To the general public there is the impression that appraisals for antiques are much like "Blue Book " values used for to determine sale prices for used cars. The basic idea is sound and hundreds of price guides for virtually every kind of Antique...Continue Reading
Once in a while I run across an item that usually turns out to be a reproduction 99% of the time and it's nice to be the bearer of good news to a client. In the case of this piece, a Currier & Ives type print, nearly every one I've seen has...Continue Reading
July 24, 2013
A new phenomenon has appeared on the auction scene - cities in dire financial straits are holding memorabilia auctions to raise money.
Recently the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania held an auction of Western memorabilia, including a...Continue Reading
Sometimes one runs into an article so rare or in demand even if its condition is subpar it still can be worth a great deal of money.On such item came to my attention the other day, one that was dear to my childhood, Comic Books. To be clear though...Continue Reading
Most collectors live and breath with the hope of finding a "Sleeper", an item that has dozed away for years, unloved, unrecognized for its true value. One of the most mistaken of this variety is the "Stradivarius" violin, among the rarest of the...Continue Reading
July 2, 2013
There's no question that auctions are fun for all. They can also be costly, especially for those who contract "auction fever". Auction fever is that horrible disorder that causes you to hold your bidding paddle up until you've won the...Continue Reading
The name "Dresden Lace" is used after the fact that most of these "Lace" figurines were made in Dresden, Germany. The process to make these intricate figures actually used lace, the lace dipped in porcelain slip ( Slip is clay mixed with water to...
The 19th-century “Pump Organ” is one of those items that everyone thinks is incredible and probably valuable...bad sadly isn't .These impressive examples of Victorian decor once graced any parlor of a family who was musically inclined, but could...Continue Reading
Majolica (pronounced "mah-joll-ick-ah"), is a form of tin glazed earthenware its, it's modern history begins in 1851 when it was exhibited at London's Crystal Palace by Herbert Minton of Minton & Co. It actually was a reinvention or revival...Continue Reading
To the great majority of the public there is the perception that all things antique appreciate every upward in value, not aware that decorating trends and anniversaries of historical events can play a role in the value of antiques. A good example...Continue Reading