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nebraska back to back national champions plaque #113 out of 200

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Ernst Gideon Bek chain mesh purse 5 Replies

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DRGM patented object, white metal tubular container. 24 Replies

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Can anyone identify the maker of this plastic military half track toy ? 1 Reply

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Koa wood table and chairs 2 Replies

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Comment by Lisa Place on February 8, 2018 at 7:04am

I forgot this these items I am looking for value and info as well.


Comment by Lisa Place on February 8, 2018 at 7:00am

I have a couple things I have no idea about and I need to sell so I want to know the value or any info that could send me in the right direction




Comment by katherina martindale on January 28, 2018 at 9:57am

the pink flamingo trinket box is a satin glass (also known as frosted glass )and they were popular in the 70's to 80's you could get all colours and all different animals and birds (cats, dogs, elephants, parrots etc ) they usually sold for around 15.00 to 20.00 they are still very collectable 

Comment by tomsantiquesetcetera on January 28, 2018 at 4:51am

Patinas occur over time.  Time denotes age. The greater  the patina the older the item.  Yes, I know patinas can be faked.


Comment by Michael on January 28, 2018 at 12:30am

While I do understand the concept of pandering to the buyer and leaving the entire issue of patina up to them, as well as if I am not selling them it would be my choice to clean or not, what I wish to understand is why is patina considered better than no patina.

Comment by tomsantiquesetcetera on January 25, 2018 at 1:39am

Re, patinas. If you plan to resell item don't polish it. Let the new buyer decide.  If you plan to use or wear it, polish it.   I believe jewelry should be polished if you intend to sell it as it makes it more desirable. This is my opinion.

Comment by Michael on January 24, 2018 at 5:36pm

A matter I know I've asked before, but still can't grasp the concept of is why a patina is so often sort after on various items of collectibles and why does it increase the items value.

To my mind, patina is represents the wear and corrosion of the item over time.  I understand how a patina can produce an aged appearance to an object, however, that is simply a product of its current state of degradation.  To my mind, it should always be preferential to preserve the item, any corrosion should be considered a bad thing.  I also understand, if an item was found with considerable degradation already in place, then restoring the item back to mint condition is not really an option without replacing the worn or missing sections, sometimes that process is undertaken and other times it is deemed unfavourable as too much would require replacement leavnig little of the original piece.

Take for instance coins, if a coin can be cleaned without causing any damage to the surface of the coin, thereby perserving the quality of the coin for future admirers, why is that a bad thing? I realise there are many methods people tout as being good for cleaning coins which are in fact harmful or damaging to the coin, I am specifically talking about cleaning a coin without causing any damage to the coin itself.  Not necessarily bringing the coin back to a mirror shiny finish, only in removing the dirt, grime, patina and halting any ongoing corrosive process that may be present on the coin.

Enough of coins, I heard it said about maintaining the patina, or indeed any signs of the passage of time, on everything from boxed toys, jewellery, cutlery, every type of metal item there is, wooden furniture, fabrics and even some sort after collectible white goods like some 50's fridges and washing machines.

I also do understand that small sampling of the patina on some products can provide the means to chemically date the item.  To my mind though, once dated, clean it, record the date together with the test results and the object so dating need not be an issue again.

Comment by tomsantiquesetcetera on January 23, 2018 at 7:58pm

Ark, not Arc...

Comment by tomsantiquesetcetera on January 22, 2018 at 3:12pm

I didn't look at the whole picture, just the faces. Can now see two lions, not a bird. Not Noah and the Arc. Thanks Michael.

I checked Jesus and two lions, nothing. I check Daniel and two lions, lots of stuff but not this.

Fact that OP hasn't answered, it's been 8 days, or shown us the other side makes me think this is just a test to see how smart, or dumb, we are. Other side probably gives all the details. I saw some examples of these being church medallions given to students for attendance, etc.

Comment by Michael on January 20, 2018 at 1:07am

Not a Lion and a bird, two lions, both have long tails and a mane.  One creatures' design is basically a mirror of the other.  Therefore, not Noah as there weren't two lions on the Ark.

The text shown on the Hanseatic Seals is in German, the font style is also extremely similar to that shown on Darren's item.  I'm still not saying this is in fact what Darren's item is, just that the language is not Cyrillic, Herbew, Greek and as for Phoenician, well, I'm not that familiar with the evolution of their alphabet, but from what I've seen, it doesn't look like that to me either.

Of course, I may still be wrong about it, I really wish Darren would reply with further information as to what the back looks like, close up photos, straighter on, better lighting to enhance the pattern and lettering etc...


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