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Ersatz at War

Ersatz at War

War is always a time of waste and want. Young lives are wasted. Goods and property are wasted, too. In most, if not all modern wars, there have been shortages: of food, of certain materials, of medicines. If you can name it as something that is needed both on the war...
There and Then

There and Then

One of the most exciting aspects of collecting is when you find an object that you can absolutely pin down to having “been there,” whether because of a particular person who owned it, or because your research shows you that it was “there” and “then.” In our upcoming...
What They Brought Home from the War

What They Brought Home from the War

Delving through the huge number of really interesting pieces that have come in for our January sale, many things have impressed me—a number of them things that are unusual or even unique in my experience. Additionally, I am always looking for the story that the items...
A Country’s History Through its Wings

A Country’s History Through its Wings

One of the great pleasures of working at Witherell’s is the opportunity to step into someone else’s collecting shoes. I feel as if I get the privilege of getting to know the collector in a very special way. I also have the opportunity to examine and evaluate some...
Tree Catches Cannon Balls and Scars of War

Tree Catches Cannon Balls and Scars of War

Being an appraiser on the PBS series The Antique Roadshow has its perks. But, I never dreamed it would lead to a collection of Civil War rifles, guns, uniforms and memorabilia to net our seller more than $400,000. The call came from Monterey, CA, to Witherell’s...