As Americans remember the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle of Gettysburg and other events, I am reminded of the many objects associated with the war between the states or as some call it the war of northern aggression that have been kept, preserved, and cherished by audience members attending my more than 150 yearly antiques appraisal events.
I have been known to highlight the American collecting trend of the 50 and 100 year cycle and highlight how we collect in 50 and 100 year cycles. We tend to keep objects that reach those historic milestones.
For instance, in November of 2013, we will remember the events surrounding the historic day when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX—fifty years ago. Objects surrounding the Kennedy administration and his untimely death will come into focus with collectors later this year. Objects that become 100 years old this year will be of interest on the auction block and in dealerships worldwide too. Of course, the granddaddy celebration of them all in 2013 will be the memorials surrounding the battles of the Civil War including Gettysburg and others which took place 150 years ago.
Some of the objects that I evaluated over the years with Civil War provenance include well preserved military swords, uniforms, mourning locket with woven hair to remember a fallen soldier, canteens and utilitarian objects, field lap desk used by a General, an early photograph of a soldier in uniform, letters written home describing life on the battlefields, a government issued horse brush with dated documents to prove its origin and intended use, fifes, drums, and the list goes on.
According to the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission, there were more than 10,000 engagements and battles that occurred during the Civil War. However, these battles which occurred during 1863 have reached an historic landmark date of 150 years old, this year. Some of the battles of that fateful year include: Aldie, Bristoe Station, Chancellorsville, Chattanooga, Fort Wagner, Gettysburg, Honey Springs, Middleburg, Mine Run, Port Hudson, Raymond and Vicksburg to name just a few.
If you are interested in learning more about the civil war and its rich history, I suggest a visit to one of the many battlefield sites for a tour such as Gettysburg where you can tour on foot or on comfortable and speedy Segways with a trained guide. Websites galore touch upon the subject of the Civil War and provide information, historical content, apps, and interactive maps of troop movement and events. Check out www.civilwar.org for information.
Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, award-winning TV personality and TV talk show host, Dr. Lori presents antiques appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on Discovery channel’s hit TV show, Auction Kings. Visit DrLoriV.com, facebook.com/doctorlori or call (888) 431-1010.