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  • Antique Copper Collectibles

    In our last program I discussed metals used in antiques, but I didn't discuss copper. That's why I'm doing it in this show! Have you ever seen a copper fish poacher? I found one in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver to profile in this show. We also found a heavy copper apple butter kettle an...
  • Metals Used in Antiques

    In this show we discuss antiques made with the various metals. We've used pieces found for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. I just noticed that I left out a discussion of copper, and I have a great antique copper apple butter kettle to highlight! I'll try to attach a short video o...
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  • Bargain Show July 2019

    This is our Bargain Show for July. Ever seen a Gambler's Holdout? I hadn't, and I would never have guessed what is was. Some of this month's bargains are recognizable: vintage firemen's hydrant wrenches, an Asian (Chinese?) chest, a Masonic lodge lectern, lobby cards from the '40's and '50's, electr...
  • Updates on Antiques Pricing

    Are most collectibles bought by collectors? Can going shopping be a form of entertainment, like going to a concert or a ball game? Who buys more stuff--women or men? Young or old? Has the internet brought about uniform pricing across the country? Has the tradeoff between price & convenience changed ...
  • Antique Country Collectibles

    In this week's show I'm unloading from my vehicle a great collection of antique cast iron & other "country" collectibles that I bought at an estate sale over the weekend. I priced all the items and am bringing them into the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver to put out for sale. I had no idea wh...
  • The Self Portraits of Frida Kahlo

    In this show we profile a heretofore unknown self portrait done by Frida Kahlo in 1946. It's an oil on canvas, and about 30" x 24" sight. It is signed & has a remarkable inscription on the back of the canvas. It was purchased by the current owner's grandfather from Frida at her studio, La Casa Azul,...
  • Genealogical Research

    In this program we discuss how genealogical research can reward antiques collectors and dealers. There are so many online tools now available to further our research into the past, and I've done shows on some of them: image search, non-invasive lab analysis, facial recognition technology, sales info...
  • Bargain Show June 2019

    Our monthly Bargain Show yielded some interesting finds, none more so than the item I selected as the Best Bargain in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. You'll just have to watch to find out what that special piece was! Hey, but maybe you'll think that there was an even better buy, as we di...
  • Anecdotes (War Stories)

    I thought I'd tell a few tales about some of the humorous and not so humorous events in my life as an antique dealer (none of them were that humorous at the time!) Have you ever taken a piano out of a basement into a back yard, over a fence & into a park at night? How about driving a broken down sch...
  • Rule 9 Beauty Lies Not in the Eye of the Beholder

    At the end of each year that iAntique has been in operation, I put forth a "rule" or suggestion for antique dealers to follow. We've just concluded our 9th year, and so here goes Rule #9: Beauty Lies Not in the Eye of the Beholder. Beauty, ie. value lies in the verdict of the marketplace. Dealers do...
  • Are the 1980's Vintage?

    This is the first of 2 shows on collectibles from the 1980's. The first question to ask is: are the keywords (tags) listed above collectible or not? If so, how much are the individual items worth? The General Manager of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver emailed all vendors suggesting that t...
  • Bargain Show April 2019

    April's Bargain Show features a real variety of bargain priced collectibles at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. To qualify for the Bargain of the Month the item must be priced under $100, and the best bargain of the month is gifted to the lucky person who wins our monthly drawing. To ente...
  • Prices of Pre-Victorian Furniture

    Dealers, collectors, and owners of Victorian furniture have been bemoaning the decline in values for many years now, and until the last few years it seemed to me that pre-Victorian furniture was holding up fairly well. I'm not so sure of that now. In this week's show we profile several examples of p...
  • Weller Pottery

    There's currently a great collection of Weller Pottery from the Early & Middle Period lines in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, and so this week's show profiles that collection. Included are a number of pieces in several different forms of Louwelsa + examples of other patterns, up to and ...
  • Looking Close and Seeing Far

    "Looking Close and Seeing Far" is the title of an art history book that I found to be a profound commentary not only on the works of the artists it describes, but also on a methodology for considering works by any other artists. It was published in 2008, and is the work of Dr. Kenneth Haltman, an ar...
  • Bargain Show March 2019

    You won't be surprised that we found many bargains in the Mall for this month's Bargain Show. We always do! How about a 4 piece silver plate tea set made in 1915 for $45? How about an 1863 lock with key and 2 porcelain handles for $89, and it's no ordinary lock? How about an 1873 woodcut of a Pawnee...
  • Canadian Antiques

    In this week's show we seek out antiques and collectibles that were "Made in Canada." I had never even thought of this as an interesting topic until I acquired a gorgeous dining table & chairs that were handmade in Quebec, c. 1925. Just shows that it sometimes serves to get out of your old ways of t...
  • The Look of the 1950's

    This week's show profiles some great examples of 1950's design, all for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall, the most interesting store in Denver! 
  • Antique Frames Revisited

    In last week's show I left viewers with a question. Were the sheep painting & the frame that encloses it 19th century, or were they modern reproductions/copies? This week's program answers that question, and in the process we see that there are online tools that can help answer many of the questions...
  • Antique Frames

    Over the years we've done a number of programs on painting, and as part of the discussion we've addressed issues relating to the framing, including dating and value, but we have never done a show exclusively on antique frames. Well, this show will fill that void! Actually several people have recentl...
  • Bargain Show February 2019

    Check out the tags for clues to what we found for this month's Bargain Show. For newcomers, we do a Bargain Show every month originating from the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, CO. If you've liked my Facebook page you're automatically entered for a drawing in which we gift whatever item I d...
  • What's A Good Painting II

    A couple of weeks ago I initiated a discussion of What's A Good Painting with a video of that name. I promised to continue the discussion with a follow-up video, and here it is. Please let me know what you think. Some of those who watched Part I must have thought that Pope Innocent X was an alright ...
  • Interview with Dan Briddle

    Dan Briddle, Operations Director of The Brass Armadillo and iAntique.com & former General Manager of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Goodyear, AZ was in town for a few days, and I corralled him for an interview. Dan and I walked through the Mall looking for items that represented categories that...
  • Appraisal Show February 2019

    Our bi-monthly Appraisal Show at the Brass Armadillo in Denver yielded some surprises, some treasures, and a great variety of pieces in many categories that challenged the knowledge of the 3 appraisers, but to find out what heirlooms people brought to the Show, you'll just have to watch the video! W...
  • What's a Good Painting? (I)

    If beauty's in the eye of the beholder, then how does any one person decide what's a good painting? Actually many people decide jointly--it's called the marketplace. There are a few great paintings that almost everyone would agree on, and we'll start this show by looking closely at them for clues to...
  • Bargain Show January 2019

    This month's Bargain Show features a great variety of bargain price collectibles currently for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. Check the keywords for clues. If you haven't liked my Facebook page, then you're out of luck to be entered in this month's drawing to receive the "best b...
  • Antique General Store Display Cabinets

    Following on last week's show on antique hardware store cabinets, in this week's program we'll examine several examples of antique general store display cabinets. There are some great cabinets in a variety of styles and functions now for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, some which...
  • Antique Hardware Stores Cabinets

    We have 2 prime examples of antique hardware stores' cabinets for screws in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver at present, so I thought it would be a good time to have a close look at these popular country store collectibles, especially as we can also discuss a couple of other hardware store...
  • The Look of the 1920's

    We think of the 1920's as the era of Art Deco, and even though the Paris exhibition was in 1925, Deco was late coming to America. Still, by the end of the decade Art Deco had become the foremost design element here in the U.S. So, in this week's program I'll be finding items in the Mall that have th...
  • Year End Review

    At the end of each year we do a program devoted to developments in the antiques business and, more specifically, things that we have noticed in our business at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, Colorado. This year's program is a little different. Instead of us filling you in on what we lea...
  • 14th Century Byzantine Icon

    The 14th century was a time of dramatic upheaval in the Middle East, but out of that chaos emerged a beautiful painting of the Annunciation, which has weathered the centuries and come down to us so that we may marvel at it. We had the great luck of coming upon this work of art when a man & woman cam...
  • How Much Has Been Lost?

    I spent 3 years searching for photos taken by a photographer who worked continuously in Quincy, Illinois for more than 40 years (1855-1900). I calculated that there were more than 250,000 photos with her studio name on them that were produced. I found fewer than 300, or about 1 out of 1,000 done. I ...
  • Franciscan Ware Pottery

    There's a great collection of Franciscan Ware in the Mall, and this week's program features examples in 5 different patterns: Desert Rose, Apple, Ivy, October, and Cafe Royal. We'll discuss dating, the marks, values, rare pieces, and several of the designers. The company was Gladding, McBean, and it...
  • Recent Auction Results

    In this episode we take a look at auction results over the past week: a new record set for the sale of a painting by a living artist, the sale of a necklace once belonging to Marie Antoinette, the sale of the estate of Sharon Tate. If you're interested in the Sharon Tate story, be sure to catch a sh...
  • Engineering Drawings Archive

    This program highlights 58 engineering drawings done in 1917-1918 by a 15-16 year old high school student, who went on to become President of Colorado School of Mines. They depict designs done by him (Ben H. Parker, Sr.) of automotive engines. Think about that! In 1917 a 15 year old high school stud...
  • Analysis of a c.1700 Portrait

    I was recently asked by the owners of an Old Masters painting to tell them about it. What's the date, where was it painted, who is the subject of the portrait, who was the artist, etc. This work offers an opportunity to examine a painting that has hardly been touched by restoration, so it's in almos...
  • Sometimes You Just Don't Know

    We all like certainty, and we expect to know what something is when we buy it. If we don't, then at least we expect to be able to find out what it is after we've researched it. What happens, however, if, after research, we still don't know exactly what we've got, but it's in our inventory, and we've...
  • Deciding Which Projects To Take On II

    A couple of months ago I did a show entitled, "Deciding Which Projects to Take On." The idea is that it is sometimes difficult to determine in advance whether to take the time and make the effort to take on the sale of an entire collection, especially when the category is not one you specialize in. ...
  • Values of 4 Paintings

    I really didn't know how to title this show. What I'm trying to do in this video is compare prices for living artists vs dead artists, gallery prices vs mall prices, prints vs original works of art, and pretty much everything else that goes into determining value for paintings. To demonstrate the va...
  • Antique & Vintage Enamelware

    This week's show profiles antique & vintage enamelware in all its various forms, including graniteware. For all its defects, most notably rusting, these colorful kitchen items have remained popular through the years. They were uniformly inexpensive when retailed initiallly through stores like Sears,...
  • 1960's & '70's Posters

    Many vintage posters from the 1960's & '70's have increased in value as younger collectors have joined the collectors who grew up in that era. In this week's show I'll profile 2 outstanding collections of vintage posters that are now out for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. One of...
  • Bargain Show August 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,...
  • Appraisal Show August 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 L...
  • Wildlife Photography

    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 go...
  • Rule 8 Never Trust the Experts

    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 th...
  • Digital Imaging for Antiques

    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 the...
  • Bargain Show July 2018

    Our monthly Bargain Show for the month of July 2018 features many great buys, but I was really stumped to choose the very best bargain out of 2: a 1966 poster from the Avalon Ballroom and a 12" Roseville vase. If you've liked my Facebook page, then you're automatically entered into this month's draw...
  • Deciding Which Projects to Take On

    Often owners of interesting collections will ask antique dealers to sell their collections for them. All dealers have to allocate their time and resources wisely, and sometimes it's difficult to decide whether or not to take on the work. I've had 2 such collections come my way in the last 2 weeks: 4...
  • Appraisal Show Brass Armadillo June 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 Private Label Pocket Watches

    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 ar...
  • Identifying 19th Century Prints

    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...
  • Victor Talking Machines

    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 coll...
  • Wyatt Earp Photo

    A couple of years ago I did a show in which I discussed a large 36" x 22" photograph that I thought was of Western lawman, Wyatt Earp, but I wasn't sure. The owner of that photograph, Marshall Bulle, and I have spent the last 2 years researching the photo further. Our final report was finished today...
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  • Antique Mexican Retablos

    We're now uploading our programs as soon as they're edited, so please watch the website & search youtube for new programs. In this week's show I'll discuss antique Mexican retablos. These oil paintings on tin of religious subjects were hung in houses, often as a way of giving thanks to a particular ...
  • Bargain Show April 2018

    Please join us for this month's Bargain Show from the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. The program will be uploaded in a few days--watch this site + youtube. There were some very interesting items in the Mall at real bargain prices: some c. 1800 pewter pieces one made by Thomas Danforth Board...
  • Turn of the Century

    "Turn of the Century"--a very broad term to describe everything between Victorian and the '20's. In this week's program we'll examine pieces made during the Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Edwardian, Fin de Siecle, Jugendstil, Modernismo periods. It was a time of great scientific and industrial advancem...
  • Heywood Wakefield Midcentury

    Heywood Brothers was established in 1826, Wakefield Company in 1855, and they merged in 1897. In the beginning it was mainly wicker furniture and accessories, but nowadays Heywood-Wakefield is mainly known for its midcentury modern blond furniture, in wheat or champagne. In this week's program we'll...
  • Bargain Show March 2018

    This month's Bargain Show at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver will highlight Bennington pottery with a Rockingham glaze, an 1820's mahogany arm chair, a c.1800 child's chair with wicker seat, a huge advertising collectible, some German porcelain, a limited edition print, a map from a 1579 ...
  • Social Media for the Antiques Industry

    Stephanie Davidson (you know her from Reel Design) joins me for this week's program on how the antiques business can make effective use of all the new Social Media tools. This is NOT an easy subject! There are such wide choices, difficult decisions to make on how to spend your time and money, and on...
  • Antique Brass & Related Metals

    I've done shows, which are in the Video Archives, on various antique metals, and one on polishing brass, however I haven't done one devoted to antique brass & the other copper alloys. So, that's the subject of this week's program: Antique Brass & Related Metals. For exhibits I've selected a few grea...
  • Mid-Century Modern Furniture in the Mall

    Mid-century modern furniture has been popular for years, and it's a great seller here at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. It this week's show I'll highlight some designer pieces from the '50's & '60's. There's a pair of Moreddi teak end tables, a Crawford Furniture maple desk, a Paul McCo...
  • Western Art--Art or Memorabilia

    30 years ago Western American Art had not gained a foothold in the art market's consciousness. Now it's big business not only Out West but in New York and everywhere else. Still, I think the market's got a long way to go to truly gain acceptance among art buyers. If it does gain that acceptance, the...
  • Repurposed Antiques

    In this week's program we profile some repurposed antiques that display real ingenuity in design. February has traditionally been Repurpose Month at the Brass Armadillos, and there's a contest on for dealers. Over the past few years the winner (and a lot of close seconds and thirds) have demonstrate...
  • Repurposed Antiques

    In this week's program we profile some repurposed antiques that display real ingenuity in design. February has traditionally been Repurpose Month at the Brass Armadillos, and there's a contest on for dealers. Over the past few years the winner (and a lot of close seconds and thirds) have demonstrate...
  • Limitations to Use of Blacklight

    Last week's program was devoted to describing some of the ways that blacklight can help identify, authenticate, and provide condition details on various categories of antiques. In this week's show I'll discuss ways in which use of the blacklight must be augmented with other tools in order to better ...
  • Black Light Use for Antiques

    A black light can often be a usefull tool for identifying and dating antiques and works of art, and it can often help determine whether repairs have been made. In this week's show we'll look at how a black light can be used to detect repairs to porcelain, determine whether glass is period or a repro...
  • Bargain Show January 2018

    Our first Bargain Show of the new year features antiques and vintage pieces that would be buys for dealers (who normally need to buy at about 35% of what they list merchandise for for resale). An antique brass box, an antique scales, a traveling desk dated 1888, rare railroadiana, and much more---al...
  • Sunken Treasure

    During our Appraisal Show a couple of weeks ago a fellow dealer at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver asked us to appraise a picture he had bought at auction for $50. It was an original oil on canvas by renowned wildlife artist, Bonnie Marris. It depicts a wolf (or wolves) in 5 scenes. We ap...
  • 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'...
  • Annual Review with the GM

    My annual walk through the Mall show with Scott Gottula, GM of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, took place this week during our Holiday Party for dealers. Check out the decor in the dining area. Scott's been the General Manager at the Mall since its founding 19 years ago, and he's a wealt...
  • Bargain Show December 2017

    It's time for our monthly Bargain Show, and I've found quite a few real bargains selling for less than $100 at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. The Windsor chair pictured is one of them. If you've liked my Facebook page, then you're automatically entered into our monthly contest in which ...
  • Antique Inkwells

    Our program Sunday evening, November 26, 2017 will be on Antique Inkwells. In the show I did a couple of weeks ago on antique candlesticks I tried to make the case that there was such variety in the category that a collection could be almost unlimited, and that was very much a part of the appeal. I ...
  • Transferware or Hand Painted?

    In this week's show we'll look at many pieces of porcelain & pottery in an attempt to identify which are transfer decorated & which are hand painted. If you've watched the several programs I've done on identifying various kinds of prints and how to distinguish original works of art, then you'll see ...
  • Variety in Antique Candlesticks

    I just acquired a collection of antique candlesticks, and it struck me how varied they are! There are pewter ones, brass ones, glass ones, porcelain ones, wooden ones, silver plate ones, sterling silver ones, candelabras, etc. This would be an interesting category to collect not just because they're...
  • JFK Assassination Files

    Chaos reigned on Friday afternoon, October 27, 2017 as the government scrambled to comply (well, not really comply) with the law passed in 1992 requiring it to make public all the remaining documents in the Kennedy assassination files. They only had 25 years to get ready for this date certain, ...
  • World Wide Antique & Vintage Show

    We were present at the World Wide Antique & Vintage Show in Denver this past weekend, and we shot some footage of the event, including a Facebook Live opening and some interviews with vendors who had come from as far away as New York and California. We also had a variety of pieces for sale that came...
  • Antique Shows

    This coming weekend the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver will be represented with a booth at the World Wide Antique & Vintage Show in Denver. Several years ago we had a booth at the Modernism Show in Denver, and that proved to be a great success, and it was a lot of fun! So I decided to devote...
  • Antique Continental European Ceramics

    In our program this coming Sunday evening, October 15, 2017 we'll take a look at some antique European ceramics made at high quality but perhaps lesser known factories. We've discussed Meissen, Dresden, Villeroy & Boch, Sevres, Chantilly, Royal Copenhagen... through the years, but in this show I'll ...
  • Membership in iAntique

    Many who watch our programs on antiques on youtube don't know that this content originates on www.iAntique.com. Members can view the programs "live," ie when first shown + there are many other features of our website that are of interest to antique buffs & collectors. We have a Q & A section, blogs,...
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  • Bargains in the Mall

    Tomorrow evening, Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the usual time we'll feature another show highlighting exceptional bargains in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. Our purpose in doing these occasional programs on bargains is not really to sell individual pieces, but more to show how wide spread...
  • Empress Dowager Cixi

    Our programs for the next 3 weeks will feature undoubtedly the world's most important collection of artifacts associated with one of the last Ching Dynasty rulers, the Empress Dowager Cixi. Chris' collection includes 30 paintings done by her, some in collaboration with her teacher, some entirely in ...
  • Confederate Monuments

    Are Confederate monuments simply symbols of a racist past or are they relics of a bygone era we'd be better off remembering? What about monuments in cemeteries? Didn't Lincoln and Andrew Johnson pardon the rebels? Does that matter? Does this whole discussion open up an opportunity for us, as a socie...
  • Fakes, Reproductions II

    I began a discussiion last week on fakes, forgeries, copies & reproductions, but I didn't even scratch the surface of how the antiques business is being impacted by this problem. In this week's show I focus on 2 categories: women's vintage clothes & advertising (with the emphasis on advertising). We...
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  • Fakes, Forgeries, Copies, Reproductions

    The antiques & collectibles market is being affected as never before by fakes, forgeries, copies, and reproductions. Even experts are being fooled. It seems like the faster we develop new technologies to uncover fakes, the faster crooks develop technology to outsmart us. So, how should we confront t...
  • JFK Records Release

    On July 24 the Government released 3810 documents relating to the JFK assassination. Included among them are 17 audio files of interviews with Soviet defector, Yuri Nosenko. 441 documents had never been released before, and 3,369 had been released but had portions redacted, but are now unredacted. T...
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  • Early 18th Century Chinese Map

    Our program this coming Sunday, August 6, 2017, will provide the first opportunity for anyone to view one of the most important artifacts of Chinese history--a 24' long map of the Yellow River and surrounding towns and buildings done by the artists of the Imperial Court between 1720 & 1740. It remai...
  • Colorado Artist Don Sahli

    For this week's show we headed up to the top of Lookout Mountain outside Denver to visit the studio of renowned Colorado artist, Don Sahli. Don was gracious enough to show us around and discuss his current work. Don has been one of Colorado's most famous artists for decades, but you might not have k...
  • Bargains Under $100

    There are bargains, and then there are some really crazy low prices. The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver is filled with bargains (otherwise it wouldn't have remained in business for 19 years!), but in this week's show I'll profile a few bargains that are just too good to pass up. How abo...
  • Selling to Tourists II

    We have 2 very different tourist seasons in Colorado, but for antique dealers in Denver one clearly outshines the other--Summer is best. In this week's show, which will run in a little less than 3 hours from now, we'll look at some of the strategies that dealers at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall u...
  • Antiques for a Cabin in the Mountains

    Please join us tomorrow evening, July 9, 2017 at the usual time for this week's program entitled, "Antiques for a Cabin in the Mountains." In earlier programs we've featured furnishings & furniture for loft conversions, Victorian homes, Arts & Crafts houses, Mid-Century, etc., but we've never looked...
  • Great Inexpensive Design

    A few years ago I did a show on Great Inexpensive Design, and it proved popular, so I'll revisit that theme in this week's show, profiling a variety of pieces now for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. We've come to expect to pay up for quality design in antiques & vintage items, bu...
  • Have Prices for Antiques Really Declined 80%?

    On the Vintage Antiques Roadshow program that aired this week one of the appraisals taken from an Antiques Roadshow event in Albuquerque in 2002 was for the pearwood tea caddy, c.1810, that is shown with this blog. In 2002 it was appraised for $7,000-8,000. They now appraise it in 2017 for $1,200-1,...
  • Cast Iron Antiques

    Cast iron has been used for centuries for a variety of goods, and pieces in some of the categories have become quite collectible. We'll search the mall for interesting & representative antique cast iron items in many different categories, including toys, kitchen ware, safes, bells, scales, coun...
  • Showcases in the Mall

    I've always thought that the most important factor in the success of the antique mall that I work out of, the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, is their system for handling sales of items in the locked showcases. The Mall is about an acre in size. There are about 500 locked showcases, 100 unlo...
  • Victorian Furniture Pricing

    Conventional wisdom leads us to believe that prices for "brown" Victorian furniture have been declining for years. We'll put that propostion to the test in this week's show by examining about 10 pieces currently for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. We'll then try to back up in our...
  • Bargains in the Mall

    Please join us this coming Sunday evening, May 28, 2017 for this week's talk on antiques in which we profile bargains under $100 at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. We found many items in several different categories, including a doll's trunk from the 1940s, a '20's crocodile purse, 1880s...
  • Rule #7

    We've just completed our 7th year online, and at the conclusion of each year I propose a "rule" or suggestion for art & antique dealers. Rule #1 was "You make your money when you buy, not when you sell;" Rule #2 was "Having 1 collectible worth $100,000 is a lot better than having 10 collecitbles wor...
  • Update Wyatt Earp Photo

    I started a blog last July detailing how Marshall Bulle & I were searching for a huge photo of Wyatt Earp's first wife, Urilla Sutherland Earp. Since then we've been able to establish a higher level of confidence in the authenticity of the Wyatt photo, but we still haven't found the photograph of Ur...
  • Wells Fargo Collectibles

    Wells Fargo is an iconic name in the field of Western collectibles, and in this week's show I'll profile some prime examples. There's a huge safe with great graphics, a directory for use by shippers, a wanted poster, and a derringer used by a plain clothes lawman hired by the company to ride on the ...
  • Updates on Recent Shows--Postcards, etc

    A few months I did a show in which I started a project to determine whether postcard prices had declined over the past several years. In this week's program I'll update you on what I've found. The original show was very popular, and several people have asked me how it turned out.  Some post car...
  • William Winer Cooke at the Little Bighorn

    William Winer Cooke (1846-1876) was General George Armstrong Custer's Adjutant, and he died atop Last Stand Hill with Custer on June 25, 1876. This week's program is devoted to his story, as we are offering for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver a pocket watch, fob & chain owned by C...
  • Pony Express Collectibles

    The Pony Express operated for only the 19 months between April 1860 and October 1861, but its story remains an important part of Western lore. And as we saw in our previous 2 shows on Oregon Trail collectibles, we'll find that there are quite a number of interesting antiques associated with the Pony...
  • Pony Express Collectibles

    The Pony Express operated for only the 19 months between April 1860 and October 1861, but its story remains an important part of Western lore. And as we saw in our previous 2 shows on Oregon Trail collectibles, we'll find that there are quite a number of interesting antiques associated with the Pony...
  • Oregon Trail Collectibles II

    Please join us this Sunday at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT for the second part of our program on Oregon Trail Collectibles, and if you missed Part I last week, check it out in the Videos before this week's show. Gary
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    The Oregon Trail was our way west to Oregon & California from the 1830s til the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, and that's a period full of stories and objects associated with those stories. And some of those objects  are out there to collect, and they often have quite uncr...
  • Using Outside Experts

    We've all asked people their opinions because we think that they might know more than we do about something. I ask Vern if I've got a question about pocket watches. I ask Dan or Jeff if I've got a question about advertising or bottles. I ask Chris if I've got a question about Oriental antiques. In t...
  • Exceptional Bargains

    I thought I would do a Bargains in the Mall show similar to the ones I do every few months, but when I started looking I found 4 or 5 pieces that I thought were so outstanding that I decided to profile just these pieces instead of the usual 10-12 items I find.  Spend a little more time wit...
  • Where Antiques & Art Are Sold

    In this week's show we'll look at how & where antiques & art are sold and how what's done today differs substantially from the way antiques & art were sold 40, 30, 20, 10 years ago. And it's not only the internet that caused these changes. Auction houses have proliferated and expanded their offering...
  • Spanish Bullfighting Memorabilia

    Spanish bullfighting memorabilia is one of the most popular collecting categories, but unfortunately almost all the material you see in antique stores & online is flawed in some way--it's either a reproduction or a fake or damaged, etc. We'll talk about that in this week's show, but we'll also ...
  • Showcases at the Mall

    In this week's show I'll be profiling antiques & collectibles for sale in the Mall in showcases in categories I don't normally discuss in these shows. There's such a great variety in many categories that I really don't collect or deal in myself, that unless I have a guest who's knowledgeable ab...
  • High End Antique Pocket Watches

    I first had Vern Playten as a guest on my show 7 years ago. That program has always been one of our most popular--Vern's a lifelong collector of antique pocket watches, and in that show 7 years ago he showed us part of his collection and explained the ins & outs of the category. Then a little over a...
  • High End Antique Pocket Watches

    I first had Vern Playten as a guest on my show 7 years ago. That program has always been one of our most popular--Vern's a lifelong collector of antique pocket watches, and in that show 7 years ago he showed us part of his collection and explained the ins & outs of the category. Then a little over a...
  • U.S.S. Houston

    Many of you will be familiar with the tragedy of the U.S.S. Houston, a Navy cruiser which was sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait in the Java Sea in 1942. What you will not believe is that a log from the ship and an autograph album compiled by one of the sailors was sent home to the seaman's parents ...
  • Vintage Decorating & Design

    February is Vintage Decorating & Design Month at all the Brass Armadillo Antique Malls, and there are contests among the dealers for best repurposed items & best design of a space (booth or showcase). In this week's show I've selected some really inventive pieces to profile: a garden flower arrangem...
  • American Silver Plate

    When I did the show on sterling silver a couple of weeks ago I promised to show some silver plate for comparison. So, in this week's show I've taken some examples to profile that came from the same estate as the sterling. This silver plate is really gorgeous, in great condition, and you won't believ...
  • 1930's Mahogany Furniture

    What I think of as one of the most unloved categories in all the collectibles/antiques market is Depression era furniture, but I could be wrong about that! In this week's show we'll take a hard look at the furniture made in American factories during the 1930's. When I looked through the Brass Armadi...
  • Where Bargain Hunters Search

    We're doing a Bargain Show with a difference. I've picked out 4 dealers that are known by customers as places to go for bargains to highlight some of their merchandise, and discuss their priciing strategies. One's a vintage clothing dealer, one a general merchandise anitique dealer who only stocks a...
  • Sterling Silver

    I did a show a few years ago on identification of silver, sterling silver marks, and how to calculate melt down value. That show is in the Videos section. In this week's program I'll discuss some recent acquisitions: a 3 piece tea set by S. Kirk & Son of Baltimore exhibiting their extraordinary repo...
  • 18th Century Engravings

    Please tune in this coming Sunday evening for this week's show on 18th Century British Engravings. I've done previous shows, which are in the Videos section, on how to distinguish among engravings, etchings, lithographs, and other forms of printing, but in this show we'll look at a very special cate...
  • Antique Tins

    Antique tins are a great way to collect advertising memorabilia, and they consitute a very important collecitlbe category. Most are inexpensive, but some will surprise you with their higher values (and this goes not only for antique pieces--petroliana from the '40's is very hot). So, in this we...
  • Black Forest Carvings

    This coming Sunday is Christmas so the Sunday night shows will be uploaded to the Videos section early next week. Check the home page Tuesday or Wednesday. My show this week is on Black Forest Carvings. We happen to have right now some truly great Black Forest antiques for sale in the Brass Armadill...
  • Individualize Your Look

    3 years ago I did a show entitled, "What Is the Style of Today." It's in the Videos section. In that show I discussed some of the characteristics that I think will come to define our era--eco friendly materials, repurposed items, vintage industrial furniture, etc. Since that show I think that I see ...
  • What's Primitive?

    If something is described as primitive, is that a compliment, is it derogatory? We're all affected by cultural bias, and those of us who grew up in Western culture with a built in love for the CLASSICAL, often think of non-Western art as primitive. Picasso saw value in the primitive, so did Charles ...
  • Bargains Under $100

    Please join us this coming Sunday evening, December 4, 2016 for another installment of our Bargains Under $100 show. I've searched the showcases and booths of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver for sensationa bargains, all priced under $100, and you won't believe what I've found: a rare Kent...
  • Antique Stoneware Pottery

    Antique malls across America display hundreds of examples of every conceivable shape, size, age, condition, and decoration of American stoneware pottery, and among them are extremely valuable pieces that might go unnoticed, unless you know how value is determined in today's marketplace. There have b...
  • Flow Blue Pottery

    Flow Blue pottery remains one of the bright spots for collectors of Victoriana. In this week's show we'll take a look at the history of Flow Blue beginnng in the Regency period in Staffordshire and continuing up through the mid 20th century in America. It was always most prized in the U.S., not in i...
  • Architectural Antiques

    Architectural antiques is a particularly popular category at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, and not just Victorian windows & doors. In this week's show we'll have a look at numerous examples of unusual architectural remnants that will soon find a new home as decor. There are a pair of t...
  • Cyber Monday at the Brass Armadillo in Denver

    The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver will celebrate Cyber Monday on November 28, 2016 with a huge sale. Items listed in the iAntique Classifieds selling for $75 or more will be discounted 20%, and items selling for more than $200 may be eligible for free shipping. The antiques industry has bee...
  • Has the Market for Postcards Tanked?

    5 years ago my guest on the show was Carl Weber, who is the most knowledgeable dealer in ephemera that I have ever met. We discussed his postcard collection, and I commented that I thought that a person who devoted himself or herself to dealing exclusively in postcards could earn $35-40,000/year. Sp...
  • Good, Better & Best II

    This week's program will continue with last week's theme: find a good item for sale in the Mall, then find one in the same category that's better, then find the best item in that category currently for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. Last week we compared collectibles in the foll...
  • Good, Better & Best

    Albert Sacks wrote the bible on antique American furniture using the technique of comparing pieces on a scale of Good, Better & Best. In this week's show I'm stealing his methodology to compare pieces in several categories (not furniture) that I found in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. C...
  • Is It Worth More Because It's Antique?

    Is older better? Well, sometimes it is & sometimes it isn't. In this week's show we explore if age adds to or detracts from the value of collectibles. It's not as straightforward as you might think! We've loved Art Deco for decades, but what about other styles from the '20's? As they reach that magi...
  • RMS Carpathia, Rescue Ship of the Titanic

    On April 15, 1912 the Titanic hit an iceberg. The closest ship to the Titanic was the RMS Carpathia, but it arrived 2 hours after the Titanic had sunk. Nevertheless, it was able to rescue the 705 passengers who were on the lifeboats. The Carpathia was a Cunard liner; the Titanic was White Star. Thos...
  • Bargains Under $100 in the iAntique Classifieds

    I've selected 10 items, all priced under $100, recently listed in the iAntique Classifieds & compared them with comparable items recently listed on ebay. You'll see why I call the iAntique listings bargains! I've previously done shows on the advantages to dealers for listing on iAntique, but in this...
  • A Tribute to Gordon Rozanski (Ski)

    Gordon Rozanski, "Ski" to his many friends & associates at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver & Antique Advisor to iAntique, died last week. This week's program is a tribute to his legacy. Ski enriched us all with his willingness to impart his vast store of knowledge of antiques to all of us...
  • Midcentury Designer Furniture

    This week's program will profile a number of pieces of Micentury Modern designer furniture. Rare items like George Nelson combination chairs/end tables, a Kurt Versen floor lamp, Paul McCobb Planner Series coffee table, Saarinen #71 arm chair, Jean Prouve Standard Chair, Leslie Diamond Modernmates e...
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  • Candlewick by Imperial Glass

    The Candlewick pattern was Imperial Glass' most popular selling category from the mid-1930's through the 1950's, and today it is the most popular pattern among Imperial Glass collectors. I've just acquired more than 100 pieces of Candlewick in a great variety of shapes. It comprises a collection put...
  • Current State of the Antiques Market II

    We'll continue our look at the current state of the antiques market in our program this coming Sunday evening, August 28, 2016. I've selected pieces from many different categories to highlight the sometimes divergent pricing trends. Some things are hot; some are not! The general state of the market ...
  • Current State of Antique Market

    On Monday the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq Composite, and the S&P 500 all hit all-time highs. There is less than 5% unemployment. Inflation is less than 2%. Interest rates have been historically low for 9 years. Gas is cheap. So what is everybody, not only many antique dealers, complaini...
  • Fiesta Dinnerware

    In all the 6 years I've been doing these shows we've never featured Fiesta dinnerware "Fiestaware"! For years I tried to persuade 2 of the great Fiesta collectors to come on my show, but I think they were too bashful. So, I'm doing this week's show without them (but I'm borrowing part of their outst...
  • Effective Display

    Scott Gottula, General Manager of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver for the past 18 years, joins me for a walk through the Mall in search of effective displays in the booths & showcases. And believe me, we find some great presentations that prove that if you do this right, you'll be rewarde...
  • Possible Early Photo of Wyatt Earp

    A month or so ago I did a blog asking for information about a huge photograph that I believe is of Wyatt Earp's wife, Urilla Sutherland Earp. I have a Wanted Poster up online offering a reward for information about it. In the wanted poster is a photo of a man (possibly Wyatt Earp) that is in a match...
  • Increasing Importance of Provenance

    You find something in a flea market, and you know that it's actually somthing that's worth a lot of money. What a find! Now all you have to do is sell it. But nobody believes what you've found is valuable because you found it in a flea market. You don't know where it came from before that. It used t...
  • Eastlake Furniture

    Eastlake furniture, normally in walnut, normally with spoon carved designs, was made primarily in the U. S. in the 1870's and 1880's. During our generally depressed market in Victorian furniture over the past 20 years, Eastlake has held up fairly well. The style really owes very little to Charles Ea...
  • Selling to Tourists

    I sell out of The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, Colorado, which is located directly on the interstate highway leading from Denver to the Rocky Mountains. Thousands of vehicles pass by the Mall every day, and many of them are carrying tourists. Some of them find their way to my booths & sho...
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  • Baseball Collectibles

    Baseball collectibles always seem to be the hottest game in town, and we've got a few really interesting items to examine Sunday evening. In particular one of our vendors here at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver has a baseball diorama, probably from the '20's or '30's, that we'll take a cl...
  • Wyatt Earp's Wife's Photo

    I'm looking for a photograph of the wife of Wyatt Earp that is huge and would probably still be in a frame matching the frame in this photo of Wyatt. His wife's photograph was advertised for sale in Wisconsin in the early 2000's, but we've lost track of it since then. Marshall & I would be willing t...
  • Stories

    I've got some stories to tell you Sunday evening. There's the story about a painting that was purchased by the first Senator from Wyoming for his daughter to give to a friend. That painting was subsequently donated to a hospital in Cheyenne, Wyoming that was dedicated to the Senator's daughter, who,...
  • Watercolors, Gouaches, Pastels

    I get more questions about how to tell whether a picture under glass is original or a print than all other questions I receive combined. It's very easy to figure it out, and as a dealer, knowing how to do it is probably worth more to you than any other thing you can learn. So, in this week's show we...
  • Bargains in the Mall Under $100

    It's time (it's actually past time!) for our periodic (should be monthly) Bargain Show featuring finds in the Mall priced at less than $100. I've found some sensational bargains in a variety of categories at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. We've got a Marilyn Monroe paper bag with the Wa...
  • Carnival & Circus Collectibles

    This week's show will feature carnival, state fair, and circus collectibles that I found in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver and in the iAntique Classifieds. This is more than just a subset of the toy category. After all, carnival glass and circus posters are not toys, are they? There's gr...
  • Country Store Collectibles

    In the 6 years I've been doing weekly shows on iAntique I've never done one on Country Store Collectibles. Hard to believe! This week I make up for that oversight by highlighting some truly great & unique items currently offered for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Malls in Denver & Kansas City. ...
  • Researching Old Books

    How many times have you come across an old book, possibly falling apart, possibly in a language you don't understand, just waiting for someone to buy it for a song? Maybe at an estate or yard sale, maybe in an antique store or mall? In Sunday's show I'll profile one such book. It's pictured with thi...
  • Illustration Art

    Illustration art is one of the hottest categories, and it has been for years--ever since the public decided that illustrations could actually be "ART." In this week's show we'll take a close look at the work of Colorado's most famous illustrators, Paul Gregg & Herndon Davis. Gregg did the Sunday mag...
  • Cross Collectibles

    I've always looked to deal in collectibles that would be attractive to buyers in more than one category. The reason is obvious--more potential customers. In this week's show I'll profile collectibles that I've found in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver that appeal to shoppers across several...
  • Bargains in the Mall

    I found some very interesting bargains and very interesting unusual vintage & antique pieces at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver yesterday, so I've devoted this week's show to showing you what I found! There's a large Pepsi Cola radio from the '50's, a Miller Brothers 101 Ranch booklet fro...
  • Do Retailers Add Value?

    You can't watch even 1 epidode of Antiques Roadshow without learning that anything that has the word "Tiffany" in it, whether Tiffany Studios or Tiffany & Co., has value added just for having been sold at Tiffanys. But what about other retailers? What about department stores like Marshall Field and ...
  • Is the 1970's Vintage?

    '60's is definitely "vintage" now, don't you think? The '80's may never be anything but used and eventually old! But what about the 1970's--is stuff from the '70's now considered vintage? We'll look at examples from several categories--women's clothes, furniture, advertising and try to answer that q...
  • Rule #6 Share Your Knowledge

    We've come to the end of my 6th year doing weekly shows on iAntique, and at the conclusion of each year I put forth for your consideration a "rule" to guide dealers in antiques. So, Rule #6--Share Your Knowledge, You Will Be Paid Back is the subject of this week's show. Your knowledge is gained thro...
  • Antique Hardware

    We'll examine some truly great examples of French, English, and American antique hardware, some of which is brass, some iron, some porcelain, some elegant, some country--I bet you'll find something you really like. We'll try to relate the hardware style to the furniture style and the architectural s...
  • Relics of the Passion of Christ II

    Please join us tomorrow, Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016, for a very special program in which Chris will show for the first time anywhere part of his collection of Relics of the Passion of Christ. A couple of years ago Chris presented more than 15 relics of the Passion that had been handed down to him f...
  • Early Pine Furniture

    Please join us in about 2 hours for this week's lineup of shows. At 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT I'll discuss Early Pine Furniture, taking as examples pieces currently for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. We'll look at some great country tables, dry sinks, dressers, trunks, ...
  • Chicago World's Fair 1933-34

    The Chicago World's Fair of 1933-34 was titled, " A Century of Progress," and promoted the 100 years of Chicago's existence. But, it was far more than that. It was truly a WORLD'S Fair, which brought together exhibitors, private & quasi-governmental, from around the world. Collectibles from the Fair...
  • Is the Market Tanking?

    The stock market's down, Sotheby's stock (the best proxy for the art & antiques market) has been cut in half, consignors are pulling pieces they had intended to auction. It's all pretty bad news, right? But then the auctioneers are saying that despite all the problems in the global economy their bus...
  • Proving Rules 2 & 4

    Rule 2 is "Having 1 collectible valued at $10,000 is better than having 10 collectibles valued at $1,000 each..." and Rule 4 is "Never buy what you like." In several recent shows I've tried to demonstate Rule 2 by profiling recent sales in Roseville pottery and stoneware crocks, but I was thinking t...
  • Saint Valentine's Day

    A Valentine's Day show with a difference--we're not so much focused on cards as on the Saint and his history. Chris has one of the only relics of Saint Valentine in the U.S. He'll  describe the relic to us and discuss Saint Valentine's life and influence. Then, we'll follow the long tradition t...
  • Good, Better, & Best (II)

    Albert Sacks is probably the most famous American antiques dealer ever, and he wrote the Bible on American antique furniture entitled, "Good, Better, and Best." He employed a methodology of comparing pieces describling what makes one piece better than a comp, and what makes the best you can get in a...
  • Design Month--Repurposing

    February is Design Month at the Brass Armadillo Antique Malls, so to kick off our annual repurposing competition among the dealers, I've selected 12 pieces that are repurposed and that are for sale before the competition even begins. There are always many items already repurposed or primed for repur...
  • Bargains in the Mall Under $100

    I've spent a few hours in the Mall this morning looking for bargains that are priced under $100, and believe it or not, I've found quite a few! In fact I found about 50, but I've narrowed it down to 12, which I'll share with you on Sunday evening in this week's show. There should be something for ev...
  • Roseville Pottery

    We devote this week's show to Roseville Pottery, that great Ohio pottery company that produced such beautiful art & production wares from 1892 til 1954. There's a huge selection of Roseville for sale here at the Brass Armadillo in Denver, and I've selected a multitude of patterns, colors, and produc...
  • Hidden Treasures of the Black Range

    Marshall Bulle has written an amazing account of his 30 years exploring the Black Range of New Mexico, and he's my special guest on this week's show, "Hidden Treasures of the Black Range: The Real Story of the Lost Adams Diggings." Marshall didn't start out 30 years ago looking for a lost gold mine,...
  • Mantiques

    Some people think that men think that antiques are mainly for women, so a few years ago some enterprising marketeers invented a new term & concept that would entice men to get involved--"Mantiques." Join us for this week's show to find out what I think about the idea! 75% of the doll collectors I've...
  • 19th Century Illustrated Newspapers

    Those forerunners of today's tabloids, the 19th century illustrated newspapers, were the common man's way of learning about the world. Beginning with the Illustrated London News in Britain in 1842 and continuing with Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper & Harper's Weekly in the U.S. beginning in the...
  • 2015 Christmas Show

    Please join us for our annual Special Christmas Show this Sunday evening, December 20, 2015. Chris & I will profile several magnificent Christian works of art from the 14th to the 17th centuries, and Chris will show & discuss relics of the birth of Christ, that have been handed down in his family si...
  • Year End Review with Scott

    It's become an annual event that Scott Gottula, General Manager of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, joins me for a look back at developments in the antiques & mall business over the past year. It's been an unusually exciting & rewarding year for both of us, as new promotions brought a you...
  • Industrial Artifacts

    The Mall is always filled with pieces of our industrial past that are now being purchased, mainly by young home owners & loft dwellers, to decorate their interiors. For me it's a new category--these are not antiques, some are functional but most are certainly not being used for their original purpos...
  • A Painting, A Pinocchio, & The Manson Murders

    Chris has a painting done in 1968 at the home of one of the victims of the Manson murders, Abigail Folger. He has a wooden pinocchio given to him by Sharon Tate and a book given to his brother by Abigail. You won't believe how these objects and Chris' remembrances of the victims intersect to create ...
  • Recent Antique Sales

    I've been pretty much alone out there trying to make the case that prices for almost all categories of antiques are at all-time highs. In this week's show I try to prove it. I've taken recent sales in the following categories: advertising, tobacciana, country store, cast iron, Black Americana, Victo...
  • 11 More Paintings for the Art Show

    In tonight's show we'll preview 11 more exceptional paintings that will be offered in the Art Show & Sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver on Nov. 13 & 14. There's a new to market oil by perhaps the best known Cuban artist, Luis Martinez Pedro, and paintings from Brad's & Judy's invento...
  • Alpen Art & Antiques Vail Gallery

    Don't miss this week's show as we journey up over the Continental Divide to pay a visit to the Alpen Art & Antiques Vail art gallery for a look around & an interview with Judy Pearce's partner who runs the art business, Brad Ketelhut. Judy, who most of you probably know--she's a long-time member & I...
  • Art Show at Brass in Denver

    The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver will be having an art show and sale on November 13 & 14, so I've devoted this week's show to previewing it + looking at art works currently for sale in the Mall. On Friday evening, November 13, we'll have a wine & cheese reception beginning at 6PM, which ki...
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  • Lyubov Popova & the Russian Avant Garde

    Since we began these shows more than 5 years ago, we've had several (actually 8) that featured collectibles that had values higher than anything ever brought into Antiques Roadshow in all its 18 years. I am the biggest fan of Antiques Roadshow that exists--I never miss a show, and I really enjoy lis...
  • Interesting New Listings in iAntique Classifieds

    In this week's show I feature 10 to 12 new listings in the iAntique Classifieds, and there have been some very interesting new items listed! I normally check out the new listings about once a week, and over this past week we've seen unusual & competitively priced pieces in several categories by memb...
  • Betty Jean Shearin's Collections

    Betty Jean Shearin is a longtime member of iAntique, and she has written a number of very informative blogs on a variety of subjects. But this Sunday Betty Jean joins me online for a discussion of & a look at her collections, which are for sale in her 4 showcases at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall ...
  • Unusual & Interesting Things in the Mall

    I've been a dealer at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver for more than 9 years, and this week I've been struck by how many truly unusual and interesting pieces dealers now have out for sale. It's the best, most interesting, and most valuable inventory the Mall has had since I came here. So, ...
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  • Depression Era Art from the 1930's

    The WPA programs for artists didn't begin until 1935, and they lasted until 1943, but there's much more to 1930's American art than the post office and library murals that we all associate with the government programs that provided work for artists during the Depression. In this week's show we'll ta...
  • Bob Caron Archive--The Enola Gay

    We've uncovered some new material that relates to the life of George R. (Bob) Caron, the tailgunner of the Enola Gay & the man who took the famous photo of the mushroom cloud on August 6, 1945. 3 years ago we interviewed Bob's daughter, Jane, who had a treasure trove of, primarily written, materials...
  • Lalique Glass

    It's not often that I find a sensational $10,000+ piece of glass to work my show around, but this week I did! It's a Chamilles vase designed by Rene Lalique in 1926, and I found a couple of other great pieces of Lalique glass to compare with it: a 1930's ice bucket in clear glass, and a 1950's or '6...
  • Antique & Vintage Lamps in the Mall

    In this week's show I highlight about 20 antique & vintage lamps that are currently for sale in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. We'll look at oil lamps not converted, oil lamps converted to electric, chandeliers, table lamps, floor lamps, lamps made up by creative people, midcentury mode...
  • Valuing Antiques

    Selling art & antiques differs from selling anything else for several reasons, but I think that one of the most distinguishing things about the way we do business is that so many people who sell antiques don't know what they're selling, and consequently are unable to tell potential buyers what they ...
  • Researching Values Part II

    Hope you can join us this coming Sunday evening for Part II of Researching Values. If you saw Part I, then you've had a week to research the pieces we profiled in Part I, and so in Part II you can compare what you found with what I found. If you missed Part I, the show is up in the Video section, so...
  • Researching Values Part I

    One of our members, Tracy Baker, asked whether anyone could identify the artist of a painting she owns. I immediately thought I did recognize the artist, but the signature was wrong. That's the way I spend most of my time every day--trying to identify the artists of unsigned or indecipherably signed...
  • Rule #5

    We've been doing shows on iAntique for more than 5 years now, and at the end of each year I suggest a rule that I believe dealers in art & antiques should follow in order to be as successful as they can. It's now that time of year for me to stick my neck out & suggest a new rule, RULE #5. My first 4...
  • Ask Questions Here

    I think that the Q & A section of our website is under utilized. In the 5 years since we started I think that we've made great strides, and I'm very happy about how the Videos section has exploded with many quality shows by many participants, and I think that the Classifieds section has filled out n...
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  • Creating Shops in an Antique Mall

    I sell in an antique mall that has 600+ dealers, an acre of space, 250+ booths, & 500+ showcases--the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, CO. For this week's show I've selected 7 booths that I think are really shops in their own right. The vendors have created, often with the assistance of mall ...
  • Appraisals at Hiwan Homestead

    You may have seen our show a couple of months ago on the Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen, CO. Well, we went back up the mountain from Denver this weekend to Hiwan Homestead to appraise antiques that local residents brought in at the annual Antique Grove Show. It was well worth the trip--we appra...
  • Prices for 19th Century Porcelain-What Happened?

    If you've watched pricing for Victoriana over the last few years (or is it decades?), then you probably have the same opinion I have about it--it's been a one-way street down. In this week's show, I've taken porcelain as an example, to try to see if that perception is correct in that category. So, I...
  • Native American Painters

    Our show this coming Sunday evening will examine paintings done by Native American artists. Among those discussed are the students of Dorthoy Dunn at the Studio School at the Santa Fe Indian School during the 1930's, the Kiowa Five, and more recent artists from several different tribes. I've just br...
  • Photographers of the Old West

    I've selected some great photographs of the Old West to profile in Sunday evening's show. This category is red hot, and I think that there still are some great finds out there. We'll look at a couple of Detroit Publishing Co. chromos from photos by William Henry Jackson & Adam Clark Vroman, both sti...
  • Our Love Affair with Travel

    For this week's show I've walked through the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver searching for interesting collectibles in the travel or transportation category, and I think I've found quite a few of interest. Whether you're partial to travel by plane, bus, car, train, stage coach, on horseback, ...
  • Marriages That Work!

    The furniture experts on Antiques Roadshow will always look first to see if an 18th century chest on chest was married or if it's always lived its life as 1 piece. The value of a married piece is obviously substantially less than one that is not. But I think that married pieces can often work well t...
  • Hiwan Homestead Museum, Evergreen, CO

    For our next show we've journeyed up the mountain from Denver to Evergreen, CO to take a tour of the fabulous Hiwan Homestead Museum. John Steinle, History Education Supervisor of the facilty, is our knowledgeable tour guide. We visit most of the 25 rooms of the main log home + a special exhibit on ...
  • JFK Assassination--My Interview on G5RADIO

    The guys at G5RADIO in Los Angeles will be interviewing me later today on the JFK Assassination. They viewed the 5 shows iAntique did on the assassination, including most importantly, the interview we did with Mary Ann Moorman, the woman who took the famous polaroid at the exact moment of the fatal ...
  • Pieces with Local or Regional Interest

    We all know that antiques and collectibles that have a local or regional interest will sell for more in their local neighborhood. What I try to answer in this week's show is: how much more? So, I've taken a few pieces in my current inventory of items for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in D...
  • Michael Murray, The Comic Consultant

    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 ar...
  • Revisiting the JFK Assassination

    In May 2011 we did 5 programs on the JFK assassination, culminating in an interview with Mary Ann Moorman, the woman who took the famous polaroid of the motorcade at the exact moment of the fatal shot. She was standing only 12 feet from the limo when that shot rang out, and her image captures the "g...
  • The Old Way Can Still Work

    I've spent the last 5 years blogging & doing videos on the necessity for dealers in antiques to take full advantage of all the new technology--internet, image searching, etc, on both the buying & selling sides. But I know of 1 exception to the rule--a dealer who is doing the business the way she alw...
  • Shabby Chic By Kaci

    Kaci Mulberry is a craftswoman who turns broken down, shabby, pieces of furniture ready for the trash heap into functional & beautiful vanities, tables, chairs, wardrobes, etc, and then she sells them at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver; and she's my guest on our show this Sunday evening. ...
  • Twilight of the Last Emperor of China Part II

    In this evening's show we continue with the life of the Last Emperor of China, a story that we began last week with Twilight of the Last Emperor of China Part I. In tonight's final episode on this subject Chris will discuss additional pieces in his collection, in the context of the final years of Pu...
  • The Last Emperor of China Part I

    Please join us on Sunday for the first installment in Chris Yvez's presentation of his collection of art & antiques associated with the last emperor of China, Puyi. Among the pieces Chris discusses are: paintings exeucted by Puyi as a child, by hiim later in life, by his brother, and paintings hande...
  • Pepsi Collectibles

    Pepsi-Cola plays second fiddle to Coke as a collectible, but we've found some interesting & valuable Pepsi collectibles at the Mall, and in this Sunday's show we'll share them with you. We start at the L & M Cafe, that place in the Mall where everyone eventually finds himself (or herself), and there...
  • Artifacts of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

    Please join Chris & me Sunday evening for a show on his world-class collection of Artifacts of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Among the extraordinary pieces are: a huge gouache by famed artist, Lin Fengmian, from the 1960's--it depicts a seated Chairman Mao, surrounded by standing admirers--guess ...
  • Bargains in the Mall

    It's been a while since I did a show on Bargains in the Mall, but I'm glad I decided to do it, as I found several outstanding pieces to profile (and buy for myself if nobody beats me to it)! My self-imposed rules do not allow me to buy until a week has passed since the show airs. I've been a dealer ...
  • Fenton Art Glass

    Our show this Sunday evening highlights a collectible category in which the price trends are all positive--Fenton Art Glass. Curtis Silbaugh, investor & collector of Fenton, brings a number of his most interesting pieces to the show & discusses quality, rareity, age, marks, and all else about this i...
  • Antique Pocket Watch Collections for Beginners

    On Sunday evening's show I'll be interviewing Vern Playton, a veteran pocket watch collector & dealer, who has put together sets of antique pocket watches designed for collectors just starting out in this category. Vern has selected 4 pocket watches from 4 different American maunufacturers for each ...
  • Repurposing Contest

    Every year during February the Brass Armadillo Antique Malls have contests among their dealers, giving prizes to the most innovative repurposed items that are for sale in the mall. Last year I entered 4 pieces, and I lost out to a robot vacuum! I've gotta admit the robot deserved to win. This year I...
  • Vintage Design

    My guest on Sunday evening's show is Stephanie Davidson, a former set designer in Hollywood who worked on movies, tv commercials, and music videos. Stephie is now a dealer in Midcentury Modern & Hollywood Regency collectibles at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. Stephie shares her knowledg...
  • Antiques For Added Security

    In honor of our mall's designation of February as Design & Repurposing Month, I'll do shows this month on that theme. On Sunday evening, February 1, our program is entitled, "Antiques for Added Security." It's based on the concept that antique & vintage cigarette cases and other small metal boxes an...
  • Collecting Valentines

    Who was Saint Valentine anyway, and why and when did we begin to associate him with a holiday for sweethearts? And when did we start commemorating February 14 by giving valentines to lovers and children? When did we transition from creating our own valentines at home to buying them printed by mass m...
  • Flat Glass for Antiques

    Paul Waldmann, who many of you know from the bi-weekly Coffee Club, spent an entire career working in the glass business in Colorado. Paul joins me in this week's show to discuss a topic that has probably never been adequately addressed in our business-- "Flat Glass for Antiques." Paul shares his in...
  • Highlights from the World of Art & Antiques in 2014

    It's our annual look at the major events that impacted the world of art & antiques over the past year. 3 stories dominated I think: the broadening out in the demand for antiques at the level just below "best of the best", the impact for 2015 in the expected softening in demand for all things Russian...
  • Unsigned & Unmarked Pieces

    Think of the potential pitfalls in relying first on a signature or mark to identify a piece. It might be fake (think KPM plaques, Meissen, forged paintings); it might be an inferior piece to the norm for that artist or mark; maybe it doesn't have a mark but once did (refinished Gustav Stickley furni...
  • T'was the Day After Christmas

    T'was the day after Christmas, And all through the store, Customers were stirring, Looking for more! Who woud'a thunk it? It's the day after Christmas, and the Mall (and the parking lot!) is crowded. When I walked in and saw this, I thought we should do a show on this phenomenon, which is becoming m...
  • Special Christmas Program

    Chris & I will discuss 7 16th & 17th century religious paintings that are in our collections. Chris will bring 5 works that have been handed down in his family, the French Royal Houses of Valois and Bourbon, 3 since the early years of the 16th century; and he will also bring a recent addition to the...
  • Antique Display Cabinets

    This week's show on Sunday evening will feature an examination of 8 antique display cabinets. Most of them were china cabinets in their day, but now these pieces are used in ingenious ways by collectors to show their collections, no matter what the collection comprises. We'll look at dating the piec...
  • Antique Boxes--Good, Better & Best

    Several weeks ago we did a show on antique tilt-top tripod tables, and analyzed them according to the approach of Albert Sack, one of the foremost names in the antiques world in the 20th century. His book, "Fine Points of American Furniture: Good, Better, and Best" is a classic known to all serious ...
  • Lost to Revolution

    Chris Yvez relates the sad story of the downfall of the house of his ancestors, the Bourbon family, who occupied the French throne for centuries. Chris, who you already know from his shows on Imperial Chinese Art, The Empress Dowager Cixi, and Relics of the Passion of Christ, as well as Collectors' ...
  • Polishing Your Brass

    A how-to-do-it on polishing brass, using a huge antique Russian samovar & a mid-century modern sculpture as examples--that's this week's show on Sunday. The samovar was a yard sale find last week, and it was so totally uncared for that my wife said don't even think about buying it. It's now bright &...
  • New Look

    Great new look to the site, Dan. The colors make navigation easier. I'll try all the features after you've finished the revisions. Thanks for alll your ideas and effort. Gary
  • Tilt Top Tables--Good, Better & Best

    For this week's show I'll be discussing 3 tilt top tripod tables from the early 19th century, trying to compare their attibutes & deficiencies, using the bible in our industry, Albert Sack's "Fine Points of American Furniture: Good, Better, and Best" as my guide. Before Mr. Sack turns over in his gr...
  • Scott Gottula on the Antiques Industry

    A can't miss show coming up on Sunday evening--my annual interview with Scott Gottula, General Manager of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, on trends in the antiques industry. If you've been watching the board, you'll have seen that iAntique's Administrator, Dan Briddle, has open...
  • Civil War Lithographs

    A couple of weeks ago I did a show on 19th Century European Landscapes, and I selected just 2 examples to examine in great detail in the hopes that we could cover the topic by using just these 2 works to highlight all the main features of what to look for in 19th century European landscape painting....
  • The Demise of Book Stores, NOT!

    Book stores are dinosaurs as the online world has killed them of, and libraries have become places where you go online if you don't have a computer of your own and where you rent dvds. That's the conventional wisdom, but it is correct? I don't think it's correct. I think there's a place for traditio...
  • The Importance of Provenance

    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...
  • 19th Century European Landscapes

    Almost every antique store, mall, or show has at least several 19th century European landscapes for sale. In Sunday's show we'll carefully examine 2 representative works that I have in an attempt to identify attributes that distinguish them and contribute to value. The specialists on Antiques R...
  • Getting the Most Out Of Craigslist

    Craigslist has become one of the most important marketing tools available, and its record of improving its service over the years is really exemplary. My business of selling antiques in an antiques mall would be a lot more challenging if I didn't advertise my inventory on craigslist. In fact, it has...
  • World's Wonder Tower Auction

    Well, we went out to Genoa, CO for the 3-day auction at the World's Wonder Tower, and we managed to find a few bargains, I think. It was hot, dry, and dusty, so I hope we're going to get something out of this! Actually, it was a lot of fun, and we captured some of it on tape, so we'll be showing tha...
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  • Great Inexpensive Design

    In Sunday evening's show we'll attempt to find examples of great inexpensive design in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall, and we'll try to determine whether the pieces we select are trendy, ie the design of the moment or whether they represent a kind of classic design that will stand the test of time...
  • Antique Humidors & Cross Collecting

    OK, so you're not all that interested in antique humidors, but are you interested in Arts & Crafts metal, or Roycroft, or Handel, or Heintz, or general store collectibles? Humidors make a great category to consider for their cross collectibility, and there happen to be at this time a number of great...
  • Bargains in the Mall--Sept 2014

    We've done another Bargains in the Mall show, this time with a twist. We stroll through the aisles looking for stuff to highlight, and guess what? We found some really interesting things. A grain painted cupboard, an antique English coal scuttle or hod or perdonium, a very undervalued "Daybreak," "T...
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  • Seasonality in the Antiques Business

    In November 2012 I did a show on the seasonality we've traditionally experienced in the antiques business (it's in the Videos section). Recently I've thought that some of that extreme seasonality might be evening out a little, so I've had a fresh look, and I think I've found some interesting changes...
  • To Refinish or Not to Refinish

    "To Refinish or Not to Refinish" is the question we'll be trying to answer in Sunday evening's show. How much importance does original finish have? We'll look at pieces where original finish can quadruple value over a refinished example that it is every other way comparable, and we'll find pieces th...
  • Sunday Night This Week

    Sunday night's shows this week will include video & interviews from the Car Show we had last Sunday at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver + special interest appraisals from the Appraisal Show we did at the Mall on Saturday. OK, we didn't have any cars that compare with the Ferrari GTO that s...
  • American Political Items Collectors Convention

    We spent 3 great days this past week at the American Political Items Collectors National Convention, held for the first time in Denver, Colorado. Tune in this coming Sunday evening, August 10, for the highlights. We taped events throughout the convention, interviewed the Chairman of this year's conv...
  • South Park City Museum in Fairplay, CO

    Our Sunday night line up is back on, and my show airs an hour earlier than before, at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. This week we take a tour through an extraordinary reconstruction of an 1880 Colorado mining town. South Park City Museum in Fairplay, CO is one of the great tourist attractions i...
  • Windsor Chairs

    This Sunday's show is all about Windsor Chairs. Did you know that some Windsor Chairs sell at auction for more than $10,000? Would you recognize a $10,000 Windsor Chair if you saw it for sale at $100 in an antiques mall or store? I don't know why most people seem to expect that Windsor Chairs have v...
  • Condition Is Important, But . . .

    We all live by the adage that condition is very important, and of course, it is, but is it all important? We've probably all bought things for salvage or with the idea that we could repair or have repaired something that needs a little tlc. But in Sunday evening's show I'll highlight some antiques t...
  • Uncovering Prints of Value

    This week's show carries on a theme we developed last week in "The Devil's in the Details...", but this time we turn our critical eyes to prints in all their great variety, ie lithographs, engravings, etchings, dry points, woodcuts, giclees, etc. We've all heard dealers say, "oh, it's just a print,"...
  • The Devil's in the Details but What Are the Details?

    We all know that the devil's in the details, but some antique "experts" would like for us to believe that the details are privileged pieces of information known only to a select few. Actually, I think that the details are usually knowable by anyone who cares to take the time to learn about...
  • Classified Ads Show for May 2014

    Heather, Tom & I will be conducting our monthly Classified Ads Show for May 2014 this coming Sunday evening, May 18, 2014. We've found some great bargains recently listed at the Brass Armadillo Antique Malls in Kansas City, Des Moines, and Denver, and we'll be profiling them in the show. I know from...
  • Bargains in the Mall May 2014

    We've taped another Bargains in the Mall show for airing on Sunday evening. In this installment I found some great buys under $100, and I had a very hard time deciding what I could "buy" with my limited resources. Actually, if you've watched these Bargain shows before, you know that I give the audie...
  • So You Want to Be an Art Dealer?

    A couple of weeks ago during my show on Hidden Treasures I said that I thought that there were great opportunities of finding real bargains in art, but that I thought the field was a little harzardous for most people, as you almost had to be born to be an art dealer. Ever siince I said that I've reg...
  • Snapshots or Vernacular Photographs

    Last week Swann Galleries held their first ever auction of snapshots or vernacular photographs, ie, photos taken by amateurs, and the results were astounding. In this week's show we'll review those results and see whether there are lessons to be learned that we would all benefit from. What do you th...
  • Hidden Treasures

    Please tune in Sunday evening for this week's talk on antiques, entitled, "Hidden Treasures." Have you given up finding hidden treasures? What are the chances of finding an antique at a yard sale, in a store or mall, or at auction that is $100,000-500,000 underpriced? Actually I think the chances ar...
  • Antique American Cherry Furniture

    Please join us this Sunday evening, April 13, 2014, for our weekly discussion of antiques, this week devoted to Antique American Cherry Furniture. We'll carefully examine several pieces of 18th century American cherry furniture in order to distinguish features that identify the pieces as early & we'...
  • Political Items Collectibles

    A funny thing happened over the weekend while I was baby sitting the Harry S. Truman poker table at the Mall. Barb Zaczak, Colorado VP for the American Political Items Collectors Association stopped to talk & take photos of the poker table, which she then sent via Facebook to the members of APIC, an...
  • Bargains Under $100 March 2014

    In Sunday evening's show I search the mall for bargains priced under $100, and guess what? I find a few. I think. Come along with me and see if you agree. I'd be particularly interested in what you think about a Weller vase that I call Arts & Crafts. Actually I think I've found several other pieces ...
  • Antique Oak Furniture Part II

    Please join us this evening, Sunday, March 23, 2014, for the second part of our program on Antique Oak Furniture. We will be examining oak furniture from the 16th, 17th, & 18th centuries, using specific forms common in those periods, including gateleg tables, refectory tables, & more. We'll be on at...
  • Antique Oak Furniture

    Last week's first installment of Antique Oak Furniture was unfortunately interrupted by transmission problems, so we'll be re-airing Antique Oak Furniture Part I (19th & early 20th centuries) this Sunday evening, March 16, 2014 at the usual time: 6PM PDT, 7PM MDT, 8PM CDT, 9PM EDT. Then the fol...
  • Antique Oak Furniture Part I

    In Sunday's show we focus on antique oak furniture. I've walked throughout the Mall and found some great examples of golden oak, fumed oak, quarter-sawn oak, white oak, red oak, mortise and tenon oak joints, Larkin oak desks, English oak, American oak, original finish oak, refinished oak, and oak in...
  • Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

    Come along with us Sunday evening for a tour through the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in beautiful Golden, Colorado. The Museum is in a 1905 builiding on the main street in historic downtown. Executive Director, Karan Roxburgh, will tell us about the founding & mission of Museum, and then Docent, Ire...
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  • Thinking Outside the Box

    In Sunday evening's show I pick out some recent outstanding examples of how thinking outside the box has brought outsize rewards to the antiques and collectibles dealers who have dared to challenge conventional thinking. Just as with the remarkable and innovative repurposed pieces that we've highlig...
  • Vintage Repurposing Bargains

    I spent several hours yesterday walking through the aisles of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver looking for repurposed and ready for repurposing antique & vintage items, and I found well over 100. In Sunday evening's show I'll share some of these interesting finds with you, and I think you'...
  • Classified Ads Show + Appraisals

    This Saturday, February 8, we'll be having our monthly Classified Ads Show and bi-monthly Appraisal Show back to back. Both events will be interactive online, and if you're in the Denver area, please stop into the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall to watch the shows in person. Heather, Tom & I have picke...
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  • Olympics Collectibles

    With the Winter Olympics beginning this week in Sochi, Russia, we decided to devote this coming Sunday's show to an assessment of Olympic memorabilia. It's one of my favorite categories because collectibles are available at every price point from a few dollars to more than a million, so everyone can...
  • iAntique Classifieds vs the Auction Houses

    The major auction houses have raised their buyers' premiums and sellers' commissions to the point where they are claiming 40%+ of the selling price, leaving the consignors (sellers) less than 60%. They are successfully implementing this policy despite the fact that sellers can sell direct to enduser...
  • What is "The Style" of Today?

    We now know the period 1865 to 1875 as Rococo Revival, 1875-1885 as Renaissance Revival, 1885-1900 as the beginnings of English Arts & Crafts and the French beginnings of Art Nouveau, 1900-1915 as American Arts & Crafts, 1920's-'30's as Art Deco, 1945-1960 as Midcentury Modern; but what will future ...
  • January Classified Ads Show

    Our monthly program devoted to profiling recent listings in the Classifieds will be shown this coming Sunday evening, Jan. 19, 2014, at 6PM PST, 7PM MST, 8PM CST, 9PM EST. Heather Eckels and Tom Davis join me in discussing interesting listings in various categories, including gaming machines, c...
  • Using New Technology to Identify Works of Art

    Please join us on Sunday evening, January 12, 2014 for this week's talk on antiques, this program entitled, "Using New Technology to Identify Works of Art." During last week's show on "Highlights from the World of Art & Antiques in 2013," I mentioned how advances in computer technology were enabling...
  • Highlights From the World of Art & Antiques in 2013

    2013 was a banner year in the world of art & antiques, and it was a banner year for iAntique. Numerous pricing records in many categories were set, and for me there were 4 stories that stood out as extremely important, even historic; and 2 of those 4 were brought to public awareness exclusively by i...
  • Recent Changes to Craigslist

    There have been several recent changes in the way that craigslist handles listings for items to sell. One change is negative for us who have always used the "Share" feature to conveniently post items to craigslist directly from the iAntique Classifieds. Craigslist no longer allows links in their lis...
  • Architectural Antiques

    On this coming Sunday evening's show, Dec. Dec. 29, 2013, we'll discuss Architectural Antiques. I'll be walking throughout the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, looking for unusual architectural antiques, such as balustrades, pillars, weathervanes, various kinds of doors and stained glass...
  • Classified Ads Show Dec 2013

    This month's Classified Ads Show will air this coming Sunday, Dec. 22, at 6PM PST, 7PM MST, 8PM CST, 9PM EST. Heather, Tom & I will profile about 12 recent listings in the iAntique Classifieds, pointing out which ones we think are true bargains. We've selected a real variety of items from categories...
  • Native American Jewelry, Basketry, Pottery

    Our Sunday evening show features Joseph IV Crows and me walking the aisles of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver looking for bargains in Native American jewelry, basketry, and pottery. You may have seen previous shows with Joseph, in which he has discussed items in his own extensive collecti...
  • Appraisals Show

    Please join us on Saturday for our bi-monthly Appraisal Show. Denver area residents will be bringing in family heirlooms and estate sale finds to ask Heather Eckels, Tom Davis, and me for verbal appraisals, which include not only value estimates but also information regarding collectibility, dating,...
  • Bargains Under $100

    In this evening's show, coming up at 6PM PST, 7PM MST, 8PM CST, 9PM EST we'll take a trip through the antique mall looking for bargains at under $100. Tonight's show is a little different from the bargain shows we've done before. You'll be able to follow me through the aisles & see where we make our...
  • Relics of the Passion of Christ with Chris Yvez

    Mark you calendars for Sunday evening, December 1. You know Chris Yvez for his extraordinary collection of imperial Chinese art, but you probably don't know that he possesses one of the most important collections of Christian relics & reliquaries that exists. On December 1, 2013 Chris will show & di...
  • 18th Century Furniture

    Sunday evening's show is on 18th Century Furniture. We examine pieces from the early 18th century beginning with William & Mary, then Queen Anne, thru the Georges to neoclassism; French pieces from Louis XIV to Louis XV to Louis XVI; and many of the famous cabinetmakers, including Chippendale, Heppl...
  • November Classified Ads Show

    Please tune in on Sunday evening for our monthly show dedicated to profiling some of the interesting listings in the Classifieds. Join Heather, Tom & me as we discuss a wide variety of recent listings, including antique furniture, cast iron banks, 2 of Heather's recent listings includiing a cog from...
  • Forney Museum of Transportation

    On Sunday, November 10, my weekly show will feature a visit to the world famous Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver, CO. Come see some of the rarest classic cars, one of the 8 Big Boy locomotives, a huge Case steam tractor from 1923, the Timme Motorcycle Collection, a special exhibit of Ford F...
  • Scott Gottula, GM of Brass Armadillo

    In next Tuesday's show I'm joined by Scott Gottula, General Manager of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, CO, for a discussion of the business of running & operating as a vendor in an antique mall. Scott & I will walk throughout the Mall discussing, among other things: sales promotions & ho...
  • 2 Halloween Collectibles Shows

    This week iAntique will present 2 online chats on Halloween collectibles. On Tuesday, the 22nd, I'll devote my show to profiling Halloween antiques that I've found for sale in the Mall, then on Wednesday afternoon Stacy Stryker will lead a discussion on Halloween collectibles live in the cafe at the...
  • NO, It's Not Fostoria, It Just Looks That Way

    In Tuesday's show we continue our look at fakes, with "NO, It's Not Fostoria, It Just Looks That Way," with Terrence Hill, one of the premier American glass experts. Terry has appeared in 3 earlier shows on iAntique, in which he and his wife, Therese, showed us some of their remarkable collection of...
  • October Classified Ads Show + Appraisals

    Hope everyone can join us live at the Brass Armadillo Denver or in the chat room this Saturday for our monthly Classified Ads Show, to be followed immediately by our bi-monthly Appraisal Show. Heather Eckels and Tom Davis will be joining me for both shows, which start at 10AM PDT. 11AM MDT, Noon CDT...
  • Growth of the Auction Business

    Reliable statistics are not available, but my guess is that in $ value terms 90%+ of the art & antiques sold today is sold at auction. When I started in this business more than 40 years ago, I think that the total volume sold at auction was less than 10%. I believe that far greater sums are spent on...
  • Rare, Early Portraits of Native Americans

    In the 1820's Native American chiefs came to Washington to sign peace treaties, and whiile there had their portraits painted by James Otto Lewis and Charles Bird King, among others. Lewis & King then visited the Native American communities & painted portraits and scenes from the daily lives of those...
  • Antique Rosewood Furniture

    Why has rosewood been the preferred wood for high-end furniture for centuries? As preferences for mahogany, walnut, and oak have fluctuated as styles have changed, why has rosewood been perceived as above style? Why is it "classic"? In Tuesday's show we'll take a close look at what makes rosewood fu...
  • Fakes, Knockoffs & Repros

    A couple of weeks ago I began a series of shows on fakes. We discussed KPM plaques, Sevres porcelain, painted furniture, antiqued furniture, Currier & Ives, arrowheads, etc. That show is now up in the Videos section. Its called "Fake Rust." Some experts believe that as much as 90% of what's now offe...
  • Classified Ads Show

    This month's edition of the Classified Ads Show will be on this Tuesday, Sept 17,  at 3PM PDT, 4PM MDT, 5PM CDT, 6PM EDT. Heather, Tom & I will be profiling a number of current listings in the iAntique Classifieds section. We've selected a real variety of items from around the country, includin...
  • Bargains Under $100

    In Tuesday evening's show I'll profile 12-15 items that I've found for sale in the Mall priced at under $100 each that I think are real bargains. After discussing the attributes of each piece, I then select 1 or more that I think are the best buys, all the while mindful of the fact that I only have ...
  • Fake Rust

    I've spent an entire career trying to distinguish between fake Meissen & real Meissen, fake Sevres & real Sevres, fake KPM plaques, fake signatures & autographs, fake antique furniture (lawyer's bookcases, "French vitrines," "English" butler's trays), fake folk art, fake photographs, fake movie post...
  • Stickley Mission Oak Furniture

    In Tuesday's show we'll carefully examine 3 very special pieces of Stickley mission oak furniture: a  library table designed by Gustav Stickley c. 1910, a sideboard from L. & J. G. Stickley c. 1910, and a newer L. & J. G. Stickley wood frame sofa. We'll look at the construction details, hardwar...
  • A Stroll Through the Antique Mall

    In Tuesday's show we'll take a leisurely stroll thru the antique mall looking at the way merchandise is presented, the prices, the variety & I'll bet we find some very good buys & really interesting pieces. We'll look at booths, locked showcases, and open showcases & discuss rents vs value of invent...
  • Steiff Bears

    During the Classified Ads Show on Saturday Heather, Tom, and I evaluated a Steiff bear listed in the iAntique Classifieds. If you watched it, you know that we really struggled over assigning a value to it, as on close examination it exhibited so many special features and condition issues that I don'...
  • Classified Ads Show + Appraisals

    Please join us in the Live Shows area on Saturday for our monthly Classified Ads Show, in which we profile some recent listings, & our Appraisal Show, which we do every 2 months. If any one has items listed in the Classifieds that you would like for us to profile, send me a message before the show, ...
  • Recent Happenings on iAntique

    We've seen a number of interesting things on iAntique recently, so I thought I would profile a few of them in this week's show, in case you missed them. Last Tuesday's show on Imperial Chinese Art showcased items that astounded the experts who thought they'd seen it all! And Chris has agreed to retu...
  • Imperial Chinese Art--Ching Dynasty

    I have the great pleasure of welcoming Chris Yvez, an expert on Imperial Chinese Art, to my show Tuesday evening. Chris has been collecting Chinese art for more than 40 years, has worked as a curator & advisor to various museums & collections on this subject, and he has lectured extensively on the a...
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  • Outstanding Bargains in the Mall

    In Tuesday's show we'll evaluate some things that I've identified in the Mall that I think are outstanding values. Normally I look for bargains priced at less than $100, but last week our old friend, Carl Weber, who's appeared on my show to discuss postcards & ephemera, found a deck of cards sold by...
  • Analysis of Pricing Trends

    In Tuesday's show we'll analyze the trends in pricing that we've identitied in the past 2 weeks shows in an effort to understand the reasons for the price movements, then to predict future trends based on those reasons, and then finally present some suggestions for promoting the positives in each ca...
  • Prices Now & Then Part II

    In last week's show we began an analysis of pricing trends over the past 20 years, by focusing on the following categories: mechanical banks, postwar & contemporary art, midcentury modern furniture, and western American art. We'll continue this examination of current & past prices in additional cate...
  • Prices Now & Then

    In Tuesday evening's show we'll look at prices paid for specific collectibles, both recently and at various times over the past 20 years or so in order to determine whether we can identify trends in certain categories. For instance, I'll take a recent price achieved at auction for a particular mecha...
  • 19th Century Retailers

    We all know how important a label can make to the value of an antique, but the label is often that of a maker, not a seller. It's also obvious that a label from the retailer can add interest to an item, but can it  also add value? A couple of months ago I did a show on Tiffany, and we do know t...
  • Magazines & Newspapers

    Not a week passes that someone doesn't ask me if their copy of a Nov. 23, 1963, or a June 7, 1944, or a September 12, 2001 newspaper isn't worth a lot of money. Conversely everybody seems surprised when a pick out an old magazine, like the Craftsman I profiled in the last $100 Bargain Show, to demon...
  • Black Americana

    I have bought & sold collectibles associated with the African American community for years, but I've been reluctant to do a show on the subject because, unfortunately, many of the collectibles are disparaging of blacks. Whites have no problem discussing Native American art & artifacts or African tri...
  • Classified Ads Show + Appraisals

    We invite everyone to join us online on Saturday for our monthly Classified Ads Show, followed by our Appraisal Show, originating from the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, Colorado. We'll be featuring a number of interesting recent listings to the iAntique Classifieds--a great variety of...
  • Finding Bargains at Less Than $100

    In Tuesday evening's show we'll again search throughout the antique mall for bargains priced at less than $100. Since we dedicated the month of May to Pop Culture Collectibles I've fallen behind again in doing this bargain show that I promised I would do once a month. I'll spend the day searching th...
  • Pop Culture--Comic Books/Neal Adams

    This Tuesday's show will feature an interview with Mo Bollin on Comic Books with a focus on the work of renowned comic book artist, Neal Adams. Mo is a life long collector & dealer in comics, and we'll ask him to provide us background on Thursday's special guest, Neal Adams. We'll look at Neal's wor...
  • Pop Culture--Illustration Art

    Our month long look into the collectibles of Pop Culture continues Tuesday evening with an examination of Illustration Art. Illustration exploded in the mid to late 19th century, as cheap methods of printing led to mass distribution of images, but we'll concentrate primarily on post-war illustration...
  • Pop Culture Design

    We'll continue our discussion of Pop Culture Collectibles with this week's show on Pop Culture Design. Graphic design has heavily influenced pop culture, and of course, pop culture has influenced graphic design, and while next week we'll consider illustration art, this week we'll also look at graphi...
  • Saturday's Classified Ads Show

    Please join us in the chat room tomorrow, Saturday, for our monthly Classified Ads Show. We've selected a number of very interesting items listed for sale in the Classifieds and will profile them in the Show. Last month we discussed a large oil on canvas by contemporary artist, Gene Speck, which was...
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  • Pop Culture--Celebrities

    We'll continue our month long examination of Pop Culture in Tuesday evening's show on Pop Culture Celebrities. Who are the celebrities worth collecting? Who will stand the test of time? Marilyn, Elvis, Jackie, JFK, the Beatles, Princess Diana, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Michael Jackson? Do you have to b...
  • Popular Culture Memorabilia

    Where are the young collectors? Where is that new generation, that those of us who've been in the antiques & collectibles business for years keep expecting to show up at our shows & stores? Maybe they're online, and maybe they're not buying what we've always loved and have for sale. Maybe they ident...
  • Recent Auction Results

    In Tuesday evening's show we'll analyze recent prices for art & antiques at auction houses ranging from the well-known names in New York, Paris & London to regional houses throughout the U.S. It's been a year & a half since we examined prices at auction, and believe me, current results indicate some...
  • Stereoview Cards

    Stereoview cards (or stereo cards or stereographic cards or stereooptic or stereooptican cards) are really the first "3D" photographic images. I know you've seen these cards with 2 side by side images (just slightly different one from another) that are viewed with a stereoscope. Stereoviews are a ve...
  • Classifieds Ads Show + Appraisal Day

    Please tune in on Saturday for our monthly Classified Ads Show + our local Appraisal Day, held on the second Saturday of every month. Both shows will be webcast live & both are interactive. For the Classified Ad Show we select 12-15 items listed for sale in the Classifieds to highlight. If any membe...
  • 19th Century Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks

    I just acquired the Official Gazettes of the U. S. Patent Office for one quarter in 1893 & 2 quarters in 1897. It may not be what everyone likes to do on a Saturday night, but I haven't been able to put these books down. Here we have described some of the great American inventions of the Industrial ...
  • Rare, Interesting & Valuable Collectibles

    Not everything that's rare is interesting or valuable. Who wants a limited edition portrait of John McCain hanging on his wall? (Sorry, John, I could have chosen any number of Democrats for this example). But in Tuesday's show I'll be selecting from the Mall a number of rare, interesting & valuable ...
  • The Color of Antiques & Collectibles

    In last week's show I commented that with Roycroft hammered copper items, everything else being equal, "the browner the better." Would you rather own a Teco or Grueby vase in green or in some other color? If brown's so great, why has the value of antique "brown furniture" been declining?  ...
  • Roycroft Copper

    Several weeks ago I did a show entitled, "Building a Collection in Today's World," in which I argued that collectors needed to move up the value chain to survive. Then in last week's show I highlighted a category that I felt offered opportunities to collect less than great examples, "Tiffany Sterlin...
  • Classifieds + Tiffany Sterling Silver

    2 for Tuesday this week--first Ski & I will be in the chat room for our monthly Classified Ads show at 2PM PDT, 3PM MDT, 4PM CDT, 5PM EDT, then I'll be back for my usual Tuesday evening chat at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. This week's subject is Tiffany Sterling Silver. A couple of weeks ago ...
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  • Classified Ads Show Postponed

    Due to a snow strom that our trusty weatherpersons are calling a blizzard to end all blizzards, we've decided to postpone our monthly  Classified Ads show from tomorrow, Saturday, to this coming Tuesday. We'll be on Tuesday at 2PM PDT, 3PM MDT, 4PM CDT, 5PM EDT. If there are any listings in the...
  • The Transition from Gas to Electric Lamps (1880-1920)

    Thomas Edison didn't invent the incandescent bulb, but he did develop the entire integrated system of electric lighting that allowed the world to transition from gas lamps to electric lamps during the period from when the light bulb was invented in 1880 to about 1920, when Europe & the US had more o...
  • Building a Collection in Today's World

    The classic way of building a collection has been to buy items as you found them, as long as their condition & rarity allowed you the opportunity of selling them when you found a better example. For example, you might buy a Grade 5 comic book or a late 19th century Sevres vase, and then when you fou...
  • Depression Era Art

    Federal works programs associated with the WPA, including the Federal Arts Project, helped fund art projects throughout the Depression. Paintings and sculpture produced in this era, whether financed by one of the federal programs or not, have come to be called "WPA art." In Tuesday's show we look at...
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  • Tobacciana

    It's no secret that antique & vintage tobacco-related items have suffered a decline in interest & value among collectors, however many collectibles included in the broad category of tobacciana have maintained & inhanced their interest because they are cross-collected in other categories. They might ...
  • Classified Ads Show + Appraisal Show

    Hope everyone can tune in tomorrow, Saturday, for our monthly Classified Ads Show and our every other month Appraisal Show. Unfortunately Ski is feeling a little under the weather and won't be able to join us, however, we will have on board Tom Davis, who is truly the resident expert on antiques at ...
  • Q&A

    I think that one of the most interesting & valuable parts of our website is the Q&A section. Nate was always very informative when fielding questions out of the Q&A on his weekly "What's It Worth" show, but now that he's not able to spend as much time on the board as he once was, I thought it would ...
  • Restoring Historic Buildings

    I once spent 7 years restoring an historic house in Florida. It was a project intended to take 3 years at most, but guess what happened? One of the lessons I learned was that you need to budget at least twice as much in money & time as your wildest upper end guesstimate. In reality, though, it was o...
  • The Look of the 1950's

    I guess everyone has his own idea about what the look of the 1950's was & is, but in Tuesday's show we'll examine the various looks of that era: high fashion, low fashion or kitsch, mid-century modern, country vs city, US vs Europe. I did a show a couple of years ago on the look of the 1940's, and ...
  • Bargains Under $100

    In Tuesday's show I'll again feature items I find in the mall that I consider to be great bargains, all priced at less than $100. I promised that I'd do a "Bargain" show once a month, but I've had such interesting guests recently (Dan Briddle on recent developments in social media & Ski on how to ca...
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  • January Classified Ads Show

    Don't forget to tune in tomorrow, Saturday, for our monthly Classified Ads Show. Ski & I will be on hand to discuss items listed for sale in the Classifieds. We've selected about 12 listings to highlight & would be happy to include in the discussion any items that any of our members are interested i...
  • Social Media Update

    Dan Briddle, Administrator of Iantique & General Manager of the new Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in west Phoenix, joins me to discuss recent developments in social media technology & how these dramatic improvements have opened up new choices for users of social media, including, of course, members o...
  • How to Care For & Repair Antiques

    In Tuesday's show Ski & I will discuss How to Care For & Repair Antiques. Ski is the most hands-on & accomplished antiques expert that I've met in my 40+ years in the business. We discuss how to care for all classes of metals--brass, bronze, copper, silver, plate, etc; how to care for & repair furni...
  • Staffordshire Pottery

    In Tuesday's show we'll consider the history, attributes, and collectibility of Staffordshire pottery. This great antique category encompasses the, mainly mass produced, wares from the Staffordshire area of the English midlands. Its center (or should I say, "centre"?) is the market town, industrial ...
  • Name Your Own Price Holiday Shopping

    Name Your Own Price Holiday Shopping--what a concept! This coming Saturday the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver is having its annual Name Your Own Price Sale, and this year it coincides with a peak holiday shopping day, 10 days before Christmas. We're going to get a jump on the sale in Tuesday...
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  • Classified Ads Show + Appraisals

    Tomorrow, Saturday, Ski & I will host our monthly Classified Ads Show, which we will follow with our Live Appraisals Show from the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. First up at 10AM PST, 11AM MST, Noon CST, 1PM EST we'll discuss about a dozen recent additions to the Classified Ads section of i...
  • Collectible Posters

    In Tuesday's show we'll look at the fascinating world of collectible posters, those cheap throw-away sheets that were pinned up, nailed up, and glued, and now have become collectible and sometimes valuable. It all started with the colorful French Art Nouveau posters, continued thru the '20's Deco po...
  • Seasonality in the Antiques Business

    Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, the holiday season--we all know how important this time of year is to the retail trade. How important is it to the antiques business? And what about the summer season? Is the antiques furniture business tied to the spring season for new home purch...
  • Small Business Saturday

    Is anyone doing any special promotions for tomorrow, Small Business Saturday? I'll post my results & any conclusions I come to on Sunday. Would be very interested in any of you fellow dealers thoughts about the success of this day. The big box retailers & malls have their day Friday, and the big onl...
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  • A Walk Thru the Antique Mall

    We're finally getting around to doing the Walk Thru the Antique Mall show that we had to postpone a couple of weeks ago. On Tuesday evening I'll be walking up Michigan Avenue at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, looking at the layout of merchandise in both booths & showcases & searching fo...
  • Classified Ads Show + Why Be an Antiques Dealer?

    We're doing 2 shows this evening. First Ski & I will do our monthly Classified Ads Show, in which we feature a number of items recently listed for sale in the iantiques Classifieds. The Classified Ads section of our website continues to grow in number & quality, and those who take the time to list t...
  • A Walk Thru the Antique Mall

    In Tuesday's show we'll take a walk thru the Mall looking for bargains, interesting items, booth and showcase design, lighting, etc. We examine the range of merchandise avaiable for sale, pricing, display. One of the issues dealers face is how crowded their selling space should be--we'll look at how...
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  • Art & Antique Pricing Trends

    It's been a year and 1/2 since I've done a show on trends in the values of antiques, so I guess we're ready for an update. Is it still business as usual--the high end keeps going higher, middle & low level antiques keep going down? If the housing market has stabilized, has furniture finally bottomed...
  • Lithographs & Other Prints

    In Tuesday's show we'll discuss how to distinguish between original works of art, such as watercolors and oils, and reproductions. And we'll discuss how to distinguish among the various forms of reproductions or prints, such as lithographs, aquatints, etchings, engravings, dry point, woodcuts, woodb...
  • Classified Ads Show + Native American Artifacts

    Join us in the chat room or online Tuesday afternoon for 2 shows: first Ski & I will be discussing items listed for sale on iantique in our monthly Classified Ads Show, then half an hour later we'll be back to look at some of Ski's incredible Native American collectibles--truly a world class collect...
  • Antiquing With Purpose

    I'd really like to make Tuesday evening's show a collaborative effort, with everyone bringing ideas about how & why antiques can be re-purposed with purpose. We can discuss how to revive, refresh & repurpose, using images you can upload to the site. I'm going to spend a few hours in the mall looking...
  • Bargins Under $100

    Have you been watching "Market Warriors" on PBS? 4 "experts" go to a flea market or antiques venue looking to find good deals that they can then sell at a profit at auction. If you want a good laugh, check it out. They've each got a budget of about $1,000, and they each buy 3 or 4 items. Each one of...
  • Antique Furniture--Have Prices Bottomed?

    It's no secret that antique furniture prices have been declining for years. Victorian "brown furniture" has been particularly hard hit, but even good quality 18th century American has suffered. We'll look at the trends in pricing over the years. Guess what? When I started in the business 40 years a...
  • Classifieds Ads Show & Frank Lloyd Wright

    As we previously announced, the monthly Classified Ads Show has moved from Saturday to Tuesday. Tomorrow, Tuesday, will be our first show at the new time: 3:30 PM PDT, 4:30 PM MDT, 5:30 PM CDT, 6:30 PM EDT. Our weekly Antiques Hour Show will then follow at the usual time, 1/2 hour after the close of...
  • Bob Caron & the Enola Gay

    Jane, the daughter of World War II hero, George Robert "Bob" Caron, will be my special guest on Tuesday's show. Bob Caron was the tailgunner on the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and it was he that took the iconic photo of the explosion, the only still photo of that ...
  • Iantique at the Denver Modernism Show

    This last weekend iantique sponsored a booth at the annual Denver Modernism show, and the whole crew turned out to promote our website (and also to sell some of my wife's & my inventory)! The party started Friday night at the Tiki Bar (located strategically right across the aisle from our booth), an...
  • Classified Ads Show + Appraisal Day

    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 ...
  • Bargains Under $100

    I've had such great guests on the show for the past several months that I haven't had time to do a "Bargains Under $100" show, but that will change tomorrow night. I'll go into the mall tomorrow and spend the day searching for interesting & collectible merchandise that other dealers have f...
  • Dana Cain Events

    Dana Cain is the most important show promoter in Denver, and she's my guest in the chat room tomorrow, Tuesday, at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT! Just during the month of August she has the following shows lined up: Rocky Mountain Book Fair this coming weekend, County Fair mid-month, and the gr...
  • John Macgilchrist Archive

    Ski has an extensive collection of art works, correspondence, and WWI memorabilia from the estate of famed artist, architect, and aviator, John Macgilchrist. In Tuesday's show Ski will share this collection with us, and we'll examine the lithographs & etchings of military & commercial aircraft that ...
  • Classifieds Show--Tuesday

    As most of you know, technical difficulties prevented the airing of our monthly Classified Ads Show on Saturday. We've re-scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, at 4PM PDT, 5PM MDT, 6PM CDT, 7PM EDT. Ski & I look forward to seeing everyone then. Apologies to those who tuned in on Saturday, only to find a ...
  • Richard Kane: Author & Collector

    In Tuesday evening's show I'll be interviewing Richard Kane, author of the historical novel, "Plantation: The Spanish Oaks Saga," which chronicles the exploits of the Kahane family on its move from Chester, PA to an inherited plantation in South Carolina. Richard is a history buff, and he has resear...
  • Saturday's Classified Ads Show

    Hope everyone can join us online or in the chat room this Saturday, the 14th, for our monthly Classified Ads Show. Ski & I will select items from the Classifieds to feature. The listings we've chosen for this month's show range from antique furniture & lighting to cast iron pieces to pottery, painti...
  • Vintage Perfume Bottles

    Most of you know that when we had John Peters of Aristocrat Auctions on the show a couple of weeks ago, he discussed his then upcoming auction of a fabulous collection of vintage perfume bottles. My wife & I attended that auction & purchased 12 bottles. In Tuesday' chat I'll show you what we bought ...
  • Autographs: How to Identify & Value

    In Tuesday evening's show we'll look at ways to identify legitimate autographs and answer questions, such as, is the signature secretarial?; is it done by auto pen?; is it a fake?; is it printed, not original? We'll consider the advantages and costs of having a signature authenticated by experts, an...
  • Dan Briddle on iantique Technology

    About a year ago Dan Briddle, iantique Administrator & technology guru, appeared on my show to discuss the accomplishments of iantique's first year in operation & to set some goals & objectives for its second year & beyond. We all know that iantique has made great strides under Dan's leadership, as ...
  • Titanic Memorabilia

    To commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, we'll devote tomorrow's (Tuesday's) chat to a discussion of Titanic memorabilia. And who better to discuss this subject with than Josh McGinnity, that 21 year old collector extraordinaire who has a great collection of Titanic stuff. If you ...
  • Classifieds Ads Show & Appraisals

    Be sure to join Ski & me in the chat room or online Saturday for our monthly show on items listed for sale in the Classified Ads. I've selected some of the listings we'll be discussing, but if any else would like for us to discuss any particular listing, pls let me know. We'd be happy to include it....
  • Books: First Editiions

    In Tuesday's chat we'll be discussing first editions, antique & modern, of collectible books. Topics will include: limited editions, signed by author books, first printings or impressions, bindings, condition as it affects value, terminology, how age affects value, which 18th & 19th century publishe...
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  • Afraid to Give Away Your Secrets?

    I'm sitting in the Ikea restaurant, having just finished my free breakfast of bacon, eggs & fried potatoes, and I'm trying to think of an excuse I can give my wife for staying on til the 99?? pasta lunch is served. Also crossing my mind is the question, why do people in the antiques business think t...
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  • Deco Design--It Doesn't Have to Be Expensive

    Most people in the antiques or design professions think of Art Deco as that high style of French design associated with the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925. Pieces made by those leading designers, such as Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Eileen Gray...
  • Scott Gottula, GM Brass Armadillo Denver

    Scott Gottula, General Manager of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, one of the largest & most successful antique malls in America, will be my guest in tonight's chat. We'll ask Scott about how the antique mall concept began & why he decided to enter the business, how he chose the site, wha...
  • Bargains at Under $100

    I'll be going back to our monthly search for bargains under $100 at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver for Tuesday's chat. I spend the afternoon looking in the booths & cases for single items priced less than $100, then in the show I profile what I've found. I give myself a budget of $100, s...
  • Classified Ads Show

    Join us tomorrow for the monthly Classified Ads Show, in which Ski & I select & comment on items listed for sale in the iantique classifieds & auctions. If you'd like for us to discuss an item that you have listed or if you want us to talk about an item that you might be interested in buying but nee...
  • Antique Sterling Silver Flatware

    In tonight's show I'll be discussing antique sterling silver flatware made by mostly American silver companies, such as Gorham and Wallace & Sons. We'll consider the value of silver melted down, the values of particular patterns & makers, identification of makers & patterns, impact on value of monog...
  • Why Antiques?

    Have you seen the new Woody Allen film, "Midnight in Paris?" Owen Wilson is writing a novel about a man who works in a "nostalgia shop." This is a real joke to Owen's fiancee and her parents, who think that nothing could be worse than something old--who needs nostalgia in 21st century America? We're...
  • Prison Art + Postal Covers

    My special guest in Tuesday's chat will be Josh McGinnity, who is an employee at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver, and who in his spare time is a collector of prison art & ephemera. For those of you who hung in there with us for the 4+ hours of our latest appraisal day you'll remember Josh...
  • Bargains OVER $100

    The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver holds a 1-day only sale each year in which items priced at $100 or more are discounted 20%. The sale this year is this coming Saturday, so instead of my monthly show featuring bargains under $100, I'm going to devote Tuesday's chat to identifying bargains t...
  • Classified Ads Show

    Ski & I will host our monthly Classified Ads Show (also to include items listed in the Auctions) this Saturday at the usual time, 10AM PST, 11AM MST, Noon CST, 1PM EST. I've selected a number of recently placed classifieds and auctions, and we'll discuss the attributes of these pieces. If you have a...
  • Wood Carving on Antique Furniture

    The quality of the wood carving on antique furniture is often the primary determinant of value, and it certainly is always a major component of the beauty of antique wood. In Tuesday's show we'll examine several highly carved pieces and discuss how well the carving was done, what woodworking techniq...
  • Works of Art Under Glass

    You walk into an antique store and spot a painting that looks interesting. It's under glass. The tag says it's a watercolor by a famous artist. What a find! But is it? Maybe it's not a watercolor. Maybe it's a hand colored lithograph or an aquatint or an etching or an engraving. Perhaps it's a hand ...
  • Fred Harvey & His "Indian Detours"

    On Tuesday's show I have the pleasure of welcoming Mary & Raymond Koernig as guests. They are historians and the owners of RMK Tours, which provides guided tours to, among other venues, the Fred Harvey establishments in the Southwest. Fred Harvey was the quintessential American entrepreneur who succ...
  • Victorian Trade Cards

    In Tuesday evening's chat I'll be discussing Victorian Trade Cards, a really interesting category of ephemera, that has withstood the onslaught of ebay particularly well. I just bought an entire collection of great cards, and we'll have a look at a lot of them. We'll discuss what images are most col...
  • Classified Ads Show

    Tomorrow morning Ski & I will host our monthly chat on items currently listed for sale in the Classifieds. We'll discuss the items, the way they are presented, and try to determine if the prices being asked are fair. Hint--I chose 12 items that I think there's something special about. ...
  • Finding Bargains at Under $100

    I'll be doing our monthly show on finding bargains at under $100 this evening. I spend the day searching the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver for what I think are great buys, but I'm only allowing myself a budget of $100. I normally find 10 or 12 items that I believe are great buys under $100....
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  • Iantique Auctions Vs Ebay

    Now that we've got auction functionality and our content is getting into the search engines in a matter of a few days, I think that we offer a very viable alternative to ebay auctions, Buy It Now, and classifieds. At this point their are pluses and minuses to both iantique and ebay auctions, and in ...
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  • Stained & Painted Glass Windows

    In this evening's chat I'll be discussing stained glass windows, painted glass windows, and stained glass windows that have been painted. Stained & painted glass has a long history, and, of course, is a major collecting category, and we'll briefly discuss that history before considering the qualitie...
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  • Buying & Selling Gold

    In Tuesday's chat I'll be discussing buying & selling gold in various forms. We'll look at numismatic & melt-down values of some gold coins, several pieces of various karat gold jewelry and try to separate out gold value from precious stone value, gold investments on the stock exchange, etc. We'll c...
  • Finding Bargains for Under $100

    In Tuesday's show I'll discuss some items I've found for sale in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall that I think represent real bargains, and as usual, I'm limiting myself to spending only $100 max. So tomorrow I'll spend the afternoon searching, then at 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST I'll show yo...
  • Appraisal Day

    We are having an Appraisal Day this Saturday at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. At 11AM MST Ski & I will host our monthly Classified Ads chat, in which we & viewers select items from the Classifieds & Auctions to highlight & discuss. Then between noon & 2PM Ski & I will appraise 2 items ...
  • Classifieds Show

    In the Classifieds chat on Saturday morning Ski & I will be discussing a number of recently posted items in the Classifieds, including the Auctions. If anyone has an interest in any specific item, please let me know, and we'll include it in the discussions. This would include anything you might own ...
  • Antique Trunks

    My special guest on Tuesday's show will be Robert Oxley, an expert, enthusiast, and dealer in antique trunks. Robert will talk with us about how to select trunks, how to recondition them, and how to market them. I'm bringing in a mystery trunk for Robert to analyze, and I'll be putting it out for sa...
  • Everything's Comin' Up Roses

    Terrence Hill, proprietor with his wife, Therese, of Mountaintop Fostoria in Applewood, CO will be my guest on this week's show, Tuesday. Terrence has chosen the title, "Everything's Comin' Up Roses," and you'll just have to tune in to see what he talking about. Hint--since Terrence probably knows m...
  • Recent Auction Results

    What do recent results from the world's major auction houses tell us about the state of the market for art & antiques? In last week's chat we discussed the market for Western American Art & made predictions for prices at last weekend's Santa Fe Art Auction. Boy, were we way off base! Let's look at t...
  • Classifieds Show

    Ski and I will host our monthly show discussing items in the Classifieds this coming Saturday at 10AM PST, 11AM MST, Hign noon CST, 1PM EST. If you have items that you would like us to discuss that are in the Classifieds, please let me know, and we'll be glad to profile them. Gary
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  • The Market for Western American Art

    The calendar for Western Art begins in February with the Autry Museum Masters of the American West Exhibition & Sale, then it's on to March in Montana, then Scottsdale in April, Denver in June, the Prix de West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Center June-Aug, Coeur de Alene in Reno in July...
  • 1830-1850: A Time of Transition

    I think the period from 1830 to 1850 captures a change in attitude from formality to eclecticism, from the simplicity of the Regency period to the historicism of the Victorian age. In tomorrow night's show I'll highlight some pieces currently in inventory that demonstrate that transition. We'll look...
  • Finding Bargains for Under $100

    Due to popular demand I've decided to do one of these "Finding Bargains in the Mall for Under $100" shows once a month, so this coming Tuesday I'll spend the afternoon looking through all the booths, then in the evening chat I'll show you what I've found. Those of you who watched the last one of the...
  • World War I & II Photos

    In tomorrow night's chat (Tuesday), I'll be discussing World War I & World War II photos. Albums continue to surface at estate sales--what are they worth? Is WWI stuff worth more than WWII because it's older, or is WWII stuff worth more because there are more people interested in it? What makes an i...
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  • 19th Century English Furniture

    Tuesday's chat will feature 19th century English furniture in a comparison with furniture being produced in that same period in the U. S. I happen to have some great pieces of unusual English furniture in inventory at this time, so I thought I would show them to you before some astute customer comes...
  • Staffordshire & Delft

    In this week's chat we'll examine Staffordshire pottery of the 18th & 19th centuries and compare with true Delft pottery from Holland. I've got some great examples, including a signed blue & white Delft jar with lid from Holland, c. 1770; a pair of large Stafforeshire dogs with glass eyes; a pair of...
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  • $100 Budget for Shopping at the Antique Mall Part 2

    A month ago I did a show on finding bargains at the antique mall. I gave myself a budget of $100 and spent the day looking through all the booths at the Mall, then showed what I found when we did our live chat. I ended up finding 12-15 items worthy of purchase, which I then had to winnow down to sel...
  • 18th & 19th Century Wooden Boxes

    18th & 19th century wooden boxes have probably appreciated in value more than any other category of antiques. There are several good reasons for this, which we will explore in Tuesday's show. We'll examine a couple of tea caddies, a banker's box, a vanity box?, a mystery box, and more. 2 are made of...
  • Candlesticks & Candelabra, Dating & Evaluating

    They've been making candlesticks & candelabra for thousands of years & they're still making them, generally to pass of as antiques. They're made of sterling silver, silver plate, brass, pewter, ceramics, and many other materials. Some are simple & refined, some are elaborate & impressive. In Tuesday...
  • Spending $100 at the Antique Mall

    I'm going to spend the day searching the antique mall for bargains & I'm budgeting $100 total to acquire what I like best. In tonight's program I'll show you what I've found. I'll be looking for antiques that are functional/useful & that have good design. I'm guessing that I'll find thousands of dol...
  • The Look of the Late Victorian Era (1880-1900)

    Tonight we'll compare styles across categories: Mount Washington glass, Dresden porcelain, stained glass windows, factory made oak furniture, celluloid cabinet card albums, Chinese porcelain + many other examples--the only criterion is that items must have been made between 1880 and 1900, the great ...
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  • Mountain States Collector

    Tuesday's show will feature an interview with Jon & Peggy DeStefano, publishers of Mountain States Collector, one of the premier publications for the antiques community. Jon & Peggy will help us understand the current state of the antiques marketplace, interpreted by them from their unique perspecti...
  • John Peters, Aristocrat Auctions

    John Peters, who together with his wife, Anu, own & operate Aristocrat Auctions will be my guest on this week's very special program, which will highlight not only the auction business, but also their upcoming Modernism auction. Before the show be sure to visit their website, www.aristocratservices....
  • A Walk Thru the Mall

    In tonight's program I'm going to ask you to accompany me on a walk through the Brass Armadillo Antiques Mall in Denver. Let's see if we can find anything really interesting, any really good buys. Every time I step into the Mall, I tell myself that there must be at least 5 items, out of the tens of ...
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  • Advanced Auction Techniques

    In last week's program I discussed some of the most important considerations for buyers & sellers at auction houses. Because I believe that in today's world it is not only important, but absolutely necessary, to use auction houses for buying & selling, I've decided to devote this week's show to some...
  • Buying & Selling at Auction Houses

    In the last few programs I've talked about how important it is to upgrade your collections & inventories by having high quality & high priced antiques. In Tuesday's show I'll be discussing the primary venues where these higher priced items are bought & sold--in auction houses. Auction houses provide...
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  • Josh Miller's Tribute to Betty Ford

    Click on the following link to view Josh Miller's moving tribute to Betty Ford, which was published today in the op-ed section of the Denver Post. http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_18464167#comments. What a great letter! Gary
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  • How to Upgrade Your Collection/Inventory

    Just buy better stuff! Well, no, we're not taking the easy way out. We're going to discuss how to upgrade without breaking the bank. Hint--buy 18th century that sellers price at 19th century values. You'd be surprised at how much 18th century merchandise is masquerading as 19th century revival--I'll...
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  • Rocky Mountain Antiques Fair

    In Tuesday evening's chat I'll be joined by P.J. Dyon, founder of the Rocky Mountain Antiques Fair, and Cher Pascoe, Director of Marketing for the Fair. They'll be discussing this year's fair, held over the Labor Day weekend in Denver, as well as how events such as this are put together, what makes ...
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  • Impact of the Housing Market on Sales of Antiques

    I went to an auction in Denver Saturday night where a 3" x 2" tintype of Billy the Kid sold for $2.3 million, against a pre-sale estimate of $300,000-400,000. Josh posted a link to the CNN story earlier today. A belt buckle (no diamonds) sold for about $16,000. It was "special" too. Sound like sales...
  • Masonic Collectibles

    On Tuesday's show I'll be discussing Masonic Collectibles as a category, and you won't believe some of the incredible examples we'll have to view. There's a beautiful, huge desk, c. 1875, with Masonic symbols now for sale at the Brass in Denver; I'll bring a fabulous Handel porcelain humidor with Sh...
  • Labels, Leadville & Lore

    Doug Rhoades, the man who found the stash of very early tin food cans in Leadville, CO & the author of the book describing his find, "Labels, Leadville, & Lore," joins me in Tuesday night's show for a discussion of what he found & how he did it. Doug was a guest on Antiques Roadshow in 2002. In 2010...
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  • Collecting Ephemera

    In this week's show I'll be talking with Carl Weber, past President of the Denver Postcard Club, on collecting ephemera, primarily photos, postcards, and historical documents. In my 40 years in the business I've never met any ephemera collector as knowledgeable as Carl, nor have I met anyone in the ...
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  • If Oswald Didn't Do It, Who Did?

     Rogue elements of the U.S. Intelligence network, possibly CIA; Division 5 of the FBI; the Mob; the Secret Service; rogue elements of the Dallas Police force; LBJ; right wing oil barons from Texas; the KGB; Castro; anti-Castro Cubans; Permindex; Kerry Thornley; Sparky Rubenstein; the guy who go...
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  • JFK Part II

     In Tuesday's chat we ask, "Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?" Following on last week's show which featured Josh Miller discussing some of the cameras important to the story of the JFK Assassination, this week we look at Oswald's life story--his difficult childhood, his time in the Mari...
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  • JFK Assassination

     With tonight's show we begin a month-long examination of the JFK Assassination, culminating on May 24 with the appearance of Mary Moorman at the Brass Armadillo in Denver. Mary was the spectator closest to the Presidential limousine at the time of the fatal head shot, and she took, perhap...
  • Depression Glass Show

     On tonight's show I'll be interviewing Martie Grubenhoff, Show Chairperson of the Rocky Mountain Depression Glass Society, which will have its 38th show this weekend, all Chaired by Martie. We'll be discussing, primarily, all the issues raised by contributors to the "Are Shows P...
  • Kitchen Primitives

     Wanda Marshall, a lifelong antiques dealer, will join me tonight for our weekly chat, this one on "Kitchen Primitives." As I think back over the shows we've done during the past 11 months, I realize that we haven't had even one program on primitives or country antiques--that's a...
  • Fostoria Animals

     Walk on the Wild Side--Terrance Hill will bring his fabulous collection of Fostoria glass animals (including birds, fish and insects) in all their various forms: figurines, figurals, bookends, paper weights, etc to the show this evening. Regular viewers will know Terrance & his wife, There...
  • Baseball's Most Historic Games

     Please turn in this evening, Tuesday, for this week's chat on antiques. I'll be talking with Dr. Robert Rothe, son of author Emil Rothe, who wrote the book, "Baseball's Most HIstoric Games." Emil Rothe is one of the most famous names in history of the storied Chicago Cubs franch...
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  • Wallace Nutting

     Tuesday's show will be on Wallace Nutting, primarily his hand colored photos, not such much on his furniture or books. There are many reproductions of the photos out there--we'll discuss how to tell the difference between the repros and the real things. We'll consider the work o...
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  • Today's Antiques World

    Dan Briddle, Administrator of iantique.com, will be my special guest Tuesday evening, in a show you absolutely cannot miss! We'll be asking Dan what his goals & objectives were when he started iantique.com--what is the mission? How does new technology impact & interface with that missio...
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  • Images From Japan

     We've all been watching the images from Japan over the past few days with horror, the devastating impact of the earthquake & tsunami. In Tuesday's show I thought we could look at more pleasant & beautiful images from this Island nation. My wife & I have collected a variet...
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  • Identifying Metals

     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 & spelt...
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  • Book Collecting

     I hope you can join me tonight (Tuesday)  at 5PM PST, 6PM  MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST for our weekly chat on antiques. I'll be discussing book collecting--how to determine what's a first edition, types of bindings (eg. 3/4 leather, etc.), how do you value books with illustration...
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  • Prices for Antiques Through the Years

     On Tuesday evening's show I'll try to find trends in the pricing of antiques thru the years--at least thru my 40 years in the business. Have you ever heard an auctioneer say that he sold something exactly like what he's selling now 20 years ago at a price about 4 times higher th...
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  • The Rocker--An Introduction

     Everything you ever wanted to know about Antique Rockers. That's what we'll be discussing tomorrow (Tuesday) evening in a live chat on iantique. Hope you can join me with my special guest, Fred Olgin, proprietor of Gone Rockers in Brighton, CO. Fred is a longtime antique dealer who s...
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  • Fostoria, American Pattern Drinking Vessels Plus

     
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  • Things I Like at the Brass

     In tonight's show I'm going to talk a walk down Michigan Avenue at the Brass Armadillo Antiques Mall in Denver & pick out some antiques I especially like that are being offered for sale by other vendors. In discussing some of the various categories in past chats, I've select...
  • The Comic Consultant is Back!

     Due to popular demand, Mike Murray, the Comic Consultant, has agreed to return to our weekly antiques show to continue the discussion we began 6 weeks ago. If you missed that program, check out the video of it in the Weekly Shows Archive & then you'll be prepared for Tuesday's sh...
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  • Antique Mirrors + Questions

     This evening, Tuesday, at 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST, 5PM PST we'll be discussing Antique Mirrors--diamond dust, beveled edges, new mirror glass in old frames, & we'll try to assign value to the mirror component in a piece of furniture, eg. a dresser, an armoire, a buffet, etc. If...
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  • The Look of the 1940's

     In Tuesday's show I'll be talking about The Look of the 1940's. Seems to me that we think of the '20's as the Deco decade, the '30's as the Depression Era, the '50's as Mid-Century Modern, but the 1940's is largely undefined. It's the forg...
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  • Antique Liquidations thru an Agent

     Buyers & sellers both should find Tuesday's show informative--David & Barbara Osborne own an estate & personal property liquidation business & they will join me for a discussion of how this segment of the industry operates. Come arm with questions. We'll be on at the ...
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  • What's a Good Painting?

     Some would say that a good painting is any painting they like. Some would look up what the artist's works sell for and say that a good painting is any work that sells for $X. Some wouid look at what classical scholarship would value--perspective, composition, color, etc. & evaluate th...
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  • Tommy Channel--Selling From Multiple Locations

     Tonight's Stover Hour is pre-recorded for the first time. Tune in at the usual time of 6PM MST, 7PM CST for a discussion I had on Monday with veteran antique dealer, Tommy Channel, in which he tells us how he manages to sell at 4 different antique malls and benefits by having the multiple...
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  • The Comic Consultant

     You won't want to miss Tuesday's chat with Michael Murray, The Comic Consultant. Mike's going to talk with us about comic books, he's not going to teach us how to become stand-up comics! Still, there'll be laughs all around & a good time guaranteed for one and all....
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  • Bakelite

     Tuesday evening's show will feature Mario Rivoli discussing Bakelite. Mario is a long-time collector & dealer in Bakelite, and I guarantee that you'll find his comments insightful & very informative. If you've ever wondered how to distinguish Bakelite from other plastics...
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  • People Buy Stories

     In tonight's show I'll be discussing why antiques offer so much more than new stuff & reproductions. Every antique has at least 1 story to tell, and we'll be trying to unlock the secrets hidden within a Michael Thonet settee, a 19th century English hall chair, a 1960 paintin...
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  • Nicholas Kopp & American Glass

     I hope everyone can join me Tuesday at 6PM MST, 7PM CST for our weekly chat. This week I have the pleasure of discussing Nicholas Kopp & American Glass with truly one of the world experts in the field, Therese Hill. Many of you saw the talk a couple of months ago on Fostoria Crystal, featu...
  • How to Make Money Selling Antiques in a Mall

     Tuesday night at 6PM MST, 7PM CST I'll be discussing how to make money selling antiques in an antiques mall. Several months ago I talked about selling online, and a month or so after that we talked about selling at auction. Both of these chats are in the Shows archive and in the Videos se...
  • Coors Pottery

     Heather Eckels joins me tomorrow night (Tuesday 6PM MST, 7PM CST) for a live chat on Coors Pottery. Heather is proprietor of Cannonball Creek Antiques, Golden, CO (see Antiques Stores Businesses in the Businesses Section). She is a Certified Appraiser, and she always carries a fabulous invento...
  • Vintage Comic Books

     Please join me tonight at 7PM CDT, 6PM MDT for a live chat which will feature Mo Bollin (you know him from the Young Collectors Club). We'll be discussing Vintage Comic Books--Mo is a real expert in this category, and I'm looking forward to learning more about what to look for in tho...
  • American Oak Furniture

     Please join me tonight at 6PM MDT (7PM CDT, 8PM EDT, 5PM PDT) for a chat on Turn of the Century American Oak Furniture. We'll examine the features of this great Victorian factory made furniture for the masses and discuss changing tastes and values. Cheap Chinese imports, the housing crisi...
  • Early Photographs Part II

     Please join me tonight at 7PM CDT for a continuation of last week's chat on Early Photographs. We'll move on from daguerreotypes to ambrotypes, tintypes, and collodion negatives & paper photos. Come armed with any questions & comments! Don't let me get away with all my o...
  • Early Photographs

     Join me at 6PM MDT Tuesday for a chat on Early Photographs. Last Thursday Christie's in New York sold several daguerreotypes for more than $125,000 each. 2 weeks ago I bought a daguerreotype at the Brass Armadillo in Denver that a New York house values at $2-3,000. Yet you can find tintyp...
  • Antique Clocks Chat

     Please join me tomorrow, Tuesday, at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT for a live chat on Antique Clocks. Chris James, who joined me several weeks ago for a talk on Western Art, will be returning to discuss his fabulous antique clock collection. 19th and 20th century European & American m...
  • Collectible Autographs

     Please join me tonight at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT for a chat with young collector & Brass Armadillo vendor, Joshua Miller, for a discussion of collectible autographs, using his recent acquisitions of letters from First Ladies as a way of exploring what makes autographed letters ...
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  • Fostoria Glass

     Tonight's Show features Teresa & Terrance Hill, longtime collectors, discussing their passion--Fostoria Glass. Please join them & me at 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT for a live chat. Hope to see you then. Gary