inFebruary 4, 2009 - 11:31am
My daughter and I attended an auction that was well-attended by many dealers from our town and the surrounding area. We've always made it a policy to thoroughly look through all boxes. She takes one side and I the other. Then we compare notes before bidding.
She came over to me before the bidding started and told me to bid on the box of old men's ties. I trust her judgement so when the box came up I bid on it. To my surprise I was sold the box for 1.00 as no one else bid on it.
inFebruary 3, 2009 - 2:36pm
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
inFebruary 3, 2009 - 2:31pm
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.
February 2, 2009 - 4:49pm
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.
inJanuary 30, 2009 - 2:00pm
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?
inJanuary 29, 2009 - 5:22pm
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.
inJanuary 29, 2009 - 5:16pm
Do you remember the very first time that you held an antique and fell in
It seems like yesterday when I purchased the beautiful Royal Nippon cobalt
I was instantly head over heels in love with that set and still am; it sits
inJanuary 28, 2009 - 5:15pm
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?
inJanuary 28, 2009 - 4:39pm
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.
inJanuary 27, 2009 - 3:31pm
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: