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Rare Revolutionary War Ribbons acquired


Period Americana was recently recognized by several media outlets for its acquisition of rare Revolutionary War and Civil War medals and ribbons.

The prized ribbons were once owned by Solomon Smith, a Minuteman from Acton, Massachusetts who joined the fight on the very first day of battle at Concord Bridge. He later marched to Bunker Hill to fight the British in that battle as well.

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About Us

History repeats itself

Period Americana was founded by Kenneth Olson. Since the early 1980s, he has placed some of America's finest historical artifacts into the collections of individuals, local historical societies, museums and institutions. Today, Period Americana and its team of relic hunters comb the barns and attics of America to rescue artifacts, relics, letters, diaries and photographs that document America's rich history.

We are members of the Ephemera Society of America and The Center for Civil War Photography.

Hold a piece of history in your hands

Period Americana offers original documents, manuscripts, letters, diaries, photographs, artifacts and relics from the 1600s through the early 20th Century.

Put yourself in your ancestors' shoes

Reading a Civil War diary brings one right into the action. Raising a Revolutionary War sword that defended our liberty creates a sense of awe. Holding in your hands a letter once held in the hands of George Washington is humbling. Daguerreotypes offer a rare glimpse at those alive more than 150 years ago. 

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Period Americana

139A Charles Street

Suite 305

Boston, MA 02114

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phone   888.529.9561
fax   866.380.4516

text   207.529.9561


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640 Broadway

Saugus, MA 01906


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We work with attorneys and tax advisers to properly evaluate collections subject to inheritance, divorce and estate planning.