Controversy brews as a new antiques-related reality TV show, “American Digger,” premiers March 21 on SPIKE TV. Read More +
Firearms expert Bob Ball recounts how as a 9-year-old he bought vintage guns on a trip to America’s largest military surplus store. Read More +
A rare Winchester Model 1892 rifle $6,750 and a collection of 61 Civil War stereoviews by Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner sold for $6,500 Dec. 10, 2011. Read More +
Because we live in a culture fascinated by youth and addicted to everything electronic, there is one species fending off, as best it can, the threat of extinction. I’ll call this genus the antiques dealer. If Darwin is correct, adaptation is tantamount to our species’ survival.
After a trip to England and realizing 90 percent of the antique dealers “across the pond” had gone the way of the buffalo, I was determined to survive. The minute we landed back in the states, our website was updated to a more “Google-friendly” platform and now oozes with SEO keywords, enabling us to be “found” by those persnickety search engines. Read More +
SAN FRANCISCO – The sale of a rare Cheyenne quilled shirt, circa 1830-1840 from The Bones Collection, will be sold Dec. 5, 2011 to benefit the Southern Oregon Historical Society as part of Bonhams’ Native American sale. Considered one of the earliest examples known to exist , the shirt has been in their collection since the 1950s. It is said to have been collected at Fort McPherson in Nebraska in 1868, and may be associated with Spotted Tail, a Sioux leader. The shirt is expected to sell for between $300,000 and $500,000. Read More +
Collectors spent $9 million in sales in James D. Julia’s recent firearms sale, $2.4 million over the low estimate. Read More +
This Confederate flag, which was captured at the Battle of Mine Creek, Kans., Oct. 24, 1864, sold at auction June 25, 2011, for $26,290. Heritage Auction Galleries (Dallas) sold the 35-by-50-inch wool flag accompanied by documentation and historical analysis. Photo … Read More +
FISHKILL, N.Y. – Louis J Dianni, LLC is presenting a two-day, 750-lot maritime and militaria-themed antiques auction at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn., Oct. 9-10. Day one, Oct. 9, offerings focus on marine art, nautical, naval history and … Read More +
The world was abuzz last week with news of a cased Robert E. Lee tintype surfacing on Goodwill Industry’s online auction site. After nearly 40,000 page views and 131 bids, it settled at $23,001. Suzanne Kay-Pittman, Goodwill Industries of Middle … Read More +
Cordier Auctions has been selected to auction the Charming Forge Mansion in Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pennsylvania Oct. 4, 2011. Set on approximately 49 acres overlooking the village of Charming Forge, the 8,200 square foot, seven bedroom, four bath Georgian style home dates to 1749 with a later addition completed in 1780.
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