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Kinzle Recovers Rare Kentucky Rifle
by Lita Solis-Cohen

On July 5, 2018, in the middle of a heat wave, antiques dealer Kelly Kinzle of New Oxford, Pennsylvania, bought a collection of what he called “stuff” from a fellow he described as a hoarder. “He went to flea markets every weekend and put what he bought in his barn,” said ... (Read More)

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Under the Influence
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector We are part of an odd generation, a generation that straddles a digital divide. We were ten before our mothers owned microwaves, which happened only a few years before we got our first family computers. Hollie says she often feels our childhood was like The Wizard of Oz, ... (Read More)

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Books Received, December 2019
by M.A.D. staff

These are brief reviews of books recently sent to us. We have included ordering information for publishers that accept mail, phone, or online orders. For other publishers, your local bookstore or a mail-order house is the place to look. For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design, edited by Jeremiah ... (Read More)

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British Shipping Company Sentenced for Role in Smuggling Scheme
by M.A.D. staff

A British shipping company pleaded guilty on October 16 and was ordered to forfeit $175,000 for smuggling into the United States over 100 undeclared wildlife items, including items protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Keith Foster, 61, of Upperville, Virginia, operated an ... (Read More)

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Winterthur Garden Commemorated on a Postage Stamp
by M.A.D. staff

The 70-acre garden designed by Henry Francis du Pont that surrounds his house, museum, and library at Winterthur, Delaware, is one of ten classic gardens illustrated on a new pane of 20 postage stamps. The stamps feature ten different photographs of country estates and municipal gardens, taken between 1996 and ... (Read More)

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Letter from London
by Ian McKay,

Something a little different for this month’s “Letter.” With two of the biggest three London rooms either busy selling in the Far East, focussing largely on modern art, or operating in collecting fields that I do not usually cover, I was relieved to find that Bonhams were up and running ... (Read More)

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A Deeper Understanding of the Past: Washington’s War Tent
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review "I want visitors to the Museum of the American Revolution to feel like they have walked through a movie,” said R. Scott Stephenson, president and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution, shortly after the museum opened at Third and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia in April 2017. Stephenson ... (Read More)

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Heritage Auctions Eclipses 1.25 Million Online Bidder-Members
by M.A.D. staff

Heritage Auctions has eclipsed 1.25 million online bidder-members who use its online platform (www.HA.com) to buy and sell objects across more than 40 collecting categories, the Dallas, Texas-based auction house recently announced. “Heritage Auctions remains at the forefront of auction technology, and our free database of nearly 5 million lots has ... (Read More)

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Seabrook Family Portraits on View at MESDA
by M.A.D. staff

A group of family portraits painted in Richmond, Virginia, during the American Revolution are now on exhibit at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The portraits of the Seabrook family are the work of the so-called “Payne Limner,” who worked in Virginia during the ... (Read More)

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Passion in Collecting
by Baron Perlman

Passion: many collectors have it. Some believe it is the engine that keeps the collecting world turning and churning. It certainly leads to a variety of behaviors that those in the non-collecting world might consider unusual, even bizarre. (Of course, passionate love does the same thing.) I think of Brimfield ... (Read More)
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