The Evolution of Old Glory: The 27 Star Flag of the United States of America
Tom Carrier, our resident vexillologist, has worked tirelessly on the history behind the creation of each version of the American flag as our country grew […]
Dangerous Waters! Buying and Selling Artifacts and Collectible Antiquity
Wandering in the “Grey Area” Between Looting and Archeology… Imagine this – you go to your local Friday night antiques auction with no plans to […]
From the Worthologists’ Files: Coin Glass
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 […]
Rinker on Collectibles Q/A: Salem’s Heirloom Dinnerware, an Old Radio, and a Vintage Noah’s Ark Toy
QUESTION: About 40 years ago, my mother bought a large collection of Salem’s Heirloom, red transfer dinnerware. She was told at the time it was […]
The Letters of John M. Jackson– July 5, 1864
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 […]
Do You Collect Make-Dos? Maybe You Should!
Make-Dos are a lovely area of collecting. These items can be found relatively inexpensively and appeal to creative decorators, and fans of reclaiming and recycling. […]
An Appraiser’s Diary: Family Photos Save the Day!
Being found out at social events that one is an appraiser often puts me in the same boat as a doctor or pyschiatrist, everyone wants […]
Coins, Currency, Stamps, and Neighbors
There are coins, currency, stamps, and medals everywhere if you know where to look. Chances are great that they are all right in your own […]
Rinker on Collectibles: How Long Does It Take for Memories to Fade Away?
I am spending more and more time in graveyards. The first reason is genealogical research. I am determined to locate as many of the graves […]
The Truth About Price Guides
Before the days of the Internet, dealers and collectors relied on price guides to determine what the market would bear. Collectors carried their well-thumbed guides […]