2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything

November 04, 2022

2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything

We pride ourselves in having a spectacular collection, sourcing high and low to bring our collectors a wide array of rare books, original signatures and flags, and historical Americana. We love uncovering the unique stories behind each item.  With that said, some of our items truly are the cream of the crop. For the person who has everything, we suggest the gifts options below.

From Russia, With Love by Ian Fleming, First Edition, 1957

From Russia, With Love by Ian Fleming, First Edition, 1957

Presented is the first edition of Ian Fleming's fifth James Bond novel, From Russia, With Love. The book was published in London by Jonathan Cape, in 1957. It is presented rebound in spectacular full black calf leather, with a custom gilt and red gun and rose embossed stamp to the front board, gilt tooling and titles to the spine, and and housed in a matching quarter black leather and red cloth archival clamshell.  One of the more collectible Bond titles, this is a showstopper of a gift for any Bond fanatic in your life!

Vortic Watch Company: The Springfield 187, 46mm.

Vortic Watch Company: The Springfield 187, 46mm.

Vortic Watch Company fully restores original pocket watch mechanisms from iconic American brands and builds them into wristwatches to make them functional again and to preserve them for another 100+ years. This "Springfield 175" grade movement was originally produced by the Illinois Watch Company in 1914. This manually wound movement is beautifully decorated, and has a fully jeweled gear train (21 jewels). The watch features a water-resistant, titanium 3D printed case with a blackened "Diamond Like Carbon" finish and a round gold crown.  The mechanics of the restored movement are visible through the Gorilla Glass crystal of the exhibition style, stainless steel back. This a truly one-of-a-kind watch, with no other like it!
Centennial Celebration "1776-1876" American Flag Banner
We specialize in rare and covetable flags, but even this one stands out in our collection as one of the most spectacular flags we have ever had.  The flag’s rich blue canton is beautiful, with 81 five-pointed, rayed stars printed in white and arranged to read “1776” and “1876.” Many fantastic star patterns were made in the spirit patriotism that accompanied the celebration of the Nation’s Centennial in 1876, and this is among the best of all examples. Furthermore, flags with stars that spell out numeric or alphabetical characters are among the rarest of all designs. For the serious collector, a gift of this antique flag would set their collection apart from all others.
"George Washington at Dorchester Heights" after Gilbert Stuart, Unsigned Oil-on-Canvas Painting

This framed oil-on-canvas painting dates to the mid-to-late 19th century and was modeled after the original 1806 painting by Gilbert Stuart. The painting commemorates the American Revolutionary War victory at Dorchester Heights when George Washington and Colonist troops drove British forces out of the city. Stuart is said to have completed this portrait in a mere ten days, after taking inspiration from his unfinished “Athenaeum” portrait. Many later copies of this portrait were completed during the 19th century. This copy is unsigned but very accurately resembles the likeness of Stuart’s original. 

"Land of the Free" American Folk Eagle, Hand-Carved and Hand-Painted, 20th Century

"Land of the Free" American Folk Eagle, Hand-Carved and Hand-Painted, 20th Century

A hand-carved and painted American folk eagle, presented in the style of renown carver John Bellamy.  The wood eagle is period painted with gilt and red, white, and blue accents and dates to the early-mid 20th century. This particular example includes a waving banner on a staff, which reads "Land of the Free" in dramatic, hand-painted script. The eagle motif in décor and folk art has widely been used throughout much of US history and is brimming with meaning. This deeply-rooted symbol is still relevant today and is closely tied to the idea of strength, freedom, and wisdom.

Woolly Mammoth Tooth 4" Damascus Steel Single Sided Linerlock Pocket Knife

This Woolly Mammoth Tooth 4" Damascus Steel Linerlock Pocket Knife features  an inlay of a tooth from an actual Woolly Mammoth – one that lived during the Ice Age. There is a limited supply of the mammoth tooth, which comes from Siberia. Mammoth fossils are 150,000 year old natural materials, so the patterns and colors vary, depending on each specimen. As such, no two fossils are the same, and no two knives are the same! Paired with a beautiful and strong Damascus steel blade, this pocket knife is as striking as it is practical.

Carl Zeiss 12 x 60 Observation Binoculars, Second World War

Carl Zeiss 12 x 60 Observation Binoculars, Second World War

These are exceptional 20th century WWII German 12x60 observation binoculars, presented on an adjustable wooden tripod. The binoculars were manufactured by the company Carl Zeiss, a German manufacturer of optical systems, founded in Jena in 1846. These binoculars were used for long-watch land and sky observation by German forces between 1939 and 1945. World War II binoculars were true military weapons, designed for defense and reconnaissance. They were never designed for civilian use and were constructed without cost in mind, as the reliability of the optics far outweighed the monetary cost. This stunning antique binocular is a perfect addition to any serious WWII, military, or optics collection.  






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