Value Antiques and Collectibles

While the value of an antique or collectible ultimately comes down to what someone is willing to pay for it, figuring out how much that should be isn’t as straightforward as people might imagine. Why? Because an antique or collectible has three different values: its auction value, its retail value, and its insurance value. Let’s break down the differences between the three. Read more

Is it legal to collect, metal detect, or dig for artifacts?

Over the past few years, there’s been a rash of aggressive police raids and legal action taken against artifact collectors and hobbyists. This has been part of a national effort to enforce laws prohibiting private citizens from illegally obtaining and collecting cultural artifacts―predominantly Native American artifacts.   Read more

Who Owns Archeological Artifacts

The question “who owns archaeological artifacts?” isn’t one that’s easily answered. The United States, and each state within, has its own laws concerning ownership rights to archaeological artifacts. Most of these laws, like the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, have a distinct year that separates which objects belong to the federal or state government, and which are permissible to be lawfully owned by the public. Read more

Antique Wooden Furntiure

Antique furniture can be enjoyed for years, provided that some basic care is given to its preservation. For many antique furniture owners, the desire to both use their furniture while preserving it, presents a challenging dilemma. That said, it’s a challenge that can be overcome with a proper understanding of how to minimize or eliminate conditions that cause damage. Read more

3 Ways to Get Started Recording Your Collection

If you’re like most people who have a passion for collecting things, you probably enjoy the hunt and showing off your collection more than you do taking meticulous notes about your finds. While keeping good records is extremely important for insurance and financial reasons, sitting in front of a computer or scribbling in a notebook probably isn’t very fun for you. In this article I’ll give you a few tips on how to overcome the “ugh” factor in tracking your collection with RelicRecord. Read more

Inherited Collection

So you’ve just inherited a collection huh? While each situation will differ, the most difficult decision is often the most basic one: do you keep it? Read more

Brewing American History George Washington

Budweiser has dug deep in the annals of American history for its latest brew.

Inspired by a hand-written recipe uncovered in George Washington’s journal kept during the French and Indian War in 1757, the brewing behemoth has brought Washington’s beer back to life in the form of Freedom Reserve Red Lager.     Read more

Pepperbox Pistols Last Line of Defense

When looking at a pepperbox pistol, one can’t help but to conjure-up nostalgic visions of a bygone era―a gambler firing upon a card cheat, a gold prospector protecting his claim against hostiles, or a Civil War soldier pulling a pistol from his boot as a last line of defense in heated battle.   Read more

Hawaiian-Cache- Bottles-Stoneware-Relics-Blog

As I slowly winded my way through the twists and turns of the Hamakua Coast, I relished the cool Hawaiian air. The air was soft; almost silk-like, and it overwhelmed my senses with the tropical smell of sweet grass, fruit, and salt. It was June 2, 2017 and I was on assignment with American Digger Magazine, in search of a story. The magazine arranged for me to meet brothers Brent and Blake Cousins at their home on the Big Island of Hawaii. My assignment was to come away with a story on their bottle hunting escapades. Read more

Nassau Selters

Several months ago, I was invited by Butch Holcombe, the publisher of American Digger Magazine, to join him on a metal detecting trip to historic Augusta, Georgia. As I soon learned, the city is undertaking an aggressive “beautification” plan, in which public and private developers are reclaiming abandoned and condemned properties, tearing down dilapidated houses, and replacing them with new ones. Our mission? To search recently bulldozed lots for historical remnants of the past. Read more