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  • 19
    Mar

Mark of the Week: Fenton Art Glass Company

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 more than 110,000 identifiers, updated weekly. MAPS covers glass, china, coins, currency, tools and more! With your MAPS subscription you are privy to a wealth of knowledge that will put you at the...

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  • 17
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: How Much Did You Say That Was Worth?

[caption id="attachment_2528980" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Does this trophy mounted elk look like it’s worth $65,000 to you? The owner of the elk head, which walked out of the house during a party when the owner was away, claims it is worth every penny of that sum. Harry Rinker has other thoughts.[/caption] Amy Cherry posted a story on Feb. 17,...

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  • 10
    Mar

Care and Repair: Preserving and Reviving Vintage Leather

[caption id="attachment_2528961" align="aligncenter" width="628"] A vintage handbag that will be used regularly must have sound stitching, clasps, and finish. Items that will be regularly used may require more extensive restoration.[/caption] Leather is a versatile and durable product that can last for decades if properly cared for. Inappropriate care, however, can cause leather to rot, stain, split, and generally...

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  • 10
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: Forgotten Giants of Antiques and Collectibles Part III

[caption id="attachment_2528956" align="aligncenter" width="471"] If you are wanting to identify a piece of Victorian glass, you’d be well off checking your piece in one of William Roy “Bill” Heacock’s “Encyclopedia of Victorian Colored Glass: Opalescent Glass from A to Z” guides. In those pages, you’d learn that the above piece is a Daisy and Fern Pitcher in Opalescent...

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  • 9
    Mar

Depression Glass vs. Elegant Glass: What’s The Difference?

[caption id="attachment_2528957" align="aligncenter" width="600"] An Elegant Glass fruit bowl with pink tones.[/caption] One big misnomer that I often hear is the assumption that all pink and green glassware is Depression Glass. This isn’t always the case, and the pieces in question may very well be Elegant Glass. So what is the difference and where did these names come...

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  • 8
    Mar

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Second World War Military Pigeon Carrier

[caption id="attachment_2528954" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry answers a viewer’s question about a World War Two military pigeon carrier.[/caption] In the March 8, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry answers a viewer’s question about a World War Two military pigeon carrier and talks...

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  • 8
    Mar

Fabulous Finds: Stumbling Upon a Mid-Century Modern Treasure

[caption id="attachment_2528931" align="aligncenter" width="462"] This four-drawer vanity with a very stylish round back chair, upholstered seat and beveled mirror in the Kent-Coffey Futura style, also has a tempered glass top. It was part of a nearly complete bedroom set the author stumbled upon at an estate sale.[/caption] I was not “on the hunt,” like I was for the...

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  • 7
    Mar

From the Worthologist’s File: Picasso Bistro Table & Chairs

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. Often, their value is sentimental, but many times they come with priceless provenances. Our Worthologist filing cabinet is a treasure chest of such items,...

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  • 7
    Mar

What is the Meaning Behind Snake Rings?

[caption id="attachment_2528924" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Snake rings have been popular for hundreds of years, and snakes have been attributed with many meanings and connotations across the ages and eras of history.[/caption] Snake jewelry has been worn since the beginning of human civilization, with snakes featuring heavily in many religions, myths and folklore. Ancient civilizations such as the Aztecs and...

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  • 6
    Mar

Shipping Antique Glass Isn’t All That It’s Cracked Up To Be

[caption id="attachment_2528916" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This broken glass is why some dealers have sworn off the fragile stuff.[/caption] The broken glass pictured above is why some dealers have sworn off the fragile stuff. Why all the hate’n’ on antique glass? It’s fragile, heavy and tricky to handle, yes. But if you follow some simple tips, it will make the...

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