We invite you to contact us for all of your antique appraisal needs. 

Both Bill and Ben have been valuing items for over thirty years, and are members in good standing of the International Society of Appraisers.

Our experience and credentials meet the requirements to act as Qualified Appraisers for appraisal reports submitted to the IRS. As such, we regularly conduct inventories, research, and analysis of tangible personal property appraisals for fiduciaries, attorneys, institutions, insurers and individuals.

Our clients have included clients across the nation, including the National Park Service (NPS) and United States Marshals Service (USMS).

We have appraised individual objects with values in excess of $1 million, and as esteemed as Robert E. Lee’s gauntlets and autographed letters from Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, while each served as President.

Appraiser William D. Irvin
Appraiser Ben Greenbaum

Other recent appraisals conducted by Perry Adams Antiques have included:


  • Appraisal: 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.
  • Valuation & Sale: Extensive ephemera and artifact collection from the Continental Iron Works, builder of the USS Monitor.
  • Inheritance Appraisal: A fine general Civil War collection for descendants of a deceased long-time collector. The collection contained firearms, excavated artifacts, buttons and ephemera.
  • Inheritance & Insurance Appraisal: A superior Siege of Petersburg theatre, excavated button collection. The collection contained numerous examples of fine Union and Confederate buttons.
  • Financial Planning & Inheritance Dispersal Appraisal: Contents of an 18th century Virginia house. Contents included period antique furniture, period silver, original early 19th century works of art, antiquarian books and Civil War memorabilia.
  • Insurance Appraisal: A voluminous collection of Virginia militia uniforms, dating to the latter quarter of the 19th century, for a pending Virginia National Guard Museum.

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We are always interested in obtaining new items to supplement our offerings and actively seek to purchase historic objects of value.  For that reason, we are often willing to travel to examine and evaluate collections of artifacts and memorabilia for sale. We also welcome the opportunity to assess items brought (or sent) directly to us.  If trading is the goal – and we will do this whenever possible – we encourage initial communication by phone or email so we can discuss the particulars and hopefully get the process started.



Consignment is also an important component of our business; we have a long and very successful track record brokering items and collections.  For those wishing to sell via this method, we follow a tried-and-true process that includes: 1) thorough research of the consigned item or collection, 2) the creation of multiple high resolution images, 3) the drafting of accurate, on point descriptions, 4) assistance with appropriate pricing, 5) prominent listing of the item(s) on our website, and 6) promotional mentions, when possible.  For those wishing additional exposure, we can take consigned items to display and market at the major shows we attend.



Our extensive experience dealing with historic artifacts and memorabilia has given us a depth of knowledge and expertise that is highly regarded by many.  We have been called upon by collectors, from novices to curators of national museums, for both consultation and research. Drawing from the wealth of information garnered over 30+ years of studying artifacts and memorabilia and their historic provenance, we have the ability to efficiently and effectively provide in-depth narratives and documentation for most American collectibles, especially militaria.  Additionally, when warranted, we use the resources and contacts provided by our memberships in many professional organizations and institutions. The results of this analytical approach have been both a long list of pleased clients and the satisfaction of having made numerous important discoveries regarding the originality and provenance of unique items presented to us.

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