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Antique Detective: Carved Rock Crystal Has Long History

Antique Detective: Carved Rock Crystal Has Long History

By Anne Gilbert    I often write about items that are out of the average persons’ price range, but can be of interest and have collecting possibilities. Carved rock crystal objects are an example. When they show up at estate sales, auctions and specialty antique shops, prices can range from the low hundreds to over a million dollars. Christies and other […]

by · November 5, 2019 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
From Ceramic Dog Figures to Coca Cola Trays

From Ceramic Dog Figures to Coca Cola Trays

By Anne Gilbert    Q. I collect old ceramic dog figurines. This unusual dog figure caught my eye at a church rummage sale. It appears to be a bank but there is no opening to get the money out. It is around 4” wide x 4” high and the paint is in good shape. There is “crazing cracking” on the bottom […]

by · November 5, 2019 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
Antique Detective: Carousel Animals

Antique Detective: Carousel Animals

By Anne Gilbert    For their many collectors, owning a carousel animal is a trip down memory lane. They are willing to spend thousands of dollars for an authentic, handcarved horse, sheep or elephant and other figures. However, sometimes they can still be discovered in a barn or at a garage sale. Most of such are in need of restoration. Inside […]

by · October 5, 2019 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
What You Should Know About Old Toys Before You Buy or Throw Them Away

What You Should Know About Old Toys Before You Buy or Throw Them Away

By Anne Gilbert    Read this and shed a tear with me! Back in the late 1950s my son received one of the hottest toys on the market for Christmas. It was a bright red, tin plate robot named “Machine Man” that ran on a battery. It was one of a set of five different designs produced in Japan. The box […]

by · August 7, 2019 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
Antique Detective Q & A

Antique Detective Q & A

By Anne Gilbert    Q. I recently inherited this pretty pink glass cookie jar that belonged to my grandmother. The raised design appears to be a bunch of flowers. It is 5” in diameter and in good shape. There are no makers marks. What can you tell me about age, maker and value?    L.M. Lancaster, PA    A. From your photo you […]

by · August 7, 2019 · 0 comments · Antique Detective