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  • 15 Aug 2018
    This month's Bargain Show profiles great buys from several categories: an antique or vintage handmade carved wooden ship (probably the Nina, Pinta, or Santa Maria), a c.1920 belt with a tennis motif made by the Martin Company of England, a non-divided back real photo postcard depicting Buffalo Bill, some vintage stereovision 3-D glass with display card from the 1970's, a western painting done by an art teacher in Nevada (c.1960), a great stained glass window, and a primitive water keg clad in brass--rare. We'll be giving away one of these pieces (which ever one I decide is the best bargain), and to enter your name in the drawing, just like my facebook page.
    5 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • This month's Bargain Show profiles great buys from several categories: an antique or vintage handmade carved wooden ship (probably the Nina, Pinta, or Santa Maria), a c.1920 belt with a tennis motif made by the Martin Company of England, a non-divided back real photo postcard depicting Buffalo Bill, some vintage stereovision 3-D glass with display card from the 1970's, a western painting done by an art teacher in Nevada (c.1960), a great stained glass window, and a primitive water keg clad in brass--rare. We'll be giving away one of these pieces (which ever one I decide is the best bargain), and to enter your name in the drawing, just like my facebook page.
    Aug 15, 2018 5
  • 12 Aug 2018
    This is our bi-montly Appraisal Show at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. People from the metro area brought in a great variety of antiques & collectibles for Tom, Chris, and Gary to appraise. The oldest item was an oreodont--know what this is? There was a rare magazine stand made by the Lake Side Craft Shop, a fabulous Tiffany & Co sterling silver bowl, and many other interesting pieces. Check it out on Youtube.
    19 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • This is our bi-montly Appraisal Show at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. People from the metro area brought in a great variety of antiques & collectibles for Tom, Chris, and Gary to appraise. The oldest item was an oreodont--know what this is? There was a rare magazine stand made by the Lake Side Craft Shop, a fabulous Tiffany & Co sterling silver bowl, and many other interesting pieces. Check it out on Youtube.
    Aug 12, 2018 19
  • 08 Aug 2018
    In this week's program we take a look at Wildlife Photography. I've done a number of shows on various aspects of photography for collectors, and I think that wildlife photography offers very real opportunities, for it seems to me that in comparison with other categories of photographic images, it goes under the radar. Walking through Thomas Mangelsen's studio here in Denver is an experience one will never forget. I can't imagine the skill and patience it took to capture these images. And what images!! But if you're inclined to get your feet wet in this category, there are some pitfalls. We'll touch on them too.
    15 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • In this week's program we take a look at Wildlife Photography. I've done a number of shows on various aspects of photography for collectors, and I think that wildlife photography offers very real opportunities, for it seems to me that in comparison with other categories of photographic images, it goes under the radar. Walking through Thomas Mangelsen's studio here in Denver is an experience one will never forget. I can't imagine the skill and patience it took to capture these images. And what images!! But if you're inclined to get your feet wet in this category, there are some pitfalls. We'll touch on them too.
    Aug 08, 2018 15
  • 01 Aug 2018
    THE FANTASY OF ELVES   Way, way back before “Elf on a Shelf” became a sensation, elves existed in fairy tales, plays, stories and mythology.  In the 1500's, it was typical for elves to be embraced into “elf folk tales”. By the mid 1700’s, elves had progressed into Christmas decorations. These adorable characters were thought of as pranksters and sometimes would take revenge on people who offended them – so the story goes. In the 1920’s they were made in German and in the 1930’s, made in Japan. Now a days, they’re mostly seen at Halloween and Christmas (Santa’s little helpers) and highly collectible. I remember seeing them in Woolworth’s – that’s age telling isn’t it!     These days these collectible wee marvels range in cost from $50 and up. Be sure to check for the “Germany” or “Japan” marks on the underside of their feet. These are quite collectible. Be sure to check out The Brass Armadillo for these little wonders! You will find quite a collection especially October thru December.  
    23 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • THE FANTASY OF ELVES   Way, way back before “Elf on a Shelf” became a sensation, elves existed in fairy tales, plays, stories and mythology.  In the 1500's, it was typical for elves to be embraced into “elf folk tales”. By the mid 1700’s, elves had progressed into Christmas decorations. These adorable characters were thought of as pranksters and sometimes would take revenge on people who offended them – so the story goes. In the 1920’s they were made in German and in the 1930’s, made in Japan. Now a days, they’re mostly seen at Halloween and Christmas (Santa’s little helpers) and highly collectible. I remember seeing them in Woolworth’s – that’s age telling isn’t it!     These days these collectible wee marvels range in cost from $50 and up. Be sure to check for the “Germany” or “Japan” marks on the underside of their feet. These are quite collectible. Be sure to check out The Brass Armadillo for these little wonders! You will find quite a collection especially October thru December.  
    Aug 01, 2018 23
  • 31 Jul 2018
    At the conclusion of every year of my doing shows on antiques I put forth for your consideration a rule to guide antique dealers. I'm late with this year's rule (our anniversary comes in May), but I'm glad I waited, as recent events have caused me to revise an earlier rule and to formulate a rule that addresses a pattern of behavior that has become all pervasive in our industry. My old Rule 3 was "You can beat anybody at this game, but you can't beat Christie's and Sotheby's." I've revised that rule to "You can beat anybody at this game." Rule 8 is "Never trust an expert." And I mean NEVER EVER TRUST AN EXPERT. Rule 7 was "Always seek a second opinion." That no longer is enougn. Old boys and girls networks in every category have banded together in an attempt to cover up past mistakes by saying new technology doesn't work. "Trust me, not science." There are ways around this, and we'll discuss them in this week's program.
    35 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • At the conclusion of every year of my doing shows on antiques I put forth for your consideration a rule to guide antique dealers. I'm late with this year's rule (our anniversary comes in May), but I'm glad I waited, as recent events have caused me to revise an earlier rule and to formulate a rule that addresses a pattern of behavior that has become all pervasive in our industry. My old Rule 3 was "You can beat anybody at this game, but you can't beat Christie's and Sotheby's." I've revised that rule to "You can beat anybody at this game." Rule 8 is "Never trust an expert." And I mean NEVER EVER TRUST AN EXPERT. Rule 7 was "Always seek a second opinion." That no longer is enougn. Old boys and girls networks in every category have banded together in an attempt to cover up past mistakes by saying new technology doesn't work. "Trust me, not science." There are ways around this, and we'll discuss them in this week's program.
    Jul 31, 2018 35
  • 24 Jul 2018
    Digital imaging has become an important tool for dealers in the antiques business. Google Image Search, Facial Recognition Technology, FTIR, XRF, AI--all these new technoogies have become almost essential components of an antiques dealers tool kit. If you haven't begun to incorporate any of these into your research, then you may be left behind as young tech saavy dealers come into the marketplace. "AI will be bigger than the internet"--have you heard how this concept is being promoted? Could you do your business without the internet? I know I couldn't. And I think that within a year or 2 I won't be able to do the business without all of the tecnologies noted above. Please catch our next show as we open up the discussion on Digital Imaging for the Antiques Business.
    41 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Digital imaging has become an important tool for dealers in the antiques business. Google Image Search, Facial Recognition Technology, FTIR, XRF, AI--all these new technoogies have become almost essential components of an antiques dealers tool kit. If you haven't begun to incorporate any of these into your research, then you may be left behind as young tech saavy dealers come into the marketplace. "AI will be bigger than the internet"--have you heard how this concept is being promoted? Could you do your business without the internet? I know I couldn't. And I think that within a year or 2 I won't be able to do the business without all of the tecnologies noted above. Please catch our next show as we open up the discussion on Digital Imaging for the Antiques Business.
    Jul 24, 2018 41

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