Antiques Auction Forum: Ron Burkey on Hot Militaria Trends

Ron Burkey

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 Appraisals & Downsizing. You can hear his podcasts at Antique and Auction Forum, featuring interviews with key players in the antiques and collectibles trade


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  • Dan McCreedy

    I recently acquired some items from a family. They stated that the items were from a Richard B. Shepard and that he had been a navy seal hard hat diver during the Vietnam war. The items included a black beret with a special forces patch, his divers manual with his name written on the cover, a wooden plaque with a bronze applique with a picure of a hard hat diver and the term “HOIST – RS40” on the applique and his watch, which is a Seiko automatic chronograph.

    The plaque I am assuming is from his time aboard the USS Hoist salvage vessel.

    I’m curious how I go about finding out if he was really a Seal and have searched the internet to no avail. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you,
    Dan McCreedy

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