• 18
    Jul

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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  • 17
    Jul

More on Novelty Postcards: Out of the Ordinary

In my last two articles, we looked at several different categories of novelty postcards, including mechanicals, add-ons, postcards that serve other purposes and postcards made from unusual materials. In this final article about novelty cards, let’s explore even more out-of-the-ordinary postcards. Novelty postcards of certain types are particularly hard to find and even harder to […]

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  • 16
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/17/2013

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 courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists […]

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  • 15
    Jul

Rare, Important A. E. Crowell Decoys to Headline Decoys Unlimited Auction

HYANNIS, Mass. – Rare and important early 20th-century decoys by the renowned carver A. E. (Elmer) Crowell, plus other highly collectible decoys, nautical items and Americana from across North America, will all come up for bid at a Summer Decoy Auction slated for July 28-29 by Decoys Unlimited, Inc., at the Cape Codder Resort and […]

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  • 15
    Jul

Manatee Galleries’ July 27 Auction features Diplomat’s Chinese Porcelain Collection

Only rarely does a collection come to the auction marketplace that can match for quality and provenance the one Manatee Galleries is offering on July 27. The Ambassador Ragnar Petri and Mrs. Ingrid Burdin Petri collection of European and Asian fine and decorative art is a testament to the connoisseurship of two world travelers driven […]

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  • 15
    Jul

International Society of Appraisers Releases Fall Education Schedule

CHICAGO – The International Society of Appraisers has announced the six-course schedule for the Fall of 2013, which will begin in September and through November. The courses include: The 7-Hour Personal Property USPAP; Appraisal of Antiques & Residential Contents; Requalification; the Core Course in Appraisal Studies; the 15-Hour Personal Property USPAP; and Appraisal of Fine Art. For […]

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  • 14
    Jul

It’s All In The Marks: Dating Porcelain and Pottery

The process of identifying any item examined by an appraiser is based on a number of identifiers. In the case of pottery and porcelain, it often involves looking for manufacturing and company markings, many of which are well documented and some with only the barest of references. I’m going to take you through the process. […]

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  • 12
    Jul

Ask a Worthologist: Salt-Glazed Crock

Janice H. picked up a stoneware crock with a cobalt-blue design at a country auction. It does have some small damage, and she’s hoping to resell it if she can make a good profit. She used our Ask a Worthologist service to determine its value, and her request was forwarded on to me. Here is […]

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  • 12
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: Repurposed, a New Name for an Old Concept

Repurposing antiques and collectibles is back in the news. The Kovel on Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter introduced a “New Uses for Old Stuff” monthly feature beginning with its June 2013 issue. It is hard to miss the hundreds of repurposed antiques and collectibles that grace the booths at antiques and collectibles flea markets, malls, shops, […]

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  • 12
    Jul

The Collector’s Minute: Leather Buckets

Before the invention of steam-powered water pumps, fires were put out by water thrown by “bucket chains.” In these chains, men passed full leather buckets, some which held three gallons, from one to the other and on to the fire. The empty buckets were passed to women and children to be refilled from a well, […]

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