Colonel Roger H. C. Donlon, MoH, U.S. Army Special Forces (Retired): Since 1995, when Tim Frank was a Sophomore at Catholic University of America, I have watched him mature and grow into an excellent historian. His intelligence, knowledge and professionalism are hard to match. Tim has been very successful in helping me organize and sort through my military collectibles and was able to sell some of them for a price which pleased both of us. I have named him as one of the Executors in my will as both my wife and I have the utmost trust and confidence in his ability. I highly recommend Tim to anyone, but especially if you are looking for an honest, hardworking person who will assure you get the best advice possible!
Todd Creekman: I am a retired Navy captain who, after completing a 30-year active duty Navy career, ran the 93-year old nonprofit Naval Historical Foundation at the Washington Navy Yard for 17 years. I've known Tim Frank for ten years since he came to work for me in our $7M project to construct a Cold War Gallery for the National Museum of the U.S. Navy at the Navy Yard. It was during that period that I became impressed with his knowledge and expertise in identifying key artifacts for the exhibit with the kind of provenance we needed to tell a compelling story. It was clear to me that he not only had that knowledge but he also really enjoyed working with the material culture of our nation's military forces, and demonstrated the proper reverence for the items that helped define America's success on the world stage. Since that period, as Tim has moved on to more challenging jobs, we have remained in touch and I have turned to him on numerous occasions to evaluate artifacts that had come into our Foundation's possession over the decades. He has helped us decide what needed to be donated to the Navy or other repository, and what was not needed by those archives and could properly be sold to benefit the rest of our collection. In addition, he has been a consultant to whom I have vectored numerous individuals with artifacts requiring rigorous evaluation to determine their historical and monetary value.
Jill Kern: When my father, who ended his military career as a Brigadier General, died in 2017, he left behind boxes and boxes of memorabilia from his 31 years in the Army — his service weapons, medals, uniforms, and his many awards and photos. I first connected with Tim Frank a few days before my father’s estate sale, when I heard he might be interested in buying my Dad’s World War II Army issue pistols. He bought them both. I was thrilled when Tim offered his expertise about other items in my father’s collection that might be of value. In the end, he bought my Dad’s dress uniforms, medals, insignia, and some of his books, plaques and papers. I was so impressed not only with Tim’s encyclopedic knowledge about military history — he even had done research about my father’s Army career, so he could tell me what to look for — but I was also pleased at how much respect he showed for my Dad’s service and keepsakes. It gives me great comfort to know that these items will be cared for by a knowledgeable historian who will record their significance, rather than just being packed away in a box again for future generations to puzzle over.
Brian Broaddus: Tim was instrumental in helping our family work with the Naval Historical Foundation to get hundreds of Navy Cruise Books into the hands of the Navy and appropriately preserved. We had consulted auction companies and other vendors claiming to understand military antiques and memorabilia, but never got any good information or direction. It wasn't until we were connected with Tim that I knew we were in good hands. I appreciated his expertise and knowledge about these historical books and documents, even his insight into their realistic value. If you have any military valuables, you first need to talk to Tim.
Peter Dispenzirie: I am a retired CPA living in Rockville, MD. As is common for people in the financial services/consulting industry, friends and relatives often reach out to ask about handling their financial affairs and sometimes their estate. In my case, my wife’s uncle passed away and I was his named personal representative. He had a house full of furniture, clothing, china, silverware, political memorabilia, chotskies as well as a small amount of militaria. We heard about Tim from a friend of the family and he was gracious enough to come out to the house and review the contents with us. It was a tutorial on the history of our limited military related items. However, Tim went “above and beyond” what we had hoped for by reviewing and digging through the house with us and finding items of value that we had overlooked. He was able to connect us with other dealers that were interested in other items we had to offer. We are all a little smarter and better informed thanks to Tim. Overall, it was a great experience.
Nancy Progar: My husband passed away leaving me with a large collection of militaria. I was at a loss as to how to dispose of it. A friend did some research and directed me to Tim Frank. Tim came to my home, assessed the collection and gave me the best advice I could have ever received. I found Tim to be very knowledgeable, honest, and personable and he treated the collection and myself with respect. I followed Tim’s advice and am confident I did what was best for the collection and my family. I highly recommend Tim Frank to anyone needing help valuing and disposing of military artifacts.
William D. Linn II: I’ve known Tim for over ten years and count him among the most professional historians and archivists I’ve every worked with. With uncompromising integrity and an unequaled passion for history, I have engaged Tim professionally on several occasions and he has never failed to deliver in a manner that far exceeds expectations. On time. On budget. Every time....
Martha Blumenthal, The Organized Sort, LLC: I called Tim Frank, on the recommendation of a fellow Professional Organizer, to come look at items in my client’s storage unit. He came and sorted through the items with enthusiasm, respect, and knowledge. Tim was very compassionate with my client and her loved one's military memorabilia patiently explaining the value of many of the items. In the end, he offered my client a fair and reasonable price. I highly recommend Tim of Mid-Atlantic Military Antiques.
Robert Phillips: As a retired criminal investigator, my passion and interests have turned to identifying and researching 20th Century martial arms with historical significance. Firearms and motor vehicles are some of the few collectables that can offer unequivocal provenance, largely because both were produced with identification numbers. In most cases these numbers serve as the object’s DNA, and as a researcher this is paramount.
Tim and I connected through our mutual interests of US Army general officers, and the pistols that were issued to them as a privilege of rank. I was immediately struck by his enthusiasm and knowledge. I commissioned him for specific research on general officers and through his efforts; Tim obtained high resolution digital scans of archival documents and photographs on over a dozen individuals from history. Tim’s work put faces and historical perspective to these pistols, and the men who carried them with honor.
Jim Evans: I contacted Tim to attempt finding my father’s military records from 1936-1971. Tim followed up and he was able to procure the records from archives- primarily the general orders for the Bronze and Silver Stars. I would recommend using Tim to obtain military records.
Harry Waterson, Branson, Missouri: I have been a numismatic researcher for the past 14 years working from my desk in the Mid-West. I have spoken with over a 1,000 librarians, archivists and curators and using email and the
internet I have contacted 100s more. This works most of the time but there are those instances when help on the ground is essential. Especially when dealing with the large eastern cities in the Boston-New York-Washington corridor. Washington is especially fraught because local knowledge is almost always necessary to navigate the bureaucratic maze to get to the documents I want. Tim Frank has been an especially effective researcher in Washington on my behalf. It is a pleasure to deal with him. He very quickly can analyze my requests and sort out the best places to find the information. He recently handled a very delicate assignment with an archivist that I had been negotiating with for years who did not want to let documents out of heir folders much less leave her sight.
Tim Frank brings a real numismatic discipline to his work. He knows exactly what this medallic
researcher is looking for and he knows not just how to fulfill his assignment but to be aware of
what else he comes across in his search that would also be of interest, even though it never came
up in the brief. This is the bonus I got from dealing with Tim Frank and I am ever grateful for his
skill and acumen.
Hal Kiena: A few years ago when I needed to access documents at the National Archives I found that there were two ways to do it. Buy a plane ticket, stay in a hotel, rent a car, eat in restaurants, and attempt to do it all myself. That would also involve a steep learning curve, making copies of individual pages on a coin eating Xerox machine then going home and scanning each page into my computer. Made a lot more sense to save a lot of time, money, and aggravation and hire someone to do it for me.
Tim Frank is organized and professional. In short order he provided me with a full list of the contents of the 98 file boxes the Archives has on my father’s WWII Bomb Group. After I decided which documents I wanted, Tim worked me into his schedule. It took him 3 working days to pull, sort, and scan the over 900 pages of records that I requested. It probably would have taken me 2 full weeks to do all this myself. His charges were more than fair, probably not much more than I would have spent on plane fare alone. Payment by PayPal and received a Zip file of my documents within the hour.
If you want to see the quality of his scans check out the “Loading List” section of my SmugMug page, https://447bg.smugmug.com/ And keep in mind these pages are 2nd or 3rd level carbon copies that are 70 years old and were originally typed on the absolutely cheapest paper money could buy. Tim’s scans were made at a high resolution of approximately 1mb per page which makes it real easy to zoom in to see detail.
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