Physician writes: Several historical items belonging to my ancestor were sold to a collector last year. These were his personal items with his name scratched into them and include his personal documents. I didn't learn about this until recently. The items were obtained by the seller (a dealer of such items) after the owner (apparently for the last 60 years) died at a very old age so nobody knows how he got them (whether stolen or purchased). I contacted the dealer who states the guy he sold them to (a nonrelative) refuses to sell them and plans on giving them to his young children when he dies despite having no family ties to the items in question. What recourse do I have, if any, given the murky circumstances under which the old dead guy obtained the items, to return them to their rightful heirs?