Who do you think you are?

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Ever wonder what your name means? In the olden days men were often called by what they did as an occupation, hence a hunter might be called Joseph the Hunter. His son might later be known as Hunter’s son or Hunterson (Henderson). The moniker, Mister (Mr.) was usually reserved for men of importance, not for… Read more »

What is a Fraktur?

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“Early fraktur, the word is both singular and plural, are handmade documents commemorating rites of passage like baptisms, marriages, graduations, and deaths. They were and typically still are hand-decorated with pen, ink, and watercolors. Early American fraktur usually had text in German because most of the scriveners were Germans making fraktur for the German market in America…. Read more »

War Scenario. Advice: Sell Fine Chinese Art Objects Now.

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Advice: Sell Fine Chines Art Objects Now. China’s economy is strong. Millionaires are being minted weekly, billionaires monthly. These nouveau riche businessmen are buying back their heritage much like the Japanese did thirty years ago. Prices for Chinese art, antiques, and artifacts are exponentially high; this is a momentary bubble, just like our telecom and… Read more »

Artificial Art: Bovine Flatulence

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Professional appraisers use the term “value attribute”. A value attribute is any feature that contributes to the sum of values an object possesses. Age, provenance, maker’s mark(s), condition, and physical elements such as arms on a chair are some of the typical factors that comprise an object’s worth. For instance, a chair with arms has… Read more »

Modernism Defined

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Modernism Periods: British Arts & Crafts 1880-1910, American Arts & Crafts 1900-1915, European Art Nouveau 1890-1910, Wiener Werkstätte 1903-1933, De Stijl 1917-1928, Bauhaus 1919-1933, European Art Deco 1920-1940, American Art Deco 1920-1940. Learn more about these periods of design merit. Check out this outstanding website that takes design to a new level: www.artsmia.org And for… Read more »

Modern Book Sizes

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Modern books come in different sizes:  Pocket Book 4.25″ x 6.87″ Digest 5.5″ x 8.5″ US Trade 6″ x 9″ Small Square 7.5″ x 7.5″ Square 8.5″ x 8.5″ Landscape 9″ x 7″ Comic Book 8.625″ x 10.25″ US Letter 8.5″ x 11″

Condition Grading Criteria for Collecting Books

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Grading Criteria for Books: As New: A book that appears just as it came from the publisher, without blemish or flaw. The dust jacket (DJ) if issued with the book is perfect, without blemish or flaw. “As New” books has never been read. Fine: Book approaches “As New” but is not as crisp and tight… Read more »

Napoleon v. The Pope: Left Side, Right Side

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Why do some countries drive on the right side and others drive on the left side? Well, once upon a time everyone drove their horse & buggies on the left, everywhere. Except the Pope. He drove on the right. The Pope and Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (French/Corsican: AUG 1769-May 1821) got into a disagreement at one… Read more »