inOctober 9, 2008 - 4:18pm
Even the most apathetic among the American populace usually stop to ponder who they'd like to see, or not see, as our country's next president at some point during a campaign. It's an American tradition.
For some folks, however, the red, white and blue memorabilia accompanying an election year provides more entertainment than a fleeting campaign ever could.
The Lure of Presidential Memorabilia
inOctober 7, 2008 - 3:40pm
During a recent appraisal, a client asked me to value her objects based on what I thought she would realize if she sold them. After providing a value for a stamped brass sheet-covered wood box, she exclaimed, "That is less than I paid for it." If I heard this once, I have heard it a thousand times. What a person pays for an object is not a factor, except to that person, when selling it. The only value that matters is the price at which the object sells at a given moment in time.
inSeptember 23, 2008 - 4:48pm
QUESTION: I have a 1964-65 World’s Fair US Royal Tires Ferris Wheel battery-operated toy. It is made of plastic and still works. However, the battery compartment is somewhat corroded. I have the box in which it came and, to the best of my knowledge, it is complete. What is its value? – JK, Willoughby, OH, E-mail Question
inSeptember 19, 2008 - 5:15pm
“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got,
These words from Gary Portnoy’s and Judy Hart Angelo’s theme song for Cheers are especially cogent as the antiques and collectibles industry enters the final three months of 2008. Many in the trade, especially those buying and selling on eBay, are rapidly coming to the conclusion that no one knows their name or cares.
inSeptember 11, 2008 - 10:13am
- The teddy bear dates back to 1902 when the Washington Post published a cartoon depicting President Teddy Roosevelt sparing a bear’s life.
- The first teddy bears were made by a shopkeeper’s wife. The small business they owned went on to become the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company.
- Both new and old bears are collectible, with some of the most desirable and expensive being produced by Steiff.
inSeptember 9, 2008 - 11:45am
Keeping heirloom linens clean not only allows you to use them in your home, but protects them from damage.
1. To remove surface dirt and dust, try carefully vacuuming the item on low suction with vents open.
2. Before storing, examine each linen for food and grease that may attract damaging insects or leave permanent stains.
inSeptember 8, 2008 - 10:48am
The Early Years - 1840s Rare Beauties
Doll collecting is one of the most active of collecting areas.
inSeptember 4, 2008 - 10:19am
Properly displaying your antique quilts prevents damage while allowing you to enjoy them in your home.
1. Display quilts in areas where light levels are low and away from any bulbs that might damage the fibers.
2. If you decide to hang a quilt in your home, plan to only leave it up for six months at a time.
inAugust 28, 2008 - 5:00pm
First Some Quick Tips for Collecting Vintage Sheet Music:
- Sheet music was sold in mass quantities when new making it plentiful today.
inAugust 27, 2008 - 2:58pm
The House of Christian Dior Summer Line of Millinery "inspired by the mystery and allure of Africa".