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 +

Mexican-American War memorabilia may end up in private hands

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Nicholas Philip Trist’s lap desk and quill used to write and sign the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War, will be sold Sept. 7, 2012. Second in size and importance only to the Louisiana Purchase, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo led to the purchase by the United States, at a cost of $15 million, all or part of 10 states: Texas, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming. Read More +