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Journal of Revolutionary War Prisoner of War Donated to Museum of the American Revolution
by M.A.D. staff

The original handwritten journal of Christopher Hawkins (1764-1837), who was captured from a privateer ship and was a prisoner of war during the Revolutionary War, has been donated to the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. The journal was discovered nearly two decades ago in the linen closet of Margaret ... (Read More)

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Court Battle over Withdrawn Lot
by M.A.D. staff

One of baseball’s foundational documents—once headed to the auction block—is now at the center of a lawsuit between an auction house and a 92-year-old widow. The sale was stopped, but allegedly the auction house will not release the document, claiming that it is owed for expensive but futile marketing efforts. On ... (Read More)

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Lemuel Shaw and Keith Downer
by Lemuel Shaw and Keith Downer Frances McQueeney-Jo

The unidentified portrait of a man that hung outside the chambers of Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court intrigued many when it was retrieved from storage after the relatively recent restoration of the John Quincy Adams Courthouse in Boston. It was among a group of ... (Read More)

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Software for Antiques Shops and Malls
by John P. Reid,

Computer Column #353 Software for antiques shops and malls has been a common subject of these columns over the years. Programs for dealers have a point-of-sale (POS) cash register feature and inventory recordkeeping. Those for malls or group shops accept items from more than one dealer on a single sales slip ... (Read More)

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Jewelry Distraction Thieves Hit Antiques Malls and Shops In Six States
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According to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA), two white males are suspected to have carried out at least 12 distraction thefts of jewelry in antiques stores and antiques malls in six states. The suspects use keys or pick or break locks to get into jewelry showcases. Thefts have been reported ... (Read More)

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Pennsylvania German Chest Decorated by the Black Unicorn Artist sells for $300,000
by Lita Solis-Cohen

It was 12:45 a.m., early in the morning of May 11, when dealer James Kilvington of Dover, Delaware, bought a Berks County, Pennsylvania, Black Unicorn Artist chest for $300,000 (est. $40,000/80,000) at Christie’s sale of the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller. “I did not sit in the salesroom until ... (Read More)

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Online Crime: Computer Column #352
by John P. Reid,

Computer Column #352 It has been more than a year (see February 2017, p. 24-E, column #338) since we discussed online crime in its many forms. The fraudsters continue to find ways to cheat us. Getting statistics on online crime is not easy. IC3, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint ... (Read More)

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Monhegan Museum of Art & History Receives $1 Million Challenge Grant
by M.A.D. staff

The Monhegan Museum of Art & History on Monhegan Island, Maine, has received a $1 million challenge grant from the Wyeth Foundation. The museum has up to three years to match this gift, the largest in the museum’s history. This grant will assist the museum in its campaign to raise ... (Read More)

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Nathan Lumbard and His Circle of Craftsmen
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review Like a giant jigsaw puzzle, the picture of Nathan Lumbard’s place in American furniture history is not complete until the last page of this book is read. Then it all fits together, and Lumbard’s work stands out from that of his circle of craftsmen and is easily recognizable. The ... (Read More)
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