The 1911 Chagall painting “Othello and Desdemona,” stolen nearly 30 years ago, was turned over to the FBI. The painting and 13 other art and jewelry objects were taken in 1988 by a worker in the building where Ernest and Rose Heller lived surrounded by their many paintings. Continue reading Chagall Painting Update
Collecting is fun, but it is not always a good investment. We have always said to buy what you like or want to use, not to make money. Whether your antiques and collectibles appreciate in value or not is often a matter of luck or changing tastes. Here are 7 collectibles once bought as good investments that are worth much less today. Continue reading What Not To Collect!
Hot Wheels collector Dennis Schrage was drawn to the collectible, realistic-looking mini cars about 10 years after they were introduced by Mattel Inc., in 1968. He caught the collecting bug in his 30s after spending most of his young adulthood in the late 1960s and early ‘70s loving the muscle cars and California custom car scene. Continue reading What are the current Market Trends? Hot Wheels, Childhood Favorites Are Popular Collectibles
Petroliana covers a broad range of gas station collectibles from containers and globes to signs and pumps and everything in between. As with all advertising items, factors such as brand name, intricacy of design, color, age, condition, and rarity drastically affect value. Continue reading Petroliana
American illustrator James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960) utilized Lord Kitchener as incentive regarding his well-known recruiting poster, “I Want You for U.S. Army.”
Flagg was successful with numerous well-known periodicals during the early twentieth century and also would make contributions with regard to forty six posters towards the war effort.
Flagg’s most well-known as well as significant work had been his Kitchener-derived poster, showcasing a white-haired, really serious Uncle Sam using a pointed finger. Continue reading World War I Propaganda Posters
The original source of the decoy in America to be sure is founded on early American heritage, however, not with the early colonists as may very well be realistically presumed. Instead it pre-dates the actual American pioneer by no less than 1,000, maybe 2,000 years. Continue reading Vintage American Decoys
In the contemporary and vintage segment, dolls belonging to the 1950s and 1960s enjoy a robust following. Numerous dolls out of this time period possessed substantial wardrobes, dresses as well as accessories with regard to dolls including Revlon, Cissy, Chatty Cathy family, Barbie family, Ginny, Muffy, or even virtually any fashion dolls which continue to be in great demand. Continue reading Vintage Dolls
The days of the Nantucket Lightships and the baskets their crews produced began deep in America’s 19th century. Some accounts suggest the lightship service, providing a floating lighthouse for traveling whaling ships, began as early as the 1820s. Continue reading Nantucket Lightship Baskets
More and more Americans are climbing on their gleaming motorcycle and zooming over the horizon. Federal government figures show motorcycle sales increased by more than 50 percent in the late 1990s. A number of studies have suggested that the baby boomer generation may be leading the pack, complete with appropriate attire. One current estimate indicates nearly half of the nation’s motorcycle riders are over 40. Continue reading Motorcycle Collectibles
Letter openers, both fanciful and promotional, have been on the “cutting edge” of society since the latter 19th Century. Sometimes called a paper cutter, paper knife or a letter knife, the basic letter opener gradually became more important as the business of letter mailing itself became more important. Continue reading Letter Openers