• Roman glass

    Early Glass Origins

    Glass-like substances occur naturally and have been used by humans for countless generations. The best known glass substance is obsidian, produced by the intense heat of volcanos, lighting strikes, and […]

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  • Engraving plates

    Engraved Prints

    Print identification is a large study. What is presented here are some pointers to outline a few major identification and valuation tips for engraved prints. There are many types of […]

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  • First Edition Book Tips

    In 2010, a first edition of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, sold for $4,250.00 at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. Huckleberry Finn was first published in 1885. This does not mean […]

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  • ivory in animals

    Ivory in Antique and Period Jewelry

    Long before the invention of modern plastics, jewelers used ivory in jewelry. Ivory in jewelry was popularized with Cook’s tours of the Paris Exposition starting in 1855. The Cook’s tours […]

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    Overview of periods and styles

    Overview of Periods and Styles (Select the image to enlarge the timeline.) Prior to the 20th century, the decorative arts were influenced and largely controlled by royalty. In practice, while […]

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  • Antique Values

    Antique values

    Personal property appraisers receive frequent calls where the caller wants to know what their antique or vintage items are worth. This is not a quick answer because the intended use […]

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