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    Nov

Collusion, Shill Bidding, and Side Deals!

[caption id="attachment_2530383" align="aligncenter" width="500"] You'd think that a country auction would be a safe place to be![/caption] One of the first things you learn when you become an auctioneer, is that nothing is more important than having an honest reputation.  One little indiscretion, one sketchy episode, one little shady deal can ruin you. And while tonight’s auction may...

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    Nov

Decorating With Victorian Era Tableware For The Holidays

Given the holidays are fast approaching, many of us will soon be setting festive Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas tables for friends and family from near and far.  Of course, these place settings include conventional tableware like plates, silverware, and drinking cups and glasses.  However, as antique enthusiasts and collectors, have you ever considered adding a “vintage” twist...

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    Nov

The Letters of John M. Jackson–May 4th, 1862

On one of his usual treasure hunts in Maine, our CEO, Will Seippel  stumbled upon a massive collection of letters that belonged to a soldier in the Civil War.  These letters will be published in chronological order in The Insider over the coming weeks, months and years, as we follow John Mower Jackson’s personal victories and struggles within the greater national...

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    Nov

Collecting World Series Young Stars Key Baseball Cards

The 2017 MLB World Series match-up between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros featured a host of young, marquee players, on both teams. For collectors, this means the opportunity to add key cards of these October heroes to their collections. However, current trends in the baseball card market mean that a player’s rookie cards, aren’t necessarily...

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  • 19
    Oct

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: A Barometer with a Story

[caption id="attachment_2530374" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry talks about a naval barometer that comes with a whale of a story.[/caption] In the Oct. 19, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry talks about a Heath & Company barometer that comes with a whale of a...

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  • 19
    Oct

My Recent Find–A Cow Tether!

[caption id="attachment_2530222" align="aligncenter" width="232"] Every house back in the 1800s had a milk cow, but they might not have a pasture. They would tie a weight to a rope, and hook it up to the cow’s bridle so that she could eat grass, drag the weight around the yard, but wouldn't wander off.[/caption] When I was asked about...

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  • 18
    Oct

Moving “Unwanted” Collections Along

[caption id="attachment_2530314" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Madame Alexander collection. You have inherited this collection, so what is the next step?[/caption] A relative has passed away, and has left their lifelong collection of souvenir travel dolls or Build-A-Bears to you.  Or your parents are downsizing, and have “gifted” you their collection of Toby mugs or souvenir spoons. Or a friend asks...

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  • 18
    Oct

Collecting: Halloween Revisited

[caption id="attachment_2530306" align="aligncenter" width="598"] This group of paper table decorations, including a witch, owl, cat ghost and jack-o-lanterns sold for $80.50 at auction. (Photo: Cowan’s Auctions, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio)[/caption] It was called Samhein, Calan Gaef, the Feast of Pomona, Parentalia, and All Hallows Eve. What is it? It’s Hallowe’en.  And, pagan or not, everyone agrees that, whatever you...

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  • 18
    Oct

Care and Repair: French Polish

[caption id="attachment_2530324" align="aligncenter" width="900"] French polish: to an antique furniture enthusiast, the name evokes visions of 18th Century mahogany tables with a finish as glossy and deep as a mountain lake at mid-day.[/caption] French polish: to an antique furniture enthusiast, the name evokes visions of 18th Century mahogany tables with a finish as glossy and deep as a...

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  • 18
    Oct

Antique Jewelry Hallmarks

[caption id="attachment_2530142" align="aligncenter" width="600"] There are hallmarks for where the piece was created, the person or company who made the item, and the creation year. Here you see the tiny hallmarks on a Victorian era ring.[/caption] The provenance behind any piece of antique jewelry is one of the reasons why antique jewelry is so appealing.  The styles, the...

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