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  • 24
    Mar

Q and A with Harry Rinker: Hong Kong-Made Knock-Off Celsius Wristwatch

[caption id="attachment_2526326" align="aligncenter" width="400"] This Celsius-9 wristwatch is a knock-off and not worth repairing. “Made in Hong Kong” is one clue.[/caption] QUESTION: My father had a Raffoler wristwatch, made in Hong Kong, that his uncle gave him before he died. My great uncle was a woodsman in Canada so it got beat up. The watch face indicates it...

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  • 23
    Mar

Wine Collecting Goes Global, Thanks to Internet Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2526317" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Three bottles of Romanee Conti Domaine de la Romanee Conti (1976) sold to an internet bidder for $85,355 at Zachys' auction held Sept. 11, 2015 in Hong Kong, China.[/caption] One needn’t look any further than the nearest laptop, PC or tablet to figure out the main driver behind fine and vintage wine’s seeming meteoric...

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  • 23
    Mar

Investment or Impulse: Art and Antiques don’t act like Blue Chip Stocks

[caption id="attachment_2526311" align="aligncenter" width="528"] Andy Warhol’s “Dollar Sign” (1982) may be the best visualization of the art as investment argument.[/caption] Arguments rage as to whether art and antiques are good investments. There was a time when we were encouraged to invest in art and antiques. “Buy low, and you'll sell high,” we were told, as if collectibles had...

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  • 22
    Mar

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Then ‘Art Deco’ Chairs are really Queen Anne Style

[caption id="attachment_2526510" align="alignnone" width="601"] WorthPoint Hats with Harry Rinker, Worthopedia, Marks database, WorthPoint, identifying antique furniture, Art Deco style furniture, Queen Anne style furniture, floor globe, heirloom globe,[/caption] The weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” on the WorthPoint YouTube channel features antiques and collectibles expert Harry Rinker talking with WorthPoint editor Gregory Watkins about how to identify and...

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  • 21
    Mar

Digging a $10,000 Beer Can? The Hunt for Tin Gold

  [caption id="attachment_2526290" align="aligncenter" width="410"] An example of a “Kent Ale” beer can, which is a beer can to end all beer cans, or close to it. It is referred to as a “$10,000” beer can in loose conversation.[/caption] Can that headline be right? Digging up an old beer can that is worth $10,000? Improbable, but not impossible....

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Two Takes on the Take Down Rifle
  • 17
    Mar

Two Takes on the Take Down Rifle

Few companies were more influential in the firearms industry than Westley Richards and W. J. Jeffrey & Co. Both companies hailed from working-class Birmingham, England, where their firms' ingenuity gave us such great additions to guns and hunting as the Anson & Deeley boxlock action and the .404 Jeffery, .500 Jeffery, and the .600 NE. Just prior to...

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  • 17
    Mar

The 12 Biggest Small Business Mistakes Part 2

[caption id="attachment_2526248" align="aligncenter" width="351"] No matter what you small business is—online reselling on eBay or a small brick-and-mortar antique shop—make sure you don’t make these mistakes.[/caption] Last week we covered the first six of the 12 biggest mistakes most small businesses habitually make—including antiques and collectibles business, as well as online resellers. Here, in my humble opinion, are...

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  • 17
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: There is more than One Fox in the Antiques & Collectibles Henhouse

[caption id="attachment_2526240" align="aligncenter" width="634"] There are many foxes in the antiques and collectibles trade. Two recent events caused me to think about the fox and henhouse analogy.[/caption] “Don’t let the fox guard the henhouse” is a common idiom. The fox cannot fathom the ethical responsibility it has toward the chickens. It is not even a neutral party. The...

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  • 16
    Mar

The Contagion of Collecting: People Will Pay more for Items in Close Contact with Celebrities

[caption id="attachment_2526235" align="aligncenter" width="809"] People will pay more for items with an intimate connection to celebrates. One of the rocking chairs used by President John F. Kennedy sold for $85,000, with a lot of the value being placed in the fact that JFK sat in it.[/caption] A lock of John Lennon’s hair just brought $35,000 at auction. The...

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  • 15
    Mar

It’s Actually Kinda Easy Being Green for Steiff’s Great Green Frogs

A good theme for this week around these parts would have to be green. Spring is just about here (I have three tiny crocus flowers showing all their glory on my front lawn) and St. Patrick’s Day and all its festivities are being celebrated by many Irish-Americans ... and just about everyone else, too. So it’s time to...

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