Overtaken By Events: Unexpected Collectibles

By Michael Morgan While I love looking at and studying old guns, my interest in “antique” firearms is almost purely from the shooter’s perspective. I don’t own any firearm I can’t shoot – no high dollar collectible wall hangers for me! When I started working on The Handbook of Modern Percussion Revolvers (from Krause Publications, due […]

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Elkington Silver sterling and gold cup-Aesthetic

Chaos and Owls

Aestheticism is the Rodney Dangerfield of design movements: It can’t get no respect. Vintage English silver cups are quite common but examples from the Aesthetic Movement, decorated with owls, moons, stars and exotic plants, are the oddballs of the graphic design world and have a unique beauty if you look for it.

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On the trail of Ben McCulloch, Texas Ranger and Civil War General

By Noah Fleisher I had never heard the name Ben McCulloch until 1995 when I bought Steve Earle’s Train a Comin album, a masterpiece of Americana top to bottom. Given that I’m from Texas, and that I had Texas History all through my education in the public schools, that seems to me a crying shame. […]

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Susan B Anthony Dollar, Heritage Auctions,

The Coin Geek #5: The Susan B. Anthony Dollar and History Lived

When the Susan B. Anthony dollars were released to commerce they were considered an absolute failure. The quarter-sized dollars got confused with the existing coins, even West German businesses didn’t want Susan B. Anthony dollars.

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Up close and personal with Pierre-Auguste Renoir

By Noah Fleisher Some work days are extremely long, punctuated by annoyance, relentless tasks and a battlefield worthy drive home. Some days you get to see a massive Pierre-Auguste Renoir sculpture right up close and very personal. Earlier this year I was informed that we were going to be selling the personal effects of the […]

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Hospital Food and the Customer Experience

By Brian Shipman Across the street from Heritage’s headquarters in Dallas is an unassuming hero of the community: the Scottish Rite Hospital. I go there almost every day, and believe it or not, it is for the food. At least, that’s why I started going. The food at the hospital is far better and far less expensive […]

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Do-It-Yourself Collectibles: ‘Gen-U-Wine’ antique or clever fake? Know the difference.

By Michael Morgan I was channel surfing one day and came across a program on one of the Do-It-Yourself channels. What caught my eye was the double-barrel shotgun broken open over the host’s arm. Being a firearms enthusiast I paused to see what the show was about. The host was discussing current trends in antique […]

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The Golden Age of Comic Reprints

By David Tosh Just recently, I received a big box filled with books from one of my favorite publishers, Fantagraphics. This company, which has been around for years, publishing everything from The Comic Journal and Amazing Heroes (trade journals for comic fans) to Love and Rockets, the award-winning series from Los Brothers Hernandez, to a […]

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The Coin Geek 4: Of Forty-Eighters and Forty-Niners

(There is little more enthralling or evocative than a huge gold ingot of assayers gold, and little assayers gold more intriguing that that of Justh & Hunter, two names numismatists will recognize instantly from its intimate connection to the most famous lost treasure shipwreck of all, the S.S. Central America. Read on for John Dale’s entertaining history […]

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Charlie Brown, Peanuts, Charles Schulz and The Meaning of Life

By Noah Fleisher “I love mankind – it’s people I can’t understand!” – Charlie Brown I’ve long maintained that everything I know about writing I learned from MAD Magazine and everything I learned about philosophy – from Agnosticism to Zen – I learned from Peanuts and Good Ol’ Charlie Brown. The latter has been on […]

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