Poore, Benjamin Perley – Writer & Antique Collector

Benjamin Perley Poore

Benjamin Perley Poore (1820 to 1887) was a significant early collector of American antiques. A writer by trade, Poore was born near Newbury, Massachusetts to parents Benjamin and Mary Perley Poore. The family estate called Indian Hill became the showcase for his eclectic assemblage of antiques.

As a youth Poore was influenced by trips to Europe and was especially fascinated by the old Scottish castles and manor houses. He later sought [...] Click here to continue reading.


Clay, General Green & Fort Meigs

General Green Clay and the Siege of Fort Meigs

(courtesy Garth’s and Larry Nelson, former site manager at Fort Meigs, and Lou Schultz)

General Clay

At the time of his death in 1828, General Green Clay (b. 1757) was one of the wealthiest and most prominent men in Kentucky. Although not as well known today as his son, the abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay, or his cousin, Henry Clay, Green Clay played a very significant [...] Click here to continue reading.


Spencer, Edward – Civil War Diaries

Edward Spencer Civil War Diaries

courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions

The Diary of Edward Spencer is copied (in part) into the current volume from memory and notes in 1864, the first of two volumes of Spencer’s diary includes brief and breezy comments on the early months of his service, but he reserved space for the events leading up to and including the Battle of Thompson’s Station, fought near Franklin, Tennessee. A well-educated young man, upstanding [...] Click here to continue reading.


Twenty Cent Piece

Twenty cent pieces were made between 1875 and 1878.


Lear-Storer-Decatur Family

The Lear-Storer-Decatur Family and their role in American History

Courtesy of James D Julia, Inc. (Winter Antiques & Fine Art Auction, February 4 & 5, 2010).

The Lear-Storer-Decatur family is one encompassing a number of important historical figures in the 19th, 18th and 17th centuries. Their roots begin with Sir William Pepperrell Baronet, born June 27, 1696 and died July 6, 1759. He was born in Kittery Point, Maine (where all of this material [...] Click here to continue reading.


Gettysburg Jacket

The Civil War Union Shell Jacket of Henry H. Stone

Courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.

In the fall of 1861 following Bull Run, the 11th Mass. or Boston Regiment changed from state gray fatigue clothing to regulation Federal blue. It is documented that Stone later wore this very same jacket at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Locust Grove before sending it home to his mother in April 1864.

After nearly three years of foot-slogging [...] Click here to continue reading.


Porter, David Dixon – Admiral USN – Civil War

David Dixon Porter, Admiral USN (1813-1891)

Born at Chester, Pennsylvania, June 8, 1813, the son of David and Evelina Anderson Porter. David Dixon Porter married Georgie Ann Patterson, March 10, 1839 and they had ten children, including Lieutenant Colonel Carlile Patterson Porter.

He was commissioned Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, 1841, and commanded a landing party of 70 seamen and captured Fort Tabasco, Mexico, in 1847; he commanded the steamer Panama, 1849, and made a voyage [...] Click here to continue reading.


Ivory – Types & Legalities

Types of Ivory and the Legalities of the Ivory Trade

What is Ivory?

Strictly speaking, the term “ivory” refers only to the whitish-yellow material that makes up the tusks of mammals, such as elephants and walruses. Other related materials, such as that which comprises the teeth of sperm whales and, upon occasion, hippopotamuses, is often called ivory, but technically, is not. Two other related types of material are the ivory from the East Indian [...] Click here to continue reading.


Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte

Born on August 15th 1769, in Corisca, Napoleon crowned himself emperor on December 2, 1804. He died in exile on the island of St. Helena in 1821. In 1840, King Louis Philippe ordered that his remains be brought to Paris and placed in the Hotel des Invalides.


Pickelhaube Helmet

The German Pickelhaube Helmet

This piece of originally Prussian headgear is probably the most distinctive item worn by the German army in World War I. The helmet itself was designed by King Friedrich-Wilhelm IV of Prussia in 1842. Two years later the artillery adopted the ball topped helmet officially called a kugelhelm. The soldiers’ slang term for it was Pickelhaube, which literally meant “Pimple Hat”.

With the growing dominance of Prussia and the emergence [...] Click here to continue reading.


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