Identifying gambling equipment, makers, value, period made, what the devise was used for, if the item is rigged to cheat with, ect. I can't tell you if a specific person used the item or if it was used in a specific Saloon or Gambling Hall.
I've been collecting since I was 8 years old (Indian points, comic books & Indian Head Pennies). I now own and operate OldWestAntiques.Biz, an online business dealing in items from just after the Civil War to the turn of the century. Most focusing on the Old West period; cowboy,saloon,gambling,tobacco,whiskey bottles,law enforcement and much more.
H.A.S. (Heritage Arms Society) N.T.C.A. (National Token Collectors Association) True West Maniac (True West Magazine) 52 Plus Joker (Playing Card Association) Shadows of the Old West (Reenactors) The Remington Society of America
Heritage Arms Society - July/Aug 2011 - Little Luke Short Southern Gaming - Jan/2011 (photos for article) The Texas Gun Collector - Fall/2010 - 60th Anniversary Issue - Luke Short The Texas Gun Collector - Spring/2010 - Dead Man's Hand
High School graduate, Attended Kent State University and Columbus State University. Self educated about the Old West and related items.
Awards and Honors
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We have customers from all 50 States plus 9 countries. Individuals and corporations include: Terry Roses (Magician), Steven Forte (Magician), James Galea (Magician), Rod Starling (founding member 52 Plus Joker), Gap Inc. (Banana Republic Store #3153 Las Vegas) and Daniel Madison (Magician) and Big Sky Coins to name a few. Customers range from major collectors to individuals just getting started in the field of collecting.