Category: Testimonials

“Jay and Melanie Thomas run a truly exceptional shop…”

“Jay and Melanie Thomas run a truly exceptional shop at Arsenal of the Alleghenys in Gettysburg.  Very high quality merchandise is their strong suit, and no one does it better.

For over three years, I have been visiting their easy-to-find location in Gettysburg, and I’ve purchased numerous long arms from them.  I can say, with 100% certainty, that no one in the business gets the quality and quantity of near-pristine Civil War arms as does Jay Thomas.   I’ve been to over a hundred shows and shops, and each week I review websites and auction sites of every major CW arms dealer—none come close to Jay and Melanie in terms of consistent, very high condition arms.  Some auction sites occasionally acquire very nice collections, but after you add in wait times, shipping, and buyer’s premiums, there is no comparison to the Arsenal’s offerings or prices.

In addition to quality, Jay is an expert in all matters of small arms, swords, relics, and sabers.  He has been at this business a long time, both as a relic hunter and dealer, and he has a vast amount of knowledge going back decades. On many occasions, he has described for me, in detail, specific weapons and their histories that others are offering, and on several occasion he knew more about the weapons than did the dealers selling them!

For incredibly high-quality Civil War weapons, professional, knowledgeable owners, and trustworthiness, no one surpasses the Arsenal of the Alleghenys.”

A.G., LTC,  US Army, Retired

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We have purchased numerous outstanding and rare civil war artifacts…

“We have purchased numerous outstanding and rare civil war artifacts and antique jewelry from Jay and Melanie. Jay is an expert in authentic civil war relics and I rely on his expertise and market knowledge when making my purchase decisions. Jay has excellent contacts that enable him to source high quality and unique pieces. I would highly recommend them to any serious buyer or seller.”

JF, Houston, TX

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I have purchased a number of long arms, carbines and pistols…

“I have purchased a number of long arms, carbines and pistols…flint to percussion…Civil War and earlier. The quality of these weapons are unsurpassed and are of great value to a collector and an educator. Frankly, many are museum quality…”

A.L., LTC, US Army

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I have been a customer of Jay and Mel Thomas and Arsenal of the Alleghenys…

I have been a customer of Jay and Mel Thomas and Arsenal of the Alleghenys for 8 years.  I have purchased antique weapons and jewelry from them during that time and can say that I have yet to find finer quality items anywhere else.  On a scale of 1 to 10, their merchandise is an 8 or higher so any item you buy will only increase in value.  If you are in the market for any antique weapons, jewelry, or other unique items, I highly recommend you visit Arsenal of the Alleghenys.

Very Satisfied Customer

MSG, US Army, Maryland

 

 

 

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