Jeremiah Johnson Trading is a family owned and operated business nestled in the historic Connecticut River Valley. Greg Schimetschek and his son Dean have spent their lives surrounded with the artifacts of our past and have developed a passion for all things old and interesting. We pride ourselves in bringing you only the finest original antiques and are always looking to buy or trade.
"The Keeping Room"
Capt. Hezekiah Spencer House circa 1727
Jeremiah Johnson Trading has provided collectors across the globe with rare and unusual treasures, and has gained a reputation for quality service. Our antique firearms and vintage race cars have been featured on the Discovery Channel, Velocity, and the Travel Channel. We have had the pleasure of dealing with customers from all walks of life, including several TV and movie personalities who also collect! Many of our items have been featured in collections and museums across the world, and each piece has it's own story to tell. Two of our vintage drag cars were recently featured in the book "Lost Drag Strips: Ghosts of Quarter Mile Past" by Tommy Lee Byrd. To date these are the last hot rods to ever line up on the starting line of the old Connecticut Dragway. Photo by Trent Sherrill Greg and Dean inside their Haddam, Connecticut, shop.
Dean is at the wheel of the Randy Regier "Lost" Belly Tank Racer.
A display of authentic market hunting guns & accessories presented by JJT at the 2017 Ducks Unlimited Shoreline Chapter Annual Dinner. Featured were an 8-foot long 2 Gauge Punt Gun, 5-barrelled Battery Gun, Manton Double Barrel 6 Gauge, and our Thomas Bland 4 Gauge shotgun.
Frank Maratta Sr's Historic 1930 Ford Model A "The Rake" Featured in HOT ROD Magazine Photo & Story by Scotty Lachenauer
Amazing Unrestored 1968 Shelby Cobra Mustang GT500KR Convertible #02586 Featured in Mustang Monthly / HOT ROD Photo & Story by Scotty Lachenauer
Musket from Lexington & Concord in Haddam Shop
Witness to “The shot heard round the world” discovered by local antique gun shop
From The Haddam-Killingworth Now ~ April 6 2019
Greg and Dean Schimetschek of Jeremiah Johnson Trading didn’t think much of the old gun when they first held it. At first glance it appeared to be a captured Revolutionary War era British “Brown Bess” musket which had been restocked and locked during the mid 1800’s for civilian use. Altered muskets that tell this story are frequently encountered throughout the antique arms world and are usually nothing to get very excited over. It was common practice for old military guns to find their way onto farms across New England and receive the modifications required to deem them suitable for sporting use. Little did they know they were actually holding a gun that had participated in the Battles of Lexington & Concord on April 19, 1775; the single day that gave birth to American liberty and initiated the Revolutionary War. The barrel of the gun, which remains in it’s original length of 46″, is faintly inscribed atop the breech “Ks OWN REGt.” Throughout the entire 18th century the 4th Regiment of Foot, better known as the “King’s Own” regiment, was noted for gallantry in every engagement they participated in. They arrived in America during 1774 and remained stationed in Boston throughout the following year. An advance guard of men from the King’s Own were among the forces that marched onto Lexington Green the morning of April 19th 1775 and encountered a small company of minutemen standing in defiance of British oppression. Here the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired leaving eight Americans dead. The British marched on to Concord where they encountered a larger group of militia and effective resistance. Two members of the King’s Own fell at Concord’s famous North Bridge becoming the first British fatalities of the war. Word of the pre-dawn skirmish at Lexington spread rapidly throughout the region and without hesitation thousands of minutemen from across the countryside were grabbing their guns and heading toward the sounds of battle. The British now had to fight for their lives on the long road back to Boston and a massive day-long running battle ensued. The remaining companies of the King’s Own were called into action to assist in relieving the battered advance column. Minutemen fired at the Redcoats from behind trees and stonewalls with brutal house-to-house fighting leaving scores dead and wounded. By the end of the day nearly 4,000 Americans, driven purely by moral obligation, had answered the call to defend their compatriots and drove the British back to Boston. The Revolutionary War had begun, yet it would take nearly eight and a half years of bitter struggle to obtain the notion of freedom that had been established that April morning in 1775. Sporting an intimidating 46″ barrel the Long Land Pattern 1756 “Brown Bess” musket was the weapon of choice for the heavy infantry companies of the King’s Own, better known as Grenadiers. Sixteen muskets from the King’s Own were reported lost the day of Lexington & Concord, more than any other British regiment engaged. Considering that this would be the only defeat for the King’s Own during the war and that they returned to England long before the official military surrender at Yorktown in 1781 it can be surmised that the only opportunity for this musket to have been captured would have been during the Battle of Lexington & Concord. While we will never know the true details of what really happened that day it is likely that the gun was taken from a dead or wounded British soldier and actually used against the Redcoats throughout the remaining hours of the battle and probably saw active American service during the forthcoming war. When the Revolutionary War was finally over the gun was carried home to begin its new life providing food for the very family it had recently defended. It remains a silent witness to the “The shot heard round the world” and a historic reminder of the day colonists stood up for themselves in the name of liberty and became Americans. Jeremiah Johnson Trading is located at 1618 Saybrook Rd. in Haddam and is operated by Greg Schimetschek and his son Dean in conjunction with Dean’s wife, artist and pinstriper Kristin Haddad of Killustrate It. Specializing exclusively in blackpowder and pre-1899 manufactured antique arms, Greg and Dean share a passion for acquiring and offering authentic pieces to discerning collectors around the globe.
In Memory of
David L. Grimes
Friend & Collector