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  • History of Christmas Ornaments

    History of Christmas Ornaments

    Many collectors of Christmas ornaments treasure them for sentimental reasons, but they can also be quite valuable.          

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  • Collectors Go Big for Western

    Collectors Go Big for Western

    This eight-foot-tall Mail Pouch sign brought the highest bid at a recent three-day sale of western goods. Buffalo Bill ephemera, cigar tins, cowboy boots, calendars, and more captured the spirit...

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  • Farm Toys, More than Tractors

    Farm Toys, More than Tractors

    Farm toys have perennial appeal. Toy tractors, farm accessories and the figures of horses and workers that go with them can be dated. Older cast iron toys, like this replica...

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  • Memphis Design is Hot

    Memphis Design is Hot

    The Memphis Group was founded in Italy in 1981. Their designs pushed the boundaries of modernism. They cross categories and can stand alone or add to a collection. Nearly 40...

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  • Shaker Objects Still Money Makers

    Shaker Objects Still Money Makers

    Form follows function in Shaker antiques. A recent auction of objects from the religious group included more than 60 tools and handmade items like this yellow dry measure. With 12...

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  • Beer Stamps Brew High Bids

    Beer Stamps Brew High Bids

    A beer stamp was used to pay the tax on a barrel of beer. A cancellation adds to the value, as does a printing error. This 1866 25-cent beer stamp...

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  • Refreshing Prices for Syrup Dispensers

    Refreshing Prices for Syrup Dispensers

    Soda syrup dispensers from the early to the mid-1900s were used in soda shops and drug stores. They advertised the brand with a colorful shape or a catchy slogan. Syrup...

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