CIVIL WAR ANTIQUES
Jay’s background in military antiques began at an early age, prompted by his father’s interest in the American Civil War and World War II. In the 1970’s he attended many gun shows with his father and made numerous visits to the Springfield Arsenal, a militaria shop in Springfield, Mo.
Thus, began a lifelong interest in collecting antique militaria. By the 1990’s Jay had accumulated a respectable collection of both Civil War and World War memorabilia.
In the mid 90’s Jay and his father decided to start attending major Civil War shows and trying their hand as brokers in the market. As his knowledge and abilities grew, Jay moved to Charleston, SC with the intent of opening a store front along with a partner. For over 10 years, beginning in 1998, he ran a successful shop located on John Street in downtown Charleston, here he began consulting with and for the Charleston Museum and gained even more knowledge in antiquities.
When the decision was made to close the retail store, Jay became strictly a collector. Approximately three years ago, Jay made the decision reopen the business, knowing he fully possessed the skills in selling high quality Civil War and other era military collectibles.
It was at this time that Lisa became involved in the business and offered her abilities to the growing venture.
Lisa has a background in consulting in conjunction with programming and software implementations, she has experience in business management and was a software developer for one of the biggest consignors in the thoroughbred race horse industry including
marketing as well as multitude of additional skills to bring to the table.
Combined they make a great team. Jay has handled, sold, traded and owned some of the greatest pieces that could have and have been considered National Treasures. He has an extensive dossier in the field of Civil War history, memorabilia and other militaria.
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