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13-01-01 - Classic Johnny Reb Double Barrel Sawed Off Shotgun: From an old friend’s collection comes this saddle gun that originally surfaced in North Carolina. Gun is a Wm. Moore & Co. English 12 gauge percussion shotgun. Barrel marked London Fine Twist. What makes this scattergun so wonderful is that the barrels have been sawed off to 18 inches in length and a saddle ring was affixed to the trigger guard! The saddle ring is really cool… crudely forged steel ring that is attached around the rear section of the trigger guard. And nothing screams Confederate horseman better than a sawed off shotgun. Nipples are battered. Right hammer is finicky when cocking. Otherwise VG and solid. Uncleaned and honest. Attractive age patina overall. A classic southern troopers close quarters weapon. $650.00 SOLD

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13-01-02 - Standard Issue Union Infantry Bayonet & Scabbard: A very fine example of the regulation M-1861 .58 caliber socket bayonet in its’ original eight rivet harness leather scabbard. Still has clear “A.D. Laidley US ORD Sub Inspector” inspector’s cartouche on the belt frog. Also has faint maker’s stamp on the back of the frog… I cannot make it out. Great example and a must for a display of a musket or soldier’s effects. $350.00 SOLD

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13-01-03 - Confederate Adams Conversion of Belgian Copy 1819 Pistol: Subject of some debate in recent years is this Belgian copy of the US 1819 Pistol. The question is whether the guns saw service during the Civil War. The “experts” are leaning in the direction of affirmative despite Flayderman’s comment that no US association is known. Of some note here is the American (or English) owner’s name stamped into the stock on this specimen. At face value that pretty much answers the question. Of further note and importance is that this pistol apparently has been converted to percussion lock by Adams of Richmond, Virginia. See Murphy’s book on Confederate carbines and muskets for examples of the Adams conversions. This pistol appears to have the Adams hammer, and the Adams style percussion bolster. The inside of the lock bears a number 17 as does the barrel… also indicative of the Richmond alteration. The only other marking I see is the Belgian ELG cartouche at the left breech of the barrel. This gun is attic-found condition. Good to VG condition. Overall brown age patina. Some wood loss at bottom front of lock area. Left side of stock is stamped twice with owner’s name “J.S. Nicholson”… this executed by a stamping die of the mid 19th century period. If we research this name on the Civil War data page we find nearly two hundred Union soldiers named J. Nicholson and one Yankee with the middle initial S. This man served in the 6th NJV. And on the Confederate side we find numerous J. Nicholsons but only one J.S. Nicholson --- he being a member of Co “B” 1st CS Trans-Mississippi Cavalry. This would be a most plausible owner of such a pistol. At any rate, a very interesting and likely CSA conversion pistol with great appeal. $1,750.00 SOLD

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13-01-04 - Texas Ordinance Enfield Rifle Musket? Not offered for sale here, but shown in hopes someone might be able to shed some light on the markings. This standard P53 Civil War Enfield Rifle Musket bears two stampings in the stock that are intriguing as can be and are markings I have never encountered previously. In fact when I asked some other dealers I found that no one had seen this stamping previously… not my friend Tim Prince at College Hill Arsenal, not Cliff Sophia at CS Arms, nor Doug Heiser in Florida, nor any other well versed collectors and dealers I consulted. Behind the trigger guard tang on the bottom edge of the stock is stamped twice --- a five pointed star over “T.O.” I have tried to illustrate the marking photographically here so please view the pictures carefully. What we do know at this time is that a six pointed star with the letter “L” marked behind the trigger guard tang is the marking of Confederate Louisiana usage. And since the markings on Enfields all seem to have some rhyme and reason to the location and meaning --- It didn’t take me long to wonder if a 5-pointed star and the letters T.O. might not refer to the Texas Ordnance Department. I don’t know the answer. If you can shed any light please let me know. THANKS!

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13-01-05 - A Twice-wounded Confederate General’s Blockade-Run Pocket Bible- belonging to, signed by, and carried in the war by General George Doherty Johnston of Alabama, “a skillful commander & most gallant officer,” who served at Bull Run and then in every battle of the Army of Tennessee from Shiloh to Bentonville! Very nice condition pocket sized brown leather bound bible printed in 1862 at the Oxford University Press “For the British and Foreign Bible Society,” which could only have been imported at that date through the blockade. On the front flyleaf is a dead-real period pencil autograph signature, “GD Johnston / Army of Tenessee.” This signature is an unquestionable match for wartime autograph signatures on vouchers preserved in his compiled service records. Below the signature and army assignment also in pencil is, “Testament carried during the Confederate war.” On the rear flyleaf he has recorded a passage regarding the love of husband and wife, and facing that the birthdates of his children up to 1863. Johnston, born in North Carolina in 1832, moved at an early age to Alabama. He attended Howard College, got a law degree at Cumberland University, and returned to Alabama to set up practice at Marion, where he was elected Mayor and also state representative. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the 4th Alabama Infantry, with whom he served at Bull Run in Bernard Bee’s hard-fought brigade. In January, 1862, he was commissioned Major of the 25th Alabama. At Shiloh Johnston commanded the regiment after the Colonel was wounded and he was mentioned him in the brigade official report for his “coolness and bearing under the hottest fire.” While on the field he personally presented one of three flags captured by the regiment to General Hardee and was promoted Lt. Colonel April 15, 1862 by the order of Gen. Bragg. At Murfreesboro on Dec. 31, 1862 he was slightly wounded by a shell fragment in the thigh. On September 14, 1863, he was commissioned Colonel of the regiment, which he led at Chickamauga. In June, 1864, Johnston was recommended by his division commander, General Hindman, for promotion to Brigadier General over the heads of two more senior colonels to take over Deas’ brigade. Promoted on July 26, 1864, Johnston was wounded in the leg just two days later at the Battle of Ezra Church in the Atlanta campaign while leading the brigade in a charge. He quickly returned to field service, however, and was on crutches in the Franklin-Nashville when he took command of Quarles’ brigade after that general was wounded at the Battle of Franklin. He commanded that brigade in the Carolinas and at Bentonville led it in a charge that overran two field pieces. He then briefly commanded Walthall’s division just before the surrender of the army, but rather than surrender with it, tried to reach Confederate forces still in the field in the west under Gen. Richard Taylor. Brigadier General Edmund Pettus had supported his promotion to Brigadier, mentioning his reputation as “a skillful commander & a most gallant officer.” After the war Johnston continued to practice law and was the Superintendent of Cadets at the University of Alabama and then at the Citadel in Charleston from 1885-1890. He later served as state senator and he died in 1910 in Tuscaloosa. This is a seldom-offered chance to acquire a real piece associated with a fighting Confederate general and carried by him in the field. Front and back boards are original, spine has been professionally restored. Tight, sound, and rich with Southern history. $1,150.00 SOLD

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13-01-06 - Ohio Brothers Carved Smoking Pipe and Ohio Medal by Tiffany. Fresh into my shop last week are these two neat Ohio items. From the Gibson family we have an Ohio veterans medal for soldier J Gibson 80th Ohio. This is just the bottom planchet, no ribbon or top bar. The pipe is from a brother or other family member and bears the raised carved initials T.G. Noting the initials on the pipe are T.G. – noting the family surname is Gibson - noting the state is Ohio --- and noting that the only branch of service insignia carved on the pipe is artillery crossed cannons --- I can extrapolate that a likely possible owner is Thomas Gibson 3rd Ohio Battery. He is the only artilleryman from Ohio named T. Gibson. If you do a deeper research and determine that Thomas is indeed the brother of the 80th OVI man, that will lock it down as tight as can be… but I’m leaving that job for you. Super folk art pipe and Tiffany signed medal … both for … $1,450.00 SOLD

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13-01-07 - A Touch of Home: Sixth plate tintype of Federal cavalryman draped in a homemade shawl and cradling his heavy cavalry saber in his lap. Certainly sent to him by his mother or wife or sister… he is proud to display it in the superb tintype photo. Though considered feminine in this modern era, the use of shawls by men in the “olden days” was common. A shawl was a welcome commodity during cold weather. Near mint condition, superb clarity and contrast, housed in a full case. $475.00 SOLD

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13-01-08 - Ames Artillery Short Sword in French Scabbard: Very fine example of the US Heavy Artillery Short Sword dated 1855 and bearing clear Ames firm markings, inspectors’ marks, etc… It is housed in a French made scabbard which is kind of “poetic” since Ames copied virtually all of France’s swords to produce patterns for the United States. I am not sure if the marriage of sword to scabbard took place in 1860 or 1960 but the scabbard has been with the sword for a good long while. Fine to excellent condition. Sword is a bit snug in the scabbard. $650.00 SOLD

PS I have three other short swords including one with the US scabbard and also a mint sword bearing the rarest date found on these … 1862. Feel free to call for details and prices.

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13-01-09 - Van Wart & Son Signed English Percussion Belt Pistol: Circa 1850 .44 caliber percussion pistol with 5.5 inch barrel and back action lock. Most interesting is the lock marking of Van Wart which is a British firm with strong connections to the Confederacy. Many Confederate buttons bear their firm marking. There is some pitting on the lock which obscures part of the firm name but it is still visible. Barrel marked “London”. Overall VG condition. Small crack on left side of stock opposite the lock. Silver mountings. Hinged cap compartment in bottom of the butt cap. Perfect to display with Gold Rush items, Southern gentleman’s effects, or Confederate officer’s effects. $695.00 SOLD

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13-01-10 - Excellent condition Uhlinger Pocket Revolver, six-shot .32 caliber rimfire, standard 4.5 inch barrel: Very typical of the close quarters defense revolvers carried in the Civil War as well as travelers, gamblers, and the like. Uhlinger made about 10,000 revolvers in three basic types. Since he was infringing on Rollin White’s patent, owned by Smith & Wesson, he left about half his production unmarked except for serial number and marked much of the remainder with one of three trade names to disguise their origin. This one is unmarked. Uhlinger’s production dates from 1861 to 1865 and this pistol, numbered 4496, would be about in the middle. Iron frame with a blued finish now turning a very pleasing plum-brown overall. Barrel has 70% vivid factory blue. Super, super grips, nice finish, no chips or dings, ejecting rod still in place under the barrel, screw heads very nice- unmessed with. Very tight wood to metal fit, just a paper-thin separation line from the backstrap on one side of the bottom from age. The only fault is a missing loading gate on the outboard side of the cylinder. This is a real pleasing collector’s gun and worthy of a good collection. $850.00 SOLD

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13-01-11 - Port Hudson Yankee’s Dog Tag: Standard pattern - Eagle - War of 1861 - identification disc in excellent ++ condition retaining much gilt and all the die-struck detail. Filled out for David Bickford of the 15th New Hampshire Volunteers. These dog tags were struck by the Scoville Manufacturing Company who also made buttons. The ID discs were sold to soldiers so that they could rest assured their corpse could be identified in the event that they were killed on the field of battle. The 15th NHV regiment saw hard action at Port Hudson, Louisiana. Here is a snippet of their battle reports... January 7, 1863, the regiment was provided with the Enfield rifle,... the regiment was brigaded under Gen. Neal Dow, of Maine, with the 6th Michigan, 128th New York and 26th Connecticut... May 9 the regiment participated in a march to New Orleans... at two o’clock (May 22nd) , with one hundred rounds of ammunition, marched back into the country and into the rear of Port Hudson. ... On Sunday, the 24th, advanced to the enemy’s outer works, and found them abandoned... Upon our band commencing to play, toward evening, the enemy opened on our camp with shells... The Fifteenth Regiment from its last position advanced into the edge of the belt of wood, ...lying between us and the enemy, ... At midnight (26th) Companies A, D, E, and K were advanced to the front and right a sharpshooters... they were within rifle range of the enemy and were hotly engaged until the close of the battle at nightfall of the 27th... Advancing through the woods on the morning of the 27th, ... the enemy’s parapet could be seen across an open field ... the regiment... advanced into the open... the line was dressed and volunteers called for to join the Sixth Michigan and lead the extreme front. ... instead of keeping in the shelter of the woods, it advanced directly across the open field by the right flank in column of fours. During this return, it was subjected to a terrific cannonading of shot and shell. ... From this time on till the surrender, on July 9, the regiment was always at the front and constantly under fire... END OF BATTLE REPORTS. A superb condition and wonderfully historical real Civil War dog tag. Soldier Bickford Enlisted in September 1862 and served his full term (nine months) of service with the regiment through August of 1863. One of the best condition “dog tags” I have owned... $895.00 SOLD

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13-01-12 - Quarter Plate Tintype: As if he were on the company street! Quarter plate tintype, uncased, but with mat, frame and glass, of a Civil War Union officer posed in front of a painted backdrop showing a line of tents running back from the right with a stack of muskets in the background. Three-quarter length, knees-up, standing view, one hand at side, the other apparently part way in his pocket. Turned slightly to the viewer’s right to help with the illusion of the backdrop that he is standing in a camp rather than a photographer’s studio, and rather like he has paused while walking across the campground. He wears a tall forage cap typical of private purchase headgear and a brass-buttoned military vest showing a watchchain beneath an opened sack coat with dark collar and no buttons or insignia visible. Nice wide elbow and a breast pocket on the coat. Possibly a well-heeled enlistedman, but very typical of an officer in “undress” uniform as worn around camp, etc. Sharp focus on face and hand at his side. The camera even captures the texture of the coat: what looks like a velvet collar and a heavy weave to the body, suggesting a fall or winter visit to the photographer. Handsome fellow with a penetrating gaze directly into the camera lens. Scattered freckling to the emulsion overall with some scratches and rubs. One small rust speck to right of subject and line of corrosion at the bottom hem of his coat, but a nice sized shot of a Civil War officer posed in an interesting fashion by the photographer. A great Civil War portrait with lots of “jazz” $195.00

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13-01-13 - Grant’s Aide de Camp --- Two Prominent Members of Grant’s Staff! January, 1862, signed pass from one of Grant’s most trusted staff members, John A. Rawlins, to another: Clark B. Lagow. Both were Illinois boys like Grant and are mentioned numerous times in the Official Records and biographies of Grant.

Rawlins was friends with Grant in Galena, Illinois, at the outbreak of the war and went with him into the army, acting as Grant’s Aide-de-Camp, Adjutant-General and eventual Chief of Staff. Promoted from Captain up to Brigadier General in the regular army, with brevet to Major General, Rawlins served Grant faithfully and effectively, leading Grant to comment that he was the “most nearly indispensable” officer he had, which was pretty high praise from Grant. Upon election as President, Grant even appointed him Secretary of War, but Rawlins died in 1869, only a few months later.

Rawlins signs this pass for Col. Clark B. Lagow, who joined Grant’s staff in August, 1861, as a lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp, coming from the 21st Illinois. Both Rawlins and Lagow are mentioned numerous times in the Official Records, several being in reports by Grant. Lagow even commanded one of the supply fleets to run the batteries at Vicksburg in April, 1863, and was eventually brevetted Brigadier General in March, 1865, for gallant and meritorious service during the war. Like Rawlins, he did not last long in the peacetime world, dying in 1867. It is an amusing coincidence that in connection with stories and accusations of Grant’s drinking during the war, Lagow is often accused of abetting him and Rawlins credited with keeping him on the wagon. Both roles are probably overstated by Grant’s political enemies. The pass is laid out in an old frame along with its original envelope addressed to Lagow:

Head Quarters 13th Army Corps
Department of the Tennessee
Holly Springs, Jany. 5th 1862

Guards, Pickets, and Conductors on all Military Rail Roads in the Department of the Tennessee
Will pass and repass Col. Clark B. Lagow –Aid-de-Camp and Acting Inspector General, U.S. Army at pleasure through lines and over roads, until otherwise ordered from these Head Quarters. All Conductors will pass and repass him free of charge.
By command of Major General U.S. Grant
Jno. S. Rawlins
Asst. Adjt. Genl.

Below this is the original envelope with notation of contents on the top edge:

Free pass. Walk and carry private Baggage.

Col. Clark B. Lagow
A.D.C. & A. Inspector Genl.
Holly Springs, Miss.

The actual text is certainly in the hand of a headquarter’s clerk, but the signature is Rawlins’s own and the document is one Lagow would have taken and kept on him while performing duties assigned him by Grant. This would look phenomenal displayed with photos of the officers involved. $450.00 SOLD

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13-01-14 - Super “Folk-Art” Spanish-War Gauntlet Cuffs: From a trooper in the 8th US Cavalry are these 1898 decorated cuffs which were removed from the body of the gloves. The pictures pretty much tell the story. The outbreak of the Spanish American War found the 8th U.S. Cavalry serving in various areas of Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming. It was then sent to Cuba and spent three years as occupation troops. A very handsome and visually exciting relic display. Comes with a celluloid pin that may be the owner. Neat set.. $275.00 SOLD

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13-01-15 - Near Mint Condition Ames 1843 Pattern U.S. Navy Powder Flask: Dated 1843 - the first year of production. The U.S. Navy contracted with the Ames Company for 2,834 of these flasks in March, 1843, the same time the company was supplying the Navy “Boxlock” Percussion Pistol and the 1841 Pattern Cutlass, and just after that, the Jenks Navy Rifle and Carbine. The weapons are important and scarce; the flasks are even rarer, and this one is a beauty: even and deep untouched patina to the copper body and brass mounts, no dents, seam intact, carrying rings and brackets in place, crisp embossing and inspector marks. Correct non-adjustable spout and thumb release with concealed spring on the brass top with two screws. Clear N.P. Ames to one side of the spout and on the other side the date 1843 over script inspector’s initials “JL,” for Joseph Lanaman. Smaller “RP” inspector mark on the top of the copper body and P stamped on the neck for Robert Paine. The same sets of initials appear on the Ames pistols and Jenks pattern arms. Nice large fouled anchor over U.S.N. embossed on the body. Carrying rings and brackets still in place. No dents. Seam intact. Old inventory number “69” visible on the neck. A wonderful condition, scarce early USN accoutrement necessary to go with that boxlock pistol or Jenks rifle. $1,350.00 SOLD

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13-01-16 - CDV Gen. Innis Newton Palmer: Fine CDV portrait in uniform, taken by O.J. Smith in New Bern North Carolina. Palmer was born in Buffalo, N. Y. March 30, 1824. He graduated the United States military academy in 1846 and served throughout the Mexican war,… wounded at Chapultepec, won brevets of 1st lieutenant and captain for gallantry at Contreras, Churubusco and Chapultepec, and took part in the assault on and capture of the City of Mexico. He served in the 1861 Manassas campaign where he commanded the battalion of United States cavalry at the battle of Bull Run, winning promotion to brevet lieutenant- colonel for gallantry there. He commanded a brigade in the 4th army corps of the Army of the Potomac during the Virginia Peninsular campaign being engaged at Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, and in the Seven Days’ battles. Then commanded the 1st division of the 18th army corps in North Carolina from Jan. to July, 1863, the Department of North Carolina, February to March, the District of Pamlico, the 18th army corps and the defenses of New Berne, N. C., March, 1863, to April, 1864, and then the districts of North Carolina and Beaufort, N. C., successively until June, 1865. He died in Chevy Chase, Md., Sept. 1O, 1900. $175.00 SOLD

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13-01-17 - Original Packs of Civil War Spencer Rifle / Carbine Ammo: Here is the scarce stuff. Original 56/56 rimfire cartridges for the Spencer rifle and carbine and the Joslyn carbine. Much scarcer than the 1865 ammunition we usually see. We are offering here the interior packs of seven cartridges in the unmarked cardboard boxes. Each of these packs would fill the Spencer magazine to capacity. You can see the original large box and label from which these came shown on this page and I will sell this master box with label (empty) for $225.00. GREAT DISPLAY ITEM! Each pack of seven war date cartridges… $165.00 each. SOLD

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13-01-18 - C. Hammond Camp Hatchet: Nice Civil War hatchet head and most desirable bearing the maker’s mark of C. Hammond / Philadelphia. In the Directory of American Military Goods Dealers & Makers Charles Hammond of Philadelphia is listed as maker of Model 1840 cavalry sabers (see Peterson: American Swords ) and is listed in 1861 directories simply as C. Hammond, hatchet maker. In 1862 and 1863 the firm is listed as C. Hammond & Son, mfgrs. of edged tools. Hammond had an Army contract in January 1864 for 5,000 felling axes and another 5,000 hatchets. The Hammond firm staid in business a long time but the marking on this hatchet is the early one. All original and in nice condition. A neat camp item… $165.00 SOLD

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13-01-19 - Original Buff Leather Saber Hanger Straps for Cavalry Saber Belt: Here is something that NEVER turns up, both the long and the short saber hanger straps for the enlisted cavalry saber belt. These buff leather straps came to me hanging on the scabbard of a fine condition cavalry saber. I was astounded that they were present and removed them from the scabbard rings PDQ. We frequently find the buff belts with eagle buckles missing the saber hanger straps. Well here is your opportunity to buy the original straps to restore your belt. Excellent condition. The straps are buttoned together in the photo illustrations shown here. Still pliable… good color… no damage… $650.00

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13-01-20 - Ames Model 1841 US Navy Cutlass: These ’41 pattern naval cutlasses are among the scarcest of US nineteenth century swords to find. This one is overall VG condition and the photos do a good job of showing the condition. One side of blade is marked USN 1843 JCB. The 3 and B are faint. Other side nicely marked N.P. Ames Springfield. Quillon is inspected twice… “WAT” and “NWP”. This is a tight solid specimen with a solid quillon. (This mentioned as most 41 cutlasses have a crack at the base of the quillon.) Super example, (no scabbard). $875.00 SOLD

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13-01-21 - Saber Bayonet for Colt Revolving Rifle: Actually this is the S&K (Schnitzler & Kirschbaum Solingen) saber bayonet which fits a number of Civil War era rifles. But its’ claim to fame is that it usually fits the military style Colt revolving rifle. Overall VG condition. $235.00

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13-01-22 - Saber Bayonet for Colt Alteration of Mississippi Rifle: A very good to fine example of the brass handle saber bayonet for the M1841 US Rifle … aka … Mississippi Rifle with the Colt factory alteration of adding rear sights and bayonet lugs. Good solid example… $325.00

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13-01-23 - World War Two Japanese Machine Gun Cleaning and Repair Kit: I didn’t have a clue what this was when a Michigan man brought it to me at the last Michigan Antique Arms Show. Some quick internet searches and we had it figured out. It is about the size of a common brick but not as tall. Leather body with compartments and pouches inside. Looks like everything is present except a little oil can. There is a brass mallet, steel wrench, cleaning rods, bag of springs, screws, pins, parts, etc… Pretty cool to display with Jap WW-2 stuff. I paid the man $300 and will sell for… $450.00 SOLD

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13-01-24 - Vermont Colonel’s Complete 3 Volume Set of Casey’s Infantry Tactics: Signed by Levi Gleason Kingsley. Kingsley started as a Lieutenant in the First Vermont Volunteers in 1861… served as Major of the 12th Vermont Volunteers in 1863, then Colonel 9th Vermont Militia in 1865. Green cloth bound, blind stamped arms of the US on the covers, titles gilt embossed on the spines along with “By Authority / Aug. 1862” at the top. Numerous illustrations and fold-out plates, all intact and in good condition. This is the pocket sized three volume set comprising the regulation US army drill and tactics during the Civil War. If you want to know how the soldiers were drawn up and maneuvering on the field, this is the place to start. Everything from the School of the Soldier, showing recruits how to stand and march, to company and regimental formations, maneuvers, and firings, up to brigade movements. Every officer was familiar with some aspect of these volumes. Casey had been responsible for bringing newly arrived regiments up to snuff north of the Potomac before sending them into Virginia in 1861. His system of tactics replaced others such as Hardee’s in the U.S. army. This set was owned by Colonel (and later General) Levi Gleason Kingsley of Vermont and is inscribed in ink several times with his name and in one case also his rank: “L.G. Kingsley Col. 9th Militia 1865.” Kingsley, 1832-1915, was a prominent citizen of Rutland, Vt. A railroad station master and owner of a hardware store, in 1858 he joined the Rutland Light Guard, a militia company, was elected second lieutenant in 1859 and held that rank when they enlisted in the First Vermont for three months in 1861 as Company K. He served from 4/26/61 to 8/15/61 primarily at Fortress Monroe and Newport News, Va. In the fall of 1862 the militia company again enlisted, this time in the 12th Vermont for nine months. Kingsley was chosen Captain of the company and then Major of the regiment when it was formally organized, serving from 9/26/62 to 7/14/63. The regiment became part of the Second Vermont Brigade and from Mid-December 1862 until June 1863 did picket and guard duty along the outer Federal lines at Fairfax Courthouse and Station, the Occoquan River, Warrenton Junction, the outer defenses of Washington and the line of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. At these posts they were involved in skirmishes with Stuart’s cavalry and Mosby’s rangers. During the Gettysburg campaign the brigade was part of the First Corps, but on approaching the field the regiment was drawn off to guard the corps supply trains, only two companies and some individuals on detached service actually served on the field. After the battle, on their way home to be mustered out the regiment guarded a large contingent of Confederate prisoners taken during the battle. After returning home, Kingsley was elected Captain of Co. A 9th Vermont Militia and then Colonel of the regiment in 1865. In the 1870s and 1880s he was chosen Quartermaster General of the State of Vermont and elected Brigadier General. He also served as Mayor, State Senator, bank director and trustee and was active in Masonic and G.A.R. affairs. A scarce set of books owned by an officer who saw a lot of Civil War history…. $395.00 SOLD

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13-01-25 - Superb Condition Civil War Rifle Sling: One of the better examples I’ve found in years. I just pulled it off a rifled and sighted M1842 musket that came in the shop this morning and which I will be listing in two weeks. Sling is truly Excellent --- as solid and pliable as I have had in a long long time. Has a faint Philadelphia maker’s cartouche that I believe is Metzger. Has both the standing loop and the sliding keeper… 46 inches overall length. Some wear to the russet finish but SOLID as a silver dollar. The real-deal, a Union army issue musket sling in top notch condition. $375.00 SOLD

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13-01-26 - Historic Double Inscribed 4th Connecticut Vols. M-1862 Colt Police Revolver: Here is one heck of a neat find. A very good condition Colt Police revolver with 4.5 inch barrel and all matched early production serial numbers 2872. Mechanically perfect. 100% original and 100% complete. Professionally engraved on the back strap is the following inscription: “J D P Co. C 4th Reg’t. C.V.” The 4th Regiment CV was re-designated the 1st Regiment CVHA and it is designated both ways in the records. A check of the roster of the 4th / 1st quickly reveals this being Joseph D. Pinkham Co. “C” Residence Stamford CT; Enlisted on 5/23/1861 as a Private. into "C" Co. CT 1st Heavy Artillery

He Re-enlisted on 11/16/1863

He was promoted Corpl 10/10/1863 and demoted to Private 6/29/1864.

He was Mustered Out on 9/25/1865 at Washington, DC

NOW --- looking at the inscription again we see that the inscription was later altered to read “A B S Co. F 4th Regt. CV”. The roster shows these initials belong to Amos B. Simons Co. “F” 4th Connecticut. Amos B. Simons Residence Hartford CT; Enlisted on 5/23/1861 as a Private. On 5/23/1861 he mustered into "F" Co. CT 1st Heavy Artillery He was Mustered Out on 5/22/1864

Promotions: Corpl 4/14/1862

We can only guess at the circumstances that allowed this gun to change owners. One possibility is that the gun was regimental property and transferred possession between NCOs. Or it is possible that Pinkham bought his own revolver and then sold the gun to Simons, or lost it to him in a card game, or who knows. In any event this is a most historic war used Colt carried in the 4th CV – 1st CVHA The data base shows that it was involved in 113 engagements from 1861 to 1865 losing 51 killed or mortally wounded. A very fine war carried Colt….$2,450.00 SOLD

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13-01-27 - High Quality 18th Century Mediterranean Pirate Pistol: Large – roughly 19 inches overall - full stock flintlock pistol. Circa 1750 or earlier. Has beautifully relief carved stock. Nose cap is a wonderful piece of elephant ivory carved with horizontal flutes. The trigger guard and butt cap are deeply chiseled and engraved in the deepest and highest quality. The twelve inch barrel shows worn hand engraved decorations near the breech that were certainly gold inlaid when the gun was new. The lines and form of this marvelous ancient pistol show that it hails from the eastern Mediterranean area into the Islamic regions. It is immeasurably higher quality than the common middle eastern junque we usually see. A truly high quality antique firearm in fine condition, exhibiting top end craftsmanship. $1,950.00

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13-01-28 - De-nazified RAD Buckle, Luftwaffe Belt Buckle, and Panzer Tank Badge: These three pieces were brought into my shop this afternoon as I type this by a lady whose father-in-law brought them back from ww2. When I bought them I knew virtually nothing about them, but thanks to the internet I became an armchair expert in less than ninety minutes. We have here a Luftwaffe belt buckle (most sellers ask $125), a de-nazified RAD buckle (Found one on German War Booty for $95), and a very nice Panzer Tank Badge made by the firm of Assmann with the stylized “A” on the reverse crossed by two horizontal lines. (These tank badges are priced at $250 on most Third Reich pages and one sold at auction for $220 last September through Mohawk.) The buckles have their maker marked and dated leather tabs present. The badge has its original hook and catch. Price for all three pieces well below the big time German dealers… I paid the lady two hundred dollars and I will sell the lot for $325.00 SOLD

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