Here is a category of collectibles that, although not for everyone, can be challenging, fun and exciting! Vintage diving equipment, especially early diving helmets. The first diving helmet was actually designed by the Deane brothers in the 1820's as a "smoke helmet" to be used by firemen in smoke-filled areas. In 1827, the brothers sold the patent of their original design. Then In 1828, they decided to redesign and patent their invention and the diving helmet as we know it today was born following successful trials in Whitstable, England. An example of one of the earliest 1916 U.S. Navy Mark V diving helmet recently sold at auction for $21,000! FYI: A complete set of vintage diving gear complete with helmet, suit, weight belt, weighted boots, etc., could weigh from 200-300 pounds!
With the 2020 Presidential Election coming up soon, we thought we'd touch on presidential autograph hunting and collecting. Here are some things to be aware of during your search. There are many facsimile (copied) presidential autographs on the market posing as authentic. What is a facsimile? Basically it is a reproduction (from a photograph) of an authentic signature. Items with facsimile signatures are prevalent in the market and should be avoided because they have little to no value. Then there is the use of autopens.The autopen reproduces a signature which is much more realistic looking and more apt to fool an authenticator because it uses live ink, a pen and mechanics to accurately reproduce the signature. Auto-penned autographs are also not considered valuable. Secretarial signatures can further frustrate the collector. Oftentimes, a president's secretary or other administrative personnel will sign documents with the permission of the busy president, adding more confusion to those searching for authentic items! So, how can you be certain what you're buying is the real thing? Professional authentication is the most reliable method you'll find. If in doubt, start with an inexpensive online fast opinion at djrpro.com and let an expert put their knowledge and expertise to work for you! FYI: George Washington's signature on his personal copy of the Constitution sold at auction in 2012 for a staggering $9.8 million!
It's the birthstone for July. It's an extremely tough and durable natural gemstone. It registers 9 out of 10, just behind the diamond, on the Mohs hardness scale. It is one of the four "precious" stones; the other three being diamond, sapphire and emerald. Its name comes from the Medieval Latin word "rubinus" meaning red. It is made of corundum, an extremely hard mineral. You guessed it! We're describing one of the most popular gemstones on planet earth; the ruby! In mythology, rubies are symbolic of power and protection. There's a reason Dorothy, in the "Wizard of Oz", wore ruby slippers. The most coveted color for a ruby is known as pigeon's blood; a deep red luxurious shade. Most rubies on the market today are heat treated to improve durability and color. FYI: The most expensive ruby ever sold was the 15.99 carat Burmese Jubilee Ruby with a Christie's New York hammer price of $14.2 million ($885,000 per carat!
Exonumia, pronounced (ek-sa-new'-me-uh). What is it exactly and what does it have to do with collectibles? Exonumia is a category of numismatic related items including 'Good For' tokens, souvenir medallions, counterstamped coins, wooden nickels, elongated and encased coins as well as many other items resembling money but not intended to circulate as money. Because coin collectors regularly come into contact with exonumia items, many end up becoming an exonumists as well. The word exonumia was coined in 1960 by a recognized expert and author on the subject and included in Webster's dictionary soon after. FYI: Many token-like items in the category of exomunia were, at various times, circulated and used as currency in the United States when physical money was not readily available!
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