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11-10-21 - Marston / Union Arms Percussion Revolver:
Overall VG condition with steel grey patina overall. Markings are strong, grips are VG+, mechanics function but are gummy and need some tune up. The gun will cock and index, but it is a little gummy. A very solid and representative example of this classic Civil War sidearm. 31 caliber, 3.5 inch barrel, barrel marked Union Arms Co. sn 1810. Rear sight added during the Civil War. A good tight sidearm. This one exhibits a good deal of fancy factory engraving on the frame and trigger guard. A great old gun. $465.00 SOLD

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11-10-22 - Civil War Military Pocket Watch:

A classic CW watch made by Tobias of Liverpool, one of the most prolific makers and exporters of watches to the Union army. The back cover has a patriotic engraving of mounted, armed cavalryman charging a breastworks. Very detailed showing light handling wear. The basic details of the patriotic engraving are strong and vibrant. Inside, the back inside cover is marked PATENT FULL JEWELLED M. J. TOBIAS LIVERPOOL. The movement is wound with a key (not included). The same key may be used to set the time. These guts appear to need to springs replaced. Does not run.

This watch is sometimes called a demi-hunter case due to the hole in the center of the cover. According to the Civil War period Harpers Weekly advertisement that was reprinted on page 6 in the Civil War Collector’s Encyclopedia, Volume V by Francis Lord “...especially adapted for use by soldiers.”

The advertisement goes on to say its use in battle is very important “...Time Indicator consisting of a circular opening in the upper case combined with a second small dial. By the contrivance the crystal is fully protected from injury, whilst the time can be readily ascertained without the trouble of opening the case. Every one knows how many positions occur where a soldier finds the opening of his watch an inconvenient operation and hence the great value of this watch in the army.”

The watch, in its current condition is for restoration or display. The face is cracked, the crystal is gone but it retains the bezel. Still this period watch, made specifically for military use would be an excellent addition to any collection or display. Comes with a nice period chain. Perfect for display. $195.00 SOLD

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11-10-23 - Confederate Texan Ninth Plate Tintype:

This ninth plate tintype of long haired Mr. Reasonover has all the flavor of a Texican in the 1860s. The inscription behind the image reads Ja??? (James) Reasonover / Bro of Peru Binso??? (Reasoner). It appears our man may be James I Reasonover aka James L Reasonover of Texas who served later in the war in a Texas company in Darnell’s Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. This man was also son in law to R D Allison of the 24th Tenn Infantry . This is the data that turns up looking into the Reasonover family of Texas in the 1860s.

As for the brother mentioned in the note behind the image… We easily find him …brother is Peru B. Reasonover in Co. “E 11th Texas Infantry Confederate States Army.

We also find another brother or possibly a cousin in the same unit Jordon Reasonover 11th Texas Infantry.

This is an interesting piece of Texas / Tennessee photography, and the subject is one tough looking hombre with that long Texas mane he sports. Not wearing a uniform in this portrait but the hair sure makes up for it. Great old Texas / Tennessee image.. $395.00 SOLD

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11-10-24 - Striking and Large Original Civil War Albumen Photo:
Frame dimensions are 15” x 14”.  Matt opening is 9.5” x 8”.  The photo is sealed in the frame and I have not opened the back to measure the size of the albumen mount itself.  View shows about 20 soldiers and citizens in the street.  In the extreme distance is what appears to be an out of focus (moving?) buggy at the crest of the hill.   At the left is a man in an apron standing near a two wheeled cart with three pails on the ground….  I don’t know if the cart is portable bake oven, cook stove, or some sort of photographer’s equipment.  Perhaps you know.  Moving up the hill we see soldier’s winter quarters, stick huts, and at the extreme top right the chimneys of a fancy brick house.  The soldiers down front are wearing caps and –button fatigue blouses for the most part.  In the open window of their building can be seen a porcelain pitcher. The closest two men are admiring a plank walkway (perhaps they built it) and in the extreme foreground can be seen a small section of railroad track.   Excellent clarity and contrast and ready to hang on your collection room wall.  A wonderful slice of life from the Civil War.  Original albumen photo “from life”…  the real deal….     $495.00 SOLD

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11-10-25 - Battle of Olustee related Original Albumen Photo / Officers of the 1st U.S.  Artillery and one Orderly.

Frame measures 15” x 13”, actual image is slightly smaller.   Ignore the quality shown in the top illustration, it is out of focus and distorted by the glass in the frame.  The lower illustration was also shot through the cover glass but it is closer to the actual quality. The image itself is sharper still.  This original albumen image is wonderfully inscribed at the bottom of the mount “Capt. Langdon’s Quarters / Officers of Co. M and D / 1st US Arty / Lieut. Ramsay,  Lieut. Gibbs,  Dr. Janeway,  Lieut. McCrea,  Lieut. Hall,  Capt. Langdon,   orderly”.  And more wonderful is the image itself.  Looking closely at this one with a magnifying glass is loads of fun.  Note that behind the four officer’s on the left is a magnificent bird cage (animal cage?) mounted to the exterior wall of the “tent”.  These guys apparently had a pet or mascot.  The tent itself is covered in moss or foliage, and the top center shows a lattice work vent just like in a real house.  Above the entrance is a hand painted sign which reads “L.L. Langdon / 4 / U S A” with the “S” being written backwards, the writer apparently being slightly dyslexic.  The chairs the men sit in are high quality pieces of furniture and likely were taken from the southern home shown in the left background.   Searching the data base I see that Capt. Langdon and the 1st US Artillery fought at Bull Run and Gettysburg.  I also  found an exciting battle report by Langdon regarding the battle of Olustee, Florida where Janeway, Hall and McCrea are mentioned in the report most heroically.

Here are some excerpts from Langdon’s Olustee Battle report which mention the men in this photo.  Quoting Langdon…  “… the line commenced retiring in good order, just after I spoke to the general, and then I met one of McCrea's guns coming off, with some men carrying him, wounded in both legs. He, too, had lost a gun, and himself and others were wounded in attempting to get it off…”.  Quoting Langdon again:  “…I lost 28 horses killed, principally at the pieces, 11 wounded, and 11 men killed on the field, and 23 wounded, besides Lieut. Tully McCrea, of whose gallantry the general was a nearer witness than myself.  I would take this occasion to recommend to the favorable notice of the general,  Dr. J. H. Janeway, whose ambulance was twice removed to the rear to get it out of fire. He took charge of the whole artillery wounded, and putting the two ambulances together, and assisted by his junior Assistant Surgeon Hillary,  he was assiduous in his duties. To his watchful care we owe much in the safety of the wounded officers, and on his arrival at Jacksonville he quickly established a hospital, and thus collected and cared for the wounded…”

Needless to say we have a most visually exciting photograph and the subjects in this wonderful albumen are true combat veterans and bona fide war heroes.  A great original albumen photo, from life, and unretouched… with marvelous combat history that can be easily researched using the current data on the internet.  I have just touched the surface. In fact I see McCrea was promoted for gallantry at Antietam, Gettysburg, and Olustee.  Fun to research. You can research deeper.  Superb.   $575.00 SOLD

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11-10-26 - Neat Patriotic Photo:
Not a Civil War photo, but a magnificent 1890 – 1910 era photo showing a bunch of young kids in their pony cart. Look at the flags and banners…  must have been a 4th of July Parade, or perhaps a Civil War Veteran’s reunion, or who knows.  Frame measures 13” x 10”.  A lot of bang for your buck…  $39.00 SOLD

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11-10-27 - Plant’s Front Loading Pocket Revolver aka Eagle Arms Revolver:
A handsome scaled down version of the big Plant revolver.  Six shot 30 caliber cup-fire.  Overall NRA “very good”++ condition being 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect.  These are a great Civil War personal sidearm to display with soldier’s effects.  Has 1859 and 1863 patent data on the cylinder.  Sn 622  Marking B.62 on right side of barrel unknown.  Barrel Legend “Eagle Arms” is very crisp.  One of the better looking examples I’ve owned over the years.  Very small, just about 7 inches overall length from the tip of the butt to end of muzzle.  A neat little CW gun and very affordable.  $450.00 SOLD

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11-10-28 - Cowboy Era Wild West Gambler’s Revolver:
I just found this neat old timey gun in a pile of old guns a fellow brought to me.   It is a Merwin & Hulbert / Hopkins & Allen XL No. 3  32 caliber rimfire revolver made circa 1870s or 1880.  Retains about 80% original nickel plate. Cocks fine, but lacks a hand so the cylinder will not rotate.  I will leave that fix for you.  Perfect to display with Wild West gambler or Saloon effects. Top of frame has full manufacturing data as well as both 1871 and 1875  patent stamps.  Priced about as friendly as I can on this one, well under book value…  $175.00 SOLD

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11-10-29 - Neat Bag Handle-Screw Barrel Percussion Boot Pistol:
Completely unmarked (except for SN) but definitely American and probably by Allen & Thurber.  Roughly .36 caliber. 4 inch barrel (screw off type),  SN 602 or 502 on bottom of barrel.  Mechanically perfect but nipple somewhat battered.  $235.00 SOLD

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11-10-30 - Superb Condition Victor No.2 Vest Pocket Revolver:
Another cowboy era gun from an ages old collection. This gun is overall excellent, made by Harrington and Richardson and marked on the top strap “Victor No.2 / Pat. May 23rd 1876”. It is a .32 caliber rimfire, five shot revolver.  Perfect for gambler or Wild West display.  Shows only the slightest of age. $150.00 SOLD

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11-10-31 - Very Scarce 1861 Manhattan 22 Caliber Pocket Revolver:

Virtually identical to a first model Smith and Wesson but this  one made by Manhattan.  Condition is “Very Good”. 100% original and complete and mechanically perfect. Barrel has some nice scroll engraving.  Perfect item to display with what Billy Yank went to war with in 1861.  Very early CW firearm. $475.00 SOLD

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11-10-32 - English Flintlock Boot Pistol:
A classic 1830s era sidearm for the gentleman on a tour of the pubs after dark.  Overall VG condition being all original and complete. Mechanically perfect.  Steel surfaces have some moderate salt and pepper pitting -  very uniform and not offensive.  A neat little pistol that has seen nearly two centuries.  $335.00 SOLD

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11-10-33 - Slocum Front Loading Revolver: 
Made by Brooklyn Firearms Company this is one of the more ingenious little revolvers to come out of the Civil War.  Each cylinder has an interior tube which slides forward to facilitate loading.­­   32 caliber, five shot, 3 inch barrel.  Overall VG.  Complete and original in all respects and mechanically perfect.  Barrel has 1863 patent date.  $675.00 SOLD

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11-10-34 - Colt Army Revolver with Finish 

NRA near fine example of the 1860 .44 caliber Colt Army Revolver. This is a commercial gun not sold under government contract and much scarcer than the government purchased guns. They have a much higher quality lustrous blue, varnished grips of better wood, and are just plain more handsome than the government models. This is much nicer than 96% of all the Colt army revolvers that survive. The metal is smooth plum with 25% to 30% real blue on the barrel, lug, and in protected areas of the cylinder. The cylinder has virtually all of the roll engraved battle scene intact. The steel back strap has generous traces of silver plate. The grips are superb with much original varnish. Gun has all matched serial numbers 170,594 including the wedge. Much nicer than most you find… whether you collect Colts or want to do a Civil War of early wild west display this is a top notch example that I bought at auction this past weekend. Heck I paid almost what I am asking here as there was so much bidding on it the auctioneer was grabbing bids by the split second and I refused to put my hand down. $2,595.00 SOLD

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11-10-35 - Confederate Leech & Ridgon Navy Cutlass
I obtained this fresh out of a house in western Pennsylvania just last week as I type this. It has never been on the collector’s market previously. What makes this weapon so wonderful is the presence of the original brass mounted leather scabbard. Solid cast brass handle. Ribbed brass guard. Nicely patinated steel blade. Brass mounted leather scabbard. Though all known specimens are unmarked, the cast grip and distinctive scabbard mount are quite obviously the product of Leech and Rigdon or Thomas Leech. Condition is attic fine. Quillon is severely bent (see photo). Drag on sheath is gone. Otherwise a superb specimen. 26.5 inches overall 21+ inch blade. Earlier this year I had a rare Leech & Rigdon Bowie knife incorporating the same handle and scabbard mount. A very desirable Confederate edged weapon and one never offered publicly on the collector market until this moment. $5,500.00

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