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11-09-01 - Regulation Union Army Haversack:
One of the rarest pieces of federal equipment is the tarred canvas haversack. These bags carried the infantryman’s precious treasures of coffee, bacon, hardtack, vegetables, and personal items. This specimen is whole and solid and displays very well. It has the tin buttons inside the bag as well as the closing tab and roller buckle on the outside. The leather securing the roller buckle has been repaired as shown in the photo. The repair is not visible when the latch strap is run through the buckle. There are also two expert repairs where the shoulder strap meets the bag… these repairs were facilitated using original tarred canvas taken from an original knapsack, and are not noticeable unless you look very closely. A solid and rare example of the Yankee haversack and priced a pile lower than the tourist town relic shops. $1,650.00

 

11-09-02 - Mint Condition Unissued Union Army Knapsacks:

No pictures on hand as these just came in, but I am sure you know what a Yankee knapsack looks like. I picked up four perfect Civil War packs out of an ages old collection. Just like the old days, each is perfect with all the straps and buckles and hooks intact. I have four on hand priced each at $195.00

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11-09-03 - 1863 Type-II Springfield aka 1864 Springfield Rifle Musket:
A good solid example of the last Springfield produced during the Civil War. This gun is the model with solid rounded barrel bands secured with band springs, and is the model carried during the Atlanta campaign, the 1864 Virginia campaigns, Petersburg, etc… Condition is overall very good. The gun is 100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect. The lock markings are crisp and clear, the inspector’s cartouches in the stock are visible, the barrel date is pretty much obliterated. The metal has a pleasant light brown age patina and the musket shows very appealing honest age to let us know it actually saw service in our Civil War. Bore is good but shows wear. $1,395.00

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11-09-04 - Very Affordable M-1859 Patchbox Sharps Carbine:
A good looking Sharps that functions perfectly. Low serial number 48,742 (circa 1861-1862). All the metal surfaces have a nice smooth plum patina. Very attractive. All of the metal markings on lock, receiver, and barrel are crisp and legible. Rear sight is excellent and the proper carbine model. Bore is VG. The hammer screw is a replacement. The screw for securing the forend is missing (easily replaced). There is a small crack in the bottom of the forend as typically seen on Sharps. The butt stock is excellent with the patchbox. It also has a sling swivel on the bottom edge as seen on early ’59 brass mounted carbines and also seen on all the 3-band rifles. The color on the butt stock and the forend are slightly different which would tend to indicate one or the other was replaced at one time. Both are original Sharps stocks, just slightly different color only noticeable under close scrutiny. The butt stock has three inspector’s initials “S.M.H.” just forward of the butt plate tang. Perfect for display or careful use in reenacting… where else can you buy a real ’59 Sharps with low serial for $1,395.00

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11-09-05 - Rare 1863 CS Richmond Armory Muzzle Loading Carbine:
A dead-real and very affordable Confederate cavalry weapon. When found some months ago it had not been touched in many generations. The barrel had been altered during the late 1800s by removing the original bolster and replacing it with a drum style bolster. This original barrel is included and shown in the photo above. The man who found this southern treasure is a very competent gunsmith. He has meticulously restored the gun as follows. He created a proper barrel using an original .58 caliber barrel with the proper style bolster and incorporating the original Richmond rear sight. He created the proper pinched front sight as well. If I did not tell you this was a restored barrel you would never guess it. Very scary. We have the original Richmond barrel displayed with the gun which makes for a highly visual and educational display. The wood stock is pure Richmond armory. The butt plate is a steel US butt plate, the nose cap is a brass Richmond cap, the trigger guard and butt swivel are likewise Richmond. The ramrod is an altered early button-tip likely from a Model 1816 musket. The lock is very good showing just honest age and light pitting. It is clearly marked “CS Richmond Va. 1863.” If you are looking for an original and affordable example of a Confederate made carbine here is a very representative example. $3,750.00

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11-09-06 - Classic Civil War Tower Enfield Rifle Musket:
The quintessential Enfield as used by both Union and Confederate infantrymen. This one is NRA “very good+++” condition. 100% original, 100% complete, mechanically perfect, and very handsome. Lock is clearly marked “1862 TOWER” and bears the CROWN stamp. The barrel bears the proper 25*25* stamping showing the gun is .577 caliber and as such there are 25 bullets to the pound. This 25*25* mark and the lesser seen 24*24* stamp are the proper ones for Enfields sent over for use during our Civil War. (24*24* indicates .58 caliber.) Also present on this fine musket is the original nipple protector and chain. A top notch example that you can be proud to display. $1,850.00

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11-09-07 - Civil War U.S. Cavalry Enlistedman’s Buff Leather Saber Belt – Actually Used!
An excellent, top condition buff leather belt rig with perfectly matching un-numbered belt plate and numbered keeper, complete with its rare buff leather over-the-shoulder belt. It also retains its sliding loop tighteners on the shoulder belt and waist belt. Most of these 1851 pattern saber belts that come on the market are unissued surplus examples or used examples that have problems. This one has both condition and shows actual war time use: a clever cavalry trooper has taken two spring clasps from the ends of link straps (used to link horses together for a horse-holder while his companions dismount to fight on foot) and used them on his saber slings to enable him to quickly fasten and unfasten his saber from his waist belt without having to unbutton and rebutton the brass studs on the ends of the slings. This modification is seen sometimes in period photographs, but physical examples are pretty scarce. This is the classic piece of Civil War cavalry gear and would look great with a saber attached or displayed on mounted jacket. Priced as friendly as I can make it at…. $1,750.00 (PS Last week at the Chicago show my competition had a lesser example priced at $2300.00)

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11-09-08 - The classic Civil War infantry belt:
Near Mint Buff leather waistbelt with its original brass C-clasp fastener and original arrow-back belt plate. These C-clasps were introduced early in the war to replace the standing leather loops on the belts that tended to shrink and not permit the belt plate to pass through. Soldiers then had to let the end of the belt droop down or actually unfasten the belt from the plate and pass it through the loop first. Needless to say, the open brass clasp was a great improvement. This belt is in great condition, showing the characteristic oxidation of the black dye to brown that we all look for in original and untouched Civil War buff leather. Collecting accoutrements has become quite a popular field, with a lot of great research being done. This would look great with a cap box and bayonet and scabbard mounted on it. I paid $450 for it last month just to be able to have one to offer. My competition is pricing these at $600 and up. $550.00

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11-09-09 - Very scarce 1855 pattern buff leather rifleman’s belt:
When the new system of weapons was introduced in 1855 that included not only the rifle of musket length for regular infantry, but the shorter rifle for riflemen, a new pattern of belt was developed for the latter troops and issued to the two new regiments equipped with them. The belt was wider than the standard infantry belt and meant to support the weight not only of the cap box and cartridge box, which riflemen were to carry on their waist belts, but also of the heavy brass handled saber bayonet for the 1855 rifle. The buckle selected was an open frame style copied from that used by French light infantry and the belt was also augmented with two narrow slides with holes in the tops through which hooks on the knapsack straps could be fastened, enabling the shoulder harness of the knapsack to bear some of the weight.
This example is in extraordinarily good condition. Particularly rare is that it still retains the small horse-shoe shaped buckle on the bayonet frog. These are usually long-gone or replaced on most examples. (The buckle secures the strap passing down through the rectangular bracket on the bayonet scabbard and holds it securely in the frog.) Just a couple of dots of verdigris on the brass buckle and some popped stitches at back upper edge of the frog throat that could be easily redone. A very scarce and desirable piece of early US military equipment… $1,250.00

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11-09-10 - Scarce Freeman Army Revolver:
Overall good to VG condition. Mechanically fine and all original except for the cylinder pin (arbor) and front sight. Metal is steel grey in color. No pitting. Good markings on top of frame. Grips are VG. The replaced arbor functions just fine but it is not the same contour as the original. No big deal --- and this would be a good fall project if you are handy. Comes with modern holster that looks cool and Wild West-ish. $850.00

 

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11-09-11 - Whitney Navy Revolver:
Very tight and solid example of the Whitney 36 caliber navy revolver with the Colt style loading lever catch. All steel is gun metal grey. Barrel legend is worn but legible. Gun functions perfectly. All parts are original. SN 29,679. Grips are VG++. An earlier comedian marked a tiny five pointed star and the letters T E X A S around the star just at the point where the grips meet the frame. (You can see it in the photos if you look closely.) The previous owner believed the gun had been carried by Terry’s Texas Rangers --- I felt bad having to set him straight. You can sand the little markings out if you like but I will leave that for you. A good solid Whitney in a modern holster that has a great Wild West flavor. For what it’s worth the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry were issued these Whitneys. Here is a deal … $950.00

 

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11-09-12 - 18th Century Mediterranean Flintlock with later Islamic Modifications:
The gun is a wonderful mid 1700s flintlock pistol with raised carved stock and gold inlaid barrel of Turkish or nearby Mediterranean origins. The gun was modified a century of more later first with a brass barrel band near the muzzle then again much later with repairs to the butt cap and trigger guard. These repairs being classic forms done by semi competent gunsmiths in Iraq or one of the neighboring Islamic nations. The barrel is nicely engraved and decorated and even has a gold inlaid bird design. If this gun had remained unaltered it would have a value of several thousand dollars. Here is a great wall hanger at a great price $375.00

 

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11-09-13 -Wonderful Civil War Officer’s Trousers:
One of the great rarities in Civil War collecting are uniform trousers, and here is one heck of a fine pair of officer’s medium blue wool, fully lined pants. I just found these this past weekend and I mean I “found” them fresh and unknown. The wool is overall excellent with just a few tiny and scattered pin head moth holes here and there. These are constructed with no back pockets, a belted back (buckle missing), 1/8 inch welted outer seams, four button fly, single button closure at the waist, modified dog ear front pockets with decorative edge stitching, cotton or muslin waist linings and pockets, brown polished cotton button fly facings, and full light cotton linings in each leg. The outer seam of each leg has a 1/8 inch welt of dark blue wool. On a scale of 1 to 10 these pants rate an 8 or 9. Very nice condition. There are a two of the original tin-dish suspender buttons present, two are missing, and two were replaced back when the pants were still being worn the Union officer who owned them. The fly buttons are two mixed styles of bone or horn. If you are looking for a dead-real pair of officer’s trousers to display with your frock coat, these will fit the bill perfectly. I bought these “right” and will sell them “right”… $2,500.00

 

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11-09-14 - Extremely Rare Model 1841 US Cadet Musket:
This is one of the true RARITIES in the field of American Arms Collecting. Only 450 of these .57 caliber cadet muskets were made with barrel lengths of 40 inches, 34 inches, or 31 inches. Flayderman cites 450 produced another source states 506 were made. This is the 34 inch example which is the most aesthetically pleasing of the three lengths. Stamped on the lock is… “(eagle) / US” and also “SPRING / FIELD / 1844”. These look like a miniature M1842 musket but are far more interesting due to the diminutive size. They are smooth bore, and were issued to the US Corps of Cadets at West Point. This gun is overall fine condition with strong stock edges, smooth metal surfaces with lovely age brown patina, sharp markings, and perfect mechanics. This is 100% original and complete including the ramrod. The barrel is marked… “V / P / (eaglehead)” and also bears the matched date of “1844”. On the stock behind the lockplate a “W”. Rarer by far than most Confederate long arms, and ultra desirable as having been produced at the US Armory at Springfield. If you consult Flayderman’s Price Guide you will see these have a theoretical “book value” of well over ten thousand dollars in this condition. Here is an opportunity to acquire a truly rare US musket at a very honest price….. $7,500.00

 

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11-09-15 - M1851 Rifled US Percussion Cadet Musket Made Expressly for US Military Academy:
Made by Springfield Armory in 1853... The M1851 replaced the M1841 (shown elsewhere). One of only 341 produced for the USMA at West Point as a rifled musket rather than smooth-bore. One of the rarest of martial weapons. The barrel is 40” in length with the overall length being 55”. Overall VG condition just lacking the long range rear sight.  A darn Scarce Rifled M1851 Cadet Musket.........$2,200

 

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11-09-016 - Very Scarce Bliss Pocket Revolver:
This is the 25 caliber metallic cartridge pistol six shot revolver. Condition is very good though the striking face of the hammer is damaged. Barrel has generous traces of blue. Overall very nice looking. Cocks and indexes fine. Grips are superb. Very limited production and very scarce. $550.00

 

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11-09-17 - Regulation War of 1812 Canteen:
The real deal --- US contract 1812 wooden “cheesebox” canteen. When the War of 1812 ended the US government sold vast numbers of these canteens to the state of Massachusetts who in turn painted over the letters “US” on the face of the canteen to make them read “MS” for Massachusetts State. As with all of these, the original “US” is still visible underneath the “MS”. Some collectors carefully remove the “M” but in my opinion this is fundamentally wrong as it alters the full history of the artifact. This canteen is overall excellent with all three leather strap guides in place, one of which is broken. Excellent original paint and markings. A true War of 1812 antique… $675.00

 

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INSIGNIA, INSIGNIA, INSIGNIA!


11-09-18 - Civil War Infantry Hunting Horn Infantry Insignia:
Excellent non-dug with both loops on the reverse. These were worn on the enlisted forage caps,
kepis, and Hardee hats. An excellent original specimen. $69.00

11-09-19 - Civil War Crossed Sabers Enlisted Cavalry Insignia:
Excellent non-dug with all four loops on the reverse. These were worn on the enlisted forage caps,
kepis, and Hardee hats. An excellent original specimen. $195.00
(Can supply an excellent replica of this insignia for $5.00)

11-09-20 - Early Indian War (1874) Crossed Musket Infantry Insignia:
Excellent non-dug with all four loops on the reverse. These were worn on the enlistedman’s
hats and caps. An excellent original specimen. These pre date the more
common crossed rifle insignia. $35.00

11-09-21 – Two Pieces Early Indian War Small Size Infantry Hunting Horn Insignia:
I believe these are the model 1872 hunting horns. Excellent non-dug condition.  One horn has a single wire intact the other lacks the attaching wire.  These were worn on the enlistedman’s hats and caps.  I have two of these priced for the pair at ... $40.00

11-09-022 Crossed Cannons:

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