• 8
    Jul

Spotting a Scam: How to Tell if Items Listed on Internet Auction Site May be Fakes

A past WorthPoint article (“Online Buyers Be Prepared”) discussed ways to identify reproductions and counterfeits when buying from Internet auction sites. But it is also helpful to recognize online swindlers by their methods of operation. Surprisingly, the biggest problem for buyers is not the seller who takes money and never delivers (because eBay, for example, has buyer protection...

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  • 8
    Jul

Floral Tours De Force: Wang Hing’s Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器上的花卉杰作 [caption id="attachment_2513957" align="aligncenter" width="494"] The object in question is a superb bowl made by Wang Hing in the form of an open cinquefoil prunus blossom flower head that has beautifully crafted prunus blossom tendrils entwining the main exterior body and also forming the feet. The bowl interior is parcel gilded.[/caption] I have decided I must be a...

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  • 8
    Jul

This Giant Steiff Poodle Wins the Best of Show Award for Rarity and Looks

[caption id="attachment_2514014" align="alignright" width="239"] This Steiff poodle named Snobby is 43 centimeters tall, five-ways jointed, made from grey wool plush and features a very unusual nose made out of very thin and sculpted black leather.[/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...

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  • 3
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/03/2013

[caption id="attachment_2513940" align="alignright" width="280"] Archie #645 (Tim Seeley Variant Cover), $3.99. Tim Seeley of Hack/Slash fame takes on Betty and Veronica and they look a little… um… more mature than I remember.[/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...

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  • 2
    Jul

Rare Blue-Green St. Drake’s Plantation X Bitters Bottle Gavels for $37,950

[caption id="attachment_2513933" align="alignright" width="191"] The top lot of the American Bottle Auctions’ Internet and catalog sale #58, which went online June 21 and ended June 30, was this rare blue-green St. Drake's 1860 X Plantation bitters bottle, which realized $37,950.[/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A St. Drake’s Plantation 1860 X bitters bottle—made between 1862-1872 and one of only a...

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  • 2
    Jul

Avoiding a Razing: Maryland Town Pays Ransom to Rebel Troops

[caption id="attachment_2513908" align="aligncenter" width="529"] Circulated examples of $100 notes bearing the same designs as this unissued, $100 obsolete note from the Hagerstown Bank in Maryland were possibly part of the ransom paid to Confederate troops to keep the town from being burned. (Photo: oldmoney4u on eBay)[/caption] By Gerald Tebben The citizens of Hagerstown, Md., knew no good would...

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  • 1
    Jul

How to Sell Your Antiques, Collectibles and Vintage Items

[caption id="attachment_2513898" align="alignleft" width="300"] Got an overload of antiques? Inherited a houseful of vintage items? These tips can save you money, time and heartbreak.[/caption] Most antique dealers and collectors find that there comes a point when the need arises to sell a few items. There is also household downsizing or the necessity to liquidate an entire houseful of...

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  • 1
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: Managing and Sustaining this Nascent Recovery

The antiques and collectibles trade is in the early stages of an economic recovery, fueled by a host of positive trends in America’s general economy. The economic train’s engineer no longer sees light at the end of the tunnel. The engine has exited the portal. However, a majority of the train’s cars remain within the tunnel’s darkness. If...

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  • 1
    Jul

Revolutionary War Games: Fighting Redcoats on your Table Top

[caption id="attachment_2513860" align="alignright" width="218"] They don’t make ’em like this much anymore. Pictured is the box proclaiming that 1776 is “The Game of the American Revolutionary War.”[/caption] With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, our thoughts turn to things like hot dogs and made-in-China fireworks as we celebrate our nation’s independence. For the board game collector or player,...

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  • 1
    Jul

Revolutionary War-Era Church Silver from Woburn, Mass., to Lead James D. Julia Sale

[caption id="attachment_2513844" align="aligncenter" width="491"] The two loving cups and six beakers from the First Congregational Church of Woburn, Mass. That will be featured in an upcoming annual summer Antique, Asian and Fine Art auction to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on Aug. 21-23, 2013.[/caption] WOBURN, Mass. – A collection of Revolutionary War-era silver from the First...

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