By Karen S. Murray, ISA      How do you describe and identify your collectables and treasures? If you buy a toaster at a flea market, can you call it “vintage”, or just “used”?  If you acquire a stunning velvet Elvis portrait, do you view it as “retro” and therefore very valuable? The terms “vintage”, “retro” […]

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A Guide for Gatekeepers, Paralegals, Insurance Adjusters & Others By Leon Castner, Senior Partner, National Appraisal Consultants, LLC Many professionals encounter personal property appraisals during their work, either receiving them from appraisers they have contracted or given them by others in their firm to review and file.  Not all appraisals are created equal, however, and […]

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Donating Your Congressional Papers  Senators, Congressmen, and Congresswomen donate their archives of papers and records for a variety of reasons. Some folks donate to preserve the history of their district; others donate them to document social, cultural, and political changes in the United States. Whatever the reason, it is one of the best ways to build […]

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~SILVER MARKS & WHAT THEY MEAN~ Here are some common marks on silver or silverplate – These marks mean the same standard as US silver prior to 1870-or 90% silver: COIN PURE COIN                                                              .900 These marks mean the same as a content of 92.5% silver: STERLING 925 These marks mean electroplated, developed in the US […]

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Ask a German the difference between “Dresden” and “Meissen”, and they’ll tell you “about 15 miles.” Ask us the same question, and we’ll say “no difference.” That’s because we’re talking about porcelain…porcelain in Germany. Elector Frederick Augustus I (King August the Strong to his friends) planned to make his home in Dresden the most important […]

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Hot Button There were fifty-six soon-to-be-Americans who signed off on the Declaration of Independence. Don’t worry; this isn’t history class. We won’t ask you to name them all… But we will ask you to guess the name of the signer whose NON- Declaration signature brings in more than $100,000.00 at auction! It’s not who you think…not JohnHancock, […]

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