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What it's Worth

What's It Worth? On Age and Rarity In Valuation

The Adoration of the Magi is an oft-depicted scene in medieval art, and this triptych icon (a triptych has three pieces) made of carved wood puzzled us at first with regard to its age.

We bought it for less than $1,000 due to its condition (it is falling apart; and like most icons this old, shows a lot of paint loss).


What's It Worth? The Value Of Giving Back: Priceless

Today, writing a column about money and “stuff” seems a bit unseemly, so please understand why I am writing about charities instead. These three are particularly personal to Katrina and me.

First is Rotary International, specifically their relationship to the ShelterBox organization. Rotary is one of those old school...

What's It Worth? Step Away From The Cleaning Equipment

There is a propensity for people bringing things to sell to completely clean and polish the items before they bring them in. In fact, cleaned and polished items  may mean (to us) ruined items. Most serious collectors  love to find things that are in relatively good to mint  condition, but prefer to find them in their original state...

What's It Worth? Highly Collectible American Art Pottery

One of the most pleasing types of antique collecting would have to be pottery.

Yes, pottery. The word ‘pottery’ sounds so simple, but in fact, American art pottery was once a very prolific endeavor and continues to be highly collectible to this day.

What's It Worth? Design Trends Impact Everything

For some reason, I can take apart a watch, and measure within a tiny fraction the depth, table and crown angles on a diamond – yet I have never been able to build or fix things around the house. (Family pictures of me wielding a hammer with furrowed brow and nails stored in my mouth are photo-ops. Fake news. Everyone agrees Katrina “...

What's It Worth? When It Comes To Value, Timing Is Everything

While we have paid over $50,000 for a single bronze sculpture in the past, the bronze sculpture market has taken a huge hit in the marketplace and only the best bronzes still bring fantastic dollars. All the rest will sell, but at heavily reduced  prices.

What's It Worth? Aggressive Offer + Patience = Last Laugh

Fountain pen collecting is a very robust hobby and they still bring good money. We have advertised in this paper for over 30 years to buy them.

Here are a few of the finer pens that we have unearthed locally.

What's It Worth? Samurai Swords – The Stuff Of Legends

Few things are more confusing in the world of antiques than samurai swords. Some say they are noble, some say they represent terror – and both are correct. Centuries ago, the Japanese became experts in techniques of sharpening fine steel. Using almost medieval tools, they crafted what Katrina calls the “thermonuclear device of their...

What's It Worth? Rare Civil War Memorabilia

Civil war medals and adornments were made in many variations ... and millions of them exist. Not only actual medals of honor – issued between 1862 and 1866 – but also medals (actually ribboned souvenirs) of civil war encampments or reunions that were held routinely (until there were only 19 living vets for the final encampment/reunion, which...

What's It Worth? A Masterpiece In Silver

A Minnesota jeweler recently sent us a large package of sterling silver to sell. Inside was mostly average, reusable antique silver worth 10 to 20 percent over silver value.

Also included was this extraordinary masterpiece – a 45 oz. sterling silver basket by Roger Williams. He was famous in his own right and bought the Howard Sterling...