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 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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NEXT SHOWS - Fredericksburg Relic Hunter Association Civil War Show, March 3, 2018, Eagle’s Lodge, 21 Cool Spring Road, Fredericksburg, VA, Saturday Only 9am-5pm.
Baltimore Antique Arms Show, March 17-18, 2018, Mayland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timoniom, MD, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-3pm.
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.
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 – 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 – Id’d Body of Forage Cap of Private S.C. Wright Struck by Shrapnel at White Oak Swamp. This cap was worn by Private Samuel Cole Wright of the 29th Massachusetts Infantry, when the 29th Mass. was engaged in action during the Battle of White Oak Swamp, just outside of Richmond, on June 30, 1862. Glued to the exterior crown of the cap is a period, hand inked label that says: “Top of Army Cap showing effects of rebel shell at White Oak Swamp, Va. worn by S.C. Wright.” For numerous images and detailed description view this item under Militaria / Civil War / Uniforms and Headgear.
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 - This superior example of a Confederate officer’s haversack was brought back home by Lt. Col. George Sumner Burnham, after his short time in the U.S. Army. This haversack came from an old collection in upstate New York and is accompanied by two old narratives, one handwritten and one typed, describing the provenance of the haversack. The haversack is an archetypal CS haversack, constructed of light gauge, tarred or black painted linen and lined, in the main body interior, with a fine blue satinette; the smaller document pouch is lined in an off-white cotton linen. The bag is in very good condition, evidencing some field use and resultant wear, with a tear near where one end of the shoulder strap attached. For numerous images and detailed description view this sword under Militaria / Civil War / Identified Items.
NEW ITEM – This large format albumen by Lazelle & McMullin of Petersburg, is from their series “Views of Petersburg and environs, including Lines of Defense, Forts, etc., etc. for sale”; the back of the mount is marked – “Lazelle & McMullin 39 Sycamore Street PETERSBURG, VA.” This image, not previously seen by us, shows a street scene in Petersburg, likely dating to just after the Union army entered the city. Storefronts and signs are clearly visible, as are wagons, horses, mules and townspeople. The image was taken looking south, up the hill on Sycamore St. in Petersburg; today, several of the buildings seen in the image are still standing. Overall, the image proper is in good condition, with some minor areas of foxing and slight loss; the mount is somewhat dirty, but strong. For numerous images and detailed description view the item under Militaria / Civil War / Images.
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 - This c. mid-19th century apothecary box has a walnut case, with its drawer sides and bottom constructed of tulip poplar. The box, according to a note we found inside the box itself, composed by a family member, suggests that the box was originally owned by Captain Basil Hall (1813 – 1888) of Arlington, Virginia. Hall was a sea captain, slaver and wealthy landowner. Hall married twice and was the owner of “Hall Hill’s Plantation “-now the site of Arlington Hospital. He is credited as one of the founders of Yerba Buena, modern San Francisco. In 1846, Hall accompanied along a sizeable contingent of Mormon pioneers who sailed to the west coast of the United States, around South America’s Cape Horn to the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) and then on to California, crossing the equator twice in the process, making perhaps the longest religious sea pilgrimage in recorded history (Subject of a PBS Special “The Voyage of the Ship Brooklyn”). In Yerba Buena, Hall married a young Mormon woman, Elizabeth Winner and later retuned to Virginia to build a rather large plantation, known as “Hall’s Hill”.or numerous images and detailed description view the item under our Militaria / Civil War / Identified Items section.
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 >>>