• 25
    Jun

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Shackman & Co. Sleep Baby, Eskimo Ivory Billikens

QUESTION: I found a doll in its period box in my aunt’s room. The top of the lid reads: “SLEEP BABY / A new concept in dolls / a real cuddly sleep head for the first time. / A delight to play with. / Copyright Shackman 1957.” The side of the box includes this information: […]

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  • 25
    Jun

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Fabergé Revealed at the Peabody Essex Museum

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis hosts a fascinating discussion with Dean Lahikainen, Peabody Essex Museum’s Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art about an upcoming exhibition: Fabergé Revealed. The exhibit is from the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is on view at […]

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  • 25
    Jun

The Rodney Dangerfield of Numismatic Years, 1908 Still Important Date for Coins

by Gerald Tebben Boy, I tell ya, 1908 just can’t get no respect. When collectors think of important dates in coinage history, 1908 rarely rates a mention. Say 1907 to a collector, famed for its Saint-Gaudens gold coins, or 1909, esteemed for its Lincoln cent, and you’ll get a knowing nod. Say 1908 and you’ll […]

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  • 24
    Jun

The Stanley Cup: Original Six Match-Up Provides Collectible Options

This year’s Stanley Cup Finals—won by the Chicago Blackhawks in spectacular fashion in six games earlier this week—featured two of the league’s oldest teams in the Hawks and the Boston Bruins. Both teams are rich in history and tradition. They had also won of two of the previous three Stanley Cup Finals, with Chicago winning […]

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  • 24
    Jun

Auction at Famed Madison County Mansion to Feature Furniture, Fine Art

JACKSON, Tenn. — The contents of one of Jackson’s stateliest and most historic Victorian mansions, Green Gables—will be sold in an on-site auction on Sat., June 29. The sale will be conducted by Stevens Auction Company. Other prominent estates will also be featured. The action will get underway promptly at 10 a.m. and continue throughout […]

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  • 21
    Jun

Teddy Bear Companies Premiere What’s New in 2013

(This article first appeared in the June 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) Aurora With an eye toward heart-tugging gift merchandise and solid, well-crafted collectibles, Aurora is sitting pretty as it enjoys its fourth decade. The Korean company has broadened its creative reach to include headquarters in the United States, Hong Kong and […]

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  • 21
    Jun

Teddy Bear Hospital: The Recovery of a Pair of Bears

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) Early Farnell Bear This rather worn but terribly sweet little 1920s Farnell bear arrived at a teddy-bear fair I was attending in London. I was expecting him, but when he arrived and I could handle him; it was apparent that […]

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  • 21
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Barzilay Stereo Cases & Cabinets

“Barzilay” is not a name you hear much of any more, but back in the 
1960s to 1970s, it was one well known to audiophiles designing their 
own stereo sound systems. Barzilay produced stereo equipment case 
kits, speaker cases and wall units in kit form, much like the now familiar Ikea 
company furniture today. The […]

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  • 21
    Jun

More on Novelty Postcards: Attached Add-On Cards

Is simply looking at pictures on postcards becoming humdrum? Maybe it’s time to investigate some more of the many categories included under the general heading of “novelty postcards.” One of the more unusual topics to collect is add-ons. This refers to postcards with material attached to the card itself. You may have seen some of […]

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  • 21
    Jun

The Tale of a Hidden Chinese Export Silver Gem

中國出口銀隱藏寶石的那些事兒 Being a regular contributor to WorthPoint has its benefits—for me, that is! My main source of research tangents comes from people sharing images of items with me. This has so often led to my discovering hitherto unknown silversmiths operating in China in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The flow of image-sharing has […]

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