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  • 22
    Jun

Rinker on Collectibles: You Cannot Put a Square Peg in a Round Hole

[caption id="attachment_2527233" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A Three Wise Men department store Christmas window display is supposed to have been made for Petersen Harned von Maur (Petersen’s) Department Store by the Silvestri Art Manufacturing Company of Chicago. Harry Rinker questions this factual statement.[/caption] The more you know about an object, the more valuable it becomes is an antiques and collectibles...

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  • 21
    Jun

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: New Ivory Rules & Mid-Century Table Lamps

[caption id="attachment_2527238" align="aligncenter" width="698"] Harry Rinker discusses the new, sometimes contradictory rules about buying, selling and owning ivory.[/caption] In the June 21, 2016 episode, Harry answers viewers' questions about a pair of Kron table lamps, a couple of interesting old books--including on about Georgia Washing and his "Masonic Compeers"--as well as discussing current events in the antiques and...

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  • 20
    Jun

Ted’s Root Beer Soda Bottle Found while Scuba Diving Could Spark Collection

[caption id="attachment_2527227" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The author found this Ted’s Root Beer bottle while Scuba diving in a Maine river. It was bottled in Needham, Mass, a suburb of Boston, and is a genuine Ted’s bottle, as compared to many Ted’s Root Beer bottles and signs made for nostalgia collectors.[/caption] Last week here in Maine the weather was fine...

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  • 14
    Jun

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: A Muhammad Ali Autograph

[caption id="attachment_2527190" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A viewer asked Harry about a Muhammad Ali autograph she acquired in New York City.[/caption] In the June 14, 2016 episode, Harry answers viewers' questions about a Mohammad Ali autograph and Grandmother’s dinnerware, revisits an Elvis Presley outdoor thermometer, and talks about Judith Miller’s new book on antiques and an article about the rise...

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  • 13
    Jun

Succeeding in Your Business: IREC is Woodstock for Internet Retailers

[caption id="attachment_2527159" align="aligncenter" width="600"] For the past few years, the annual Internet Retailer Conference and Exposition (IRCE) has brought together online retailers with companies offering services to help build their online businesses.[/caption] Ever since 2008, when eBay stopped doing its annual “eBay Live!” trade show, Internet retailers—people who sell merchandise either from their own websites or on one...

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  • 13
    Jun

Auction Report: The Pope’s Ride, Rat Pack Coolness & a Southern Tradition

[caption id="attachment_2527180" align="aligncenter" width="380"] Julien’s recent Music Icons auction features many items that exuded 1960s Rat Pack “cool.”[/caption] Welcome back... Since our last visit the possessions of saints and sinners alike have crossed the auction block. In this June segment, auctions of note include the Pope’s ride, some Rat Pack coolness, a brothel license, a Southern tradition, and...

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  • 12
    Jun

Mark of the Week: Moritz Zdekauer Porcelain

We are all fortunate to have an incredible resource for identifying marks right at our fingertips.  WorthPoint's MAPS (Marks, Autographs, Patterns and Symbols) database has over 95,000 identifiers, updated weekly.  MAPS covers glass, china, coins, currency, tools and more!  With your MAPS subscription you are privy to a wealth of knowledge that will put you at the top...

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  • 10
    Jun

Our Top Five Run-of-the-Mill Junk Items You Can Sell Online for a Surprising Amount

[caption id="attachment_2527151" align="alignright" width="300"] Hewlett Packard’s hand-held HP-41CV calculator was made in the 1980s. This one isn't even working, but it still sold for $39 in November 2014.[/caption] Most people cleaning out closets or attics—or perhaps liquidating a relative’s estate—know enough to separate items that might have value on the secondary market. We recognize that collectibles, art, jewelry...

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  • 10
    Jun

Rinker on Collectibles: Why the Secondary Doll Market is in the Doldrums

[caption id="attachment_2527148" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The secondary doll collecting market's collapse happened very quickly and those involved were well aware of what was happening. The downturn is unusual in that prices at all levels—even the upper echelon—fell at an alarming rate.[/caption] Collecting categories decline. This is a simple statement that is a difficult concept for many in the antiques and...

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  • 7
    Jun

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: A S.R. Percy Painting & Elvis Thermometer

[caption id="attachment_2527162" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A viewer asked Harry about this Elvis Presley outdoor thermometer and a painting by English artist S.R. Percy.[/caption] In the June 7, 2016 episode, Harry answers viewers' questions about an oil painting by the English artist S.R. Percy and a metal thermometer depicting 1970-era Elvis Presley. He also discusses news in the antiques and...

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