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  • 5
    May

Q and A with Harry Rinker: A Flow Blue Soup Tureen & Suspect Paint Ware

[caption id="attachment_2526786" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry Rinker answers as question about a W. H. Grindley “Poppy” pattern covered soup tureen and platter.[/caption] QUESTION:: I own a W. H. Grindley, Poppy pattern, covered soup tureen and under platter. I believe these pieces are more than 50 years old. What exactly do I have and what is its value? – S.S.,...

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  • 5
    May

1888 Ohio Farm Scene by Ferdinand Brader Highlights Garth’s Early American Auction

[caption id="attachment_2526775" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A drawing by 19th-century Swiss-American artist, Ferdinand Brader is set to sell at auction at Garth’s on May 14. The rural Wayne County, Ohio farm scene is estimated to fetch between $10,000 and $15,000. Similar drawings have sold in excess of $30,000. (Photo:  garths.com)[/caption] DELAWARE, Ohio – At first glance, it’s a simple drawing...

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  • 4
    May

1,109-Carat ‘Lesedi La Rona’ Rough Diamond Could Realize $70 Million at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2526768" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The “Lesedi la Rona,” at 1109-carats, is the largest gem-quality rough diamond to be discovered in over a century and the largest rough diamond in existence today. It’s estimated presale value is in excess of $70 million. (Credit: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Sotheby’s)[/caption] LONDON – Sotheby’s has announced that it will auction the 1,109-carat...

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  • 3
    May

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: A Tea Cup and Saucer made in Occupied Japan

[caption id="attachment_2526764" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A viewer asked Harry about his “rare” tea cup and saucer stamped “Made in Occupied Japan.”[/caption] The weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” on the WorthPoint YouTube channel features antiques and collectibles expert Harry Rinker talking with WorthPoint editor Gregory Watkins about how to identify and value antiques and collectibles, current trends in the...

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  • 2
    May

WorthPoint’s Worthopedia Levels the Antiques and Collectibles Playing Field

[caption id="attachment_2526741" align="aligncenter" width="600"] When an antiques or collectibles professional puts a price on an item, how is a novice collector to know if the price is fair or not? WorthPoint helps level the playing field for novices.[/caption] A few years ago, Forbes Magazine editor Jon Bruner and location technology authority Tim O'Reilly discussed the impact of information...

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  • 2
    May

Greener Creates ‘Wrought Steel Indestructible By Gun Powder’

[caption id="attachment_2526736" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William Wellington Greener’s work in fine shotguns is still visible though his “Facile Princeps” line of fowling pieces.[/caption] It is hard to over emphasize the impact William Wellington Greener had on firearms, namely shotguns, and their design and construction. Making his first hammerless breech-loading gun sometime in the 1860s, Greener would remain at the...

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  • 2
    May

A ‘Nasty’ Mary Todd Lincoln Letter among 100 Autographed Letters in Lincoln Book

[caption id="attachment_2526729" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A letter from Mary Todd Lincoln—considered to be particularly nasty following a perceived slight—is part of a rare three-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln hat will be on the block May 5 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.[/caption] CHICAGO – A particularly nasty letter from Mary Todd Lincoln is just one of 100 historic, autographed letters and...

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  • 1
    May

Mark of the Week: Vance/Avon Faience Company

The Vance/Avon Faience Company of Tiltonsville, Ohio was a short-lived series of companies in Ohio and West Virginia. It made some of the most coveted and highly desirable types of U.S. pottery. While there is some discrepancy of facts, it is thought that the Vance Faience Company (named after the industrialist who funded the endeavor, J. Nelson Vance)...

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    May

From the Worthologists’ Archive: Is there a Benefit to ‘Verbal’ Provenance?

[caption id="attachment_2526655" align="aligncenter" width="316"] According to its current owner, a dealer said this “Art Deco” pottery study of four heads was from the estate of a well-known art collector and former dealer, but had no documentation or any solid provenance. That “verbal provenance” has no bearing on the value of the piece.[/caption] According to its current owner, this...

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  • 26
    Apr

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: A Joan Miro Print & WWI-Era Aerial Camera

[caption id="attachment_2526709" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Paul, a viewer in New Jersey, asked Harry Rinker to take a look at an antique aerial camera, while Emily asks about whether the Joan Miro artwork she has is a valuable lithograph or a less valuable print.[/caption] The weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” on the WorthPoint YouTube channel features antiques and collectibles...

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