Antique phrenology heads, sometimes part of an inkwell for a doctor’s desk, sell today from $500 to thousands of dollars but in the1960s and '70s, many fakes were made.
Toys reflect the life of the times with dolls dressed in popular styles and small automobiles that look like the newest models. But some old favorites – think Slinky! – are updated and soon there are collectors for each new version.
A carousel horse is a matter of personal taste. And the rules for folk art are unclear. Our advice . . .
There are some things that are worth more if repainted or repaired. German iron gnomes are popular ornaments usually wanted for display in a garden.
The story of the famous punch bowl called the Jazz bowl is well-known. The very large bright blue and black bowl was made by Viktor Schreckengost while he was working at Cowan Pottery.
At the beginning of the 20th century, a popular toy was L’Homme Sandwich by Fernand Martin, Paris. The 1901 toy is extremely rare. A reproduction sold at auction.
Coca-Cola began producing serving trays and tip trays in 1897. The collectibles market is filled with thousands of reproduction Coca-Cola trays, many produced by Coca-Cola itself.
There’s a hypnotic allure to the 1950s Pecking Woodpecker on a Stick and "Push Puppets."
Roly Poly tins were first made in the early 1900s by the American Tobacco Company to hold a pound of tobacco. Six stereotypical lithographed figures were made. In the 1980s, similar but smaller tins appeared.
Traditions reign during the holiday season, as bins and boxes are pulled out of attics and family heirlooms regain a (temporary) place of honor in home decoration. But are vintage ornaments better than reproductions?