• 30
    Jun

The Workhorse of the Early American Banking System: Half Eagles, Part One

Half Eagles, or five dollars gold pieces as there are often called, were the workhorse of the early American banking system, as there were so very few quarter eagles manufactured. In fact, of the roughly 2.3 million gold coins made by the United States Mint between the years of 1795 and 1834, 2.1 million were half eagles, or...

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  • 30
    Jun

Mitchell & Rammelsberg Bedroom Suite Highlights Katherine Creamer Estate Sale

[caption id="attachment_2483999" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This five-piece rosewood Victorian bedroom suite, signed Mitchell & Rammelsberg, circa 1860 , was the top earner at the living estate sale of Katherine Creamer, a discerning collector from Mobile, Ala., selling for $51,700."][/caption] ABERDEEN, Miss. – A stunning five-piece rosewood Victorian bedroom suite, signed Mitchell & Rammelsberg (circa 1860), soared to $51,700 at...

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  • 30
    Jun

Weekly News Roundup: June 29-July 3, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news, Michael Jackson makes the headlines, a cigarette butt brings in hundreds of dollars and Sotheby’s makes what could be a costly mistake. From Bloomberg: Jackson Items Fetch $205,000 in Sale, Top Estimates Michael Jackson’s death sent waves through the collectibles world along with the rest of the world. Julien’s Auctions had been...

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  • 30
    Jun

The Computer: Friend or Foe for Antiques Enthusiasts

I have lived through two information revolutions in the antiques and collectibles field. The first occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The number of regional antiques and collectibles trade papers tripled. Several regional papers, e.g., the Tri-State Trader, assumed national importance. Antiques and collectibles publishers expanded their titles to include specialized price guides focused on a...

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  • 30
    Jun

‘Neat’ Set of Apothecaries Measures

People become antique dealers for various reasons. Some do so when their personal collection becomes too big for their home and, at retirement, opening a shop seems a good idea. Others start collecting and trading at a young age and at some point realizes they are a “dealer.” However we come to it, we all love the things...

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  • 30
    Jun

‘On the Ball’—Webb C. Ball’s Contribution to Railroad Watches and Timekeeping

[caption id="attachment_2483954" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="A Ball Watch Co.-certified railraod watch made for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers union."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2483955" align="aligncenter" width="210" caption="While not made by Ball Watch Co., it is marked on the inside of officially certified railraod watches."][/caption] Webb C. Ball was born in Fredericktown, Ohio on Oct. 6, 1847 and became a jeweler & watchmaker....

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  • 29
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 29, 1943

Tuesday, June 29, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483936" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 29, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning I woke up feeling pretty fair and thought the sickness was on its way off. However by noon I thought differently and I ended up down at the dispensery (sic) tonight in a bed. No one understands just what...

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  • 28
    Jun

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

Monday, June 28, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483931" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 28, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] I thought yesterday was a schorcher (sic), but today was twice as bad. I have been in misery throughout the whole day and this evening went over to see the doc. He wasn't in so will go back in the morning....

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  • 28
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 27, 1943

Sunday, June 27, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483925" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 27, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Another Sunday and it seems like only yesterday was Sunday. Time is rolling by faster than it can be kept track of. Today it was as hot as I have ever seen it in my life. That is I think it...

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  • 26
    Jun

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Art Books, Beatles Bazooka Wrapper, Esther Hunt Bust

QUESTION: I want to sell old (1960 and older) hardcover art books. They are in very good condition and still have their dust jackets. In addition, I have old art periodicals. What advice do you have? – TM, Lancaster, PA, via e-mail ANSWER: Selling art reference books, especially if they are coffee table books, is difficult and time...

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