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  • 13
    Jan

Chinese Auction Houses: More Than Just Culture Shock!

The mad scramble by Western entrepreneurs and businessmen to “get into the China market” leaves visible scorch marks across the globe that are probably so pronounced they can be seen from outer space. But the Chinese didn’t build the Great Wall for nothing—the Middle Kingdom has always been insular and, in many ways, still is. Despite the fact...

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  • 12
    Jan

The Leaf Problem: Where to Put Table Extensions

[caption id="attachment_2525597" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The early 19th century Federal “D end” table just left the leaf hanging until needed. Two such ends could be placed together with the leave raised, supported by the other table.[/caption] Extension dining tables were a great invention. Going from slabs of boards laid across trestles to a fixed table that could be expanded...

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  • 11
    Jan

Collectors Snap to Attention for Historic Field Drums

[caption id="attachment_2525533" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The in the famous “Spirit of ’76” by Archibald Willard, the drummer and his apprentice are playing rope-tuned snare (field) drums.[/caption] Church-bells ringing on Sunday morning are a familiar sound in communities all over America. There was a time, though, that the faithful were called to worship by the sound of drums. Thomas L....

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  • 8
    Jan

The $1.99-Million Dime: 1894-S 10-Cent Piece Sells in Tampa Auction

[caption id="attachment_2525526" align="aligncenter" width="605"] If anyone finds another 1894-S Barber Dime, Heritage Auctions wants to know about first and is offering a reward of $10,000 just to authenticate it.[/caption] DALLAS – An 1894-S Barber Dime, the finest known, realized $1,997,500 at auction on Jan. 7, 2016 as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night event at the Florida...

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  • 8
    Jan

Nailed It! Dime Struck on a Nail Brings $42,300 at Auction

Spectacular mint error brings impressive price realized in spirited bidding in Heritage Auctions Tampa, FL Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention auction TAMPA – A singular and spectacular U.S. Mint error coin—a Roosevelt Dime struck on a zinc-coated sixpenny nail and graded MS65 PCGS—sold for $42,300 on Jan. 6, 2016, in Heritage Auctions’ Florida United Numismatists (FUN) U.S. Coins...

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  • 8
    Jan

What You Really Have To Touch When You Buy

[caption id="attachment_2525519" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Most people are more comfortable buying from an auction catalog sight-unseen than through an online offering.[/caption] “I will not buy it unless I can touch it and see it” is among the most common reasons given for not buying antiques and collectibles online. The rationale predates the internet. Individuals who refused to buy objects...

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  • 6
    Jan

Is That Old Circus Poster You Found Authentic or a Reproduction? More Answers

Nearly seven years ago I wrote my first article for WorthPoint—“Is That Old Circus Poster You Found Authentic or a Reproduction?”—a guide to help identify circus poster reproductions. Ever since, I have been receiving e-mails with comments about that article and questions about posters readers have found. Hopefully, I can answer or clarify some of those questions. [caption...

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  • 5
    Jan

Step into My Parlor … and Sit in the Correct Chair

[caption id="attachment_2525510" align="aligncenter" width="400"] These two chairs from a Renaissance Revival parlor set of the 1870s illustrate the difference in the gentleman’s chair (left) and the lady’s chair (right) in the overall size, the arrangement of the arms and the size and height of the back. (Flomaton Auction photo)[/caption] One of the most frequently seen arrangements of seating...

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  • 4
    Jan

Telling Between Real and Reproduction Cherry Blossom Depression Glass

Cherry Blossom is just one of the hundreds of Depression glass patterns produced. It happens to by my favorite so it’s the easiest to write about for me! [caption id="attachment_2482775" align="aligncenter" width="420"] The reproduction Cherry Blossom butter dish is on left—the actual butter dish is on right.[/caption] Cherry Blossom was produced by the Jeannette Glass Co., located in...

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  • 24
    Dec

‘The Night Before Christmas,’ Auctioneer’s Style

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the hall Not a customer was stirring, they were all at the mall; The prints were hung on the easels with care, In hopes that Dealers all would be there; The Dealers were nestled in that draughty old shed, While visions of Stickley and Roycroft danced in their heads; And...

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