Collectibles, Front Desk
Location: Tucson, AZ
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A native of Tucson, Arizona, James Supp has been an avid collector of antique tools for over 25 years. He's not simply a collector, though, as he actually uses his tools, producing fine crafted reproductions using authentic methods. With his skills as an artisan, James has restored and reproduced everything from ancient Roman surgical tools to 16th-century German costumes, and even Picasso sculptures.
James got his start in the field by reproducing medieval armor, and has since gone on to study many aspects of material culture, specializing in the study of pre-industrial manufacturing methods. He has a great breadth of knowledge and speaks on varied subjects from the history of playing cards to the evolution of footwear. The stranger and more esoteric the subject, the more it fascinates him.
He specializes in the appraisal of tools, scientific instruments, and collectibles. Currently, James is working with Turner, Laughlin and Associates, researching, restoring and cataloging artifacts and antiques from all over the world.
James resides in Tucson with his wife and two wonderful children.