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12-04-01 - Regulation Union Army Infantry Bugle: This is the real-deal. The regulation Yankee bugle. Body is copper, reinforced bell garland and bands are brass. Virtually free from dents and having a top notch delicate age patina, this bugle is a very solid representative example. The condition is excellent. When found this had been turned into an early style electric table lamp and the “artist” drilled a couple holes in the tubing to run his wire. When the next collector rescued it he had the little holes expertly closed so that you have to look VERY closely to find the little repairs. Here is an opportunity to purchase an absolutely genuine Civil War regulation bugle in top notch condition for a price that will not break the bank. $1,975.00 SOLD

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12-04-02 - Left Handed Flintlock Fowler: Here is something you don’t see every day. An original flintlock fowling piece made for a south-paw. The finely made flintlock lock is inset into the left side of the stock. The weapon is overall very good condition with rich age patina on the walnut stock and brown steel barrel. Absolutely beautiful. Bore appears to be about 12 gauge. Butt plate, trigger guard, and ramrod thimbles are brass. Rod is aged hickory and ultra attractive. Trigger guard plate has classic English pineapple motif finial. No maker’s marks visible. Nose cap is an interesting period replacement made of animal horn. The lock is secured by a single lock screw. A very handsome antique weapon appropriate to display with English Gentleman’s effects or American Frontier items. Circa 1835. $1,650.00

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12-04-03 - 1855 Springfield Pistol Carbine: Just like the one the soldier is carrying in the illustration above. Almost obsolete at the time they came into production, numerous thousands were issued to Federal cavalry regiments usually with the detachable shoulder stocks. This specimen is just the gun, no shoulder stock present. Condition is “very good” being 100% complete and mechanically perfect. Lock is marked US Springfield 1856. The eagle is still 50% visible on the primer door. Hammer screw appears to be a good replacement. The barrel is marked VP eagle’s head 1855. Rear sights are in place and complete. Soldier’s initials are carved into left side of the stock. A very striking antique firearm. Very large and imposing, and has always been on the scarce and desirable side. Nice example… $2,250.00 SOLD

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12-04-04 - Giant Horse Pistol: I suppose this monster is technically an American Kentucky pistol. The lock is most interesting with federal eagle behind the hammer and “PHILAD’A” in front of the hammer. 10.5 inch barrel is roughly .75 caliber. Very solid. Stocked in American Walnut with brass trigger guard and inlaid band mid stock. Has a couple charred areas behind the lock. Will cock and hold when you hold the trigger forward. Lock secured with a single lock screw with a brass escutcheon on the left side of the stock. An interesting militia pistol circa 1840. Heavy, substantial, and very affordable. $535.00 SOLD

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12-04-05 - Bacon & Co. Single Shot Single Action belt pistol: circa 1852. A very scarce early pistol this specimen bearing batch or serial number 39 on the underside the barrel. Full firm markings crisply legible on the left upper section of the barrel. 5 inch barrel is roughly .36 caliber. Mechanically perfect. Nipple battered. The trigger guard was removed “way back when”. A great early sidearm from the frontier days and perfect for a Civil War display as well. $250.00 SOLD

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12-04-06 - Bacon & Co. Underhammer Pistol: One of the more interesting looking early pistols we have for sale this week. Hammer and trigger are on the underside. Barrel is deeply marked with full firm name. Has 4 inch barrel in .34 caliber. Quite scarce with only 500 produced. This one bears number 96 on the underside of the barrel. Mechanically perfect. Needs a nipple. Priced well under “book value”… $325.00 SOLD

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12-04-07 - Van Wart & Son Marked Pistol: One of My Favorite Pieces: I was tickled to death when I found this saw handle gem at a recent show. An absolutely stunning nine inch saw handle percussion single shot pistol with half round half octagon barrel, English walnut stock, and silver – German Silver mounts and frame. The left side of the silver frame is marked “Van Wart Son & Co. London.” This is the same company who placed their names on the thousands of Confederate buttons that came through the blockade. The silver top strap is profusely engraved as are the side plates. Very attractive on all fronts. Condition is about fine. And really interesting with the Southern connection… I would not be surprised if this came through the blockade along with a shipment of rebel buttons and accoutrements. One of my favorite pistols… $1,650.00

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12-04-08 - Model 1826 US Navy Flintlock Pistol: This gun has an 8 5/8” barrel, secured with a single barrel band. Caliber .54 and it is estimated that only 3,000 of these were made. The gun has a front sight mounted onto the barrel, and the rear sight is oval shaped and integrated with the tang. The lock is marked “U.S. / S. NORTH” and behind the hammer is the date “1828”. Opposite the lock, is the original steel belt hook to allow the gun to be attached to a belt. A partial cartouche is visible. The barrel is stamped “US/AH/P”. There is a very minor crack in the stock (left side) about 1 inch long, mentioned only for accuracy’s sake. This was the last model of martial pistol made by Simeon North. These are scarce in general and extremely rare in original flint. I have examined this flintlock carefully. There is no visual indication of alteration or reconversion on the barrel. The touch hole is small and perfectly centered. There is no sign of welding of a closed bolster or nipple hole. The brass pan does show evidence of being repaired or replaced with a replaced screw clearly evident. This can be seen only when the lock is removed from the gun and viewed from the back. All other lock parts appear untouched. The lines and color are very appealing, the rarity is high, the price very realistic... $3250.00 SOLD

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12-04-09 - A. Waters US Model 1836 Conversion Pistol: The last flintlock pistol made by the US govt and this one is a cone-in-barrel conversion to percussion. This is appropriate for display with US and Confederate soldier effects from the early days of the Civil War, or with Mexican War era weapons as well. Lock date 1839, also has full A. Waters firm marking. This gun has 2 nice cartouches, is 100% original including original rammer. The gun is overall VG condition …one tiny crack near escutcheon on back side of stock… all original and complete and mechanically perfect. Very handsome $800.00 SOLD

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12-04-10 - Very Scarce 10 Shot English Made Pinfire Revolver: About 95% of these we find are French or Belgian. This odd duck is English made… 4.75 inch barrel… small bore of roughly 30 caliber, 10 shot fluted cylinder, folding spur hammer,… all original and complete and functions perfectly. A neat high volume shooting iron from the mid 1800s. Totally unmarked except for some English proofs and the number 57. $775.00 SOLD

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12-04-11 - Bacon Mfg Co Single Shot Pistol: Made early to mid 1860s. 1 of 2400 made. 32 caliber rimfire. This is the Variant Small Frame with the 4” barrel. Serial number is 1347 and can be seen on the bottom of the barrel as well as the pivot screw. Very good condition....$395.00 SOLD

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12-04-12 - Hopkins & Allen Pocket Revolver Model 1871: (XL No. 4) 2 1/2” Octagon barrel. Spur trigger and birds head grips. 38 caliber. 100% complete and mechanically perfect.... Fine+ condition. These generally turn up with nickel finish, this one with blue and case color is damn scarce. A perfect Wild West gamblers gun. $795 SOLD

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12-04-13 - Civil War Production Smith and Wesson No. 2 Army Revolver: 5 inch Barrel is marked “ SMITH & WESSON. SPRINGFIELD, MASS.” Cylinder is marked “APRIL 3 1855, JULY 5 1859, DEC 18, 1860” 32 rimfire caliber... Se­rial Number 25618. 100% Complete and mechanically perfect. Overall VG condition showing a good bit of wear but no abuse. 100% original and complete. Mechanically perfect. Has scarce 5 inch barrel. $650.00 SOLD

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12-04-14 - Extra Fine Moore 7 Shooter Revolver: This is a 7 shot revolver with a 6 inch octagonal barrel in 32 rimfire caliber. These were made in the early 1860’s and I have owned numerous examples inscribed to Civil War officers. They were very popular before manufacturing stopped due to the Rollin White patent infringement suit won by Smith & Wesson against numerous firearm companies. The silver plated brass frame is beautifully hand engraved with scrollwork and retains about 30% of the silver plate. The cylinder and barrel retain large amounts of the original factory blue finish. The barrel is marked “D. MOORE. PATENT. SEPT, 18. 1860.” and serial number is 3372. A very fine example. $1,295.00 SOLD

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12-04-15 - Plant’s Mfg. Co Front-Loading Army Revolver 3rd Model: About 10,000 produced... 6-shot, 42 caliber cup-primed cartridge. Barrel is marked “Plant’s Mfg Co New Haven CT.” on the top of the 5.5” octagonal barrel. “New Haven” is slightly worn. Serial number 4637 can be seen on the bottom of the butt and the cylinder is marked “Patented July 12, 1859 and July 21, 1863”. It is overall Very Good condition being 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect...$1195.00 SOLD

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12-04-16 - Standard Issue .58 Caliber Springfield Musket Bayonet: This bayonet fits the 1855, 1861, 1863, and 1864 Springfields and is the standard issue CW bayonet. Overall VG condition just showing expected handling wear. $155.00 SOLD And another... see below...

 

12-04-17 - Standard Issue .58 Caliber Springfield Musket Bayonet: This bayonet fits the 1855, 1861, 1863, and 1864 Springfields and is the standard issue CW bayonet. Overall VG condition just showing expected handling wear. $155.00 SOLD

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12-04-18 - Wonderful Tagged Spoons! Pair of Spoons used by artillery soldier in Nims Battery - Original tag reads “Spoon found on shore after the explosion of a Mortar Schooner opposite Vicksburg and carried afterwards by Comrade Sherman of Nims Battery”. Researching the owner was rather easy. He is Charles F. Sherman of the famed 2nd Mass. Battery… aka Nim’s Battery. They saw hot action in the Department of the Gulf, including 17 killed and wounded at Sabine Cross Roads. I suppose the second spoon may also have been tagged at one time, but when I found these there were two spoons and one tag. The battery was at Vicksburg from June 20th 1863 until July 26th, and it was certainly during this period that the battery men scavenged the silverware from the exploded schooner. Very interesting to find tagged historical eating utensils. $350.00 SOLD

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12-04-19 - 38 Letters of John B Howard 24th Iowa / Died in 1863: A fine lot of pen and ink letters nearly all four pages in length. There are a few letters from Sept 1862 with good details about Camp Strong in Muscatine, Iowa. Very interesting insight into the early days of the war. He says on Sept 9th that he hopes to see a thousand rebels fall and then a hundred times that number, and that he wants to see one fall by the bullet that fits only in his gun. Tall talk for a volunteer eh? Then the letters move into the field. By October he is in Arkansas and meets up with some veterans who relate to him how they burned the houses of the rebs and what he has in store for himself. Most of his letters talk of putting down the rebellion and killing rebs. He describes the Fort and artillery at work in Arkansas during October. By November they are building another fort, eating too many hard crackers, and struggling for better provisions. On November 8th he is in a battle and writes… “… the first of our pickets was driven in by 500 rebels and they run right into the 29th Wisc… then they was driven back with a loss of fourteen men and one colonel… it was quite a fight, it lasted about half an hour we could see the bayonets of our men shine through the timber… and the firing was one volley after another for some time… it seemed to stop for a while then it commenced again… shot after shot til it ended…” A darn fine battle letter. By December he is wanting to hang all southerners from trees. Says he will bayonet the first man he sees that raises a rebel flag. The balance of December is Picket duty and anti rebel commentary and views about Lincoln. By January 1863 he is still in Arkansas doing Pickett duty. By mid month he is on the boat Adelia with 15000 other troops on various transports and landed to shell a town… but the rebels had all fled the town of St. Charles… By the end of the month they are back in Helena. By late April he writes from Carthage Louisiana with good combat reports saying he believes they are going up to Vicksburg as he can hear the big guns constantly and says of our Gunboats… Death to the Rebels. Tells of a new General named Prentice who is setting all the negroes to work. On June 13th he is writing on captured ledger paper. Quite good content about rebel deserters. Lying one mile from the rebel lines and go out to the rifle pits every two days “to give them the best we have in the lead line… we are a hard set of boys … if a rebel shows himself we pop him over and laugh at the idea of seeing him tumble …” Apparently Karma caught up with old John as he died of disease a few weeks later in June 1863. One heck of a nice lot of “on the spot” Civil War soldier letters with loads of good content. 38 letters… most vg+, a few have separations at the folds. All are legible. No envelopes. Priced well below “book value”… twenty five dollars each equals $950.00 SOLD

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12-04-20 - Colt Navy Revolver and Holster/Belt: A very handsome and solidly representative example of the Civil War Model 1851 Navy. 100% original, 100% complete, mechanically perfect. All matched serial numbers 105004 including the wedge. A couple nicks on the bottom of the butt... otherwise VG. Has nice medium tan age patina and sharp edges. Large trigger guard... no capping groove so this is the slightly earlier model. A tight solid cavalryman’s weapon appropriate to display with Union or Confederate effects....
Belt is complete with oval buckle and holster! Buckle has arrow hooks. Belt in VG condition. Great to display together!

$1975.00 SOLD

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12-04-21 - Pennsylvania Soldier’s Early War Stud Back US Buckle on Inscribed Belt: This belt has the rare stud back buckle indicating early war and the PA soldier inscribed the inside of the belt with his name and unit. Our boy is Edward Noonan... Enlisted on September 26, 1863 as a Private. He was mustered into D Co. PA 104th Infantry and transferred to Navy on June 27 1864. VG condition... Neat with inscription… $495.00 SOLD

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12-04-22 - Regulation US Model 1858 Canteen with Full Cover: Overall fine+ condition standard issue Civil War Yankee canteen with nearly all the original brown wool cover intact. Small three inch separation along one edge. All three strap brackets are in place. A few dents and dings from war time service… solid and attractive… priced well below my competition… $195.00 SOLD

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12-04-23 - Superb Near Mint Union Army Officer’s Gilt Embroidered Hardee Hat Side Eagle: This is the device used to secure the brim of the officer’s hat upright on one side. Measures three inches tall. Superb condition overall. Back has both attaching loops, the interior tin stiffener, and the polished cotton covering. A superb example. These have always been scarce even when I began collecting decades ago. They are even scarcer now… and here is a top drawer example.... $695.00 SOLD

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12-04-24 - Wonderful 27th Conn. Veteran’s 2nd Corps Badge Identification Pin: Wonderful piece of military insignia circa 1880 being a two piece German Silver Second corps clover badge inscribed “Co. I 27th Conn. Vol. Inf. / Edw. P. Adams”. Our hero hailed from Wethersfield, served his full term of duty and was captured at Chancellorsville, then was paroled. The 27th took severe casualties at Chancellorsville with 19 killed or wounded and 274 captured. At Gettysburg they had 36 killed or wounded and at Fredericksburg 109 killed or wounded. This is a top notch veteran’s inscribed 2nd Corps Badge measuring roughly 2 inches long … Priced friendly at $325.00 SOLD

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12-04-25 - Original Civil War Tenth Corps Badge: One of the few surviving surplus 10th corps badges that were so plentiful in the 1950s and 1960s. It has the red felt insert indicating 1st division. The corps distinguished itself in the Carolinas and Florida at such battles as James Island, Morris Island, Fort Wagner and Olustee. This is one of the few Civil War corps badges that actually did survive the war in some large surplus quantity. The real deal in excellent condition. $350.00 SOLD

 

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