• 4
    Aug

Fontaine’s Civil War Auction Grows by 300 Lots, Adds Second Day

[caption id="attachment_2485121" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This Gatling gun is expected to bring $150,000-$250,000 at the Civil War, Firearms & Militaria at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery the weekend of Aug. 15-16. A second Gatling gun will also be sold that weekend."][/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – What started out as a 500-lot, one-day auction of Civil War, Firearms & Militaria at Fontaine’s Auction...

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  • 4
    Aug

Rare J. Chein & Co. Toys Mark Single-Owner Collection Sale

[caption id="attachment_2485110" align="aligncenter" width="502" caption="Bidder interest will be keen for the group of Chein toys--a 17-inch Hercules Ferris Wheel (circa 1950s), a Playland Merry-Go-Round carousel with children seated atop horses and swan coaches, and a very rare Aeroplane Whirler Space Ride (circa 1960s)--at a single-owener auction hosted by Clarity Sells Auction Gallery on Aug. 15, 2009"][/caption] CLEVELAND, Tenn....

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  • 4
    Aug

The History of the Roskopf Watch

[caption id="attachment_2485100" align="alignright" width="375" caption="An example of an 1896 Exposition watch made by Georges Frederic Roskopf ."][/caption] I am telling the story of Georges Fredric Roskopf not only because it is a fascinating history, but to make a point to watch collectors and enthusiasts: collections of watches don't necessarily have to be high grade, bejeweled, gold, or "high...

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  • 4
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 4, 1943

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485945" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 4, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This evening I received a letter from the Rotary Club back home. It seems they set aside an evening every now and then to write to the boys in the service. It’s a good idea. My “Marylander and Herald” are now...

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  • 3
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Noah’s Ark Toy, World War One Letter from King George V

QUESTION: I would like your help with an antique wooden Noah’s Ark that I have been asked to sell on behalf of a client. I have done some research, but am torn as to what sales approach might bring the best results. What is your advice? – K&S, via e-mail ANSWER: The pictures attached to your e-mail enabled...

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  • 3
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 3, 1943

Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485937" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 3, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Ambition must be catching up with me. I wrote fine letters tonight. Of course that is the advantage of “V-Mail.” There is only so much room to fill out yet it counts as a letter and gets an answer. Did I...

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  • 2
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 2, 1943

Monday, August, 2, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485937" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 2, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning I woke up to hear some of the boys talking and asked what the trouble was. Sgt. F____ said he had heard someone calling his name and thought it was the guard. He had gotten up and looked for...

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  • 1
    Aug

‘Hey, Taxi!’ Cab Service on a Small Scale

[caption id="attachment_2475740" align="alignright" width="150" caption="1964 Chevrolet Impala sedan by Matchbox"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2475741" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Maxi Taxi (Ford Capri) by Matchbox"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2475742" align="alignright" width="150" caption="1979 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL by Matchbox"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2475743" align="alignright" width="150" caption="1987 Ford LTD by Matchbox"][/caption] The taxi cab is a common sight on the streets of any city. For small-scale die-cast collectors, the humble...

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  • 1
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 1, 1943

Sunday, August 1, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485927" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 1, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] The captain has an idea. That is we don’t have breakfast until nine on Sundays so I slept until eight thirty. It was a nice cool morning and I thoroughly enjoy the extra time in bed. Finally I crawled out and...

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  • 31
    Jul

After Six Months in Business, Amenia, N.Y., Antique Shop to be Liquidated at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2484925" align="alignright" width="392" caption="Happy Endings Antiques, in Amenia, N.Y., will sell off its entire collection before shutting its doors after only six months in Business. The owner says combination of factors—chief among them the poor economy—are forcing her to close the shop."][/caption] AMENIA, N.Y. – The entire contents of Happy Endings Antiques—featuring some 500 lots in a...

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