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  • 11
    Apr

From the Worthologists’ Archive: Native American Chalkware Bust

[caption id="attachment_2526526" align="alignleft" width="350"] This chalkware bust of “Minnehaha,” a fictional Native American woman documented in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1855 poem “The Song of Hiawatha,” is from the late 19th or early 20th century.[/caption] Chalkware is made of sculpted gypsum or cast from plaster molds and painted with watercolors. Most were made in one of two periods: the...

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  • 7
    Apr

Q and A with Harry Rinker: Chinese Porcelain Vase with Da Qing Qianlong Nian Zhi Marks

[caption id="attachment_2526477" align="alignright" width="400"] The form, shape and pattern suggest this vase dates from the early to mid-20th century, and the hand-painted scene and decoration is extremely well done, much better than most export pieces.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a 13 ½-inch-high Chinese vase that my father, J. R. Rickenback, Jr., received during his service in the Second World...

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  • 6
    Apr

A Spellbinding $394,000 for J.K. Rowling’s Chair in which she wrote the first two Harry Potter Books

[caption id="attachment_2526469" align="aligncenter" width="424"] The chair author J.K. Rowling used while writing the first two Harry Potter books brought a magical $394,000 when it sold at auction in New York on April 6. The bidding soared past the $45,000 opening bid at Heritage Auctions. The chair has been sold twice before at auction, most recently in 2009 for...

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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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