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11-12-01 - Beautiful New York Double Set Trigger Sporting Rifle Ca. 1845 to 1855: A highly attractive and totally hand­some percussion target or hunting rifle made and signed by Warren and Steele Albany on the lock plate. The striped maple stock has a beautiful german silver inlaid patch box engraved with running deer. Reverse side has silver inlay of trusty hunting dog. The hand engraving on all the metal parts is very well done. The 35 inch barrel is a half octagon to half round heavy steel barrel of an impressive 50 caliber (measuring groove to groove). Condition is overall Very Good. Totally original and complete in all respects, mechanically perfect, and very handsome. Muzzle is tapped for false muzzle (not present) and wrist is inlet for lollipop tang sight. I fell in love with this gun at auction last weekend and am sure you will be well pleased with it. $895.00 SOLD

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11-12-02 - 81st Ohio Carved and Identified Lorenz Rifle: Fresh from a local NW Ohio auction is this magnificently soldier carved Lorenz rifle in NRA “very good” condition, completely original and unaltered since the Civil War. What makes this classic rifle so exciting is that the soldier carved his data into the cheek rest on the butt stock. Neatly incised there is “J.M. Co K. 81st O.V.I.” The 81st Ohio is a hard fighting western theater regiment. Consulting the roster of Company “K” we find that there are two soldiers with the initials “J.M.” Joseph Mutchler and John Madlam both who served 1862 to 1865. The regiment saw battle casualties at Shiloh, Corinth, Resaca, all through the Atlanta campaign, and up into North Carolina. At Atlanta… In the battle of July 22, with three companies in reserve, it was the second regiment from the right of Sweeny's division, standing like a rock, and never was there made a more daring or more effective resistance. The regiment captured a number of prisoners and 3 battleflags. These Lorenz rifles have become quite collectible in the last ten years since it has been learned that great numbers were carried by Tennessee rebs, and Ohio yanks. Finding a real Civil War rifle where the soldier carved his unit information and personal initials into the gun is a damn rare event. Here is a dead real historical Ohio soldiers rifle from a hard fighting regiment. $2,500.00 SOLD

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11-12-03 - Extra Fine Model 1855 Type-I Springfield Maynard Tape Primed Rifle Musket:  One of the finer specimens to come on the market in recent months.  All metal surfaces are nice bright steel.  All wood edges are sharp and solid.  All markings vivid and clear.   The lock is marked US Springfield, eagle, 1858.  The barrel has the matching date of 1855, VP, eagle head… etc.   The inspector’s initials WCK are present in the metal near the bolster and are also stamped into the wood stock opposite the lock.  It has the proper long range rear sight and brass nose cap which makes this a First Model 1855.  Bore is about new.  Gun is Extra fine to near Excellent showing only some storage bruises and light handling wear.  This was the nicest condition Civil War gun at a recent local auction and I battled and bid until I was the happy owner.  Marked up only a margin,  this is a fine condition gun priced realistically $4,500.00 SOLD zcfcjxzc

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11-12-04 - Hewes & Phillips H&P Conversion Musket: A very handsome and representative example of the H&P conversion of the 1816 musket.   These H&Ps were a huge part of the “current” weapons arsenal in 1861 and 1862.  They were made in Newark NJ by altering M-1816 muskets.  The breeches were upgraded with new and improved bolsters,  rear sights were affixed, and most were rifled. This is the final pattern, the one stamped H&P directly on the bolster.  All original and complete except for a missing ramrod. Steel surfaces are an attractive smooth plum brown. All markings are crisp and legible. Action is crisp, price is great. $895.00 SOLD (f)

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11-12-05 - Model 1861 Springfield Contract Musket by Wm. Mason:  A very honest and representative ’61 rifle musket in Very Good condition.  100% original, 100% complete, mechanically perfect. Made in Taunton, Mass.   The lock is dated 1863.  Matched 1863 barrel date is worn but legible as are the VP and eagle’s head stamps.  Inspector’s cartouches visible on the left side of the stock.   This classic Civil War musket shows honest evidence of Civil War usage, but no abuse or damage.  You can be proud to display this on your wall.  $1,150.00 SOLD

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11-12-06 - 1861 Whitney Navy Rifle:  AKA Plymouth Navy rifle.  Overall good to very good condition.  Complete except for missing rear sight and broken nipple.  Metal has nice medium brown age patina with some pitting around the breech and bolster.  Wood is very good to fine condition.  “US Whitneyville 1863” clearly visible on the lock.  Barrel tang numbered 1412.  Has the original ramrod.  Bore has no rifling, bored to “smooth bore”.  Bolster has slight gap near lock… likely has some debris under the barrel.  These are generally quite expensive weapons to obtain as they are scarce, and surviving specimens frequently are found “unissued” in upper condition grades (fine, excellent, near mint), this one is singularly affordable in used “good – very good” condition.  I bought it at a local auction.  Best price I can give is…  $850.00 SOLD

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11-12-07 - Regulation US Army Peace Flask / Powder Flask:  The most handsome powder flask produced for the US army.  This one made and signed by Batty and dated 1858.  Complete, excellent, and mechanically perfect.  Wonderful undisturbed age patina, and a wonderful fair price $395.00 SOLD

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11-12-08 - Model 1836 US Flintlock Martial Pistol :  A very representative example of this classic American flintlock.  “Very Good”++ condition.   100% original and complete.  Mechanically perfect.  All metal surfaces are smooth with a deep brown patina.  Lock marked “ A. Waters / Milbury MS. / 1843”.  Barrel marked “J H” (inspector).  Stock has two visible cartouches.  Back side of grip area on stock has a three+ inch gouge.  In my opinion these ’36 flintlocks are among the most handsome and most affordable of all US martial handguns. A lot of bang for your buck.  A very solid example…  $1,495.00 SOLD

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11-12-09 - Very Nice Indian War – Spanish American War Model 1878 Canteen with Cover, Strap, and Stopper:  This too is from this past weekend’s auction.  Overall excellent condition.  Cover has “US” stencil in the center and regimental unit marks above and below that are hard for me to read.  Super example  $150.00 SOLD

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11-12-10 - US Oval Belt Buckle on Original Union Army Waist Belt:  Fine oval buckle retains 70% of the original gilt finish and both arrow hooks and the prong on the reverse.  The belt is full length and complete with the brass adjuster at the far end.  Faint inspector’s mark still visible.  Leather is solid and whole with some expected wear to the finish.  This came cheap at this weekend’s local auction… priced cheap for you. $295.00 SOLD

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11-12-11 - US Oval Buckle with RICH Chocolate Age Patina:  The same pattern made by Boyd & Sons Boston but not signed by them.  Shows just the right amount of real wartime use, and has the most attractive delicate light chocolate patina you could hope to fiind.  Both arrow and prong firmly in place on the back.  Just the way the soldier brought it home and put it away.  Priced well below the tourist town dealers. $195.00 SOLD

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11-12-12 - Near Mint Russet Brown Leather Union Army Cap Box: Almost new condition except for expected handling and storage marks. The pictures will tell the story. Front flap nearly new. Interior retains full lambswool fleece and nipple pick. Interior flap carries maker's and inspectors markings. On a scale of 10 this one rates a 9. $375.00 SOLD

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11-12-13 - Bargain Priced Civil War Cap Box:  Complete, solid, regulation example. Not torn, not ripped, NO damage at all.   Just shows surface flaking and loss of finish, but nothing you can’t fix with a little Kiwi Boot Polish.  Here is one heck of a good deal on a real Civil War cap pouch.  And this one still has the fleece liner inside!  $125.00 SOLD

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11-12-14 - Saber Bayonet and Scabbard VG++:  I believe this bayonet fits the Harpers Ferry 2-Band infantry rifle and may possibly fit one of the Mississippi rifle alterations as well.  The blade is unmarked and overall clean grey steel.22"  The scabbard is VG to fine condition. Very solid with no weak spots.  A very scarce bayonet  (exsorg)  $395.00 SOLD

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11-12-15 - US Model 1850 Foot Officer’s Sword – Horstmann, Phila.:  A very attractive example of the standard Civil War combat officer’s sword.  Sword is in very good to fine condition.  Handle wrap is excellent with full shagreen and twisted wire.  Blade has generous amounts of original luster and is richly etched with US and military motifs, as well as “Wm. H. Horstmann and Sons PHILA.”  Brass mounted ray skin scabbard is solid with one repaired break five inches south of the middle mount.  The repair is solid and very well done.  $895.00 SOLD

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11-12-16 - Pancho Villa Era M-1906 Cavalry Saber:  This is a standard 1906 cavalry saber just as carried by Blackjack Pershing’s Cavalry while chasing Pancho Villa during the Mexican Punitive Expedition of 1916.  Villa had raided into New Mexico and killed several American citizens and some troopers of the 13th US Cavalry. Then as now, the armed illegal border crossers were not looked at kindly, and back then we wisely responded with armed troops.  These sabers make a SPECTACULAR display when laid with an early blued Model 1911 Colt 45 Automatic, a WW1 McClellan saddle, and some postcards of 1915 era soldiers and Mexican Insurgents. (Remember the movie THE WILD BUNCH???)  Virtually identical to the Civil War 1860 pattern saber the 1906 model differs having a steel guard, instead of brass, and the scabbard ring mounts are usually closer together though this scabbard has the wide-apart rings like on a Civil War saber.  In fact, a Civil War saber will fit in this scabbard.  (I just tried it.)   Blade marked “AS Co. 1906” with an ordnance bomb. No US mark visible.  Blade has been slightly sharpened.  This is the last American production sword made that harkened back to the ancient ways of fighting with sabers on horseback.  Blade is dull steel color.  Grip is extra fine.  Priced low at $395.00 SOLD

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11-12-17 - 1862 Dated Mansfield & Lamb Light Cavalry Saber:  Finding these regulation issue Union Army light cavalry sabers with early dates like this is darn tough these days.  The early dates were collected-up years ago and have always been the most desirable.  This saber is in very good condition.  The leather and twisted wire grip is VG.  There are three tiny dribs of solder on the twisted wire where the previous owner repaired it.  Excellent job!   The brass guard has no bends nor dents, and is nicely patinated.  The blade is gun-metal grey and marked on the ricasso “Mansfield & Lamb Forestdale R.I.”  as well as “U.S.- J.N.W. – 1862”  The blade has a few TINY edge nicks and is somewhat sharp.  Pommel is inspected “J M”.  Drag is inspected “A J M” and also bears a numeral “2”.  The scabbard is free from dents and has a medium reddish brown age patina.   Tied around the guard is an ancient red cord, significance unknown.  A solid early war example of the cavalry saber…  $795.00 SOLD

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11-12-18 - W. Irving 31 Caliber Pocket Revolver:  One of the scarcer Civil War percussion revolvers. Basically a copy of the Whitney pocket revolver.  Totally original and complete and mechanically perfect.  NRA “very good” condition.   Six shot.  4.25 inch barrel.  All markings crisp. Small repair on toe of left grip.  Clear firm markings on the top of the barrel.  Steel is very attractive with plum brown patina.  Only 2100 produced at the factory in NY City under contract to W.W. Marston.  Zebex… $650.00 SOLD

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11-12-19 - Ethan Allen Side Hammer 32 Caliber Civil War Revolver:  Overall NRA very good condition being totally original and complete and mechanically perfect.   6 shot.  3 5/8 inch barrel.  Good markings. All steel is gun metal grey. Grips excellent.   A perfect display weapon for soldier effects on either side.  Also appropriate to display with gamblers or miners trappings.   Made circa 1859 to 1861.  A good solid example $575.00 SOLD

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11-12-20a - Lucius Pond 32 Caliber Belt Revolver:  Overall VG condition. Totally original and complete and mechanically perfect.  NRA “very good” condition.   Six shot. 3+3/4 inch barrel.  All markings crisp. Serial number 201.  This one still has the screw driver nested into the bottom of the grip strap.  A very representative Civil War sidearm.  $575.00 SOLD

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11-12-20b - Confederate Cap Box:   A very nice example of the classic Johnny Reb cap box.  Constructed of thin russet brown leather (probably pig skin) … Has classic single wide belt loop on the back and a crudely cast brass finial.   Overall fine+ condition with just one defect…  the bottom of the single wide belt loop has pulled loose from the stitching at the bottom.  No big deal.  This can be glued back in ten seconds, but I will leave that choice to you.  A much nicer than average Confederate box…  $750.00 SOLD

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11-12-21 - 1872 Cartridge Box for Colt Single Action Army:  One of the scarcer pieces of American issue gear from the days of the Wild West – Indian Fighters.  These were made by altering Civil War cap boxes.  The front covers were altered by embossing them with “US” inside an oval.  Further modified with the inner flap being sewn down and cut in the center for access.   If you have a Colt Single Action from the 1800s you need this cartridge box.  $325.00 SOLD

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11-12-22 - Confederate Cap Box:   A classic Johnny Reb cap box.  Constructed of thick brown russet leather.  Has Confederate single wide belt loop on the back and a Confederate crudely cast lead finial.  Originally had a square and scalloped front flap but soldier trimmed it to look like improved Yankee versions.  Has most of the original latch tab remaining…  missing the very tip.   Overall fine+ condition as altered.   As Confederate as a cap box can get with the lead finial… $675.00 SOLD

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11-12-23 - Revolutionary War? Early Brass Compass and Sun Dial Combination.  This gem appears to date late 1770s to 1800 era.   Possibly as late as 1812 but I do not think so.   It is just under 3 inches in diameter, constructed of brass with a lift-off brass lid.  The deeply patinated brass case is wonderful.  Lift off the lid and you see the bottom most area has a printed paper compass layout that looks like the printing in any Colonial book.  Also present is the brass sun dial component laid onto the top of the compass.  You simply lift up the little hinged brass sun dial and the inner lip of the case has the time of day laid out in Roman numerals.  The only thing missing is the needle for the compass.  One of my favorite recent finds.  $475.00 SOLD

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11-12-24 - Wonderful Early American Maple Handle Bowie Knife Circa 1840 - 1850:  Really an appealing piece of early weaponry.  15.5 inches overall length.  10.5 inch clipped point blade.  Handle is Maple with a hint of “curl”.  The down-curved cruciform cross guard is brass as are the three rivets securing the tang to the handle. There is high copper content in the brass guard and rivets suggesting southern manufacture, but I do not believe the knife to be Confederate.   Totally unmarked, and truly handsome.  Perfect to display with Mississippi River Boat items or Civil War soldier effects.  No scabbard.   $450.00 SOLD

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11-12-25 - Civil War Eyeglasses in Original Carrying Case: Extra fine pair of period spectacles. Rectangular lenses. Extendable ear pieces, fine red leather padded carrying case with closing tab intact. A classic Civil War personal item. $65.00 SOLD

11-12-26 - Civil War Eyeglasses in Rare Coffin Style Molded Tin Carrying Case. Glasses frames are either silver or German silver. Frames are oval. Ear pieces are extendable. Lenses are undamaged. Tin carrying case is molded in a semi-coffin design where only the top half of the case hinges open to allow access to the spectacles within. Another great set of specs. $75.00 SOLD

11-12-27 - Hartford Connecticut Made Civil War Eyeglasses and Embossed Leather Carrying Case. Wonderful set of spectacles with oval lenses and silver frames. Solid earpieces. The leather carrying case is deeply embossed "J.M.Cadwell OPTICIAN Hartford, CT" Darn near perfect condition in all respects. $75.00 SOLD

11-12-28 - CW Eyeglasses in Parker's Patent 1860 Tin Carrying Case: The most typical glasses case of the period are these hinged tin contraptions. This one marked Patent Jan. 2? 1860 which is standard marking on the Parker cases. The glasses are very nice though the left lens has a crack. Silver frames have olding ear pieces. Perfect for display with soldier personal effects. $70.00 SOLD

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11-12-29 - Huge 58 Caliber Center Fire Cartridges: I have a small quantity of these jumbo 58 caliber fixed metallic cartridges. They are about as big as a big man's little finger and were made for use in one of the 1865-1866 era conversions of the Union Army rifle muskets such as the Needham conversion. I will sell them for $39 each or I will sell three for $100. These are big and heavy. If you threw one at someone and hit them, you would cause injury! $39 each.

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11-12-30 - Union Army Field Grade Infantry Officer's Forage Cap: An excellent and regulation example of the chasseur pattern Union Army officer's cap with three rows of quatrefoil braid running up the sides and across the crown. Body is a beautiful rich midnight blue wool with virtually no moth damage. Chin strap and side buttons (infantry eagle "I" buttons) are in place as is the sweat band. The quilted silk lining is frayed and worn in the interior crown area. Overall excellent condition. This cap was worn during the Civil War by a "now lost to history" major or Colonel. It is a wonderful piece of original Civil War headgear, priced like the tourist town dealers price the surplus enlisted caps. $2,750.00 SOLD

11-12-31 - Civil War Tenth Army Corps Badge: An original stamped brass w/ red cloth insert (the red representing 1st division) 10th Corps Badge. Perfect non-dug condition. This was part of the Captain / Major Crego collection which was auctioned by Witherell's in California earlier this year. Crego had been a regular army officer serving from the 1930s through WW2 and beyond. He collected Civil War and other military items avidly during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. This badge he purchased in January of 1964 along with badge listed below. Excellent condition. A great one from the old days ...$365.00 SOLD

11-12-32 - Civil War Eighteenth Army Corps Badge: An original stamped brass w/ blue cloth insert (the blue representing 3rd division) 18th Corps Badge. Perfect non-dug condition. This was part of the Captain / Major Crego collection which was auctioned off by Witherell's in California earlier this year. Crego had been a regular army officer serving from the 1930s through WW2 and beyond. He collected Civil War and other military items avidly during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. This badge he purchased in January of 1964 along with badge listed above. Excellent condition. A great one from the old days ... $365.00 SOLD

11-12-33 - Civil War Cavalry Officer's Cap or Kepi Insignia: A handsome soft back example of the embroidered bullion thread crossed sabers cap device. Measures 3" by 1.75" and overall VG condition save for two medium holes in the velvet body. Reverse is raw showing the dozens of threads used to produce the embroidery. Still has encircling wire border on the front. A little worn, but very nice and very scarce. $450.00 SOLD

11-12-34 - Post Civil War Hat Insignia: Here is the mystery gift on the list. Stamped brass laurel leaf wreath with letters "CSCD" inside the wreath. I have no idea what it represents. We have guessed Callifornia State Corrections Dept., and California State Communist Defenders, same suffixes for Connecticut, Colorado, etc. Who Knows? Your guess is as good as mine. Neat old insignia $15.00 SOLD

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11-12-35 - Bargain Lot of Civil War Tompions:  Several years ago my good friend, and sometime quaffing partner, Jason Kaplan and I bought this pile of tompions at the eastern Pennsylvania auction of an ages-old collector… long deceased.   Our intentions were to research each and every one of these rarities and sell them individually.  Well four years have passed and I just found this box of treasures still sitting on a glass shelf in my shop...  no further researched now than they were then.  The only thing that’s changed is that the grim reaper has taken a few steps closer, so I figure we better cash-in now before he arrives to collect his due.  I see I tagged one tompion as “Burnside”.   There are eight tompions.  None are the common 58 caliber surplus examples from Bannerman’s or Dixie.  These will fit a variety of carbines and rifles. These are certainly worth $60 to $125 each a couple possibly a great deal more….  Here priced for the entire lot of 8 items at only sixty bucks a piece ………………   $480.00 SOLD

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11-12-36 - Ames US Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber – Fresh Find:  Just in this week is this attic fresh wristrbreaker in fine+ condition.  Brass guard is perfect with no bends and a beautiful undisturbed light age patina. Very pretty.  The leather wrapped grip with twisted wire is about perfect.  The blade is signed “Ames Mfg. Co. Chicopee Mass” and also “US  ADK”.  It is grey steel with no edge nicks and no rust.  The scabbard is dent-free with a deep age brown patina with some scale and light pitting on the top ring mount and drag …  Not a detraction, mentioned strictly for accuracy’s sake.  The drag is stamped with matching inspector’s stamp “ADK”.  This is absolutely “attic found” and “unmessed with”.  Guaranteed to please…  $1,150.00 SOLD

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11-12-37 - Percussion Double Barrel Shotgun:  A very handsome and stately 1850-1860 era double barrel scattergun in NRA “very good”++ condition.  Locks and barrel are signed “J.R. Cooper London”.  Beautifully hand engraved on the tang, breech, trigger guard, locks, and hammers with scrolls and floral motifs in as fine a quality engraving as I have seen.  Top notch in all respects.  30 inch barrels.  Completely original with no repairs or replaced parts.  Mechanically perfect.  The metal surfaces all exhibit a delicate bronze-brown age patina.  Perfect to display with Confederate cavalry effects or other like quality antique guns.  I know that Cooper’s name is found on 1840s era pepperbox pistols as well.  $365.00 SOLD

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11-12-38 - US Model 1855 Springfield Rifle Musket Type-2:  NRA very good to fine condition.  Matched dates of 1859 on lock and barrel.  “J T” cartouche visible on the left side of the stock.  100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect.  These are among the MOST sought of all Civil War shoulder weapons.  This is the ’55 Springfield with the Maynard tape priming device. The metal is bright and clean with sharp markings.   Stock edges are strong with the wood showing expected light handling and careful use… has a visible “JS” cartouche.  The bore is VG with strong rifling but it needs a cleaning.   These early Springfields were the ones issued to the US Regulars and also the earliest Volunteers who answered Lincoln’s first call for troops.  The late Springfield type-2 ‘55s (this gun) were manufactured without patch boxes while the Harpers Ferry type-2s all had patch boxes.  A very nice example of a scarce and desirable rifle musket ---  $3,500.00 SOLD

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11-12-39 - Springfield Model 1855 Pistol Carbine and Shoulder Stock:  Here is one heck of a deal.  This 1855 pistol is NRA “good”+ condition.   A few small blemishes to mention …  the hinged door on the tape primer is a proper and almost undetectable replacement.   It is missing the little spring locking button on the primer door, and the rear sight is a replacement.   It is otherwise original and complete.  The wood shows bumps and bruises and a couple scrapes, but overall VG.  The detachable shoulder stock is also original with a well done repair.  The brass collar or yoke where the stock mounts to the pistol was badly bent and damaged when found and the previous owner repaired it quite nicely.  The balance of the shoulder stock is quite nice with good US stamp on butt plate and the number “8” on the repaired yoke.  Here is possibly the best deal on the list…   Pistol and Stock for….  $1,850.00 SOLD

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11-12-40a - Remington Elliot 5-Shot Pepperbox .22 Caliber:  Standard style, overall NRA “very good”.  100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. Steel is gun metal gray with no rust or pitting.  The barrel legend and 1860 – 1861 dates are visible but worn.  Grips are very good showing just a few handling scuffs.  Relatively scarce but still affordable…  $595.00 SOLD

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11-12-40b - Attractive English Four Barrel Pepperbox:  A neat looking little pistol ca. 1845.  Rougly 6.75 inches overall length with 2.75 inch barrels.  The barrels are Damascus steel, and there is some lovely hand engraving on the frame.   VG condition with smoky gray patina.  Checkered bag style grips show wear but no abuse.  Mechanically fine.  All original.  $595.00 SOLD

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11-12-41 - Bacon 2nd Model Pocket Revolver.  Made c. 1858-67.  Approximately 3,000 made.  The top of the barrel is marked "BACON MF'G CO. NORWICH CONN"  Condition NRA VG to Fine with 10% original blue in protected areas.  Very early three digit serial number.  Grips retain 80% original varnish.  All original and fully functional.  An extra nice example and a fine buy at $635.00 SOLD

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11-12-42 - Pond front loading separate chamber revolver.  32 caliber rim fire featuring unusual removable individual steel chambers in an attempt to circumvent the Rolin White patent under control of Smith & Wesson for a bored  through cylinder.  Very presentable having a very pleasing patina on the brass and a nice even gray on the steel.  One of the removable cylinder chambers has been replaced.  The original screwdriver is present, however the blade is broken off.  Approximately 5000 made.  $695.00 SOLD

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11-12-43 - Plant’s Mfg. Co Pocket Revolver aka Eagle Arms - These diminutive revolvers were produced by the Eagle Manufacturing Company of NY City and are found with various barrel markings. This one is marked “Merwin & Bray, New York.” on the top of the octagonal barrel. Serial number #182 on the cylinder and the butt strap. It is a 30 caliber 5 shot revolver. It is overall Very Good condition being 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. Rosewood grips are fine+. Hints of silver plate remain in areas. Many were carried as self defense weapons… $495.00 SOLD xcejz

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11-12-44 - Walsh 10 Shot Pocket Revolver:  One of the true oddities in Civil War and antique arms.  Each chamber in the cylinder was loaded twice!  The shooter poured powder then a ball then more powder and another ball directly on top ---  in each of the five chambers.  The two hammers were cocked together and when the trigger was pulled the forward charge ignited and the second pull fired the rear charge.  Just like the Lindsay 2-shooter muskets.    Made early 1860s, total quantity made approximately 3,000. Made for Walsh by the New Haven Arms Co., New Haven Conn. 36 Caliber.   Condition NRA VG, nice for its age.  Nice even gray steel, with a very pleasing patina on the brass.  All original with the exception of the wedge.  Very small chips on both grips not effecting the overall appearance.  A seldom seen revolver of which I have only owned two in 40 years of collecting.  The other is an inscribed example carried by a Michigan cavalry officer and is in my collection. $2,450.00 SOLD

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11-12-45 - English single shot Boot pistol.  Approximately 56 Cal.  The top of the barrel is marked "MORTIMER & SON EDINBURGH"  Has a very nice engraved German Silver or a silver plated frame with a steel barrel.  The barrel retains 50% of the original blue.  The  English walnut grip retains 90 % original varnish finish with a nice escutcheon inserted behind the tang. Priced to move at $395.00 SOLD

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11-12-46 - Regulation War of 1812 Canteen / State of Massachusetts:

The real deal ---  A US pattern 1812 wooden “cheesebox” canteen, nicely painted on one side “M S” for Massachusetts State. When the War of 1812 ended the US government sold vast numbers of these canteens to the state of Massachusetts who in turn painted them with “M S”.  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 SOLD

 

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11-12-47 - Wooden traveling mirror- This and the following three are the classic style mirror with hinged swinging covers. This travel mirror is made from lovely aged hickory, satiny smooth finish. Swinging cover-lid has hole for hanging on a nail. The mirror inside shows age only around its edges but 99% of the reflective surface is still present. Behind the mirror, which removes easily, is an oval newspaper clipping dated 1864 that has absolutely and unquestionably been behind the mirror since then! The edges of the paper are blackened and browned all around the oval edge matching the edge of the mirror. Reed retaining piece no longer present to hold mirror in place. Small piece of wood missing from front which acted as the “stop” for the swinging lid. Affordable display item for personal effects. Measures 3.5 x 6 in an oval… $79.00 SOLD

11-12-48 - Another traveling mirror, a little smaller than above. This complete with retaining reed on the mirror. The little cover stop has been nicely restored by helper Tom. This measures 2.75 x 4.75 inches oval. Wood shows light use, many light surface scratches. The mirror inside shows its age also with only 1/3 of its reflective surface left. There is a teeny tiny sliver of glass missing which does not detract. Very nostalgic in appearance. Brass oval ring for hanging on a tree. Another classic Civil War personal item. $89.00 SOLD

11-12-49 - Nicely aged wooden travel mirror, Overall fine+ condition with cover stop and retaining reed intact. Measures 3.5 x 6 inches. Super except for the reflective portion of the mirror. The glass is fine but you can’t see your reflection any more. Otherwise a very fine example of the soldier’s traveling mirror. $115.00 SOLD

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11-12-50 - Adorable circular zinc shaving mirror 2 inches in diameter, about the size of a silver dollar. Has a metal loop to hang mirror from and a miniature metal stand to use on tabletop. Fancy embossing on the back, no cover, and most of the reflecting surface is intact. $35.00 SOLD

11-12-51 - Wonderful zinc travel mirror, measuring a nice large 3 inches in diameter. Has beautiful scroll embossing and “E.P. PARIS” on the back tin. Has the cover. Hanging loop gone and is replaced with a piece of string. $55.00 SOLD

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11-12-52 - Civil War Period Eyeglasses with oval lenses… , Simple period glasses with one piece ear pieces. Excellent condition. $30.00 SOLD

11-12-53 - Early Pre-Civil War Eyeglasses … fancy and elaborate with period frames in brass, with sliding extendable ear pieces … my guess is that these date 1830s and possibly earlier. Down side is that there are no lenses… you can have your prescription filled for these frames and look just like Gt. Gt. Gt. Grandpa. $50.00 SOLD

11-12-54 - Early Pre-Civil War Eyeglasses … fancy and elaborate with hallmarked silver frames with folding extendable ear pieces. My guess is that these date 1830s and possibly earlier. If I researched the hall mark we could pin down a date… but I’m not working that hard on these. I suppose these could conceivably date to War of 1812 era. A truly great pair of early silver eyeglasses. $135.00 SOLD

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11-12-55 - 1850 – 1860 Glasses-- Brown 2 Piece Leatherette Case and Early Brass folding spectacles that are in excellent condition. Glasses are classic rounded rectangular style frames with sliding extendable ear pieces. Perfect. Case is two part slide-together style made of early pasteboard… dyed to look like leather. Very fine Civil War eyeglasses complete. $99.00 SOLD

11-12-56 - 1850 - 1860 Era German Silver or Silver Plate oval frame eyeglasses with extendable ear pieces housed in a wonderful leatherette case embossed with Shields containing a Christian cross inside the shield. The case is also embossed “Tankard Sheffield”. Another great CW personal item. $95.00 SOLD

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11-12-57 - 1860 Era Glasses IDENTICAL TO ABOVE but the pasteboard case has embossed wavy lines instead of shields. $90.00 SOLD

11-12-58 - Shooting Glasses or Sun Glasses: Most unusual construction with emerald green lenses and folding side lenses that fold up to keep sunlight from creeping in around the outer edges of your eyes. I cannot say I ever had another pair quite like these, and consequently I am not certain of the date of manufacture.  Likely CW era to late 1800s   … Has thin folding ear pieces and housed in a pasteboard carrying case. Frames are silver or silver plate. $95.00 SOLD

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11-12-59 - 1840 – 1860 Era Eyeglasses .. Silver (I believe coin silver) frames with sliding extendable ear pieces. Lenses are fine. Near perfect save for a tiny piece missing from the very tip of one ear piece of NO consequence. You would not notice if I did not mention it. No case Nice. $50.00 SOLD

11-12-60 - 1840 – 1860 Era Eyeglasses and Case .. Silver plated or German silver (I believe) frames with sliding extendable ear pieces. Oval lenses. Perfect condition and housed in a beautiful red leather carrying case likewise in perfect condition. $95.00 SOLD

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11-12-61 - Early Silver ? Eyeglasses in Tin Carrying Case: These oval lens spectacles appear to be made of real silver. They have sliding extendable ear pieces. Perfect condition. Housed in hinged lid tin carrying case that is very similar to the 1860 Parker patent cases, but which I believe to be an earlier design and is unmarked. Super glasses in super case. $125.00 SOLD

11-12-62 - 1860 Era Oval Glasses in Parker Signed 1860 Tin Case: Simple oval frame eyeglasses with one piece ear pieces. Condition excellent. These are housed in an excellent hinged tin carrying case bearing the Parker 1860 patent mark. Clearly visible is “Patented / C. Parker ……” The date marking vanishes as it was stamped poorly, but the date is Jan. 24, 1860. I have owned a bushel of them over the years. $95.00 SOLD

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11-12-63 - Bargain Lot Early Glasses and Cases: I am tired of typing these descriptions so am lumping a few items together. First – as found 1850-1860 spectacles simple oval frames, one lens missing, housed in tin hinged lid carrying case not bearing Parker marking but clearly a Parker 1860 product. Inside the case with the glasses are two early coin buttons. Second- Parker patent tin eyeglass case with patent marking. Case is in two pieces as hinge is broken. Third – Excellent pair of octagon shaped lens spectacles solid silver frames, near perfect with early style extendable ear pieces. Circa 1840 – 1850. Fourth – odd hinged lid tin carrying case which appears to date 1870s vintage. All four pieces… $125.00 SOLD

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11-12-64 - 19th Century Tin Cigar case. Stamped in the shape of three cigars, this hinged tin cigar case has a wonderful ages old green/grey tin patina. Near perfect condition. Likely dates 1870s to 1880s but nearly identical to Civil War examples I have owned… just a slightly different catch on the case. Perfect for display or use in living history or reenacting. Has one ancient dried out old cigar still inside. $75.00 SOLD

11-12-65 - Brown Color Hard Rubber or Gutta Percha Cigar Case: Top condition Civil War cigar case molded to hold four cheroots. Measures roughly 6 x 4 inches. It is constructed of brown hard rubber, the forerunner of today’s modern plastics. I do not see any Goodyear markings but would not be surprised if the tiny little stamp was somewhere hidden in a crevice I have not seen. Very nice gutta percha case which holds 4 cigars. Nice brown color. $75.00 SOLD

11-12-66 - Superb Civil War Cigar Case / Embossed / Patented : One of the most interesting Cigar Cases I have owned. 2 piece sturdy leather case which holds 3 or 4 cigars. It is embossed on the front in an oval “Butler Bro. & Co. / IMPROVED CIGAR CASE WITH SPRING”, surrounded by the design of a waist belt and buckle. Searching the internet I found some great data on the Butler Brothers patent. It is likely an 1850s patent, possibly 1840s. The National Cigar Museum (yup there is one) has an inscribed example made by L & E Butler dated 1847. This is the predecessor marking to the Butler Brothers patent. Condition is about perfect except the spring is no longer present inside the compartment. One of the best personal items I have found. $265.00 SOLD

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11-12-67 - Civil War Leather Wallet: Standard Civil War wallet of roll-up construction and a leather closing strap. Has four interior compartments for bills and personal papers, 4”x3” folded. VG condition save for separation of stitching at one end. Can be repaired with shoe-glue EASILY, but I do not see the need. A very affordable real Civil War personal item. $50.00 SOLD

11-12-68 - Pre Civil War Wallet: Likely 1840s or earlier. Perfect condition. 6 x 4 inches closed. 6 x 10 inches open. Decorated interior compartments. Perfect for Mexican War or Civil War or Frontier American display. Super condition and eye appeal. Has leather closing strap. $85.00 SOLD

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11-12-69 - Outdoor Tintype Photo / African American Cavalryman on Horseback: Here is a double rarity. Any outdoor Civil War military tintype is a rarity in and of itself. ANY view of a Black Soldier from the Civil War is an extreme rarity. This image incorporates both elements. This is the ONLY outdoor hard image of a Black soldier I have owned in the 40 years I have collected Civil War antiques. Measures 4” x 2.5”. Subject is a uniformed Black trooper wearing slouch hat, regulation shell jacket, and regulation trousers. The horse is a well proportioned and very attractive animal. It is decked out in military tack and visible on his withers is a set of saddle holsters. The image has very good clarity and contrast. There are a couple minor bends and a couple light scrapes, but nothing of significance and the emulsion is as solid as a double eagle $20 gold piece. Truly a rare and desirable image. This was likely a quarter plate image when originally taken, and then trimmed slightly at the edges to fit in an album. Now displayed in a lovely period wall frame. A truly rare piece of Civil War photography… $1,450.00 SOLD

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11-12-70 - Enfield Rifle Musket: Civil War P-1853 Enfield musket in Very Good condition. Lock is marked Tower and dated 1863. Barrel has London proof marks and bears number “25” indicating .577 caliber. Gun is 100% complete and original and mechanically perfect. Metal is smooth smoky grey overall. Wood stock is very nice with good edges and attractive color, with one minor ancient stress line running forward from the lock 5 inches. Bore is VG condition w/ good rifling. $1,375.00 SOLD

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11-12-71 - Model 1842 Musket, Spring/field / 1844 Dated: All original and complete. The metal has a nice even plum and smoky gray patina, with the barrel showing heavy rust brown patina at the breech. The wood is VG+++ with the usual dings that come with military service. There is a visible cartouche on the left side of the stock opposite the lock. The barrel is deeply patinated with dark brown and the barrel date is obscured by this. The V/P/eagle is legible. From the tang to approximately 9” up the barrel there is some pitting. This is a very affordable example of a musket that saw service in both the Mexican and Civil War. Perfect for US or Confederate display. $1,050.00 SOLD

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11-12-72 - Sharps New Model Carbine Conversion: This is the historic Civil War Sharps carbine that was updated and converted to 50-70 center fire for reissue to the US Cavalry Indian Fighters on the Western Frontier. The barrels were relined with three groove rifling, and the actions changed from percussion to metallic cartridge. Approximately 27,000 made. This is a very fine example with 85% original blue on the barrel, rich case colors on the frame, and superb wood. There are two nice cartouches, one under the saddle ring the other being the “banner cartouche” in the center of the left butt stock showing it is the correct stock for this model. A super fine example of a Civil War and Indian Wars carbine. Sn. 74,433, priced very realistically at… $2,450.00 SOLD

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11-12-73 - Extra Affordable M-1863 Sharps Carbine: Here is one super deal and a very solid gun. What makes the gun affordable is that a previous owner restored some wood using wood filler. On the left and right of the frame tang and also where the butt plate attaches to the butt stock, there are plastic wood filled areas. That being said, the balance of the Sharps is very nice. All the metal surfaces are plum color, smooth, and nicely marked. The balance of the stock is fine. Aside from the plastic wood filler, the gun is 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. SN 96,019 . If the plastic wood were not present this gun would fetch $2500 in a heartbeat. It is still worth considerably more than here priced….. $1,395.00 SOLD

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11-12-74 - Smith Cavalry Model Saddle Ring Carbine, SN 13018. The standard Civil War Smith breech loading percussion carbine. All original and complete. Wood shows honest dings and scratches from actual wartime use. On the left side of the butt stock are two initials “I B”. The metal is a nice uncleaned gray patina with some light pitting. The bore has near perfect rifling. The overall condition is NRA VG, all original and complete and mechanically perfect. The condition indicates use in the field, if only it could talk. Priced below my competition at … $1,275.00 SOLD

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11-12-75 - Very Minty Maynard Carbine. Virtually all the blue and case colors are present. There two very crisp cartouches on the left side of the butt stock. The bore is perfect. If ever you wanted a near mint example of a Civil War carbine, this is it. $2950.00 SOLD

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11-12-76 - Allen & Wheelock 22 Caliber Revolver: Another great little Civil War personal weapon circa 1861. This one has a broken hammer spur and the arbor
(cylinder pin) appears to be a period replacement. The broken hammer spur makes it a bear to cock and release. Priced like a gift at $165.00 SOLD

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11-12-77 - Rusty Little Allen 22 Caliber Revolver: A little pitted and rusty but all there and still a really cool little Civil War personal item. It cocks, the cylinder rotates, but the cylinder stop does not function. Ca. 1861. Totally unmarked except for serial number on barrel 168. $225.00 SOLD

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11-12-78 - English Boot Pistol by Durs Egg: One of the more unusual names we see on early guns is Mr. Egg’s. But that was his real name. This is roughly 45 caliber, percussion ignition, circa 1845, in good to very good condition. Approx 7 inches overall length. Grey steel signed “D. Egg London”. 2 screws appear to be replaced, otherwise all original. Main spring is a little mushy. A neat early gun by a rather famous maker... $350.00 SOLD

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11-12-79 - Early Gambler’s Pistol: An exact duplicate of the 1860 Allen & Wheelock .22 caliber pocket revolver is this 1870 Forehand & Wadsworth vest pocket .22 revolver in NRA “fine”+ condition. Almost new with 97% of the original nickel finish. A gem of an antique. $295.00 SOLD

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