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  • 22
    Aug

Kintsugi Techniques: A Detailed Look at the Art of Repair

There is a boom going on in the Japanese art of repair called kintsugi. A quick search on the Internet will turn up links to several major exhibitions in the last couple years. This ancient, traditional art is starting some well-deserved attention outside of Japan. As I’ve noted in a previous article, if you are interested in an ecologically...

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  • 19
    Aug

Tavern Tokens Proliferated in Tumultuous 17th-Century London

[caption id="attachment_2510586" align="alignright" width="300"] This 17th-century tavern token for the Green Dragon Tavern, found in Rochester in Kent by use of a metal detector, sold in eBay UK for $62.37 in 2011.[/caption] When I was in high school more than 40 years ago, English classes consisted of reading short stories, Shakespeare and excerpts from larger works. One of...

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  • 17
    Aug

When Sports and Art Collide: Collecting Golden Age Sports-Themed Comic Books

[caption id="attachment_2510867" align="alignright" width="212"] Sports Comics, one of the early forays into sports comics, consisted of six stories over 68-pages and featured the New York Yankees’ Lou Gehrig on the cover of issue #1.[/caption] The real life drama that is sports often presents the perfect canvas for stories rich in triumph and tragedy. The glamour, fame and larger-than-life...

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  • 16
    Aug

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: An Odd but Fascinating Eastlake Table

[caption id="attachment_2527698" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry Rinker takes a look at an odd but fascinating Eastlake table that converts into a writing desk.[/caption] In the Aug. 16, 2016 episode, Harry answers viewers' questions about an odd Eastlake table and a Vitanola gramophone, as well as taking on the topic of Pokémon collectibles. The weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker”...

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  • 16
    Aug

Living the Amish Life—On Postcards

[caption id="attachment_2511707" align="alignright" width="300"] Fun and games are part of Amish life. These two teenagers are headed for the frozen pond on their farm to enjoy an afternoon of ice skating. This unusual Amish scene can be found in the $2 to $5 range.[/caption] Mainstream Americans have always found the lifestyle of Amish people fascinating. Perhaps it’s because...

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  • 16
    Aug

Does that Certificate of Authenticity Tell the Whole Story?

[caption id="attachment_2511918" align="alignright" width="299"] A simple example of a COA issued for a commercial coin collection. There is no signature or tells how many were actually made.[/caption] On a recent reality show dealing with pickers or auctions or pawn shops or whatever, an expert was brought in to evaluate an item. It might have been a movie prop...

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  • 15
    Aug

Unloved Antiques: The American Old Family Bible

In this edition of “Unloved Antiques”, we're taking a look at the venerable American “Old Family Bible.” Most families have one, often said to be “At least 200 years old,” inherited from some distant deceased relative and nearly always with a fantastic tale relating to the Frontier, Old West or the Civil War. [caption id="attachment_2522301" align="alignright" width="282"] This “old...

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  • 15
    Aug

Furniture Style and Form: What’s Wrong With a ‘Period’ Coffee Table?

[caption id="attachment_2512497" align="alignright" width="300"] While this may look like an antique mid-19th-century Rococo Revival coffee table, it is a mid-20th-century fabrication using elements of the Rococo Revival style.[/caption] In the world of antique furniture, the word “period” has a very specific meaning. To say that something is period means that it is from the time when the style...

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  • 15
    Aug

The Columbus Mint That Never Was

[caption id="attachment_2512299" align="aligncenter" width="561"] John Sherman, whose portrait appears on the face of $50 Third Charter national bank notes, introduced a resolution in 1876 as a U.S. senator from Ohio requesting that President Ulysses S. Grant have a building in Columbus, Ohio, examined for use as a possible Branch Mint of the United States. The structure was evaluated,...

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  • 15
    Aug

Collecting Antique Lithographed Toys – The ‘Bliss’ of the Hunt

[caption id="attachment_2501357" align="aligncenter" width="447"] This 18-inch Bliss Santa and Sleigh in very good condition sold for $2,530 (including buyer’s premium) at Cowan’s Auctions in 2007. It has a cross-over appeal to holiday collectors as well as toy collectors.[/caption] The development of a printing method for making chromolithographs radically changed book publication during the middle of the 1800s because...

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