Article Type: Long Story

The Legacy of Little Bighorn and Custer’s Last Stand

For Garryowen and Glory! Those were the prophetic closing words of the regimental song of George Armstrong Custer’s 7th Cavalry. As a boy growing up in the days of black-and-white TV, my favorite “old movie”

Bryan Money and the Fight for Free Silver

Bryan dollars were struck during the 1896 and 1900 presidential campaigns by eastern silversmiths to promote the “free silver” agenda of Democratic candidate William Jennings Bryan. Today, each piece tells the story of the socio-economic

Stadium Stories My Father Told Me

My father died on Valentine’s Day, just a few weeks ago. He was 87 years old, in failing health, and no words of sympathy are necessary. Infirmity had shrunk his world to a size so

When Marvelous Mechanics Make Music

Before iPods, before gramophones, before player pianos were the rage, there were parlor music players. Designed for domestic entertainment, a well-appointed home in 1910 likely had one of these. While earlier mechanical players were large,

The Easiest Way To Land A Birkin Without Ever Being On A List

Back in 2001, when Samantha Jones famously tried to bypass the legendary Hermes waiting list during Sex and the City’s fictional “Birkin” episode, a saga exploded across the fashion landscape. The conversation following that season

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Studio Glass and Art Glass, Wherein Lies the Difference?

Dale Chihuly is one of the best-known Studio Glass artists. If you do not know his name, you have surely seen one of his bright, eccentric glass creations. They come in all forms – elaborate

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How Money, Extravagance and Fashion Moved the World from Art Deco to Art Moderne

 The 1920s saw the world enter a post-war boom of economy, color and extravagant living. Many had money to spend and ways to spend it – think The Great Gatsby.  “Stocks reached record peaks, and

The Coin That Shouldn’t Exist

As I watched a hush fall over the crowd, the auctioneer opened the lot for one of the most famous and sought-after error coins of all time. In front of a packed Platinum Night auction

Heritage Turns $35 Estate Find to a $382.40 Auction Consignment

Estate Sale Find Sells for Over 10x Purchase Price

Heritage Turns $35 Estate Find to a $382.40 Auction Consignment The estate sale description was impossible to resist: “It’s not every day you see an estate sale from a 100-year-old lady; she has an amazing

Tales & Treasures of “The Fighting Doctor”: Charles B. Ewing

Hidden under a group of lovely but very unassuming lots is a history so rich, it is rather mind-blowing. Every piece of Native American, Pre-Columbian or Tribal art has its own unique and interesting history,

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