• 4 Feb
    2016

They May not Look Like Much, but ‘Pete’ Miller’s Rifles are Beautiful

By R. Bruce Moon As the morning began to brighten, I watched the buzzards settle on the hog. I had shot the 180-pound boar two evenings before, taken the backstraps, then dragged the carcass to a clearing 200 yards from the tripod in the hope that a coyote would come to feed while I was […]

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  • 26 Jan
    2016

Bowie: Knife Of Legends

By Art Carter We want to touch it. We’d like to pick it up, admire its craftsmanship, and feel its solid weight, but it’s almost intimidating. It’s a paradox of beauty and terrible function. We’d love to own this bit of American history—this Bowie knife. To many frontiersmen, Civil War soldiers, and present-day knife collectors, […]

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  • 7 Dec
    2015

Rare and Elegant—George Hoenig’s Rotary Round Action

By Ron Spomer Many premier side-by-side shotguns are sold as round actions, but rounded is the more accurate description. The sharp edges of the flat-sided action bar are sculpted with a gentle radius that blends smoothly into the similarly rounded grip and forend. The upshot is a graceful-looking gun that rides more comfortably in the […]

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  • 4 Nov
    2015

Display and Care of Your Decoy Collection

Decoys were subjected to extremes of temperature and weather conditions in their working life. In your collection, keeping them away from such extremes is important. As with any antique or collectible, you want to keep them away from direct sunlight as well. Decoys can be displayed anywhere in your home. On shelves, on top of […]

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  • 25 Sep
    2014

Outdoorsman Revolver Owned & Used by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to Cross Block

FAIRFIELD, Maine – A Smith & Wesson cased revolver belonging to—and used by—First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is one of many firearms to come up for bid at the Outstanding Firearms Auction to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on Oct. 7-9. The revolver was a prized possession of Roosevelt, America’s “First Lady of the […]

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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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  • 7 Jan
    2014

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Selling Trophy Mounts

If you were an estate executor and discovered a cache of illegal drugs in a decedent’s home, you’d know not to sell them, right? Of course; everyone knows that there are consequences for selling controlled substances. If you have even a modicum of environmental awareness, you also know that it’s illegal to improperly dispose of […]

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  • 4 Dec
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Vinturi Wine Aerator, Remington Model 12 Pump-Action Rifle

QUESTION: I collect antique bottles by finding them when walking alongside the river banks in my area. This summer I came across an odd piece. It appears to be a piece of tube of some sort. It measures 3 5/8-inches in length. There are no manufacturing marks on it. The glass is clear and appears […]

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  • 8 Nov
    2013

Auction Report: Gettysburg Cannon Tops Dancy-Polk House Auction

DECATUR, Ala. — An authentic Civil War cannon, fired by Union troops at the Battle of Gettysburg, dated 1855 and complete with documented provenance, sold for $86,250 at an on-site sale of the contents of the Dancy-Polk House Inn on Oct. 12. The Dancy-Polk House Inn, constructed in 1829, is one of only four buildings […]

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