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13-12-01 ... THEY VOLUNTEERED TO REMAIN IN SERVICE DURING THE GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN! 46th MASSACHUSETTS UNIT MARKED MISSISSIPPI RIFLE: Unit marked Mississippi rifles are scarce. Here is one carried by the 46th Massachusetts who were heading home to be mustered out when they heard of Lee’s invasion of Pennsylvania and turned around to face the danger, volunteering to remain in service during the crisis.  This is one of 15,000 Model 1840 rifles made by Robbins and Lawrence between 1848 and 1853. Marked “Robbins/ &/ Lawrence / US” forward of the hammer and “WINDSOR VT. / 1850” at rear of lock, correct “US/J.F.C./P” barrel proofs, light ink inspection cartouches on the left side,  warm brown tone to the wood, mellow but not dark patina to brass, steel and iron a subdued silver with gray and brown mixed in overall but no pitting or rust. This is original .54 caliber, VG bore, with early Civil War type 1 rear sight.  It has a proper replacement ramrod. The forward sling swivel has been removed.  There is slight rounding to wood, minor shrinkage, narrow drying cracks on the offside diagonally behind the band,  one on outboard side running back from tip of lockplate, but all solid.  A few mars present on the breech near the barrel proofs.  Used but not abused. This gun saw service on a number of expeditions in North Carolina and then in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Very clear unit marks stamped on the buttplate tang: “Co. D MASS. 46” near the U.S. and another “46” below.  The 46th Mass Vols. recruited in the Fall of 1862 to serve nine months and shipped out to New Berne, North Carolina,  where they were assigned to Col. H.C. Lee’s Brigade.  They arrived in November and were involved in the Goldsboro expedition a month later, being present at the battles of Kinston, Whitehall, and Goldsboro.  In March, 1863, they took part in the defense of New Berne against the attack of General Pettigrew and from late March until early May six companies, including Company D, were part of the garrison at Plymouth and were on the expedition to Gum Swamp with the rest of the brigade. They were lucky to have escaped serious casualties and when the time arrived for their discharge in June the regiment was on its way home when they heard of Lee’s invasion of Pennsylvania and they volunteered to stay in service until the crisis was past. They were put on patrol and guard duty near Baltimore and then moved over to Harpers Ferry until July 12, when they were placed in the First Army Corps at Funkstown, Maryland, and found themselves facing Lee’s veterans who were dug in with their backs to the wall at Falling Waters. Luckily for those who would have had to make the difficult assault, Lee fell back into Virginia and the regiment was eventually ordered to Massachusetts for muster out.   This is a nice looking Mississippi with some very interesting Civil War history attached to it ... $1,950.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-02 ... Civil War Smith & Wesson Army Revolver with WONDERFUL Holster: During Civil War Smith & Wesson was the only authorized manufacturer of revolvers employing a bored-through cylinder, a feature which was required in order to efficiently use modern cartridge ammunition like we use today.  The 32 caliber No.2 Army is a tip-up, spur trigger, 6 shot revolver. A great many of the orders S&W received during the Civil War came from soldiers and officers. Those looking for dependable protection could do no better than the Number 2 Smith & Wesson which could be loaded quickly with waterproof metallic ammunition and was of a size suitable for the belt or a small holster.  Our specimen here is a solid early production gun bearing serial number 8625.  It is overall VG condition. 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. There is a small chip out of the striking face of the hammer. The steel has good markings and an honest age patina.  Grips are VG to fine. What makes this Smith & Wesson so great is the accompanying full-flap military style holster with large brass closing finial.  The holster is overall VG with good life and finish to the leather. The original wide belt loop on the back apparently failed during the holster’s period of service, and the shootist cut two slits in the back so it could continue in service. This is a solid early example with a world class COOL holster. The gun is worth $700, the holster is worth $350… your price for the set ... $895.00 SOLD

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13-12-03 ... Another good Smith and Wesson No. 2 Army Revolver. Overall plum patina mixed with brown, gray, dark silver and some blue on the receiver. Good rosewood grips with minor dings. Serial number 42566 indicates production circa 1865 while the army was still in the field. Very good barrel address, action good and it closes up tight. A very typical officer’s sidearm, often carried by enlistedmen as well, and popular in the early west also ... $565.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-04 ... Confederate Louisiana 1861 Confederate Enfield Rifle Musket: This musket was shipped to the Confederacy aboard the Fingal in 1861. I found this gun several months ago, and illustrated it on our web page,  asking visitors if they could shed light on the “T.C. star” markings behind the trigger guard tang. I was unfamiliar with them. ;Well, the question has been answered by Capt. Steven W. Knott USN Retired, author of the new reference book The Confederate Enfield. On page 35 he addresses the “T.C. star” marking specifically.  The mark is that of a yet unnamed arms observer working for Louisiana Confederate purchasing agent Frederick W. Tilton.  Tilton purchased 4,500 Enfields and shipped them in separate shipments to the Confederacy in 1861 and 1862.  The first thousand (of which our gun was a part) were shipped on board the Fingal to Savannah arriving Nov. 14th 1861.  This first shipment bore Enfields without inventory numbers engraved on the butt plate tangs, but having the “T.C. Star” markings stamped twice behind the trigger guard tang, which is exactly what our gun is. The next shipment went aboard the  British steamer Southwyck with 3,500 muskets and arrived in Nassau in February 1862, and were shuttled on several blockade runners to southern ports. These guns bore engraved inventory numbers presumably numbered 1 to 3500, and the “T.C. star” mark. One runner did not succeed at Charleston being damaged by Union artillery fire.   The star markings in the wood are found with and without a tiny letter “L” in the middle.  Our gun here does not have the “L”.    Condition is VG++ .  It is 100% original (except for the barrel tang screw which is an old replacement),  100% complete, and mechanically perfect.  It bears the Birmingham barrel proofs of 25* 25* showing that it is .577 caliber.  This is a very solid Confederate musket, and quite interesting with the early 1861 blockade runner history.  I will include a copy of the Louisiana chapter from the Enfield book.  I purchased it for the price of a “plain old Enfield” and consequently can sell it at a darn friendly price.  You will be hard pressed to find another CS Enfield priced at ... $2,950.00 SOLD

13-12-05 ... Very Rare and Very Early Martially Inspected Colt Walker – Colt Dragoon Flask: Referred to as the Walker flask by most collectors and reference books. It was made during the era of the Walker and the Second Contract Dragoon (aka Fluck Dragoon) and the First Model Dragoons. Overall VG to fine condition and nicely martially inspected. Body carries the legend “Colt’s Patent” as part of the embossing in the ribbon at the bottom. The hinged cover on the top is also marked “Colt’s Patent”, and the top bears two sets of US inspector’s initials “WAT” and “K”. A damn rare flask in anyone’s book. A fine condition example of this exact flask sold at Julia’s Auction in 2009 for $6,900.00. It was only marginally nicer than this one. And in 2007 an identical flask to this one brought $5,175.00 also at Julia’s. I wish I could get the prices crazies pay at auction. $2,950.00 SOLD

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13-12-06 ... Highest Quality – Most Attractive Eagle Pommel - Excellent Condition - Non-Regulation Civil War Navy Officer’s Sword: When I saw this sword I had to have it- a very showy non-regulation pattern US Navy officer’s eagle pommel sword and scabbard. This sword preserves the essential elements of the 1841 USN officer’s pattern- particularly the magnificently ferocious eagle’s head pommel and a folding guard on the inboard side. Peterson shows one as Number 139 and dates it circa 1850-65. His was a relic. This one is great! Lots of gilt left on the brass mounts, straight fluted blade showing bright and no nicks, just some age toning as an unpolished silver and some darker spots near the tip. Correct full metal scabbard showing a faded plum brown, carrying rings, and throat notched for the folding guard hinge. No dents or dings. Full white ray or sharkskin grip wrap, a little dirt near pommel, full wire binding in place. Gorgeous acorn finial quillon and long-necked spread-winged eagle perched atop an anchor in the guard amid swirling floral guard branches, curling its neck upward and looking like it wants to burst out of there. All with lots of original gilt. Beautiful eagle with prominent round eyes on the pommel, slight age darkening patina here and there. The sword works as an artistic whole and is quite striking ... in my opinion the BEST eagle pommel one can find on a naval sword. Blade has the long medial ridge running from a short ricasso out to the point, creating a rectangular fuller below the spine on the back edge, as well as a back edge near the spear point tip. A really great piece for the sword collector as well as the Navy enthusiast. It will be a while before another like this turns up. I was visiting an old friend for the purpose of buying some antiques… we had a pretty good pile put together but I wanted this “eagle head” in the pile too. He finally priced it to me at $3000 and I growled at him and said OK. I just had to have it … One heck of a sword … $2,950.00 SOLD

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13-12-07 ... M-1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber: A very nice example in VG+ condition. The only “wart” is the missing throat on the scabbard. The 3-branch guard is excellent with traces of gilt mixed with age patina and grunge. The 35+ inch blade is mostly factory bright with factory cross brushing still present near the ricasso... has some age staining and surface rust that can be easily removed. Leather grip with twisted wire wrap is all original and near perfect. Scabbard is VG+ … overall grey steel with small areas of grunge and rust. Both US and CS troopers carried these wristbreakers early in the Civil War, making this perfect for Union or Confederate display. This is a very solid example and it truly is “a diamond in the rough”.  A little cleaning and replacing of the throat will put this saber into a whole new league ... $495.00 vxcjjpqr 

 

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13-12-08 ... 1860s Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun: An affordable Civil War era gun with much appeal.  Plenty of rebs carried just such guns. 31.5” barrels. Overall VG condition. 100% original except for the right side hammer screw, 100% complete, mechanically perfect. Signed on the locks “Gurd and Son” (English or Canadian made).  Small chip behind left side lock. Nipples battered.  Honest, appealing, and affordable. ... $265.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-09 ... Regulation Civil War Issue Cup: This is it – THE absolute “dead-on” 1860s regulation issue Union Army tin cup.  Holds a quart. Manufactured with heavy wire loops securing the top of the handle to the lip of the cup.  VG condition with one small rust hole in the bottom.  These cost $7 to $10 forty years ago.  We are lucky to find them now ... $265.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-10 ... Plant’s Mfg. Co Pocket Revolver aka Eagle Arms - These diminutive revolvers were produced by the Eagle Manufacturing Company of NY City and are found with various barrel markings.  I have owned dozens of them… and really like them.  This one is marked “Eagle Arms Co. New York” on the top of the octagonal barrel. Serial number #6416.  It is a 30 caliber 5 shot revolver. It is overall Very Good condition being 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. Rosewood grips are fine+.  Hints of silver plate remain in areas. Small enough to fit in a trousers or coat pocket …  many were carried as last-ditch self defense weapons… Slightly larger than a medium-large Derringer ... $495.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-11 ... THE “ELEGANT ELITE:” A PRE-WAR “EXCELSIOR” BELT PLATE WITH EAGLES AND CANNON.; Untouched pre-Civil War militia belt plate, 1830s-1840s, rectangular die-struck plate with lovely deep patina overall,  just some expected brightness from wear on raised surfaces. A spread-winged eagle perches on top of a globe amidst a panoply of flags and cannon in a central panel with an indented corner border and surrounding wreath of leaves, all on a serrated background framed by the edge of the plate. Two tongues are still in place on the raised bar on the reverse to secure a belt. The belt keeper or hasp is still present with this plate. These were often used on very thin, high quality morocco leather belts, that seldom hold up over the years as well as the simpler bridle and buff leather rigs.  The eagle and globe motif and the Excelsior motto clearly point to use by one of the many New York “volunteer” militia companies (as distinct from the general “enrolled” militia) who supplied their own uniforms, and often better quality arms. Early American militia stuff is often of high quality and offers a lot of variety, color, and history with many different patterns of plates, accoutrements and uniforms. I also think they carry a lot of history of the “young Republic” with them.
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13-12-12 ... Rare Medium Size Us Oval Buckle: One of the rarest of Civil War buckles is this stud back US oval which is roughly 75% the size of a standard US buckle. This one is non dug and very fine condition ... just showing expected light handling and wear and one minor dent on the bottom edge. Extremely scarce ... $675.00

 

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13-12-13 ... 1863 Dated Non-commissioned Officer’s Sword by Roby. These regulation issue straight-bladed swords with brass hilts and double-clamshell guards are the 1840 Pattern NCO or noncommissioned officers’ swords, but were in fact carried only by sergeants: five in each infantry company and a few more on the regimental staff. While they could serve as a last ditch weapon, they served largely as a badge of rank,  setting the sergeants apart even more clearly from the privates and corporals. This one is typical of those actually used and then brought home by the veteran.  Blade smooth and brown showing its age, a pretty good lateral bend about two thirds of the way out, visible from above, but not so obvious when hung on the wall. “C. Roby/ Chelmsford, Mass.” stamp on one side of the ricasso, a little light on the left edge, and “U.S. / 1863 /F.S.S.” on the other denoting date of manufacture and inspector. Blade not nicked or chipped. The clamshell guard turned down slightly on both sides, indicating actual issue and use: when straight out the guards tended to dig into the soldier’s side, push the sword out, and stick out from the hip, so they were frequently given a slight bend and we sometimes find the inboard side bent down parallel to the blade. Nice aged patina to the brass with some mottling from portions of the original gilding that was used on the brass.  Not mint by far, but a real “old veteran” that shows honest age ... $245.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-14 ... Colt 1851 Navy Revolver with Matching Serial Numbers. Well worn and used… but solid and affordable.   A good beginning Civil War collector’s gun, representative of the thousands carried by soldiers on both sides.  Serial #152351, indicates it was made in 1863.   A gun with nice proportions, the .36 Caliber “Navy” was extremely popular before the war and well liked by the many Union & Confederate cavalry regiments who had them instead of the bulkier .44 caliber revolvers.  They also found favor among officers who wanted a larger caliber personal sidearm.  But the most enduring image is that of the southern cavalrymen, western troopers, and guerillas, who wanted extra firepower and could not carry enough of these in belt and saddle holsters to satisfy themselves. Many rebs carried four or more!  2 in the belt,  2 in the saddle holsters, and another couple more if you could find space.  This Colt has smooth, even, smokey gray finish overall,  good grips with just a small chip to the forward toe of the butt, good action and legible markings though no cylinder scene visible. Minor dings here and there, but a very clear barrel stamping “Address Col. Saml. Colt New-York U.S. America.” “Colts/Patent” visible on lower edge of frame, a tad light on the bottom line, “.36 Cal.” on triggerguard frame.  Matching serial numbers on frame, barrel, butt and loading lever (last four digits only of course.)  The screw heads are largely buggared, the rammer pivot screw is an old brass replacement, the wedge and lever catch are also old replacements, and the wedge screw is missing.  This gun shows a long history of use and maintenance.   About NRA “good” condition.   A very tough gun to find in this price range. (Priced over two hundred dollars less than the previous owner paid in a Gettysburg CW Shop over a decade ago!) ... $765.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-15 ... Superb condition heavy cavalry saber: I purchased this wonderful saber last weekend as I type this. It is a stellar example of the model 1840 heavy cavalry saber. The blade is signed by Solingen sword maker Walsheid. These German made blades were imported by the boatload by both the Confederacy and the United States. Condition of this saber is top drawer. 100% original 100% complete and very fine condition. The leather grip and twisted wire are nearly perfect. The blade is overall shiny steel with Vivid Cross brushing still visible at the ricasso. This saber is complete with its original scabbard in likewise extra fine condition. If this were an American-made Ames Saber I would price it at $1600. This has every bit the quality and is priced at but a fraction of that cost.... A super deal at ... $650.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-16 ... Near Mint CW Springfield Bayonet and Scabbard with Buff Frog: Superb condition overall.  Super scabbard with ultra desirable buff leather frog is 97.5% of the way to mint... just a couple surface scuffs on the body of the scabbard. Bayonet is bright and shiny. This rig would match a $2500 to $3000 musket.   No US stamp present.  Not sure if it was removed or never applied.  I see no evidence of grinding or removal.  State issue???  Super rig ... $350.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-17 ... 1816 Socket Bayonet in Scabbard w/ Georgia State Seal Buttons: Bayonet is .69 caliber for M1816 musket w/ clear US stamp.  The scabbard is matched and Mexican War vintage (ca. 1845).  Affixed to the tarred leather belt frog are two 1870 era Georgia state seal staff buttons.  I guess Georgia had some of these old timers around for militia use after the war. Nice rig, and a darn scarce pattern ... $295.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-18 ... Civil War Production M-1842 Socket Bayonet & Scabbard: These rounded shoulder .69 caliber bayonets were made during the 1860s for use with the 1835 and 1842 muskets still in service. They are quite a bit scarcer than the squared shoulder examples produced two decades earlier. Both the bayonet and scabbard are overall VG to near Fine condition. The scabbard is the proper 2 rivet style for the M-1842 ... $350.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-19 ... Scarce 69 Caliber Infantry Cartridge Box w/ US Plate and Tin Liners: These larger .69 caliber boxes have always been a little on the scarce side. This one is about fine condition. 100% complete except for the latch tab which is missing, but which is easy to replace. Totally unmarked except for the letter “R” stamped on the inner flap. Priced well below the tourist town dealers ... $395.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-20 ... Historically Marked Copy of the 1863 Revised US Army Regulations ... Excellent condition, blue cloth bound with gilt stamped title and US coat of arms on the spine. This volume contains the army regulations of 1861 as revised in 1863 and published in Washington by the Government Printing Office, and so marked on the title page.  Prominently marked in period ink on the title page is “Ordnance Office/ Art’y Brigade/ 2nd A.C.” The Second Corps was one of the hardest fighting organizations in the war, seeing service in all the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac.  The designation to the corps artillery brigade is correct for the publication date:  artillery batteries were removed from division control and grouped into a single brigade within the corps for better command and control.  This is the book that guided officers in the daily performance of their duties:  everything from organization of units to minute administrative details, to insignia of rank and uniform regulations.  No officer could afford to be without a copy.  This would make a perfect addition to an officer’s display, but the connection to the hard-fighting artillery of the Second Corps conjures up some pretty harrowing combat history in late 1863 where this book was likely present…  Grant’s overland campaign of 1864,  Spottsylvania, Petersburg, etc.  Very desirable with 2nd Corps Artillery connection. This book was there ... $285.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-21 ... Cowboy Six Shooter - Remington 44 Caliber Cartridge Conversion Revolver: A Civil War New Model Army revolver with 1870 era conversion to .44 metallic rimfire cartridge. Overall about “very good” condition with reblued metal. Serial 56,733. Good grips, mechanically ok (cocks fine, indexes sometimes… either has a weak or missing hand spring), worn markings. 100% original and complete except for re-blue and spring as noted. Perfect for Indian fighter display, living history, or Wild West Cowboy display. Looks good and functions fair ... $695.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-22 ... A second copy of the US Army Revised Regulations of 1863 ... Similar binding, etc., this one privately printed by Childs & Company of Philadelphia in 1863 and owned by A.W. Sims of Baltimore, Md., who signed the flyleaf and dated it 1864. He also put his name on the page edges. All plates and illustrations in place. A few external scuffs. I don’t find enough information to identify Sims with certainty- he may have been an aspiring officer.  In any case, a substantial body of troops were kept in the Baltimore area throughout the war so a history might be developed.  This is a nice original Civil War copy of the regulations essential to anyone studying the war, just as it was to any of the participants who served in the Union Army. In considering the purchase of historical books, how exciting to hold the very book in your hands held by someone who actually lived this history? ... $265.00 SOLD

 

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13-12-23 ... Moore Seven Shooter: Moore revolvers were handy seven shot, .32 Caliber rimfire revolvers made from 1861 to 1863, and many were carried in the Civil War. Like the Smith and Wesson, the Moore offered waterproof self-contained cartridges that were resilient for use in the field,  no danger of paper breaking, getting wet, or losing percussion caps. Where the S&W loads by tipping up the barrel, the Moore system uses a pivoting cylinder system that swings down to the side.  Ours has a 3.5 inch barrel that is a shortened version of the manufactured 4 or 5 inch length. Someone wanted a handier “belly gun” for close range killing. He had the barrel shortened and a pin front sight inserted on a brass wedge. (The fact that our killer wanted a front sight on this short barrel revolver shows an unreasonable level of optimism on his part,  in regards to his self perceived marksmanship abilities with a three inch barrel.) The pin sight is missing. Barrel marking is partially gone due to the shortening. We see “WESSON BY MOORE’S PAT. FIRE ARMS Co.” Showing this to be one of the guns made for S&W when they won the law suit against Moore. The ejector rod is a new replacement. Mechanically fine.  The frame and grip straps show Moore’s typical decorative scroll engraving that set his guns it apart from their competitors. As is usually the case, the thin silvering that was applied over the brass is mostly gone, though traces remain on the forward lower and underside of the frame.  Some corrosion to the barrel frame section just in front of the cylinder but smoother forward. Gray mixed with brown overall. Grips show age shrinkage and various dings.  a good representative Civil War sidearm and one that would go well in an early gambling display given its modification for easier concealment.  Reasonably priced. Try to buy one of these at auction! ... $465.00 SOLD

13-12-24 ... Highest Quality Reproduction Civil War Officer’s Belt and Plate: It always worries me as a collector when I see a high quality accurate belt rig like this made for reenactors.  Someone might mistake it as genuine in fifty years.  This was part of a collection I bought and truly is top quality.  The maker knew what he was doing- folded leather construction,  sewn keeper,  brass bar adjusting buckle,  folding leather sword slings suspended from sewn rings on the belt’s bottom edge, snap swivel secured by brass studs.  If you want one for use in an accurate “impression” or one you can hand around to show for demonstration rather than risk a thousand dollar original, here’s your chance.  A perfect copy.  Even the belt plate is a great copy of the officer’s 1851 pattern,  and a responsible one too- the maker used a “P” in a circle (Parsley, I believe) to show it is a replica, and make sure no one tried to pass it off as genuine.  Previously worn by a“big man” so I would think it would fit a fellow with 36” to 42” waist or thereabouts.  Top end example ... $100.00 SOLD

13-12-25 ... Finely Engraved British Coat Pistol: Elegantly engraved steel frame, barrel, butt cap and trigger guard… superb quality engraving. The is a British percussion “coat pistol” with checkered dark wood grip and captive ramrod on a swivel.  Profuse floral scroll engraving on the frame and hammer, even a delicate flower on the rammer head, and more floral scrolls on the frame at the breech, the bottom of the trigger guard and the steel butt cap. Rammer runs on rib beneath the barrel, pivots at the muzzle and tucks into a short sheath/tube in front of the trigger guard when not in use. Excellent condition wood with full checkering and a small oval escutcheon at the wrist.   Despite the beauty and fine engraving, these pistols were meant for business: roughly .50 caliber, they packed a bug punch, and were easily carried in an overcoat pocket. They could be pulled quickly for self defense against a scoundrel highwayman who needed dispatching to the nether regions before he snatched your watch and purse. Overall steel gray with some darker areas forward, but nice hints of underlying smokey blue in some places and very vivid engraving on frame and receiver flowing onto the breech. A very nice gun that repays study. 5 inch barrel. 10 inches overall ... $595.00

13-12-26 ... Indian War 1874 Pattern Waist Belt. This is the regulation US army belt of the Indian Wars. The army adopted the rectangular US plate in 1872 and experimented with various ways of mounting a shoulder brace system to the belt by adding loops to the rig until 1874. Here is the universal pattern then adopted which could be utilized by infantry, and by cavalry or artillery by the addition of sliding loops and saber slings.  Solid condition belt with adjuster, rectangular US plate inspector marked keeper. (Note the round wire adjusting hook- don’t get taken in by these with an 1851 pattern CW plate substituted and sold as Civil War!) This is a good Custer-era piece and is the basic building block for assembling a US military display of the period. Plate and keeper were polished at some point. There is a ton of interesting variation and development of military gear in this period.  This will get you started. My helper Tom says that when he picks it up he hears Sioux arrows whistling by his ears! ... $185.00 SOLD

13-12-27 ... Custer Era 1872 Pattern Forage Cap or Kepi. A very early Indian War kepi with taller crown than the later 1880 vintage caps. These caps with inset crowns evolved from the dapper and stylish Civil War chasseur pattern caps of a few years earlier. The straight-line quilted interior is very good, but lacks the interior sweatband. The body, bound edge visor, chinstrap, slide, and side buttons are firmly in place, and there is even an original brass regimental numeral “5” the front which adds nicely to its appearance. In comparison to a multi thousand dollar Civil War cap,  these Custer era examples are a wonderful value and bring a lot of history for the buck.  A really nice example. There is excavated material from the Little Big Horn showing some troopers had these early kepis with them in the field back in June of 1876. A great IW cap ... $450.00 SOLD

13-12-28 ... Rare Identified Bound General Orders and Circulars from the US Quartermaster’s Department for 1864. Here is a set of the various General Orders and Circulars issued by the Department to its officers in the field and at depots from 1862 to 1865. Most of the orders present are 1864.  Marble boards, leather spine, gilt lettering. Measures 6.5” by 4.5”, and an inch thick. These are the actual printed orders delivered to officers in the field. There are  well over a hundred present.  They were bound into book form later in the war for ease in storage and retention.  The Quartermaster Department was an essential part of the war effort:  it kept the army supplied and able to take the field.  These orders contain the requirements of army life, clarifying regulations,  changes in procedure, etc., and are invaluable in understanding what was really going on a daily basis, not just was what supposed to happen by regulation.   One of the earliest orders (1862) is nicely identified at the top of the order:  “Capt. Ferguson / Alexandria” with the addition of his initials “C.B.” just above. This is Colin Bannatyne Ferguson. He was a Scottish immigrant who served in the regular army from August 1850 to June 1861, enlisting as a private in the Second US Artillery and rising to Corporal and eventually Sergeant Major. At the outbreak of the war his ten years of army experience got him a commission as Second Lieutenant in the 19th US Infantry in May, 1861, a promotion to First Lieutenant in October, and a promotion to Captain and Assistant Quartermaster 28 April 1862. He found himself dismissed from the service on May 30th 1864. Dismissal does not mean just discharge- it means something went rather wrong and they were not even going to offer you the chance to resign.  There could be an interesting story here. The orders were then passed to another officer named “Capt. Godfrey AQM Hospitals Lookout Mtn.”. His name appears in ink on later 1864 orders.   If you figure each order is worth $10 to $20 if you were to unhinge the book and sell each one separately, the potential value is 1000 to 2000 dollars. But that would be a horrible thing to do to such a fine book. I am pricing this book at roughly $2.50 cents per order … a gift! ... $275.00 SOLD

13-12-29 ... Civil War Medical Staff Officer’s Sword by Clauberg. Army Surgeons and Assistant Surgeons had some very specific insignia of rank: green sashes, shoulder straps and hat insignia that sported “MS” lettering (medical staff). They were also entitled to a specific form of sword,  one of the more attractive patterns:  the 1840 Medical Staff Sword. Straight-bladed, double edged, central fuller, with a gilt brass scabbard having deeply cast mounts, and an elaborate gilt brass hilt featuring a pineapple shaped finial and a grip elaborately cast with floral motifs with a  central panel of an eagle. The scroll quillons are covered in deep floral motifs. The langets are shaped like shields, the outboard one having an Old English “MS” over thirteen stars, bordered by a wreath.

The blade is likewise profusely decorated with floral etching. It bears the Clauberg blade mark at the ricasso.  It has an elegant script “United States Medical Staff” etched lengthwise mid-blade on one side. This is a nice untouched example with some darker patina to the brass in lower areas of the scabbard.  The blade is mixed bright and gray, smooth, with the etching subdued but very legible.  Clauberg was one of the biggest suppliers to the US military  of swords and blades.   Army surgeons served not just in hospitals, but as the medical staff in the field: one Surgeon and Two Assistant Surgeons (starting in the Fall of 1862) for each regiment.  Some were assigned to the field hospitals and others accompanied the troops under fire to administer first aid and supervise stretcher details to get the wounded to safety. It took a special kind of dedication to do that.

These medical staff swords have always been desirable and somewhat scarce. Here is one I bought “right”, and I can offer it at ... $1,595.00 SOLD

13-12-30 ... Artillery Leather Limber Bumper Pad for the Civil War cannon limber. This would have gone on the pole section of the limber to keep it from doing damage if it bumped into something, like a horse. These come in various sizes for various guns ... not sure which one this went with as I never became fluent in “cannon speak” ... $125.00 SOLD

13-12-31 ... Ames 1862 Dated Musicians Sword: Regulation 1840 pattern musician’s sword, full length, nice Ames Manufacturing Company markings in a scroll on one side of the ricasso and US/A.D.K./1862 inspector and date stamp on the others. Regulation brass hilt and straight single edged blade, knuckleguard showing matching A.D.K. inspector marks.  Brass with medium tone, some lighter areas on raised portions, blade an even gray, smooth, no nicks or chips. These were regulation issue to company drummers and fifers in the infantry, the “field music ” who were expected to be under fire and might need a weapon, though custom dictated they were often drawn off and detailed to assist the surgeons upon going into action. A basic piece in a US edged weapons or a Civil War collection. Ames was one of the most prolific US makers of the period and their weapons are a collecting field in themselves ... $195.00 SOLD


13-12-31B ... Regulation Civil War Brass Double-coil Trumpet for Mounted Troops ... Here is one of the toughest to find Civil War instruments. It just surfaced three days ago as I type this. Per US Regulations, cavalry and mounted artillery were to carry brass trumpets rather than the more common copper bugles intended for foot troops.   When push came to shove, of course, we find both types of “bugles” being issued to all branches of service.  Of the two types, though, the trumpet is the much harder to find,  and the few that are out there are sometimes overlooked because of their similarity to later styles. Here is a dead-on Civil War cavalry trumpet.  Brass, double loop with ferules midway on the tube and at the end below the mouthpiece.  Reinforced floating bell, aka bell garland,  and a clear lengthwise dovetailed seam  (most visible by looking in the bell). The bell garland and early seam are telltale signs of an 1860 period horn. This one has a great undisturbed uniform age patina overall.  Plenty of dings and dents on the tube and the bell, ;but no splits or tears, the garland is still in place and the tubes still firmly joined by solder. Stands roughly 14 ½ inches including the mouthpiece, 4 ¼ or 4 ½ inches wide at the midsection,  the bell is bent slightly back around the edge but measures about 4 ½ inches across. I see no maker marks. For a discussion of these and the copper bugles see Chris Nelson’s article in the North-South Trader of 2003 where he illustrates a 2nd Missouri Cavalry identified example and reprints the 1865 Quartermaster Specifications:

“Trumpets- to be made of brass; when plain, viz without crooks to stand in F; with tuning slide and three crooks, to stand in G; they are to be about 14 ¼ inches high; the plain trumpet to be 4 ¼ inches wide in the middle, and to weigh from 11 5/8 ounces to 14 ¼ ounces; with crooks, or 5 or 5 ¼ inches wide in the middle and to weigh, including crooks and without mouthpiece, about 1 pound 2 ounces; length of 1st crook, 3 inches; of of 2nd, 6 inches, of 3rd, 8 ½ inches; the bowl about 5-1/2 inches in diameter; mouthpiece about 3 inches long, and to weigh from 1-1/2 to 2 ounces.”

Ours is the “plain” version of course, with no crooks, and weighs in at just a tad over 12 ounces, the “bowl” is slightly smaller but well within accepted variation. I bought this “right” and will pass it along reasonably. It will be a long time before another surfaces ... $1,295.00 SOLD


13-12-32 ... Pewter Folding Cup: Classic example of the folding drinking cup of the 1860s.  Excellent condition. ... $35.00 SOLD

13-12-33 ... Union Army Canteen w/ Cover & Strap: Regulation Union Army smooth canteen – shows wear and age, but overall “very good”. Very hard to find these day ... $265.00

13-12-34 ... Union Army Canteen w/ Cover, Strap & Stopper:  Regulation Union Army smooth canteen just as issued to Billy Yank  – shows wear and age, but overall “fine”.  Very hard to find these days complete with cover, strap, and stopper ... $395.00

13-12-35 ... Unmarked Foot Officer’s Sword: Regulation US M-1850 foot officer’s sword as carried by infantry lieutenants and captains. In my opinion a Union – Northern, example… BUT … with three southern features.  First is a leather grip covering, second is a single strand brass wire wrap, and third is undecorated sides on the quillon. These three elements are frequently seen on Confederate officers’ swords. My opinion is that the sword is a US example… with replaced wire… but you could make a case for it being southern. No etching on the blade.  US / CS attributes ... $495.00 SOLD

13-12-36 ... Folk Art, Soldier-Decorated Burnside Carbine: A real veteran decorated by a veteran. Fifth model Burnside carbine with very folky and appealing carving on the outboard side consisting of an ambiguous crude eight-spoke wheel insignia that may be a stylized 5th corps badge, or it might be a Hancock's Veterans Insignia.  Next to the mystery insignia a super patriotic panel of a US shield with stars and stripes flanked by US flags draped behind it. This shows right side up when the gun is on the wall barrel down. A carved set of initials on the offside wrist, "IN" or "NI" might be a clue to the soldier's identity, but I also make out a more worn "B.B.B." crosswise near the buttplate, and a thin "H A" elsewhere.

The barrel is nice with a smooth deep purple-plum color as is the band. The receiver is more mottled with some bright spots amid smokey gray and purple from the case color. The breechblock shows some case color when lowered . Wood is a warm brown without finish and shows dings from being issued and carried in the field, but still shows a very visible cartouche on the wrist. Swivel, sling bar and ring present, both sights in place. Needs a rear lock plate screw, otherwise good. Breechblock number does not match, but has been with the gun since it's period of use.   Obviously a gun valued by a trooper and kept as a memento of his service in the cavalry. Shows lots of war date use, but no abuse ... Interesting old war horse ... $1,595.00

13-12-37 ... Very Rare Pennsylvania Reserve Brigade Belt Plate and Cartridge Box Plate: The box plate was purchased in Philadelphia. The Buckle was purchased at auction in 2008 in Gettysburg - previously owned by Larry Eckert, son-in-law of Rosensteel, of the Rosensteel Roundtop Museum. The design on these rare plates is the state seal of Pennsylvania, two horses, and the state coat of arms representing agriculture and commerce. The letters "RB" represent the Philadelphia Reserve Brigade which served with the 119th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.  The RB hailed from Philadelphia and served on the battlefield as well as home guard duties. We believe these plates were made in Philadelphia. Each of these plates here offered is in excellent non-dug condition. The box plate has a rich age patina with both attaching loops firmly in place.   The buckle has a very delicate patina and the arrow hooks & prong firmly in place. The belt hooks on these RB buckles are distinctive ... all having slightly rounded arrows and beveled prongs. A fine pair of very rare plates. Priced --- Buckle $3,450.00 --- Box plate $2,950.00.  Or the pair for ... $6,200.00 c-bf-grec

13-12-38 ... Civil War Navy Pistol Cartridge Box ... One of the rarest federal accoutrements is this USN cartridge box when found with the interior cap pouch still intact. The vast majority of these were altered immediately after the Civil War having the pouches removed. This one is an intact specimen in very good condition. It measures 5 1/2 inches wide and roughly 4 inches tall, and has the 2 1/2 inch belt loop. The outer flap is deeply embossed “USN” and it has the original latch tab still in place.  Both side ears present. Very nice and very scarce ... $575.00 SOLD

13-12-39 ... 1862 Dated Enfield with 6th Corps Badge Incised on Stock. This is a standard P-53 Enfield rifle musket in Very Good condition.  It is 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect.  Lock is marked Tower with a crown and 1862.    Breech of barrel bears  T & L stamp, believed to be master contractor Tipping & Lawden of Birmingham. Tipping and Lawden operated in Birmingham from 1837 located at 18 Buckingham Street in Birmingham. The barrel breech also bears “25* 25*” proof mark indicating standard .577 caliber.  The bore is about “fine” with very decent rifling and shine.  The most interesting aspect to this musket is the Union Army Sixth Corps insignia incised on the left side of the butt stock in a series of dots. In the same fashion we see the soldier’s initials “W H O” incised in the stock opposite the lock. I have no idea who soldier W.H.O. is, but we all know the 6th Army Corps saw heavy fighting in the Army of the Potomac including Gettysburg. Also present is an original nipple protector and chain. A very solid Enfield with unquestionable 6th Corps connection ... $1,850.00 SOLD

13-12-40 ... Navy? Pistol Cartridge Box? This is the first one of these leather pouches I have encountered.  Previous owner (a Civil War navy collector for 45 years) related that it is a Navy cartridge box for a single shot 1842 pistol. I initially thought it may perhaps be for a Navy box-lock pistol???, or perhaps a revolver based on the size. But the previous owner knows his navy stuff, so he is probably correct in his attribution. It is virtually identical to a USN fuse/friction primer pouch except that it has a flapped implement pouch inside. I’ve never owned another of these, and hence, consider this to be quite scarce. Definitely Civil War or earlier. Definitely scarce. ;I will let you research which gun it was issued with. It is absolutely one darn rare piece of Civil War leather ... $395.00 SOLD

13-12-41 ... Superb Regulation CW Infantry Nine-Button Enlisted Frock Coat! One of the truly rare and ultra desirable pieces of Civil War cloth. These have always been expensive and rare. The first one I was ever able to obtain was back in the late 1970s, and I had to sell guns and an identified Ohio forage cap w/ insignia to raise the incredible sum of $1,700 to buy my first “E-M Frock”. Back then $1,700 was a bloody fortune. Bummer caps were only $250! They are even more rare today. This coat is in extremely fine condition, all original, and ultra attractive. This is the regulation issue army dress coat that was also worn in the field as standard fighting garb. Dark blue, trimmed in light blue at the collar and cuffs.  Nine general service eagle buttons down the front, two at the rear waist, and two smaller ones at each cuff.  Padded breast lining with a pocket and lined sleeves. Two pockets in the tails. Marked “SA” in the sleeve for Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia.  Also marked with size number 1, as well as a moth proofing stamp dated 1864. A few years ago a coat like this would command a price nearly double what I need to realize out of this one. Thanks to an iffy economy and the fact that this surfaced at a good price,  I am able to offer this one very realistically at ... $6,950.00 SOLD

13-12-42 ... 1862 Pocket Testament: Classic CW New Testament showing wear as illustrated with loss of cloth on the spine.  Nicely dated 1862 and full of ladies’ names.  A very affordable CW relic ... $55.00

13-12-43 ... 1863 Pocket Testament: Classic CW New Testament with nice patriotic book plate and 1864 ink presentation inscription . A very affordable CW relic ... $75.00 SOLD

13-12-44 ... 1864 Pocket Testament: Classic CW New Testament showing wear as illustrated with some repairs to spine and cover. Has owner’s name penciled inside. Nicely dated 1864. A very affordable CW relic ... $65.00

13-12-45 ... Mexican War Era Military “Songster” ... Pocket size tract song book published in Boston. Not dated but appears to be 1840s. The title page references songs our “Grandmothers” sang, and the songs are mostly Revolutionary War and War of 1812 vintage. Some looseness in the binding. Mostly solid. Nice illustrations inside. Very interesting and very appealing ... $95.00 SOLD

13-12-46 ... Civil War Era Military “Songster” ... Pocket size tract song book published in Boston.  Not dated but appears to be 1860s or close. The title page references songs our “Grandmothers” sang, and the songs are mostly War of 1812 vintage. Some looseness in the binding - pages 129-144 apparantly did not make it through the war, but  mostly solid.  Nice illustrations inside.  Very interesting and very appealing being very military in song and subject ... $75.00

13-12-47 ... 1864 Complete Pocket Bible… containing Old and New Testaments: Classic CW example showing only light wear and having a nice wrap=around leather closing strap.   Nicely dated 1864 and full of ladies’ names from Michigan. A very affordable CW relic ... $75.00 SOLD

13-12-48 ... Early War Buff Infantryman’s Belt. Very nice condition early war US infantry belt in buff leather with the early war style standing loop keeper and early stud back US plate. Excellent condition, just two small lengthwise slits in the belt for some reason. This would look great with an early war pattern square flap cap box and bayonet scabbard. The standing loops was replaced by the stamped brass C-clasp because the loops would shrink and soldiers sometimes had a hard time feeding the belt plate through. Most that survive have had the leather loop removed. Buff was originally black, but as with most CW buff that used iron dyes it has oxidized to a lovely dark brown color. A very, very scarce pattern in unaltered fine condition ... $595.00 SOLD

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13-12-49 ... Cavalry Carbine Cartridge Box. U.S. Cavalrymen were issued separate cartridge boxes for their carbine and pistol ammunition. This is an example of the twenty-round box for the carbine. Nice Dingee and Lorigan, NY, maker’s mark on the inner cover. Latch tab firmly in place, secured by rivet and stitching. Implement pouch and tab also firmly in place on the front face of the box. Dingee and Lorigan had numerous government contracts for cavalry accoutrements: belts, slings, and cartridge boxes like this. The same box could be used for several different cartridges depending on the wood block on the interior, which was drilled to accept 20 separate cartridges. Different drill bit sizes were used depending on which cartridge the box was intended to accept. This box does not have the wooden block so you can display it with any carbine you desire. Heck you can make your own wood block if you feel the urge. Early and mid-war boxes were set up with belt loops for a waist belt and buckles and sling strap for use on a shoulder belt. This box shows a wonderful period alteration where the waist belt loops were removed so the box would be used exclusively on a shoulder sling. (See photo of the reverse side.) The cavalryman was burdened with the carbine box, pistol box, holster, at least one cap pouch, and the saber, all intended to be worn on the waist belt. Civil War photos show troopers tried all sorts of ways to carry the boxes on their belts, but they were always jammed up, and the pieces were difficult to remove because of the other boxes, the saber slings, etc. The carbine box sometimes ended up sliding around on the trooper’s carbine sling. In this case the soldier decided to use the shoulder sling the box was originally set up for and get it off the waist belt. An appealing field-modified variant showing how soldiers actually wore their gear ... $195.00 SOLD

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13-12-50 ... Beautiful 1820s Era “Sykes Patent” Copper Powder Flask ... About 7" in total length, likely for use with a medium bore rifle. This octagonal design is unusual and is enhanced with multiple lines of engraved trim design on each side. It is marked on the spout “Sykes Patent” which proved an interesting research project. It occurs in 1824, that Mr. Sykes of London, a maker of quality powder flasks and shot pouches, sued a knock-off maker for manufacturing similar goods and marking them “Sykes Patent” for the purpose of defrauding buyers. (Imagine that!) I do not know if this is a Sykes- Sykes, or a knock-off Sykes, but then again I can’t tell a real Gucci bag from a fake Gucci bag, and I don’t care about that failing either. The quality is very good. There is a crack in a screw hole in the collar that secures the top to the body. (See picture.) This should be repaired. Aside from a few dings from normal use, it is in darn good shape for its age ... $100.00 SOLD

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13-12-51 ... Very Scarce Compartmental Pistol Powder Flask Ca. 1830-1845: Rare oval, tapered design stands about 4 5/8 " in total height, with a hinged-lid compartment next to the charger spout that carried pistol balls during its time of use. The design of this flask is most useful because the flat bottom design allows it to stand on its own. Bottom seam has an ancient solder repair. Copper body. Brass top and charger. Works perfectly. Many of these compartment style flasks have three openings… One for powder, One for caps, and One for bullets. This may well be an early flintlock example as it has only two compartments… Powder and Bullets…. No provision for caps. A great copper flask with much appeal. Would be a good companion piece to the first item on this list ... $225.00 SOLD

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13-12-52 ... Damn Scarce Hard Rubber / Gutta Percha Powder Flask: 7 3/4 " in total length, this flask has a beautiful smooth brown “hard rubber” or “thermoplastic” body that is excellent in all respects. This early “plastic” first came into regular use in 1851. It was scarce then and really scarce now. For the obvious reasons, these first “hard plastic” items do not survive. They were easily broken, and once broken could not be repaired. This flask is a size for a medium bore rifle or small bore fowler. It is larger than a Colt Army flask but smaller than a Peace Flask. The charger spout is signed “Am. Flask & Cap Co.” The brass collar has been hand engraved by its owner presumably with his initials (or so I would hope) "BM". One heck of a nice early flask and quite a conversation piece being one of the first plastic items ever produced. Excellent condition ... $175.00 SOLD

13-12-53 ... 2nd Illinois Cavalry Saber, Cartridge Box, and CDV Photo: A wonderful lot of material in excellent condition. Set starts with a fine condition M1860 light cavalry saber made and marked by Ames and dated 1864. Very solid saber with super wrap. Next is a pre-war or early war western pattern militia cartridge box of a design I have owned several times… including one specimen that was firmly attributed to a Missouri Confederate. These boxes all have brass buttons secured to the back for attaching a cloth shoulder strap. All of them have a crude tarred finish on the outer flap. All that I have owned have been connected to western theater troops US and CS. Last item is a SPECTACULAR outdoor CDV photo showing the troopers in camp of the 2nd Illinois Cavalry with a central group of troopers playing cards on the ground. The subject matter is truly spectacular. Inscribed on the reverse of the card is a family note… “I think this is a picture of my Grandpa Wm Ulrich’s cavalry company during the Civil War.” Ulrich served in the 2nd Illinois Cavalry in 1864 and 1865. He saw action in Louisiana at Sabine Cross roads, Alexandria, Yellow Bayou, and Fort Blakely. Ulrich served from Feb. 1864 until he was mustered out in Texas in late fall of 1865. I do not know if the cartridge box is one he carried or one he captured from a Rebel. I would be inclined to think the latter since US cavalry troops would certainly have access to regulation US gear by 1864. Super group of items. The camp photo is about as appealing as any I’ve seen recently ... aiej ... SOLD

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13-12-54 ... English P-1907 Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) Bayonet & Scabbard: Pre World War One 1907 Dated British Bayonet and Scabbard used in WW-1. Classic British Bayonet for their Lee Enfield Rifle. Wood slab grips secured by two bolts, darkened hilt with locking spring button, long single edged blade with central fuller. Very clear Crown/GR and 1907 date at ricasso along with a number of other inspection stamps. Some of these may indicate later reinspection and reissue - this was a standard British bayonet all the way to the end of World War Two. Partial maker name visible, probably Wilkinson, and a “17” overstamped, likely a date when first reissued since this has the cleaning hole on the pommel instituted in 1916 and installed on bayonets brought back into store before reissue. As is correct, the blade is polished bright for most of its length with a darker blued lower portion. Scabbard the regulation black leather with steel top mount and chape, still showing a faint maker’s mark.

An iconic British bayonet and a style our boys carried as well when armed with British weapons “over there.” ... $75.00

 

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13-12-55 ... World War II Fighting Knife: World War II era field or theatre-made fighting and utility knives are a specific area of collecting. Soldiers in all combat areas took the opportunity to personalize these sidearms when they could. I don’t claim any special expertise in the field, but I could not pass this one up when it was offered to me. This is a sturdily made and hefty fighting knife marked with a small anchor in circle ink stamp on one side of its wood slab grips. Measuring 11 inches overall with a substantial blade 6.25” in length with a false edge coming back from the point. Grips are square in cross section with beveled edges and are secured by three rivets. Zinc? end cap and crossguard with short branches. Someone might recognize the maker mark. I don’t, but whoever the maker was, he knew his business. ... $125.00

 

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13-12-56 ... A.C. Co. 1917 trench Knife and Scabbard ... $495.00 SOLD

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13-12-57-UP ... Near Mint Cavalry Jacket - U.S. Regulation Civil War Cavalry Shell Jacket.   Like the artillery jackets these have stand-up collar, tape piping on the front, cuffs, base of the jacket, from shoulder to waist in the rear and on the bolsters. The trim, of course, is yellow, which is the branch of service color for the cavalry. This example is about perfect. It has the full sleeve and body linings. Body lining is the most common type, loose woven tan wool. Sleeve linings are in muslin. The right sleeve lining bears two Cinti Depot stamps and size number 3. (the army issued them in four standard sizes, 1 being small 4 being large.) Along with the artillery jackets, these are the most colorful of regulation Federal uniforms. Always highly sought. Very realistically priced at ... $2,495.00 SOLD

13-12-58-UP ... Near Mint Artillery Jacket - U.S. Regulation Civil War Light Artillery Shell Jacket. This is the artillery companion to the cavalry shell jacket, made in exactly the same pattern with stand-up collar, tape piping on the front, cuffs, base of the jacket, from shoulder to waist in the rear and on the bolsters. The trim, of course, is red, which is the branch of service color for the artillery both heavy and light, though this is for men of the light artillery batteries serving in the field. This example is about perfect.  It has the full sleeve and body linings all in muslin.  The right sleeve showing two brown ink dots indicating “size 2”. (the army issued them in four standard sizes, 1 being small 4 being large.) Along with the issue cavalry jackets, these are the most colorful of regulation Federal uniforms. Very realistically priced at ... $1,975.00 SOLD

13-12-59-UP ... A lot of TEN Original Indian War Large Size Eagle Coat Buttons. A few years ago at an eastern Pennsylvania auction I bought a couple large bags full of these early Indian Fighters’ buttons and then I put them aside and forgot about them. I just stumbled across them again .... So here is a great opportunity.... ten original buttons for ... $30.00 These can be mailed inexpensively in a padded envelope.

Civil War Cap Boxes:  Worn on the waist belt by all branches of the service to carry the percussion caps necessary to fire the muskets, carbines, revolvers, and pistols.
13-12-60-UP ... Good Condition.
Showing wear and handling. Complete but no lamb’s wool lining ... $115.00

13-12-61-UP ... Very Good Condition. Very little wear. Complete but no lamb’s wool lining ... $135.00

13-12-62-UP ... Fine Condition. Extra Nice condition. May or may not have remnants of lamb’s wool lining ... $175.00

13-12-63-UP ... Excellent Condition. Nearly new. May or may not have remnants of lamb’s wool lining ... $225.00

13-12-64-UP ... Mint unissued. complete with lamb’s wool lining ... $325.00 SOLD

13-12-65-UP ... Complete, Mint, Unopened, Package of Burnside Carbine Ammunition ... Here is something we don’t see much anymore. A complete unopened pack of ten Burnside cartridges, pack of caps, in the original string tied wrapped with perfect label. So many of these have been opened and broken up over the years that surviving unopened packages are becoming quite hard to find. If you have a Burnside carbine this is what you need to display next to it. Priced Holiday Friendly ... $695.00 SOLD

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13-12-66-UP ... CW REVOLVER CARTRIDGE BOX: Standard issue Union Army cavalryman's cartridge box for use with the troopers Colt or Remington (or other) revolver. This is the standard size once thought to be 36 caliber but since proved to simply be standard for 36 or 44. Very good solid condition showing only the gentlest handling wear. Very solid condition ... (These were $5 each in 1972!!!) Most dealers are pricing these things at 250 fairly priced ... $195.00

13-12-67-UP ... ANOTHER PISTOL BOX: This one in really fine condition ... Really superb condition, much nicer than most currently available. Nearly new ... $235.00

13-12-68-UP ... Large Size Pistol Cartridge Box: Same exact design as the above cartridge boxes but 15% larger in size and about 20 times scarcer. Fine condition just showing honest handling age. Once thought to be for 44 caliber guns, now known to simply be a larger variant ... $265.00

13-12-69-UP BULLSEYE CANTEEN w/ COVER ... The highly sought 9 ring example. All 3 brackets firmly in place, and retains the original issue tan brown wool cover. Pewter spout firmly in place. Overall excellent ... $265.00

13-12-70-UP ... ORIGINAL CANTEEN STOPPER: Just found this in the canteen case... The real deal, with ring, cap, cork, and washer. Cork has some chipping under the cap, otherwise fine. These are now darn near impossible to find ... $79.00 SOLD

13-12-71-UP ... Fine CONDITION SMOOTH SIDE CANTEEN: Standard M1858 smooth side tin canteen with pewter spout. About perfect except for one small rust hole near the side strap bracket. Sides are smooth and not banged up. All 3 brackets are intact. A very solid specimen ... $150.00

13-12-72-UP ... SMOOTH CANTEEN WITH TIN SPOUT EXCELLENT CONDITION: Just the canteen (no stopper) but a very solid example with rich green tin patina and rare tin spout showing that it was made in St. Louis MO., or Cinti. Ohio. All 3 brackets are firmly in place. Much better than most... just showing a little honest war time use. Scarce with the tin spout ... $155.00

13-12-73-UP ... INDIAN WAR CANTEEN: Complete smooth side canteen with tin spout, two triangular strap brackets, stopper secured with brass collar around the spout and a chain ... and original tan canvas cover in about perfect condition marked US ... Exc+ ... $85.00 SOLD

13-12-74-UP ... Same INDIAN WAR CANTEEN as above but rusty and some damage to the covers. Have four ... $49 each.

13-12-75-UP ... CAVALRY SABER-BELT WITH EAGLE BUCKLE: Regulation buff leather Union army cavalry belt. Excellent +++ condition ... leather sound, supple, with good color. Buckle is beautiful eagle plate with applied German silver wreath. Has both saber hanger straps and all the proper sliding loop keepers, as well as the over-the-shoulder support strap. A super example ready to display. Rates a 9 on a scale of 10. Ten years ago we sold these for $2400 each. New economy price ... $1,495.00 SOLD

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13-12-76-UP ... CW OFFICER'S EAGLE BUCKLE: A fine, attractive specimen of the rectangular officer's 'eagle buckle' with fine detail to the face, and solid wreath integrally cast into the plate. Shows light age, pretty patina, and has mid war medium width tongue ... $295.00

13-12-77-UP ... US OVAL BELT BUCKLE: The standard Union issue US oval buckle with arrow hook back. Excellent condition just showing honest age and patina ... $245.00

13-12-78-UP ... STUD BACK US OVAL BELT BUCKLE: Early war style US oval with lead filled back and two oval "puppy paw" studs and prong as used early in the war. Very fine showing just honest age, getting very hard to find ... $345.00

13-12-79-UP ... CIRCULAR EAGLE SHOULDER BELT "BREASTPLATE" ... Non dug and attractive circular eagle plate for use on the cartridge box shoulder strap. Really nice and getting scarce ... $225.00

13-12-80-UP ... FINE 3-PRONG EAGLE BREASTPLATE: A scarce & desirable plate being the circular eagle plate w/ lead filled back w/ 3 prongs for use with the NCO and musician's shoulder support belt for their swords. Fine detail and great light age patina. These are nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find any more ... $395.00

13-12-81-UP ... US CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE: Identical to the US oval buckles, but having two iron wire loops on the back for securing to the flap of the cartridge box. Fine non-dug condition ... $225.00

13-12-82-UP ... MUSKET WORM OR BALL PULLER:This one is cork screw style threaded to fit on ram rod. Looks like standard CW style puller. About 1" o/a length with short shank threaded to attach to rod ... $30.00

13-12-83-UP ... MUSKET WORM OR BALL PULLER: This one is the threaded screw variety where the puller looks like a wood screw sticking out of a heavy steel shank. About 1" overall length ... $35.00

13-12-84-UP ... Civil War Musket Tool: Combination screw driver and nipple wrench. Ca 1863. Perfect ... $30.00 SOLD

13-12-85 ... Civil War Spring Vise: Used for removing the main spring from a lock. Perfect ... $40.00 SOLD

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13-12-86-UP ... ORIGINAL PAPER WRAPPER W/ 12 PERCUSSION CAPS:This is the real deal... the caps that were issued with the musket and carbine ammo. Now very scarce ... $35.00 SOLD

13-12-87-UP ... ROSEWOOD TRAVELING INK WELL: Classic CW soldier's style inkwell (I've had several identified examples over the years). Rosewood cylinder measures about 2" tall by 1.25" in diameter ... has a screw-off cap which reveals the glass ink vial inside. Perfect condition ... $79.00

13-12-88 ... BARREL SHAPED ROSEWOOD INK WELL: Absolutely stellar example. Just like the above but this one shaped like an old barrel. Perfect condition ... $89.00 SOLD

13-12-89-UP ... PONCHO HOOK BUTTON: Have a few of these 1862 patented eagle buttons w/ spring hooks on the back for securing the poncho or shelter tent. These were patented by Abel Putnam Jr in November of 1862 and are so marked. They were advertised in newspapers of the period & endorsed by the generals. Priced each while they last at ... $89.00

13-12-90-UP ... ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR INFANTRY HAT INSIGNIA: The real deal from the old Horstmann stock. The last of the CW surplus items. Perfect condition hunting horn insignia with both loops ... $79.00 SOLD

13-12-91-UP ... SAME CIVIL WAR INFANTRY HAT INSIGNIA AS ABOVE but one loop missing ... $59.00

13-12-92-UP ... CIVIL WAR 58 CALIBER SOCKET BAYONET: Overall very good condition ... a match for a musket in the $1200 to $1400 value range ... $135.00

13-12-93-UP ... Same CIVIL WAR 58 CALIBER SOCKET BAYONET as above but in fine condition ... $165.00

13-12-94-UP ... Same CIVIL WAR 58 CALIBER SOCKET BAYONET as above but in excellent condition ... $200.00

13-12-95-UP ... BAYONET AND SCABBARD: Fine bayonet complete with excellent CW scabbard with 7-rivet frog ... $325.00

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13-12-96-UP ... NEAR MINT BAYONET AND SCABBARD: This rig would match a gun in the $3000 + value range. Nearly new with superb 7-rivet scabbard. Hard to improve upon ... $425.00

13-12-97-UP ... NON DUG BURNSIDE CARBINE CARTRIDGE: A complete brass cartridge and bullet for the Burnside carbine. Once common, now quite hard to find. Have a few priced each at ... $65.00

13-12-98-UP ... NON DUG MAYNARD CARBINE CARTRIDGE: A perfect .50 caliber Maynard cartridge. This is the brass cartridge with hole in the back to allow the spark from the cap to penetrate ... $55.00

13-12-99-UP ... ORIGINAL CW PAPER CARTRIDGE .58 CALIBER: An original paper wrapped .58 caliber musket cartridge just as was issued to the Yankees in the field. Excellent condition ... $125.00

13-12-100-UP ... CUFF SIZE INFANTRY OFFICER'S BUTTON: A very fine example of the eagle "I" button, with traces of gilt and lovely patina. Excellent CW button ... $25.00

13-12-101-UP ... CIVIL WAR PATRIOTIC ENVELOPES: A lot of 5 wonderful color patriotic envelopes from the Civil War (unused). Perfect to display with soldier effects or to collect by themselves. Have nice patriotic or anti-southern sentiments on the fronts. I used to have piles of these... Totally ran out two years ago and then found ONE more major collection on the internet a few weeks ago. These are GREAT Lot of 5 for ... $69.00

13-12-102-UP ... CIVIL WAR NEWSPAPERS: I have a few great papers I put back years ago. Some with great battle content and some with maps. Mostly New York papers. ... $20 to $60 each ... call

13-12-103-UP ... CIVIL WAR FIFE: Excellent example of the classic CW fife ... This one constructed of rosewood wood with pretty silver end ferrules ... $139

13-12-104-UP ... LARGE 1860 ERA WALLET W/ EMBOSSED DECORATIONS: Absolutely classic CW wallet guaranteed to date from 1840s to 1860s period. Embossed with various motifs. Really appealing ... $75.00

13-12-105-UP ... BRASS FRAME BEN FRANKLIN EYEGLASSES: Oval lenses. Super patina, well made with extendible ear pieces. Excellent condition (just the glasses no case) ... $59.00

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13-12-106-UP ... CIVIL WAR ARTILLERY HAT CORD: Perfect surplus example of the red worsted wool artillery hat cord for use on the Hardee hat. I was recently able to purchase a couple dozen from an "old timer" who had some from the old Bannerman days. While the supply lasts ... $45.00

13-12-107-UP ... CIVIL WAR INFANTRY HAT CORDS: Solid condition with good color ... $100.00

13-12-108-UP ... CIVIL WAR CAVALRY HAT CORDS: As above but yellow color. Getting hard to find ... $175.00

13-12-109-UP ... INDIAN WAR CAVALRY HAT INSIGNIA: Mint surplus M-1872 cavalry crossed saber hat insignia with all the attaching wires ... each $30.00

13-12-110-UP ... REGULATION PAIR OF ENLISTED SHOULDER SCALES: Excellent set of privates scales or epaulets, as worn on the shoulders of the enlistedmens coats to ward off saber blows (didn't quite work that way in real life though) Fine with delicate patina ... $295.00

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