Antiques, Art & Valuables Featuring Fred Burke

Watch the Bob Langer interview with Fred Burke, who had done work in the White House under six U.S. Presidents: Sex Lies and Videotapes". Which of the president's played around, with the 'assistance' of the Secret Service.


In Honor Of Our Veterans

BallenIsles has come to pay tribute to those BallenIsles residents who are Veterans of World War II. Channel 63 has filmed a tribute featuring nineteen World War II Veterans, residents of BallenIsles, with comments depicting snapshots of events they encountered during World War II. To paraphrase Tom Brokow from his book, The Greatest Generation, they tell a story of a generation of American heroes united by both common purpose and values, for love of family, and of Country, displaying duty, honor and courage.
Our nation owes to all of them, as well as to their families, and to those Veterans of which the wars that followed, a deep gratitude for the often very difficult, unselfish nature of a war weary nation, bounded by a common purpose of love of family, of God, and of Country. 
Here is a film I did on the gallant efforts of our veterans, whose sacrifice and service will be honored and remembered. 


Wheels at the Norton Museum of Art

Please enjoy the latest installment of my BallenIsles TV show - this week I take you to the Norton Museum of Art to talk about Matchbox cars - a great collectible:



What can you tell me about these Bone and Ivory Pieces?

Piece 1 Piece 2Question: Hello, can you describe anything about the date and worth of the first piece, which is bone with (I believe), a copper base and carved on both sides.  For the second, a Chinese family name seal, could you tell me a possible date, worth, and translation of the Chinese characters?  Neither have signatures. Thank you! Kyera

RD Langer answers: Kyera, the first piece, whether it is bone or ivory, must be examined for an accurate appraisal. The stones on the lower portion of the piece may be authentic or fake turquoise, or coral. I cannot give an evaluation unless I examine it.

The second piece is modern day chinese soapstone, made to look old. It is worth about $50.

What can you tell me about this Japanese vase?

Vase 1 Vase 1 bottomQuestion: I picked this up at a yard sale because I thought it was pretty. Anything you could tell me about it would be greatly appreciated. This vase is just over 12 inches tall. Thank you! Jenny

RD Langer answers: Interesting. Japanese, worth around $50-75.

What is this Drawing Worth?

Japanese drawing Japanese drawing - 2Question: I would like to know any info about this drawing and what it is worth please. Thank You, Debbie

RD Langer answers: Debbie, I cannot tell from photo. This has to be examined to determine:1) size, 2) paper, 3) medium used. If you can provide more information, I'm glad to assist.

When Was this Porcelain Vase made and what is it worth?

Vase Vase bottomQuestion: Hi, I would love any info you can give me on my vase. When it was made, what's it worth, etc. I have tried looking it up on ebay and all over the internet and I can't find anything. All I know is that it has the name Walter Tozzini on the bottom which is how I tried searching for it. I would appreciate anything you can tell me about it. Thank you, April

RD Langer answers: April, this is 20th c porcelain. Probably tourist stuff. Worth $75-100.