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12-01-01 - Sharps & Hankins 4 Shot Pepperbox Model 3C - A great example of the 32 Caliber short rimfire model with plenty of blue. Top of the barrel is marked “ADDRESS SHARPS & HANKINS, PHILADELPHIA, PENN.” and “SHARPS PATENT/JAN 25, 1859” on the right side of the gun. This example has rosewood grips and a serial number of 11,218. Much nicer than most you will find with 70% rich factory blue. NRA fine condition. 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. I paid just under eight hundred dollars for this at a recent auction, and am only marking it up a smidgen to keep the price realistic... A really nice example. $895.00 SOLD

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12-01-02 - Four Military Ogden Prints: These wonderful color lithographs were produced around 1900 to 1910 era. They show likenesses of military men in various US Army uniforms and strictly regulation. These prints sometimes bring a hundred dollars or more at auction… Sizes are 18”x15” I will sell the lot of four for $65.00 SOLD

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12-01-03 - Excellent Yankee Captains Frock Coat, Sash, and Shoulder Strap: Freshly found and never before offered by a dealer is this wonderful Civil War officer’s uniform which turned up in 2011 in California. Coat is a regulation Union Army line officer’s frock in beautiful midnight blue wool. Condition is fine to excellent with just a couple inconsequential moth nips. Interior of coat has near perfect lining with the proper padding and horizontal quilt stitching in the breast. Sleeves have classic 1860 wide balloon elbows, and the skirts are long as is proper for the Civil War. A more classic line officer’s frock coat would be hard to find. Also present is the captain’s regulation sash showing wear but in good condition. Also present, one of his double border shoulder straps. The other strap as well as the captains name have been lost to time. Top notch coat with the sash and strap… actually saw service in the Civil War …. I challenge you to find another such set priced at… $3,450.00 SOLD

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12-01-04 - Half Plate Cased Tintype Two Cavalry Troopers: A large half plate image housed in a nice thermoplastic case. Image has great clarity and contrast… a couple bends and scuffs… but very nice. Case is very attractive with some edge nicks here and there. Both of the pards sport 4-button fatigue blouses, kepis, gauntlets and boots. A very rare image size… I don’t get but three or four half plates in the course of a year. Neat image… $395.00 SOLD

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12-01-05 - Very affordable Model 1865 Spencer Carbine - Produced from 1865 to ‘66 this model is 50 caliber with a 20” barrel. Spencer barrel legend is worn but legible. Barrel is marked M1865. These saw service at the tail end of the Civil War and the Indian Wars. This example bears serial number 12,737. 50% of these were fitted with the Stabler cut-off and this is one of those. This carbine has been re-blued and the rear sight is a civilian replacement. With this in mind I will sell this solid old cavalry weapon for a ridiculously low price …. $975.00 SOLD

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12-01-06 - Regulation Cavalry Spurs: An extra fine pair of “dead-on-the-money” regulation Civil War Union Army cavalry spurs. I used to find these things everywhere. Now it is a darn rare occurrence. $235.00 SOLD

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12-01-07 - Beautiful Presentation Silver Snuff Box to a Surgeon: A wonderful silver snuffbox, profusely engraved, given as a token of appreciation from a Civil War Union Hospital Steward to a Surgeon at Camp Parole, Maryland. Very pretty, covered in top quality minute engraving, oval silver snuff box with a hinged lid, measuring about 3.5 by 3 inches. Engraved in a central panel on the lid is a wonderful presentation:

Surgeon W.D. Stewart USV / from / Edward Van Wyck / Hospital Steward USA / U.S. Army Hospt. Camp Parole. / May 15” 1865.

Camp Parole was established at Annapolis, Maryland, in 1862 to house Union prisoners of war who were on parole and waiting to be exchanged for Confederate prisoners before they could return to their units. Since many were in terrible condition from periods of captivity, the hospitals at the camp were frequently overwhelmed and the medical staff were important personnel. The camp remained in business until July, 1865, even though Grant had halted prisoner exchanges in 1864. Research shows us that the surgeon is William D. Stewart, born in Kentucky, who was appointed to the volunteer service from Indiana as a Surgeon 8/3/61. Heitman lists him as promoted brevet Lt. Col. of volunteers 6/1/65 for “faithful and meritorious service,” and honorably mustered out 8/3/65. He died 10/26/86. A quick online and OR search indicates he may have seen early war service as Medical Director on the staff of General William W. Averell, and perhaps others. He may also be the same Surgeon William D. Stewart who was dismissed from the service for being absent without leave and then reinstated by President Lincoln. In 1864, and perhaps earlier, he was attached to the Medical Branch of the Provost Marshal General, which would explain why he was at Camp Parole. Further research will probably bring out a very interesting story. The same holds true for Hospital Steward Van Wyck. We find a man of that name in the 1860 census in New York, born in 1828, but it is not possible to be certain of the identification without further research. In any case, Van Wyck must have served with Stewart and thought enough of him to give him this splendid box, which is a great example of the sort of personal item a Civil War officer might carry in the service. One of the fanciest personal items I have had the pleasure to offer. Very fine … $1,350.00 SOLD

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12-01-08 - A Discount Lot of Great Small Items for One Low Price: 1. a strip of CW wooden matches. 2. a perfect pack of 10second cannon fuses. 3. another perfect pack of 10 second cannon fuses. 4. a baggie with two round shots and some buck shot (buck and ball). 5. a pack of twelve musket percussion caps in the original paper wrapper. Exactly what the soldiers were issued with each pack of cartridges. 6. A non dug cartridge for a Spencer carbine or rifle. 7. two non dug pinfire cartridges for revolver 8. A loose cannon fuse. 9. A canister ball. 10. Relic remnants of metallic cartridge. 11. An original roll of Maynard tape primers for use in the Model 1855 rifles and muskets. This great pile of goodies is easily worth 175 to 225 ---- I bought the pile for a hundred bucks and will sell the pile for $140.00 SOLD

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12-01-09 – Ivory Grip - Allen 22 Sidehammer Rimfire Revolver. Overall VG condition mechanically perfect, and totally original and complete. Has 2.25” barrel, sharp markings, and best of all a beautiful set of ivory grips. Marked on the barrel is “ALLEN & WHEELOCK WORCESTER, MASS. U.S./ALLEN’S PATENT SEPT. 7, NOV. 9, 1858.” Serial# 231...... A high quality little gem… $650.00 SOLD

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12-01-10 - Connecticut Arms Company BULLDOG Pistol: A massive and heavy single shot weapon bearing Oct. 25, 1864 patent date. 4 inch barrel 44 caliber and so heavy it would cause serious injury if you struck someone with it. Loads by pivoting the barrel. Overall VG condition. Grey steel, 100% original, 100% complete, mechanically perfect. $595.00 SOLD

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12-01-11 - NEAR MINT Connecticut Arms Company / Hammond BULLDOG Pistol: A massive and heavy single shot weapon bearing Oct. 25, 1864 patent date. 4 inch barrel 44 caliber and so heavy it would cause serious injury if you struck someone with it. Loads by pivoting the barrel. Overall Excellent to near mint condition with 95% rich factory blue and 95% striking color case hardening. Truly magnificent condition. 100% original, 100% complete, mechanically perfect. You will look long and hard to find another one this nice… $1,250.00 SOLD

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12-01-12 - Regulation and Maker Signed Union Army Infantry Bugle: This is the real-deal. The regulation bugle. Body is copper, reinforced bell garland and bands are brass. And the bell is nicely stamped by the maker “John F Stratton / New York”. Stratton had contracts for thousands upon thousands of bugles for the Union army … and here is a very solid representative example. The condition is good, used, but not abused. There are some minor dents, a small pencil tip hole in the body (reason?), and a spot of two where the small tube has pulled loose from the solder holding it to the body. Present is an ancient and horribly worn cord still wrapped around the elderly instrument. Here is an opportunity to purchase an absolutely genuine Civil War regulation bugle for a price that will not break the bank. $1,695.00 SOLD

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12-01-13 - Regulation Issue Union Army 58 Caliber US Bayonet and Original Scabbard: Exactly what Billy Yank was issued with his Springfield musket. Bayonet is good condition showing some age and light pitting. US mark is still very legible. Scabbard is also good to very good condition and is CW manufacture with copper rivets securing the frog to the body. $190.00 SOLD

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12-01-14 - 24th Iowa Soldier Tintype / Name & Unit Visible on the Rifle Sling! In the forty plus years I’ve collected and sold Civil War relics I don’t recall ever owning another image where we can read the soldier’s name and unit on his rifle sling. Image is a quarter plate in good condition with some solarization hazing around the mat opening. Our full standing Yankee is well equipped and holding his Enfield musket upright at his side. Clearly visible on the rifle sling is his name and company affiliation which he stenciled on the sling. It reads “S. R. MACKRILL CO. K” A search of the data bases finds him easily. He is Samuel R. Mackrill Residence Jones County Iowa 24 years old. Enlisted on 8/8/1862 as a Private.

On 9/6/1862 he mustered into “K” Co. 24th Iowa Infantry He was Mustered Out on 7/17/1865 at Savannah, GA. The regiment saw combat at Port Gibson, Champion’s Hill, Vicksburg, Jackson Miss., Sabine Cross Roads, etc… Image is housed in a nice thermoplastic image case showing only light wear. $475.00 SOLD

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12-01-15 - Non Regulation Staff or Mounted Officer’s Sword: VG condition and very solid. Housed in a plain steel scabbard. Grip wrap and twisted wire are excellent with one drop of house paint splattered on the grip. The blade etching is quite worn but still visible and includes “US”, eagle, E Pluribus Unum and other patriotic motifs. This sword unquestionably saw service in the Civil War and is a good solid example for display or careful use. $695.00 SOLD

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12-01-16 - 21st New Jersey Presentation Sword / Owner Lost Arm in Battle: 32” unmarked import blade etched with military motifs. Shagreen and twisted brass wire wrapped grip. Chased brass pommel and backstrap, brass knuckle bow with E. Pluribus Unum motto in the branch. Metal scabbard with floral designed brass bands. The throat of the scabbard is inscribed, Presented To/ Lt. M.Shaffel by/the members & friends of Co. G 21st Regt New Jersey Volunteers/Jersey City.

German born Michael Schaffel (1832-1902) was a “foreman in a trunk manufactory” when he enlisted as 2nd lieutenant in Company G of the nine-month 21st New Jersey in August 1862. His brother, John Schaffel, later commanded the company. Assigned to the 6th Corps, the 21st New Jersey was present at Antietam, but not engaged. The regiment did see action at Fredericksburg in December while laying the pontoons and participated in the follow-up “Mud March.” Michael Schaffel was promoted to 1st lieutenant in January 1863. At the battle of Maryes Heights on May 3, 1863, Lieutenant Schaffel “received a musket ball in the elbow of the left arm necessitating amputation between the shoulder and the elbow.” According to Schaffel’s original 1875 Pension Application, he states that his “arm was amputated on the battlefield and he was sent to Libby Prison and afterwards exchanged.” Schaffel convalesced at Annapolis, Maryland and was mustered out in June 1863, returning home to Jersey City the next month.

Schaffel reenlisted as a 1st Lieutenant of Company C, 1st Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps in September 1863, and served for the duration. He was finally discharged from the 7th Independent Company, VRC on September 1, 1866. Married in 1852, after the war Schaffel “kept at restaurant” in Jersey City and became active in the GAR. In 1875, Schaffel was elected Commander of the G. Van Houten Post, No. 3 in Bergen, New Jersey, the same year he applied for an invalid pension. Later in life he engaged in local Hudson County politics as an elected Freeholder and worked at time-keeper at the Jersey City post office. Michael Schaffel died on June 14, 1902 and was buried in the Van Houten Post Plot in New York Bay Cemetery. The blade is gun metal grey w some dark staining. All brass has delicate undisturbed light patina. Steel scabbard is a rich age brown. Wonderful history and an interesting looking sword. $3,600.00 SOLD

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12-01-17 - 64th Ohio ---  Hand-to-hand fighting at Franklin! A nice Civil War veteran’s badge belonging to Emanuel Wentz of the 64th Ohio Volunteers, and so inscribed. This is one of several popular styles of badge that veterans had made up at regimental and GAR reunions. A white metal arc with a foliate scroll over it with a pin back has a separate shield section hanging from it. Stamped on the top bar is the soldier’s name: E. Wentz. On the shield is his unit designation: Co. D 64th O.V.I. in three lines and at the bottom the triangle badge of the Fourth Army Corps, with a “4” in it, and “61” and “65” on either side.

The badge was proudly preserved and displayed by the family, who pinned it to a card reading “Historical Civil War Souvenir” in pen at the top, and next to it, typewritten: “Actual ‘Dogtag’ worn by Emanual Wentz paternal Grandfather of Dale Wentz.”

The family was mistaken about it being his wartime “dogtag,” but right to be proud of it nonetheless.  Emanuel Wentz was drafted into the army at age 24 and enlisted in Co. D of the 64th OVI on 9/23/64. He was mustered out on 6/16/65 at Nashville. We don’t have his individual service record, but during the time he was in the regiment they saw some tough fighting. Already bloodied in a number of engagements, the regiment was serving under Schofield in the Army of the Cumberland in Lane’s Brigade when they were called upon to fend off attacks by Hood’s army in the Nashville campaign. At Spring Hill on Nov. 29 Lane successfully maneuvered and fought to buy time for the army to retreat before superior Confederate forces. The next day the brigade was one of two posted some 600 yards in advance of the main Union line. They were forced back to the main trenches in the fierce assault but held together and did not disorder the forces behind them, as their fellow brigade did. According to their commanding officer’s OR report the fighting became hand-to-hand at points and a number of enemy flags were captured but abandoned to troops in the rear as the regiment kept fighting. The OR report lists 54 casualties on the two days, but CWData lists 96. In any case, a nice souvenir of a very active unit…..  $295.00 SOLD

 

12-01-18 - Pocket Knife – Fruit Knife:   A beautifully engraved silver pocket knife with the owner’s initials “J.F.E” and the date “April 26, 1860” engraved on the blade. The handle has beautiful, minute ric-rac and band engraving and the blade is hallmarked also.  These small silver knives were sometimes termed “fruit knives,” but are an elegant pocket knife. This one has a slight push at the base of the handle on one side but is otherwise very nice and just the type of thing an officer, who had to supply his own mess gear, might bring into service with him as a remembrance of home…. $175.00 SOLD

 

12-01-19 - Superb Sixth Plate Tintype 36th Regiment Soldier Shooting from the Hip: A very clear and wonderfully contrasted image, and a striking pose. Viewing the Yank’s slouch hat we can make out the company letter “A” , the numerals “3 6” and of course an infantry hunting horn insignia. At his hip the soldier is holding what appears to be an Austrian Lorenz Rifle or perhaps a Brazilian Light Minie Rifle. My gut feeling about this infantryman is that he is likely from a Midwestern state. Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, ??? The image is in extra fine condition with just a few minor age spots. Housed in an excellent full leatherette case. A striking and unusual pose and worthy of research to see which states had 36th Infantry regiments and were issued short two-band rifles. Great image. $475.00 SOLD

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12-01-20 - Allen and Wheelock Sidehammer Lipfire Revolver AKA 1st Model Lipfire - This is a 32 Cal, 6-Shot... Produced with barrel lengths of 4,5, and 6” lengths... This is the more desirable 6” design. It is near fine condition with rich traces of original factory blue in protected areas on the steel. Only several hundred were made and this one bears number 57. As noted in Flayderman, the barrels are marked “ALLEN & WHEELOCK WORCESTER, MASS. U.S./ALLEN’S PATENTS SEPT. 7, NOV. 9, 1858, JULY 3, 1860.” However, this specimen is abbreviated slightly differently in 2 spots. The words “MASS” and “PATENTS” are abbreviated “MS” and “PAT’S.” respectively... Perhaps due to the fact that it was one of the first 60 produced... not immensely important but could be an identifying feature between very early models and “later” models. 100% Complete, original, and mechanically perfect......$1,350.00 SOLD

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12-01-21 - Civil War Pocket Testament: A better quality than usual Testament being bound in genuine tooled leather. It is nicely bound and has a fancy brass closing hasp. Excellent condition and nicely dated 1864 on the title page. I would guess that 90+ % of all soldiers had a Bible or Testament in the personal trappings. A very fine example… $89.00 SOLD

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12-01-22 - Classic Union Soldier’s Prayer Book with Inscription: An actually issued Soldier’s Prayer Book with deep Christian sentiment penned on the fly leaf by E N Biddle when he presented the tract to John Harn. I see that there are four soldiers named John Harn in the Union army. I will leave the research fun for you to uncover which one it is and who Mr. Biddle was. Excellent condition. Back cover is decorated with a ferocious eagle. $145.00 SOLD

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12-01-23 - 1864 Diary for Soldier Display Purposes: Very attractive being bound in red leather, but very affordable as it is basically blank so has no expensive battle content to pay for. The owner seemed to have kept notes about buying cigars, drops, and “articles” where he meticulously notes how much he spent each day on each of these various commodities. He generally spent 30 cents to 40 cents each day, sometimes more. VG condition with two tears in the closing flap. Otherwise excellent. Perfect to display with a worn out pencil in a soldier’s camp setting. $95.00 SOLD

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12-01-24 - Scarce United States Cavalry Manual: Volume 2 of Cavalry Tactics and Regulations by Philip St. George Cooke published by Lippincott in 1864. Overall VG with some repairs to the spine. Front cover embossed with federal shield. Text will make you an expert horseman… even has fold out illustrations. These cavalry manuals are on the “very scarce” side… if you have volume 1 you can double the value of this volume and your volume. $135.00 SOLD

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12-01-25 - Extremely Scarce Civil War Manual for Outpost Duty / Owner Killed in Action by Indians! I have collected Civil War manuals for over forty years… here is a darn scarce one. Hardbound, Advanced Guard, Outpost, and Detachment Service by D.H. Mahan. Published in New York in 1864. Bound in green cloth binding with gilt title on spine. Condition is fine to excellent. In addition this book is inscribed by it’s presumably last military owner at West Point in 1867, Lieut. Thomas T. Thornburgh who graduated from the military academy in 1867 and then served on the western frontier fighting Indians. He was killed in action in 1879 near Milk Creek, Colorado in a ferocious fight with hostiles. He sustained a gunshot wound to the head and fell dead on the field. Shows only the most modest handling wear. Super scarce manual… from the Major Crego collection sold in California last year, and most historical with the proven connection with a true Indian Fighter. $450.00 SOLD

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12-01-26 - 1864 Published Unit History 33rd New York Vols: We don’t often see regimental histories that were actually published while the war was still in progress. This one is overall VG to fine condition. Gilt embossed on front cover with a musket and sword. 347 pages plus appendix of officer’s biographies. Published in Rochester New York in 1864. Signed by Gen I or J Hunt of Waterloo (NY I presume). Campaigns of the Thirty Third N.Y.S.V. Very nice early book. $125.00 SOLD

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12-01-27 - Hardees 1861 Infantry Tactics Manual / Wonderfully Inscribed: This is the standard War Department printing of Hardee’s manual being both volumes printed in one. No mention of Hardee is made as he had cast his lot with the rebs and the USA was not about to give him credit for writing the treatise. The book shows honest handling and wear and the page immediately prior to the title page is torn out. Overall Good condition. The inscriptions inside are wonderful. The wartime owner inscribed the book “Wm. J. Jones 18th Infantry U. States Army Newport Brks Ky. March 10th 1862”. Then written on the preceding page a century later “Complements of C E Crafts 11 Oct. 1968… (applied return address sticker present from same) … Wm J. Jones was Mrs. Crafts Grandfather” My research shows Jones as a private in Company E of the 18th US Infantry. The regiment was a hard fighting Western Theater unit seeing action at all the big battles in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia. (Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Resaca, Atlanta, etc…) Published by Lippincott in 1861… really great with the inscriptions. $225.00 SOLD

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12-01-28 - 48th New York Officer’s Inscribed Manual: Near mint copy of The Company Clerk published by Lippincott in 1865. Inscribed on the fly leaf is the owner’s name “H. D. Grant Lieut. 48th N.Y. Vols”. A check of the records is very interesting… Henry Dwight Grant Residence was not listed; 28 years old.
Enlisted on 8/9/1862 at Boonville, NY as a 1st Sergeant.
On 8/15/1862 he mustered into “I” Co. NY 117th Infantry
He was transferred out on 6/9/1865
On 6/9/1865 he transferred into “F” Co. NY 48th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 9/1/1865 at Raleigh, NC

He was listed as:* POW 5/16/1864 Drewry’s Bluff, VA (Confined at Macon, GA & Columbia, SC)
* Paroled 12/9/1864 Camp Asylum, Columbia, SC

Promotions:* 2nd Lieut 8/23/1864

Price: $175 SOLD

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12-01-29 - Whitney 31 Caliber Pocket Revolver: Overall VG condition. Metal is smoky grey steel and uniform. Grips are VG. Markings are sharp. Mechanically perfect and totally original and complete. Many a Union soldier carried a Whitney revolver with him in the field. This is a good representative specimen. $675.00 SOLD

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12-01-30 - Moore Front Loading Teat-Fire Revolver: One of my favorite Civil War personal sidearms. I’ve owned boxes of these over the years. This gun took a unique 32 caliber teat fire cartridge, long obsolete, and was heavily advertised in Harpers Weekly Newspaper during 1864 and 1865. This is the early pattern with the first barrel marking of “Moore’s Pat. Fire Arms Co. Brooklyn NY”. Very low serial number of 3664. No cylinder marking and never had one. A tight solid example. 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. $465.00 SOLD

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12-01-31 - New Model Spencer Repeating Carbine: Virtually identical to the Civil War Spencer and Model 1865 and 1867 Spencers, but this is the last military model by Spencer, and it carries the Spencer patent cut-off device instead of the Stabler patent. Barrel length is 20 inches (same as the Model 1865). Made early in the Indian War period (circa 1868) these 7 shot repeaters were numbered in their own separate six digit serial range. This one is numbered 104,727. Overall VG condition. 100% original & complete, mechanically perfect. The only tiny wart is a little piece chipped off of the end of the Spencer patent cartridge cutoff. Not significant. Only 2500 were produced making this one of the rarer Spencer arms to acquire. SOLD

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12-01-32 - Model 1860 Colt Army - Very good example with Serial Number 63,354 all matched except the wedge which bears 3321. The top of the barrel is nicely and properly marked “ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA”. The grips are VG with a hint of a cartouche on the left grip. The bottom of the grips show some bumps and nicks. All metal surfaces are smoky grey mixed with plum patina. There are remnants of cylinder scene and some pitting around the cylinder serial, though the number is clearly matched 63354. The only damage is the little screw in the loading lever which has been peened. No big deal and does not affect the gun’s function or appearance. Mentioned for strict accuracy’s sake. Otherwise totally original, complete, and mechanically perfect. A very honest and appealing example of the classic Civil War cavalryman’s sidearm ...........$1,375.00 SOLD

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12-01-33 - A lot of TEN Original Indian War Large Size Eagle Coat Buttons. A few years ago at an eastern Pennsylvania auction I bought a couple large bags full of these early Indian Fighters’ buttons and then I put them aside and forgot about them. I just stumbled across them again .... So here is a great opportunity.... ten original buttons for $25.00 These can be
mailed inexpensively in a padded envelope. SOLD

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12-01-34 - Brass Barrel English Flintlock Pistol: This is a truly striking English flintlock pistol from the 1810 - 1820s period. The brass barrel and furniture make it very pretty and the form is classically handsome. The gun is original flint, with all original parts (no replacements) except the ram rod. The stock is really superb with flat sides at the grip portion which is reminiscent of the 18th century American Kentucky pistols. The brass barrel is signed London: Lock is unmarked and has sliding safety behind hammer: Some pitting on bottom portion of lock: The forward ramrod thimble was crushed and is now expanded to its proper diameter. The front foremost right side of the stock (near the muzzle) has a medium chip out of the wood. This is one heck of a good looking two hundred year old pistol. The barrel has the proof mark of crossed scepters under a crown. I am not certain at what date this mark was introduced but it seems to go back at least as far as 1813. In the world of antique arms these beautiful old flintlock pistols are an incomparable value. They are far less expensive than common Civil War factory made revolvers and they are far prettier, much rarer, and significantly older. A great piece at a fair price... $1,275.00 SOLD

 

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12-01-35 - English “Jones” Brass Barrel Flintlock Pistol - This attractive large pistol is 15 Inches long with a 9 1/4 inch barrel that measures around 69 Caliber. The lock is marked “Jones” and there are no other markings. The hammer and the tang are engraved with a nice floral pattern. The brass barrel is stamped with two proof marks, which are crowns over crossed scepters. The brass barrel, escutcheons, and trigger guard all have the most magnificent undisturbed age patina… absolutely superb…. the kind of patina Americana collectors dream about. There is an oval escutcheon on the back of the grip, and on oval one on the left hand side of the stock. There is some minor stress cracking in the wood, near the muzzle on both sides of the stock, and a little chip behind the lock. The hammer cocks back to half cock but does not click into full. The front sight is a brass pin mounted in a silver dovetail. The ramrod is a replacement, and is only 4 1/2 inches long as opposed to the 8 or so inches it should be. A really handsome early gun fast approaching its’ 200th birthday. Perfect to display with War of 1812, or Texas Alamo, or early riverboat effects… $1150.00 SOLD

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12-01-36 - Superb Early American Eagle Pommel Sword: From the “Classical” period of American eagle pommel swords is this formidable weapon with 30 inch blade, loads of gilt, fire blued and gold chased blade and overall fine condition! Extremely nice and very pretty American mounted officer’s saber by John Salter of Birmingham for Wells & Co., New York, circa 1803. (Signed Wells & Co N.Y. on blade.) Lots of gilt present on the eaglehead and guard, and rich bluing with gilt engraving on the blade, complete with its just as rare gilt-brass mounted leather scabbard.

Salter was a Birmingham sword cutler who started his own business in 1801 and supplied swords to a number of American outfitters including Wells and Richardson, Upson & Co. of New York. This eagle is a classic Salter “hairy-faced” eagle. The grip is typical of his work, too: contoured to the hand, with a backstrap and a ferrule at the base. The blade also bears the “GG” mark of Gill, who was one of Salter’s main suppliers. The high capstan rivet on the pommel suggests a date before 1805, when that feature began to fade out. At the obverse base of the blade engraved and gilt is “Wells & Co. / New York.” Lemuel Wells was in business in New York as a jeweler as early as 1790.

The general contour of the sword is similar to the British 1803 pattern for flank officers. The grip has been professionally restored with proper leather and twisted brass wrap. This is the only restoration on the sword, and it is done so well most collectors would not be able to discern it. The overall length of the sword is 36” and the blade is 29” long, blued for half its length with engraved designs including eagle, liberty cap, Columbia, and other American patriotic motifs. The engraving is all gold filled which sets off beautifully against the fire blued steel. The black leather scabbard is in excellent condition with its original gilt brass mounts. This is an excellent example of what Mowbray terms, “The Classical Period in American Eagle Pommel Swords,” … the period just before increasing tensions between the U.S. and Britain began to throttle trade and lead to the War of 1812. A most beautiful example… $2,650.00 SOLD

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12-01-37 - Enlisted Model 1840 Mounted Artillery Saber: A worn but solid example of the standard CW artilleryman’s saber. Shows use and wear but no abuse. Leather grip wrap is present showing wear… same with twisted wire wrap. Blade is dull gun metal grey with firm markings and date very worn but partially legible. Date of 1863 can be discerned on one side, firm name is about worn away on the other. Scabbard is VG+ condition as is the brass guard. Rack number 41 is stamped on the pommel. Overall VG condition….. $595.00 SOLD

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12-01-38 - Washington Motif Patriotic Order Sons of America Sword: Similar to an 1840 militia sword or 1860 staff sword. Pommel is full bust of George Washington. Guard is eagle and flags. Scabbard mount and blade etching reflects “P.O.S. of A”. Blade also signed Horstmann Phila. 37 inches overall length. Condition fine approaching mint. Owner’s name etched on blade “W S Ricker” or “Richer”. The order was founded in 1847 for the purpose of teaching young Americans patriotism and duty to the American flag. I believe this sword dates to the 1870s or 1880s. Very attractive and a lot of bang for your buck. $250.00 SOLD

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12-01-39 - Ames Mexican War Officer’s Sword: A classic 1840s bone handle, cruciform guard, helmet pommel, militia officer’s sword. Exactly what was carried by hundreds of men in the Mexican War and in the early days of the Civil War as well. 38 inches overall length in the scabbard. Blade length 31 inches. Blade is fine approaching mint with much factory luster. Etchings include scrolls, floral sprays, flags, liberty cap, eagle, etc. 90% mint luster intact. Ames firm name needle etched under the languet. Heavily gilt brass scabbard also bears Ames firm logo near the top mount. A superb militia sword that will soon celebrate its 175th birthday! $1,350.00 SOLD

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12-01-40 - Ames Model 1860 Navy Cutlass w/ Scabbard & Remnants of Frog:  The regulation CW enlisted cutlass for cutting and stabbing surly southern seafarers. Overall VG condition.  Grip leather worn but 80% intact.  Wire gone as is proper… it was removed by order of the USN as it reacted with the damp air to cause verdigris on the grip. Blade is grey steel.  Clearly dated 1861 and signed Made By Ames Mfg Co. Chicopee Mass.  All markings crisp and clear.  Blade edge VG with three small edge nicks.  Complete with riveted leather scabbard showing use and age but still solid.  Very tip of scabbard has small leather drag or tip added.  Buff leather frog is present but is quite worn.  No charge for the frog…  Good solid cutlass with full length scabbard and early 1861 date.  $1,050.00 SOLD

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12-01-41 - Excellent Quality Horstmann & Co. NCO Sword: Model 1840 NCO complete with brass mounted leather scabbard. Overall fine+ condition. Ricasso signed “Horstmann & Co. Philadelphia”. Scabbard is excellent with near perfect finish and just a couple age crackles. Brass has attractive undisturbed smoky gold patina. Horstmann imported his weapons and this is a top notch example. $450.00 SOLD

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12-01-42 - Super – Wonderful – Inscribed Relic Cavalry Saber 9th Indiana Cavalry: This is just an old battlefield relic. It consists of the guard and the blade. Stamped into the pommel is the soldier’s ID. “J B Reasoner Co. L 9th IND CAV’L” Reasoner served from Feb. 1864 and served through August 1865. Unit fought in Tenn and Alabama. One of the few Identified relic weapons I have owned. $595.00 SOLD

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12-01-43 - Civil War NCO Sword in Non Standard Scabbard: Regulation m1840 US Non Commissioned Officer’s sword made and marked by Ames Mfg. Co. and dated 1864 with full inspector’s marks.  Sword is Good to VG condition showing evidence of blade sharpening and some edge nicks.    The scabbard is japanned steel with brass mounts and drag. Top mount bears two rings, middle mount one ring.  I have not encountered this pattern of scabbard previously with an NCO sword and believe it may actually have been intended for a war date 1860 staff sword.  In any event it was carried this way during its time of use.  Beautiful patina on all the brass.  $325.00 SOLD

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12-01-44 - Model 1840 Mounted Artillery Saber: Overall good to vg --- undoubtedly a product of Ames Mfg Co. but all blade markings are worn away except for the “US” stamp. High magnification shows hints of the other marks. Grip and twisted wire are VG. Brass guard is lovely. Scabbard is solid with some moderate pitting near the throat. I bought this one cheap and will sell it cheap. $495.00 SOLD

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12-01-45 - Civil War Light Cavalry Saber:  Overall VG cond.  Blade marked with full Ames firm marking as well as US  ADK  186?.  Has full leather and twisted wire grip.  Blade is nice showing expected wear.  Priced friendly at $325.00 SOLD

(If you want a scabbard for this I think I have ONE loose one which I can sell for an additional $325.)

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12-01-46 - Civil War cap box with a Putnam’s patent poncho button attached to the front:
I have no idea why our soldier attached a poncho hook button to the front of his cap box, but he did and this is just the way it was found. This is a very early war cap box with a one-piece front, but with the belt loops only stitched on the reverse, not riveted as well. Unmarked, with light finish loss overall, but still solid, with the fastening strap intact, the inner flap and ears in place. No fleece or pick. The soldier purchased a patented poncho button, apparently did not want to lose his investment, and looped it through the cover of the cap box. These buttons were patented in 1862 by Abel Putnam and made with a long spring shank and were designed to go through the grommets on issue rubber blankets so the sides could be connect­ed and the whole thing worn as a poncho in rainy weather. The Putnam buttons alone sell for $85 to $125 depending on whose pricing them. Here is a neat “as found” set priced at $120.00 SOLD

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