• 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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  • 12
    Jul

MLB’s All-Star FanFest Filled with Collectible Opportunities

This weekend, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York will be home to the world’s largest interactive baseball exhibit. Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star FanFest, sponsored by T-Mobile, will provide attendees a wealth of collectible opportunities. Shopping at baseball card and memorabilia dealer booths will be just one aspect of the festivities. Paid […]

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  • 12
    Jul

That Stiff, Yellowing Copy of the Declaration of Independence: Is it Real? Or Valuable?

In 1989, when a lucky Philadelphia man found an original 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence hidden in an old painting that he’d bought at a flea market, he truly stumbled across a fortune. It sold at Sotheby’s two years later for $2.4 million dollars. In a similar story from 2006, an 1823 copy […]

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  • 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 What we know as the China Trade began in 1757 when, by Imperial edict, a set of stringent regulations were implemented in order to try to control the non-Chinese merchant sea traders trying to set anchor in Chinese ports. An area at the mouth of the Pearl River was designated as foreign […]

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  • 11
    Jul

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

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 things that allows them to get out of sorts? That depends a great deal on when the piece was made, the original quality of […]

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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 […]

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  • 10
    Jul

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

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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