Books for the Revolutionary War Antique Collector


If you are interested in learning more about Revolutionary War antiques, there are a few great books available to collectors. The three books below all make excellent choices, depending on the type of artifacts you are interested in.


Revolutionary War Collectors EncyclopediaCollectors Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution


The Collectors Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution is the authoritative guide on Revolutionary War collectibles. It covers Revolutionary War uniforms, weaponry, and many other antiques from early American history. It contains over 2,300 pictures and detailed descriptions, making it a must-have for the Revolutionary War collector or reenactor.

If you only plan to purchase one book to have as a guide as you build your collection, this is the one. Whether you are just getting into the hobby and want to learn more, or a museum curator who needs a reference guide on Revolutionary War artifacts, this book is a must-have.


Battle Weapons of the American Revolution


Another reference guide by George C. Neumann, Battle Weapons of the American Revolution focuses entirely on Revolutionary War weapons. This guide showcases nearly every weapon that was used on either side of the American Revolution, making it a must for small arms collectors. Much like the Collectors Encyclopedia, Battle Weapons of the American Revolution features 1,600 photographs of more than 500 types of muskets, pistols, swords, knives, and other weapons. It also lists pertinent details for each weapon type - weight, caliber, etc.

Many pictures in this book come from private collections and had never previously been published. If you are considering starting or expanding a collection of American Revolution weapons, this is the book to start with.



An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms of the American War of Independence


Revolutionary War uniforms book

For Revolutionary War reenactors and collectors of American Revolution uniforms, An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms of the American War of Independence is a detailed guide on the appearance of American, British, French, and German soldiers. There were incredible variations on uniform colors and styles throughout the American Revolution (particularly among the colonial troops) and this encyclopedia carries pictures and detailed descriptions of each. Not only does this book cover uniforms in great detail, but it also has a section on naval warfare, going into detail on some of the ships that were used.

If you attend American Revolution reenactments, collect uniform pieces, or just want to learn more about Revolutionary War uniforms, this detailed encyclopedia is full of useful information and is worth a look.