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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It may seem like a silly question, but often the silly questions are the best.  What exactly is an appraisal? The answer and its consequences may surprise you, whether you are a professional appraiser, one that uses appraisal services, or just an interested third party. According to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, an […]

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Appraisal Dates

Most of us know that every appraisal has a few dates that must be declared in every report-whether it is written or oral. USPAP requires two while other organizations, like ISA, may require more. These dates provide the chronological context of the assignment and must be stated so that both the client and any intended user understand what has happened.

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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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