• 4
    May

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Kevin McElroy on Antique Violins

[caption id="attachment_2512420" align="alignright" width="198"] Luthier Kevin McElroy of Frost Gully Violins in Freeport, Maine.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with luthier Kevin McElroy of Frost Gully Violins in Freeport, Maine, about what makes antique violins special, and what to look for in a fine instrument. Listen here: [audio:http://www.worthpoint.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/worthpoint-kevin-mcelroy.mp3] Martin Willis...

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  • 3
    May

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Whitney Reed Rocking Horse, Hindenburg Ephemera

[caption id="attachment_2512378" align="aligncenter" width="553"] A reader writes that she bought a Whitney Reed glider-base rocking horse for $600. She wanted to know if it was a good buy. Harry Rinker did some research and came back with some good news.[/caption] QUESTION: Several years ago I purchased a Whitney Reed, glider base, rocking horse for $600. The horse is...

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  • 3
    May

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Values of Current Ghost Variants

. 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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings...

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  • 1
    May

Chinese Export Silver an Oft-Forgotten yet Significant Antique Silver Category

[caption id="attachment_2512528" align="alignright" width="368"] An exquisite lidded Chinese Export Silver centerpiece by Wang Hing, circa 1880. The blend of neo-classical and high Chinese styles presented Chinese silversmiths with an ideal outlet to display their skills; this piece an example of a spectrum of silvermaking techniques[/caption] Chinese Export Silver (1785-1940) is a much-forgotten, yet highly significant antique silver category....

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  • 1
    May

The Comic Speculator – The Yearly Comic Shopping Apocalypse

[caption id="attachment_2512345" align="aligncenter" width="614"] An army of nerds, collectors and, of course cosplayers, have converged on McCormick Place, where hundreds of retailers for everything from comics to steampunk goggles and wooden mustaches have booths set up to sell their wares.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by Worthpoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look...

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  • 1
    May

Furniture Style and Form: What’s Wrong With a ‘Period’ Coffee Table?

[caption id="attachment_2512497" align="alignright" width="300"] While this may look like an antique mid-19th-century Rococo Revival coffee table, it is a mid-20th-century fabrication using elements of the Rococo Revival style.[/caption] In the world of antique furniture, the word “period” has a very specific meaning. To say that something is period means that it is from the time when the style...

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  • 1
    May

Gold Alert: From Investing in Gold to Buying it over the Counter

[caption id="attachment_2512371" align="alignright" width="300"] When you’re buying jewelry, the price gold plays an important role. But what the public forgets is there is more to it than just the gold, and this can be applied to other things that you buy everyday too.[/caption] As an appraiser often I am asked, “Should I invest in gold?” Let me go...

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  • 1
    May

Is That Old Circus Poster You Found Authentic or a Reproduction? More Answers

[caption id="attachment_2512386" align="alignleft" width="301"] This Tiger Head Poster (Blue) was issued in 1970 for the 100th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey souvenir program. It included a set of four posters measuring 26 inches x 17 inches and sold for $3.98 per set.[/caption] Nearly five years ago I wrote my first article for WorthPoint—“Is That Old...

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  • 1
    May

Collecting The Duke, English Style: John Wayne UK Quad Movie Posters

[caption id="attachment_2512408" align="aligncenter" width="553"] A simple unfussy design as “Rooster Cogburn” takes centre stage in this “True Grit” Quad movie poster from the U.K. (Photo: moviepostermem.com)[/caption] In this article we are going to look at one of the true greats of the 20th century cinema: John Wayne, the epitome of the all-American hero, and the posters of his movies...

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  • 1
    May

A Tiny Classic Steiff Design with a Big Identification Mystery

[caption id="attachment_251251" align="aligncenter" width="491"] A Steiff wollie raven made at the Steiff factory in the 1960s (left) is compared with a version of the woolie raven made by a third-party manufacturer in 1982-83 (right). There some obvious differences.[/caption] Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or...

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