To identify real tortoiseshell from material substitutes, apply a hot pin to a hidden spot. If the smell resulting from the hot pin smells similar to burned hair and a black spot develops, the item is likely real tortois... More »

There are two ways to work out whether an object is made from ivory as opposed to bone: examining the object's texture and color and carrying out the hot pin test. Dealer appraisals and chemical tests can provide a defin... More »

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The hinge-back tortoise has a hinge, which is known as a carapace, across the back portion of its shell. It lives in savannas in tropical and subtropical Africa. The tortoise eats insects, snails, slugs, dead frogs, tadp... More »

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Determine the value of an old decanter by its age, condition, material and design. Any historic or cultural significance adds to the value of the decanter. More »

The value of collectible coins is affected by material, condition and supply and demand. Other factors influence the value as well, such as the design, coloring and markings. More »

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Arrowhead pricing is typically based on the arrowhead's condition, rarity, size, workmanship and material. Price guides or appraisers can help determine the value of an arrowhead. More »

The Mossberg headquarters is located in North Haven, Connecticut. In 2014, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. expanded manufacturing of roughly 90 percent of its guns to Eagle Pass, Texas, after opening a new Maverick Arms, Inc.... More »

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