• 29
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 29 1943

Thursday, July 29, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa Tonight we had a party. There had been quite a bit of talk about one for quite some time and I was really looking forward to it. Of course I didn’t know what I was getting into. We were having a bunch of our nurses ? and after 2 months...

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  • 28
    Jul

Circus Programs: Souvenir Magazines a Colorful and Plentiful Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2484957" align="alignright" width="219" caption="An early Ringling Bros. program."][/caption] Souvenir circus programs vary widely in content, size and quality, but most have one thing in common: they provide patrons with a colorful, chronological list of the acts that will be appearing in the performance. A program can be as simple as a single sheet with a list of...

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  • 28
    Jul

Weekly News Roundup: July 27-31, 2009

Topping art, antiques and collectibles news, we find bankrupt Lehman Brothers unloading its art collection, Brandeis University returning fire, stolen sports memorabilia and the Hermitage director banning the sale of nesting dolls. From Bloomberg: Lehman Mounts Art Bargain Auction With Lichtenstein, Bourgeois More news on the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy—the biggest one in American history—front. Freeman’s of Philadelphia will...

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  • 28
    Jul

Auction Report: 8.22 Carat Diamond Ring Hits $77,000 at Multi-Estate Sale

[caption id="attachment_2484916" align="alignright" width="314" caption="This nearly flawless diamond and platinum ring, registering in at 8.22 total carat weight, fostered an intense bidding war before selling for $77,000 at an auction held by Hal Hunt Auctions on June 28 in Northpoint, Ala. "][/caption] NORTHPORT, Ala. – Multiple bidders in the room battled for a magnificent, nearly flawless diamond and...

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  • 28
    Jul

1971 High Crop Diesel Tractor Soars to $64,000 at John Deere Collectibles Auction

[caption id="attachment_2484903" align="alignright" width="384" caption="This extremely rare 1971 John Deere 2520 high crop diesel tractor was the top lot in the two-day sale of John Deere vintage tractors and related collectibles held July 8-9 in Le Mars, Iowa, selling for $64,000."][/caption] LE MARS, Iowa – An extremely rare 1971 John Deere 2520 high crop diesel tractor with syncro-range...

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  • 28
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 28, 1943

Wednesday, July 28, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa This morning I went in town to see Lt. Ferguson about this trial. He gave me all the details and we soon got our business over with. He’s a pretty decent chap and we had quite a bit of talk afterward. I still can’t figure why so many of our...

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  • 28
    Jul

Bugs with an Eye for Art: Insects Can Destroy Art and Antique Treasures

[caption id="attachment_3142" align="alignright" width="336" caption="Damage done by insects to the frame and stretcher of an oil painting."][/caption] I have had customers come to me with oil painting on which they recently noticed small holes developing near the edges of the canvas and also found small piles of wood dust on the floor under the paintings. They took the...

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  • 27
    Jul

The Cycle Continues: What was Once In, then Out, is Now In Again

[caption id="attachment_2484893" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Beanie Baby"][/caption] As we grow older, we see many things coming back from our early years. Fashion is probably number one; I'm expecting that one of these days soon you will be pulling your leisure suit and Nehru jacket out of the bag in the attic so you can tool around in style. The...

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  • 27
    Jul

Harry Rinker’s Tips on Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings – Part II

[caption id="attachment_2484878" align="alignright" width="247" caption="This portrait of a German woman in oil on canvas is in good condition regarding age, with some scratches on frame and one small restoration on canvas. It is dated 1897."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2484879" align="alignright" width="240" caption="There is a small strip of paper glued to the back (written in German) detailing the artist’s vitals –...

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  • 27
    Jul

Factory Decoys Offer another Collecting Avenue

There are as many strategies to collecting decoys as there are decoys. For example, one can collect by area made, maker or species. One popular area of decoy collecting is the factory-made decoy. Factory decoys are those decoys commercially made by machine and advertised for sale in sporting magazines. This really began around 1870, due to the high...

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