My window on the past has a significantly long and unique view. Having earned a degree in History from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1995, I began working as a professional researcher, authenticator and appraiser of historical artifacts, art and antiques in 1998. Since this time I have worked with artifacts that span literally thousands of years of history – from ancient Egypt and to the present day. From Old Kingdom funerary ushabtis to Saddam Hussein’s military uniforms, I have been incredibly fortunate to touch, smell, taste – yes, taste – artifacts from practically every age of our collective past.
In 2010, I joined the International Society of Appraisers, the largest professional personal property appraisal association in the United States and Canada. The society consists of the most highly trained and rigorously tested independent appraisers working today. Maintaining ISA membership requires requalification every five years, and bienneal USPAP updates, both of which I last completed in February and April 2015 respectively.
My breadth of experience derives from consulting with museums and galleries, authors and media, as well as working over extended periods with three large regional auction houses with unique specialties – from historical militaria to general collectibles to fine art and high-end antiques. I also maintain a network of other consultants and appraisers with expertise different from my own, and will refer to them to assure your appraisal or identification meets the highest standards.
Beyond the ISA’s educational requirements, I was also accepted by the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, where I completed their intensive Principles of Descriptive Bibliography course for books printed between 1450 and 1800.
I have consulted with the Imperial War Museum, London, appeared as a guest lecturer at universities and local colleges, as well as assisted New York Times fact checkers for various articles and programs. I am a frequent speaker at the National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City – where for a time I also served on the Board of Trustees and Museum Accessions committee. I have also been heard on the BBC, and I still appear regularly on radio regarding fine art and collecting in the United States.
I have also served on the Executive Committee of the H.G. Wells Society (UK) since 2000, and maintain their website and social media presence. I have also had papers published in their peer-reviewed journal, The Wellsian. I founded an American chapter of the society which lasted from 2001 to 2006. Serving as director, I edited the chapter’s newsletter, and assisted the editor of our peer-reviewed journal, The Undying Fire.
I live in Lee’s Summit, MO with my wife, Lotte, our two children, Katarina and Karsten, our giant Bernese Mountain Dog, Odin, and little Shih-Tzu, Kaylee. Being an Eagle Scout, I now serve as assistant Cubmaster and Webelos Den Leader in Cub Scout Pack 366. I have been an amateur astronomer since 1975, and am an amateur musician with more than a dozen original albums released internationally.