Wanted to Buy

Wanted to Buy

Buy or Consign: Single Pieces or Entire Collections

You may consign to us for a flat 10% selling commission (no hidden fees!) or you can have immediate cash payment… you decide.  We will pay you immediately – no waiting!  Our only requirement: MUSEUM QUALITY ITEMS ONLY!  Call us to discuss what you have and what we can do for you (Call #419-565-4100). Here is what we are looking for:

  • Soldiers’ Letters with great content & graphic battle descriptions from the French & Indian War through WWII – Our main emphasis is on the Civil War era.  We especially desire to purchase Confederate letters & entire collections of letters.
  • War-dated autograph material of famous military personalities – We are constantly seeking Confederate Generals T. J. Jackson, J. E. B. Stuart, & Lewis Armistead
  • High-quality CDV photos with period ink I.D. – We need important Civil War personalities autographed on the front or killed in action
  • Great hard images (ambrotypes & tintypes) of soldiers with their weapons
  • “Souvenirs” or “war trophies” brought back or mailed back by soldiers
  • Soldier identified items, both excavated & non-excavated, inscribed I.D. tags or discs, stencils, & Corps badges 
  • Rare buttons & buckles (both excavated & non-excavated) – Excavated buttons that were originally gilted must have a high percentage of the original gold gilt still remaining.  Non-excavated buttons must have an untouched, uncleaned patina (Button collectors: DO NOT polish your buttons!).  Buckles & plates must have great eye appeal with pleasing patinas.  
  • Soldier pen & ink drawings of camp life & maps of battle formations sent home in letters
  • Original Charleston slave tags – Be sure to read our article on the Charleston slave tag that was published in North-South Trader magazine (Vol. XXVII, No. 6)
  • Important documents especially Appomattox Paroles & other paroles issued in the field after a soldier was captured in battle (by Stuart, Mosby, Forrest, etc.).
  • All documents related to Confederate blockade runners especially the bonds issued by company owners
  • P.O.W. items – including letters with “inspected” covers & autograph albums from prisoners at Johnson’s Island, Libby & Andersonville
  • Colorful items including recruiting broadsides, regimental drums, shoulder straps, insignia, uniforms & leather goods
  • Weapons: guns & edged weapons that are complete, not over-cleaned, possessing great eye appeal (both non-excavated & excavated)  
  • Any items identified to great regiments or brigades (Iron Brigade, Irish Brigade, Custer’s Cavalry Brigade, Berdan Sharp Shooters, etc.)  
  • Anything from early or Confederate Charleston, South Carolina 
  • Documents & artifacts from Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia including copies of their Virginia Gazette Newspaper
  • Any letters, images or memorabilia from the California gold rush or accounts of fighting Indians
  • Shipwreck treasure & any other colorful excavated items: Spanish Cobs, gold doubloons, & gold nuggets with great eye appeal
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