Brad Witherell


Sacramento, CA
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Brad Witherell, a gun collector since childhood, established Witherell's in 1969. Over the past 32 years he has worked for many of the country's leading museums and collectors as a dealer, auctioneer, consultant, and appraiser. Together with his son Brian, he operates a gallery in Sacramento, California, specializing in investment-grade firearms, western Americana and 19th-century American furniture. They are both involved with many benevolent organizations concerned with the education and connoisseurship of American art and antiques and have themselves lectured and published authoritative books in their respective fields. Brad is a life member of the Colt Collectors Association, Texas Gun Collectors Association, Antique Bowie Knife Association, and the National Rifle Association.

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