Collecting U.S. Military Medals: The Value is in the Brooch
If there’s one universal tenet observed by collectors of U.S. military medals, it is this: The value of the medals is in the brooch. While that may be an oversimplification, it’s also largely true. The type of brooch used to attach the medal to the uniform will tell you a lot about the medal, including […]
Estate Executors’ Headaches: Finding Value in a Collection
We are a society of collectors. From bottle caps to art to old newspapers, our collections fill the closets and dens of estates everywhere. Not all of these collections are valuable, but they do have one thing in common: they confuse the dickens out of estate executors. The confusion stems from the mandate on estate […]
Collecting the Royals: Kings, Queens and Pretenders to the Throne
There seems to be a lot of abdicating going around. First, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down as Supreme Pontiff (a kind of monarchy), the first reigning Pope to do so in 600 years. Then Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who was on the throne for only 33 years, abdicated in favor of her eldest son, […]
Collecting JFK: Reviewing the Dave Powers Kennedy Presidential Auction
As WorthPoint’s Worthologist for presidential, political and White House memorabilia, one of my first articles, written more than five years ago, concerned the collectibles of President John F. Kennedy. In “Collecting JFK” I highlighted four collectible categories to consider when determining the value of any JFK item: personal, association, event and commemorative. The closer to […]
Two Historic Lots Relating to Gen. George Armstrong Custer to Cross the Block
FAIRFIELD, Maine — Two lots related to Gen. George A. Custer and featuring historically important and museum quality materials, including wartime documents, letters, photographs, medals and a sample of the Confederate Appomattox surrender flag, will be sold on in the Outstanding March Firearms Auction, to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on March 11-12, […]
Collecting U.S. Naval Uniforms from the Second World War
When I was younger, we used to have this debate: If you were in combat in the Second World War, which branch of service would you want to be in. With me, it always came down to survival, so I usually ended up choosing the U.S. Navy. My reasoning went something like this: You definitely […]
Help, What are these?
I came into possession of two pins or badges that I inherited from a relative’s estate. They were acquired in England sometime during World War Two. Any information that anyone may have concerning these would be appreciated.