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Uncovering the Uniform, Part 3

By Maureen A. Taylor

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Last week we came close to a match for the man in the feathered cap with crowns on his sleeves.

A few crafty readers looked outside the usual sources for images and suggested looking at an antiques website, Worthpoint.com. Good idea. I often use antique sites and even eBay to try to find matches for items I’m looking for.

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Worthpoint calls itself the “Internet of Stuff.” You can search and then look at the matching tabs. When you look for something there is a screen with tabs: price guide, marks, library, classifieds, or news articles.

  • Price Guide shows you what similar items have sold for.
  • Marks can help if you’re looking for distinct marks that appear on an item.
  • Library provides a list of books on relevant topics.
  • Classified is self-explanatory. You can buy items.
  • News Articles contains links to articles written by Worthpoint and blog posts on the topic you’re researching or a related one.

On Worthpoint, a few readers found an image of a similar coat. Read the description though. The item sold on eBay and the seller had done the research. I’d love to see a citation for the source material.

Is it a match?

Possibly. Two like-minded readers, Bill and Susan, found a similar item on the Worthington Galleries site.

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Worthington’s experts evaluated the item and set a price. Their curators have experience with antiques making them a reliable source of information.

It looks like we have a match BUT are we done examining the photo and the evidence. Not quite.


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