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What Is It? March 2016

What Is It? March 2016

It is so interesting to know that so many readers know what these items are.      Yes, they are ocarinas. These pictured include a bass (top), a tenor (right), a red alto and a soprano. The rare bass, probably Russian-made, is valuable.      Ceramic ocarinas have been around more than 12,000 years. Ancient examples have been cited —small whistles shaped […]

by · March 2, 2016 · 0 comments · What Is It?
Keeping Cupid Busy

Keeping Cupid Busy

By Michael Remas The Holiday of Love, that ancient custom that keeps Cupid busy linking the world’s lovers, is upon us again — Valentine’s Day. Men buy greeting cards, flowers and chocolates for their sweethearts, the gals select ties for their fellows, and kids send valentines to their “secret pals,” favorite teachers and parents in a custom that will find […]

by · February 6, 2016 · 0 comments · Feature Article
A Kiss Is Just a Kiss?

A Kiss Is Just a Kiss?

By Henry J. Pratt The young and the old did it and still do it. Egyptians, Romans and Greeks did it, as did the Puritans in Colonial New England. Romantics perfected it; chimpanzees do it; the Victorians long ago in England dreamed about it—and then when no one was looking, did it—even on Valentine’s Day. They all kissed romantically, passionately […]

by · February 6, 2016 · 0 comments · Feature Article
Brass Armadillo Offers Historic Iconic WWII Archive in February

Brass Armadillo Offers Historic Iconic WWII Archive in February

By Jon DeStefano Once again Brass Armadillo is offering an historic archive for sale. You may not remember Technical Sergeant George R. “Bob” Caron offhand but no one will ever forget his iconic photo of the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima which ushered in the atomic age. Caron was the tail gunner on the famous bomber Enola Gay on August 6,1945 […]

by · February 4, 2016 · 0 comments · Feature Article
The Appraiser’s Diary: The Collecting Instinct    

The Appraiser’s Diary: The Collecting Instinct    

In the depth of the subconscious mind, everyone wants to collect and preserve something. Collecting objects is one of the oldest forms of human activity. A normal child is born with a collecting “instinct.” Every boy’s box of stamps, coins, and toy cars confirms this notion — as does every girl’s jewelry box or shelf of dolls and figurines. You […]

by · February 4, 2016 · 0 comments · Appraiser's Diary, Feature Article