Civil War Collectibles

Melanie Thomas for Antique Trader magazine

Antiques dealers must adapt more than inventory to stay relevant

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...

Captured Civil War Confederate Flag

Ownership disputes, controversy accompany captured Confederate flags

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 courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries Chriss Swaney The Confederate flag is a lightning rod. This...

EXCLUSIVE: $23,000 Civil War tintype returning to Goodwill

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 Tennessee’s Public Relations and Communications Manager, said the winner, Richard Schaffer of Harpers Ferry,...

Charming-Forge-Mansion-exterior-shot

Berks County’s Charming Forge Mansion, once home to a Civil War cannonball forge, will change hands in October

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.