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.
We pleased to announce that Perry Adams Antiques has been selected to appraise explorer Lieutenant William Clark’s telescope, which Clark carried during the Lewis and Clark expedition, of May 1804 through September 1806.
President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the expedition shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. It was composed of a select group of U.S. Army volunteers under the command of Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend, Lieutenant William Clark. The primary objective of the expedition was to explore and map the newly acquired territory, to find a practical route across the western half of the continent, and to establish an American presence in this territory before Britain and other European powers tried to claim it.
As a testament to our national reputation we can report that the Denver Museum of Nature and Science solicited Perry Adams Antiques to conduct the appraisal.
We can also report that Perry Adams Antiques has completed the appraisal of American Revolutionary War artifacts located in South Carolina, at the Ninety Six National Historic Site of the National Park Service. Ninety Six National Historic Site is a Revolutionary War battle site that commemorates the first battle south of New England, fought on November 19-21, 1775, and the longest field siege of the American Revolution, lasting 28 days in May – June 1781.
NEXT SHOWS – 40TH ANNUAL OHIO CIVIL WAR SHOW, May 6-7, 2017, Richland County Fairgrounds, Mansfield, OH, Saturday 9AM – 5PM, Sunday 9AM – 3PM.
SUMMER GETTYSBURG CIVIL WAR SHOW, June 24-25, 2017, Allstar Events Complex, 2638 Emmitsburg Rd, Gettysburg, PA.
FEATURED ITEM – Rare Confederate Leech and Rigdon Revolver #1386 – This Leech and Rigdon, perhaps one of the finest extant examples remaining today, was manufactured in Greensboro, Georgia, Spring, in 1864, on Confederate contract; of note is the CSA inspector Wescom Hudgens’ diamond cartouche impressed at base of butt, in the wood. There was an estimated total production of 2,400 these revolvers. This gun was amongst those sent to the Confederate ordnance department at Augusta, Georgia. For numerous images and detailed description view the revolver under Militaria / Civil War / Firearms.
FEATURED ITEM – Staff and Field Officer’s Sword By Boyle & Gamble, Richmond, Virginia. This most iconic of Confederate swords could be a cornerstone acquisition for any serious collector of Confederate memorabilia. For numerous images and detailed description view the sword under Militaria / Civil War / Edged Weapons.
NEW ITEM – Rare Finely Appointed Gettysburg Relic Board – Doubly Id’d – This incredible relic board was assembled in the late 1800s to early 1900s by Dr. John Stillman, former Surgeon for the 147th New York Infantry. According to the early typed label affixed to the bottom interior of this framed board, Dr. Stillman (of Brookfield, NY) collected the relics displayed, over a 40 year span, from the “farms, homes and battlefield where the Cavalry battle between Union and Confederate forces took place in July of 1863.” Dr. Stillman and the 147th New York Infantry were heavily engaged throughout the Battle of Gettysburg, including during Pickett’s Charge. For numerous images and detailed description view this item under Militaria / Civil War / Identified Items.
FEATURED ITEM – For numerous images and detailed description view this bayonet under Militaria / Civil War / Edged Weapons.
NEW ITEM – Shadow Box Style Relic Board Collected by Member of 134th Ill. at Paducah, KY – Finely framed, shadow box relic board displaying relics collected by Private Frederick L. Trow, of the 134th Illinois Infantry. For numerous images and detailed description view this sword under Militaria / Civil War / Identified Items.
FEATURED ITEM – Original Civil War Regulation Union Infantry Officer’s Pants. – Civil War military pants are always very hard to find, in any condition. This pair, in overall excellent condition, exhibits all of the required regulation features for a U.S. Army, Civil War officer in the infantry. They are constructed of a fine, deep indigo blue, British broadcloth wool and retain the sky blue, infantry branch of service welt or cording along both outside pants’ legs. The pants exhibit, as well, a telltale characteristic of Civil War era pants – a high rising profile, along the back of the pants, when viewed folded, and in profile. For numerous images and detailed description view the item under Militaria / Civil War / Uniforms and Headgear.
FEATURED ITEM – Rare Painting by Private Henry Sommer of a c. 1850s Mormon Household – This watercolor or gouache painting on paper, by Henry Sommer, depicts, as his hand inked tile states, at the bottom of the image, “Interior of a Mormon House.” The National Museum of the United States Army maintains a group of Sommer’s works, although the vast majority post-date the Mormon expedition, when Sommer went, with the army, to California. For numerous images and detailed description view the watercolor under Art / Folk Art.
FEATURED ITEM - Civil War Artillery Officer’s Kepi – This kepi cap was discovered recently in an old house being restored in Fredericksburg, Viriginia. The hat, in very good condition, retains its original, false embroidered, officer’s crossed cannon insignia affixed to the crown of the cap. In addition, the original, silvered, false embroidered company letter and number also remain on the crown. The highly noticeable verdigris buildup that still accrues to the fastening wires of the insignia, visible on the underside of the crown, attest to the fact that these pieces of insignia have been on the hat since the Civil War, as does the fact that the insignia are deeply embedded into the crown. For numerous images and detailed description view the item under Militaria / Civil War / Uniforms and Headgear.
FEATURED ITEM – Finely Executed Pen and Ink Drawing of 15” Rodman Gun at Ft. Warren – This excellently drawn depiction of a 15” Rodman gun at Ft. Warren is in overall very good condition. The drawing, seemingly completed by a trained artillery officer, knowledgeable in the specifics of this type of weapon, is most very impressive in its depth of detail and exactitude; it most certainly is a scale drawing. The drawing has been archivally framed, in a fine, walnut and gilded, mid-19th century frame, with UV repellent glass. For numerous images and detailed description view the item under Militaria / Civil War / Artillery and Bullets.
FEATURED ITEM - Richmond Church Antebellum Bible – This antebellum church-sized Bible, dated 1855, is embossed in gold lettering on the front board stating: “M.E. Church South, Broad Street Station, Richmond“. The Methodist Episcopal Church, named on the front board of the Bible, was a pro-slavery, anti-abolition church that broke with the national Methodist Church over the slavery issue. Broad Street Station, once situated on Broad Street, between 7th and 8th Streets, is no longer in existence. This Bible was placed in the Depot to provide solace for Confederate soldiers prior to their departure to the front. For numerous images and detailed description view the item under our Books and Documents section.
NEW ITEM – For numerous images and detailed description view the bed (cot) under Militaria / Civil War / Identified Items.
Perry Adams Antiques traces its roots back to 1980 and the first 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 >>>