James Ferrell is a Specialist in the Arms & Armour Department at Bonhams in San Francisco. He started at the department at its inception in 1989, and has since taken on such responsibilities as valuations, cataloguing and overseeing catalogue photography and layout.
Ferrell's expertise is in American, European and Asian arms and armour, including edged weapons from the Bronze Age to the 19th century; early firearms, including matchlock, flintlock, percussion and early cartridge; and Middle Eastern and ethnographic weaponry.
Prior to his current position at Bonhams, Ferrell served as the company's Oriental Rug Department Director from 1982 to 1985, and as an Assistant in the Asian Arts Department from 1978 to 1981.
From 1969 to 1982, Ferrell was a professional musician, who recorded with United Artists and Sire Records, as well as numerous independent labels.
Ferrell studied at San Francisco State University, and earned an AA at the American River College in Sacramento, Calif. An active student of military history, he is versed on the period between the Middle Ages and the age of Napoleon.
Ferrell, a native of San Diego, has appeared on the television programme "Value It!", as well as the History Channel's "Tales of the Gun."