Art Deco

~The Era of Luxury and Progress~ Smooth sleek lines, geometric shapes, bright colors and streamlined forms. You know it when you see it. Art Deco style first appeared in France just before World War I, and began to flourish globally in the mid 1920’s through the 1930’s. Its real debut is often attributed to the […]

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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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Advice for Congressmen and Congresswomen for 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 […]

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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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