Early American Currency of the Thirteen Colonies
Did you know that each of the colonies issued and printed their own paper money over 200 years ago?
That's right! Before our country declared its...
Collecting and Framing George Washington Signed Documents
When I was collecting coins, it was exciting imaging who touched or held that coin from the late 1700s. One's mind would wonder.
In historical do...
Buying Autographs Without Getting Ripped Off!
As a collector and vest pocket dealer of over 35 years, it amazes me that people buy historical and presidential autographs without doing their du...
Why Collecting Antique Stocks and Bonds Can Be Rewarding and Addictive
When I first started framing historical documents, dealers came to me asking to frame antique stocks and bonds for their clients. These certifica...
1612 John Smith Map of Virginia
The John Smith map of Virginia, from the early Seventeenth century, is one of the most desirable and sought after maps for the advanced collector.
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson Signed Document
One of the most desirable autographs to collect in the presidential and historical manuscript world is one that has both signatures on the same do...
Beware of Fakes, Forgeries and Counterfeits
As a infrequent seller on ebay, it amazes me that people will shell out thousands of dollars without checking to see if the autograph is genuine. ...
1590 John White/Theodore De Bry Map Americae pars, Nunc Virginia dicta (Frankfurt, Germany)
As an avid map collector, some of the early colonial maps are, perhaps, some of the most striking cartographic masterpieces ever printed. How th...
The Truth about Your College Store Diploma Frame
Although not a historical document, your diploma is still a valuable document that was expensive to obtain. And, very time consuming with hard wor...
When the Stock Market Plunges, And Fear Takes Over
As I write this blog, several things occur to me during this uncertain time of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic gripping our nation.
Please Exercise Caution when Framing Your Important Art and Artifacts
Of the over 30 years I have been in framing, it amazes me how framers treat, mount and frame art and artifacts for people who patronize them. On a...
Map of Maryland and Virginia, John Speed (1676)
John Speed's map of Virginia and Maryland is one of the most sought after maps by either collectors of maps of either (or both) states due to the f...
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