• 15
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 15, 1943

Thursday, July 15, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484596" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 15, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Well for the final time in over six months I pulled an O.D. Over here that is a duty that takes up many little of your time and outside of the fact that you lose about three hours sleep in the...

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  • 14
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 14, 1943

Wednesday, July 14, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484588" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 14, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Today I think we _______this time lag that we have had between the times we tear a motor down and when we get the parts. This sometimes takes as many as three or four days which means that shop is cluttered...

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  • 14
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 13, 1943

Tuesday, July 13, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484577" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 13, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This was a hot one but still nothing like last week so we have no room to complain. The news of the battle of Sicily is in our favor from the report of the “Stars & Stripes” which is the paper...

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  • 14
    Jul

A Range of Artistic Styles Offered at Christie’s Prints & Multiples Sale

[caption id="attachment_2484563" align="aligncenter" width="502" caption="Frank Stella’s “Sabine Pass,” from “Benjamin Moore Series” (A. 61), lithograph in colors, 1971, estimated to sell for between $2,500 and 3,500 at Christie’s mid-season “Prints & Multiples” sale on July 22, 2009."][/caption] NEW YORK – Christie’s will be presenting its mid-season “Prints & Multiples” sale—comprised of a cross section of movements and styles,...

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  • 14
    Jul

The People Who Inspired the Names of Antique Furniture Pieces

In our modern culture, which embraces a slipshod approach to the English language, we have a habit of taking proper names and turning them into generic, non-capitalized descriptive words for an entire class of objects or products. The one that comes immediately to mind is “Kleenex.” That is a proprietary brand name of facial tissue belonging to a...

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  • 14
    Jul

Sheffield and Silver Plate: What to Look For

The social background for the discovery of the methods of plating on copper used in the Sheffield process is quite interesting. It was a time of rising expectations for an emerging merchant class distinct for the upper class in England. These newly wealthy families wished to live with silver luxuries befitting their new status. Unfortunately for them, solid...

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  • 13
    Jul

Weekly News Roundup: July 13-17, 2009

At the top of art, auction and collectibles news is a check with Neil Armstrong’s John Hancock, pinup art, more in the fight over the Obama poster and a Constable that doesn’t meet its reserve. From The Boston Globe: One giant signature for mankind On July 16, 1969, a Saturn V rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral. Destination—the...

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  • 13
    Jul

Early Indian Motorcycles: Leaders of the Racing Pack

[caption id="attachment_2484424" align="alignright" width="300" caption="An example of an early Indian motorcycle. With a pedigree as a fine racing machine, Indian sales skyrocketed in the first two decades of the 20th century."][/caption] Oscar Hedstrom was probably the first American to literally incorporate an internal combustion engine with a bicycle. Oscar, a former bicycle racer, was a capable engineer. In...

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  • 13
    Jul

Reversing the Effects of Time: What to do with Damaged Art and Antiques

[caption id="attachment_2484398" align="alignright" width="350" caption="A painting udergoing restoration."][/caption] Q – I have several old oil paintings that have been in my family for years. They have become discolored and the paint is beginning to flake. I would like to have them cleaned and restored for my grandchildren. Is it safe to attempt cleaning myself, or where can I...

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  • 13
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Candy Dish, FADA Radio, KKK Book

QUESTION: My grandmother bought a candy dish during her honeymoon trip to Washington, D.C. from her home in North Carolina sometime around 1910. She could not have paid more than 50 cents for it. After poking around on eBay and the Internet, I identified the glass type as opalescent blue pressed glass. It is in beautiful condition with...

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