• 8
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 8, 1943

Sunday, Aug. 8, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485963" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 8, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] The captain left around nine o’clock so we had a peaceful day. The boys cleaned up their tools and put their shops in order for the coming week then went their own way. Most of them spent the day in bull...

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  • 7
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 7, 1943

Saturday, Aug. 7, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485953" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 7, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Today marks the end of the fourth week of the invasion. My original guess of six weeks may still be good because opposition now is pretty terrible. They have the Nazi forces pinned up in the north east corner and all...

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  • 6
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 6, 1943

Friday, Aug. 6, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485953" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 6, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Well last night while I was sleeping there was quite a bit of excitement around here. An officer and a negro enlisted man were shot to death. Here is the story as I got it. Two brand new shavetails* had charge...

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  • 5
    Aug

This Week in Geek 8/05/09

This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by WorthPoint comic book Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday, Matt takes a look at the week's new comics from a collector's point-of-view and discusses which books may be hard to find in the near future and why. Make sure to click on the hot links for...

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  • 5
    Aug

Provenance Adds to the Value of Antique Furniture

[caption id="attachment_2485180" align="aligncenter" width="533" caption="The signature on this drawer bottom is a good start to establishing a provenance for the piece. But is the signature that of the cabinetmaker, the owner or a hopeful heir? That’s where the fun begins."][/caption] With the large number of antiques and collectibles appraisal shows on television and the increasing number of similar...

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  • 5
    Aug

Take Steps Now to Prevent Winter Damage to Outdoor Art

[caption id="attachment_2485165" align="alignright" width="250" caption="Winter weather can play havoc on your outdoor statuary. This 19th-century plaster cast of a copy of the statue of David is showing sings of weathering. Now, before the leaves start falling, is the time to prepare your outdoor art for the winter."][/caption] People love their gardens, and that includes many wonderful old statues...

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  • 5
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 5, 1943

Thursday, Aug. 5, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485945" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 5, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Today was another one of those scorchers. The only relief we had from it was the ice cream we had for dinner. We send in the ingredients to a place here in Tunis and they make it up for .30 a...

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  • 4
    Aug

Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 3-7, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles headlines is Barbra Streisand selling items for good causes, a potential Chicago real-estate steal and bidding on a bard’s Bible. From The Associated Press: Barbra Streisand to auction items for charity She may have started out singing “Second Hand Rose,” but over the years, Barbra Streisand didn’t shop at Goodwill. Now collector Streisand...

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  • 4
    Aug

The Celery Vase: A Prominent Way to Serve an Exotic Vegetable

[caption id="attachment_2485142" align="alignright" width="146" caption="An example of an early American Pattern Glass celery vase. This over-sized goblet with crimped lip, in the Venus & Cupid pattern, was produced by Richards & Hartley between 1875-1884 and by U.S. Glass after 1891."][/caption] According to the early nineteenth century writer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in “The Physiology of Taste,” gastronomy required "intelligent...

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  • 4
    Aug

Exotic Ivory, Fine Art and a Great Big Rock Sell in West Palm Beach

[caption id="attachment_2485134" align="alignright" width="232" caption="This ivory concentric ball (Chinese, circa 1850) with chrysanthemums containing approximately twelve inner loose balls with pierced trellis design, supported by the stand with a standing boy holding a peach, sold for $2,150. "][/caption] WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A large ivory collection from a Miami doctor, the result of a 30-year collecting effort,...

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