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13-02-01 - 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.  A very scarce piece.  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.  The rings are period replacements… large and crude.  These southern made sabers have always been scarce and they are not getting any less so.   Priced far below the dealers with shops in battlefield areas.    $3,750.00 SOLD

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13-02-02 - 16th New York Cavalry Saber, Hangers, Tintype, Bust, and Badge:  This neat set starts with a very nice 1860 Light Cavalry Saber made and marked by C. Roby and Company with full inspector’s marks and date stamp of 1865.  Blade is near mint.  Scabbard is VG to fine.  Grip leather is worn. Twisted wire wrap is fine.   A very attractive saber with the super blade.   Next item is a fine to excellent condition buff leather Jeb Stuart saber hanger complete in all respects.  These so-called Jeb Stuart hangers are extremely scarce in harness leather and downright rare in buff leather.  The spring tension brass hanger top is nicely marked “Frankford Arsenal / U.S.”.  Near perfect condition.   Next item is a fine quarter plate tintype showing the trooper who owned this stuff proudly standing in front of a patriotic backdrop with his saber and slouch hat bedecked in brass cavalry insignia including numerals 16 and crossed sabers.  Finally we have a GAR souvenir badge and the remnants of a piece of Civil War statuary --- the head and cap of a soldier.   The only bad news is that I have no idea who the soldier is.   This set originally surfaced twelve or fifteen years ago here in Toledo and I bought it and sold it to an advanced cavalry collector in Dayton, Ohio.   My friend in Dayton decided to thin out his collection in 2008 and I bought a mountain of stuff from him including this saber and related material, which I put back and am now ready to sell.   If we figure the value of the individual artifacts without taking into consideration the historical connection to the 16th NY Cavalry we can easily ascertain that the saber is worth 750 to 800, the hangers are worth 600 to 650, the tintype is worth 450 to 500, and the bust and badge are worth “something”  I will sell the entire set for…   $1,750.00 SOLD

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13-02-03 - Crimean War Period Mid 19th Century European Percussion Horse Pistol:  Neat old gun.  What caught my eye on this one is the hinged nipple protector.  Apparently you can cap this pistol and protect yourself from a premature discharge by lowering the nipple cover.  Ingenious.  Roughly the size of a US Aston or Johnson M1842 pistol but larger bore and heavier overall.  Lock dated 1855 and signed E. Acher.  Several cracks in the stock clearly shown in the photos.  Otherwise fine.  Really an interesting design with the integral nipple protector.  I cannot find any data on maker Acha, but have learned that it may be a Spanish surname, in which case the gun may have been used in the armies of Leopoldo O’Donnell of Spain in fighting against Morocco, Mexico, Vietnam, and Santo Domingo.  All of those campaigns took place shortly after the guns’ date of manufacture.  Or maybe this was used against the Russians in the Crimean War ?   In any event, a neat early horse pistol…   $795.00

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13-02-04 - Rare 1876 Pattern Full Bird Colonel’s Fatigue Blouse:  Incredibly high quality tailoring is the first thing that needs to be pointed out.  Absolutely “the finest” quality  (and so advertised by the tailor himself in one of his ads).   Note the tight hand quilting in the breast lining, and the hand stitching throughout.  Condition is near perfect except for a damaged spot inside the coat in the right shoulder area about the size of a quarter which is not visible unless you open the coat. (See illus.)  Has “B. Turk & Bro. / Burlington Vt.” tailor’s label.  I find that Bennett Turk bought a house in Burlington in 1865 and went into business with his brother under the aforementioned trade style.  They were in business at least up into the 1890s.  In 1895 the city of Burlington paid B. Turk and brother for their services in “repairing uniforms”.  Not sure what kind of uniforms were involved as the tax records do not say.   This coat is constructed of an ultra fine grade midnight blue wool broadcloth.   The pocket linings are brown polished cotton as found in Civil War coats.  The quilted greenish brown cotton/silk blend lining is quilted as finely as any Civil War coat I have ever seen.  Condition is near new.  Each shoulder has a full bird colonel’s shoulder strap with black background indicating “staff officer”.  The shoulder straps are single bullion border examples of the Indian War to Spanish-American War period.  The blouse is regulation 1876 except that it displays a five row trefoil black braid design on each cuff which is a carryover from the 1872 regulations to show rank of colonel.  The buttons are regulation United States Army staff buttons bearing 1870s back marks.  Inked under the tailor’s label is “Col. Cutler”.  When I first saw the name I had a fantasy flash that it was Col. Custer.  Then reality set back in.  I assume Cutler was a Vermont militia officer, or perhaps a Vermont Spanish American War commander.  I will leave that research to you.  It is a top quality example of a very rare piece of uniform cloth.  The shoulder straps alone are worth half the price of admission….   $950.00 SOLD

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13-02-05 - CDV Gen. Rosecrans:  Good Brady/Anthony card of “Old Rosey,” ankles-up view of the general in his brigadier general’s frock coat with his officer’s overcoat partly thrown back over one shoulder to show his general’s star and his right hand tucked Napoleonically into his lapel. West Point class of 1842, he left the army in 1854 and returned at the beginning of the Civil War. Successfully maneuvered Lee out of the future West Virginia, succeeded Pope and was first commander of the Army of the Cumberland.  Repulsed Bragg at Murfreesboro and took Chattanooga before Chickamauga effectively ended his military career. A very interesting general. Years ago I had an outdoor CDV of mounted officer’s on Rosecrans staff.  That card was marvelously inscribed “Rosies Ponies”. (Wish I knew where that photo is now.)  His nickname of “Rosey” was the real deal.  Minor tape stain bottom reverse.  $65.00

13-02-06 - CDV Classic Yankee Armed Infantryman:  This guy was not much for show in his choice of uniform or photographer’s studio.  Bare-headed, he wears a four-button fatigue blouse with his bayoneted rifle at his side, cartridge box sling crosses his chest, his waist belt showing his oval US plate is hitched high up forcing something he stuffed into his blouse pocket way down, creating a very odd bulge. Tip of his bayonet scabbard just visible below his left hand. Very plain backdrop hangs down to the wide-planked bare wood floor of the photographer’s studio or shack. Two minor tape stains reverse with tax stamp. This is the typical Yankee soldier posed with no pretense.  $125.00

13-02-07 - Extremely Scarce Brady CDV of General Alpheus Williams and daughter:  Outstanding period ink inscription on bottom front: “Brig. Genl. A.S. Williams & Daughter / Comdg 1st Div. 12th Corps/ Army of Potomac” and on reverse “Brig. Genl. Williams” in the same hand over a Brady  backmark.  Very nice view of Williams seated at a table with his daughter standing behind him wearing a hat and scarf.  Williams was an underrated general and is rarely found photographically.  Born in Connecticut, he moved to Michigan and was a lawyer, judge, newpaperman and postmaster.  Serving briefly in a Michigan regiment in the Mexican War,  he became brigadier general in 1861 and gained division command in the 12th Corps and 20th Army Corps, and sometimes commanded the corps but was repeatedly superseded by regular army officers.  Saw action at Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Atlanta, the March to the Sea, and campaign of the Carolinas.  Some of his diaries are in The University of Michigan collections, and one is in private hands, though I have forgotten where I saw it.   A real fighting commander, he was given a brevet to Major General after the war. Brady New York card stamp on lower front.  Very rare photograph $350.00 SOLD

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13-02-08 - CDV Photo “General Stone and Daughter” is the period pencil inscription on the reverse of this Anthony/Brady card.  Stone is a rather sad case,  his fall from favor more the result of politics than anything else.  West Point class of 1845, he won two brevets in Mexico before resigning in 1856.  He returned to service in 1861 and commanded the District of Columbia militia, securing the Capital. Appointed Colonel in May and Brigadier soon after, he (undeservedly) bore the brunt of blame for the defeat at Balls Bluff, was arrested and imprisoned for six months. Finally released, he served in the field again under Banks at Port Hudson and the Red River Campaign,  until Stanton managed to maneuver him out of service in 1864.  A nicely posed photo with good tones. Stone looks at the camera with a serious expression,  like he hasn’t been happy with his army experience so far, or he knows what’s coming.  Quite a scarce personality to find in an original photograph, and even more unusual being posed with his young daughter dressed in her finest.  $250.00 SOLD

13-02-09 - Autographed CDV Photo of General Lovell Rousseau:  Fine bust portrait in his major generals uniform nicely signed on the reverse in brown ink. He was appointed colonel of the 5th Kentucky Volunteer Regiment in September 1861 and was soon promoted brigadier general of Volunteers attached to the army of General Ormsby M. Mitchel.  He was again promoted to major general of Volunteers. He served valiantly at the Battles of Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, the Tullahoma Campaign and movements around Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He commanded Nashville from 1863 to 1865 and on Sherman's orders, carried out a very successful raid on the Montgomery and West Point Railroad in July 1864   Rousseau was elected an "Unconditional Unionist" to the United States House of Representatives in 1864, serving from 1865 to 1866.  In June 1866, relations between Rousseau and Iowa congressman Josiah Bushnell Grinnell became tense.    On June 14, 1866, Rousseau approached Grinnell in the east portico of the capitol building after a session of congress. He told Grinnell that he had been waiting for an apology from him for the insults he made about him before the House. Grinnell pretended not to know what Rousseau was talking about, enraging Rousseau who struck him repeatedly with the iron handle of his cane until it broke.  Rousseau was reprimanded for his actions and soon later resigned. He was elected back the same year to fill the vacancy caused by himself and continued to serve until 1867.  He died in New Orleans in 1869.  A scarce autographed photo  $350.00

13-02-10 - CDV Photo of General George B. McClellan and Wife:  A fine portrait of the commander of The Army of the Potomac.  His men loved him, but he was so disrespectful to Lincoln that I wish someone would have shot him.  A fine image of a most historical figure…  $65.00

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13-02-11 - CDV Confederate General Richard Ewell:  Nice CDV bust portrait in uniform (negative retouched). When his home state of Virginia seceded, Ewell resigned his U.S. Army commission on May 7, 1861, to join the Virginia Provisional Army. He was appointed a colonel of cavalry on May 9 and was one of the first senior officers wounded in the war, at a May 31 skirmish at Fairfax Court House.   He was promoted to brigadier general in the Confederate States Army on June 17 and commanded a brigade in the (Confederate) Army of the Potomac at the First Battle of Bull Run.  Hours after the battle, Ewell proposed to President Jefferson Davis that in order for the Confederacy to win the war, the slaves must be freed and join the ranks of the army; he was also willing to lead the blacks into battle. But Davis considered that "impossible" and that topic never came up between him and Ewell again.   He served with Jackson, fought at Winchester and Gettysburg and is one of the more interesting leaders in the Confederate army with no shortage of controversy surrounding his career and run-ins with superiors.  A fine Confederate image.  $75.00

13-02-12 - Ohio Soldier CDV:  Nice seated portrait of Union infantry or heavy artillery soldier wearing his regulation 9-button frock coat.  Image was taken in Norwalk, Ohio… about 60 miles east of where I am now.  Nice  $39.00 SOLD

13-02-13 - Outstanding From-Life CDV Portrait General Sherman:  As fine a photo of “Uncle Billy” as I have ever seen. Has Matthew Brady / Anthony back mark. His praises have been sung by others more qualified to sing them than I.  Suffice it to say William Tecumseh Sherman is one of the greatest fighting generals the US has ever known and one of my favorite personalities of the Civil War.  A bit of obscure trivia regarding Sherman...  In June 2009 Wes Cowan auctioned a MARVELOUS pair of Sherman letters written after the war regarding the destruction of a church in Atlanta by Sherman’s army. The content of the letters was wonderfully enlightening.   Sherman wrote … “…Our destruction of Atlanta was confined to the railroad and the mass of brick stores which were near the depot and had been used for storage & office purposes by the Rebel Army.  I know all the buildings & churches about the Court House were standing when I left.  And I was one of the last to leave the place and at that time the fire had subsided and was only smoldering.  I have a faint idea that there was a small church between the Court House and Depot on the same street where I was quartered that was damaged but not destroyed by the explosion of some shells that were in an old foundry at the end of the street close by the RR track…”  He then asks for more details on the location of the church in question, “...that I may form a judgment how far I was instrumental in its destruction….”  Sherman defends his actions and yet sent a charitable contribution check to help rebuild the church.   That’s one heck of a man.  Great View…. $195.00 SOLD

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13-02-14 - Artillery Officer of the Day:  Full standing view Union line officer with sash draped over his shoulder designating him as “officer of the day”.  Check out the super artillery insignia on his cap.  Ton of photo, very low price…  $65.00

13-02-15 - Fine and Scarce Autographed CDV of Maj. Gen. John A. Dix: His most famous quote … “If anyone attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot.”  There is even a Civil War penny token which utilizes this wonderful quote. Very sharp full-standing Matthew Brady view with Brady’s name in the negative at bottom right (the better to deter pirate copies!)  Signed boldly in his own hand in brown ink on the reverse … “John A. Dix”.  Dix is shown with his hands folded on a beautiful 1832 General Officer’s sword with a knot, swordbelt with NY officer plate, and a major general’s frockcoat with epaulets. Dix had served in the War of 1812, but left the army in 1828 and settled in New York.  He served briefly in the US Senate and after the war a term as Governor of the state.  In 1861 Lincoln made him Major General of Volunteers 5/16/61 and that early date meant he outranked all other volunteer officers.  As Secretary of the Treasury under Buchanan as the Civil War approached he sent his famous message to a Treasury official in New Orleans:  “If anyone attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot.”   A very collectible CW autograph.  Finding autographed generals’ CDVs in the 21st century is getting darn difficult.  $450.00

13-02-16 - Toledo Ohio Officer: I can’t tell you much more about this photo that you can’t see in the illustration. Line officer, photo taken right here in Toledo. Some stains on card. Local regiments he might have served in include--- 14th Ohio, 100th Ohio, and 111th Ohio. $49.00

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13-02-17 - Wonderfully Contrasted Armed CDV Photo of Federal Infantryman: This image pretty much speaks for itself. If you need a photo of a Billy Yank ground pounder --- here is your boy… $135.00 SOLD

13-02-18 - CDV Confederate Engineer Officer:  About as rare a subject as one can imagine.  I don’t recall ever seeing another.  Photo taken in England so I surmise this guy was someone of importance with the Confederate army and government.  Unfortunately I cannot read his signature for the life of me.  The signature appears to read “Hy(?)  Bather(?)  / Engineer Corps / C.S.A.”.   We know for sure this gent is a Johnny Reb Engineer officer in the CSA as that portion of the inscription is very legible.   My research shows that at the end of 1862 Capt. Albert H. Campbell Confederate States Map Bureau sent “an Engineer officer through the blockade to England to buy india ink, watercolors, drawing paper, pens, and pencils.” (Taken from Field Armies & Fortifications In The Civil War: The Eastern Campaigns, 1861-1864 By Earl J. Hess).  Perhaps this is that man.    I will leave the job of researching further and deciphering the name to you.  It will undoubtedly be an interesting project.  If I had the time I would undertake it myself.  Rare as rare gets in terms of photographic subjects.  $650.00 SOLD

13-02-19 - CDV General George Archibald McCall: Has Brady Anthony back mark. George Archibald McCall was born on 16 March 1802 & died on 25 Febuary 1868.  He was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1822. He was assigned to the 1st U.S. Infantry then the 4th U.S. Infantry before serving as aide-de-camp to Gen. Edmund P. Gaines into the beginning of the Second Seminole War. He distinguished himself during the Mexican War under Zachary Taylor, receiving brevet promotions to major for gallantry at Palo Alto and to lieutenant colonel for Resaca de la Palma. He retired with 31 years service as Colonel and Inspector General of the Army in 1853.

At the beginning of the Civil War, McCall helped organize Pennsylvania volunteers as major general of the state militia and was commissioned brigadier general of volunteers in May 1861. He helped organize and led the famous Pennsylvania Reserves Division, which served as the 2nd Division, I Corps, Army of the Potomac, and 3rd Division, V Corps. He was one of the oldest West Point graduates to serve in the war.

McCall served in the Peninsula Campaign and was wounded and captured at Frayser's Farm, Virginia, in June 1862. He was imprisoned in Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. Previous illness was aggravated by his confinement in prison, and after his exchange (for Simon Bolivar Buckner) in August, McCall resigned due to poor health in March 1863. In retirement, McCall farmed in Pennsylvania. He died at his "Belair" estate in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and is buried in Christ Church Cemetery in his native Philadelphia.   $125.00

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13-02-20 - CDV Officer’s or General’s Wife on Horseback with Her Armed Escort:  Strikingly rare subject and incredibly clear and crisp.  Soldier holding bridle is decked out in regulation cavalry or light artillery uniform and accoutrements.  I cannot determine if his hat bears crossed saber insignia or crossed cannon insignia.  The lady is dressed in finery fit for a general’s wife.  It was common practice for officer’s to have their wives come and stay in camp with them, and that is undoubtedly what this photo illustrates.   Really a wonderful Civil War photo.  $350.00

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13-02-21 - Regulation 58 Caliber Bayonet and Scabbard: Standard M1861 bayonet in VG+ condition. This is housed in a fine condition scabbard with ultra desirable brown buff leather frog. The scabbard is worth $250 all by itself. $350.00 SOLD

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13-02-22 - Foot Officer’s Sword of Lieut. Alfred Rice 72nd Ohio:  Our old friend, and lifelong collector, Steve Romanoff of Pittsburgh died a couple years ago and his family sent his collection to Garth’s Auctions in Delaware, Ohio.   It was at that sale I purchased this foot officer’s sword and knot.  Though the owner’s name is not engraved on the sword,  I can attest that the ownership history is correct as Steve knew it.  Steve bought many items from descendants of soldiers over the past fifty years.   He liked historical items and always obtained National Archives records on pieces where he knew the chain of ownership.  The sword is a good solid example of the 1850 Foot Officer’s Sword.  It is housed in its brass mounted steel scabbard.  Sword and scabbard show wear and use, but are solid and whole.  Our Lieutenant Rice served from January 1862 through August 1863.  At the Battle of Shiloh where the 72nd was hotly engaged,  he apparently was affected by the horrors of war in the manifestation of Epileptic attacks following the battle.  He remained in the service through August 1863 and apparently suffered periodic epileptic fits during the entire time.  He was sometimes in the hospital, but mostly reported as Present for duty on his monthly returns.  He was present up through the Vicksburg campaign and then resigned at Vicksburg.   Steve obtained a HUGE archives file on Lieutenant Rice which is included with the sword. A very appealing Civil War sword that still retains the bullion officer’s sword knot tied to the guard.  Signed by maker Clauberg and also famed military outfitters Schuyler Hartley & Graham.   $1,350.00 SOLD

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13-02-23 - North Carolina Confederate Gettysburg Casualty’s Bible:  As historical and visual as any Bible I have owned.  The ink inscription is superb:  “ Walter G. MacCrae  Capt. Co. “C” 7th Regt. N.C. T.  /  Lane’s Brigade / Wilcox’s Division / A.P. Hill’s Corps / ANV / Sept. 1863”.  You couldn’t ask for much more in terms of a soldier inscription.   While with the 7th North Carolina MacCrae was wounded at Chancellorsville,  Wounded at Gettysburg,  POW  Wilderness, VA,  Confined 5/10/1864 Fort Delaware, DE… Promotions: 1st Lieut 3/17/1863 and Capt 9/12/1863.   Bible is a pre war Bible printed in 1858.  Excellent condition showing just expected wear.   $1,050.00 SOLD

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13-02-24 - US Army Regulations Book 1861:  Excellent and solid overall.  Has standard blue cloth binding showing only light handling wear.  Published by Lippincott in Philadelphia in 1862.  Inscribed by owner circa 1864.  I am unable to determine who the owner was.  Embossed with bookseller’s name and legend on fly leaf.  Perfect for display with officer’s effects.  Excellent condition.  $195.00 SOLD

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13-02-25 - Volume 3 of Casey’s Infantry Tactics with Iowa Inscription:  A representative example of the book.  Covers and binding are detached from the interior but are still complete.  Inscribed by someone named Willson or William from Belle Plain Brinton County Iowa.   Volume 3 only.   $80.00 SOLD

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13-02-26 - 1871 Medical Lexicon: A neat old book being instruction on the meaning and proper pronunciation of hundreds of medical words terms and phrases. This was obviously intended for use by physicians and not the general public. An interesting relic of the bygone era… $25.00 SOLD

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13-02-27 - Double Cavity 58 Caliber Minie Ball Bullet Mold:  Great huge solid brass mold with two cavities for .58 caliber minie balls.  Also present is a buck shot cavity that I believe was added later.  58 caliber molds are virtually impossible to find… Extremely scarce.  No markings present on this one so your guess is as good as mine as to who made it and for which side.  Just the mold -  no base insert present.  $550.00 SOLD

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13-02-28 - Two Bullets Collided in Mid-Air: One of the most interesting relics to contemplate… Bullets flying in such incredible quantities that some actually collide with one another. A true hail of bullets. I have only owned three or four collided bullets in 40+ years of collecting. These appear to be an Enfield bullet which has been struck from the rear and side by a small carbine or large bore revolver bullet. The slightly smaller round has a flat base and has penetrated the side and cavity in the larger bullet. They show decades of handling with the lead being rubbed to a smooth texture and the patina on the lead being a deep grey-black. The way these bullets collided in combination with the mixed calibers leads me to believe that both were fired by Confederates with an officer’s revolver bullet striking the Enfield ball while both were en route toward the Yankees. Rare relic… wish I knew what battlefield this came from. $450.00 SOLD

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13-02-29 - Colt Model 1861 Round Barrel Navy Revolver: This is the streamlined “navy” which follows the design of the M1860 Army. Interestingly the M1851 (octagon barrel) and M1861 (round barrel) navy revolvers were produced simultaneously. The improved model did not replace the old model. Much scarcer than the ’51 navy with only 38,843 being produced compared to over 200,000 of the ’51. This example is VG approaching fine condition. 100% original 100% complete mechanically perfect. All serial numbers match 15,858, including the wedge. Of minor interest is that the die striker at the Colt factory first numbered the parts 15758, then went back and re-struck the 7 with the correct 8. All markings are clear and legible. Grips are excellent with 95% original varnish. Cylinder scene is 75% intact and nicely visible. No rust. No pitting. No damage. A darn nice example of the Round Barrel Navy. $2,450.00 SOLD

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13-02-30 - ¼ Plate Tintype Photos Five Pards:  A very appealing image showing five grizzled Yankees.  These guys are likely the big shots in the company.  Standing is the lieutenant or captain.  Seated are two sergeants, and two boys with no rank insignia showing but who may well be the corporals. Image has some soiling and spotting but overall very appealing.  Housed in a full case.   $250.00 SOLD

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13-02-31 - Chickamauga Casualty -Tintype 1st Ohio Infantry Soldier Died of Wounds:  Nice full standing view with a small smudge on the soldier’s mid section.  Note on back reads “Martin Hildebrand / soldier 1865”.  Research was pretty easy here.  Three soldiers with that name served in the Union Army.  One guy was 42 years of age --- clearly not our boy.  Next was a corporal who was discharged in 1862.  Again not our boy.  The last fellow is a “hit”  -- 23 year old private...  Enlisted on 9/20/1861… into Co. “B”  1st Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Severely wounded at Chickamauga with leg amputated.  He died of wounds on 11/2/1863 at Stevenson, AL.  Just the tintype (no case) roughly 3 inches by 2.5 inches.  $395.00

He was listed as: * Wounded 9/19/1863 Chickamauga, GA (Severely wounded in right leg, amputated)

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13-02-32 - Mint Striking Beautiful Pair of Quarter Plate Ambrotypes:  From an ages old New England collection are these mint gems.  Papa is a Union army Major wearing his double breasted frock and he also sports shoulder straps AND epaulets… image is pristine perfect.   Same for Mama decked out in her finest.  Accompanying note reads:  “Father and Mother taken just as the Maj was leaving for war – 1861 – Mother was sad to think he was going away”.  Housed in an equally MINT double thermoplastic case.  My guess is that our major is from Mass or New Hampshire.  True pieces of photographic and case art… and touching with the family note.  Perfect  $575.00

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13-02-33 - Union and Constitution Thermoplastic Image Case: Sixth plate.  Excellent condition showing only the slightest of handling age.  Very graphic.  $225.00 SOLD

13-02-34 - Sixth Plate Thermoplastic Image Case:  Excellent + condition. Perfect for that special sixth plate image needing a good home.  $125.00 SOLD

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13-02-35 - M1859 McClellan Pattern Saddle Bags!:  These will make a great addition to a cavalry display or an officer’s layout.  These bags are complete and in very nice solid condition.  They have all the tie-down straps which are often missing even from good condition examples. These are the regulation issue Union Army cavalry saddle bags.  If you want a set, these are what you need.  $1,450.00 SOLD

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13-02-36 - Confederate Rope Border “CS” Oval Waist Belt Plate & Leather:  The absolute BEST non dug rope border CS enlisted buckle I have ever owned.  Superb in all respects.  All three scrap brass hooks are firmly in place on the back.  This resides on a very eye appealing worn-out  Union soldier’s leather waist belt with a worn out US cap box on the belt.  Displays like a ten thousand dollar rebel  leather set, but only costs the price of the buckle.   If you are looking for a top shelf CS buckle … this is as good as can be had ….  $4,950.00 SOLD

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13-02-37 - Holster for Cowboy Single Action Army Revolver:  Here is a wild west item for you.  This holster started life as a russet brown slim-jim holster for a Colt single action army revolver.  Then some enterprising cowboy altered the holster by adding a flap and closing buckle as well as a large belt loop on the back.  The leather is very supple and pliable.  It has a heck of a look and displays great with a worn out old 7 ½ inch single action.  $325.00 SOLD

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13-02-38 - Regulation Union Army Staff Officer’s Hat Wreath:  One of the scarcer pieces of bullion embroidered insignia from the Civil War is this US Staff wreath.  This one is medium large size, just under three inches across.  Front has standard wreath with Olde English “US” inside the wreath.  Back is a “raw back” with exposed threads.  Back also shows where it was glued to a display board at one time.  Darn rare piece of insignia.  $395.00

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13-02-39 - E.C. Middleton Chromograph of Lincoln circa 1864:  The Middleton company of Cincinnati produced a variety of these oil paint lithos of various Civil War and historical figures.  This example of Lincoln is one of the most sought.  Elijah C. Middleton  established his engraving firm in Cincinnati in the  mid-nineteenth-century with his partner, W.R. Wallace.   Shortly after Hines Strobridge joined Middleton and Wallace in partnership, Middleton struck out on his own in 1861 as a "Portrait Publisher," advertising his own gallery of printed portraits made with "warranted oil-colors."  His finely-rendered portrait of George Washington became an early icon in the world of chromolithography.   Desiring an accurate representation of Abraham Lincoln,  Middleton actually solicited the President's advice, sending a proof copy of the print and receiving in return a letter from Lincoln with both compliment and critique.  The resulting portrait is the only instance in which Lincoln is known to have advised the artist for one of his portraits. The Lincoln print was popular enough that it was reissued by Thomas Bising and Herman Gerlach when they took over Middleton's firm around 1867.  This is an early Middleton portrait of Lincoln produced during Lincoln’s lifetime. Outside of gesso frame measures roughly 23 inches top to bottom.  Some of the gesso has chipped off the frame.   $450.00 SOLD

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13-02-40 - Late 19th or Early 20th Century Cast Iron Mechanical Shooting target:   Really an appealing gun and shooting related antique.  Measures about a foot wide and is constructed of cast iron.  The target was to be mounted on upright poles.  The mechanics of the device required that the shooter first dispatch both ducks on the top row which would cause them to disappear down and out of sight.  Then the shooter had to strike the smaller hanging target which would reset the ducks upright again so the game could continue.  This was accomplished with a series of springs and levers on the back of the device.   Marked on the reverse in several places is a “CH” emblem.  Beautiful brown iron patina and showing the innumerable tiny bumps from hundreds of “.22 shorts” bumping off the iron over many years.  This came out of rural southern Michigan.   $250.00 SOLD

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13-02-41 - Model 1863 Sharps Rifle:  One of the truly iconic weapons of the Civil War.  Made famous by Berdan’s Sharpshooters and Pennsylvania Bucktails, every collector wants at least one of Christian Sharps’ rifles.  This one is VG approaching fine condition.  100% original 100% complete* and mechanically perfect.   All metal surfaces exhibit a beautiful plum brown patina and have crisp legible markings.  The walnut stocks are beautiful with the look of a fine piece of hand rubbed furniture.  Two inspectors’ cartouches are faintly visible at the left wrist of the butt stock.  Bore is excellent.  SN c34024.  *The only defect whatsoever is  the right side of the rear sight elevator bar is broken and gone and has been since the gun’s period of use.  You don’t notice it until you raise the sight.  Insignificant.  You can replace the part easy enough.  I just think it is better to keep the sight on it that has always been there.  A much better than average Sharps and very handsome.   $2,950.00 SOLD

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13-02-42 - Scarce Model 1859 Sharps Rifle w/ Saber Bayonet Lug:  All Sharps infantry rifles are desirable, but the ‘59s with bayonet lugs are REALLY desirable.  One of the truly iconic weapons of the Civil War.  Made famous by Berdan’s Sharpshooters and Pennsylvania Bucktails, every collector wants at least one of Christian Sharps’ rifles.  This one is VG approaching fine condition.  100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect.   All metal surfaces exhibit a beautiful plum brown patina and have crisp legible markings.  The walnut stocks are beautiful with the look of a fine piece of hand rubbed furniture.  Bore is excellent.  SN 40411 indicates production in late 1861 or early 1862.   A solid, handsome, and honest example of the early war Sharps rifle. $3,650.00 SOLD

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13-02-43 - Sharps Four Barrel Pepperbox: 22 caliber, overall VG, mechanically perfect. Some pitting on right side of the barrels, otherwise fine. I’ll let the pictures tell the rest. $485.00 SOLD

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13-02-44 - Wonderful Mexican War US Navy Officer’s Group including his sword, daguerreotype, and portrait with the very sword! Fresh from the family! This super group also has his hat band, portraits of his ship and even a handbill for its launching, all preserved and documented by his son and passed down to his great-grandson.

Burritt Shepard was a member of an old and well connected family. I was fortunate to have a colleague contact me when he found this archive in a Virginia antique shop. We bought it instantly. Shepard enlisted in the navy and became a Midshipman 1 Feb. 1826; made Passed Midshipman 28 April 1832; and Lieutenant 8 March 1837; he resigned 22 June 1849. During his service he was on board the USS Lexington in the Mediterranean as a Midshipman and his journal from 1827-30 is preserved in Rutgers University library. In the early 1840s he was assigned to the newly launched USS Raritan and acted as Executive Officer during that ship’s participation in the blockade and landings on the Mexican coast during the war. He resigned in 1849 and raised a family. His grandson retained these mementos of his service and passed them on to the great grandson about 1920.

The object of greatest interest will be Shepard’s model 1841 US Navy Officer’s Sword. Regarded by many as the most beautiful of US regulation swords, this example has loads of original gilt on the hilt, still has its scabbard in very good condition, and bears a dead-real commemorative inscription on the inboard folding guard reading:

Lieutenant Burritt Shepard

U.S. Navy

Midshipman, 1826 Lieutenant, 1837

Resigned 1849

Executive Officer

Frigate “Raritan”

In Mexican War

When found there was a break and slight loss in the scabbard just above the drag. I had this professionally restored using a two inch section of identical original scabbard material. The repair is virtually undetectable.

Also present in this lot is a wonderful large portrait of Shepard in uniform holding this very sword!

Sword: The eagle head pommel, backstrap, and knucklebow retains loads of the original gilding, as do the acorn shaped quillons and the outboard fold down guard with the leaf and acorn design. The bone grip shows a bit of age shrinkage from the backstap and a longitudinal crack on either side near the bottom edge, but is solid. The half-blued blade is flat backed (these were produced both quill back and flat back) with much of the original blue which shows off the beautiful gilt floral designs: blade is etched with fouled anchor, circle of stars oak leaves and acorns. The blue has shaded into a charcoal tone where the maker’s name is dry etched at the ricasso: On the other side the blue is vivid, with some brown spots showing through.

The scabbard is excellent with the repair mentioned above. Lots of gilt remaining on the mounts: the upper mount with decorated stud as well as carrying ring, floral decorations and a circle of stars, fouled anchor on the middle mount with carrying ring, and drag bears leaves and acorns.

The sword is clearly shown in the uniformed portrait of Shepard. The large portrait is a delicate pastel work showing Shepard standing ¾ length, knees up, with this very sword clearly shown. The frame measures 31” x 28”. Typical 1840 hair style and big flowing necktie. Posed in his short blue cutaway double-breasted jacket with brass buttons on the front and horizontally across the cuff, with correct single epaulet of a Lieutenant, all proper for the undress uniform of 1841. He has white gloves, one off and held at his side while the other hand is gloved and resting on the pommel of this sword. The oak frame on this appears to date circa 1890. There is a very cool eagle on globe fixed to the top center of the frame. This looks dynamite displayed with the sword! Present is a fine sixth plate daguerreotype of Shepard that seems to have been taken about the same time as the original photo on which the portrait was based. The hairstyle looks the same and he wears the same outlandish bowtie. His coat seems also to be an undress jacket, though the end of the necktie flares out so that it not possible to see if he is wearing the epaulet. The Shepard family also preserved for us the 1841 regulation bullion band from his undress hat with a very nice, clear, period brown ink note pinned to it reading: “Cap–band belonging to Burritt Shepard – U.S.N. 1826 to 1849.”

Two images of the USS Raritan were also kept with the group. The first is a copy photo made by a Somerville, NJ, photographer of a lithograph made soon after the launching of the ship, showing it under sail and giving its date of launch, tonnage, armament, etc. This was inscribed by Burritt Shepard’s son when he passed the material to his grandson: “Presented by Robert Fitch Shepard to his grandson Robert Fitch Shepard Whitely, whose great grandfather, Lieutenant Burritt Shepard, U.S. Navy, was Executive office of the Raritan in the War with Mexico.”

Another copy of the same image was also framed together with a Victorian photographic copy of an earlier handbill advertising an excursion aboard the steamboat Trenton to witness the launch of the Frigate Raritan the next day. It gives times of departure, etc., and notes that they will take up a “favorable position near the Navy Yard, to afford to those on board a full view of the Launch.”

The USS Raritan was launched until 1843, one of the last sailing frigates of the US Navy. In 1844-45 the ship was in the South Atlantic, and then made part of the Home Squadron. Based in Florida, the ship helped blockade the Mexican coast and participate in landings at Point Isabel, Veracruz, Tuxpan, and Tabasco. The ship then returned to the Norfolk Navy Yard and was laid up briefly. After Shepard’s departure the ship was in the West Indies and eventually the Pacific. Having returned to Norfolk and being again laid up, the ship was destroyed at the beginning of the Civil War when Union forces had to evacuate Norfolk in 1861.

This is an outstanding American family archive, to have it is to be part of American history. I am proud to offer it, and you would be proud to have it on the wall…. $8,900.00

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