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How to Spot Good Vintage Costume Jewelry Miriam Haskell, Eisenberg, or Hobe

My old office had four to five large boxes brimming with costume jewelry on any given day. I loved sorting through the boxes. I would put music on, sit on the floor, and sort the jewelry into piles. I’d find the extraordinary costume pieces that stood out among all the rest. What makes one piece more »

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How to Build Your Library of Antique Silver Reference Books

Maybe you are just beginning your collection of fine silver, or maybe you have been acquiring pieces for many years and are looking to expand your knowledge of the field.  In either case, the following books will guide you as you seek to learn more about the world of sterling silver. Encyclopedia of American Silver more »

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How to Decipher Bacic Hallmarks on your Antique Gold Jewelry

Have you ever puzzled over the markings stamped on your fine gold jewelry?  Depending on its country of origin, age, and maker, your gold item may be stamped with a variety of different markings such as a maker’s mark, a retailer’s mark, a mark to indicate the gold purity, a serial number, or a date mark.  more »

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Did you receive your 14kt gold pocket watch in time for the Ball?

Our customers are very important to us.  We sincerely appreciate them doing business with us.  It wasn’t too long ago that I sold an absolutely stunning gold pocket watch to a gentlemen a few states over from us. Pocket watch sales have been brisk due to the strong gold and silver prices of recent.   It more »

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Press Release- Agora Marketplace Antiques Expands Consignment

Contact: Agora Marketplace Antiques Email: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AGORA MARKETPLACE ANTIQUES EXPANDS CONSIGNMENT Developing Beyond Traditional e-Commerce Agora Marketplace Antiques stands alone in Philadelphia’s antique and collectible consignment community. Its unique model spans kitsch & collectibles to fine antiques and jewelry from some of Philadelphia’s oldest families. Agora provides clients with high quality antique more »

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The Kingdom of Heaven Sacred Stone- Sapphires for Wedding Plans and Mothers Day

You may not be aware of this, but there is a royal wedding fast approaching. This is assuming you’ve been in a coma or have no recent access to television or the Internet. Though not as historic as the royal wedding jewelry, we feel that you deserve a little royal treatment with our new offerings more »

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Antiques with Stories and Provenance- An Engagement Ring that Spanned More than a Century

The best antiques are the ones with stories behind them and are not for sale.  We’ve have had the privilege of getting to know one Philadelphia family that traces their family tree to before the founding of America.  Listening to stories and looking through family journal reveals interesting provenance that make items like Uncle Castors more »

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Atlantic City Antique Show Pocket Watches Hatpins and Phonographs

Our most recent antique adventure brought us to Atlantic City Antique Show in New Jersey.  We arrived a little bit behind schedule as we were packing for our weekend that included ending our trip in  New York that evening. Eager to arrive, we diligently hunted down an open parking space.  We saw one couple with more »

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National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Museum Adventures

Amazing, simply amazing!  More then I expected, much that was needed.  The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Museum is an excellent source of information, displaying some of the best and most interesting time pieces from all over the world. Absent of sleep, Tiffany and I awake early to a familiar buzzing sound that more »

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Railroad Pocket Watches- Time, Schedules and Precision

Pocket watches are highly collectible and for many a passionate pastime.  We have come across several pocket watches of all sorts in our antique adventure but some of the most notable are railroad pocket watches. Interestingly, I was watching a short documentary on a town in our area.  Originally the village of Wissahickon, Ambler, as more »

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