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Saddled With Insignia: Shabraque Badges

The world of collectibles is full of rare and unique items, as every serious collector knows. Finding these items is the “spice” of collecting – those inspired little moments of satisfaction…

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Out From Obscurity

(Reprinted from Trendline Magazine, February 2000, updated April 2015) Though there will always be mysterious theater-made pieces of clothing, insignia, and equipment emerging from any war, it is…

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Thutmose III, Napoleon of Ancient Egypt

(Originally published in Trendline Magazine, June/July 1999; updated April 2015) Thutmose III basalt statue in the Luxor Museum Despite some of the more sensational aspects of ancient Egypt,…

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A Medal for the World

(Originally published in Trendline Magazine, October 2000; updated April 2015) By 1918, as Americans distinguished themselves on the fields of battle of the First World War, many of our allies…

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The Dannebrog

(Originally published in Trendline Magazine, June/July 1999; updated March 2015) “…of Dannebrog it is known, it fell from heaven down” – traditional Danish folk song. Confusion over Scandinavian…

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The Dannebrog

(Originally published in Trendline Magazine, June/July 1999; updated March 2015) “…of Dannebrog it is known, it fell from heaven down” – traditional Danish folk song. Confusion over Scandinavian…

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Meet the Chimera

Welcome to my blog! I started this with the idea of having an annex to my main website as a place to discuss aspects of personal property appraising,…

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