The Collector’s Minute: The Wimshurst Machine
This old looking reject from a science fiction/monster movie is in fact not the result of the mind of an overactive Hollywood script writer, nor […]
‘Neat’ Set of Apothecaries Measures
People become antique dealers for various reasons. Some do so when their personal collection becomes too big for their home and, at retirement, opening a […]
Tools of the Trade: Surgical Knives and Scalpels
In your hunt for the ultimate in medical instruments, don’t pass by loose instruments such as knives and scalpels. Surgical knives were used for amputations, […]
Proper Care and Storage of Antique Medical Instruments
Many of us have collections of antiques we wish to display but are not sure how. We do not always know what might look good, […]
Antiques and Collectibles of the Apothecary
Until fairly recently, apothecaries (or chemists, pharmacists, druggists) compounded their own medicine and made their own pills, tinctures, syrups etc. Books called Pharmacopoeia were available […]
Finding an Example from Great-Granddad’s Phonograph Company
By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist EDITOR’S NOTE: Brimfield, Mass., is a small New England town with a population of about 5,000 or so. Settled in […]
Tools of the Trade: Amputation Saws
You know, if you read my blog on amputation sets, that amputations were the surgical procedures most performed during the Civil War. Resection was a […]
Trivets of Cast Metal
What is the difference between Cast Iron and Wrought Iron? Cast iron objects are created from molten metal that has been poured into a mold and allowed to harden. In contrast, wrought iron items are individually created by bending pieces of hot, malleable iron.
Sterling & Silver-Plated Antiques
In general, the term Sterling Silver is meant to distinguish items that are composed of mostly solid silver as opposed to Silver-Plated that have only a thin surface layer of silver. However, there are several other distinctions, some using terms that can be confusing and often lead to a misunderstanding of an item’s composition and hence its value.
Walking Sticks: Utilitarian & Beautiful Collectibles
Last time I took my grandfather’s walking stick, a true collectibles, for an airing, the neighborhood wits made solicitous inquiries about my “accident”—was it a large truck or a small banana peel?