Kahn, a serious fan of history, also has a brass political button that was worn at the presidential inauguration of George Washington. He recently sold a silver tankard owned by John Hancock.
Kahn’s business was preceded by a career with a large investment bank that took him to New York and London. He was happy to retire early and launch a new career, dealing in antiques and art in Boston, Essex, and Wellesley, and opening the Chatham business in 2001.
Seeing Kahn’s collectibles is like walking through some of our country’s—and the world’s—most celebrated moments. “I’m only a caretaker,” Kahn muses. “These items may make their way into museums. In the meantime, they’re in private hands.” He loves what he does. “Whenever I have a chance to acquire something historic and rare, that’s what I live for,” he says. “That’s my raison d’être, the thing that really excites me.”