Archive for 2013

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22
2013

An Important Japanese Woodcarving (Okimono)

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                                              Soko Okimono

Japanese as well as Chinese woodcarvings , for the most part, are based upon history, culture, religion, and can be valuable, beautiful as well as educational.

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AUG
21
2013

Orphan or Artifact?

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AbshieldAppraisers are often in the enviable position of encountering items both rare and beyond strange at times. Their rarity or oddness do not always guarantee great value, more often than not, the stranger it is, the more often the piece is an...

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AUG
21
2013

DIVORCE APPRAISALS

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Brokenheart

August 20, 2013

So, your marriage is over and the divorce proceedings have begun. You need a a divorce appraisal. This is also called a divorce valuation of assets.

These are treacherous waters, and in order to navigate them safely, you will need...

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AUG
19
2013

HOARDED COINS BRING MILLIONS AT AUCTION

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St Gaudensgold

August 19, 2013

You may have heard the story about a California teacher whose 69 year old reclusive cousin died last year and left her a hoard of gold coins. She hadn't known he was wealthy, and he probably didn't consider himself to be wealthy....

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AUG
17
2013

The King of America Coins

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The King of America Coins

To collectors of all sorts there is always the "Holy Grail" item one would want, provided if price was no object and their pockets were deep enough. For Collectors of American coins it would have to be the 1804 US silver...

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AUG
16
2013

Damaged, But Still Valuable

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Moonflask


When one comes across a piece of pottery and porcelain that's been badly damaged, even though it's been repaired the value tends to be very low. Even pieces of considerable age lose a large amount of their value compared to an undamaged example,...

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AUG
15
2013

APPRAISALS ESSENTIAL IN DIVORCE SETTLEMENTS

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Divorce

August 15, 2013

Is your marriage on the rocks? Are you headed for a divorce? If so, there are important steps you need to take in order to ensure that your assets are equitably divided.

When it comes to stress, division of assets is second only to...

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AUG
13
2013

Records Continue to Rise for Fine Art at Auction

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Dustheads

It seems this is a year for record breaking, at least for Contemporary Art if Christie's New York's sale are any indication of trends. Their sale in May pulled in 495 million dollars and established 16 new world record values, with nine pieces...

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AUG
12
2013

PRICE GUIDES - WHO NEEDS THEM?

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Oldbook

August 12, 2013

A stroll through any bookstore, or even the public library will reveal that thousands of books about antiques and collectibles are published every year, and that most of them include price guides. Are these useful?

The answer is yes...

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AUG
10
2013

Antique, but not as old as you think.

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Quite often we get requests from clients who are convinced that what they have is a genuine Antique, in some cases they are right and wrong at the same time. Such is the case of this "Windsor chair". At first glance from the back of an auction...

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