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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NEW ITEM - Coin Silver Ewer Presented To Major General Winfield Scott Hancock. This extremely rare, beautiful coin silver ewer was presented by the citizens of Hancock’s birthplace, Norristown, Pennsylvania. The ewer is a masterpiece of silver work, with raised, fine decorative details; on the front section of the ewer, directly beneath the pouring spout is a beautifully engraved inscription, beneath a Union Army 2nd Corps badge: “To Major General Winfield Scott Hancock from the Citizens of his Birthplace, Norristown, Montgomery Co., Pa. / July 4, 1864.” For numerous images and detailed description view the ewer by using the Sold Items link located at the top of this page.
JUST ARRIVED GROUPING - Id’d Exceptionally rare and important grouping consisting of the First Model Griswold revolver, Confederate holster and Haiman Staff and Field Officer’s sword carried by Capt. W.J. Sankey, Co. E of the 39th Alabama Infantry. This grouping has been in the Sankey family since Capt. Sankey carried all three during the Civil War and has been passed down, in the Sankey family, from generation to generation. Perry Adams Antiques obtained this important grouping directly from Sankey’s descendants – we will provide a notarized and completely itemized certificate of provenance to the purchaser. For numerous images and detailed description view the ewer by using the New Items link located at the top of this page.
JUST ARRIVED ITEM – Possibly one of the last Confederate field documents ever written, this Benavides’ Regiment Texas Cavalry Special Order 65 was written June 3, 1865 at Ringgold Barracks, Texas. This Confederate document was written seven weeks after General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia and three weeks after the May 12-13, 1865 Battle of Palmito Ranch, which is generally referred to as the ‘Last battle of the Civil War’. The document instructs Lt. Nathaniel Burruss to transfer quartermaster and commissary items to Lt. C. G. H. Gille of Co. “H” Benavides’ Regt. T.C. The Special Order is signed “By Order of Col. Santos Benavides” followed by the signature of the writer. We are currently in the process of identifying his signature. Note: This important Confederate document is currently Not for Sale.
FEATURED ITEM – This fine and rare grouping of the military possessions of Captain J. W. Lewis, 1rst Va. Regiment of Light Artillery, includes the following: Lewis’ Mitchell and Tyler foot officer’s sword, his M1860 Colt Army (with three cylinder chambers still holding original rounds), his completed Confederate muster roll and a large artillery priming horn, retaining traces of original red, artillery paint. All of the latter are in very good condition – there is a minor seam tear in the leather scabbard and loss of the drag, although both original, Confederate sword drop snaps remain on the scabbard rings; the pistol is in good condition, with some surface pitting, and all the numbers match, with the exception of the cylinder number which is one digit off of the rest of the gun – all matching serial nos. – #53465, with the exception of the cylinder, which is numbered one digit off at #53464 (date of manufacture – 1862). The Confederate Muster Roll is for the 1st Virginia Regiment of Light Artillery, signed by Captain Lewis. For numerous images and detailed description view this item under Militaria / Civil War / Identified Items.
FEATURED ITEM – This incredibly rare and historically significant grouping was discovered in an early 19th century desk, some ten years ago. The desk, most likely the possession of Captain Hazard Stevens, 79th NY Infantry (Cameron’s Highlanders) and Medal of Honor winner, was purchased at an antiques auction in the state of Washington, where Captain Stevens and his father, Gen. Isaac Stevens, also of the 79th NY and KIA at the Battle of Chantilly, in 1862, lived. Sketches and paintings include: scenes in the Beaufort, SC area, where the 79th NY first went into action at the war’s onset, depictions of Ft. Sumter; scenes in the southeastern Virginia theatre, where the 79th went, after their South Carolina service; scenes depicted here include; Confederate batteries, a battle scene, Hampton Roads littered with sunken vessels from the Monitor and Merrimac fight. Almost all of the art is signed by E.L. Henry, many exhibit labeled locations. In addition, to these wonderful paintings and drawings, are letters written by Gen. Stevens, up until the actual day of his mortal wounding; also, many letters written by Capt. Hazard Stevens during the war. Stevens, awarded, after the war, the Medal of Honor for gallantry at the capture of Ft. Huger, in Virginia, in 1863. For numerous images and detailed description view this sword under Militaria / Civil War / Identified Items..
FEATURED ITEM – Id’d Confederate Grouping – “The Hero of Battery Wagner” – Capt. J.H. Powe 1st SC Infantry – This grouping includes: Ninth plate size, Melainotype of Captain James Harrington Powe; extremely rare Palmetto Guard, large, coat size button; war period sixth plate Ambrotype of Josephine Robbins Powe, wife of Captain Powe; and antebellum sixth plate Daguerreotype of Charlotte Harrington Powe, mother of Captain Powe. For numerous images and detailed description view this four-part grouping under Militaria / Civil War / Identified Items.
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