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11-08-001 Colt Model 1861 Special Musket dated 1863

Manufactured from 1861-1865, One of about 75,000 Colt Model 1861 Special Muskets produced. This particular 1863 dated Colt musket is a real solid example. Stamped with an American eagle on the bolster and the date clearly behind the hammer. As is customary with Colt M1861 Special Muskets, the word “STEEL” appears on the left side of the breech and below that “NJ” stamped into the wood indicating ownership by the state of New Jersey. This example is overall Very Good ++ with fine wood and only minor pitting at the breech. A great example for any collection and priced to move!.......$1,395.00

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11-08-002 New Orleans Related CSA Buckle
The face on this CSA buckle is as hideous, unappealing, and ugly looking as one would hope never to find ... BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY GENUINE IN ALL RESPECTS... it was simply polished on a buffing wheel, then polished again, and again, and again, for decades and worn on a southern boys belt for years until he sold it to my collector friend thirty years ago. When you look at the back you will see that it is indeed GENUINE without question with all three hooks firmly in place, all the proper sharp edges, and wonderful patina. It is a shame the face has lost all the crispness and detail due to the many polishings over many years. This is from the same wonderful ages old southern collection as many other items on this list. It was found on Ship Island in the Mississippi Sound (important in the New Orleans campaign) in the 1950’s by one of the members of a family that has run a charter boat to the island for tourists for many years. The finder passed it on to a family member who wore it on a leather belt for many years before finally selling it. A very affordable CSA rectangular buckle that is absolutely genuine and priced with the cleaning damage in mind --- If it hadn’t been cleaned and polished it would bring two or three times more than..... $1,350.00

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11-08-003 Foot Officer’s Sword
A very solid and attractive French made foot officer’s sword. Excellent sharkskin & twisted wire grip. Beautiful brass floral guard. Blade is plain steel with no etching. $275.00

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11-08-004 Artillery Saber
Extra nice mounted artillery saber and scabbard (unsigned). Fine condition with full leather and twisted wire grip. Excellent brass knuckle guard. Fine scabbard with light patina, a little surface rust, and no dents. Blade is overall grey & bright retaining much of the original factory polish. I do not know if this is an unsigned US made saber or a German import. I am leaning toward unsigned US made as it has no European earmarks......$595.00

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11-08-005 Peterson figure 75 officer’s “Eagle Guard” Sword and Scabbard
Overall VG condition. Sharkskin wrap is excellent. Twisted wire is 95% intact with one strand broken near the bottom. Steel guard has attractive smooth brown patina with spread-wing eagle and “US”. Steel scabbard has identical attractive smooth brown patina. Blade is smoky grey steel with very attractive etching on each side incorporating floral sprays, US, American Eagle, etc… Ricasso signed Walscheid Solingen. Condition VG++ with a very slight bend in the guard.....$650.00

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11-08-006 Oval Solid Cast Confederate CS “Breckenridge” Pattern Waist Belt Plate

A very handsome plate that was dug near Pensacola, Florida many decades ago. Plate has nice detail and a very handsome patina being dug and gently cleaned then acquiring more gentle age patina from handling and storage. The hooks on the back have been replaced so you can put this on a belt if you so desire. Scarce plate and quite handsome. Priced with the replaced hooks in mind.....$3,250.00

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11-08-007 Early Large Size Wagon Canteen
A great big old canteen from the frontier days. Condition is very good showing just honest age. There appears to be “JH 1826” carved into one of the sides of the canteen... These large canteens were in use from the late 18th to early 19th centuries. Here is a good solid example perfect to display with frontier antiques.....$350.00

 

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11-08-008 Early Military Horse Bit
Interesting early style bit... Civil War or earlier for certain. This handmade bit has flat wrought iron side plates and originated in Halifax County, Virginia.... $175.00

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11-08-009 Colt 44 Caliber Bullet Mold
Overall very good condition. Steel grey patina, with good markings. If you have a Colt Army, here is the mold you need......$225.00

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11-08-010 US Cartridge Box w/ Upside Down US Plate
This is an original box and plate but is displayed with the apocryphal “upside down” US plate in position that author Bruce Catton erroneously attributed to Confederates back fifty years ago when I was a kid and worshipped him. This is just a US box with upside down plate. The story of Confederates wearing US plates upside down is nonsense. When Catton and Frank Lord were writing in the ‘60s they had viewed upside down buckles on tintypes and incorrectly attributed such practices to disrespectful rebs. The fact is that the Union soldiers turned their own buckles upside down so the mirror effect of the ambrotypist’s product would be countered with the “S” on the correct side of the soldier’s body when considered as a positive image. Previous owner thought this was a rebel carried box. Not so --- it’s just an upside down plate that can be turned over again in four seconds flat. Nice rig............$395.00

 

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11-08-011 Commercial Spurs
A nice set of commercial mid 19th century spurs and straps. Smaller than US cavalry spurs. Good to display with officer’s effects. Excellent condition... great price... $195.00

 

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11-08-012 Pre War Militia Tin Drum Canteen
A very handsome 1860 era tin drum canteen as carried by most Confederate soldiers and some Northern militia men as well. All tin construction... three strap brackets intact... tin spout intact with small separation in one side. Nice early piece.......$395.00

 

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11-08-013 Southern Style Pre War Tarred Leather Cartridge Box
An honest early box as carried by many a Confederate in the early days of the war. Box is tarred leather construction. Front flap is adorned with letters “Y R” --- (Yazoo Rifles???). Interior of box has wooden block drilled to accept sixteen cartridges of fifty something caliber. Front flap has detached from body. Otherwise fine. $350.00

 

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11-08-014 Early English War of 1812 Era Canteen
This style of wooden canteen was in English service for many decades starting near the time of the revolution and carrying forward into the 1850s. All original... has maker’s (owner’s?) name stamped on one side... “? BUCK” or “? RUCK”. Carved into other side is the inscription “A A 1814” which appears totally genuine. Neat early piece out of an ages old southern collection that I am dispersing for the owner.... $975.00

 

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Here is a great deal on some soldier personal items… all priced at “friends and relatives” good deals.

11-08-015 Bullseye Canteen and Stopper: A good solid bullseye with a few honest bumps and dents to let you know it was really banging around on Billy Yank’s hip in 1863. The stoppers are now worth $75 all by themselves. Here is a bullseye with the stopper for ….. $135.00 t-win

11-08-016 Eyeglasses in Tin Case: A perfect pair of Ben Franklin style silver rim spectacles housed in an excellent Parker’s Patent (1860) hinged tin carrying case. A super personal item … $85.00 t-win

11-08-017 Iron Candle Stick Spike: I actually have two of these. They used to be common finds in Yankee camps by the early relic hunters. They never turn up “non-dug”. Each of mine are early dug-ups. They are made of an iron cup about 1.5 inches in diameter for holding the candle stick, with a pointy nail-like spike angled out of the bottom for the soldier to jam into the trunk of a tree. Both of these have the full length spikes intact. I haven’t had one of these in years. Today I have two … priced each at $79.00 t-win+d-hop

11-08-018 Folding Circular Zinc Shaving Mirrors: The classic traveling mirror carried by most Civil War soldiers. These open on an ingenious hinge which allows the mirror to stand up all by itself on its lid. Both are identical except one is slightly larger than the other. Larger $59 Smaller $55 t-win

11-08-019 Cap Box: Good solid cap box with pick inside and some caps. Shows only honest use and no abuse. Totally solid and free from damage. H W Oliver Pittsburgh maker’s stamp… The pick is worth $25 all by itself. Priced like the old days. Box and pick for… $125.00 t-win

11-08-020 Collapsible Doughnut Style Candle Stick Holders: Just as shown in the Schuyler Hartley & Graham catalog. These two halves screw together to form a compact traveling unit. Then they can be assembled in about twelve seconds in camp. Excellent in all respects (compare at $279 on the tourist town Civil War web pages)… $195.00 t-win

11-08-021 Another: Identical to the above but these have a zinc metal covering on the outside of each of the doughnuts. These are a little scarcer than the all brass examples but I will price them the same. $195.00 t-win

11-08-022 Wilmot’s 1863 Patent 58 caliber Tompion: One of the prettier Civil War tompions as each is embossed with the patent information. “PATENT Nov. 24, 1863” with some scroll designs in the brass. Tompions go in the muzzles of rifles and muskets to keep dampness out. These Wilmot patent examples function with a tightening screw mechanism that swells the cork and cloth central portion for a tight fit in the muzzle. As usual the felt cloth is about gone but the cork is intact. I just checked my competition on the web… found them priced as low as $115 and as high as $145. Here is your gift for the summer. Priced each at…. $89.00

 

 

 

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11-08-023 Colt Navy Revolver
A very handsome and solidly representative example of the Civil War Model 1851 Navy. 100% original, 100% complete, mechanically perfect. All matched serial numbers 144,717 including the wedge. Deep scratch on right grip otherwise no bad nicks or dings. Has nice medium tan age patina, sharp edges, much cylinder scene, and good varnish on the grips. A tight solid cavalryman’s weapon appropriate to display with Union or Confederate effects.... $1,750.00

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