For most collectors, finding a few stellar pieces of Arts and Crafts is their stated goal.
For a smaller number of collectors, filling a room, perhaps even the majority of their home, becomes an even loftier goal, one that might take years to achieve, if ever.
And then there is the stratosphere of collectors for whom furnishing a home is just the starting point. The majority of this group become Arts and Crafts hoarders, filling closets, garages, storage sheds,...
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I have been a collector all of my life, starting back in the era of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris baseball cards, worn Lincoln pennies and Jefferson nickels gathered on my paper route, and, for a brief while, matchbook covers from roadside motels and smoky cafes smelling of bacon grease and eggs over-easy fried in real butter.
It took me a few decades, but I gradually refined my search, although I still love to read about a Ty Cobb card going to auction or a 1943 Lincoln...
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We start this discussion with a clear premise: a refinished antique is worth less than the same form in its original finish.
But from there the waters can get a little murky.
Should you buy a refinished piece?
How much less should you pay? 25%? 50%? 75%?
Does refinishing it again lessen the value even more?
We can blame the fact that many Arts and Crafts antiques no longer have their original finish on at least three factors. First,...