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  • 26
    Mar

Is Your Sarsaparilla Bottle Worth $1 or $1,000?

[caption id="attachment_2529043" align="aligncenter" width="600"] I dug this very rare Dr. Stockers' Sarsaparilla bottle circa 1850 from the muddy banks of the Salmon Falls River in Berwick Maine many years ago. I have only seen one other, and it sold for well over $1,000![/caption] The first “inexact” thing about sarsparilla is its spelling and pronunciation. I learned to spell...

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  • 23
    Mar

Auction Report: Bound into Mantiques, Fine Art, Comic Books & More this Spring

[caption id="attachment_2529021" align="aligncenter" width="446"] This working 1947 pinball machine will be one of the many items up for auction on Monday, March 27 at MANtique Collectibles in Owego, New York. More than 200 lots will be presented, including movie posters, leatherwear, a 1930s moonshine still, signs, wall decor and baseball cards.[/caption] A quick check of the web’s largest...

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  • 22
    Mar

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: State of Phoenix Antiques & an African Tribal Apron

[caption id="attachment_2529027" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry discusses the state of the antiques buying and selling in Phoenix, Ariz.[/caption] In the March 22, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry talks about his recent trip to Phoenix and his experience visiting several antique malls...

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  • 22
    Mar

From the Worthologist’s File: Victorian Cottage-Style Dresser

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...

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  • 22
    Mar

WorthPoint Interview: Mitchell Kaba & Jennifer Lorenzi on Upcoming Julien’s Auctions Sale

Jennifer Lorenzi and Mitchell Kaba, both of whom are property specialists at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles, and talked with us a little about their upcoming April 28-29 auction of property from the lives and careers of Patrick Swayze and Doris Roberts. WorthPoint: So, how does it work? Do celebrities just call you up and say, hey I’d...

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  • 22
    Mar

Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night Sets New Sports Memorabilia Records

  [caption id="attachment_2528983" align="aligncenter" width="469"] This Mickey Mantle jersey, worn in 1968 on the day he hit his 535th home run, sold for $486,000 at the Heritage Auctions’ recently concluded Platinum Night Auction.[/caption] After a record-setting year for the sports collectibles market in 2016, the first premier event of the new year once again raised the bar. Heritage...

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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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