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 just 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.
You will also recall the Denver Museum of Nature and Science solicited Perry Adams Antiques to conduct the appraisal of explorer Lieutenant William Clark’s telescope.
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.
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NEW 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.
NEW 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 – 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.
NEW ITEM – Rare Colt Dragoon Holster For The Type I or Type II Revolver. This example retains an integral flap-tab, that slips into an integral loop, when the flap is closed. The belt loop, a single, heavy band of leather, is attached to the back of the body of the holster via two, large, original copper rivets. For numerous images and detailed description view this holster under Militaria / Civil War / Firearms.
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.
NEW ITEM – Rare First Hand, Eye-Witness Account of Events at Appomattox in April of 1865. – These, one typed (dictated in 1937) and one handwritten some time in the early 20th century, were recollections of Victoria Bryant Jenkins. Mrs. Jenkins, about seven-years old in April, 1865, lived with her family, on the “Buckingham Road”, on the plantation, “Pleasant Retreat.” She describes in this four page document the events surrounding the prelude and aftermath of the surrender. She discusses hearing nearby musket and cannon fire, being unable to leave her parents’ home because of fighting all surrounding them, interactions with Union and Confederate soldiers who came to their home, the use of her family’s home as a field hospital, and the famous apple tree where Gen. R.E. Lee awaited word from Gen. Grant. This entire grouping was acquired from a direct descendant, still living in the Appomattox area. For numerous images and detailed description view the item 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.
NEW ITEM - Rare Benjamin Wilhoite Confederate Officer’s Knife – This knife, an extreme and highly desirable rarity, represents one of only a handful of extant, Wilhoite, Type II, Confederate officer’s knives. This example was, apparently, an early battlefield pickup, as it retains a small piece of russet brown leather, affixed to the characteristically, S-shaped, iron cross guard, that says: “Gettysburg July 3rd Pickett’s Charge 1863” – painted in small, white letters. Wilhoite (Madison County, VA) made and sold some of his knives to a small number of Confederate units that were actively engaged at Gettysburg and participated in Pickett’s Charge. Additional research could, most likely, pinpoint which units were likely to have had Wilhoite knives. For numerous images and detailed description view the item under Militaria / Civil War / Edged Weapons.
NEW ITEM – Albumen of Identified Officers in the 109th USCT – This fine albumen, housed in its original frame and under original period glass (we removed the glass to take the pictures for our site), depicts five Union officers, all identified by name, written in period ink above or beneath each officer. All five of the identified officers served in the 109th United States Colored Troops. The officers named are: Captain Julius HIgley, Captain Charles Hart, 2nd Lt. George Phillips, 1rst Lt. Edwin Salter and Captain Marshall Twitchell. All five officers, with the exception of Twitchell, are wearing their slouch hats; all five are wearing their sword belts and swords. This is a fine image, in superior condition. For numerous images and detailed description view the item under Militaria / Civil War / Images.
NEW ITEM - Rare Civil War U.S. Belt Plate, Belt and Cap Box Id’d to a Soldier in the USCT. The most striking feature of this rig are the two names, heavily inked on the inside of the belt proper. It appears that the first name inked is: “W. Chipman”. The second name, apparently inked a bit later than the aforementioned name, as this inking is darker and appears to have been completed partially over the Chipman name, is: “C. Sam”, this name is that of Private Casimere Sam of the 73rd United States Colored Troops. For numerous images and detailed description view the item under our Militaria / Civil War / Accouterments section.
NEW ITEM – For numerous images and detailed description view the sash under Militaria / Civil War / Accouterments.
NEW ITEM - For numerous images and detailed description view the sash under Militaria / Civil War / Accouterments.
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 >>>