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12-12-01 - Historic Inscribed Sword of Colonel & Bvt. Brigadier General - John Elmer Mulford 3rd New York… Plus Another! This wonderful foot officer’s sword bears a wonderfully mysterious inscription. It is beautifully engraved… “Presented To / Capt (name intentionally removed) / Co. K 3rd Regt. N.Y. Volunteers / by his friends S&R / July 5th 1861”. This research task was fun and rewarding. We easily find this officer on the Civil War data page. He is John Elmer Mulford. 32 years old. Enlisted on 4/25/1861 at Albany, NY as a Captain. On 5/14/1861 he was commissioned into "K" Co. NY 3rd Infantry. Promotions: * Major 6/10/1863 * Brig-General 7/4/1864 by Brevet * Lt Colonel 12/4/1864 * Colonel 4/9/1865. Intra Regimental Company Transfers: * 6/10/1863 from company K to Field & Staff. Born 2/26/1829 in Lawrenceville, PA. died 10/18/1908 in Montour Falls, NY. Now comes the interesting part. Due to the fact that the inscription has the name removed but the Company and Unit designations are intact, we can logically surmise that Mulford gave the sword to his successor when he was promoted to the staff and field in 1863. And we can further surmise that the new owner didn’t want the old C.O.’s name on his sword. Checking the records further we find that the next commander of Co. K was Hiram L. Couch who was promoted in 1863 and was severely wounded at Drewry’s Bluff having his left arm amputated! From The Albany Evening Journal Newspaper for May 21 1864 we find the following report regarding the 3rd New York’s experiences in the field... “Since our arrival here, we have seen a good share of fighting, having been engaged in three brushes in five days—on the 12th, 14th and 16th inst. We sustained a loss in the regiment during the engagements of fifty wounded, five killed and seven missing. But two officers were hit. Colonel Floyd, hit in the left leg, below the knee, fracturing the bone slightly. He will not have to lose the leg, but will not be able to assume command of his regiment for a long time. Captain H.L. Couch was shot in the left arm, during a charge, and the arm was amputated above the elbow. We had but about two hundred and eighty-five men in the regiment when we left camp. We carried everything before us, until the morning of the 16th when the enemy, under cover of a dense fog, flanked the right of our line, getting in the rear of Heckman's Brigade, of the Eighteenth Corps, and desperate fighting ensued along our whole line… The enemy had been heavily reinforced during Sunday and Sunday night, and bore down upon us in overwhelming numbers. Our right was broken, a great portion of Heckman's Brigade taken prisoners, and the line on the right began to waver. Our regiment was then ordered to move forward, and to the right, forming line, right resting on an angle of earthwork, and left against some old log barracks, there to rally the troops that had broken, and were retreating in confusion. We had but just commenced such operations, when General Turner ordered us to charge across the open field and regain the works that our retreating forces had just abandoned, and which was then occupied by a regiment six hundred strong of the enemy, as admitted by prisoners taken. With cheer after cheer, the regiment moved forward, and soon gained the line, under a murderous fire of musketry and artillery, driving the enemy and capturing a number of prisoners.” (End of Newspaper account). In addition Captain Couch’s picture is also found on the data page and I have pasted it above. A very fine example of the standard Ames M1850 Foot Officer’s Sword. Two expert repairs were done to breaks in the scabbard, otherwise extra fine. This sword has about as much history as any weapon I have offered…. $3,995.00

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12-12-02 - Superb Example of Regulation Forage Cap aka “Bummer’s Cap”: …Totally original and complete with full lining, complete sweat band, both side buttons, chinstrap, and original visor. The cap is a very attractive, deep sea blue in color and excellent condition overall. This pattern with the smaller crown is the most sought of all the enlisted caps. Rakish in appearance... a superb display item... and 100% original and complete except for the paper label which is missing. One of the nicest I have found in recent years. $2,950.00 SOLD

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12-12-03 - Scarce 1855 Rifleman’s Cap Box: This has the two-piece cover that uses a full outer flap and separately attached latch tab secured by a single line of stitching. These are generally recognized as the early-war and pre-war versions of the percussion cap box. What sets this box well apart of standard cap boxes is the height of the belt loops. These loops are extra tall for the purpose of allowing use with the ultra wide 1855 rifleman’s belts. The 1855 rifleman’s waistbelt was 2.2 to 2.4 inches wide and the loops on this cap box are intended for that belt. Both loops and latch tab have lightly incised border lines. The latch tab has three small stitches in it repairing a small tear, otherwise very solid and even has some of the wool lining still present. No markings visible, which is correct for an early arsenal produced piece. The 9th and 10th US Infantry were rifle-armed regiments and saw service in the west in the 1850s. This would be the type of cap box required for their belts. You will look long and hard to find another. $350.00

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12-12-04 - Michigan Soldier Spoon: Something For My Collection! I just got this neat inscribed Spoon carried by a 5th Michigan soldier. If you have Michigan items for sale or trade, let me know!

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12-12-05 - Mexican War Dated US Model 1842 Musket by Springfield: Overall VG condition. Lock marked US Springfield 1847 with eagle. Barrel tang date matches. 18 is crisp 47 is mixed with pitting being close to the nipple. Barrel proof of eagle’s head and VP legible. Stock VG with some burn-out behind the bolster. No cartouche marks visible. Ramrod color and weight lead me to believe it is an older replica. Comes with excellent replica musket sling marked w proper CW style markings. Finding these ’42 model muskets with Mexican War dates is not an easy thing to do. $1,295.00 TS

Bayonet and early style Mex War scabbard for the above gun. Bayonet is 1835-42 style with squared shoulders. No US mark--- has two marks I cannot decipher. $300.00 TS

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12-12-06 - H&P Conversion of M-1816 Wickham Contract Musket For State of New Jersey: This is a type-1 Hewes and Phillips conversion with the replacement breech which has the bolster with a cleanout screw. (The later examples do not have the screw.) Overall VG++ condition. 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. The lock is marked “US M. T. Wickham” forward of the hammer, and “Phila 1827” behind the hammer. Barrel, bands, and ramrod are overall clean steel. The lock retains some smoky case color and has a grey patina. The wood is very good to fine with VG edges and wonderful color. Two inspectors’ cartouches are clearly legible on the stock opposite the lock. Left breech is stamped “NJ” for New Jersey. Rear sight is early style 1855-61 pattern mounted in reverse as is correct for these conversions. 8000 of these type-1 conversions were made, making them a rather scarce Civil War longarm. Most of the type 1 guns went to New Jersey troops. A very appealing early war weapon with strong condition. Comes with a perfect replica brown leather rifle sling. $1,950.00 (ts285)

Bayonet for the above gun. Fine condition bayonet with 1855 style rounded shoulders on the blade and 1816 style socket. A very scarce bayonet these days. Bayonet is fine+ condition with bright steel and clear US stamp on the blade. $195.00 (ts283)

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12-12-07 - 2-Band Enfield Rifle: This is the Enfield we associate with Confederate NCO’s, maybe because of the 20th Century Artwork we saw on the cover of the reprint of Sam Watkins famed book Company Aytch. Overall VG condition. Metal is steel grey, cleaned many years ago. Stock has good edges showing expected wear and handling. All markings are crisp and legible. Mechanically perfect. The lock markings are Tower 1861 and Crown over VR. We generally associate the VR marking with guns seeing service in the British Empire. But there are some well documented examples used during the Civil War and the previous owner states that this rifle surfaced many years ago out of an estate in North Carolina. It has been proudly displayed in his collection room for as long as I can remember with a label he affixed which reads “C.S.A. N.C. Provenance”. It has a replica Confederate canvas rifle sling added for display purposes. $1,595.00 SOLD

Cutlass Bayonet and Scabbard … for the above 2-band Enfield. Excellent condition… truly top notch. Priced well below the bayonet specialists… $975.00

Saber Bayonet for 2-Band Enfield: Excellent condition and complete with scabbard. Once common now quite scarce… $295.00 SOLD

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12-12-08 - “Free Trade and Sailors’ Rights!” Scarce War of 1812 Armory Variant 1808 contract musket by Thomas French of Canton, Mass. This one being one of the 150 contracted for by Massachusetts! When war with Great Britain threatened again after the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair of 1807 the US government passed an act in 1808 to supply muskets for the militia. Contracts for roughly 80,000 guns were given to various makers and about half were fulfilled. One of the most successful contractors was the firm of Thomas French, Ameriah Blake, and Adam Kinsley of Canton, Mass. They supplied muskets, pistols and even naval blunderbusses. Their muskets were patterned on the Harpers Ferry version of the 1795 and the total was some 4,000, supplied in lots from 1809 or so through 1813/1814. This is one from the very small contract with the state of Massachusetts. This is a very nice condition “French style” drum bolster percussion conversion, full-length with very nice wood with a pleasing tone and good looking smooth dull-silvery barrel and mounts. Some scattered light pitting at the breech from firing. Mechanically functional, bayonet lug and ramrod in place. The lock shows one of six variations of markings recorded by Reilly (but missed by Flayderman!)- “Canton” in an arc over “T. French.” The breech of the barrel is nicely marked “M” over “1814” as well as a “P” over a raised “PC” mark in a rectangular cartouche. These marks show ownership by the State of Massachusetts which makes this quite a scarce piece. It is believed only 150 or so are so marked. This style lends itself to easy reconversion, but I would leave it alone. This gun has a great look, great condition, and lets you hold history in hand. The crude percussion conversion hammer is just “folky” enough to lend itself to all kinds of romantic conjecture. A very interesting and scarce early American musket… $1,650.00 (Ts56)

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12-12-09 - US M-1847 Cavalry Musketoon: From the days of Dragoons versus Indians on the Plains- an 1847 Cavalry Musketoon. Brass mounted, percussion arm, .69 caliber, roughly 6,000 made from 1848 to 1859. Gun is all original and complete except the sling-bar and ring on the offside are proper replacements. Correct early rammer is present. Still has the short lug under the muzzle where the ramrod swivel was removed by the army. The so called captive rods caused more problems than they were worth, so they were removed by the 1850s. Later models replaced it with a sleeved chain device. Clear Springfield over 1851 marks at rear of lock plate. Generally smooth metal, mixing gray to plum brown, a little salt and pepper pitting on the plate and bolster, but not bad. Eagle over US forward of the hammer. Barrel markings are not legible. Wood generally very good, some roughness around the lock edge and forward part offside along barrel, small divot behind the nipple, minor one on wrist above rear of lockplate. These percussion musketoons were made to arm the dragoon regiments serving on the western plains in the wake of the Mexican War, saw lots of use, and were pressed into service again in the Civil War. Their simple design and ruggedness gave them an edge over some of the more advanced, but delicate carbine designs. This is a key weapon in a US martial arms collection in general and for a cavalry display especially. $1,595.00 (Ts362) SOLD

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12-12-10 - Possibly Confederate Cut Down 1816 Musket - Musketoon w/ Soldier Carving: A neat old muzzle loader. Attic condition. An 1816 conversion musket that was sawed off just ahead of the middle band… some wood loss under the lock. Otherwise VG condition. The shortening could have been done by the Rebs… Could have been done by a farmer who wanted a shorter gun to shoot deer with… could have been done by a farm boy who got a hack saw for Christmas in 1888. No way of knowing. But it was done during the 1800s. Interesting dyslexic carving on the butt stock… clearly a name… and though at first it baffled me… (initially I thought it was a cipher code) … I stepped back and looked at the entire carving as a unit … and I realized it is simply a poor representation of the name “Elisha ?. Roe” … carved by a very poorly educated person who had difficulty remembering the proper formation of formal letters with serifs. There is one Yankee and one Confederate with the name of Elisha Roe. The Confederate served in the 63rd Virginia and was killed in the war. The Yankee was in the 122nd NYV and survived the war. My honest opinion is that it would be more likely Confederate because of the poor spelling and errors in forming the letters. But to be fair there were some illiterate Yankees too, and there is always the possibility that the name was added by a later owner in the 1800s. In any event a totally interesting old military longarm… Appropriate for display with CS soldier effects and very affordable. No charge for the in depth research into the name. (TS) $425.00 SOLD

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12-12-11 - 1855 Springfield Rifle Musket w/ Matched Dates: A very nice example of the Maynard Tape primer rifle musket, being an 1855 Type-I Springfield. A very solid example. All metal surfaces are nice bright steel. All metal markings vivid and clear. The lock is marked US Springfield, eagle, 1858. The barrel has the matching date of 1858, VP, eagle head… etc. The stock is very attractive and shows signs of light cleaning from many years ago. A very faint remnant of early cartouche between the two lock screws can be discerned. It has the proper long range rear sight and brass nose cap which makes this a First Model 1855. Bore is about new. Very nice looking and better than most we see. This is a nice example of a very desirable and scarce gun… priced realistically at $2,950.00 (ts14) SOLD

Bayonet and scabbard for the above rifle musket in identical condition with nice 7 rivet scabbard. $295.00 (ts283) SOLD

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12-12-12 - Minty 1819 Hall Conversion Rifle by Harpers Ferry with Sling: Near Mint example of the famed Hall breech loading Model 1819. Converted to percussion. Superb condition. Stock is near perfect with razor sharp edges and raised grain. There are just a handful of minor handling dings here and there. The barrel and bands retain 95% vivid arsenal lacquer brown finish. The breech block is marked “J H Hall / H. Ferry / US / 1834” and it retains generous amounts of the original case hardened color. Top notch condition in all respects. Most interesting aspect to this is the original CW rifle sling in fine condition that accompanies this rifle. It did not come with the rifle but was added by the previous collector who found it years ago marked as a “Hall Rifle Sling”. When he asked the seller why he thought the sling was connected to a Hall, the seller showed him a cut-out in the leather. On this sling and obviously from its period of use there is a rectangular cut-out spot which accommodates the lever release catch forward of the trigger on a Hall rifle. No doubt about it, this sling had been used with a Hall. That clinched the sale, and the previous owner added this wonderful Hall-used sling to his superb 1819 rifle. Really cool --- the sling was definitely used with a Hall rifle during the Civil War, and in my opinion has a value of at least three or four hundred dollars. An investment grade example with a very rare sling…. $3400.00

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12-12-13 - Massive Confederate D Guard Knife with History – This is a great CS knife with a sad history. Quoting the description in catalog of The Horse Soldier catalog from whence this came in 1995… “Massive double edge spear point blade measures 15 inches. Heavy iron guard with oval cross guard, walnut grip. Blade is semi-bright with 2 very minor nicks. Actually still holds quite an edge. Guard with slightly darker patina. Classic CS style. Interesting paper sleeve used for mailing the knife through U.S. postal system in 1938. Front side has the following written in ink; “this knife was found on the bank of the Pend Oreille River. A man’s bones and a bear’s bones were found with this knife of ancient origin.’ Reverse side with preprinted label affixed which reads, :From W.W. Fordham, Independence Missouri, Postmaster. This parcel may be opened for postal inspection, 4-10-38.” Paper sleeve fits perfectly over blade and has eyelets for fastening with small string attaching sleeve to guard. No doubt sent through US postal service in this manner. Great example of CS fighting knife.: Now the bad part: The prior owner who had purchased this from the “Horse Soldier” shipped the knife to another dealer for appraisal and the paper sheath was lost. Included here is the picture from the Horse Soldier catalog showing the knife and 1938 note… but that’s all we have. Knife is classic Keenansville Bowie – Cutlass. $4550.00 SOLD

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12-12-14 - Confederate Short Sword or Cutlass - This interesting weapon is unmarked but of typical Confederate construction. Cast brass grip modeled on US Naval Cutlass pattern, fish scales, fastened to the blade in the typical tang through the grip, and peened on top. You can see the three indentations cast into the side of the grip for the brads which would have held the grip on a us product. The slot where the handguard of a US naval cut lass would have attached to the pommel of the grip is neatly plugged with brass. The blade is 21” long, double edged. The guard is cast brass, oval shape, slightly bent down on one side. This is a well made, in very good condition and is of unquestionable Confederate manufacture. We just don’t know for sure who made it. $2,000.00 DH SOLD

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12-12-15 - CDV Mid-chest-up view of a young mustached soldier. Albumen portrait trimmed to an oval and fixed on a CDV card with a pre-printed frame to surround it. Corners slightly rounded for album insertion. Ewing & Co. Cumberland, MD, photographer backmark and tax stamp. Our boy wears a somewhat high-collared military jacket with six brass uniform buttons showing. No further identification seems possible, but he is a nice representative of the thousands who went off to defend the Union and this is a good example of the carte-de-visite format of photography that used a negative to print multiple positive images for a customer. $29.00

12-12-16 - CDV Researchable Regular Army or New Jersey. Another friendly-priced Civil War carte-de-visite. Vignetted waist-up view of a young man wearing a sack coat turned back to show a military vest. Signed in ink across the front: “Truly Yours, / E. V. H. Bowe or E.O.H. Bowe or… Boon or Bone or Bo??? / U.S.A.” S. Stokes, Trenton, NJ photographer backmark and tax stamp. Card trimmed at top and corners rounded for placing in an album. In the Civil War “USA” was the customary abbreviation for “US Army,” meaning the regular army versus the volunteer forces raised by the states. If you have some time on your hands you will undoubtedly be able to uncover this man’s identity. I simply don’t have the time to spend researching all the possible names that might match his stylized autograph. A fun project for you… $35.00

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12-12-17 - Harness Racing 1860’s Style. Nice horizontal outdoor cdv view of a proud horse owner seated on a two-wheel sulky showing off his favorite racer. The reverse has the image of a young man on it, so we can’t tell the location by a backmark, but several large houses are visible in the background. Immediately behind him is either a street or part of race track. There is a vertical crease in the center of the carte, and some dirt along the bottom edge. Another of those outdoor views I like that let you step back in time to mid-nineteenth century America. $45.00

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12-12-18 - CDV Mystery General In New Bern NC: Dashing looking gent wearing a Union Army General’s frock coat. Top two buttons visible as is velvet collar. I do not recognize this man but the back mark shows he had this picture taken in New Bern NC. That should aid you in your research to uncover his identity. Obscure generals are among the most collectible of Civil War CDV photos. $165.00

12-12-19 - CDV General Alexander McDowell McCook: One of the fourteen “Fighting McCooks,” well known members of a large family devoted to the Union. 2/3 standing view in civilian clothes, Anthony backmark. West Point class of 1852, served on the frontier and at the USMA. Colonel of the 1st Ohio at Bull Run, brigadier general in September, 1861, and major general in July, 1862, commanding a brigade in Kentucky and a division in the Army of the Ohio at Nashville, Shiloh, and Corinth. Commanded the 20th Corps at Perryville, Murfreesboro, Tullahoma, and Chickamauga. He was given brevets of brigadier and major general at the end of the war and made lieutenant colonel of the 26th US Infantry. He remained in the army after the war, serving on the frontier and on Sherman’s staff, eventually making colonel, brigadier and then major-general, at which rank he retired in 1895. $79.00

12-12-20 - CDV Photo Col James Fry: He defended Buell at Shiloh. Served as Colonel, Brigadier, and Major General. Nice waist-up seated view, Brady/Anthony backmark showing him in his Colonel’s uniform. Born in Illinois in 1827, Fry was West Point class of 1847 and served in Mexico before being detailed as Adjutant of the USMA from 1854 to 1859. Briefly commanding an artillery battery at the beginning of the war, he was commissioned into the Adjutant General’s Department and acted as chief of staff for both McDowell and Buell. He was one of the champions of Buell’s role in the Battle of Shiloh which Grant and Sherman were very interested in playing down since they did not want to seem rescued by Buell’s timely arrival. Nevertheless, upon creation of the Provost Marshal’s Department Fry was recommended by Grant and made Provost Marshal General. Fry enlisted and was commissioned on 3/16/1861 as Captain and Asst. Adj. Gen. in the US Army Adjutant Gen’l Dept . Discharged for promotion on 11/14/1861, he was commissioned into US Army as Colonel and Asst. Aide-De-Camp and then discharged again for commission and promotion on 3/17/1863 into the US Army Provost Marshal Dept (Colonel and Provost Marshal General,) and on 4/21/1864 for commission into US Army General Staff as Brig. Gen. At the end of the war in March, 1865, he received regular army brevets as Colonel, Brig.-General, and Major General. Fry served in the army until 1881, but continued writing on military subjects after retirement and died in 1894 in Rhode Island. A fine view of a very scarce subject. $225.00

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12-12-21 - Pile of Veteran Related Ribbons --- Mostly Michigan Related --- GAR, Women’s Relief Corps, Sons of Veterans, a rare Saginaw Michigan political / veteran ribbon and badge, Soldiers & Sailors Assoc. etc… All ten for $150.00

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12-12-22 - Civil War Production Smith and Wesson No. 2 Army Revolver: Standard 6 inch Barrel marked “ SMITH & WESSON. SPRINGFIELD, MASS.” Cyl­inder is marked “APRIL 3 1855, JULY 5 1859, DEC 18, 1860” Serial Number 6352 which is very early production. 100% Complete and mechanically perfect. Overall VG condition. 100% original and complete. Mechanically perfect. $695.00 SOLD

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12-12-23 - 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. $325.00 SOLD

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12-12-24 - Civil War Patriotic Playing Cards by the American Card Company: Full deck with eagles, shields, stars and flags as the suits, and the Goddess of Liberty, a Colonel, and a Major for the face cards. This deck even has the lower half of the original cardboard box with an explanation of the suits printed on it. Cards were a favorite pastime in camp and despite some efforts to control gambling games of chance were everywhere, though when going into battle these decks were sometimes jettisoned, lest something happen to the owner and the folks back home receive them in his effects. The deck shows use but not abuse- some wear to the edges, one nick on a face card and the manufacturer’s card with a clipped corner, but the colors are still strong and they would make a great addition to a camp display, a soldier’s or even an officer’s effects. One of the scarcer Civil War treasures… $595.00 SOLD

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12-12-25 - Exceedingly Scarce Joslyn Army Revolver in near fine condition - This is the Standard cavalry model produced by the Joslyn Firearms Company in Stonington, Connecticut. These were manufactured early in the war, circa 1861-1862, with about half produced under US government contract, and the balance state purchased. It is known that Ohio armed the 5th Ohio Cavalry with these elusive sidearms. This is a 44 Cal. 5 shot revolver with an 8 inch octagonal barrel. This example is in near fine condition with generous traces of original blue finish remaining in protected areas. The grips retain their factory checkering in good detail, and the butt has an “H” carved into it. Probably the soldier’s initial. The top of the barrel is stamped “B.F. JOSLYN / PATD MAY 4TH 1858” and the loading lever, butt, and barrel bear serial numbers 909 or 606 depending on how you read the numbers. This is an extremely scarce gun. Many collectors wait years to find one, and they seldom find one this nice. $4,350.00

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12-12-26 - 41 Cal.Butter­field Army Revolver - One of the scarcest and most sought of all Civil War firearms and one of the most unusual looking. A pellet primed revolver made 1861-62. Made on contract for the 5th NY Cavalry. A contract for 2280 Butterfield revolvers was given to Jesse Butterfield of Philadelphia PA in the fall of 1861. Due to a misunderstanding about the contract terms, production was stopped after only 640 (approx.) revolvers were made. The US Govt. did not accept delivery of, nor pay for these revolvers. Some were privately purchased by members of the 5th NY. This one falls in the middle of the production run with its’ match­ing 464 serial numbers including the grips. Gun is VG to near Fine condition and is 100% original and complete with the possible exception of the primer housing. The primer feed device is unquestionably original, but the length of the brass knob that secures the primer is longer than I am accustomed to seeing on a Butterfield. It is the knob directly in front of the trigger guard. It may be a replacement knob, or perhaps a factory variant. I do not know. There is also an old small solder repair on the brass frame immediately to the right of the hammer of absolutely no consequence. The brass frame has a lovely golden bronze patina that is very attractive. The grips are excellent (w/ one repair*) and numbered to match the gun. *There is a tiny chip repaired in the butt of the grip on the front toe of the right side, not affecting the serial number stamped in the wood. The frame has full firm and patent markings. The barrel and cylinder are a very attractive blue-grey patina. This is a top notch specimen of a highly appealing and very scarce Civil War revolver. This is a great gun for any gun collector, cavalry collector, NY historical collector, and anyone of us who appreciate the rare and unusual. This gun walked into a North Carolina gun show and was purchased for a few hundred dollars. The buyer then took it to the Nashville show and sold it for a thousand dollars to a dealer. That dealer sold it to a friend of mine for $1500. My friend sold to me making himself a fair profit and still leaving me room to price this gun over fifteen hundred dollars cheaper than I sold the last one for. I wish we could find such deals every week! Super deal at $3,450.00 SOLD

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12-12-27 - Massachusetts Carried 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 also marked “MS” indicating ownership by the state of Massachusetts. The “MS” mark is quite unusual to find on a flask. Dated 1853. Inspected “ADK”. Perfect to display with a Mississippi Rifle, or all by itself on the den wall. Complete, excellent, and mechanically perfect. Wonderful undisturbed age patina, and a wonderful fair price $425.00 SOLD

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12-12-28 - Extra Fine Patriotic Brass Body US Army Peace Flask: One of the great “finds” a collector can still make… a Peace Flask once disguised as a shotgun flask. When the Civil War ended there were a great many military Powder Flasks in the Peace-Flask designs available in surplus. Some enterprising gun dealers purchased the military flasks as surplus and covered them with leather to sell to sportsmen and hunters for use with shotguns. The leather covered flasks looked just like the quality gentleman’s flasks offered by the English Dealers. The flasks in question were standard issue US Army Peace-Flasks. The dealers simply changed the charging spouts on the military flasks to shotgun style, and then covered the patriotic embossed bodies of the flasks with a finely finished leather. This is exactly what we have here. This flask has an 1853 dated Batty contract top… a shotgun style charger… and a brass body with superb untouched age patina and wonderful patriotic motifs. The previous owner recognized what this was when he found it at a gun show. The seller just thought it was an old shotgun flask. My friend bought the flask and sold it to me. He removed the leather covering and we have kept it with the flask to show the interesting transformation. Fine early flask in excellent condition. Complete except the lever return spring on the charger is either broken or missing. $295.00

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12-12-29 - Regulation War of 1812 Canteen / United States / then State of Massachusetts: The real deal --- A US regulation 1812 wooden “cheesebox” canteen, nicely painted on one side “M S” for Massachusetts State, with the underlaying “US” mark clearly visible. 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”, over the existing “U S” marking. This canteen is overall excellent with all three leather strap guides in place. Excellent original paint and markings. Also has maker’s name “BURR” impressed into one. A true War of 1812 antique… $595.00 SOLD

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12-12-30 - Package – Box Spencer Carbine & Rifle Cartridges: Perfect for display at a fraction the price of a full box of cartridges. Proper for late Civil War and also Custer era display. $135.00

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12-12-31 - Union Army Cavalry Jacket: Just like the good old days… a mint unissued regulation Cavalry Shell Jacket. Superb condition. Full muslin body and sleeve linings. Size number “1” in right sleeve lining. All buttons present… PLUS has original NCO shoulder scales attached to the shoulders. The scales are worth $300 all by themselves. Complete and near perfect. What else can I say… $2,950.00 SOLD

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12-12-32 - Fine Quality Marksman’s Rifle signed WESSON: A classic Sharpshooter’s rifle of the 1845 – 1860 period weighing in at nearly fourteen pounds! Constructed by a true artist with talent. The architecture is classic and the wood to metal, and metal to metal fit is PERFECT. Meticulous detail. Rifle is a little less than .40 caliber with 33 inch barrel. Bore is excellent to mint. False muzzle still present along with ram-rod which is complete with the combination cleaning jag – rammer head. Barrel is nicely signed WESSON --- this being either Edwin or Frank Wesson (likely Edwin), both brothers of Daniel Wesson of Smith & Wesson fame. Edwin was the eldest and taught his brothers the craft of gun making. He died in 1849. All the furniture is German silver … butt plate, patch box, escutcheons, ramrod thimble, nose cap, and trigger guard. The front sight is a hooded cross hair example. The rear sight is a long flat table affair with adjustments for elevation and windage. The trigger is a finely tuned single-set-trigger adjusted for medium touch. The only damage is a small sliver of wood missing from the top edge of the right forearm. A more finely crafted rifle would be hard to find. This is precisely the kind of rifle that the New England Sharpshooters brought with them when they first showed up to enlist with Hiram Berdan and prove their marksmanship abilities to join Berdan’s Sharpshooters. Some of these target guns were actually carried into the field and used as sniper rifles… (see illustration). This is a magnificent antique firearm on many fronts…. A lot of rifle and a mountain of quality for not a lot of money... $2,350.00 SOLD

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12-12-33 - Ultra Rare Pre Custer Massacre Early production M1872 Hoffman Swivel Holster: This is arguably the rarest holster made for the United States Cavalry. The Walker dragoon or mounted rifles holster is rarer but that pre-dates the US Cavalry era. This holster features the extremely rare Hoffman Pattern Swivel Belt Loop and was made at Watervliet Arsenal just after the Civil War during the era of Custer’s western expeditions. All of these holsters were modified at Watervliet. It is believed by the advanced Indian War collectors that less than two dozen survive. These holsters were produced by modifying existing Civil War revolver holsters by removing the standard belt loop, and replacing it with the Hoffman Swivel assembly. The first pattern swivel (as seen on this holster) allowed the holster to swivel a full 360 degrees which proved a major flaw. Many a trooper would find that his revolver had spilled out of its holster when it swiveled upside down during a hard gallop. The holsters were then sent back to the arsenal and modified to prevent the swiveling with the addition of one or two rivets as this holster has. Later swivels were made with a “stop” to still allow swiveling but prevent 360 degree swiveling. Many holsters were made with the wiping rod pocket, riveted to the length of the holster body. Others were also embossed “US” in an oval on the flap. This holster is quite likely one of the very first Hoffman alterations as it was made without the Tileston wiper sleeve and without the US embossing. The sleeve and embossing are known to have been the last alterations made prior to the model 1875. This example is in very good condition. It has an intact latch tab and belt loop. It lacks only the leather plug at the muzzle end of the holster. The finish is overall VG with just expected areas of wear and loss. Belt loop is marked “Watervliet Arsenal” If you are a collector of Wild West, Custer related, or Indian War accoutrements you will look a long time before finding another example of this extremely rare holster. It is the first one I have owned and I’ve been buying this stuff a LONG time. $2,250.00 SOLD

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12-12-34 - Officer’s Epaulets: Very nice representative pair of Civil War line officer’s fringed bullion epaulets as worn on the shoulders of the officer’s frock coats. Some wear to silk padded underside otherwise fine. $195.00 SOLD

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12-12-35 - Near Mint Ames Foot Officer’s Sword: One of the best specimens extant. Darn near new. Regulation M1850 US Foot Officer’s Sword as carried by infantry Lieutenants and Captains in the Union Army. Blade has 99.9% original mint frosty luster with US, eagle, firm name etc… Brass mounted leather scabbard near is likewise near perfect. Totally solid and sound. You would be hard pressed to find a better example and even harder pressed to find one at this price. A truly superb example. Magnificent … $3,850.00 SOLD

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12-12-36 - Confederate Cavalry Saber and Scabbard: A classic Johnny Reb saber. This is an early war first pattern Louis Froelich cavalry saber made at Kenansville, North Carolina. Condition is excellent with full oilskin grip covering and single strand copper wire wrap. Scabbard is a Georgia made product of the Haimann brothers in Columbus, Georgia. Condition is likewise VG with nice uncleaned patina and attractive brass mounts. Scabbard lacks the brass throat, otherwise complete. These southern made sabers have always been scarce and they are not getting any less so. I paid $3500 when a friend from Alabama called me to tell me he found it, and am marking it up just 10% to $3,850.00

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12-12-37 - Union Soldier Veteran’s GAR Sword: Overall VG condition model 1860 staff sword with brass guard cast with intertwined letters GAR as well as an anchor, cannons, and muskets. Blade is etched with US, eagle, and floral sprays. Brass mounted steel scabbard is VG but lacks the throat. Superb blade and fits the scabbard like a finely made sword. A most affordable Civil War related antique American sword. $225.00 SOLD

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12-12-38 - 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… Possibly the best I have owned... $1,450.00 SOLD

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