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  • 9
    Feb

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Italian Cruise Ship Salon Chairs

[caption id="attachment_2528800" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry talks about some salon chairs from an Italian cruise ship and the possible future of antique shows.[/caption] In the Feb. 9, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry gives his thoughts about the future of antiques shows...

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  • 9
    Feb

The Breathtaking Beauty of 19th–Century Valentine’s Day Cards

[caption id="attachment_2528780" align="aligncenter" width="350"] A Victorian-era Valentine’s Day Card, embossed and decorated with cherubs and flowers, reads on the inside: “Affection/Not Sunlight in it is prime/Nor Moonlight’s gentle ray; Is half so fair as Love, Which brightens day by day.”[/caption] It will be Valentine’s Day on Tuesday and love will be expressed in many ways, including the sending of...

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  • 5
    Feb

Collecting the Perks of the President

[caption id="attachment_2528761" align="aligncenter" width="600"] When you are the president of the United States, you get a lot of perks. Many items related to those perks are collectible.[/caption] So, you’ve been elected president of the United States. Maybe not by popular vote, but the Constitution is quite clear that the Electoral College can elect a president, too. Either way,...

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  • 1
    Feb

How to Repair Vintage Fur Yourself

[caption id="attachment_2528752" align="aligncenter" width="400"] A mahogany mink stole. If there is some damage, don't fret; you might be able to repair it yourself.[/caption] Vintage fur can be fragile. Air, light, heat, insects and accidents all contribute to causing damage to your precious garment. Generally, most people will take their fur to a professional to be repaired. However, in...

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  • 30
    Jan

Fabulous Finds: Walking into a Hidden Time Capsule

[caption id="attachment_2483094" align="aligncenter" width="510"] I met a man who had nothing for me to appraise but told me about the antebellum house, like this one, that he was moving from a small town near Birmingham onto a plot of land that his family has owned since before the Civil War.[/caption] For many years I hosted the popular radio show,...

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  • 27
    Jan

Mark of the Week: The Murphy Chair Company

[caption id="attachment_2528715" align="aligncenter" width="450"] If you have a wooden office chair from the 1920s through the ’30s, odds are it was made by the Murphy Chair Company. By some estimates, Murphy’s total production of chairs surpassed 10 million by 1937.[/caption] This odd-looking office chair dates to about 1926. It looks older because it is a transitional piece that...

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  • 25
    Jan

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Selling a Large Collection of Little Things

[caption id="attachment_2528718" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry explains what to do with a very large collection of miniature collectibles, as well as talks about the death of Mary Tyler Moore and TV collectibles.[/caption] In the Jan. 25, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry...

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  • 25
    Jan

When Two Collectors Meet: Jan Braunstein Talks Ephemery with WorthPoint’s Will Seippel

[caption id="attachment_2528642" align="aligncenter" width="600"] When two collectors of ephemera—paper goods not meant to last—get together, they can spend all day talking about the topic, which could include these eight press photos from the 1960 Anniversary of Disneyland featuring Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope and other celebrities for sale on Jan Braunstein’s eBay store, Micklet Collectibles.[/caption] On a comfortable California...

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  • 25
    Jan

Sports Collectibles Set New Records in 2016

[caption id="attachment_2528605" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Laws of Baseball, written by Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams, sold for more than $3.2 million.[/caption] While some argue about whether the year 2016 was a net positive or negative, there is no denying that 2016 was a record-setting year for sports collectibles. Of the 23 categories tracked by Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA/DNA), seven...

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  • 23
    Jan

The End of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is not the end of the Circus

  “The . . . circus as it exists today is in my opinion, a thing of the past . . .” When the owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was quoted in newspapers across the country, the nation was shocked. An American institution is closing? How could this happen? The preceding quote isn’t taken...

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