• 11
    Jun

Sometimes the Difference Between a Copy and an Original Isn’t Much

We are often asked about “Mission Style” furniture, people see a piece of Mission furniture by well known makers such as Stickley, Limbert or Roycroft on one of the many Roadshow-type television series and wonder what makes them so valuable and their own nameless pieces worth one-tenth the price. The answer is a combination of […]

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  • 11
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 11, 1943

[voxant 3719060] Friday, June 11, 1943 En Route to Tunisia, North Africa This morning we got up at six and got ready to pull out. We had breakfast at 7 and it was good. I had a big dish of hot cereal and three good size hot cakes with syrup. The coffee was even good. […]

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  • 10
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 10, 1943

Thursday, June 10, 1943 Oran, Morocco, North Africa This morning we took our time getting ready as we were going to stay in Oran for the day. It is a town of about 50,000 and reminds me a lot of New Orleans in some sections. The streets are narrow and winding, being very easy to […]

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  • 9
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 9, 1943

[voxant 3716976] Wednesday, June 9, 1943 Oran, Morocco, North Africa We pulled out of Guercif at eight this morning and set a pretty rugged pace until we got into the mountains. We crossed about thirty more miles of desert before we started the climb but from then on the country began to look more livable […]

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  • 8
    Jun

Weekly News Roundup: June 8-June 12, 2009

In art, auction and collectibles news, we have a Lincoln memo mystery, an undercover sting netting a bunch of looters who stole American Indian artifacts and the Russian art auctions with good news and not so good. From The Associated Press: Lincoln document puzzles Hawaiian historians So how did a document with Abraham Lincoln’s signature […]

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  • 8
    Jun

Dating Your Vintage Photographs (1840 – 1900) Part 2: Women’s Clothing Styles

Many people inherit photographs of ancestors from generations past and often struggle with the frustrations of identifying the age of each picture. An earlier article focused on dating image formats (Dating Your Vintage Photographs (1840 – 1900) Part 1: Image Formats). This article will help identify the probable time frame by the clothing and hairstyles. […]

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  • 8
    Jun

Magazine Articles Chronicle Circus Life of Yesterday and Today

Stories featuring the circus have always been a popular subject for magazines. Collecting these magazines is an inexpensive way to add some spice and details to your Circus Collection. All of the most popular magazines of the past have regularly chronicled circus life. Weekly magazines like Saturday Evening Post, Life, Look and Colliers featured circus […]

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  • 8
    Jun

How Much Does the Previous Owner Impact the Value of an Antique or Collectible?

With appraisal work, no one aspect affects value in the short term more for an antique or collectible than an iron-clad provenance. Even the most mundane items can have huge variances in value depending on prior ownership. Items such as a Tiffany’s ladies’ tape measure—which now retails for about $225—can be worth $48,875, or a […]

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  • 8
    Jun

What Will The Next Generation Collect?

It is time once again to peer into my crystal ball; at least it would be if I owned a crystal ball. I do not. The lack of a crystal ball does not negate my ability to foresee the future. Predict, rather than foresee, would have been a safer word choice, but I must uphold […]

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  • 8
    Jun

Auction Report: Error Stamps Highlights Philip Weiss Auctions

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A block of six rare Canadian error stamps (Scott 387A), never hinged, from the corner of the sheet, sold for $50,850 at a multi-estate sale held May 8-9 by Philip Weiss Auctions. It was the first of two May weekend events conducted by the firm; the other was held May 29-30. Both […]

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