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  • 23
    Oct

History Shines Light on Celebrating Halloween Collectibles

  [caption id="attachment_2493771" align="aligncenter" width="540"] This group of paper table decorations, including a witch, owl, cat ghost and jack-o-lanterns sold for $80.50 at auction. (Photo: Cowan's Auctions, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio)[/caption] The tradition of Halloween is rooted deep in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, dating back almost 2,000 years. In the areas that are now Ireland, the United...

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  • 22
    Oct

Halloween and Horror Movie Imagery at the English Cinema

With Halloween fast approaching, it’s that time of the year when we sit back, turn off the lights and scare ourselves silly with a good horror movie. Horror’s success as a genre is mirrored in the collecting interest in horror movie posters. As examples, an original poster for “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) sold for $334,500 in 2007 and...

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  • 21
    Oct

Halloween Collectibles – The Prices are nothing to Boo at

[caption id="attachment_2524469" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Most Halloween items were disposable, as they were intended for one-time use and this was back in the day when not everything in our lives was disposable—unless your mom was like my mom, who packed everything away for use the next year. So, a die-cut black cat decoration like this could set you back...

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  • 20
    Oct

When Preparing a Table for a Ghoulish Party, Decorate with Halloween Glass

[caption id="attachment_2507960" align="alignright" width="300"] A Murano Berkeley House iridescent ghost sculpture would make the perfect centerpiece for a spooky Halloween table setting.[/caption] Creepy crawlers and things that go bump in the night are always welcome this time of year. Halloween is right around the corner. Ghosts and goblins yelling “Trick or Treat,” carved pumpkins illuminated on the porch...

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  • 19
    Oct

Haunting Photographic Images of Early Halloween Costumes are Desired Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2516476" align="aligncenter" width="417"] Many photos of vintage Halloween costumes are collected because of their unintended artistry. This early 1930s rural snapshot is haunting and hypnotic.[/caption] Halloween’s roots arguably date back thousands of years to Celtic harvest traditions. But the celebration in the form we know it today has a much more recent history. In the United States,...

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  • 15
    Oct

Furniture French: You May Already Speak It

[caption id="attachment_2517543" align="alignleft" width="208"] A chifferobe's name is a combination of two words: "wardrobe" and chiffonier, the French term for a tall chest of drawers.[/caption] If you like older and antique furniture, you may have already acquired another asset that you didn’t even know about in addition to the antiques. You may have the beginnings of a second...

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  • 14
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Is the Antiques and Collectibles Show Circuit Doomed?

[caption id="attachment_2524294" align="aligncenter" width="600"] While people my stand in line to get into the Pier Antique Show in New York, “dealer participation in the 2014 and 2015 March Pier Shows was less than desired,” leading the cancelation of next March’s planned show.[/caption] Last month, I received an email from a friend, Dan Darby—the general manager of U.S. Antique...

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  • 13
    Oct

Bauer Pottery: Color for the Dinner Table and Beyond

[caption id="attachment_2524277" align="aligncenter" width="600"] These Ring pattern nested mixing bowls were one of the most popular and enduring items that the J A Bauer Pottery in Los Angeles produced.[/caption] Most people are familiar with the brightly colored ceramic dishes known as Fiesta. Homer Laughlin China of West Virginia introduced this line to an enthusiastic public in 1936. But...

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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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