Archive for 2013

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26
2013

"Flown" Collectibles

By mwilcox


For those interested in the Space program and Collectors of items related to it, nothing makes the heart go pit-a-pat quicker than items that have been "Flown". What the term “flown” is used to describe to are items from the space program that...

Tags : auction, value, Nasa, flown, space, and gemini
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21
2013

Restorations?

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Windowsold

A client writes , " I have a pine corner cabinet, circa 1850, with four panes of glass that have been broken, I'd like to replace these broken panes, but some cabinets where I've seen this done, the modern glass looks out of place next to the...

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19
2013

Gutta Percha?

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Gutta
One head scratcher of an item for new collectors are pieces that look like they were carved out of some sort of stone like slate/coal or unusual hard wood. These are generally smaller decorative items, such as cigar & pencil cases, photo...

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18
2013

NO, THE VALUE OF YOUR ITEM IS NOT GUARANTEED TO GO UP

By judith

Meissen

September 18, 2013

I frequently hear from collectors who are angry when they find out that the item they bought twenty years ago is now worth half what it was when they acquired it. I'm sure I'm not the only appraiser who has had this experience...

Tags : meissen
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17
2013

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (British -1872-1898)

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Yellowbook

One of the best examples of the Art Nouveau style of illustrations is the work of Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (British -1872-1898). Beardsley was born in Brighton to a family of modest means, forced to quit school in 1888 to work, even though he had...

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17
2013

WHEN THE APPRAISAL CUSTOMER IS NOT PLEASED

By judith

Angryman

September 15, 2013

After extensive research to identify the property, market comparisons of recent auctions and monitoring of retail sales, I presented my appraisal report to my client. She exploded, emailing me a diatribe about my lack of...

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14
2013

Brilliant Period Cut Glass

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Hobbowl

American cut glass made circa 1880 to 1914, often referred to as the "Brilliant Period" period was some of the most intricate cut glass ever produced. The history of cut glass can be traced back all the way to ancient Rome. Most modern era cut...

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13
2013

VINTAGE CLOTHING - NOT JUST FOR HER ANYMORE

By judith

Vintagetuxedo

September 13, 2013

Women have been buying vintage clothing for decades. It is often less expensive than current fashions, often better made, and frequently classic in its design. In addition, some vintage fashions are purchased, not for wearing,...

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12
2013

Flooded Markets

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Beamnewyork

When ever there is a generational shift markets often flood with items once deemed "Collectible" and possibly worth more money "One Day" by their former owners. Judging by the huge amounts of 1960's-80's collectibles on the market these days with...

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10
2013

Tale of Two Beds

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StickleybedMissionbed

One question I'm often asked is " Why is my piece worth $XXX.00?, I saw one almost the same an expert on TV said was worth $XXXX.00?" This question is most often asked about unlabelled “Mission Style” oak furniture made 1900 -1918, which does look...

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