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  • 21
    Mar

Digging a $10,000 Beer Can? The Hunt for Tin Gold

  [caption id="attachment_2526290" align="aligncenter" width="410"] An example of a “Kent Ale” beer can, which is a beer can to end all beer cans, or close to it. It is referred to as a “$10,000” beer can in loose conversation.[/caption] Can that headline be right? Digging up an old beer can that is worth $10,000? Improbable, but not impossible....

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Two Takes on the Take Down Rifle
  • 17
    Mar

Two Takes on the Take Down Rifle

Few companies were more influential in the firearms industry than Westley Richards and W. J. Jeffrey & Co. Both companies hailed from working-class Birmingham, England, where their firms' ingenuity gave us such great additions to guns and hunting as the Anson & Deeley boxlock action and the .404 Jeffery, .500 Jeffery, and the .600 NE. Just prior to...

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  • 17
    Mar

The 12 Biggest Small Business Mistakes Part 2

[caption id="attachment_2526248" align="aligncenter" width="351"] No matter what you small business is—online reselling on eBay or a small brick-and-mortar antique shop—make sure you don’t make these mistakes.[/caption] Last week we covered the first six of the 12 biggest mistakes most small businesses habitually make—including antiques and collectibles business, as well as online resellers. Here, in my humble opinion, are...

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  • 17
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: There is more than One Fox in the Antiques & Collectibles Henhouse

[caption id="attachment_2526240" align="aligncenter" width="634"] There are many foxes in the antiques and collectibles trade. Two recent events caused me to think about the fox and henhouse analogy.[/caption] “Don’t let the fox guard the henhouse” is a common idiom. The fox cannot fathom the ethical responsibility it has toward the chickens. It is not even a neutral party. The...

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  • 16
    Mar

The Contagion of Collecting: People Will Pay more for Items in Close Contact with Celebrities

[caption id="attachment_2526235" align="aligncenter" width="809"] People will pay more for items with an intimate connection to celebrates. One of the rocking chairs used by President John F. Kennedy sold for $85,000, with a lot of the value being placed in the fact that JFK sat in it.[/caption] A lock of John Lennon’s hair just brought $35,000 at auction. The...

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  • 15
    Mar

It’s Actually Kinda Easy Being Green for Steiff’s Great Green Frogs

A good theme for this week around these parts would have to be green. Spring is just about here (I have three tiny crocus flowers showing all their glory on my front lawn) and St. Patrick’s Day and all its festivities are being celebrated by many Irish-Americans ... and just about everyone else, too. So it’s time to...

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  • 15
    Mar

It’s not Easy Being Green, even for Steiff’s Endearing Emerald Creations

[caption id="attachment_2511073" align="alignright" width="250"] This majorly-toothed Martian is Steiff's Gruenes Maennchen, or Little Green Man, is built much like Steiff's iconic “lulac” animals, with their long torsos and dangling limbs.[/caption] It’s easy to be thinking “green” this time of year. Spring, for us folks in the northern hemisphere is showing signs of emerging, and St. Patrick's Day—which inspires...

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  • 14
    Mar

St. Patrick’s Day: Another Excuse to Collect!

[caption id="attachment_2519307" align="aligncenter" width="555"] The traditional St. Patrick’s Day postcard, dating back to 1910, are quick to find, even online, and will set you back just a couple of dollars. They’ll feature an idealized view of Ireland, featuring scenery, shamrocks, caricatures (red hair and freckles, always) and almost cartoon-y phrases.[/caption] As an Irish person—living in Ireland—let me relay...

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  • 11
    Mar

The Test of Time – How to Tell When, Where and by Whom a Gold Watch Was Made

[caption id="attachment_2526157" align="aligncenter" width="602"] After a quick glance, a knowledgeable antique dealer would this watch as a late 18th to early 19th century English watch made by Robert Roskell of Liverpool, England, circa 1798-1840s.[/caption] Dealers and appraisers are often asked the same questions, such as “How old is it?” “Who made it?” and “What's it worth?” for example....

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  • 11
    Mar

The Postcard Time Machine: Going Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Whether we’re Irish or just Irish at heart, we all know that on March 17 we should wear something green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Our thoughts of this international celebration of everything Irish turn to green beer and parades. If you’re Irish-American, the holiday is both religious and festive, including special foods such as corned beef and...

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