• 8
    Jul

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

中國出口銀器上的花卉杰作 I have decided I must be a very privileged person. Not only am I constantly viewing outstanding items of silver as my academic research progresses at a pace, but I get to see so many spectacular examples of Chinese Export Silver that people from all around the world share with me. The latter phenomenon […]

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  • 8
    Jul

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

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 them. Here is one of those treasures from my hug of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles. The Item: Sometimes things don’t always work out the way you planned, but in this […]

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  • 3
    Jul

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

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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  • 2
    Jul

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A St. Drake’s Plantation 1860 X bitters bottle—made between 1862-1872 and one of only a few known in the blue-green color—soared to $37,950 at American Bottle Auctions’ Internet and catalog sale #58, which went online June 21 and ended June 30. It wasn’t the most ever paid for that bottle in that […]

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  • 2
    Jul

Avoiding a Razing: Maryland Town Pays Ransom to Rebel Troops

By Gerald Tebben The citizens of Hagerstown, Md., knew no good would come from the column of 1,500 Confederate cavalry that rode into town early in the afternoon of July 6, 1864. Throughout the Civil War, the town of 4,100 had been occupied repeatedly by Northern and Southern armies marching to and from the battles […]

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  • 1
    Jul

How to Sell Your Antiques, Collectibles and Vintage Items

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 goods. It can be a confusing and, at times, an emotional situation. Ten to 15 years ago, there were few options […]

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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 […]

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  • 1
    Jul

Revolutionary War Games: Fighting Redcoats on your Table Top

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, these ruminations about life, liberty and the pursuit of explosions and grilled meats may also turn to hobbyist concerns. Specifically, the fact that there […]

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  • 1
    Jul

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

WOBURN, Mass. – A collection of Revolutionary War-era silver from the First Congregational Church of Woburn, Mass.—one of the first houses of worship in the United States—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. The silver collection […]

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  • 1
    Jul

McColl-Frontenac ‘Red Indian’ Logo Porcelain Sign Paces ‘Check The Oil’ Sale

DUBLIN, Ohio – A round McColl-Frontenac Products double-sided porcelain petroliana sign with “Red Indian” logo, rated near mint at 9.5 out of 10 for condition, sold for $11,550 at a “Check the Oil” auction held June 22 by Matthews Auctions. The auction was conducted on the second day of the Check the Oil Gas & […]

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