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  • 16 Oct 2014
    This week's show is entitled, "The Importance of Provenance," but maybe it would be better to say "The Joy of Provenance." If you like antiques, you probably enjoy history, and what could be more interesting than researching your own possessions to establish a line of ownership thru the years? So, I've taken a few pieces that I own and some that I see for sale in the Mall, and show how I was or was not able to establish ownership back to when the pieces were made. In every case the attempt was worth the effort, even if the chain is broken in some places. I do this more for myself than for any future owner, but I do think that buyers enjoy knowing the most they can about whatever they buy. I did a show a few years ago entitled, "People Buy Stories," which is in the Videos section, and in it I give a few examples of how histories can give value to objects. Hope you can join us at the usual time on Sunday evening, 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT for this week's shows. Gary
    20798 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • 06 May 2015
    Michael Murray, the Comic Consultant, is back on iAntique with an update on trends in the market for comic books. Regular viewers will undoubtedly remember Mike from his 3 previous appearances in 2010, 2011, and in 2013 when he appeared on a panel with me in which we interviewed famous comic book artist, Neal Adams. We'll discuss the major events in the comic book world since 2013, which includes a new record high price paid for a comic book, movies driving collectiblity at an ever increasing rate, comic books that a year ago sold for $2-3 now commanding prices north of $100. Most interesting of all will be Mike's predictions for the near future (but we won't hold him responsible if he doesn't make us rich!) This year's Denver Comic Con is coming up over Memorial Day weekend, and Mike will give us a preview of what to expect. These events become more lavish & influential every year. Please tune in Sunday night, May 10, 2015 for this week's show. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Hope to see you in the Chatroom. Gary
    8918 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • 08 Mar 2011
     This evening I'll be discussing how to identify the metals used in antiques. I did a show on Pewter and one on Silver, in which we examined characteristics, marks, etc. Videos of both of those shows are in the Archive. Today I want to cover, particularly, bronze, brass, copper & spelter. We'll also look at a few items made of iron, steel, tin, nickel, and gold. We'll have one "what is it?" item--bet nobody can tell us what it is! Also, I want to give you an update on last week's chat, "Book Collecting." Hope you can join us at 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST today, Tuesday. Gary
    8071 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • 09 Aug 2012
    On Saturday Ski & I will host our monthly Classified Ads Show, which will be followed 1/2 hour later by our bi-monthly Appraisal Day. We've selected a great & varied assortment of interesting listings from the Classified Ads section of the website, which we will discuss. As always, viewers can participate with comments & questions. If any of you have items listed in the Classifieds that you would like for us to highlight, please send me a message before the show, and we'll include it. There've been a number of extremely interesting recent listings, and we're all gratified to see the increasing participation of members in posting classified ads. Believe me, they work! By including items I have for sale in the Mall in the classified listings, and then sharing the listings to Craigslist, I've sold at least an additional $6,000 in the last few months (that I know of). Sometimes customers see the ads online and then visit the store & buy direct from the Mall. Normally I don't know about how they found their purchases, so no doubt, sales from the Classifieds probably exceed the $6,000. Following the Classified Ads Show, which lasts an hour & begins at 10AM PDT, 11AM MDT, Noon CDT, 1PM EDT on Saturday, Ski & I will appraise items that people in the Denver area will bring in. The Appraisal Day last about 2 hours and will also be broadcast live. Tune in for it too, as we've uncovered some stuff that would make Antiques Roadshow proud. See everyone on Saturday. Gary
    6990 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
Upcoming Show 118 views Dec 13, 2017
Forensics for Antiques

If you missed our Appraisal Show on Saturday, which was aired live on Facebook, please check out the video of it in the Archives section or on Youtube. We had some extraordinary items in for appraisal, one of which, a 6th century B.C. bronze Etruscan statue of the goddess Menvra, inspired this week's show on Forensics for Antiques. That statue could be authenticated by using a technique called thermoluminescence dating. You're probably more familiar with carbon 14 dating, but that requires working with an organic material, and the process can be invasive. For thermoluminescence to be effective, the item must have been buried for centuries, as this statue was. It is often used to date ancient pottery. What is new is that many forensic tests that were formally too expensive for most individuals to use are now available at much lower cost. I've had forensic tests performed on 2 of my antiques in the past year: a pigment test on a painting done by a Denver lab and a facial recognition analysis done on a 19th century photograph. Both tests were done for only a few hundred dollars. I'll describe how these and other forensic tests are done (by professionals in the field, not by antique dealers like me!) in this week's show, which is on at the usual time, this coming Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 5PM PST, 6PM MDT, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Hope you can join us. Gary