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  • 16
    Aug

Living the Amish Life—On Postcards

[caption id="attachment_2511707" align="alignright" width="300"] Fun and games are part of Amish life. These two teenagers are headed for the frozen pond on their farm to enjoy an afternoon of ice skating. This unusual Amish scene can be found in the $2 to $5 range.[/caption] Mainstream Americans have always found the lifestyle of Amish people fascinating. Perhaps it’s because...

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  • 16
    Aug

Does that Certificate of Authenticity Tell the Whole Story?

[caption id="attachment_2511918" align="alignright" width="299"] A simple example of a COA issued for a commercial coin collection. There is no signature or tells how many were actually made.[/caption] On a recent reality show dealing with pickers or auctions or pawn shops or whatever, an expert was brought in to evaluate an item. It might have been a movie prop...

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  • 15
    Aug

Unloved Antiques: The American Old Family Bible

In this edition of “Unloved Antiques”, we're taking a look at the venerable American “Old Family Bible.” Most families have one, often said to be “At least 200 years old,” inherited from some distant deceased relative and nearly always with a fantastic tale relating to the Frontier, Old West or the Civil War. [caption id="attachment_2522301" align="alignright" width="282"] This “old...

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  • 15
    Aug

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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  • 15
    Aug

The Columbus Mint That Never Was

[caption id="attachment_2512299" align="aligncenter" width="561"] John Sherman, whose portrait appears on the face of $50 Third Charter national bank notes, introduced a resolution in 1876 as a U.S. senator from Ohio requesting that President Ulysses S. Grant have a building in Columbus, Ohio, examined for use as a possible Branch Mint of the United States. The structure was evaluated,...

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  • 15
    Aug

Collecting Antique Lithographed Toys – The ‘Bliss’ of the Hunt

[caption id="attachment_2501357" align="aligncenter" width="447"] This 18-inch Bliss Santa and Sleigh in very good condition sold for $2,530 (including buyer’s premium) at Cowan’s Auctions in 2007. It has a cross-over appeal to holiday collectors as well as toy collectors.[/caption] The development of a printing method for making chromolithographs radically changed book publication during the middle of the 1800s because...

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  • 11
    Aug

Auction Report: Super Prices for First Superman & E.H. Wood Stoneware Pitcher

Welcome back... In our August 2016 report, auction news of note includes a super price for Superman, a world record for Kentucky stoneware; a Jane Fonda celebrity auction; more growth in the auction business; plus, price results from last month’s Update auctions. Let’s jump right in... Super Price for Superman [caption id="attachment_2527521" align="aligncenter" width="285"] With fewer than 100...

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  • 9
    Aug

The Silver Treasures that go Unnoticed and Unclaimed

[caption id="attachment_2527525" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Sterling silver cutlery, tea sets and coins (specifically, North American silver coins—made before 1965 in the U.S. and Canadian coins made until about 1968)—are often worth more for scrap content than as a collectible.[/caption] As an appraiser, I often run into under-appreciated items while being asked to examine other items that clients have deemed...

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  • 9
    Aug

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: An Importer’s Mark and Summer Reads

[caption id="attachment_2527519" align="aligncenter" width="542"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry discusses the value of a cattle brand and a viewer’s table and chairs.[/caption] In the Aug. 10, 2016 episode of WorthPoint Chats with harry Rinker, Harry answers viewers’ questions about a set of china with an importer’s mark and his picks...

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  • 8
    Aug

Rinker on Collectibles: Summer Reads for Antiques Enthusiasts Part I

[caption id="attachment_2527513" align="aligncenter" width="311"] “White Colander Crime” is a Vintage Kitchen Mystery written by Victoria Hamilton.[/caption] I spent the past three weeks reading 14 mysteries in which antiques and collectibles play a primary or peripheral role. Each year, as I start my research for the “Read” columns, I am confident that I have identified all the antiques and...

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