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  • 27
    Sep

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Cooper’s Silk Apron & Navajo Jewelry

[caption id="attachment_2530257" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry talks about several viewers’ items, including Navajo silver jewelry.[/caption] In the Sept. 27, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry talks about tiny homes and Harry Potter collectibles. He also looks at several viewers’ items, including a...

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  • 20
    Sep

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Some Wooden Things That Have Us Stumped

[caption id="attachment_2530186" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry talks about some wooden things a viewer asked about that have him stumped.[/caption] In the Sept. 20, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry talks about writing his 1,600th column and looks at some viewers’ items, including...

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  • 19
    Sep

My Recent Buy–A Set of Windsor Chairs

[caption id="attachment_2530147" align="aligncenter" width="900"] A set of four 1950's Rock Maple Windsor style chairs found on a curb of a charity shop heavily discounted to $25.[/caption] Much to the embarrassment to many who know me, I'm constantly on the lookout for bargains and will stop whatever I'm driving if I spot something antique or collectible alongside the road, in...

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  • 19
    Sep

From the Worthologists’ File: Beautiful Baby Crib Circa 1830-1850

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 hugely valuable, antique, rare or even all that sought after. Many times their value is only sentimental, but they often come with priceless provenances. Our Worthologist file cabinet is a treasure chest of such...

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  • 19
    Sep

Grit, Perseverance, and the Luck of the Irish: The Antiquing Scene in Houston Two Weeks After Hurricane Harvey

[caption id="attachment_2530122" align="aligncenter" width="582"] Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the east Texas coast on Friday, August 25, 2017.[/caption] Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the east Texas coast on Friday, August 25.  Its winds topped 130 miles an hour.  For over five days, Harvey dumped rain on the area.  Highlands, Texas, recorded 51.88 inches of rain.  America watched the...

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  • 19
    Sep

Why Steiff is a World Class Brand

[caption id="attachment_2530084" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Margarete Steiff.  Photo from the Steiff Archives and Steiff North America.[/caption] There’s something simply magical about the Teddy bears, dolls, and animals produced by the German toy company, Steiff.  They are the “Tiffany” of toys; the “Cadillac” of collectibles; and the “Prada” of playthings. Toy enthusiasts inevitably, and instinctively, search for the company’s exclusive...

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  • 19
    Sep

Sale of Jackie Robinson Contracts Expected to Set New Record for Sports Memorabilia

[caption id="attachment_2530154" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Jackie Robinson’s original professional baseball contracts with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Montreal Royals which were in a Brooklyn historian’s safe-deposit box until a few years ago, will be up for auction through Goldin Auctions on November 16, 2017. The contracts could become the first eight-figure item ever sold in this hobby.[/caption] The Man...

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  • 19
    Sep

The Letters of John M. Jackson–March 7, 1861

On one of his usual treasure hunts in Maine, our CEO, Will Seippel  stumbled upon a massive collection of letters from 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 struggle of...

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  • 13
    Sep

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Linen Schnitzlebach Song Wall Hanging

[caption id="attachment_2530116" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry talks about a viewer’s Schnitzlebach Song sign.[/caption] In the Sept. 13, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry talks about some positive trends in the antiques and collectibles world, as well as an interesting piece of brewerania:...

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  • 7
    Sep

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Vietnam-Era U.S. Navy Practice Bomb

[caption id="attachment_2530111" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry talks about a viewer’s Vietnam-era U.S. Navy practice bomb.[/caption] In the Sept. 7, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry talks about antiques and collection insurance as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, as well as looks...

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