While each year the Swarovski Crystal company produces hundreds of new and delicate items for their avid collectors, among the most popular pieces are those found within the Disney Collection. Swarovski has such a large following of customers, that their Crystal Society (SCS) is ranked the largest international pool of collectors with currently over 300, 000 members located across 125 countries. Although we'd love to take an in depth look at all of the Swarovski crystals, in this article we will … [Read more...]
When it comes to Hummel plates, one of the most well known series for collectors, are the annual plates that were first released between 1971 and 1995, and then again between 2000 and 2004. Unbeknownst to some collectors, there are actually several plate series to collect. … [Read more...]
Antique and Vintage Cabinets
When discussing cabinets, you could be talking about freestanding cabinets such as Larders (Pantry Cabinets), Display Cabinets, Storage Cabinets; or you may be talking about fixed cabinets such as kitchen cabinets or wall mounted cabinets. In either case, these antique or vintage pieces of furniture can complement any home or work space, or serve as an inspiration for new design ideas and concepts. … [Read more...]
Best Wood Polish for Antiques
While the value of an antique piece gradually increases over it's lifetime, however the condition they are kept in can vastly effect the value of an antique. Polishing wooden antiques should be completed correctly to ensure the item isn't damaged or devalued. *Note Conditioning the wood with wax will protect the wood from surface damage, drying out and cracking, it will also keep the varnish or stain in good condition. … [Read more...]
What’s The Difference Between Hummel and Goebel?
I get many questions about Goebel and Hummel Figurines. One that has been asked most frequently is “What’s the difference between a Hummel figurine and a Goebel figurine?” In this article I will go over what and if there is a difference between the two figurines. Defining Goebel and Hummel Goebel: A pottery company that first began during 1871. The Goebel company was originally well-known for their porcelain works of art. Prior to the introduction of Goebel's M.I. Hummel line, the … [Read more...]
How to Properly Label Vintage Items
When trying to determine how to properly label an item, you must first determine how to categorize them. We cover the difference between antiques, vintage items and collectibles in more detail in our article What Makes Something Antique, Collectible or Vintage. In this article we will be going over how best to "label" and define the "type" of vintage items you have. What Makes an Item Vintage Vintage was once used to define pieces from the 1960's and 70's. Today, it is now used to describe … [Read more...]
Ways to Find the Value of Hummel Figurines and Plates?
Pat Pruitt asked I have a collection of Hummels and plates that my Mother brought over from Germany when she came to the states in 1955. What would be the best way for me to find out their value? There are a few options you have for finding out the prices of Hummels and most antiques and collectibles in general. For the Hummel items, you can check out our free Hummels Figurines and Collectible Value Guide, it covers some of the more commonly requested pieces values. If what you have does not … [Read more...]
Antique and Collectible Cremation and Burial Urns
While there are many urns that have been purposely made to contain the ashes of a loved one, there are just as many if not more urns that have been made for multiple purposes. From decorative mantel pieces, to vase shaped containers or bowls, most urns that have been made with a lid can and have been used as cremation urns. Urns derive their name from two Latin words; "Urna" - meaning a jar or vessel, and "Urere" - meaning to burn. This is why you can find overlapping search results and … [Read more...]
Wayside Harmony (Hum #111)
Mark Fisk asked I have a Hummel 111 Wayside Harmony that resembles TMK6 but has an added copyright symbol to the right of the G. is this a real mark? Over the years many of their trademarks have been altered, either by choice, or out of necessity. The TMK6 was first used in 1979, which was when they first removed the classic Bee sitting in the V from their logo. While traditionally speaking, the © would appear to the left-hand side of the trademark. The TMK6 did have several variations made … [Read more...]
Are Antique Dolls and Carved Furniture Considered Collectible?
Diane asked Are antique dolls and carved furniture still considered a collectible? This question can be taken two ways. What makes an item an antique or a collectible? Or. Are these antiques still sought after? So for our readers that have read this question in either manner, we will be answering both interpretations here. … [Read more...]
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