• 16
    Dec

’Tis the season

Ahh, the wonderful holiday season. Good cheer. Good parties. Mistletoe. Eggnog. Also the time to reach out and say hi to friends and family. This year, save some money for the other good part of the season-gift giving-by sending a virtual card instead of a traditional snail-mail one. Click here and choose an exquisite and […]

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  • 12
    Dec

Not all WWII Visor Caps are “Crushers”

There is rampant misuse of the term “crusher cap” in reference to US visor caps in the WWII militaria collecting market. A crusher cap is a type of visor cap that is intended to be soft and pliable. Germans also had a crusher cap designed for field use, but that is another topic. US crusher […]

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  • 12
    Dec

MACV-SOG 1-0 Jacket: A Symbol For Vietnam’s Elite Among The Elite

Until recently, little was known or published about MACV-SOG, an elite US Special Forces reconnaissance unit in Vietnam. SOG was under joint command by 5th Special Forces Group and CIA with an objective to recon and disrupt the Ho Chi Minh trail by running cross-border operations into denied areas, primarily Laos and Cambodia. SOG recon […]

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  • 12
    Dec

Hand-Tinted Photography: by Erin C. Kruml

Hand-Tinted Photography: by Erin C. Kruml Demand for hand tinted photographs skyrocketed in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, increasing steadily into the present. Since the meager beginnings as affordable middle-class art in the 1900s to 1930s, hand-tinted photographs, in general, are now highly desirable collectibles. Often exterior or outdoor scenes and interior colonial fabricated scenes […]

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  • 12
    Dec

Sarreguemines Pottery

Sarreguemines Vaisselle was established in 1748 in the city of Sarreguemines in the Northeast of France. This region was chosen for natural resources needed to produce ceramic in the 18th century such as clay, an abundant water supply and wood, which was the sole source of energy. Beginning in the 19th century, Sarreguemines Vaisselle replaced […]

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  • 12
    Dec

Hutshenreuther Cabinet Plates

This portrait plate is a late 19th Century piece by Hutshenreuther. Like many German porcelain makers of this period they used a version of the famous Vienna Porcelain works Shield mark, inverted and altered to resemble a beehive. The company was founded In 1814 Carolus Magnus Hutschenreuther in Hohenberg, Germany. His son, Lorenze Hutschenreuther, opened […]

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  • 30
    Apr

Collecting Kentucky Derby

It is billed as the most exciting two minutes in sports. And it is for 3-year olds only. We’re talking about the ultimate horse race known as the Kentucky Derby.

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