• 31
    Jul

The Last Battle of the Civil War Was not in Texas; The Confederate Flag as a Collectible

It was a month after Confederate Lieutenant General Robert E. Lee surrendered to U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia that the last official battle with casualties was fought at the Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, in May 1865. Or was it? The last battle with casualties may actually have […]

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  • 1
    Jul

Taking the Vex out of Vexillology: Correcting Five Myths about the U.S. National Flag

Countries around the world have routinely changed their flag colors or designs to correspond to political upheaval, independence or because, well, they just can. No country’s flag, however, has undergone more changes over its history than that of the United States of America. The reason? Stars were added to the flag every time a new […]

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  • 27
    Jun

Treasures That Aren’t: The Most Faked Collectibles

In antiques and collectibles, you’ve got your share of frauds and scams. We’ve been shocked by stories of imposters who can create “authentic” paintings by the world’s masters, produce ancient art objects, forge signatures on baseballs, create “rare” books, “find” long lost stamps and “discover” historical letters or diaries. Even antique wine has been fabricated. […]

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  • 4
    Apr

Dealing with Dealers: Online Sale, Auctions and Pawn Shops

In the last two articles of this series I mentioned how to quickly dispose of glassware, vases, figurines, and items of value when handled through local antique dealers, consignment shops, flea markets and, if all else fails, to consider donations as an option, too. My local experiences made for a very interesting tale of how […]

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  • 4
    Mar

Two Historic Lots Relating to Gen. George Armstrong Custer to Cross the Block

FAIRFIELD, Maine — Two lots related to Gen. George A. Custer and featuring historically important and museum quality materials, including wartime documents, letters, photographs, medals and a sample of the Confederate Appomattox surrender flag, will be sold on in the Outstanding March Firearms Auction, to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on March 11-12, […]

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  • 1
    Mar

The Stars Tell Its Age: Collecting the 27 Flags of the United States

There are about 200 official countries in the world, each with its own national flag design. But few national flags can tell their story at a glance better than that of the United States of America. Pick up any U.S. flag and the number of stars will tell you how old the flag is. The […]

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