Silver Plate or Silverplate?

          By Leon Castner, ISA CAPP      For reasons not quite understood, the early English word plate was used to describe “solid” silver.  (It was not to describe a dish to eat off of at the table.)  So, when one hears or sees the phrase English plate, it refers to […]

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A Unique Experience in Philadelphia

by Karen S. Murray A visit to the Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia is not to be missed. It is unlike any other art museum you have experienced, with its eclectic collection of impressionist paintings mixed in and displayed along with artifacts, antique furniture, ceramics, sculpture, folk art, and more. It is the vision of […]

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By Leon Castner, Senior Partner, NAC Having an insurance appraisal done for proper coverage of selected property in one’s house is a relatively easy process.  The appraiser needs to know what items should be listed and valued, what documents exist that relate to the property, and a hassle-free way to photograph, measure, and examine it.   […]

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~About Clocks, Calendars & Timepieces~ There is never enough time, unless you’re serving it.  ~Malcolm Forbes Timepieces and calendars are the instruments that measure existence. They can be very simple like a stick in a circle (or a primitive sundial), or extremely complex like a modern chronograph. They can go with us as we travel […]

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Find a Qualified Tangible Personal Property Appraiser By: Brian Kathenes, ISA, CAPP Managing Partner, National Appraisal Consultants, LLC Appraisals satisfy a variety of needs and legal requirements. At some point in our lives (or at perhaps at the end of it) we will all need the services of an appraiser. How well this appraiser provides […]

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Cash in Your Attic

Finding Cash Just When You Need It by Leon Castner One of the more popular shows on BBC America was the appraisal/auction show titled Cash in the Attic.  It became so popular that they actually ran about 3 episodes a night (at least during re-run season).  And now the folks in the US of A […]

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The Paper Trail of Ephemera

By Karen S. Murray Ephemera is defined as “items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.” Interestingly, the term actually stems from a Greek word relating to certain winged insects that lasted “only through the day.” These are items of printed or illustrated […]

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