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Skillful Descriptions in the Selling of Collectibles (1/9/08)
Engraving of White House that Many of us in the collecting field are familiar with the descriptive words a seller uses sometimes to give the impression of an item’s importance beyond its reality. Usually it is done at an online auction site where a seller uses the art of descriptive language to give the impression of a higher value or rarity without actually saying so. More >>


Book Review: M-1 Helmet of the WW2 US GI (1/8/08)
I’ve been visiting Peter Oosterman’s site (www.m-1helmet.com) for a while because, in my opinion, it is the nicest looking militaria-related site on the web. When I heard he was publishing a book on M1 helmets, I was eager to purchase a copy. My expectations were high because the book cost $119.90 (including international postage), but it ended up being money well spent. More >>


Resources Material for Presidential Memorabilia (1/7/08)
Anyone who has been involved with collections over a certain period of years has usually amassed an impressive combination of resource material, other collectors, dealers, and organizations to help learn more about their area of interest. For me, its no different. More >>


The Challenge Coin (1/6/08)
The White House Military Office Security challenge coin, reverseIn World War I, the story goes, an airman was shot down over enemy-occupied France and taken prisoner. The airman was able to escape and was ready to return to friendly territory when he was captured by French soldiers. They knew that German soldiers were dressing up as Allied soldiers trying to infiltrate Allied lines. More >>


Service Badges of the US Military (1/6/08)
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge (OSDIB) with military collar tabsMilitary collectibles are not a specialty of mine, except as they relate to the White House, office of the president or vice president. In the case of military service badges there is some overlap as they relate to White House service, but there is also a larger community developing for the high level service badges awarded to military and civilian defense officials. More >>


The President $1 Coin (1/6/08)
George Washington $1 coin, edgingFollowing its successful series of collectible coin series for the 50 state quarters and the new Jefferson nickels, the US Mint is now offering a series of $1 coins featuring the presidents of the United States in the order they served. More >>


First Spouse $10 gold coin (1/6/08)
Dolley Madison on the US Mint $10 gold coinWell, it is just possible we may have more than just a First Lady in our country’s future and the U.S. Mint is ready for that eventuality by issuing First Spouse $10 gold coins. More >>


Aladdin Lamps by Model (1/4/08)
An Aladdin  LampThe Aladdin Mantel Lamp Co. was established by Victor S. Johnson in 1908. He enjoyed reading about the Arabian Nights series of books while young. As an adult he introduced a particular kind of indoor lamp that produced a rather soft white light and named the lamp Aladdin. More >>


The Collectible Oil and Kerosene Lamp Reference Library (1/4/08)
Reference Guide to Collecting Oil and Kerosene LampsIn the collectible world of oil, kerosene, and electrical lamps there is an abundant of detailed books explaining the history, type, color, manufacturer, values and other specific details needed to verify any lamp. We highlight only a select few here, but there are so many others to consider when starting your own lamp collection. More >>


You never know what you will find… And when… (1/3/08)
I was driving to get gas at 7:30 this morning here in Maine. The temperature was a brisk 3 degrees. We have an outdoor flea market at an antique mall where dealers sell their wares just about year round. I was so surprised to see a dealer out in front of the flea market on such a cold day, so I stopped to show my interest in his craziness. More >>


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