Many people visit this site to purchase our civil war relics for sale; however, we invite you to contact Perry Adams Antiques for your appraisal needs. Ben Greenbaum and Bill Irvin are both members of the International Society of Appraisers. We also hold memberships in the Company of Military Historians.
Bill and Ben just completed an appraisal of Confederate Major General Joseph “Fighting Joe” Wheeler items. The objects included General Wheeler’s frock coat, trousers, and early war epaulettes.
We recently completed an appraisal for objects donated to the Minnesota Historical Society. Ben flew out to personally examine the collection of artifacts that focused on Minnesota troops in the Civil War. Many of the items were identified to members of 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. Here is a video of Ben with the collection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dfwG9rFArs
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JUST ARRIVED ITEM - Civil War Officer’s Id’d Grouping – Slouch Hat, Rank Straps, Dress Epaulettes – This fine grouping consists of the slouch hat of Captain Samuel C. Graves (Co. C, 8th Massachusetts Infantry), his captain of the infantry rank straps and his cased, dress epaulettes. For numerous images and detailed description view the grouping by using the New Items link located at the top of this page.
NEW ITEM - Fine Civil War McDowell Officer’s Forage Cap Id’d to Gen. John J. Peck. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Peck accepted a commission as a Brigadier General, commanding volunteers. He was actively engaged during the Peninsula Campaign and promoted to the rank of Major General for his actions at the Battle of Malvern Hill. In September of 1863, Peck took command of all of the Union troops, in Virginia, south of the James River. Following actions surrounding the small city of Suffolk, Virginia, Peck was transferred south, to take command of the District of North Carolina. For numerous images and detailed description view the forage cap by using the New Items link located at the top of this page.
FEATURED ITEM / GROUPING – Boyle and Gamble Foot Officer’s Sword Id’d to Capt. Robert Samuel Elam of Co. E, 22nd Battalion Virginia Infantry. Elam initially served, as an officer, in the Co. E, 2nd Va. Light Artillery, also known as “Elam’s Battery”. Elam was severely wounded on July 1, 1863, at Gettysburg and subsequently having had his leg amputated, and was left by the retreating Confederate Army and taken as a POW, by the Union Army, remaining in Gettysburg. After a lengthy stay in Union hospitals, Elam was transferred to Ft. McHenry and then to Ft. Delaware, in Maryland; ultimately, he was transferred to Charleston and became a “member” of the infamous Immortal 600. For numerous images and detailed description view the sword and other items in this grouping by using the New Items link located at the top of this page.
NEW ITEM – This rarely excavated 1861 Navy was dug in the Franklin, Tennessee area. Its serial number, 26775, which matches with the number visible on the butt strap, indicates that this revolver was manufactured in early 1865. It is quite likely that it was dropped or left behind by a Union soldier or officer, shortly after the Battle of Franklin. This is a rare gun on its own accord, yet even more rarely seen as an excavated example. For numerous images and detailed description view the forage cap by using the New Items link located at the top of this page.
NEW ITEM – High Quality Civil War Field Surgeon’s Kit by George Tiemann – This high quality kit has most of its original instruments and is housed in a fine rosewood case, lined in its original, deep maroon velvet; the case has a brass escutcheon impressed into the lid of the case; the original lock escutcheon is missing. New Items link located at the top of this page.
NEW ITEM – Trunk with Personal Belongings of Lt. Pickering D. Allen, Co. L, 3rd Mass. Vol. Cavalry, KIA – A fine example of a Civil War officer’s traveling trunk, with the original owner’s name, rank and regiment stenciled on the top of the trunk. Found in trunk is a large grouping of Allen’s personal belongings, carried and owned by him, during his service, until he was killed in action, June 2, 1863, at Brashear City, Louisiana. The group of items include the following: Allen’s Smith & Wesson Number 2 Army revolver, serial number 13891 (Civil War period production); a CDV of Lt. Allen, labeled below the image in period ink – “Lieut. Pickering D. Allen / Killed in Gunboat near New Orleans / June 2d, 1863”; a primitive picket pin; a Bible inscribed to Allen; Allen’s 2nd Lt., Smith’s patent style, cavalry officer rank straps; Allen’s cavalry officer style, faux embroidered, sheet brass, hat insignia (crossed sabers): bone tooth brush; lap desk with Allen’s initials penciled on the underside of the writing surface; carved figural bowl pipe; grooming kit; “doughnut” type brass candle sticks; 3 patriotic envelopes and scrap stationery; tin containing several rounds of .32 cal. Smith and Wesson pistol cartridges; tin soap container with lye soap; japanned container with period collapsible pewter cup; period shaving brush; candle wick trimmer; field telescope; box of full set of bone and ebony dominoes; housewife, etc. For numerous images and detailed description view this multi-part grouping by using the New Items link located at the top of this page.
Perry Adams Antiques traces its roots back to 1980 and the first civil war relics for sale catalog published by Bill and Ben’s Relics. From that erstwhile beginning, Benjamin L. (Ben) Greenbaum, ISA and William D. (Bill) Irvin, Ed.D., ISA have assisted numerous individuals and institutions expand and enhance their collections. Objects evaluated, authenticated and appraised by us are now components of the fine collections in institutions such as the U.S. Army Museum system, the National Park Service (NPS), the Virginia Military Institute Museum system, the Virginia Historical Society, the Valentine Richmond History Center, Pamplin Historical Park and Museum of the Civil War Soldier, Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina and The Schenectady County Historical Society in Schenectady, New York. Over the past 30 years, our offerings have expanded well beyond the early, singular focus on quality militaria; indeed, we now invite you to browse through our extensive array of antiques and decorative arts, as well as fine militaria, and find something that will accent your home or office or an item that will enhance or upgrade your collections, whatever they might entail.Read More