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Why did the Mayan make masks?
Mayans existed from 1000 BC to AD 1697. No one clearly knows why their civilization was wiped out. It is said that the Mayans, who use no metal tools, were able to create art from such dense ...
by Marra M
Chevron Cars Collectors
Jan Marlyn Reesman Who said toy cars are just for kids? not the Chevron Cars Collectors. The Chevron Cars are part of an advertising campaign of the Chevron Corporation consisting of television ...
by Ruth
What are gold replica stamps worth?
What are gold replica stamps worth? Here are some quotes from other members here about these golden replica stamps Haleiwahi wrote: There is no collectors value in replica stamps. There is not ...
by Marra M
A few facts about Marbro Lamp Company
Marbro Lamp Co. was founded by Morris Markoff and his brother - the name of the company is actually a combination of their names. The company was started in Los Angeles, California right after World ...
by Marra M
Collectible porcelain: Geisha Lithophane cups
History of Geisha Lithophane Cups These lovely Geisha lithophane cups were first created in the late 1800s and production continued until the 1950s. The cups are thin and the photo found at ...
by Marra M
"The Gay Philosopher" created by Henry Major
Who is the character in the painting? The character in the above painting looked very familiar to me so I did some digging. The character is "The Gay Philosopher" created by Henry Major ...
by Norml99
How to tell if it's real or fake: Ivory
Here are some tips on how to detect genuine ivory: Check the weight: Real ivory weighs more than most bones and plastic fakes Feel the texture: Ivory is very smooth Use magnifying glass ...
by Marra M
Collectible porcelain: Jean Pouyat
History of Jean Pouyat Porcelain Here’s a little story about the Pouyat Family of France. Pierre Pouyat was responsible for establishing a faience manufacturing company at Saint Yriex in ...
by Marra M
National Potteries Corporation (Napco)
National Potteries Corporation, also known as the shortened version, 'Napco' (I am sure you must have heard about "Napco Fine China", "Napcoware" or "Napco China") was located in Bedford, Ohio. The ...
by marveldcollector
What is the difference between R S Prussia porcelain plates and Royal Rudolstadt
According to Kovels Rudolstadt was a faience factory in Thuringia, Germany from 1720 to 1791. From 1887 till 1918 New York and Rudolstadt Pottery collaborated to produce decorated porcelain ...
by Marra M
How to help us identify your artifact?
The old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words “is no truer than in helping to identify your prized antique.The abundance of questions on this site that do not go answered can be ...
by jade
Goebel Kathe Kruse figurines
Kathe Kruse was a popular doll maker in Germany in the early 1900s. In 1954, Franz Goebel initiated an agreement with her which allowed Goebel Porzellanfabrik to produce a line of figurines ...
by Marra M
Wittnauer Precious Metals Guild Heritage of the Golden West collection
Longines Watch Company was started off in 1832 by Auguste Agassiz in Switzerland. In the 1950s, Longines purchased Wittnauer Watch Company and marketed a number of similar lines of watches under ...
by Marra M
Collectible Dolls: Goebel and Hummel
The F&W Goebel porcelain factory was first opened in Thuringia, Germany in 1871 by the father and son team, Franz D. and William. In 1893, William took control of the company and, in addition ...
by Marra M
F.B. Rogers Silver Company
F.B. Rogers Silver Company was a silversmith company based in Shelburne, Massachusetts and founded in 1883. This company was founded by Edmund Porter and LB West, who moved the manufacturing ...
by Marra M
Scheibe-Alsbach porcelain
According to Porcelain Marks and More website, Scheibe-Alsbach is a product from the town of Scheibe in the Thiringia district of Germany. Scheibe-Alsbach was founded by a former accountant named ...
by Marra M
Real or Fake: Credit Suisse Gold Bars
So, you recently inherited, discovered, bought Credit Suisse gold bars, and now you want to know if they are real... 1. Does it come with certification? If so, that would help determine the ...
by Marra M
What serial numbers can make a bill more valuable?
Are you trying to find out if your dollars are collectible and have a higher than average value? Take a look at the serial number! Collectors are usually willing to pay extra for bills with one of ...
by Marra M
Accurate Casting Company
Credit for this post goes to brockjordan. Here is some authentic information on anything that has a stamp in the metal ACC. ACC, or Accurate Casting Company was in Long Island City until the late ...
by Vale
OEWG Austrian Mannlicher Bayonet
The Austrian Bayonet Mannlicher M1895 NCO OEWG was produced by Österreichische Waffenfabrik Gesellschaft. The rough translation for OEWG in English is Austrian Arms Factory. Markings made ...
by Marra M
Bordallo Pinheiro pottery
Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro was a pacesetter and he is sometimes considered to be the "father of pottery". However, Rafael was not only known for his sculptures and ceramic designs, but also for his ...
by marveldcollector
Kutani Porcelain. Small Vase from Japan.
I present this small vase made in Kutani, Japan. It is no more than 5 inches tall. It is a great condition. Thanks again to this community I learned a little bit about Kutani´s porcelain. ...
by Villasuso
Talavera Pottery
Talavera Pottery was introduced by Spanish Guild Artisan during the Colonial period in Mexico. Today, it is known as Mexican Talavera Pottery. The name was derived from the 16th century Spanish ...
by marveldcollector
Cameos in Shell
Cameo is a method of carving an object. It is very old, I might say, since humans started painting caves also experimented with this kind of sculpture. Seems pretty obvious to me. But cameos using ...
by Villasuso
Do you have a real FM Bennet painting?
Credit for this post goes to lisnamoyle. F M Bennett is a British Listed Artist. Bennett was born in 1874 and died in 1953. Any originals of his own works are extremely rare on the open market. ...
by Vale
Why Pictures Are So Important When Asking a Question
Those of us who provide our time, talent and expertise to Artifact Collectors do so because we enjoy sharing out knowledge. We truly want each of you to get a well researched and informed answer ...
by grannysantiques
The Value of an 1804 Silver Dollar
An 1804 silver dollar - or bowed liberty dollar - is an extremely rare United States coin. Despite the name, it was actually produced by the US government in 1834 as a diplomatic gift using ...
by Marra M
How to tell if it is a real Bennett painting
Frank Moss Bennett's "Pride of Capture" piece; posted by FelixR. Here are some tips on how to know if it’s a real painting or not: Note: You have to find a way to remove the canvas from the ...
by Marra M
How to tell if it's real or fake: Jade
There are actually two different types of "real" jade: jadeite and nephrite, and of the two, jadeite is the most expensive one. In order to test if the piece in question is real, you can perform ...
by Marra M
Collectible dolls: Bisque dolls
What is Bisque? Bisque is unglazed porcelain. Porcelain is created from paste made out of clay and water, which is molded and then fired at extremely high temperatures. Chinese craftsmen were ...
by Marra M
Ancient Chinese coins
Ancient Chinese coins were some of the earliest coins. They were used from 770-476 B.C., which are known as the Spring and Autumn period. Initially, the coins were not round, but rather ...
by Marra M
My Collection of Boxes
Hi all, Today I bring some boxes, most of them I haven't been able to identify. I will repeat one or two I did post before, in order to organize my stuff in one place. I am sorry about that. So ...
by Villasuso
Hummel knockoffs by Erich Stauffer and Arnart Creations
There are many porcelain figurines, such as the one pictured above, that are not real Hummels but are actually knockoffs by Arnart Creations. These figurines were made in Japan and were designed by ...
by Marra M
Rawcliffe Pewter Corporation
image courtesy of a guest Rawcliffe is an American company which was established way back in 1903. The company has created decorative products in bronze, pewter, and silver. The industry uses its ...
by marveldcollector
Hertel Jacob and Co porcelain
Hertel Jacob Co was once a factory founded in 1906 owned by Jacob and his financial partner Schodl. In their first year of doing business together, they came up with giftware items, vases, storage ...
by Marra M
Collectible Porcelain: Dresden porcelain
Dresden porcelain is not a manufacturer of porcelain and china, but a common term used to identify a number of glassware items made in the Dresden region of Germany. Most Dresden porcelain has ...
by Marra M
Collectible Porcelain: Royal Cauldon
The crown back stamp was first introduced by Brown-Westhead, Moore and Co., who were the previous owners of Cauldon works. The subsequent owners continued using the stamp. Since these makers were ...
by Marra M
Counter stamped coins
This response was given to a guest who asked "I have a walking liberty half dollar, but on the eagle side it has a capital R on it? What does it mean?" Without seeing your coin, it sounds like you ...
by Norml99
Lusterware
Decorative lusterware was invented by Islamic ceramic artists who lived in Baghdad and Basra in the 8th century. They used copper, silver and lead to make the gold highlights of the dish flicker ...
by Marra M
What is the difference between Antique, Vintage, and Collectible?
Antique Antique comes from the Latin word antiquus, which in English means old. Objects that are at least 100 years old can be referred to as 'antique'. These are pieces that showcase the work of ...
by Marra M

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