What is Filigree?
Filigree defined The English word filigree is actually shortened from the Latin word “filum” meaning thread and grain, like a small bead. The dictionary definition […]
What Does a Museum Want?
Want to see your collection in a museum? It’s possible, maybe. A piece of an old flag, a ceramic cup and saucer, gilded silverware, […]
From the Worthologists’ Files: 19th Century Brass Bed by Simmons
One of the advantages of being an appraiser is the sheer volume of incredible things one comes across on a weekly basis. Not all are […]
Do You Mind if I Smoke? Smoking Accessories and Tobaccoania
I don’t wish to glamorize smoking, however I have to admit that antique and vintage smoking accessories and paraphernalia are incredibly popular with all sorts […]
Polishing Your Antique Silver: Tips for a Tedious Holiday Chore
Thanksgiving Day is coming faster than you think, and if you are tempted to get out your antique silver to make your holiday table sparkle, […]
Can You Identify These Relics From the Mud?
There may be no more maligned hobby in the world than metal detecting. Everyone has the image of the guy in the Bermuda shorts down […]
The Silver Treasures that go Unnoticed and Unclaimed
As an appraiser, I often run into under-appreciated items while being asked to examine other items that clients have deemed as more valuable. Quite often, […]
Mark of the Week: Liberty & Co., Cymric Silver and Archibald Knox
We are all fortunate to have an incredible resource for identifying marks right at our fingertips. WorthPoint’s MAPS (Marks, Autographs, Patterns and Symbols) database has […]
How to Use Marker’s Marks to Identify and Value Antiques and Collectibles
For those of us interested in antiques and collectibles, maker’s marks, shop and factory marks, brands and labels can both help identify and indicate a […]
The Secret Japanese Art of Kintsugi Brings Beauty to Breakage
Break a favorite antique? Instead of throwing it out or gluing it together, there is an alternative. Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese method of repairing ceramic, […]