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Watching the news lately has been depressing, with wars, politics, shootings, flooding and tornedos. I almost do not want to turn on the television for fear of what catastrophe has occurred and how … more
Regardless of what you like to invest in, every market is cyclical in that it goes through periods of peaks and valleys. Markets are always changing, and it is our job to monitor them. Of all the … more
During World War II, two Warwick brothers left home to do their patriotic duty, keeping in touch through letters. Joe Czerkiewicz was serving with the 90th Quartermaster Battalion in France and Eddie … more
In Pawtuxet Village, Memorial Day Weekend hits a little bit different. Instead of the usual backyard barbecue, it’s the height of Gaspee Days, which celebrates the burning of the HMS Gaspee by … more
Many times, I’ve been asked about musket balls and how they fit in the bore of a gun during the American Revolution. Unlike today where the bullet fits tightly into a rifled bore, this was not … more
On June 9, 1908, an agent representing the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals squared off in court against Welcome Hoyt Cottle, a farmer and expressman who resided on Snake … more
Everyone has their opinion on what a “comic con” or “comic show” means to them. What you expect to see, who you expect to see, what you are going to do. These are the factors … more
When it comes to purchasing a pet to bring into your home, it’s always best to do so through an animal rescue organization. These friendly creatures usually come to these places from dangerous … more
For me, Patriot’s Day goes on all year long. I’ve been infatuated with the American Revolution since I was a 7-year-old kid and was in Concord and Lexington for the 200 th anniversary. … more
Mothers’ Day is celebrated on May 12th. The first traces of Mother’s Day can be found in Greek mythology when goddess Rhea, the mother of Zeus, was honored in spring. In the Middle … more
As an auction house, the core part of our business in which we acquire material to sell is by going on house calls. A “house call” is simply when someone makes an appointment for us to … more
Hubby does all of our grocery shopping, (thank you, Dave’s Marketplace!) I am not familiar with the cost of groceries, but news articles tout the fact that prices have increased by almost 6%, … more
A Trip to Fort Ticonderoga A couple of weeks ago I took a drive up to Fort Ticonderoga to do some research. I hadn’t been there since 2014, so I was looking forward to getting up there … more
If you are a frequent reader of my articles, then you have heard me mention the name “Andy Yanchus” a time or two. Andy was a lifelong collector, a true archivist of everything and … more
It was almost 6:00 in the evening and 13-year-old Gertrude White was bored with making castles in the sand pile near Harvey’s Boiler Shop in Johnston. She suggested to her two-year-old sister … more
One thing that took me a long time to realize is what is common knowledge to one person can be mind blowing to another. Today’s topic is one I feel fits that description perfectly. You would be … more
Every March the Maryland Arms Collectors Association holds their annual antique arms show at the state fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. It’s a great time to search the show tables for … more
As appraisers and auctioneers, it is our job to absorb information like a sponge and recall it on demand. Especially with how quickly trends change and new markets bloom; it can be difficult to know … more
Cooking is a passion of Hubby’s, and he wants to get it right. Because his mom had always cooked corned beef with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage, Hubby did also, although on our “no … more
A few weeks ago, Jonathan and I had a house call to pick up a collection near Richmond, Virginia. We decided after we drove through Washington, DC., we would stop at the National Museum of the Marine … more
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