Author Archives: Fred Borgmann

Miniature Sweet Heart Pins

Miniature Sweet Hearts As a collector I find that one of the most often used words in my vocabulary is the word “no”. While I don’t think that I am a negative type person I use the word followed with … Continue reading

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A Photographer’s Name Can Be Misleading

My computer’s hard drive died suddenly last week. I got it back today and fiound that I will have to re-learn my newly configured old friend. For my first test run I went to eBay and found this currently listed … Continue reading

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We Collectors

As collectors we tend to seek out and maintain contact with other collectors. Eventually this collector centric circle becomes our virtual world and sooner or later we all need a reality check. Mine came last week when our small central … Continue reading

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Masonic Hospital Medal

Long ago back when I was a pupil in St. Leo’s grade school I was admonished not to be a “Doubting Thomas.” That may have been good advice in matters of faith but as collectors we should all have a … Continue reading

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The Order of Lincoln and the Lincoln Academy

The Order of Lincoln and the Lincoln Academy, I never heard of either of these until I went to the Central States Numismatic Society Coin Show in Rosemont, Illinois last week. One never knows what will turn up at a … Continue reading

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Civil War Veterans Badges

On this 150th anniversary year of the American Civil War I am going to touch on these ever present and very expensive veterans badges. I see these badges almost every where I go so as a group or category I … Continue reading

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Maj. Gen. Franz Sigel

Some of the most color full and interesting badges are those of the various veterans and fraternal societies issued from the 1880s to the early 1900s. Often these badges have overlapping points of interest like the one illustrated below featuring … Continue reading

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A Very Unusual Medal

While trying to research some medal values on eBay I came across a very unusual and interesting medal currently being offered for sale. I emailed the owner asking for some copyright free scans to use here and since I have … Continue reading

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Canadian WWI Local Medals

Over the last forty years I have been picking up the occasional Canadian local medal hoping to get a head start before Canada becomes the 51st state and everyone starts collecting them. (joke) I rarely see these medals offered for … Continue reading

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Masonic War Service Medals

Any collector who includes locally issued WWI service medals in their collecting will sooner or later run across a medal issued by a Masonic lodge. The Masons as a rule are a fairly prosperous group so if you find one … Continue reading

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