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Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer

When I was in my twenties, I had the opportunity to meet one of my heroes, the great science fiction writer and poet, Ray Bradbury. I had been reading his stories since I was ten, and had to spend several months in the hospital. My parents gave me a subscription to...
Bits and Pieces of History

Bits and Pieces of History

In our American West sale there is an item that really caught my attention, not because of condition (it is good) nor because of value (it is moderate) but because of where it has been, and the “stories it could tell!” The item is a Colt Single Action, with a 7 ½ inch...
Searching for Treasures

Searching for Treasures

Most collectors are at least amateur historians. The excitement of holding, owning, a real piece of history is irresistible. At the same time, the sense of discovery is truly addictive- especially when the thing that you discover has been overlooked, or even forgotten...
The Girl I Left Behind Me

The Girl I Left Behind Me

The hours sad I left a maid A lingering farewell taking Whose sighs and tears my steps delayed I thought her heart was breaking In hurried words her name I blest I breathed the vows that bind me And to my heart in anguish pressed The girl I left behind me! This is one...
The Lion of Judah

The Lion of Judah

Many military items have symbols on them: swords, medals, badges, uniforms—pretty much you name it, other than the most basic field equipment, and there will be one or more symbols on it. Studying the symbols on the items that you collect can help you to understand an...