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Pewter – The Metal of the Millennium

Tin has been mined and used to make objects both decorative and utilitarian for over 3,000 years. Tin is the fourth most precious metal in common usage after platinum, gold and silver . It is bright, attractive and extremely versatile. Pewter is an alloy that is made almost entirely from pure tin. Modern pewter contains about 92% tin and added to this are small amounts of antimony, copper or bismuth to give additional strength. Tin is a plentiful natural resource and tin mining has little or no impact on the environment.

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Interesting Facts About Beer Steins

Steins date back as early as the 14th century. In the early 16th century Germany made several laws requiring that all food and beverage containers be covered. The reason for this was because of the Bubonic Plague and the mass quantities of flies that swarmed the country. So they started putting a lid, hinge and even a thumblift on their drinking containers for easy access. This also helped to keep the liquid at a constant temperature.

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Doll Collecting Tips

Doll collecting is now the second biggest hobby in the United States. Stamp collecting is number one. If you are new to doll collecting, it can be overwhelming. Here are some tips I think you may find interesting and useful

Many people have a special doll from their childhood and want to find out more about that doll. Many others have always loved dolls and want to know more about them. Here are a few easy tips to follow when beginning to collect these little treasures.

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Difference Between Berta and M.I. Hummel Figurines

Since I have received so many emails with questions about types of Hummel figurines, I thought I would explain the difference between Berta Hummels and MI Hummels. There seems to be more confusion to this than what I had thought.

Berta Hummels are manufactured in the Far East under the strict supervision of Goebel. They are not actually manufactured by Goebel, but have to adhere to Goebel’s quality control procedures. They are made of bisque porcelain. Because of this they are able to bring these Hummels to you at reduced prices. Berta used to be Sister Hummel’s first name up until she graduated from the Academy in 1931. When she took her vows she also took the name of Maria Innocentia hence the name MI Hummel.

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Determining The Value of Hummel Figurines

The value of an authentic Hummel Figurine takes a lot of things into consideration. I receive many emails from people wanting to know what I think the value of their Hummel is. The truth is, the best way and most effective way of getting an accurate appraisal is by going to a certified appraiser. But….there are some things that can give you a rough idea and I will explain those below.

There are four very important factors in determining the value of Hummel Figurines. Firstmost, is the trademark. Second, is the mold number, third is the size of your Hummel and last but not least is the condition your Hummel is in. Since the explanations can get very detailed, I am just going to give you a short course so that you will have some idea.

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Buying Collectibles – What to Look For

I will start right off by telling you that the most important factor in valuing your collectible is the condition of the item. Items that are in mint or near mint condition will always yield a much higher profit. Chips, cracks and crazing, etc., will always bring down the value of the item and are worth just a fraction of what an item in mint condition would be.

If you are buying collectibles, here are a few things to look for:

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M.I. Hummel Miniatures

In California you can find a shop called Goebel Miniatures where they produce miniature renditions of the M.I. Hummel figurines. These miniatures are about the size of a dime. This shop is the only shop and the sole producer of these little miniatures.

A few years before this shop came about, an artist by the name of Robert Olszewski made several miniature replicas of Hummel figurines in gold. He was not aware that he needed to get permission from Goebel in order to do this. Before Goebel found out about Robert’s work and stopped him, he had made the following five miniatures:

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Beer Stein Differences

Steins have been around since the 13th century. They are beautiful pieces of art and fun to collect. In this article we are focusing on beer stein differences and their characteristics.

Mettlach Steins
These steins are made of stoneware and range in size from 1/4 liter to 4 liters in size. They are the most well known and range from just a couple hundred dollars to many thousands depending on the type, size and rarity. They usually are etched, hand painted or have a type of “print under the glass”. After 1970, collections of Mettlach steins were started in many major museums in the United States, Hamburg, Amsterdam and many other other well known places. They can have either ceramic or pewter lids and are all beautifully decorated. They are highly sought after today.

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