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Toleware: A Dressed-up Poor Man's Silver

Toleware: A Dressed-up Poor Man's Silver

by Maxine Carter-Lome The term tôle, derived from the French tôle peinte, meaning “painted sheet metal,” refers to the decorative process of applying paint and lacquer to tin, initially as a way to prevent common household objects from rusting but later as a form of embellishment. In the antiques and collectibles marketplace, toleware refers to […]

UnEarthed: The Greatest Ancient Silver Hoard Ever Discovered

UnEarthed: The Greatest Ancient Silver Hoard Ever Discovered

Reproduced with permission from Art&Object.com Before there was Normandy in northern France, there was Gaul, under provincial rule in the Roman Empire from the 1st century BC to the 5th century AD, and remains of this centuries-old society still rest under the earth. On a spring day in 1830, a farmer named Prosper Taurin was […]

Pewter: Is It Worth Anything?

Pewter: Is It Worth Anything?

by William Lipovsky, First Quarter Finance, firstquarterfinance.com Pewter is a metal alloy of tin and lead, but it’s mostly composed of tin. Tin prices generally fluctuate between $7 and $11 per pound. When selling for scrap, you can expect to get roughly 50% of the current price – so scrap pewter, therefore, is generally worth […]

Collectibles of the Future

Collectibles of the Future

by Gary R. Sullivan As influential as our formative years are on our psychological, emotional, and physical development, so too are they influential on what we choose to surround ourselves with later in life. Collectibles dealers refer to it as the “Twenty Year Rule,” in which people are nostalgically drawn towards something which excited within […]

Turning Antique and Collectible In the New Year 1919-2019

Turning Antique and Collectible In the New Year 1919-2019

By Maxine Carter-Lome One hundred years is the age when items officially become antiques, and sometimes more valuable as a collectible. As we ring in 2019, we look back on a few well known products, brands, and companies who turn 100 this year but have been collectible and part of our popular culture for decades. […]

10 Things You Didn't Know Were Collectible

10 Things You Didn't Know Were Collectible

By Richard Davies, AbeBooks Photo albums The biggest growth area in the rare book world is vintage photo albums. Collectors and institutions want unique items, and personal photo albums fill the bill. Albums filled with wartime and travel-related pictures are particularly in demand. An album from 1909 documenting the construction of the Madeira-Mamore Railroad through […]

A Galaxy Full of Star Wars Collectible Memorabilia

A Galaxy Full of Star Wars Collectible Memorabilia

by Amanda Sheriff The wonderful thing about Star Wars collecting is the multitudinous trove of material that spans across entertainment mediums and collecting focuses, centered around one series. Star Wars collecting has always been an element of fan appreciation, with series devotees compiling the movies on different formats, all types of toys, the original comics […]

The Art of Surprise in The Great Outdoors

The Art of Surprise in The Great Outdoors

Philip R. Goodwin By Judy Gonyeau Manifest destiny drove men and women into the wilds of the west, with many fine artists and illustrators delivering promising scenes of great beauty and seemingly unlimited resources ready to be captured and used to make life as pristine as the bubbling water. The utter romance of this western […]

The Triumph of Antique Trap Collecting

The Triumph of Antique Trap Collecting

By Scot H. Dahms; edited by Judy Gonyeau In the beginning before what I term my “awakening,” I was a casual antique trap collector. I had trapped since I was fourteen years old and had always kept the old and odd traps I found mixed in with the used traps. I never really knew if […]

Camping with Coleman

Camping with Coleman

by Bud Michael Ahhh, the great outdoors. Cowboy coffee shared with friends by a warming campfire somewhere in the Rockies. A weekend trip along the one of the many trails in the Appalachians. Backyard camping with the grand-kids. The familiar fragrance of bacon frying in a skillet at a lakeside camp site in the Adirondacks. […]