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 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
You will recall the Denver Museum of Nature and Science solicited Perry Adams Antiques to conduct the appraisal of explorer Lt. William Clark’s telescope. For examples of other completed appraisals use the Appraisal link located at the bottom of this page.
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NEXT SHOWS - Northern Virginia Relic Hunters Association, April 13 & 14, 2018, Fredericksburg Expo Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, Friday 12pm – 7pm, Saturday 9am – 4pm. Ohio Civil War Show, May 5 & 6, 2018, Richlands County Fairgrounds, Mansfield, Ohio, Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 9am – 3pm. Gettysburg Civil War Show, June 30 – July 1, 2018, Allstar Events Complex, Emmitsburg Rd, Gettysburg, PA, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 9am – 2pm.
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 Archives link located at the bottom of this page.
FEATURED ITEM – M1842 Pistol Id’d to J.M. William of the 7th Texas Infantry – Into the right side of the walnut grip is crudely carved: “J M William”. William enlisted as a private, at the onset of the Civil War, into the 7th Texas Infantry. The 7th Texas was active and heavily engaged throughout the entire war, finally surrendering on April 26, 1865. For numerous images and detailed description view the pistol under Militaria / Civil War / Identified Items.
FEATURED ITEM – Id’d M1860 Colt Army – George L. Carey of the 1rst Connecticut Cavalry. Although this Colt Army is a typical wartime issue (serial number indicates manufacture in late 1862), of considerable interest and associated rarity, is that the serial number, 61,323, indicates that this specific weapon was issued to Corporal (later Sergeant) George L. Carey of the 1rst Connecticut Cavalry. For numerous images and detailed description view the revolver under Militaria / Civil War / Identified Items.
NEW 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.
NEW 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. The grouping includes 19 miniature pencil sketches and watercolor paintings, all executed by Hudson River School artist, Edward Lamson Henry, who accompanied, as a clerk on a Union troop transport ship, the 79th New York, when it initially went to South Carolina, at the war’s onset, then back north to Virginia in 1862. Seemingly, Henry befriended Gen. Stevens and gave him his art work, as well as illustrating several of Stevens’ letters home. Henry would later paint several well known Civil War scenes, as well as establishing himself as a highly respected American artist. 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..
NEW 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 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