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  • 21
    Dec

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: 1940s Celluloid Snowman

[caption id="attachment_2528435" align="aligncenter" width="375"] This vintage celluloid snowman shows up on this week's episode of WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker.[/caption] In the Dec. 21, 2016 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry addresses a viewer's question about a 1940-50 era lighted celluloid snowman, a lithographed block puzzle and vintage German toys. “WorthPoint Chats with Harry...

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  • 19
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: To Infinity and Beyond—30 Years and Still Going

“Rinker on Collectibles” was nearing its ninth anniversary when Walt Disney’s “Toy Story” premiered in general release on Nov. 22, 1995. I researched the date because I was concerned that younger readers may not be familiar with “To Infinity and Beyond.” It is a generational phrase, meaning it has a limited memory span. I still remember the blank...

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  • 14
    Dec

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Breininger Red Ware Pottery & Folk Art

[caption id="attachment_2528416" align="aligncenter" width="596"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry talks about Breininger red ware pottery and evolves into a discussion of folk art in general.[/caption] In the Dec. 14, 2016 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry answers a viewer's question about Breininger red ware pottery and evolves into...

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  • 14
    Dec

Must-Have Collectible Christmas Vinyl Records

[caption id="attachment_2528391" align="aligncenter" width="432"] The Beatles Fan Club Issue: "Season's Greeting from the Beatles"[/caption] If I were a songwriter, I’d make a special effort to compose a catchy Christmas tune. Think about it: they get played year after year, some for decades. Every popular artist in virtually every genre—at some point in their career—feels obligated to record a...

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  • 14
    Dec

Omaha Beach D-Day Flag is Top Lot at the $1.1 Million at Heritage Arms & Armor Sale

[caption id="attachment_2528363" align="aligncenter" width="900"] This U.S. Flag that led the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 sold for $45,000 at Heritage Auctions’ $1.1 million Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria auction on Dec. 11.[/caption] DALLAS — An Omaha Beach D-Day Flag that was flown on LCT Landing Craft emerged from Heritage Auctions’ $1.1 million Arms & Armor,...

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  • 14
    Dec

Miniature Advertising Whiskey Jugs: Calling Card from America’s Past

[caption id="attachment_2528375" align="aligncenter" width="600"] I noticed this rare mini jug on eBay recently. It is from Canton, Ohio and is very similar to the Parsons, Penn. jug I had years ago. The seller wanted $330 for this one.[/caption] If you’re a serious antique collector, you go to flea markets and yard sales, in addition to antique shows and...

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  • 14
    Dec

‘The Night Before Christmas,’ Auctioneer’s Style

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the hall Not a customer was stirring, they were all at the mall; The prints were hung on the easels with care, In hopes that Dealers all would be there; The Dealers were nestled in that draughty old shed, While visions of Stickley and Roycroft danced in their heads; And...

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  • 14
    Dec

Fabulous Christmas Find: Currier & Ives ‘New England Winter Scene’

[caption id="attachment_2528365" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Most Currier & Ives-type “originals” that are found are reproductions for sale in Goodwill stores. Sometimes, though, an original can be discovered.[/caption] I was originally contacted about this Currier & Ives lithograph by email from a regular client in December of last year. She had a sales job that often took her across the...

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  • 14
    Dec

The Warehouse Sale Has Stopped! Quit Asking Me What Happened!

[caption id="attachment_2528368" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Because of a typo and a lister who was unfamiliar with 18th-century soft paste porcelain, this Sevres mug—which is worth $1,500 or more—sold for $7.50 on eBay.[/caption] As many of you are aware, I recently tried to figure out how to begin liquidating my inventory of antiques and collectibles that has piled up over...

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  • 13
    Dec

All Kinds of Smoke Can Be Hazardous to Art and Antiques

[caption id="attachment_2528398" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A painting under restoration.[/caption] Smoke is, in essence, energy that does not burn completely during a fire. Combustion occurs, giving off heat, light, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. Smoke is made visible by the presence of small particles of carbon and other materials. It contains gases that form tiny particles known as PM10 (which...

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