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Iconic Private and Estate Collections, Important Historical Military Items, and Rare Sporting Arms Lead James D. Julia’s Extraordinary Fall Firearms Auction

Fairfield, ME, October 11, 2017 – On Tuesday, October 31st, Wednesday, November 1st, & Thursday, November 2nd, James D. Julia Auctioneers of Fairfield, Maine will be conducting their annual fall Extraordinary Firearms Auction. This 3-day auction is jam packed with more than 2,000 lots of important and historic firearms and related accessories, many coming from…

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Antiques Peek: October 2017

Strike Up a Collection by Jessica Kosinski In the world of collectibles, some people think that bigger is better. However, some of the best collectibles come in the tiniest packages. In fact, some of them are actually tiny packages. This month it is time to examine one such package, the matchbook cover, also known as…

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The Early History of Cigarettes in America

By Richard Elliot When Christopher Columbus reached the West Indies in 1492, the natives greeted him with fruit, wooden spears and “certain dried leaves which gave off a distinct fragrance.” The Spanish sailors in Columbus’ crew appreciated the fruit but threw away the dried leaves not knowing what they were for. A few weeks later,…

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Scandalous Hamilton political memorabilia headlining Oct. 18 sale

EAST DENNIS, Mass. — A copy of the ‘Reynolds Pamphlet’ will go up for auction Wednesday, Oct. 18. The historic document may not seem familiar, but the hit Broadway play Hamilton is bringing it into the spotlight. In the pamphlet, Alexander Hamilton admits to his scandalous affair with Maria Reynolds and to being blackmailed by her…

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Woodblock prints starring in Asian online sale

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals is presenting more than 240 lots of fine Japanese woodblock prints and Asian decorative arts at auction. The Sunday, Oct. 8, sale begins at 10:30 a.m. PDT. Eclectic Representation of Woodblock Prints Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) woodblock print, with an estimate of $400-$600. The online auction features…

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Publishers Corner: October 2017

Smokin’ Collectibles by Maxine Carter-Lome, Publisher I am old enough to remember cigarette dispensing machines in almost all public places, when a pack of cigarettes was only 45 cents, that collectible cards came in cigarette packs, when cigarette holders-the longer and fancier the better-were in vogue, and that my Grandmother used to decorate her formal…

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Antiques Peek: September 2017

By Jessica Kosinski Pat-A-Pat We all have traditional foods that we like to eat. Often, favorite foods vary by era and culture. However, one food that has stood the test of time is butter. Butter is so popular, in fact, that specific practices have been established and altered over the years for producing it, cutting…

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What’s Selling on eBay: September 2017

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod The following two items were sold on the same day by the same owner who reported these are considered the Holy Grail of sprinkler heads, and they were found in scrap buckets at an estate sale. $3,750 (19 bids, 8 bidders): Antique Fire Sprinkler Vogel 16 Late 1800s, Extremely…

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Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Copy of Moby Dick, $9,600, PBA Galleries

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A first American edition copy of Herman Melville’s classic book Moby Dick (or, The Whale) sold for $9,600 at a Fine Literature & Fine Books Auction held July 27th by PBA Galleries in San Francisco. Also, a first edition copy of J. D. Salinger’s…

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