The Mars & Neptune Trust

The purposes of the Mars & Neptune Trust are:

  •  to further our present knowledge of the lifeways and material world of military and naval forces in North America prior to 1850 through programs that include, but are not limited to: archaeological  and historical investigations, publications, museum exhibitions, media productions, public presentations, special events, preservation activities, and experimental archaeology (“living history”).

  •  to provide the public with a greater awareness and appreciation of the service  and accomplishment of military and naval forces during the aforementioned historical period and the preservation of its material culture.

  •  to provide a membership component, with no political affiliations, composed entirely of volunteers who are dedicated to preserving the material remains and  interpreting the life, times and material culture of the military and naval forces that served in North America prior to 1850.

  • to raise funds and public/private support for the preservation of endangered or rare surviving sites or artifacts relating to the military and naval history of America prior to 1850, including providing funds or in-kind services leading to the purchase, donation or loan of such properties for government, public or private not-for-profit institutions responsible for the care, interpretation and preservation of such properties for the public benefit.

The Mars & Neptune Trust Inaugural Sale

11 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019

at Nadeau's Auction Gallery

25 Meadow Road
Windsor, CT 06095


An outstanding assemblage of museum-quality, arms, militaria, artwork, prints, manuscripts and rare books, covering a range of time periods and themes, including Colonial and Revolutionary America, the War of 1812, the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence movements in Latin America during the 1st half of the 19th century.   The sale features many items deaccessioned from the collections of the Society of the Cincinnati, the Fort Ligonier Association, and other institutions to benefit their collections programs, as well as choice consignments from important private collections. Correspondence and memorabilia relating to such notables as George Washington, John Hancock, Andrew Jackson and other patriots are well represented, including John Hancock’s presentation cane and the Jacob Hurd sword carried by John Cleves Symmes and his son-in-law, William Henry Harrison.   Works of art by Lemuel Francis Abbott, William Beechey, John Comerford, John Wesley Jarvis, Thomas Luny, James Peale, Dominic Serres, William Williams, and Thomas Yates, among others.  Manuscripts include an unpublished 1814-1815 journal of a British participant in the burning of Washington and the battle of New Orleans.  Rare Revolutionary War arms, such as a Pattern 1776 rifle, the only known Hesse Hanau Freicorps rifle, and a Continental Army-altered M1717 French rampart musket are well represented, as are edged weapons such as a French presentation sword and an eagle-head saber carried by Colonel Duty Shumway in the War of 1812, not to mention an impressive assemblage of artillery related objects, including rare cannon such as one captured aboard the USS President in 1815 and a M1827 6-pounder on Confederate naval carriage.