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A True Historical New Orleans Experience (12/19/07)
Finding a person who is truly content with their job is not easy, but walk down to the Sword and Pen at 528 Royal Street and you will meet the happiest antique dealer in New Orleans, Larry Marsh. As manager of Sword and Pen, a French Quarter antique store, Larry has the opportunity to talk about his first love, history. More >>


First Blog (12/18/07)
Yes, ’tis true!!! This is my very first blog! More >>


Rare “Sac Dollar” Error Coin Discovered (12/17/07)
It may come as a surprise to individuals outside the coin-collecting world that extremely rare and valuable US coins are still being minted today. These coins come in the form of mis-strikes or error coins caused by human or mechanical failure in the minting process. Billions of U.S. coins are produced annually. More >>


Origin of the Lighting Lamp (12/16/07)
Byzantine-era olive oil lampIn the arcane world of oil lamps there are considered to be three distinct phases: simple olive oil lamps from prehistory to the 18th century, the Argand lamp created about 1780, and the kerosene lamp created about 1850. More >>


The Mark of Heisey Glass (12/16/07)
Inferior Heisey Glass markAnother interest we would like to intoduce you to is Heisey Glass, a favorite of Sheri for many years. More >>


Aladdin Mantel Lamp Co. (12/16/07)
Symbol of the Aladdin Mantel Lamp Co.It has a long history of providing heat and warmth to generations of families since 1908. Today, many families around the world still rely on the Aladdin Mantel Lamp’s original use as a main source of light, as a secondary emergency source or as its main source of light in developing countries. More >>


Music = Memories (12/16/07)
My addiction to music began when I was about 10 years old, with my first transistor radio, listening to the WMCA Good Guys (on the air from late 1960 to 1970 out of NYC). The constant rotation of the Top 40 insured that I learned all the lyrics to “Wooly Bully”, “Help Me Rhonda”, “I Got You, Babe” and dozens of others. That’s when Cher became my idol. More >>


Special Forces Beret With Provenance (12/14/07)
A Researchers Goldmine!  Not common to find named berets.I recently won a Vietnam era Special Forces beret from an online auction. Prior to bidding, I emailed the seller with specific questions because the auction description was vague and the accompanying image was not great. The seller never responded to my questions, but I could tell that the insignia was a desirable variation, so I took my chances and placed a bid anyway. More >>


What Auctions do for you! (12/13/07)
From time to time everyone has thought or asked why do Auction Houses charge what they do just to sell an item and make all the money? Here are the basic answers. The Overhead A. Mortgage or lease payments for the building B. Heat, air-conditioning and utilities C. Insurance both for your items and liability D. Payroll E. Equipment F. Advertising G. Website cost H. Photography More >>


What to collect for the 2008 election cycle? (12/13/07)
Poster signed by Geraldine Ferraro, NY Mayor David Dinkins and Democratic Cmte Chairman Ron BrownThe 2008 election cycle is upon us and the caucuses and primaries will help choose the next president of the United States. This is an historic event and there will be many opportunities for collecting political memorabilia. But to have the best chance of collecting worthwhile long term collectibles with real value, here are a few hints to observe: Campaign Buttons: More >>


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