Generational Clashes Come in the Form of Valuing Family Heirlooms

Jul 3 2019 - 10:53am
From shorter dresses in the 1920s to the peace, love and promiscuity of the 1960s, each new generation brings differences in lifestyles and beliefs. Outside of the political butting of heads between young people and older people today, there is a material issue with family belongings. Think grandma’s china set or grandpa’s antique books. What are the younger generations of families supposed to do with so much stuff owned by older family members? As Millennials and Generation Zs begin to form their own lives, many have the task of taking in family items from aging baby boomers and parents of baby boomers who are downsizing or moving into assisted living homes. However, the nature of and... more

Is Your Antique Clock Worth Something?

Jul 2 2019 - 10:21am
    Here are seven factors to consider when determining the value of an antique clock.   Whether you found an antique longcase clock in your grandmother’s basement or you spotted an authentic Black Forest cuckoo clock at your neighbor’s garage sale, you probably want to know if you’ve discovered something of value that might appreciate over the years.   To determine the value of an old clock, first, you should know what makes something an antique. An antique is any collectible item — from a piece furniture or artwork to a ring or a clock — that has high value because of its age. Typically, the item must be more than 100 years old to be considered an antique.   But not every antique is... more

Where Do the Arts Stand in University Education?

Jun 13 2019 - 11:12am
Universities across the United States are preparing themselves to react to changes in enrollment and in the job market. The University of Tulsa made national headlines when it rolled out a massive plan of restructuring for the university, titled True Commitment. Within this plan, programs in the Arts and Sciences department such as Theater and Music Performance fell on the chopping block. Though the cuts are not exclusive to this department (even a few law school programs found themselves on the list of cuts), a large percentage of programs to be cut are a part of this department. Furthermore, no members of the Arts and Science faculty were included in the 10-month period that preceded the... more

Mona Lisa 2.0

Jun 4 2019 - 12:08pm
For the record-breaking price of $450 million, an auction sold the Salvator Mundi painting to a close friend of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Many believe that this painting of Jesus Christ is an original work from Leonardo da Vinci. Despite the buzz that this painting generated when sold in 2017, its location since has remained unknown. It was supposed to be included in the collection housed at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. However, the New York Times recently reported that it is still absent from this museum. Staff members do not know where it is and neither do officials at the Louvre in Paris, which has allowed the Abu Dhabi Museum to use its name. As it is... more

Sir Henry and Lady Redford

Nov 13 2018 - 11:07am
At Kersten’s Antiques, we are passionate about helping customers across the nation to sell their beloved antiquity items. In fact, we thrive in knowing we can contribute in this way. However, we didn’t anticipate being the source of someone finding an ancestral item on our site but that is exactly what happened a few days ago. Sir Dale Redford of Thatcher, Arizona told us a story recently about a Sir Henry and Lady Redford from England, his ancestors.  Sir Henry was knighted for the Lincoln County, served under King Henry IV at the House of Commons and was also the Sheriff of Lincolnshire. He was a man who wore many hats during his lifetime and of those a devoted husband to his Lady. They... more