Category Archives: Ephemera

The wish book

In 1886 a young man began selling watches to supplement his income as a railroad station agent.  He did so well that less than a year later he was able to quit his job and sell mail order watches and jewelry full time. In 1893, after acquiring a partner, he established the corporate name of Sears, Roebuck and Company. The […]

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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. The Antiques Institute is offering a half day seminar on prints on June 16, 2018 if you would like more information on this topic. Follow the link for more information: Fine Art Prints There are many […]

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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 that every copy of Huckleberry Finn, will sell for the same price. In fact, if you visit any online bookseller, there will be copies of this story for around $10.00. […]

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