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Rail Splitter Auction
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The Rail Splitter, a national organization of Lincoln and Civil War collectors, is hosting its 12th annual auction of Lincolniana and Civil War-related memorabilia. The auction, which concludes on September 27, consists of more than 1200 lots and is the organization's largest sale ever of historical artifacts, documents, and material ... (Read More)

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Settlement Reminder
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Several years ago there was a court settlement in excess of $500 million against Sotheby's and Christie's for colluding illegally on consignor fees. The court let the defendants off easily in part by ordering the two auction houses to issue thousands, if not tens of thousands, of rebate "stock-like" certificates ... (Read More)

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VADA Show Dedicated to John Robinson and Andy Williams
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Autumn antiquing in Vermont begins with the 33rd annual Vermont Antiques Dealers' Association Show to be held at Hunter Park Pavilion on Route 7 in Manchester Center, Vermont. This year's show is dedicated to the memory of two loyal VADA members, John Robinson and Andy Williams. Both took part in ... (Read More)

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Winter Antiques Show to Showcase Shaker
by Fran Kramer

by Fran KramerThe Shaker Museum and Library at Old Chatham, New York, has just announced that it will present the loan exhibit at the Winter Antiques Show in New York City, January 17-27. The exhibition, An Eye Toward Perfection: The Shaker Museum and Library, is sponsored by the Chubb Group ... (Read More)

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Firearms Column
by Robert Kyle

by Robert KyleAntique American firearms that bring the most money at auctions are generally those associated with historic figures such as cowboys, lawmen, outlaws, Native Americans, U.S. presidents, and other notables. Across the Atlantic, however, where cowboys and Indians and the winning of the West existed only by hearsay, Britain ... (Read More)

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A Silas Hoadley Clock with a Lot to Say
by David Sperling

by David SperlingWhen I attend antiques shows I frequently ask the dealers if they have any early American clocks "back home." Before the sentence is out of my mouth I hear, "Oh, we don't deal with those things"; "We don't understand clocks"; "They're a nuisance"; or "They always come back ... (Read More)
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