Antiques & Art
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:
inJanuary 22, 2009 - 2:53pm
Indiana Jones,a bit beaten up and battered from one of his adventures, said, "It's not the years, Darling, it's the miles." When I get out my jeweler's loupe and examine a new shipment of antique French postcards, I am often astounded that many have survived the years with hardly a wrinkle. How can something that is 100+ years old look like it was printed yesterday?
inJanuary 15, 2009 - 2:08pm
We asked Harry Rinker: Do you think that changes in our country’s political climate affect the antiques and collectibles trade? Here is his response:
inJanuary 6, 2009 - 5:21pm
Points to Consider Before Refinishing Antique Furniture:
- Is your piece out of the ordinary? Is it a masterpiece or classic example of craftsmanship? Make sure refinishing won’t diminish the value of your furniture.
- Was your furniture made by a notable craftsman or manufacturer, regardless of its age? Look for any marks or labels that might indicate the origin on the bottom or back of the piece.
inDecember 18, 2008 - 7:31am
The lineage of rocking horses can be traced back at least as far as herds of play stick ‘hobby horses’ roaming Europe at large in the 15th century. By the Middle Ages, men of noble birth trained for the joust while seated on mechanical contraptions that simulated the movement of a real horse beneath them.
inDecember 16, 2008 - 6:34am
With a new Lane now dedicated to items made of silver (other than jewelry) we thought addressing the issue of puzzling or easily misconstrued maker's marks on silver might be of interest to anyone who offers antique and vintage silver in today's marketplace.
A Bit of History
inDecember 9, 2008 - 1:57pm
Hi Jewels, just want to warn you about a very deceitful practice in the antique watch industry concerning the marking of watch cases as "14K" gold. The best way to do this is through images. Take a peek at these two watches, I will show you the watch first, and then the mark.
Waltham hunting case ladies watch:
inDecember 2, 2008 - 12:24pm
There are two primary types of Porcelain, with a third distinguished by nomenclature when a specific additive to a basic formula is included:
Hard Paste Porcelain
Rinker's Opinion: What do you predict to be the future of buying/selling antique online vs. physical shows, brick and mortar, et
inNovember 19, 2008 - 12:37pm
I remember life before the antiques malls, let alone the Internet. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that eBay’s impact would rise and fall within a fifteen year span. I can hardly wait to see what happens next.
One thing is certain. Whatever happens will occur online. I have a fair idea of what is needed, but not who will develop it. The field badly needs a general online antiques and collectibles auction site, albeit one focused only on antiques and collectibles. The site has to resist the temptation to serve a broader sector.
inNovember 13, 2008 - 3:56pm
The functional area of a house we refer to today as the ‘dining room’