• 15 Jul
    2015

Spiked Helmets Worn for Military Fashion not Function

The early Imperial German Empire took much pride in fashionable uniforms and headgear for its military, often choosing ornamental gear over more practical pieces. Brass helmets with colorful plumes, exotic bearskin and other exotic furs were made to create a sense of wealth and power. Grenadiers, or “grenade men,” wore high peaked hats to create […]

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  • 13 Apr
    2015

The 51-Star Flag of the United States: The Designs are Ready and Waiting

It is the longest-serving national flag of the United States. Since July 4, 1960, after the addition of Hawaii as the 50th state, the flag of the United States with its 50 stars has served longer than the 48-star flag, the national standard from 1912 to 1959.

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  • 12 Nov
    2014

Only ‘Double’ RAF Distinguished Flying Cross Awarded to Indian Pilot under Gavel

LONDON – The first Royal Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross ever awarded to an Indian pilot, later to be dubbed the “Father of the Indian Air Force,” is to be sold by specialist coins and medals auctioneers Morton & Eden in a sale of Orders, Medals and in Decorations in London on Wednesday, Nov. 26. […]

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  • 14 Jul
    2014

Jacques Littlefield’s Collection of Tanks and other Historic Military Vehicles Auctioned

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. — Collectors from around the world said “tanks a lot” when they bought up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles from the collection of Silicon Valley engineer Jacques Littlefield in an auction facilitated by American Auctions and held on Friday and Saturday, July 11-12. Littlefield, a Stanford University-trained engineer who […]

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  • 18 Mar
    2014

Presentation Sword, Dinosaur Nest with Seven Eggs Power Philip Weiss Auctions’ Sale

LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A rare and historic British presentation sword and scabbard from 1813 soared to $27,060 and a 75-million-year-old dinosaur egg nest with seven eggs sold for $17,915 at a 600-lot estate sale held Feb. 26 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The sale grossed $250,000. It was an eclectic auction, one that featured rock ’n’ […]

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  • 18 Mar
    2014

Music Items, Coin-Op, Advertising, Toys and Gaming to lead Fontaine’s Auction

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – For folks looking to start or increase their collection of musical items, coin-op, advertising, toys, country store, banks, gaming and more will have 365 lots of fresh, quality merchandise to consider in a March 29 auction scheduled by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. The musical items will feature rare Victrolas, gramophones, music boxes, phonographs […]

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  • 26 Feb
    2014

Rare and Exceptional Weapons to be had in Julia’s March Firearms Auction

FAIRFIELD, Maine – James D. Julia, Inc., one of the nation’s top 10 antique auction houses, is excited to present an auction of exceptional—and in some cases one of a kind—firearms from the finest and most prestigious collections in the world and offer collectors, enthusiasts and museums the opportunity to own a piece of history […]

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  • 24 Jan
    2014

Imperial Russian Garde Du Corps Officer’s Helmet Hammers for $17,050 At Mohawk

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – An Imperial Russian Garde du Corps officer’s helmet, made circa 1900-1917 and in overall excellent condition, with a gilt finish skull and an upswept lobster tail, sold for $17,050 at Mohawk Arms’ Auction #70. The helmet was the top achiever of the more than 1,500 lots of militaria and weaponry that came […]

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  • 6 Dec
    2013

Auction Report: Pepsin Gum Dispenser Takes Top Lot at Antique Sale

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A rare antique Pepsin Gum embossed-tin dispenser, coin-operated to accept one cent for gum and to tell a fortune, sold for $57,000 at an auction held Oct. 4 through 6 by Showtime Auction Services. The dispenser was the top lot in a sale that grossed $1 million. Around 1,800 lots crossed […]

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  • 13 Nov
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Kerr & Co. Gold Belt Buckle, Howdy Doody Show Marionette

QUESTION: I almost sold a belt buckle for a couple of bucks at my garage sale a few weeks ago until I took a better look at it. The front of the rectangular belt buckle has horizontal engraved lines with a central “E E H” monogram. The back has multiple markings. The top bar has […]

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