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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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  • 25
    Jun

Lock of David Bowie’s Hair, Circa 1983, Sells for Record $18,750 at Heritage Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2527251" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A small snippet of David Bowie’s pale blonde hair sold for $18,750 June 25 at a public Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction held by Heritage Auctions.[/caption] BEVERLY HILLS – A small snippet of David Bowie’s pale blonde hair sold for $18,750 June 25 at a public Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction held...

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  • 24
    Jun

Julien’s Auctions could be called the ‘Auction House to the Stars’

[caption id="attachment_2527303" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Julien’s Auctions has handled property from a diverse group of celebrities, including Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Bruce Lee.[/caption] The biggest tool in the WorthPoint Toolbox is our Worthopedia™, our database of more than 300 million pieces of antique or collectibles sales data...

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  • 23
    Jun

NGC, Heritage and Coinage Congressman Mike Castle Agree to Exclusive Signature Label Deal

SARASOTA, Fla. – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and Heritage Auctions have announced that the Honorable Mike Castle has agreed to hand-sign NGC labels exclusively for the companies. Castle, a former Governor of Delaware and longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is directly responsible for some of the most important and popular modern U.S. coins. While in Congress,...

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  • 23
    Jun

Red Wing Collectors Society to Celebrate 40th Annual Convention July 7-9

[caption id="attachment_2527235" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Display Room is always a popular destination for Red Wing collectors during the RWCS Convention. Here members display different types of Red Wing stoneware, dinnerware, art pottery and memorabilia and have the opportunity to win an RWCS Special Commemorative. An award is also given out for a rare item; last year, for the...

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