Sean Rich has an insatiable passion for the past. He has been fascinated by history and it's artifacts his entire life. Ever since he was a child, Sean has been finding fossils on family vacations, hunting for old coins on the beach and collecting antique weapons across the globe.
In high school, Sean immediately stood among his peers for his knowledge of history and archaeology to the extent that the headmaster allowed Sean to teach a four-week course to his fellow students sophomore through senior year. Sean went to college in Newport, Rhode Island where historic buildings surrounded him. This environment fed his passion even further and he soon embarked on a five-year apprenticeship in antique gun restoration. Sean quickly learned how to detect fakes and determine what was truly authentic. Later, he took up scuba diving, a pursuit that opened the door to shipwreck discoveries and introduced him to some of the most famous explorers and artifact preservationists in the world. By the time he was thirty, Sean was not only an expert, but also one of the most well-known antique weapons specialists in the United States. Today he is the proud owner of Tortuga Trading, Inc., a corporation that specializes in antique arms and armor from around the world.
Tortuga's premier auction house is Earlyamerican.com, where some of the most rare and valuable artifacts on the market have been bought and sold. Early American History Auctions, Inc. offers expertise in a wide variety of authentic, historic collectible material. From the Colonial American Period, to the Revolutionary War, right through the Civil War Era they specialize in knowing what is authentic or not. Historic Autographs, Rare Coins & Currency, Americana, Historic Documents, Early Photographs, Black History and Slavery, Encased Postage Stamps of the Civil War Era, Rare Early Maps and Prints, plus Historic Items related to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are just some of the fields they cover. Earlyamerican.com's auction catalogs and website "History Store" include over 64 categories of great collectible material.