• 3
    Mar

Artists’ Propaganda Depict Heroic Images of German Military and Home Life

The postcard series Deutsche Kuenstler und die SS has is origins in a propaganda campaign of the same name that first manifested itself as a publication in early 1944. Some of the art is from Waffen SS war reporters, while others are from non-military artists. The images run from graphic portrayals of soldiers, combat and […]

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  • 28
    Feb

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 […]

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  • 19
    Feb

Unloved Antiques: Reproduction Victorian-Era Spyglasses

The next item in this series of Unloved Antiques is something that causes big problems in the antique and collectibles market: reproduction scientific instruments; the biggest culprits being optical devices like telescopes, binoculars, desktop magnifiers and periscopes. Before the 1970s, the chances of running into reproductions of this type were slim because the high cost […]

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  • 23
    Jan

Beware of Fakes, Forged Winterhilfswerk Postcard Series ‘Police in Poland’

The postcard series Police in Poland was issued as a War Winter Help to aid the German people in the winter of 1939-40 and consists of a wrapper and six postcards. The wrapper is light brown with green printing. The printing of the front reads “Polizei in Polen” (Police in Poland), below which is a […]

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  • 17
    Jan

Revolver Retrieved from Bonnie & Clyde ‘Death Car’ Will Be Sold by Mayo Auction

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A .32-caliber revolver retrieved from the stolen car driven by the outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after they were killed in a hail of bullets from a police ambush in 1934 will be sold to the highest bidder on Saturday, Feb. 2, by Mayo Auction & Realty. The Bonnie and Clyde […]

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  • 14
    Jan

Winchester 1886 by Turnbull Makes the Case for Restoring Antique Rifles

I have been in the firearms business my entire career. And for as long as I can remember, it has been taboo to refinish American-made guns. For every original gun I’ve seen, there’s also been a version with refinished wood, re-blued metal or a chopped off stock. Unfortunately, the work was poor and the lost […]

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  • 12
    Dec

Antiques Auction Forum: Ron Burkey on Hot Militaria Trends

This week Martin visits with knowledgeable dealer/collector Ron Burkey in Portsmouth, N.H. They discuss militaria trends, what is hot and what is not. They also talk about cautionary purchasing for the novice collector and explore many facets of collecting! Listen here: Ron Burkey Podcast 12-12-2011 Martin Willis is a Worthologist and auctioneer who owns Martin Willis […]

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  • 25
    Jul

Early Americans Knew How to Tote Their Own Horns

  So much of what is created merely out of necessity becomes collectible for its ornate beauty. Early settlers needed a waterproof container for the gunpowder required by their flintlock rifles. Initially, they used metal powder containers but many soon turned to the cheaper and often more easily accessible powder horn. Early American powder horns […]

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  • 20
    Sep

19th Century Black-Powder Flasks: Weapons & Militaria Collection Must-Haves

While adding a new collection of black-powder flasks to my Web site, I reacquainted myself with flask terminology through several reference books and became fascinated again with the world of the black-powder flask. Powder flasks were originally created to carry the black powder needed for use in the first true hand firearms developed in the […]

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  • 18
    Jul

Military Headdresses: The Ultimate Fashion Statement

While new trends in fashion can provide something to talk about, depending exactly on the statement new fashion is trying to make. It’s hard to believe that just 200 years ago, men’s militia hats were a fashion statement too. Militia groups were formed by men of means who banded together to form troops of cavalry, […]

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