Rinker On Collectibles: Questions and Answers

QUESTION: I have my father’s Old Spice shaving mug, brush, and soap. The mug pictures Friendship, an old sailing ship, and has “EARLY AMERICAN OLD SPICE / SHULTON, INC. / CLIFTON, N.J.” in raised letters on the bottom. The brush has a black top, cream handle, and tan bristles. The black top pictures a large house below which is “Stanhome / A Stanley Home Product / Badger and Bristle.” Do these items have any value? – SM, Lincoln, KS

Dorland Antiques: Oh My! Where Our Collecting Can Take Us!

There are many reasons why we collect items, sometimes we make a conscious decision to collect certain things; sometimes we buy an item and then decide we want more. And sometimes a collection can take us on an unexpected ride.

Argent Silver AG: The Intrinsic Value of Gold

In the last few years, precious metal commodity prices have risen dramatically. In the last five years alone, gold has risen from 400.00 per oz. to over 1000.00 per oz. Today, gold prices are hovering around the 850.00 mark as of January 22, 2009.

Vintage Jewelry Showcase: When Gemologists Disagree

When you sell genuine gemstone jewelry, accurate descriptions are incredibly important, especially if the item you’re selling is a high priced piece. Getting a written appraisal from a certified and accredited gemologist is always a worthwhile investment and should guarantee a smooth sale when the time comes as appraisals increase buyer confidence in both the item and the seller. But what do you do when gemologists disagree?

Rinker's Opinion: Paid Too Much?

We asked Harry Rinker: Was there ever a time when you paid too much for an item, but didn’t realize it until too late; or, have you never allowed this to happen. If the latter, how do you do it? Here is his response:

Everyone from auctioneers to collectors to dealers in the antiques and collectibles trade makes mistakes. I call the mistakes tuition, one of the economic prices we pay to learn.

Mistakes happen. I have yet to meet someone who received 100 or an A+ on every test they took. The question is not whether we make mistakes, but what we learn from them.

Antique Treasure Box: What I Was Teaching My Daughter About Antiques

Do you remember the very first time that you held an antique and fell in

I do.

It seems like yesterday when I purchased the beautiful Royal Nippon cobalt
tea set. The hand painted roses and asters, the raised gold detailing,
the hand applied beads of wicker white moriage, the fat, squat teapot and
ooooohh, the tiny, perfect feet!

I was instantly head over heels in love with that set and still am; it sits
proudly on display on a tea cart in my living room. Of course, no one is
allowed to touch it, although my 13 year old daughter and I do,

Cherished Collectibles: Pot of Gold

My daughter and I were in the process of cleaning my late mother-in-law's house in preparation for it's being sold. We had finally reached the attic and were doing a tired half-hearted search through some boxes that had been shoved in a dark corner.

Laying upside down in one of the last boxes with no protective wrapping was a Northwood Black Amethyst bowl. Happily it was in perfect un-chipped condition.

Harry Rinker: I Just Inherited A House Full of Antiques Which I Would LIke to Sell. What Should I Do?

Question: I just inherited a house full of what "appear" to be good quality antiques. But I am not an antiques expert and I only want to keep a few pieces. I am overwhelmed. What Should I Do? Here are Harry Rinker's recommendations:

There are two questions about every antique and collectible: (a) what is it and (b) what is it worth? The first involves authentication. What exactly and I looking at? The second is valuation, i.e., understanding what a piece will bring in a specific secondary sales market. When you do not have the expertise, you need to buy it.

The Will of the People

With a new American administration just barely one week old, we felt compelled to add this bit of trivia regarding the very first presidential inauguration:

Treasure Box Antiques: What to Look for When Identifying Antique Jewelry

If you are going to invest in a piece of antique jewelry, especially in these hard economic times, it is extremely important that you educate yourself before you buy. To properly identify antique jewelry, you must become familiar with the following four items: 1) materials used, 2) types of fasteners used, 3) cuts/settings of stones used, and 4) craftsmanship/styles used in Georgian (1714-1836) and Victorian (1837-1900) times.

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