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  • 16
    Nov

The Antique Turkey Platter: Rarely Used Dish Could Pay for Christmas and then Some

[caption id="attachment_2517319" align="aligncenter" width="500"] This Staffordshire platter depicts the State Arms of Pennsylvania and is an early 19th-century piece by an unknown maker. As it is a very rare example, it sold for $26,000 in 2010.[/caption] It’s that time of year when family heirlooms are dragged out of their hiding places in china cabinets and buffets to serve...

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  • 14
    Nov

Fabulous Antiques Find: A Tea Caddy’s Secret

[caption id="attachment_2528232" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Christopher Kent tells a story of a Fabulous Find involving a collectibles story of remorse and love passed down through centuries—explained in a letter, hidden in a tea caddy, with an unclaimed king’s ransom.[/caption] You get 10 Worthologists together under one roof with approximately 300 years each of experience, and I guarantee no matter...

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  • 11
    Nov

Do You Mind if I Smoke? Smoking Accessories and Tobaccoania

[caption id="attachment_2528219" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This unusual and impressive antique Victorian English Sterling silver and enamel combination vesta and cheroot cutter could be had for a mere $1,600 at AC Silver in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. (Photo: AC Silver)[/caption] I don’t wish to glamorize smoking, however I have to admit that antique and vintage smoking accessories and paraphernalia are...

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  • 10
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles: Cozy Winter Reads for Collectors

When you are nestled by a roaring fire and crave a subtle distraction this winter from the antiques and collectibles hunt, or are a spouse/partner looking for a stocking stuffer or two for the “better half” collector this holiday season, consider one of these cozy antiques and collectibles mystery titles. Antiques and/or collectibles are not always the center...

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  • 10
    Nov

Uncensored John F. Kennedy Campaign Notes Lead Americana & Political Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2528214" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Senator John F. Kennedy on his prop-driven campaign plane, “Caroline,” in 1960, along with his airborne “Gal Friday,” Janet DesRosiers. DesRosiers saved dozens of sheets of paper with Kennedy’s hand-written notes he used to communicate while suffering from laryngitis.[/caption] DALLAS — A lot consisting of 98 pages of notes in former President John F....

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  • 10
    Nov

Polishing Your Antique Silver: Tips for a Tedious Holiday Chore

Thanksgiving Day is coming faster than you think, and if you are tempted to get out your antique silver to make your holiday table sparkle, there are a few things you need to know before you get down to the chore of cleaning and polishing that silver. Before cleaning or polishing silver, it is important to inspect each...

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  • 9
    Nov

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: How the Presidential Election will affect Antiques & Collectibles Trade

[caption id="attachment_2528217" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This Colonial Revival gate-leg table by the Imperial Table Company of Grand Rapids, Mich. has seen better days.[/caption] In the Nov. 9, 2016 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry talks about how the recent presidential election may affect the antiques and collecibles trade, as well as a Colonial Revival gate-leg...

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  • 3
    Nov

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: An English Chippendale Chest of Drawers? Doesn’t Look Like It

[caption id="attachment_2528176" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry takes a look at a chest of drawers the owner says is of English Chippendale vintage and design. One look tells Harry something different.[/caption] In the Nov. 3, 2016 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry Harry takes...

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  • 3
    Nov

Vinyl Record Albums: To Have and To Hold

“Sing along with Mitch”  was a show we used to watch and that memory reminds us of the ongoing love of music that many of us have. Whether we listen to radio or adjust our wireless headphones to the latest tracks on our mobile device, it started for many of us with records. Angela had a small box...

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  • 3
    Nov

A Collection for Everyone: Where to Look for Collecting Inspiration

[caption id="attachment_2528135" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Collectibles can be anything, depending on the interest of the individual collector. These collectors will turn their attention to anything and everything, from action figures, such as this muscle-bound guy to…[/caption] Musician and actor Henry Rollins is quoted saying about collectors “...someone has to look after the past, lest it slip away forever.” That...

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