Cased Tiffany sword may top out at $60k at firearm and Militaria sale

Tiffany presentation sword

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 sword will be offered at auction. 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 +

James D Julia adds Willis, Callahan to new Massachusetts office

James D. Julia has opened a satellite office at the historic 1790 House of Woburn, Mass. to better serve a growing roster of clients in the greater Massachusetts area and further west. The location will offer consignment and appraisal services and as a drop off point for sales conducted at Julia’s Maine headquarters. It is also the new workspace for two high-profile antiques auction experts: James Callahan and Martin Willis. Read More +