N.C. Wyeth’s ‘Deerslayer’ Illustration Sells for $1.3 Million
When the original art for a famous book illustration comes up for auction, I’m always curious. Where has it been? Why is it now being […]
Comic Ephemera: All that Stuff in Your Comic Book Shop that aren’t Comic Books
If you’ve recently stepped into a comic book store for the first time, or the first time in a long time, you may have noticed; […]
Format Wars Decide which Products will be Mainstream and which will be Collectible
Those of us over a “certain age” have seen format wars come and go: VHS vs. Betamax; 8-track vs. cassette; Apple Mac vs. IBM DOS; […]
Read My Lips… There’s Treasure in Your Back Yard!
Almost any time I mention to someone that I dig for antique bottles, the first words out of their mouths is something along the lines […]
Taking the Vex out of Vexillology: Correcting Five Myths about the U.S. National Flag
Countries around the world have routinely changed their flag colors or designs to correspond to political upheaval, independence or because, well, they just can. No […]
Stinky Stuff: Get Rid of Old Furniture Smells
One of the nice aspects of collecting older and antique furniture is the link to the past that each piece inevitably represents. If we could […]
Antique, Vintage Society Silk Embroidery—Painting with a Needle and Thread
More than a century ago, women created amazing works of art with a needle and silk thread. Known as society silk embroidery, the luster and […]
Apples to Apples: Comparing Genuine Chinese Export Silver to Fakes and Phonies
There is a cartoon that has been circulating in China that features two men and four baskets of apples. On each basket is the Apple […]
The Great Restoration Debate: Should You Rebind or Recover Your Collectible Books?
Book restoration can make a damaged book look much better, but it is expensive. Restoration is a sound decision for a family heirloom, like an […]
Civil War Amputation Sets were Bloody but Life-Saving Necessities
Collecting Amputation Sets 101
By Laura Collum
One hundred-forty-six years ago, in December of 1862, 72,000 Confederate and 106,000 Union soldiers clashed in what is now called the Fredericksburg Campaign. When it was over, Fredericksburg was still in Confederate hands and 5,200 Confederate and 12,700 Union soldiers were injured or killed.