Rhody Treasures
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
After writing a few articles about our live-fire studies of Revolutionary War-era arms, one was shared on an archaeology social media page and a question was asked about flints: Were the flints being … more
When in the wild as a picker, there is nothing more exciting (while simultaneously frustrating) than an estate sale. In all honesty, I personally hate them. The thought of waking up at 2:00am or even … more
With the exception of one year and a gap during COVID, the Las Vegas Antique Arms Show falls in late January. For me, it’s the first show after the holidays and a chance to be in warmer weather … more
If you grew up in Rhode Island chances are McCoy Stadium and the Pawtucket Red Sox hold a special place in your memory. Most locals agree that losing the team, and now the stadium, is a heartbreaking … more
Earlier this month we were called to handle a Kenner Star Wars collection in Albany, New York. This time of year, most people wouldn’t be too excited about driving north, but I was! I knew the … more
As I wrote about in my last blog, we had been preparing for a number of years to hold a live-fire study. We had purchased or had made all of the materials we needed, and it was time to pick a date. … more
Back in 2013 during an archaeology project I was volunteering on, we were finding musket balls from the first day of the American Revolution. I remember during a break talking to archaeologist Doug … more
This past weekend work took me out to the west coast for a few different reasons. While part of my time was spent at an event in Los Angeles, the rest of the time I was on the road to San Diego for a … more
I was digging through boxes the other day looking for some things I hadn’t seen in years. As I peeled off the old, cracked tape and looked inside one of the boxes, I noticed it contained photos … more
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