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  • 16 Jun 2018
    Gambling Memorabilia - Gambling has been around since ancient times and continues to be popular today. Gambling artifacts, from playing cards to dice to chips to actual gaming tables, are collected by thousands of people throughout the US and the world. Gambling items can range in price from under a dollar to thousands of dollars. Playing cards are extremely collectible even by persons who do not gamble.   Casino memorabilia has become very popular as legalized gambling has spread throughout the US. Many people collect poker chips from casinos and sometimes collect various denomination chips from the same casino. Today, one of the more popular gaming items to collect are monogrammed ashtrays from casinos, even though smoking has declined rapidly over the past few years. The next time you are in the Brass Armadillo, be sure to look for gambling items, you may find something that peaks your interests.
    2 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • Gambling Memorabilia - Gambling has been around since ancient times and continues to be popular today. Gambling artifacts, from playing cards to dice to chips to actual gaming tables, are collected by thousands of people throughout the US and the world. Gambling items can range in price from under a dollar to thousands of dollars. Playing cards are extremely collectible even by persons who do not gamble.   Casino memorabilia has become very popular as legalized gambling has spread throughout the US. Many people collect poker chips from casinos and sometimes collect various denomination chips from the same casino. Today, one of the more popular gaming items to collect are monogrammed ashtrays from casinos, even though smoking has declined rapidly over the past few years. The next time you are in the Brass Armadillo, be sure to look for gambling items, you may find something that peaks your interests.
    Jun 16, 2018 2
  • 11 Jun 2018
    This past weekend we held our bi-monthly Appraisal Show at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. People from thoughout the Denver metro area brought heirlooms, collectibles, and unknown objects (to them!) for appraisal by Tom Davis, Heather Eckels, and me. We had a great variety of pieces: an antique Jones sewing machine, a pair of Harry Eliott pochoirs, a George Nelson model 4950 tray table, a Paris oil on canvas signed "Burnett," and a very special Persian tile from the 16th century. We hold these Appraisal Shows on the second Saturday of every other month, so our next show will be the second Saturday of August. If you're in the Denver area and would like for us to appraise something you own, please let me know ahead of time. I'll schedule you in. You'll be able to watch last Saturday's show in the Videos section and on youtube in a few days. Gary
    30 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • This past weekend we held our bi-monthly Appraisal Show at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. People from thoughout the Denver metro area brought heirlooms, collectibles, and unknown objects (to them!) for appraisal by Tom Davis, Heather Eckels, and me. We had a great variety of pieces: an antique Jones sewing machine, a pair of Harry Eliott pochoirs, a George Nelson model 4950 tray table, a Paris oil on canvas signed "Burnett," and a very special Persian tile from the 16th century. We hold these Appraisal Shows on the second Saturday of every other month, so our next show will be the second Saturday of August. If you're in the Denver area and would like for us to appraise something you own, please let me know ahead of time. I'll schedule you in. You'll be able to watch last Saturday's show in the Videos section and on youtube in a few days. Gary
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  • 11 Jun 2018
    In this week's show I'll interview Vern, the antique pocket watch expert at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. You may have seen other shows I've done with Vern, on Antique Pocket Watches for Beginners and on High Value Pocket Watches. The watches that Vern describes in this current show are the most valuable in his extensive world-class collection--they are antique private label pocket watches. He'll describe how value increases dramatically, even for somewhat pedestrian models, when the right private label appears on the watch. Please watch for the show, which will be out in a few days. Gary
    27 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • In this week's show I'll interview Vern, the antique pocket watch expert at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. You may have seen other shows I've done with Vern, on Antique Pocket Watches for Beginners and on High Value Pocket Watches. The watches that Vern describes in this current show are the most valuable in his extensive world-class collection--they are antique private label pocket watches. He'll describe how value increases dramatically, even for somewhat pedestrian models, when the right private label appears on the watch. Please watch for the show, which will be out in a few days. Gary
    Jun 11, 2018 27
  • 10 May 2018
    Oftentimes several runs of prints were produced over the years all "after" some one original painting. That can make identifying the specific print run difficult, but often necessary in order to properly value the item. For instance, there must have been at least 10 different print runs all based on the original Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington, and it's that example that I use in this week's program. Prints in the various print runs of comparable quality can vary in price from $150 or so to more than $1,200. It's important to know what you're looking at! Please check the website or youtube for this week's show. Gary
    89 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Oftentimes several runs of prints were produced over the years all "after" some one original painting. That can make identifying the specific print run difficult, but often necessary in order to properly value the item. For instance, there must have been at least 10 different print runs all based on the original Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington, and it's that example that I use in this week's program. Prints in the various print runs of comparable quality can vary in price from $150 or so to more than $1,200. It's important to know what you're looking at! Please check the website or youtube for this week's show. Gary
    May 10, 2018 89
  • 07 May 2018
    When I think of vintage jewelry boxes, the first thing that comes to mind are the ballerina jewelry boxes of the 1960’s. They were every little girls dream at the time. But there’s a lot more to them than you might think Porcelain trinket boxes were very popular during the Victorian days and were decorated with flowers, animals, and sculptures of children. Jewelry boxes have also displayed various events, such as the World’s Fair in 1904. Metal jewelry boxes became quite the thing in early 1900’s when Art Nouveau was extremely fashionable in France. These were made of metal and decorated with ivory, silver or gold.   The designs included birds, animals and women with long hair. American-made jewelry boxes were focused on historic themes, such as the Civil War and colonial days. The history of jewelry boxes with their unique histories can lead you on a fascinating journey through many countries. It's truly worth your time.  They are a varied lot and there are affordable pieces. There is definitely something out there for everyone. Oh and don’t forget the celluloids!
    100 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • When I think of vintage jewelry boxes, the first thing that comes to mind are the ballerina jewelry boxes of the 1960’s. They were every little girls dream at the time. But there’s a lot more to them than you might think Porcelain trinket boxes were very popular during the Victorian days and were decorated with flowers, animals, and sculptures of children. Jewelry boxes have also displayed various events, such as the World’s Fair in 1904. Metal jewelry boxes became quite the thing in early 1900’s when Art Nouveau was extremely fashionable in France. These were made of metal and decorated with ivory, silver or gold.   The designs included birds, animals and women with long hair. American-made jewelry boxes were focused on historic themes, such as the Civil War and colonial days. The history of jewelry boxes with their unique histories can lead you on a fascinating journey through many countries. It's truly worth your time.  They are a varied lot and there are affordable pieces. There is definitely something out there for everyone. Oh and don’t forget the celluloids!
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  • 02 May 2018
    In this week's program we'll highlight examples of Victor Talking Machines, or Victrolas, made between 1901 & 1929. These non-electronic acoustical record players sometimes had external horns, sometimes internal. They came in a great variety of styles, cabinets, and woods, and they are all very collectible. You may be surprised to see how valuable even those in poor condition sometimes are (not all, but some). We'll discuss the labels and how sometimes the serial numbers can be clues to dating (but not always!) With the current great interest in early vinyl, these record players have remained in strong demand. Please watch this website or YouTube for this week's show, which will be uploaded in a few days. Gary
    139 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • In this week's program we'll highlight examples of Victor Talking Machines, or Victrolas, made between 1901 & 1929. These non-electronic acoustical record players sometimes had external horns, sometimes internal. They came in a great variety of styles, cabinets, and woods, and they are all very collectible. You may be surprised to see how valuable even those in poor condition sometimes are (not all, but some). We'll discuss the labels and how sometimes the serial numbers can be clues to dating (but not always!) With the current great interest in early vinyl, these record players have remained in strong demand. Please watch this website or YouTube for this week's show, which will be uploaded in a few days. Gary
    May 02, 2018 139

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