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  • 5
    Nov

Official Thanksgiving Proclamation are Attractive and Cherished Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2524764" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Very few of the holidays get officially recognized as Thanksgiving does. That’s because it is usually done through an official Thanksgiving Proclamation, which make for fun and historic collectibles.[/caption] Holidays allows us to share the spirit through postcards, figurines, glassware, commemorative plates, stamps, coins and greeting cards, among many others. Very few of the...

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  • 5
    Nov

WorthPoint adds iGavel Sales Data to Worthopedia; Database grows by 12.2M Items

  [caption id="attachment_2525046" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Items that have sold on iGavel—such as this large Chinese cinnabar lacquered covered box, which sold for $8,767 including buyer’s premium in April—are now being added to the WorthPoint Worthopedia.[/caption] WorthPoint.com, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has just added more than 12.2...

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  • 4
    Nov

Display and Care of Your Decoy Collection

[caption id="attachment_2524772" align="aligncenter" width="600"] These decoys are mounted on the wall using hand forged iron L brackets. The decoy on the left is a Mitchell Black Duck and the black and white decoy is an Eider from Maine. Also on the cypress board and batten wall is a Chelsea clock and barometer with a pewter collection on the...

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  • 3
    Nov

Hand-Carved American Furniture that Never Came Close to a Chisel

[caption id="attachment_2509548" align="aligncenter" width="464"] The elaborate design on the crest rail of this turn-of-the-century oak rocker was pressed into the wood, not carved.[/caption] In furniture making and design, it always seems preferable that flat, plain panels of unadorned wood be largely avoided wherever possible. There’s a need to decorate blank space. Over the centuries, that need has largely...

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  • 29
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Milestones, Anniversaries and Legacies (Harry’s 1,500th Column)

[caption id="attachment_2524648" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry Rinker has been writing his column about collectibles for more going on three decades. Today’s column is No. 1,500, a milestone of sorts, but nearly the last.[/caption] When I wrote my 1,300th Rinker on Collectibles column in late December of 2011, was the 255th anniversary column for “Rinker on Collectibles.” Writing 1,300 weekly...

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  • 29
    Oct

Can You Tell Me What this is Really Worth? (What can I sell it for?)

[caption id="attachment_2524636" align="aligncenter" width="600"] These are both first editions of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” They look the same and sold at the same gallery in 2015. The one on the left sold for $750 while the one on the right sold for $4,000. The one on the right is an earlier printing of the first edition, but is...

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  • 27
    Oct

The Sony Cassette Walkman Changed How and Where We Listened to Our Music

[caption id="attachment_2524617" align="aligncenter" width="600"] While its sonic fidelity was derided as “a donkey cart,” the Sony Walkman nevertheless changed music listening habits forever. Now, these original Walkman devices are doing a pretty good business on the secondary and collectibles markets.[/caption] “No invention in my lifetime has so changed an art and cheapened it as the Sony Walkman, which...

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  • 26
    Oct

WorthPoint Names Robbin Levin as Director of Reseller Programs

[caption id="attachment_2524539" align="aligncenter" width="600"] WorthPoint founder and CEO Will Seippel and Robbin Levin, WorthPoint’s new Director of Reseller Programs, celebrates eBay’s 20th anniversary at a Roaring Twenties party hosted by WorthPoint in San Jose, Calif., in September.[/caption] WorthPoint.com, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has announced Robbin Levin...

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  • 26
    Oct

Starting a Vintage Halloween Collection not a Scary Proposition

[caption id="attachment_2486828" align="alignright" width="209"] Some of the earliest versions of commercial jack-o-lanterns were pressed cardboard with a tissue-paper face from the 1910s and 1920s.[/caption] Halloween, as we know it today, became popular in the United States in the late 19th century when a flood of Irish and English immigrants brought a renewal of interest in the study of...

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  • 26
    Oct

Haunted Antiques: Do Some Items Retain Ghostly Emotions of Original Owners?

I hope that the title has piqued your interest in this article and I am fairly certain that a few of you are thinking “Okay, this whackadoodle has totally lost her mind.” Either way, this is a very true story based on events that I experienced in my antique shop. I have been a life-long collector and an...

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