• 4
    Feb

They May not Look Like Much, but ‘Pete’ Miller’s Rifles are Beautiful

By R. Bruce Moon As the morning began to brighten, I watched the buzzards settle on the hog. I had shot the 180-pound boar two evenings before, taken the backstraps, then dragged the carcass to a clearing 200 yards from the tripod in the hope that a coyote would come to feed while I was […]

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  • 26
    Jan

Bowie: Knife Of Legends

By Art Carter We want to touch it. We’d like to pick it up, admire its craftsmanship, and feel its solid weight, but it’s almost intimidating. It’s a paradox of beauty and terrible function. We’d love to own this bit of American history—this Bowie knife. To many frontiersmen, Civil War soldiers, and present-day knife collectors, […]

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  • 23
    Dec

Circus Christmas Cards — A Colorful Big Top Collectible

During the Christmas season, circuses are typically at winter quarters preparing for another year on the road. Circus owners have always been alert to use any and every means to promote their shows. Mailing Christmas cards to members of the media, business associates and friends is a perfect way to remind everyone that the circus […]

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  • 11
    Dec

Christmas Memories of My Mom, the Antique Collector, Dealer and Family Historian

Around this time every year, I get a bit melancholy. It is difficult to think about the upcoming holiday season with any sense of true joy. I lost my mom almost six years ago to a brain aneurysm and my mom’s love of Christmas makes it all the more difficult for me to get my holiday […]

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  • 7
    Dec

Rare and Elegant—George Hoenig’s Rotary Round Action

By Ron Spomer Many premier side-by-side shotguns are sold as round actions, but rounded is the more accurate description. The sharp edges of the flat-sided action bar are sculpted with a gentle radius that blends smoothly into the similarly rounded grip and forend. The upshot is a graceful-looking gun that rides more comfortably in the […]

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  • 19
    Nov

Polishing Your Antique Silver: Tips for a Tedious Holiday Chore

Thanksgiving Day is less than a week away, and if you are tempted to get out your antique silver to make your holiday table sparkle, there are a few things you need to know before you get down to the chore of cleaning and polishing that silver. Before cleaning or polishing silver, it is important […]

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  • 6
    Nov

True Blue: Knowing the True Value of Turquoise

What’s in a name? When it comes to buying jewelry, this can be a very important question. And when it comes to gemstones, finding out exactly what is in the name can mean the difference between buying a natural stone and paying for a cheap imitation. Turquoise is a good example of the necessity of […]

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  • 26
    Oct

Haunted Antiques: Do Some Items Retain Ghostly Emotions of Original Owners?

I hope that the title has piqued your interest in this article and I am fairly certain that a few of you are thinking “Okay, this whackadoodle has totally lost her mind.” Either way, this is a very true story based on events that I experienced in my antique shop. I have been a life-long […]

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  • 21
    Oct

Halloween Collectibles – The Prices are nothing to Boo at

I think that most of us, at least those of us of a certain age, have very fond memories of Halloween. The costumes, the parties, the favors and, of course, going out for the candy. Deciding what you were going to dress-up as was a months-long process and there were years when my mom would […]

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  • 21
    Sep

Papal Games: If You Can’t be the Pope, at Least You can Play one at Home

This week we will get an up-close-and-personal look at Pope Francis. I often wonder what it would be like to be the Pope, the Bishop of Rome and the appointed worldwide leader of the Catholic Church. It’s kind of a cushy job and it comes with an awesome hat. Not to mention the fact that […]

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