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  • 8
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: Interpreting Antiques and Collectibles Speak

[caption id="attachment_2527342" align="aligncenter" width="480"] There is no “Antiques and Collectibles 101” textbook. Unfortunately, the trade is filled with dozens of words that (1) have no meaning or (2) are open to interpretation, the definition varying from person to person.[/caption] A WorthPoint subscriber wrote: “As I troll through various articles, newsletters from auction houses, and other sources, I keep...

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  • 8
    Jul

Collecting Stratemeyer Syndicate Books Should Be No Mystery

[caption id="attachment_2527332" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A pair of 1923 first edition hard-bound Rover Boys Teen Mystery by Edward Stratemeyer, which were among the first in the more than 1,6000 booked attributed to Stratemeyer.[/caption] If I were to ask you who the 20th century’s most prolific novelists were, which names would come to mind? Isaac Asimov, the sci-fi writer with...

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  • 6
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: It is Impossible to Purge Wrong Information

[caption id="attachment_2527355" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Once bad information is out into general circulation, it’s much like that elusive genie—very hard to get back into the bottle. Despite corrections and notifications, the bad info will persist, and when you think it’s been buried for good, it raising its head again in an unexpected place.[/caption] Historically, once misinformation appeared in print,...

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  • 5
    Jul

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Mounting Stone and Washington’s Masonic Compeers

[caption id="attachment_2527358" align="aligncenter" width="861"] Harry Rinker discusses a book about George Washington and his Masons Compeers, as well as current issues in the antiques and collectibles trade.[/caption] In the July 5, 2016 episode of WorthPoint Chats with harry Rinker, Harry answers viewers’ questions about a western mounting stone and a book about George Washington and the Masons, as...

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  • 30
    Jun

A Family History Discovered on eBay is a True Fabulous Find

[caption id="attachment_2527294" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Some of the “Holdeman Archive” Fabulous Find as recovered through an eBay transaction.[/caption] It all began in April 2014, as I was conducting on-line research into my maternal grandfather’s military service on the Mexican Border (1916). After many swings and misses, lo and behold, I discovered an eBay auction for a number of “postcards,...

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  • 29
    Jun

Rinker on Collectibles: Jigsaw Puzzles – Fun to Collect and Use

[caption id="attachment_2527276" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A picture puzzle’s box depicting the paddle-wheeler City of Worcester made by McLoughlin Bros., New York, New York, 1889. The exact origin of the jigsaw puzzle is open to debate, but generally dated to sometime in the early 1760s.[/caption] Antique and collectibles jigsaw puzzles are utilitarian collectibles. Besides their historical imagery and collector interest,...

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  • 28
    Jun

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: How will Brexit affect Antiques Prices in the UK?

[caption id="attachment_2527282" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry Rinker discusses how the Brexit might affect the antiques and collectibles trade, as well as answers viewers’ questions.[/caption] In the June 28, 2016 episode, Harry discusses how the Brexit might affect the antiques and collectibles trade, as well as answers viewers’ questions about an embossed Vernor’s Ginger Ale bottle, some vintage Johnson &...

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  • 27
    Jun

Bent and Beautiful, this Half Groat is Part of Henry VIII’s Legacy

[caption id="attachment_2527286" align="aligncenter" width="370"] The silver half groat (two pence) of England’s King Henry VIII depicts the monarch on the obverse. The coin came from what is referred to as Henry’s Second Coinage, 1526 to 1544, since the first, from 1509 to 1526, depicted his father. (Photos: courtesy of Gerald Tebben)[/caption] The small silver coin was bent where...

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  • 27
    Jun

Victorian Specialty Furniture: Wait in the Hall

[caption id="attachment_2527287" align="aligncenter" width="400"] This elaborately carved Eastlake hall stand of the 1880s provides six coat hooks, two umbrella stands, a storage drawer and an appropriately hard, uncomfortable seat. (Wooden Nickel Auction photo)[/caption] The 19th century in the United States started out as period of major political strife with little attention to the development of furniture. Sure, there...

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  • 26
    Jun

Caring for Old Books: Top 10 Dos and Don’ts

A vintage book’s value can vary tremendously based simply on its condition. For a particularly rare and collectible book, the difference could easily translate into thousands of dollars. Since most antique books may already be fragile, it’s important to take special care when handling and storing them. The way a book is treated today will affect its value...

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