 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie...

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  • 14
    Mar

It’s Actually Kinda Easy Being Green: Steiff’s Great Green Frogs

[caption id="attachment_2519400" align="alignleft" width="216"] Leaping into the green is an example of an early Steiff Cappy Frog, which can value from $60 to $80 range.[/caption] A good theme for this week around these parts would have to be green. Spring is just about here (I have three tiny crocus flowers showing all their glory on my front lawn)...

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  • 14
    Mar

Chinese Export Silver Offers a Cabinet Full of Charming Curiosities

中國出口銀器: 珍奇百寶屋 [caption id="attachment_2519383" align="aligncenter" width="423"] This pounce was made by Tu Mao Xing of Tientsin (Tianjin) towards the end of the 19th century. Pounce is a fine powder made from powdered cuttlefish bone or very fine pale sand used to dry ink after writing a letter or calligraphy.[/caption] Sometimes I have to pinch myself; I must be...

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  • 12
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/12/2014

[caption id="attachment_2519356" align="alignleft" width="300"] Magnus Robot Fighter Vol 4 #1 Midtown Exclusive Anacleto Variant, $10.[/caption] New Comics Roundup A lot of first issues are debuting this week, beginning with Returning #1 at BOOM!, featuring Zombies in the future. That is followed by the return of Beasts of Burden at Dark Horse, as well as a bunch more DC...

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