Abandonded Civil War orphanage and contents selling Sept. 22

Andersonburg Orphanage

The Andersonburg Soldiers Orphan School, one of Pennsylvania’s Civil War-era orphan schools, will be sold Sept. 22, 2012. A star lot of the auction will be a tattered flag for the orphanage. The building is packed with antiques such as decorated stoneware, transferware and white ironstone, silver, books and ephemera, toys, vintage clothes and textiles and much more. Read More +

Patience aids both seller and buyer when online deals go awry

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Your collectible arrives from the latest online auction and you’re disappointed. There’s a problem. What do you do now? Try patience, courtesy and diplomacy, says guest columnist and military collector P.H. Tuttle. He writes, “In my own dealings as a buyer, nearly all of my bad experiences have resulted from deals where I thought I was somehow beating the system. I ignored all of my internal alarms because I thought I was ‘getting a Rolex for the price of a Timex.’” Read More +