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  • Oct 13 2015
  • 13 Oct 2015

Bauer Pottery: Color for the Dinner Table and Beyond

Most people are familiar with the brightly colored ceramic dishes known as Fiesta. Homer Laughlin China of West Virginia introduced this line to an enthusiastic […]

  • Oct 12 2015
  • 12 Oct 2015

Philco Predicta was the most Advanced Television of our Time (for a very short time)

“It’s truly TV today, from the world of tomorrow… it’s 1965… today!” This line from the 1958 Philco television ad exclaiming that the new Predicta […]

  • Oct 8 2015
  • 8 Oct 2015

Detecting Furniture’s Cheap Tricks & Fake Finishes

Throughout most of the history of wooden furniture, there have been many attempts to disguise the true nature of the wood used. Most attempts are […]

  • Oct 7 2015
  • 7 Oct 2015

It’s All in the Marks: Dating a Wedgwood Jasperware Urn

This covered urn is an example of Wedgwood “Jasperware.” According to its owner, this one was purchased in 1980 at auction; its vintage was not […]

  • Oct 6 2015
  • 6 Oct 2015

Dining with Antiques – State Drinking Glasses & Beverages

The states in the union take great pride in their uniqueness and individuality. There are state birds, state colors, state flowers, state trees, state songs, […]

  • Oct 5 2015
  • 5 Oct 2015

Changing Horses in Mid-Stream – Putting down the Chef Knife and Picking up the Gavel

I met a guy once who referred to himself as “one of the undesirable unemployables.” I had no idea why he would call himself that; […]

  • Oct 2 2015
  • 2 Oct 2015

Rinker on Collectibles: Creating a Personal Connection to Collectibles

As I continue to sort through the dozens of archival file boxes residing three rows deep along one wall of my office and in a […]

  • Sep 30 2015
  • 30 Sep 2015

No Rubber Bands: Preserving Game Cards

It’s happened to anyone who has ever bought a vintage board or card game from an antiques dealer, a thrift store or a yard sale: […]

  • Sep 29 2015
  • 29 Sep 2015

Fred’s Junk Drawer: Small Tips that don’t Fit Anywhere Else

This column is intended to be like the kitchen drawer everyone has that is packed with indispensable items (they must be indispensable, or you would […]

  • Sep 28 2015
  • 28 Sep 2015

Looking past the Painting to see the Value of Antique Frames

There is one thing I can count on whenever I evaluate an estate: most rooms will have one floor and three or four walls. Consequently, […]