Nickle Auction Record

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A nickle for your thoughts. “A rare century-old U.S. nickel that was once mistakenly declared a fake and forgotten about for decades has sold at auction for more than $3.1 million.” Learn More.

Demand: Point of Origin Effects Value

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Bull’s-eye Factor: Value is usually greater the closer one gets to an object’s point of origin. Weakness in demand increases concentrically away from an object’s point of origin, like rings on a target. Goes to rational/irrational human behaviors: sense of history, greed, hoarding.

Got cats that rip upholstery?

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When re-upholstering furniture, scatter ordinary black pepper all over the padding inside the piece. This will deter cats from scratching it later when it’s in your home. An old-time upholsterer told me of this trick many years ago.

Mark C. Grove: Chesapeake Collectibles Show Appraiser

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Maryland Public Television (MPT) has invited me for the fourth time, their fourth season, to be a panel expert on their Chesapeake Collectibles Show. The TV show is a regionally broadcasted Antiques Roadshow appraisal fair. Executives at MPT have told us appraisers (about 20 of us) that this show outperforms nearly every show on their… Read more »

Furniture Drawers That Stick

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Apply ordinary Johnson’s paste wax to the runners of the drawers so that they will glide smoothly. Pull the drawer completely out of the bureau case, flip it upside down, use a paper towel or rag to apply wax to the surface of the drawer (“the shoe”) that slides on the runner within the case…. Read more »

Property Definitions: What is Personal Property?

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DEFINITIONS OF PROPERTY Personal Property: is any tangible object that can be moved: toys, jewelry, fine art, crops, chattel, furniture, yachts, weapons, starships, etc. In the British vernacular these are referred to simply as property and appraisers are known as valuers or surveyors of worth. Real Property: is anything that cannot be moved: lots & plots, farms,… Read more »

Quarterly Market Report: 1st Quarter 2013

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Quarterly Market Report: 1st Qtr 2013 March 25, 2013 ADVISORY The market for antiques remains unchanged: weak and getting weaker. “Huh?” you say. Yep, interest in antiques is getting weaker for most categories but there is still some sustained strength for specific niche categories, i.e. portrait miniatures, listed artists of some renown, 20th century moderne, vintage… Read more »