• 12
    Jul

The Curious Phenomenon of 19th-Century Chinese Export Silver Bosun’s Whistles

傳送我上去吧, 史考特. 十九世紀中國出口銀海軍口笛的特殊實物 [caption id="attachment_2514134" align="alignright" width="300"] Here we have a late 19th-century Chinese Export Silver bosun’s whistle that is similar to one that was featured and written of in the famous Chait Collection in 1985 by John Devereux Kernan. This particular item was sold at Christie’s, New York, for $813 in 2008. Today it would be worth...

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  • 11
    Jul

What’s Under Your Seat? A Short History of Cushioning

[caption id="attachment_2514099" align="alignleft" width="300"] This section of a mid-19th-century Empire footstool shows the newly patented biconical springs and several clumsy attempts to correctly tie the sprigs together.[/caption] Has that old couch gotten a little shaky? Sinking in spots? Maybe that old chair has gotten lumpy and the recliner is getting to be downright uncomfortable. What’s inside of these...

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  • 11
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Watch for July 11, 2013: Ghosted, Quantum & Woody

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 and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesyof ICV2.com. Listsof new comics are courtesyof...

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  • 10
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/10/2013

[caption id="attachment_2514074" align="alignright" width="300"] Superman Unchained #2 (Nicola Scott 75th Anniversary The New 52 Variant Cover). Retailers had to order 150-percent of their order of Justice League #12 before they could order this variant as needed.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot...

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  • 9
    Jul

Color Litho of Napoleon by Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec will lead Elite Decorative Arts Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514039" align="alignright" width="281"] This color lithograph of Napoleon and his men by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is the expected top lot in an auction slated for Saturday, July 13, at Elite Decorative Arts.[/caption] BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A color lithograph depicting the French leader Napoleon on horseback with two other men by renowned Post-Impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec...

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  • 9
    Jul

Chinese Qianlong Celadon Jade Censer to Pace Crescent City Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514021" align="aligncenter" width="512"] This 18th-century Chinese Qianlong celadon jade censer is expected to lead a huge weekend auction to be hosted by Crescent City Auction Gallery on July 13-14. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 to $25,000.[/caption] NEW ORLEANS – An 18th-century Chinese Qianlong celadon jade censer with a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000 and items from...

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  • 9
    Jul

From Public Health Necessity to Collectibility: The History of the Beer Stein

[caption id="attachment_2514005" align="alignleft" width="225"] This beautifully decorated faience stein was manufactured by the Proskau factory in the late 1700s. This factory was located in Northern Germany and was in existence from 1760 to about 1790. When it was made, neither the manufacturer nor the owner gave a thought about its collectibility.[/caption] When the first beer steins were being...

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  • 9
    Jul

Warhammer Quest’s Treasure Trove of Components makes it a ‘Holy Grail’ Game Find

[caption id="attachment_2513997" align="aligncenter" width="494"] Games Workshop’s illustrators get right to the heart of what fantasy gamers want. Their baroque style remains epic and influential today.[/caption] One of the biggest hit games in Apple’s App Store right now is Warhammer Quest, a fantasy-themed dungeon crawl wherein the player controls a team of four warriors as they descend through the...

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  • 9
    Jul

Carved Qing Dynasty Throne Chair to Highlight Gordon S. Converse Internet Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514031" align="alignright" width="360"] This Zitan wood Chinese emperor's throne chair, probably from the middle of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), is expected to be the top lot in an upcoming pair of Internet-only auctions, scheduled for Saturday, July 20, by Gordon S. Converse & Co.[/caption] WEST CHESTER, Pa. – A pair of Internet-only auctions, scheduled for Saturday, July...

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  • 8
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Joe Namath Football Passer Toy

[caption id="attachment_2513984" align="aligncenter" width="256"] A Joe Namath Football Passer, which stands 23 inches tall, is battery operated.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2513985" align="aligncenter" width="148"] The box for the Joe Namath Football Passer, like most toys, adds to the total value.[/caption] QUESTION: I recently rediscovered my Joe Namath Passer, a plastic toy standing approximately two feet tall and which could “pass” a...

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