Tag Archives: World War II

The View From Where You Sit: Personal Magnification Devices

Microscope: 3 convex lenses in the inner cylinder, fitting into shagreen (snakeskin)- covered tube, with gilt-bronze finial cap and tripod stand, optics by Passemant, ingénieur du roi, France, c. 1750 photo: metmuseum.org

by Melody Amsel-Arieli   Simple magnification devices, like water-filled spheres and rock crystal (quartz) “burning glasses” were known around the Mediterranean and across the Middle East in ancient times. These evidently served not only to light kindling but also to cauterize wounds and enlarge texts. According to Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder, Nero viewed gladiator […]

Comic Character Collectibles: In the Time of COVID-19: Pop Culture Thriving?

This Swedish one-sheet for Casablanca nearly tripled its estimate when it sold for $55,000 at Heritage. ­Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

by J.C. Vaughn In recent discussions, a handful of auction houses and high-end comic book insiders confessed that in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic they really didn’t know how the market was going to go. Within a couple of weeks, though, it became clear that at least some of the people staying home […]

Antiques Peek: Biker Attire

Schott NYC Perfecto 118

by Jessica Kosinski There are many collectibles designed to sit on shelves and be admired. But then there are the collectibles that also serve practical purposes. For those who collect motorcycle gear, and especially motorcycle jackets, part of the thrill is wearing the gear and showing it off to fellow riders, as well as any […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Rothchild & Sons 1935 silver ingot, $23,500, Holabird Western Americana

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Rothchild & Sons 1935 silver ingot, $23,500, Holabird Western Americana

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Rothchild & Sons silver ingot from 1935, very large, .966 fine and weighing 1098.3 troy ounces, sold for $23,500 at an Americana Auction held Aug. 24-26 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nev. Also, a one-ounce Chinese gold unicorn coin garnered $3,375; […]

Collecting with Jeff: December 2016

Collecting with Jeff: December 2016

Pearl Harbor Memorabilia by Jeff Figler With the anniversary of the “Day of Infamy,” the attack on Pearl Harbor, upon us, collectors of historical items might be surprised at the lack of relics that exist from that memorable day, December 7, 1941. Of course, there is a plethora of World War II memorabilia, but indeed […]

Antiques Peek: June 2016

Antiques Peek: June 2016

by Jessica Kosinski Hot-Pads, Potholders and Trivets When it comes to kitchen collectibles, some of the most fun to collect are potholders (pot holders), hot pads, and trivets. In this issue, let’s take a peek at how they have changed over the years, why people collect them, and what kinds are available today. Collecting Potholders […]

Gavels n Paddles: WWII Luftwaffe uniform, $20,800, Mohawk Arms, Inc.

Gavels n Paddles: WWII Luftwaffe uniform, $20,800, Mohawk Arms, Inc.

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall The uniform worn by German World War II Luftwaffe Lt. Gen. Josef Schmid, plus Schmid’s “Soldbuch” (or personal effects archive, shown) sold for $20,800 at an internet and catalog auction held June 26-27 by Mohawk Arms, Inc., based in Bouckville, N.Y. Also, a photo […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: WWII Purple Heart: $5,100, Mohawk Arms

Gavels 'n' Paddles: WWII Purple Heart: $5,100, Mohawk Arms

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: WWII Purple Heart: $5,100, Mohawk Arms Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall The Purple Heart awarded to U.S. Cpl. Joseph E. Oleskiewicz, one of the “Filthy Thirteen” dropped into Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 during World War II, sold for $5,100 at Auction #72, an internet and […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles – Nazi paratrooper rifle, $299,000, Rock Island

Gavels 'n' Paddles - Nazi paratrooper rifle, $299,000, Rock Island

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles – Nazi paratrooper rifle, $299,000, Rock Island Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A World War II fully automatic Class III Nazi Krieghoff FG42 paratrooper sniper rifle with highly desirable accessories, such as a ZF4 sniper scope, the original mount, a grenade launcher and spike bayonet, sold for […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Gettysburg cannonball, $5,850, Mohawk Arms

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Gettysburg cannonball, $5,850, Mohawk Arms

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Gettysburg cannonball, $5,850, Mohawk Arms Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A Confederate cannonball from the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, mounted on three brass leg finials, sold for $5,850 at Mohawk Arms’ Auction #71 held June 13-14 online and at the firm’s gallery in Bouckville, N.Y. Also, […]