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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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Shooting the Stars: There is an App for That

Last May I went on the trip of a lifetime. The opportunity came about when friends asked me a year before if I would like to go to England with them. Without hesitation I said, “Yes!” During the preceding months I made a list of places I wanted to see. I wanted to see the […]

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The Collector’s Minute: The Wimshurst Machine

This old looking reject from a science fiction/monster movie is in fact not the result of the mind of an overactive Hollywood script writer, nor is it a perpetual motion machine. It is actually a legitimate demonstration device used a great deal during the late-19th- to early 20th-century in universities all over the world called […]

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