The American Cut Glass Association has a very informative website. In addition to membership information there are tips on identifying cut glass, dating and patterns.
There are several free articles from past issues of their journal “The Hobstar”. Among them are two articles by Vickie Matthews.
“The Care and Cleaning of Cut Glass” has tips on handling, washing and displaying. Since I’m located in an area prone to earthquakes, I especially like the suggestion of using a neutral wax or gel product sold at antique shops, hardware stores or on-line. These products can be removed without harming the glass or signatures.
“Packing and Shipping of Cut Glass” has tips on wrapping, boxing and using various shipping services. Many of these tips can be used for transportation of glass, china or collectibles in general.
One of the best places to view cut glass in Southern California is the Historical Glass Museum in Redlands. They have an entire room dedicated to American Cut Glass. Located in a Victorian house, they have many other types of American made glass; the largest collection West of the Mississippi. Check their website for upcoming lectures.
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Kathi Jablonsky, ISA CAPP is a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property with the International Society of Appraisers. Designated in Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Art (formerly Antiques and Residential Contents). Member of the Desert Estate Planning Council.
Specialty in Art Glass. Member of the National American Glass Club, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and past member of the Greater San Diego Depression Glass Club (1998-2004).
Kathi Jablonsky, ISA CAPP
Eighteen years of personal property appraisal experience, since 1999. Appraisals conducted for attorneys, CPAs, trustees, banks, fiduciaries, individuals, insurance companies, corporations, military, government and non-profit clients. Full time personal property appraiser. Previous experience working with estate sales and antique malls.
The Collector’s Handbook, 10th edition is written by James Halperin, Gregory Rohan and Mark Predergast in conjunction with Heritage Auctions. Updated in 2016, it contains sections on administering, estate planning, evaluating and selling your collection. There are good references in the appendices as well. At 181 pages, there is a wealth of information and advice for collectors and their heirs on how to protect their investment.
There are discussions in several chapters about the importance of having your collection appraised for different reasons including insurance, planning, donation, selling, estate tax or division. It also mentions the importance of using professional and qualified personal property appraisers.
The book is available by free download on the Heritage Auctions website (registration required) or by hard copy for a nominal fee. I highly recommend taking the time to download and keep a copy of this handy reference book.
We don’t like to think about it, but there are several situations where our art, antiques and collectibles will be affected in a major way. Life’s events have a way of separating us from our possessions.
I would like add a fourth “D” to the list ….. disaster. Our beloved objects can be damaged or in the worst case scenario, destroyed. I discussed this subject in an earlier post titled “Protecting Your Valuables from a Disaster”.
Protection of your collection and planning for the future is essential. By having an inventory and professional appraisal, you can make informed decisions regarding insurance, donation, division or liquidation. At the end of every episode of the TV show “Strange Inheritance” they remind us “you can’t take it with you”.
An opportunity to learn about the connoisseurship of antique and collectible dolls will be available at a Dollmastery Seminar conducted by Florence Theriault in Los Angeles on Friday April 12 , 2013. It will be followed by two days of catalogued doll auctions on April 13th and 14th. All events will be hosted at the Universal Hilton by Theriault’s, one of the premier doll auction companies in the U.S. For more information and reservations, contact www.theriaults.com
The fanfare, emotion and sports competition of the 2012 Olympics has passed. Many collectors have found a way to extend the excitement year round by collecting Olympic memorabilia.
You can start out inexpensively by collecting pins, coins, stamps and mascots from recent years. Some collectors progress to a higher, more expensive level including medals and torches. There’s something for every interest and budget. To narrow down the choices begin collecting by category, year, country or sport.
I have a modest Olympic collection of my own, and display many items in my office. It started off when I worked at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. I was stationed at the USC Olympic Village where I was able to trade pins with the athletes and collect small souvenirs. Over the years, I have added items from other olympics to my collection. However, I realized that the pins I collected directly from the athletes in Los Angeles mean the most to me because of their personal connection.
As an appraiser, one of the most exciting opportunities I’ve had was to appraise a silver award medal owned by an olympic athlete. It was an insurance appraisal and it gave me the opportunity to examine the sales comparison approach (what similar items have sold for) versus the cost to reproduce the medal.
If you still want a unique souvenir from the London Olympics, you can purchase something at the Official London 2012 Auction website. They are auctioning off everything from game used equipment, to ceremony props and torches to help defer the cost of putting on the games.
The 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War takes place this year and continues until 2015. There are many state and local activities scheduled to commemorate this historical event.
Appraisers need to be aware of special events such as this, and how they will affect the values for related items. This multi-year anniversary of such an important historical event is expected to have an increase on values for Civil War artifacts and collectibles, at least temporarily. Buyers and appraisers should also be aware that civil war artifacts are frequently faked.
More information on the planned events is available at the following websites: