In this installment of Ask the Experts Dr. G. Marchelos, certified graduated student of Asheford Institute of Antiques, reveals the riveting history behind a unique U-Boat plaque, which may be worth $500; followed by an assessment of the true identity and value of a Nippon vase.
Highlights of Cordier's fall gun auction include a 150-piece collection of engraved and other firearms from the estate of a private dealer as well as two owner inscribed Civil War era revolvers, one with ties to General George Custer.
Mohawk Arms' Nov. 16-17 militaria auction is packed with ethnographic items, headgear, art, exotica, Americana, uniforms, swords, edged weapons, decorative veterans’ flags, military steins, medals, books, pistols and more
A unique grouping of vintage firearms will be sold with a number of important military antiques, Oct. 25-26, 2012 in Cincinnati. Highlighted in the sale will be a cased Tiffany sword presented to Lt. Samuel P. Ferris, 8th Regiment, U.S. Infantry, estimated at $45,000 to $60,000; this is the first time this Tiffany presentation...
The Gateway collection of 19th and 20th century firearms, featuring the famous Bob Dalton Colt pistol, is up for auction Sept. 7-9, 2012 by Rock Island Auction Co. It joins several important private vintage firearm collections coming to auction at the same time. The Dalton pistol is the most culturally-histoic gun in the sale....
Amid 1,700 lots of militaria that came up for bid, a flat copper button from the inauguration of George Washington, 34mm sold for $1,645 and a rare “Fighting Observer” wing from an archive pertaining to parachute pioneer Lt. John H. Wilson sold for $8,438.
A legendary 'Enigma' ciphering machine from 1938, which influenced WWII dramatically, was the top lot at Auction Team Breker’s May 26 sale of vintage science, technology and toys. So complex are the Enigma’s 22 billion possible combinations, an original prospectus claimed, that it would take one man working continuously day and night, and trying...
An actual button from George Washington’s inauguration is just one of the historical rarities offered June 1-2, 2012 at the next Mohawk Arms, Inc., sale. Other oddities include part of a flag flown at the Battle of Gettysburg and a group of books from Adolf Hitler’s library seized by an American Major.
During the Civil War, Frank Bannerman began selling old rope and scrap iron that he salvaged from in and around the waterfront of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. At first a part-time business, it eventually led to what would become the Bannerman military surplus empire.
One of the last remaining bells from a D-Day landing craft has been discovered after being lost for nearly 70 years. The bell, which even has a bullet dent from the assault on Omaha Beach, is now being sold by England's Hemswell Antiques Centre after it was discovered in a scrap dealer’s yard.