Collectors Corner2021-06-09T20:56:50+00:00

collectors-corner-winsor-castleCollectors Corner is a free, public resource from The Manuscript Society for collectors (of all types.)  This section of the website will include resources, tips, quips and information in the world of manuscripts.

Our first offering is a list of known facsimiles—items which look like real autographs and manuscripts, but which are in fact realistic (and sometimes not so realistic) copies. To the right is one of the most famous, a letter from England’s George V welcoming American troops during World War I in April 1918. Courtesy of Catherine Barnes.  If you’d like to submit a facsimile, please click on the link below.

Check back often to find out what’s new in the Collector’s Corner!

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Presidential Autographs: An Unintended Collection

Have you ever wondered how someone gets interested in collecting? Does it begin when you are young - collecting signed baseballs,  pictures of favorite singers or love letters you found in your attic? Maybe your passion for reading about American History draws you to collecting pieces of that history.  Retired [...]

By |January 23, 2018|0 Comments

Political Cartoons – Documents to Collect?

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By |November 21, 2017|0 Comments

Can I Deduct That? An Introduction to Appraisals

As Stuart Lutz notes in his article, Can I  Deduct that? An Introduction to Appraisals, “Appraisal work is one of the most misunderstood and most mythologized areas in the antiques field. In particular, the manuscript field is plagued with “products of work” and “self-created archives” that are not allowed to [...]

By |November 3, 2017|0 Comments

Dealing With Dealers: How to Buy and Sell Autographs

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By |July 28, 2016|0 Comments

Selling (Consigning) a Collection through an Auction House

By Beverly Hill. There are any number of reasons you might consider selling an autograph and/or manuscript collection. Perhaps you have inherited a collection of letters and documents. You have no interest in keeping the collection and want to sell it for as much money as possible. Perhaps you decide [...]

By |July 26, 2016|0 Comments

Introduction to Appraisals

by Kevin Segall, ISA Appraisals are done for many reasons including determining values for insurance, donations, and estate taxes. Helpful questions to ask a potential appraiser: What is your education, professional designation(s) and how did you qualify for that designation? Do you have a CV (curriculum vitae) or résumé that [...]

By |June 13, 2016|0 Comments
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