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  • Phrenology head inkwell
    Phrenology Head

    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.






  • Did You Know? Slinky

    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.


  • Carousel Horse

    A carousel horse is a matter of personal taste. And the rules for folk art are unclear. Our advice . . .



  • Unpainted garden gnome
    Restoration Insight – Garden Gnomes

    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. 







  • Jazz Bowl - Viktor Schreckengost
    The Jazz Bowl

    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.






  • Toys & Boxes

    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 Trays

    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. 







  • Toys

    There’s a hypnotic allure to the 1950s Pecking Woodpecker on a Stick and "Push Puppets."







  • Roly Poly Tins

    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.





  • Holiday Ornaments

    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?






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