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  • 6
    Apr

The Great Restoration Debate: Steiff Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals

[caption id="attachment_2518225" align="alignright" width="224"] This early post-World War Two mohair Steiff Teddy Baby doesn’t have any personal history or significant financial value, but his brilliant color and unusual arrangement of Steiff IDs make him quite rare. As a result, I had him cleaned, his felt foot paw pads recovered and his nose restitiched by a professional restorer.[/caption] Of...

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  • 6
    Apr

North American Hooked Rugs: The Indigenous Folk Art

[caption id="attachment_2488480" align="aligncenter" width="512"] A hand-hooked oval rug made of wool on burlap in floral design, circa 1940.[/caption] Since the middle of the 19th century, the practice of making hooked rugs have come in and out of fashion several times. Each time hooked rugs came back, the advancements in technology—the backing fabric, the yarn, the colors, commercial patterns—gave...

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  • 5
    Apr

How to Detect Repaired Porcelain, Art Pottery & Clay Pieces

Antiques and collectibles enthusiasts often find themselves frequenting community charity auctions, local antique shows, neighborhood garage sales and internet web sites searching for their next “Great Find.” But buying from someone you don’t know—and may never be able to find again—is sometimes risky business. For collectors of different types of ceramic art, including porcelain figurines, art pottery and...

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  • 5
    Apr

Even if you Can’t Hit ’Em Straight, You Can Still Find ’Em and Collect ’Em

[caption id="attachment_2526480" align="aligncenter" width="355"] This ball is from the fictional country club Bushwood, where the movie “Caddyshack” was set. It sold for $17.99[/caption] Creating a logo golf ball collection is easy. Adding to it takes a little ingenuity. Ask me. I know from where I speak. Starting out, almost every public or private golf club sells golf balls with...

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  • 5
    Apr

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Finding Remarkably Similar Paint Ware on Antique Toy Taxis

[caption id="attachment_2526507" align="aligncenter" width="600"] These are two different toy cars from the 1920. But look at the paint ware on the letters. The ware in remarkably similar. So much so that it starts Harry Rinker to wondering about the authenticity of the pieces.[/caption] The weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” on the WorthPoint YouTube channel features antiques and...

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  • 4
    Apr

When Seeking Advice on Antique Furniture, it’s Important to Manage Your Experts

In the identification and evaluation of antique furniture, almost everyone needs some help now and then, even the “experts.” No one can know it all, as the field is too vast and too interpretive for any one person to be the ultimate authority. So how do you rule in or out who you might think can help you?...

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  • 4
    Apr

Book Collecting Can Pay Off: Collegiate Students’ Personal Libraries Could Net National Scholarships

[caption id="attachment_2526443" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America’s (ABAA) annual National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest awards cash prizes to students who have assembled a book collection centered on a clear theme. The rarity, value and erudition of individual items are secondary considerations.[/caption] “To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random...

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  • 1
    Apr

From the Worthologists’ Archive: A Misidentified Victorian Sideboard

[caption id="attachment_2526435" align="alignright" width="300"] A buyer purchased a walnut Austrian wine cabinet dated to between 1870 and 1885, according to the estate sale director. The identification was wrong on all four points.[/caption] From the Worthologist Archive comes a tale of misidentification at the hands of an errant estate auctioneer.00 The subject was sold as a “walnut Austrian wine...

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  • 31
    Mar

The Lifetime Country Store, Advertising & Coin-Op Collections in Showtime Auction Sale April 1-3

[caption id="attachment_2526429" align="aligncenter" width="403"] A very rare Indian Root Pills tin sign with stunning color and graphics, is among 2,000 lots up for bid in a Showtime Auction Services sale being held April 1-3 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor.[/caption] ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The lifetime country store and advertising collection of Tom and Mary...

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  • 31
    Mar

Auction Results: Works by Lichtenstein, Calder, plus Tiffany Lamps perform well at Cottone

[caption id="attachment_2526420" align="aligncenter" width="602"] This porcelain enamel on steel titled “Modern Painting in Porcelain,” by Roy Lichtenstein (Am. 1923-1997) brought $189,750 at Cottone Auction’s 519-lot sale on March 19 that grossed around $1.7 million, marking the firm’s 30th anniversary.[/caption] GENESEO, N.Y. – Cottone Auctions celebrated 30 years in business in style with a 519-lot sale on March 19...

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