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Mark D Swartz
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Mark D Swartz replied to Joni Fuller's discussion Does any one have any information on this pitcher? in the group Whadja Find Today
"  This is a Pewter Islamic style coffee pot made in Norway which I'd found years ago in a local thrift store; it's clearly marked on the base with the name of the company which produced this gem."
13 hours ago
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Native American Style Wood Carving Depicting Thunderbird with Compass Type Design in the group Whadja Find Today
"fyi I bought a pre-owned 2007 Acura RDX when I was selling cars at an Acura dealer; my vehicle has a satellite navigation system and also a backup camera.  I never have to fear police officers because 1) I've always been a safe driver and…"
19 hours ago
Mark D Swartz replied to Jeannine Nield's discussion Art Deco, brass, trinket dish in the group Whadja Find Today
"I've collected likely 500 or more items from thrift and consignment shops over about 25 or more years; sometimes I've found very valuable art items and some of the items I've purchased I've sold for 100 times what I'd…"
Nov 16
Mark D Swartz replied to Gena Brown's discussion Invitation to the White House in the group Whadja Find Today
"  I quickly found this webpage which has information on this charity event held to raise money for crippled children.  I'd suspect this letter is real as it has little value except to someone who specializes in collecting letters…"
Nov 15
Mark D Swartz replied to Lloyd Levine's discussion Old or new English Pith hat ? in the group Whadja Find Today
"Not to compete with your plastic truck, only to make you cry with envy:  I used to visit a small and very nice thrift store which was directly on my route home from the Benz dealer where I worked; it was always filled with new finds and there…"
Nov 12
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Native American Style Wood Carving Depicting Thunderbird with Compass Type Design in the group Whadja Find Today
"Since it's a "third eye" why don't you hang it on the back of your car so you can watch for cops and help see when you park or back up."
Nov 12
Mark D Swartz replied to Lloyd Levine's discussion Old or new English Pith hat ? in the group Whadja Find Today
"  I'm not saying this to impress anyone here and instead only to provide my opinion (if it's worth anything).  I began collecting all sorts of items from local thrift stores likely in the 1970's and I moved around from one…"
Nov 11
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Native American Style Wood Carving Depicting Thunderbird with Compass Type Design in the group Whadja Find Today
"I might try hanging this large heavy pendant around my neck when I go out in public; that likely might get some attention from passersby.  Thanks for your assistance; I found this is one of the several thrift stores which I used to visit almost…"
Nov 11
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Bronze Metal Ewer Crowned Duck with Many Geometric Icons and Wild Animal Scenes in the group Whadja Find Today
"I strongly suspect that this brass sculpture was donated to the thrift store by the family of an elderly man who'd owned this for years and had recently passed away.  Unfortunately it was made of brass rather than gold.  I believe…"
Nov 11
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Bronze Metal Ewer Crowned Duck with Many Geometric Icons and Wild Animal Scenes in the group Whadja Find Today
"It seems strange to me how much this little weird sculpture means to me; I can easily understand and appreciate how much time, effort and skill was invested by the person who made this.  After spending so much time trying research this little…"
Nov 11
Jeff Guy replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Bronze Metal Ewer Crowned Duck with Many Geometric Icons and Wild Animal Scenes in the group Whadja Find Today
"Really you think cast brass isn't made after 1880? Not true."
Nov 11
Mark D Swartz replied to Tina Foulds's discussion Orion jwalk portable cassette player in the group Whadja Find Today
"I'll let you research this site and I'm certain you could contact them and your item might be on their list:  https://www.radiomuseum.org/m/orion_j_en_1.html.  I still have a similar small cassette player that I used to…"
Nov 11
Mark D Swartz replied to simon harris's discussion Rare Capodimonte, any views on this, it's a substantial piece in the group Whadja Find Today
"I collected perhaps 1,000 or more objects from a select few thrift and consignment shops in Northern Virginia since 1989 and now have collections of all sorts of items esp. collectible glass, artwork, jewelry, some toys, sculptures and much…"
Nov 11
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Native American Style Wood Carving Depicting Thunderbird with Compass Type Design in the group Whadja Find Today
"Navajo symbol, thunderbird means "wonderful". It can also mean "third eye" when worn as a brooch or pendant. Likewise, E-diamond-E is symbol for "all seeing eye". The tridents are the line of sight, the diamond  is…"
Nov 11
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Bronze Metal Ewer Crowned Duck with Many Geometric Icons and Wild Animal Scenes in the group Whadja Find Today
"Mark, one thing I found while researching is that ALL the similar ewers from China have dragon-shaped handles, whereas yours is a serpent. In looking at the undecorated face of the duck I can see that the brass was molded, not spun. This indicates…"
Nov 11
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Bronze Metal Ewer Crowned Duck with Many Geometric Icons and Wild Animal Scenes in the group Whadja Find Today
"Thank you for looking at my strange bird; I tonight had been looking thru many images of ancient Cocatrix and one item that they almost all have is a pointed beak.  Even though there are variations in the shapes of their heads their beaks are…"
Nov 10

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I collect a variety of treasures from thrift stores and consignment shops, sell only a few of these on eBay and keep the nicer ones for my assorted collections. Things I collect: Swedish crystal esp. by Orrefors, all types of teak wood objects, vintage American pocket knives esp. by Imperial and Colonial, Metal Art in Pewter and Brass, Hand Made wood boxes, wood pepper mills, glass paperweights, etc. My eBay ID is smokyquartz11. The profile photo is of a Joe Zimmerman paperweight made with Greentown Glass fragments.
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My Childrens' Toy Musk Ox was Sold to Another Thrift Store Client

I yesterday went to a thrift store that I used to visit several years ago. The store was very busy with clients on a Sunday and I spent a long time looking thru lots of collectibles.  The only things I found were a very clean used childrens' Musk Ox toy that had a baby Ox on top and a Yamaha Baroque Alto recorder.  The Musk Ox was large and I asked the cashier to hold it for me.  I later walked to the cashier and went to pay for both when I sadly found out that they'd sold my Musk Ox to…

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Posted on July 18, 2016 at 8:36am

Buying and Collecting Orrefors Swedish Art Glass

 My glass collection began surprisingly enough with an award offered by the Acura dealer where I used to work; our employees had a choice of 5-6 different items such as watches, a camera, a personal radio, jewelry and a Lancelot large crystal bowl from Orrefors.  Of the roughly 110 employees at the dealership I was the only one to select the Orrefors Lancelot bowl.  It is a magnificent and beautiful design by Erika Lagerbielke; over the years I've amassed a large collection of Orrefors…

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Posted on December 13, 2013 at 8:55pm — 7 Comments

Are You a Collector or a Hoarder? How YouTube Videos Turned My Guilt Into Happiness

  I've always been a collector but began seriously collecting when I was in my 30's.  I am now 67 and have amassed a variety of collectibles.  When I was very young my parents would not let me own a knife; when I became an adult I truly enjoyed being able to buy any type of knife that I wished.  I now own a collection of antique knife-tool sets, mostly German and some American, a comprehensive collection of vintage Imperial and Colonial American knives and a small…

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Posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:00pm

eBay Feedback Score Modification -- Help for Sellers with Negative Feedback

  I'd been on eBay for at least 9 years, had only one negative feedback from a buyer about a year ago; it took  me a full year to have my score move from 97 up to 98.9.  A member's eBay feedback score is supposed to be calculated based on the prior 12 month period, however 12 months had passed and the one negative feedback was still affecting my score.  I assumed that the one negative would automatically be deleted after a year however it remained in place.  I called eBay customer support…

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Posted on December 4, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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