The Big Find
Everyone dreams about it in the Antique business, the Dealers, the Pickers, Collectors, Appraisers and Auctioneers, the "Big Find". It is what keeps Pickers digging through trash filled barns and basements, Dealers pawing through box...
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
To the average person any late 19th Century lamp or figurine made of a
whitish stone with swirling patterns in it is deemed to be "Marble".The
truth is very few are deed marble, most are made of 'Alabaster".
Alabaster is a fine-grained rock called...
Occasionally one runs into genuine "One of a Kind" hand painted porcelain plates with no marking at all, that by its shape and decoration is late Victorian, but with little else to go on for identification. In some cases these pieces could have a...Continue Reading
Appraising porcelain Bird figurines can be troublesome, as they fit into
a narrow decorative niche, but often appeal to to those that don't
specialize in them, who often bid them up far higher than presale
values. For this reason alone the...
March 19, 2013
March 18, 2013
So, your Aunt Maude left you a lamp. It's not your taste. You never admired it in her home, so why she left it to you is a mystery. Something tells you this ugly lamp might be more than it...Continue Reading