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  • 12
    Oct

Philco Predicta was the most Advanced Television of our Time (for a very short time)

[caption id="attachment_2524259" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The Philco Predicta television, which premiered in 1958, was promoted as the TV of tomorrow, offering 1965 technology. But by the time 1965 rolled around, Philco as a company didn't exist any longer. Still, Predictas are still collectible—and affordable—today.[/caption] “It’s truly TV today, from the world of tomorrow... it’s 1965... today!” This line from...

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  • 8
    Oct

Detecting Furniture’s Cheap Tricks & Fake Finishes

[caption id="attachment_2524247" align="aligncenter" width="250"] This fake quarter-sawn oak drop front desk was made using Sherwood’s roller printing method on birch.[/caption] Throughout most of the history of wooden furniture, there have been many attempts to disguise the true nature of the wood used. Most attempts are efforts to make a lesser wood appear to be a more expensive, more...

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  • 7
    Oct

It’s All in the Marks: Dating a Wedgwood Jasperware Urn

[caption id="attachment_2524243" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Jasperware was originally developed by Josiah Wedgwood during the mid-1700s and took advantage of new decorating trends, notably, in this case, copies of pieces found by early archeologists digging Greek and Roman ruins. Is this piece an antique of 18th- or 19th-century vintage or a 20th-century production? Know which helps define the value.[/caption] This...

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  • 6
    Oct

Dining with Antiques – State Drinking Glasses & Beverages

[caption id="attachment_2524239" align="aligncenter" width="286"] A Hazel-Atlas-produce, Gay Fad-decorated drinking glass for Arizona.[/caption] The states in the union take great pride in their uniqueness and individuality. There are state birds, state colors, state flowers, state trees, state songs, state fish and even state mythical creatures. But who ever knew there were state beverages? For those of us who collect,...

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  • 5
    Oct

Changing Horses in Mid-Stream – Putting down the Chef Knife and Picking up the Gavel

I met a guy once who referred to himself as “one of the undesirable unemployables.” I had no idea why he would call himself that; he was a charming guy with a good reputation and was a hard-working entrepreneur. But in the late 2000s, when the recession hit, I was forced to sell my business at a loss...

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  • 2
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Creating a Personal Connection to Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2524191" align="aligncenter" width="528"] Each photograph, file folder or object kindles a memory connection between the object and me. A memory is critical in collecting, especially if it is personal. Personal memories breakdown into “me,” family, career and object memories.[/caption] As I continue to sort through the dozens of archival file boxes residing three rows deep along one...

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  • 30
    Sep

No Rubber Bands: Preserving Game Cards

[caption id="attachment_2524196" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Rubber bands are the enemy of board game and card game paper cards.[/caption] It’s happened to anyone who has ever bought a vintage board or card game from an antiques dealer, a thrift store or a yard sale: You open the box, the contents are complete and organized as promised . . . but...

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  • 29
    Sep

Fred’s Junk Drawer: Small Tips that don’t Fit Anywhere Else

[caption id="attachment_2524130" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Use this method of drilling a small hole and inserting a small Phillips screw to pull a plug or screw cap rather than destroying it.[/caption] This column is intended to be like the kitchen drawer everyone has that is packed with indispensable items (they must be indispensable, or you would have cleaned them out...

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  • 28
    Sep

Looking past the Painting to see the Value of Antique Frames

[caption id="attachment_2524124" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The art on the walls can provide a good first impression of the overall quality of an estate. When the quality of the art is obviously the level or a hobbyist or student, the frame itself could be worth more than the art. Many antique frames are valuable collectibles in their own right.[/caption] There...

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  • 25
    Sep

The Executor’s Dilemma: What to Do with Old Electronics

[caption id="attachment_2524092" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Hoarding old electronics is a bad idea on several levels, so if you have some, it’s best to make arrangements for its disposal as soon as possible. There are more disposal options available now than there have ever been.[/caption] Sorting through an estate last month, I came upon a desk whose top had apparently...

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