Rinker on Collectibles: Who’s Responsible for Maintaining Value in a Collecting Category?
The antiques and collectibles market is not a laissez-faire economy. According to Wikipedia, laissez-faire is “an economic environment in which transactions are free from government […]
It’s all in the Marks: What Does ‘OEPIAG/EPIAG’ Mean?
Going through the e-mail from WorthPoint readers, we often receive questions about the markings on pottery and porcelain, particularly European pieces made between the First […]
Beanies, Dolls and Plates: The ‘Valueless Collectibles’
We all know that the Beanie Baby craze was a wild ride for a couple of years. People were actually acquiring these plush little darlings […]
It’s all in the Marks: Using War and ‘Country of Origin Marks’ for Quick Dating
For appraisers and dealers, there are some instant identifiers to determine earliest possible dates of production, some as simple as the country of origin mark. […]
It’s All In The Marks: Dating Porcelain and Pottery
The process of identifying any item examined by an appraiser is based on a number of identifiers. In the case of pottery and porcelain, it […]
From Public Health Necessity to Collectibility: The History of the Beer Stein
When the first beer steins were being produced, their future collectibility likely wasn’t being considered by those who produced them. It took roughly 400 years […]
Treasures That Aren’t: The Most Faked Collectibles
In antiques and collectibles, you’ve got your share of frauds and scams. We’ve been shocked by stories of imposters who can create “authentic” paintings by […]
America’s Early Antique Stores: When did the Industry begin in Earnest in the U.S.?
Having lunch with friends from the U.K., we discussed our afternoon spent browsing through antique stores. “Why aren’t there more antiques in your antique stores?” […]
Collecting JFK: Reviewing the Dave Powers Kennedy Presidential Auction
As WorthPoint’s Worthologist for presidential, political and White House memorabilia, one of my first articles, written more than five years ago, concerned the collectibles of […]
Ask a Worthologist: Mom’s ‘Untouchable’ Bird Figurine
Darren H. inherited a bird figurine from his mother. He thinks it might have been a wedding gift but was never told where it came […]