Archive for 2013

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10
2013

AUTOMATONS - IMITATORS OF LIFE

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Silkworm

SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

A 3-inch long animated, jewel-encrusted silkworm recently sold at Sotheby's for $349,392 (including buyer's premium).

The description of the lot said, "the plump, realistic body comprising eleven sized segments edged with seed...

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10
2013

Rosenthal Porcelain & “Prof T. Karner”

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Karnerhorse

The marking “Prof T. Karner” on a Rosentahl porcelain figurine indicates the original creator was Professor Theodor Karner (1884-1966). Rosenthal, a company well-known for its high-quality porcelain figurines remains in production to this day....

Tags : karner, auction, Rosenthal, sell, and sold
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SEP
05
2013

Old Newspapers, Valuable or Just Historical

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Occasionally I'll get a call from a potential client who excitedly sends me an email regarding what they think is an incredible find. Some times the items are wonderful, or at least a good look at, but other times I have to be the bearer of bad...

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03
2013

PAIRPOINT OWL LAMP WAS A WISE BUY - MAYBE

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PairpointowlSeptember 3, 2013

The Pairpoint puffy bronze and glass owl lamp, pictured above, recently sold for $77,025 at a James Julia sale. The lamp has a glass owl shade and a base that consists of a lifelike cast metal owl. Julia also sold another one of...

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SEP
02
2013

Shuco Toys

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Dutchmanviolinist

This clockwork Dutchman Violinist is a Pre World War Two example made by the Schuco toy company in the 1930’s. This famous German toy maker originally formed as "Schreyer & Co" in 1912 , founded by Heinrich Muller and Heinrich Schreyer, the...

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AUG
31
2013

"Fayral"?

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"Fayral"

Fayral4

Artists and authors sometimes use Pseudonyms instead of their real name for a variety of reasons, families or governments unsympathetic to their work, or even to get around laws, taxation or even alimony. The piece pictured here was...

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AUG
29
2013

ESTATE PLANNING II - VALUING YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY

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Estateplanning

August 30, 2013

So, you've read the blog entry about estate planning, and you're up to the personal property portion of your assets. There are certain things you should be doing in order to prepare for the orderly transfer of this property by...

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AUG
29
2013

Murano Glass

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Prettybird

The history of glassmaking on the island of Murano in Italy dates back over 700 years. In 1292 the city Fathers concerned about the fire hazard in a city of wooden buildings banished the glassmakers to the island, where they've been ever since....

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AUG
28
2013

ESTATE PLANNING: A VERY IMPORTANT JOB

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Will

August 27, 2013

Who needs to do some estate planning? We all do.

Your estate may be divided into three categories: cash, stocks and bonds; real estate and personal property.

It is certainly possible to lose control of your estate. You lose control...

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AUG
26
2013

Hump Top Trunks, How Old?

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Badtrunk

Hump Top Trunks like this in most cases date from the 1870s to about 1900, generally a rough idea of dating can be determined by examining the locks and fittings for the latest patent numbers and dates, which provide on average a time frame from...

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