Knowing Your Business: New service safeguards heirlooms’ lore

Heirloom Registry Aluminum Plate
with Brass Finish

We keep baby books to record the highlights and special moments of children, we keep photo albums to preserve those events/people and times we don’t want to forget, and some keep journals to preserve the thoughts and memories we experience in our lives. Up and until now there hasn’t been anything like The Heirloom Registry to provide the same record-keeping for heirlooms; but brothers Mike and Dan Hiestand have changed all that. Read More +

Beton Indian Story: A collector’s tale of recovery and renewal

The once buried Beton Indian figure, circa 1948, with missing arm and stand, recovered from beneath an apartment building in Brooklyn. (Photo courtesy Robert Rentzer)

When I was 8 or 9 years old, my dad gave me a dime store package of the Beton Indian figures. Eventually they all met the same fate as the real Indians of the West (going to the Happy Hunting Grounds), with one exception: A one-armed Indian who was carefully laid to rest. Perhaps, sorry for his loss of a limb, I decided to put him to rest in a mausoleum of sorts. Some 55 years later, I had occasion to return to New York with my wife. Wanting to show her where I grew up, we paid a visit to my old apartment building and even dared knock on the door. Read More +

Love of country and ‘Old Ironsides’ inspires former Marine’s nautical collection

G. West “Westy” Saltonstall collection

A visitor to G. West “Westy” Saltonstall’s office could be forgiven for thinking he had mistakenly stumbled into a small gallery of maritime Americana. While marine-oriented, Westy’s esoteric nautical collection ranges from old cigar boxes to paintings to clocks and reflects his love of country, Old Ironsides and his Boston family heritage. Read More +