Medal of Honor recipient Joe Foss estate

JUNE 1, 2017


We have been selected by the Foss family to restore, inventory, certify and register the estate of Medal of Honor recipient Joe Foss.  The estate consists of over 500 items dating back to the 1920s through 2003 including many items from WWII and the Guadalcanal campaign.

In 1943, then Captain Joe Foss became the face of the Marine Corps and our war effort in the Pacific by earning the Medal of Honor for his aerial victories at Guadalcanal flying his Grumman F4F Wildcat with VMF-115.  After his June 7, 1943 cover of Life Magazine wearing the Medal of Honor, he returned the war effort and eventually became a Brigadier General with the newly formed Air Force.

Post-WWII Joe Foss became the Governor of South Dakota, Commissioner of the newly formed American Football League, TV star and philanthropist.   Not bad for a man who grew up in a house without electricity and was forced to drop out of school after his father passed away.   See more


Admiral Picking Shoulder boards, Fore and aft hat and Civil War sword

MAY 30, 2017


We have been selected by the Picking family to inventory, authenticate, restore, certify and register his artifacts.

It is rare to find a complete 1898 admiral’s uniform.  It is rarer still when it includes his original U.S. Naval Academy sword presented at Annapolis in 1861 graduating with his friend William T. Sampson.  This sword accompanied Lt. Picking while serving on the U.S. frigate St. Lawrence during the battle of Hampton Roads (capturing the Herald, Petrel and Jenny Lee) and on the famous  U.S.S. Nahant iron-clad monitor.

Post Civil War, Lt. Commander Picking served on the U.S.S. Swatara, frigate Colorado under RADM Rodgers, then as Commander on the U.S.S. Michigan and the U.S.S. Kearsarge.   His final ship was as Captain of the cruiser U.S.S. Charleston in 1895.  Captain Picking served at the U.S. Navy Yard, New York during the Spanish American War and in August 1998, Commodore Picking became Commandant of the U.S. Navy Yard, Boston where he finished out his career.   See more


Field Marshall Montgomery and Lt. Gen Bradley discussing his HQ Maps

MAY 25, 2017


On April 8, 2017, we authenticated, certified and registered Omar Bradley’s (1893 – 1981) D-Day maps to be one of only four sets in existence.  These maps were so rare that most experts did not know they existed outside of the Library of Congress.

It took two years to locate the other three copies (Third copy as part of General Bradley’s archives at Carlisle, PA is still awaiting final confirmation).  When the U.S. Army’s leading expert wrote a confirmation letter as to the map’s authenticity and rarity  stating “In terms of historical significance and rarity, these maps are a perfect 10”, we had nothing to add.  See More