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13-04-01 - Edwin Harlan cased cdv - He served under Colonel U.S. Grant and was wounded at Chickamauga!

Captain Edwin Harlan, 21st Illinois. Nice 2/3 seated cdv view by Eppert of Terre Haute, Indiana, showing the clean-shaven captain wearing an open officer’s shell jacket with his captain’s bars showing on each shoulder, omitting the bullion border, as many officers did to avoid undue attention from enemy sharpshooters. The card was trimmed slightly by the family to fit the mat and frame of a leatherette photograph case to preserve it. (The case is now scuffed and separated at the hinge.) On the reverse of the card mount is a family identification written on a piece of masking tape: “Capt. Edwin Harlan.” Harlan lived in Marshall, Il, enlisted as a captain on 5/2/1861 and was commissioned 6/28/61 as Captain of Company H, and mustered out on 7/5/64. He then rejoined the army as Captain in the US Volunteers Commissary Dept. on 1//25/65 and served to 10/9/65, earning a brevet to Major on 9/4/65.

The Illinois Adjutant General’s history of the regiment records Harlan as wounded at Chickamauga in 1863. Another claim to fame was that U.S. Grant was his first commanding officer: Grant was appointed to command the regiment as Colonel by the Governor and served until August, 1861, in that capacity. The 21st Illinois served in the Army of the Mississippi and in the Army of the Ohio and the Army of the Cumberland in the 3rd, 14th, 20th, and 4th Army Corps. The regiment suffered heavily at Stones River and Chickamauga, both during Harlan’s service with the unit, and also saw fighting at Kennesaw Mountain, just before he was mustered out. During their entire service they lost in battle 6 officers and 124 enlistedmen killed or mortally wounded, most of them during Harlan’s service.
A fine war time portrait ... $145.00 - SOLD

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13-04-02 - Socket Bayonet / May fit Fayetteville: This is the European made socket bayonet that we frequently find on the Confederate Fayetteville rifles. Unfortunately I do not have a Fayetteville on hand to fit this on to make sure this one has the proper socket size. Inside socket diameter on this is .810”. Lacking the locking ring. In any event ... $125.00 - SOLD

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Rare Joslyn Army Revolver / Rarer Joslyn Holster: Offered separately -

13-04-03A - 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 blue finish, and spots of case color remaining. The grips retain their factory checkering in good detail, and the butt has an “H” carved into it. The top of the barrel is stamped “B.F. JOSLYN / PATD MAY 4TH 1858” and the loading lever and butt are stamped with 9’s and 0’s. This is an extremely scarce gun. Many collectors wait years to find one, and they seldom find one this nice ... $4,250.00 - SOLD

13-04-03B - Holster for Joslyn Army Revolver: When I bought this I didn’t give any thought about what gun this fit. I was buying a collection of accoutrements and assumed it was a commercial holster for a Colt or Remington .44. I put it away for a couple years and just dug it out. Looking at it I noticed the unusual profile and contour. And in checking the fit with Colts and Remingtons I realized the holster was not made for either. So I began testing all the revolvers in the “gun room”… and voila --- it is a Joslyn Army Holster. Condition is very fine with just slight finish loss. Very solid. Incredibly rare holster … $1,450.00 - SOLD

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13-04-04 - Folk Art Decorated WW-2 Navy Ka-Bar Knife: This turned up down near Dayton and changed hands three times when it showed up at the Ohio Gun Collectors Meeting. I think it is truly super. Knife itself is standard issue Navy Ka-Bar. However, the scabbard is a wonderful work of art done by the sailor himself. He put his first name “Bob”, hometown “Dayton”, name of his ship the “LST 140” Landing Ship Transport #140 a tank landing ship. He also wrote down the names of the actions he was in… North Africa, Sicily, Corsica, France, Sardinia, and Italy. We even found a picture of the LST 140 and show it here. It was launched January 1944 and earned two battle stars. Participated in the invasion of Southern France in the Summer of 1944. The knives are easy enough to find … but finding one with a tangible history and folk art sheath --- that’s another story all together ... $365.00 - SOLD

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13-04-05 - Scarce Marked Sickles, St. Louis, made infantry bayonet scabbard with original .58 caliber bayonet. I see Sickles marked belts from time to time and the occasional cap box, but for some reason very few bayonet scabbards. This one is in very nice solid condition with seven rivets characteristic of an early to mid-war product. Very solid bridle leather frog and scabbard with brass tip. Sickles stamp in an oval cartouche, a tad light in the upper arc, but with St. Louis very clear and leaving no doubt as to the maker. The bayonet is bright mixed with gray and some dark spots, but no rust, locking ring present, US stamp at the base of the blade and a “C” on the socket near the mortise. This would either fill out that Sickles made belt set or be a good place to start, by getting the hardest part first. Midwest makers and suppliers are always tough to find and accoutrement collectors seek them out because their products are often early war, produced in smaller numbers, and actively used in the field ... $385.00 - SOLD

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13-04-06 - A cavalry officer with an ironic smile! Nicely posed studio shot of an line officer leaning against a pillar, holding his forage cap in one hand. The cap is nice and floppy, and unfortunately you can’t make out the insignia but the three branches on the guard of the saber at his side and its metal scabbard suggest we are looking at a cavalry officer. His single breasted officer’s coat is open in the middle, showing his shirt, but marks him as a lieutenant or captain even if you can’t quite make out the bars on his shoulder straps. He wears a waistbelt with shoulder support strap, but no sash, just as you would expect to see him in the field. The strongest part of the image is actually his face. How many times have you seen a smile in a Civil War portrait? This guy looks at the camera with a slightly raised eyebrow and a smile that suggests a secret that we will never know. A cut above the usual officer portrait. No backmark or tax stamp. Partial old collector note on reverse saying merely “civil war soldier.” ... $85.00 - SOLD

13-04-07 - Federal Captain from Ohio: Very nice character study of a Federal Captain. Vignetted oval midchest-up view of a bearded and mustachioed officer, hair combed back, partly turned, gazing directly into the camera lens. Very nice tones. Just a small spot to the left of the subject. Pencil photographer’s signature on reverse: “from Evans & Smiths / 124 S. High St.” This is a Columbus, Ohio artist if my memory serves me. A different pair of photographers are listed at the address on a backmarked cdv with a tax stamp, indicating this view predates the Fall of 1864.
A wonderful character study. ... $40.00 - SOLD

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13-04-08 - CDV Vignetted bust view of Gen. McDowell, McLees, Philadelphia backmark. Period pencil id on reverse: “Irvin McDowell Maj. Genl. Vol.” The inscription thus dates to about March, 1862, when he obtained that rank. Famous and controversial, McDowell (West Point 1838) had received a brevet in Mexico, but had little field experience and less inspirational ability when he led the Federal army to defeat at Bull Run in July, 1861. He went back there again as a corps commander under Pope in 1862, and the two of them did no better. Shelved for a while, he was eventually assigned to the Division of the Pacific, which coincidentally was the same pasture Pope was eventually sent out to. Both of them eventually enjoyed promotion by seniority to Major General in the Regular Army, proving that the “old boy network” of the regular army was a force to be reckoned with. ... $85.00

13-04-09 - Scarce Subject / Regular Army Career Soldier! Very early CDV Photo (circa 1859 – 1862) - Casually posed young man in formal dress leaning hat in hand against a photographer’s pillar, with a rather out of context large and ornate Greek pitcher next to him. Period ink signature on reverse: “Compliments of Julius Loman [??] 4th U.S. Arty Band.” (I can’t make out the short word in front of the regimental number.) Reynolds, Bowery, NY backmark. Julius Lohman enlisted in the 4th US Artillery 7/9/59 and served with them until 1862 when he went into the 2nd US Artillery. In both cases he seems to have served in the regimental band. From his pension cards, he was transferred as a private into Co. I of the 2nd US Artillery on 5/10/64 and was discharged 12/21/64. At some point in his military career he made corporal. I also find him serving in the regiment again from 1870 to 1872. The regiments of US artillery served by battery in different theatres of war. While serving in the band, Loman (or Lohman) was probably retained at regimental headquarters in both units. Battery I of the 2nd US Artillery served at Baltimore until May, 1864, when it went into the 22nd Corps and manned the defenses of Washington. The need for troops there as Grant undertook the overland campaign of 1864 probably explains his transfer to an individual battery. Pretty rare to find a photo of a long timer in the US Regulars ... $135.00

 

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13-04-10 - CDV by Army Photographer: Oval cropped bust view of a Federal soldier by A.S. Morse, Department of the Cumberland. A very simple, plain, straightforward view of the typical private soldier, dressed up a bit for the photographer with a dark military vest, wearing a simple four-button fatigue blouse.
Affordable ... $25.00 - SOLD

13-04-11 - Brady CDV Lieutenant Slemmer. ¾ length Brady/Anthony view with Brady’s logo in the negative as well. The rather studious looking officer is posed, arms folded, forage cap in hand. Don’t let the glasses fool you. Slemmer was West Point Class of 1850. In January, 1861, he commanded a small Federal garrison at Fort Barrancas in Pensacola Harbor. When secessionist state forces seized the US Navy Yard there Slemmer moved his command into Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island at the mouth of Pensacola Bay and held it against Confederate demands for surrender and threats of attack until relieved in April. Promoted Major, he served under Buell in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. At Murfreesboro he commanded a composite regiment in the brigade of regulars and was severely wounded and captured. Released, he was promoted Brigadier General. He died in command of Fort Laramie in 1868.

Slemmer’s defiant stand made him a celebrity in the North and by keeping Fort Pickens in Federal hands he helped maintain Union control of the Gulf of Mexico, hence his photograph was greatly sought by Northerners and Mathew Brady filled that demand.
Most historical figure and a fine “from life” Brady view ... $165.00 - SOLD

 

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13-04-12 - CDV Very Scarce, “From Life” Brady/Anthony view of Andrew Johnson of Tennessee. Probably produced for the 1864 campaign, but possibly an 1865 view of him as President. Lincoln’s second-term vice-president earned a reputation for drinking and suffered the ignominy of impeachment, barely escaping conviction. It probably would have taken a stronger man to escape the power struggles in the wake of Lincoln’s assassination. Here he adopts a strong, Napoleonic pose, one hand tucked in breast. This is a good clean view, good sepia tones, just a very light faint foxing spot or two, old pencil id at bottom edge and ink on reverse… “And Johnson.” A key figure in the Civil War and post-war reconstruction, and a very scarce “from-life” CDV photo. ... $250.00

13-04-13 - CDV - Union “Tar” of the Brown Water Navy: Scarce ¾ length seated view of a Yankee sailor-boy resting one arm on the photographer’s chair. Plain backdrop, wearing the characteristic “pancake” naval hat, dark pants, and a dark jumper over his shirt. Taft, Memphis, backmark and cancelled tax stamp. Undoubtedly one of the “brown water” navy, (Mississippi River navy) who fought to cut the Confederacy in two along the Mississippi and were engaged in countless small engagements and fights along the major rivers and tributaries in the western theatre. Images of Yankee sailors are pretty tough to find. Not only was the navy much smaller than the land services, their only chance at getting a photo taken would be shore leave in a larger city.
Out of every 300 military photos encountered you might find one of a Brown Water Navy sailor ... $125.00 - SOLD

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13-04-14 - Freedom! CDV of former Virginia Slave : A formal seated portrait of a well-dressed young black man. ¾ length pose, arm resting on the photographer’s chair. Clinedinst, Staunton, Virginia backmark. Damaged edges from fire, foxing front and back, on the front affecting only the sitter’s elbow and hip. In a contemporary album page to preserve it. No tax stamp. My gut feeling is that we are looking at an image ca.1865 of a man who a few short years previous was a slave in his native state of Virginia. All 1860s images of African Americans are rare and this one particularly so with the southern backmark. Very nice despite the damage. ... $95.00 - SOLD

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13-04-15 - Ohio Soldier CDV --- The illustration tells the story ... $20.

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13-04-16 - Regulation 1858 Pattern US haversack. These were an essential piece of gear for a soldier. A soldier might discard is knapsack with extra clothes but would be hard pressed to ditch his haversack which contained his coffee, food, and tobacco. Haversacks have never been easy for a collector to find- they were too useful after the war for general purposes, and have always been scarce on the collector market. This is the regulation tarred canvas bag with its shoulder strap in place along with the stitched leather fastening tab and roller buckle. Interior buttons for the rice bag are still in place as well. There is the usual wear and some loss of tarred finish on flex points. It shows tons of use but is still intact. The shoulder strap is still attached but shows some stress on one side. The tab holding the buckle shows some restitching and may be replaced. Overall this is an far above average example.

Haversacks were used for the soldier’s rations and essentials. An army travels on its stomach, and veterans were always on the lookout for an unwary new recruit who left his haversack unguarded. One of my favorite anecdotes from the Civil War comes from some veteran light artillerymen in 1864 who told the story of making a point of gathering up haversacks left by the wayside by a new regiment that did not know any better. // In terms of rarity let me compare a CW haversack to a CW knapsack …

I can buy a pile of knapsacks as high as my ceiling for every haversack I can find. Forty years ago we could buy perfect surplus knapsacks for around $6 each. Damaged examples (those with rips in the canvas) were $2.75. There was no limit to the number you could buy. 100, 500, 1000. Bannerman had many thousands of them stacked in a huge mountain. But there were absolutely NO haversacks available in surplus.
Well worn, and an example that actually saw service ... $1,150.00 - SOLD

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13-04-17 - Cartridge Box Flap & Original Plate: This is just the front flap of the cartridge box. Makes for a neat way to display the plate. You can see a name incised in the leather… SHEHEN. There are four Yankees with that surname. Neat relic with perfect box plate ... $225.00 - SOLD

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13-04-18 - Killed in Action New York Soldier’s Cartridge Box: This was brought into my shop today as I type this by a local man, 85 years of age. He told me he began buying guns and militaria when he was 17. He sold me a small pile of Civil War and trapdoor bayonets and scabbards. He also had this cartridge box as well as a Minnesota soldier’s belt, buckle, and bayonet with scabbard which will be listed separately. This box is as follows … Attic condition .58 caliber infantry cartridge box with US oval plate, both tin liners, both bottom roller buckles intact, and the latch tab is torn with the end missing. Inscribed in ink inside the front flap is “C. Gath” or “C. Goth”. Researching all Union army soldiers there are two named C. Goth but neither served in the infantry. The last soldier is Charles Gath, 19 years of age, mustered into Co. “E” 136th New York Infantry September 25th 1862. Killed in Action at Resaca, Georgia May 15th 1864. Quite a nice bit of history to uncover on a freshly surfaced artifact. I bought it fair, discovered the history after I bought it, and will sell it fair at ... $475.00 - SOLD

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13-04-19 - Mexican War U.S. Dragoon Belt Plate with an Untouched Patina. This is the very rare pattern oval US plate worn on the 1840 saber belt of the US dragoons fighting in Mexico in the 1840s and against Indians on the plains in the 1850s. A scarce plate with an even scarcer untouched patina. Where infantry wore the small oval 1839 pattern US plates on narrow belts, the dragoons wore a more substantial belt to carry the weight of the saber and accoutrements. In addition the puppy-paw studs are circular and located on the wearer’s left. The early Civil War stud back buckles have oval puppy-paw studs. Only the Mex-War era plates have these round studs. The 1840 pattern dragoon belt had to fasten “left to right” because the saber was worn on the left and to tighten the belt a belt plate like the later infantry patterns would have had to fasten over the saber slings and drag the saber to the front. A very scarce plate for the plate collector, cavalry and Mexican War collector, and anyone interested in the early military on the frontier. Undisturbed age patina, incredible scarcity ... $375.00 - SOLD

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13-04-20 - Superb Condition Genuine 1861 Springfield Musket with matched 1862 Dates in NRA Fine to Excellent Condition:
This model was made only in 1861 and 1862 at the Springfield Armory. A true Springfield Armory gun from muzzle to butt. This is the standard Union Army infantry weapon of the Civil War. And while the contract M1861 muskets are certainly all desirable, the true Springfield made guns are scarce and the most highly sought. This gun is in top notch condition rating a Fine to Excellent grade. The barrel is marked “1862” and “V / P / Eaglehead” in fine condition overall bright steel. The bore is fine+ with great rifling. Likewise the lock is fine and has crisp stampings of “1862” and “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD” and the classic spread wing eagle. The stock has the two proper Springfield inspector’s cartouches including “ESA” for Erskine S Allin, master armorer S.A. Stock edges are sharp showing only the gentlest handling. 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. Here is one of the best ’61 pattern Springfields on the market. When I found this at the big Baltimore Show last month the seller wanted $3500 for it. He came off just a smidgen and I bought it just because it was so nice. A really special example that would be a centerpiece of any Civil War collection ... $3,750.00 - SOLD

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13-04-21 - 22 Caliber Sharps Pepperbox: Overall VG condition. Barrel retains much blue. This appears to be restored blue. Mechanically perfect. Very handsome. SN 53246. Uncle Norm says model 1-A ... $495.00 - SOLD

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13-04-22 - “Sioux” and “May 1862” are the period inscriptions of this sharp full standing CDV view of a serious young Indian Brave wearing a headband with feathers, his hair in braids, beaded necklaces around his neck and holding a round beaded-edge object in front of him, perhaps a totem of some sort or even a trade mirror. The identification “Sioux” is in period ink. The May 1862 date in period pencil on the reverse dates this image just a few months before the great Sioux uprising in Minnesota in August. This man is young and of fighting age, though whether he took any part in the uprising is uncertain. It might be possible to match him up with one of the captives photographed during their trial after the fighting ended. In any case, this is an extremely nice photograph, nice tones and excellent clarity, a studio shot with a patterned floor, but using a plain backdrop that does not distract from the subject.
The real dea l… a true Sioux Brave in native garb ... $365.00 - SOLD

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13-04-23 - Bright Ames M1860 Light Cavalry Saber. Nice blade, full leather grip and wire, brown scabbard with just a tiny dusting of light standing rust that will come off with #000 steel wool and oil. Very legible marks at the ricasso: “US/JCW/1865” on one side; “Made by / Ames Mfg. Co./Chicopee/ Mass.” in a scroll on the other. Absolutely untouched peening of the tang at the pommel showing this sword has never been apart. Dead real company letter and rack number on the inner face of the guard: “B” over “47” showing this one, despite its good condition, was actually issued and used. These were the sabers issued not only toward the end of the Civil War when the great cavalry raids were taking place, they were also the arms issued just after the war when the regular army brought its old regiments up to strength and added new ones, like Custer’s 7th Cavalry, to serve on the plains. The blade on this shows just some gray area about six inches back from the tip on either side and is a good example of one of these weapons that was actually issued out in a cavalry company carried in the field by a trooper and not just sitting in an arsenal rack ... $695.00 - SOLD

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13-04-24 - Attic Fine Condition Colt “Special Model” .58 Caliber Rifle-Musket. This is a sharp gun with good wood and crisp markings. Colt had an eye for improvement and his “special model” rifle muskets incorporated changes of design that the Federal government ended up adopting for its products and other contracts. Very crisp and legible 1863 date on lock to rear of hammer and Colt markings to the front, all very sharp and legible and a nice clear spread-wing eagle on the bolster above. VP/ eagle proofs on the barrel along with “STEEL” on the left flat and a N.J. stamp both in the metal and in the wood below it on the off-side. The NJ shows us that it was one of New Jersey’s weapons. Very sharp matching 1863 barrel date on the top, and nice inspector cartouches in the wood to the rear of the N.J. stamp. 1862 pattern rear sight showing some color, Colt’s screw-fastened barrel bands and S-shaped beveled hammer. Sling swivels and ramrod in place. Very nice wood overall: sharp edges around the lock and no chips. Metal smooth with nice even delicate surface age patina of grease and nicotine that we like. Excellent mechanics and crisp rifling. This is a collector’s gun- worthy of a good Civil War or US military firearms collection.
Priced well below the Tourist Town dealers ... $2,150.00 - SOLD

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13-04-25 - MEXICAN WAR DATED CUT DOWN 1842 HARPERS FERRY. This gun saw a long life. Clear 1845 date on the rear of the lockplate and an eagle over US forward of the Hammer, other marks long gone. Partially visible VP barrel proof, eagle not visible. Correct buttplate, sideplate, etc. This was taken into civilian use after its retirement from the military. The barrel was reduced slightly and the forestock shortened to lighten it for carrying in the field. Two ramrod thimbles were added for the wood ramrod and some rather nice carving was done at the front of the forestock where the rod enters, forming a nice hand grip. Dark but smooth patina overall from hands running over it for fifty or sixty years of use if not more. Then put up and well stored. Some see just a parts gun, I see a piece carrying its history with it, from the age of Taylor, Scott and Santa Anna, through the Civil War and gradually to us.
An interesting antique gun, and very affordable ... $375.00 - SOLD

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13-04-26 - Saber Bayonet for Colt Revolving Rifle or Brazilian Light Minie Rifle: Here is a scarce darn bayonet. Made by Schnitzler & Kirschbaum of Solingen and signed “S&K”. Overall good to VG condition. Found with both Colt revolving rifles and Brazilian Light Minie rifles
and fits both nicely ... $225.00 - SOLD

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13-04-27 - Ultra High Quality Officer’s Hardee Hat Side Eagle Insignia. Very fine condition tin backed example of the regulation side eagle for the officer’s dress hat- both the official Hardee style with its tall crown and also the various non-regulation patterns such as the “Burnside” pattern. All of these styles followed the same general pattern of carrying the branch of service insignia on the front, a hat cord, a plume, and one side turned up and fastened by one of these eagle insignia that marked its wearer as an officer by being embroidered rather than stamped brass which was the enlistedman’s version. This is a key piece of officer’s uniform apparel appropriate for any branch of service and would look great on a hat or in an insignia display. In addition to its original cloth backing this one even retains the two small loops on the reverse that fastened through the brim and body of the hat.
Much better quality than most we find and now these are darn scarce commodities ... $695.00 - SOLD

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13-04-28 - Extra Fine Condition “PDL” Cavalry Saber personalized by the trooper. Peter D. Lunenschloss was one of the biggest sword makers in the German states to supply American dealers and contractors during the Civil War. All of the Tiffany cavalry saber blades came from PDL, and many of Tiffany’s officer blades were also supplied by PDL. At the beginning of the war our own arms makers could not keep up with the demand for weapons and we turned to German makers to fill the void. With only one or two exceptions the pattern they made was our 1840 Heavy Cavalry - Dragoon Saber, as shown here. It’s heavier blade and sturdier design were a vast improvement on the old 1833 Pattern. Most of our early to mid-war cavalrymen carried some version of this sword. This is an exceptionally nice example that I bought this past weekend. It has fine condition original leather and wire on the grip, nice bright blade with much factory luster, a crisp PDL stamp, no edge nicks, and a nice smooth scabbard, no dings or rust. The blade even shows traces of the original cross polishing at the ricasso. I like this one especially because even though in super condition, it was actually issued and carried. The tip of the guard is pushed slightly forward, as most are, and is hand incised with the soldier’s initials “JWH”. I don’t know who J.W.H. was, but he sure knew how to take care of his saber, as did his descendants.
Top notch condition, one of the best extant ... $675.00 - SOLD

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13-04-29 - Custer Era Model 1872 Brush and Shoe Pouch. This is a cavalry accoutrement rare enough that some collectors don’t recognize it and many dealers call it a dispatch pouch or some nonsense: the 1872 pattern brush and shoe pouch. These were made between 1872 and 1874 and were intended to carry the brush, curry comb, horse shoes and nails on the pommel of the saddle and free up some of the space in the saddle bags for cavalry on long-range expeditions in the west. They were made with two cross straps, one to go over the front of the pommel and the other across the seat. These were issued for a limited period but were a useful item that remained in service and saw a lot of field use: not many survive in any kind of condition. This one shows age and wear but it still solid. The two cross straps are broken, as is common, and could be mended. The bodies of the two pouches, however, and their fastening straps are intact and in solid condition. I have not attempted any repair or treatment of the leather- coming to you just as I got them, fresh off the trooper’s horse ... $100.00 - SOLD

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13-04-30 - Exquisite Quality Infantry Officer’s Embroidered Insignia for the Dress Hat! They literally do not come any better than this! If you want to know what a Civil War officer saw and felt as he opened that box from Schuyler, Hartley and Graham or Horstmann, this is it. Fantastic condition oval velvet backed gilt embroidered infantry horn with wire border and silver embroidered number 2 in the middle indicating the Second Infantry of a state or the US regular army. The horn is that nice fat embroidery we like that denoted a quality product. The interior metal stiffener plate is in place, as is the cloth backing and both loops. As with the eagle side plate offered elsewhere on this list, this is a key piece of insignia and would look fantastic with that uniform or fancy officer’s sword. I can’t think of the last time I had one even coming close to this in terms of rich quality and superb condition ... $775.00

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13-04-31 - Extremely Scarce Medium Size US buckle on a buff belt. Here’s a rare medium size 1839 pattern oval US buckle which is about five hundred times rarer than the so called “full size” buckles. Standard medium pattern with “puppy paw” stud back. These medium sized plates are associated with early war regiments who took the field equipped by their own states (see O’Donnell and Campbell numbers 514 and 516 for example.) This one has a number “5” stamped in the reverse, probably a soldier’s “rack” number, but it could be a unit number too. The belt shows use, but not abuse, and like most buff could still be worn: a few extra holes and the loose end has been rounded off slightly. There is an expert repair where the two halves of the belt have been skived together to repair a break. The early war belts had a standing loop instead of the brass C-clasp retainer. These loops frequently shrank from exposure in the field and then were cut off because the soldier could no longer feed the belt plate through when fastening his waistbelt. Buff is so resilient you don’t have to worry about putting it on a form to display it or adding accoutrements. Take a look on this or one of my other lists for a good early war style cap box and bayonet scabbard and you will have a very nice early war rig. Very scarce buckle in anyone’s book ... $850.00 - SOLD

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13-04-32 - Civil War Government Issue Medicine Tin: Civil War issue medical tin for quinine pills. Rectangular japanned tin container (about four inches tall) with its original paper label still very readable: “Pilulae Quiniae Sulphatis. [ea] containing three grains Sulphate of Quinia. Prepared at the USA Med. Purveying Dept. Astoria, L.I.” This was the regulation style of container that was carried by surgeons and hospital stewards in their field kits and medical panniers. I don’t know how many tin hot-water bottles I have seen over the years where someone has stenciled “quinine” on it- this is the real deal. These tins are usually missing from medical kits, and when they do show up are usually missing the label. This has everything going for it, except perhaps the quinine.
A scarce item for a medical or camp display ... $265.00 - SOLD

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13-04-33 - Enfield Rifle Musket: Pre-War 1859 Dated P-53 Enfield. A very decent gun, in the bright. Sharp barrel and lockplate, maker, proof, and inspector marks: Crown over VR at rear of plate, Enfield under 1859 at front, along with a crown and ordnance arrow just forward of that. Barrel proofs are sharp and the metal is smooth. Long range rear sight in place, brass buttplate and nosecap, the rod, swivels and bands all there and correct. Wood is good with various dings and light scratches but no chipping or cracks. Has a legible round ink stamp on the buttstock that is usually hard to read or gone entirely. The lock plate shows a shadowing of gray, but no pitting. Mechanically perfect with good rifling. A crude nipple protector keeps the hammer from battering the cone. The Enfields were used in huge quantities both North & South. The markings on this gun are British military --- generally thought to have remained in the British service. BUT there are several documented examples of English ordnance guns seeing service in the Confederacy. Nice solid P53 Enfield ... $975.00 - SOLD

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13-04-34 - Scarce S.N. and W.T.C. 1863 contract musket for the state of Massachusetts. Crisp 1864 lockplate date and US under eagle, along with spreadwing eagle on the bolster. Most Federal contract rifle muskets were made on the 1861 pattern. S. Norris and W.T. Clement, however utilized the 1863 pattern for their contract with the state of Massachusetts. Sharp VP and Eagle barrel cartouches and L.F.R. stamp on the left flat. Good double cartouches on the offside wood. Sharp edges to the wood at the lock, correct sight, swivels, ramrod, screw fastened bands without springs, swivels, good bore, mechanics, etc. This even has some small rack numbers in the wood indicating issue to a unit (I see both a “36” and a “10.”) Uncleaned smoky graying patina to the metal. The only fault I see is some careless handling resulting in some chipping to the offside wood opposite the lock not affecting the cartouches. 100% complete 100% original… mechanically perfect… and a gun that you know which state issued it. Very affordable ... $1,250.00 - SOLD

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13-04-35 - Ultra Desirable Harpers Ferry Mississippi Rifle with Long Range Rear Sight: Arguably the most sought of all standard Mississippi rifles are these Harpers Ferry alterations. When first produced the rifles were .54 caliber, had no provision for attaching a bayonet, and had fixed V-notch rear sights. Harpers Ferry upgraded their rifles by boring out to 58 caliber size, adding a high quality long range rear sight, adding a bayonet lug, and changing the ramrod to one with a steel tip. This is precisely that gun. NRA very good to near fine condition. Matched dates of 1852 on lock and barrel. Proper “JLR” inspector’s initials. Super bore. 100% original 100% complete… mechanically perfect. I sold a nearly identical example to a NY dealer last month for this same price ... $4,250.00 - SOLD

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13-04-36 - A Holy Grail Musket -- 1860 DATED HARPERS FERRY 1855 PATTERN RIFLE-MUSKET! I cannot recall the last time I found one of these. Over a decade ago at least, perhaps fifteen years ago. This is one case where the later a gun is dated the more desirable it is,… the harder to find, …. and the better the chance that it is a Confederate captured and carried gun. It was these late-dated 1855 pattern rifle muskets that were still at the Harpers Ferry Armory in Virginia when it was seized by Confederate forces in 1861 and the existing inventory and machinery carted off to arm the south. This is an ultra desirable pattern by any standards. Far rarer than Confederate Richmond muskets, Fayetteville rifles, rarer than Confederate Cook & Brother rifles… just plain RARE. 1855 muskets made at Springfield are very, very desirable … ones made at Harpers Ferry are in a class all by themselves. The 1855 series of arms first employed a uniform caliber, .58, for the short rifle and the longer rifle-musket, and tried the new Maynard primer system. This one is in extraordinarily good condition for a Harpers Ferry. Crisp visible 1860 and U.S. Harpers Ferry marks on the lockplate, good eagle on the primer compartment door, legible VP Eagle barrel proofs and an 1860 barrel date are likewise visible without too much effort. Some corrosion from firing at the breech, and small piece of wood chipped out next to the breech-plug tang. Very legible Harpers Ferry inspector cartouches on the offside wood. Iron patchbox in the butt stock. Someone carved a “BB” on the left side of the stock which rather adds to the southern flavor of the gun. Correct early short range rear sight, flat barrel bands, all springs swivels and rod in place. Characteristic small Harpers Ferry assembly numbers visible on parts. Very Good wood, only expected light wear. There is some roughness to the channel of the clean-out screw on the bolster, just enough to show use, decent nipple not battered down, barrel faded grey, some vise marks toward breech. This musket is 100% Harpers Ferry from muzzle to butt plate. I cannot stress enough how rare finding an unaltered Harpers Ferry patchbox ’55 rifle musket is ... $4,500.00 - SOLD

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12-12-37A - 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. $1,195.00 TS

12-12-37B - 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. $275.00 TS

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