Don Troiani

Biography and Credentials

For a over 45 years Don Troiani has methodically built one of the great private artifact collections of Civil War, 1812, Revolutionary War, World War II uniforms, equipage, insignia and weapons which he calls on to add the unique dimension of realism his artwork is so well known for.

Hollywood has enlisted him as consultant on "Civil War Uniforms and Equipage" for the acclaimed feature film "Cold Mountain" starring Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger and Jude Law for which he received screen credit. Also in "Cold Mountain, The Journey from book to film." Troiani has also been military advisor (and made appearances) on A&E, The Military Channel, History Channel's "Civil War Journal" and the miniseries "The American Revolution". Televison appearances on "Missing Reward", "Incurable Collector", and "Hunt for Amazing Treasures" are among his credits.

Because of his lifelong extensive knowledge of military artifacts and excellent reputation, Troiani is regularly contacted by major museums and collectors from across the country who greatly value his first hand experience. He has appraised and authenticated collections for the Connecticut State Capitol, Connecticut State Library, Atlanta History Center (Atlanta Historical Society), Confederate Memorial Hall, New Orleans, auction houses and private individuals.

Numerous items from his collection have appeared in the acclaimed Time-Life "Echoes Of Glory" series on the Civil War and countless other publications. Other of his artifacts have been loaned for the exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, Delaware Historical Society, Connecticut Museum of History, Pamplin Park, The West Point Museum, Virginia Historical Society and the National Park Service Visitors Center in Gettysburg, PA.

Troiani's artwork has appeared on television productions on NBC, CPTV, CNN, America Online, A&E, Military and Discovery channels and in uncounted prestigious publications including: "The Washington Post", "The Washington Times", "US News and World Reports", "American Heritage", "American Rifleman", "Civil War Times", "Los Angeles Times", "The Arizona Republic", "America's Civil War", "USA Today", "The Hartford Courant", "Southwest Art", "Southern Accents", "The Boston Globe", "Connecticut Magazine", "The New York Times", "Smithsonian", "Antiques and Arts Weekly", "Litchfield County Times", "Coin World", "Waterbury Republican American", "Civil War News", "Danbury News Times", "The Courier News", "The Gettysburg Times", "America's Civil War", "The Bridgeport Post", "Military Heritage", "Military History", "Man at Arms", "Numismatist", "The Quarterly Journal of Military History", "International Churchill Society", "Confederate Veteran", "Art Business News", "North and South Magazine", and "The Times Picayune", "Warner Brothers Productions", and "Antiques Roadshow FYI Magazine".

Troiani has also authored or co-authored "Don Troiani's Civil War", "Soldiers in America 1754- 1865", "Military Buttons of the American Revolution", and "Don Troiani's Regiments and Uniforms of the Civil War", in addition to numerous articles on military artifacts including "Antiques Roadshow FYI Magazine."

His work is represented in the collections of American Heritage Magazine, Time-Life Books, The Booth Museum of Western Art in Cartersville, Ga., Smithsonian Magazine and the Smithsonian's Museum of History and Technology, McGraw-Hill, the National Park Service, Gettysburg NHP, Ft. Necessity NHP, Ft. Scott NHP, Guilford Court House NHP, Saratoga NHP, Boston NHP, Cowpens NHP, St. Martins Press, Petersburg NHP, Morristown NHP, U.S. Army War College, U.S. Marine Corps Museum, Pejebscot Historical Society, Brunswick, ME, Command General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS, The Charleston Museum, North Carolina Museum of History, Parks of Canada, the Pentagon, U.S. Army National Guard Bureau, the Pennsylvania National Guard, The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, West Point Museum, Pamplin Park, U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley Kansas, The Greensboro Historical Museum, War Library and Museum of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S., Heritage Plantation in Sandwich, Mass., and the National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.

In 1995 he designed the three Civil War battlefield commemorative coins for the United States Mint. His work has also appeared on a U.S. postal card commemorating the 350th anniversary of the U.S. National Guard. Troiani is also a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award of the United States National Guard.

He has served on the advisory board to the Anne Brown Library, Providence, RI and the Civil War Trust.

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