Herb and Viola Glass started an antique business in the 1940s once Herb got out of the Army. But Herb found the antique business a little slow in the winter months.
In those days people didn’t venture out as often when the bad weather hit, so he turned his fascination with antiques into a specialty business in antique weapons.
Alongside Herb and Viola was Judelson, Giordano & Siegel CPA, PC (JGS), which has been in business for more than 80 years. JGS helped Viola maintain the bookkeeping and run the business side of things while Herb grew his expertise in the field and the business.
As that expertise grew, so did his notoriety with the wealthiest of men in the U.S., such as Richard Mellon and William Clay Ford. They began calling for his services. Herb had even presented a gun to Richard Nixon and served as a consultant to the Henry Ford Museum and West Point Museum.
Herb was hired by William Clay Ford to set up the firearm museum inside the Henry Ford Museum. He was also an honorary curator at the West Point Museum and is responsible for bringing George Washington’s pistols to the museum. He was also involved in identifying both President Theodore Roosevelt and Jesse James’s pistols.
As the business progressed, Herb’s wife, Viola– who is now 98 – was responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the accounting and books. She made sure everything was reconciled and in order but she met regularly with JGS.
“Starting with the firm’s founding partner Jack Judelson and now with Frank, the entire team at JGS have been very good to us through the years,” Viola said. “We can’t thank them enough for helping us make our business so successful and working with us through its transitions and challenges.”
Viola was interested in antiques more than antique firearms but she became a top-notch shooter, winning the Northeast United States Regional Women’s Three Caliber Pistol Championship in 1955 and the New York State Women’s Pistol Champion in 1954, 1955 and 1956.
Herb, who passed away in 2007, was a client of Judelson, Giordano & Siegel CPA, PC, for more than 60 years. The family from Bullville still uses JGS for its business and personal accounting services. JGS had helped Herb and Viola set up their estate.
The firm assisted in the transition of Herb’s business after his death to his son, Herb Jr., who is now 69. And, JGS helped Herb Jr. convert the business into a consulting business to adapt to the changing antique firearm industry.
Herb Jr., who still uses JGS as a business advisor and accountant, said he also appreciated having a trusted partner by his side and his family’s through the years.
“Having JGS there for us ensured that we could take care of the other parts of our business that needed tending to and we knew the numbers were well taken care of.”