Jack Williams (1925-2011) was an expert in Colonial History and Antique Weapons. In the early-sixties he opened the Gun Shop and Museum of Weapons in America`s oldest city Saint Augustine Florida. Williams is well known for discovering the lost site of Fort Mosa (Mose), the first free-black settlement in what was to become the United States. The site saw significant action during the War of Jenkins` Ear in 1740 and the Patriot War in 1812. Williams was honored for his discovery with the de Aviles Award in 2003.
The Jack Williams collection of Antique Firearms, Edged Weapons and Rare Artifacts is unique. It contains examples of both the elaborately decorated weapons of the rich and everyday weapons of the Spanish, English and French Colonial periods. The collection also contains many items like this eighteenth century Mold Blown Bottle found by Williams near Fort Mosa.