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  • 14
    Dec

Winter-Themed Animals are Favorite Christmas-Time Steiff Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2517566" align="alignright" width="214"] Santa Claus, who made his grand debut in the Steiff catalog in 1953, was produced as a five-ways jointed 31-cm doll with a rubber head.[/caption] Christmas and Steiff really do go hand in hand and for many families all over the world, it simply would not be the holidays without a little something “Steiff-y”...

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  • 11
    Dec

Christmas Memories of My Mom, the Antique Collector, Dealer and Family Historian

[caption id="attachment_2517667" align="aligncenter" width="483"] My mom and my girls. As an antique dealer, Mom collected a few things, such as elephants, paperweights, dolls, baby feeding dishes and Dresden flowers.[/caption] Around this time every year, I get a bit melancholy. It is difficult to think about the upcoming holiday season with any sense of true joy. I lost my...

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  • 10
    Dec

Postcard Time Machine: Christmas—The Way it Never Was

These days, I hear people bemoaning the commercialization of the holiday season. At least once during Black Friday, there’s a tale on the news of a shopper being trampled by a thundering horde galloping toward a big sale. But in the wonderful world of postcards, there are never any arguments or disagreements, worries about money or seasonal stress....

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  • 9
    Dec

WorthPoint offers Inaugural ‘Naughty’ & ‘Nice’ List Collectible T-Shirts

[caption id="attachment_2525352" align="aligncenter" width="600"] WorthPoint is offering you the chance to decide whether you’d like to be on the Naughty List or the Nice List this year with a pair of collectible T-shirts.[/caption] Did you ever worry about ending up on Santa’s Naughty List when you were a kid, whether you deserved it nor not? Now, WorthPoint is...

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  • 9
    Dec

Dining with Antiques – Christmas Rosettes, those Favorite Nordic Christmas Treats (with Recipe)

In the 1840s and 1850s, northern Europe experienced a wave of crop failures and food shortages that resulted in a flood of immigration to the United States. Scandinavian settlers brought with them the tradition of making an assortment of delicious Christmas cookies using open fireplaces and cast iron implements. Over time, cultures blended into America’s melting pot and...

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  • 8
    Dec

Charles Martignette Collection of Illustration Art nets $21.68 Million at Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – When the art world first learned in 2009 that the Charles Martignette Collection of Illustration Art was headed to auction, art circles speculated over how the market would respond to what was widely considered the most comprehensive and impressive survey of the genre ever assembled. As the very last of works finally crossed the block in...

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  • 8
    Dec

Christmas Movie Posters: A Yuletide Collectible Category

Some of our strongest memories of Christmas involve movies, either those that evoke the very ethos of Christmas or others which have a Christmas like theme. Often, the movies we associate with Christmas can be very personal. Posters for Christmas movies vary in collectability and in the genre in which they are based. With the festive season fast...

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  • 7
    Dec

Rare and Elegant—George Hoenig’s Rotary Round Action

[caption id="attachment_2525276" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Hoenig Rotary is a true round action, not "rounded" like many double-barreled guns.[/caption] By Ron Spomer Many premier side-by-side shotguns are sold as round actions, but rounded is the more accurate description. The sharp edges of the flat-sided action bar are sculpted with a gentle radius that blends smoothly into the similarly rounded...

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  • 4
    Dec

Victorian Trash for Christmas: A Fine Pin Cushion Doll

For almost 40 years, I have been on my hands and knees, digging through trash. It is to the point where more people know me by my “a.k.a.” name—The Downeast Digger—than by my actual name. It started innocently enough, as my older brother towed my sister and me out in the trailer of our old farm tractor one...

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  • 3
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: eBay at Twenty

[caption id="attachment_2525370" align="aligncenter" width="600"] I remember life before eBay, which celebrated its 20th birthday in September 2015. At first, I dismissed the possibility of its success.[/caption] Unlike John Van Drufen’s play “I Remember Mama” (1944 / film of the same name in 1948), instead of “I remember (fill in the blank),” I think in terms of time and...

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