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  • 16
    Feb

Ephemera Capital of the World moves to Greenwich during March 19-20 Ephemera Fair

[caption id="attachment_2525911" align="aligncenter" width="611"] Among the highlights of ephemera up for sale at The Ephemera Fair on March 19-20 in Greenwich, Conn., include five pages typed by Helen Keller on a Braille typewriter from John Reznikoff, University Archives, a division of USC, Inc.[/caption] GREENWICH, Conn. – For one weekend in March, the center of the ephemera-collecting world will...

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  • 15
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: Introduction to the Forgotten Giants

[caption id="attachment_2525896" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Elsie de Wolfe, better known as Lady Mendl, was America's first professional interior designer. According to Harry Rinker’s definition, she rates as one of the Antiques and Collectibles World’s “Forgotten Giants” whom he will be writing about in the future.[/caption] In early December 2015, I received a package from Richard and Ramona Wise, R....

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  • 12
    Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day from WorthPoint!

[caption id="attachment_2525890" align="aligncenter" width="600"] To My Valentine. Oh, let me catch you in my net, for you, dear lad, my cap is set." It probably made sense when it was first published.[/caption] Having a hard time finding a Valentine's Day card that expresses just exactly what you want to say? Are today's cards just a little too modern...

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  • 12
    Feb

The Postcard Time Machine: Vintage Valentine Postcards have Heart

The first mailed valentine was postmarked in 1806 in England. By the end of the 1800s, fancy valentines adorned with lace, ribbons, hearts and Cupids were all the rage. Mass-produced greeting cards, then postcards, followed. And, as they say, the rest is history. Before we get to postcard valentines, let’s review the history of the tradition. The origin...

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  • 11
    Feb

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

[caption id="attachment_2510087" align="alignright" width="242"] 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 Thursday and love will be expressed in many ways, including the sending...

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  • 11
    Feb

A Gamer’s Valentine’s Day Question: What Board Games are there about Love?

[caption id="attachment_2510075" align="alignright" width="222"] AEG’s fire-hot Love Letter, its most recent English-language edition comes in a sexy velvet bag.[/caption] Valentine’s Day is here again, and somewhere between the flocks of half-naked, infantile archers, mountains of terrible chocolate packed in heart-shaped boxes and overpriced long-stem roses as far as the eye can see, there’s something to do with love...

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  • 10
    Feb

Addition of New Marks grows WorthPoint’s Maker’s Marks Database to 90,000 Entries

[caption id="attachment_2525854" align="aligncenter" width="570"] WorthPoint has just assed more than 10,000 maker’s marks and patterns for china, glass and metals in the latest data infusion, bringing the Marks database to more than 90,000 images. The most recent infusion includes nearly 900 patters for Haviland china, such as Aster D’Or, pictured above.[/caption] Over the last two weeks, WorthPoint.com—the Internet’s...

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  • 10
    Feb

A Valentine’s Love Story Through Steiff Dolls

[caption id="attachment_2518628" align="alignleft" width="224"] It took a while, but this matched pair of Steiff Bazi dolls finally found each other—proving good things come with patience.[/caption] Every enthusiast has extra-special items in his or her collection—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. In keeping with the theme of Valentine's...

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  • 9
    Feb

Making a Federal Case: A Young America Tries to Find its Own Style

[caption id="attachment_2518085" align="alignright" width="383"] This reproduction Federal-style cabinet base shows Sheraton-style spool turns and a tapered reeded column with Hepplewhite drawer pulls.[/caption] One of the most popular and most reproduced styles in America for the last 100 years has been the Federal style of the early 19th century. It is so ubiquitous that it is almost unrecognizable as...

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  • 8
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: The Shelf-Sitter Era has Ended

[caption id="attachment_2525766" align="aligncenter" width="600"] It wasn’t until the 1980 when people began collecting these 1950s and ’60s shelf-sitter figurines, like these three Hummel figurines. Now, there is no market for them.[/caption] A shelf-sitter is an object that rests upon a hanging shelf, mantle, tabletop, bookcase or cabinet with glass doors. It is an object that is meant to...

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