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14-06-00 ... Frustratingly Rare Ropes Pattern US 1881 Cavalry Holster: Full flap military holster for the Colt Cavalry Single Action or Smith & Wesson Schofield revolver.  While the body is similar in style to Civil War holsters,  these Ropes’ patterns are highly distinctive.  They were made at the San Antonio, Texas Arsenal ca: 1880s to early 1890s.  Designed by Captain James M. Ropes of the 8th US Cavalry these ingenious devices incorporate the wild west “Mexican Loop” style of construction along with a row of ten cartridge loops at the top front of the body, and the standard army full flap.  The “Mexican Loop” forms a fine wide opening so the holster will easily fit on the frontier army web belt.  The holster has a sewn end plug, brass closure finial and firmly intact leather closure strap sewn and riveted to the front flap.  See the book  "U.S. MILITARY HOLSTERS AND PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOXES" by Edward (Scott) Meadows for more history on the Ropes holster. The Ropes pattern was designed to provide the cavalry trooper with a holster that fit over a loaded .45-70 web cartridge belt and also provide easy accessibility for additional .45 caliber revolver cartridges in the integral cartridge loops. These are beyond rare. Most collectors will never have a chance to own one at a fair price.  A far inferior example sold at Rock Island in September 2010 for $2,151.00 (it was missing over 60% of the leather finish), and another inferior example sold at James Julia’s auction for $3,737.50 in the Spring of 2010. It had been shoe polished black. In the Fall of 2006 (eight years ago) Julia’s sold another inferior example (finish flaked and leather chipped) on the web belt for $3,450.00. The belt had a value of five hundred dollars or less at the time.   There is currently a relic example with severe damage and many repairs offered on the internet at $1,200. This Ropes holster is in truly EXCELLENT condition. 100% original, 100% complete, no damage, no repairs, no shoe polish, no leather treatment… rates a 9 on a scale of 10. Superb. If it were a common old CW holster it would bring $800 or more. A top shelf specimen in all respects. Guaranteed to be the best example currently available at this fair price ... $2,250.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-01 ... Let's Kill Some Indians! ... Perhaps The Most Politically Incorrect Gun Currently On the Market:  A superb deluxe engraved .22 caliber Manhattan Pocket Revolver with deluxe burl wood grips.  The hand etched tableaux on the cylinder is stunning.  The story shown is that of a number of white men, women, and children using pistols to dispatch menacing wild red men with tomahawks.   We have a mother standing between her young daughter and a ferocious Indian as mom plugs him with her revolver.  We have an older matron likewise killing a Hostile with her handy revolver.   There is a frontiersman blasting an Injun with tomahawk just in the nick of time, and we also see a White gentleman sending his tomahawk wielding enemy to the netherworld.  The story being told is that you really need this revolver if you want to be safe from marauding Indians. In the era of the Minnesota Sioux uprising of 1862, and the Fetterman Massacre of 1866,  fear of Indians was very real among white people, and for good reason.   Manhattan Firearms Company certainly played that chord with gusto with this revolver. Overall fine condition with much silver plate on the hand engraved brass frame.  The hand engraved barrel is uniformly plum-brown patina.  The engraving is every bit as good as that coming out of the Colt Shop and of that being executed by New York’s best artists.   The grips are beautiful lustrous burl walnut.  Barrel length is 3.5 inches. Overall length 7.5 inches… about identical to the Smith & Wesson .22.   There is a repaired crack on the hinge as shown in the above photo, otherwise fine.  This is the second model .22 and is the fanciest example I have encountered.  Made circa 1868 this is a wonderful Wild West related American Firearm with clear Indian Fighter intent ... $1,650.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-02 ... Extremely Rare French Contract Unsigned P-1853 Enfield Rifle Musket:  In the forty years I have collected and traded in antique guns, this is the first of these unsigned  French Enfields I have encountered.  Classic P1853 Enfield in overall VG ++ condition.  The barrel has many interesting proof marks including a cartouched "D" flanked by two five pointed stars, a crown over P, and letter D inside a vertical oval.  A truly top quality contract piece made in France under contract.  Rear sight has a crown over F.  The underside of the stock is stamped RV in front of the trigger guard tang.   These French Enfields are known to have been used in the Crimean War (1854-1856).  And with France’s close ties to the Confederacy they have a Southern connection as well.  A very solid Enfield and darn scarce ... $2,250.00

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14-06-03 ... Engraved Clauberg Officer's Sword ... High Grade Silver Hilt Presentation Grade Field Officers Sword by Clauberg:  Very impressive field grade sword with heavily embossed German silver grip and ornately worked pommel, guard and scabbard mounts with a panel mounted between the upper mounts to take a presentation plaque. Deeply worked gilt brass pommel with bearded face below the pommel cap, floral motifs in the guard along with a US eagle, spread-winged with shield on its chest and ribband in its beak, and a quillon in the form of an eagle’s head as well. Grip still has wire running in the grooves and embossed floral motifs on alternating raised ribs.  Leather washer in place at blade shoulder. Correct “W. Clauberg/ Solingen”  with standing figure mark at the ricasso.  Blade etching is light, blade is mostly bright mixed with gray and some dark spots, particularly midway down on the inboard side and toward the tip on both.  Metal scabbard shows attractive color, plum with one or two minor corrosion spots that blend in well and are not noticeable. The mounts are particularly impressive,  matching perfectly the hilt when the sword is sheathed: the lower mount with an openwork drag and geometric and floral motifs, the middle mount with geometric design on one side and on the other a mounted figure at the gallop.  The upper mount shows a standing soldier with musket and a draped background, heavy raised borders to the top and bottom, and joined to the middle mount by the open frame for a plaque.  Matching heavily worked brass throat piece also in place. A very impressive officer’s sword, an expensive product at the time, obviously intended for a presentation to a respected officer. This would dress up any officer’s display as well as be a target for sword collectors.   A true work of art ... bb - eber ... $3,850.00

 

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14-06-04 ... Hopkins & Allen XL No.4 ... .. Hopkins & Allen incorporated on June 15, 1868 by Charles A. Converse, Charles W. Allen, Horace Briggs, Samuel S. Hopkins and Charles W. Hopkins. The company was managed by the brothers Charles W. Hopkins, Henry H. Hopkins and Samuel S. Hopkins. This particular gun is the .38 caliber, Hopkins & Allen Pocket Revolver Model 1871 (XL No. 4), and was made in the 1880s.   It has a 2 1/2" round barrel, and standard spur trigger.  A perfect gun to display with Wild West Gambler items.  Overall VG condition, 100% original, 100% complete,  and mechanically perfect. Interestingly this XL No.4 has the additional 1879 patent marking on the frame  Nice, clean functional, with very clear markings ... $550.00

 

 

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14-06-05 ... Leather Officer's Pistol Belt With Eagle Buckle ... Civil War officer’s pistol belt and plate: A rather scarce belt. Officer’s belts were often made without fixed sword slings so the belt could be worn on undress occasions without the sword or in the field just carrying a pistol. Here is a very nice example of that belt. Typical officer’s belt construction of leather folded over a web core so that a better grade of leather could be used, but still stand up to field use. Regulation officer’s 1851 belt plate and matching keeper still in place. This has the medium wide tongue on the reverse. Unusually nice condition. The higher grade leather used on these belts usually does not hold up well over time, this one is solid. Nice plate with good detail, some minor spots or dirt in low spots that could be cleaned off. A very good example of an officer’s belt as used in the field. Display it with a holstered revolver of any kind and it will be a highlight of your collection ... bej - hogl ... $495.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-06 ... Flask With Chain ... nice deep patina and attractive floral / geometric embossed artwork on each side. about 7" in total length. chain is about 8" in length. moderate dings on each side ... spring charger functions properly.  a lot of bang for your buck here ... $95.00 SOLD

 

 

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14-06-07A ... Scabbard 01 ... .. Leather Scabbard for a WWI US Army Engineers Bolo Machete ... about 16 1/2" in total length. Brass caps on each end with a moderate curve to its design. Leather stamping on front side still visible - Silhouette Logo of a crown with an arm coming out of it holding a hammer ... text under it reads "LEGITIMUS" ... text above it reads "COLLINS & CO."... $75.00

 

 

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14-06-07B ... Scabbard 02 ... .. WWII USMC 1945 Boyt scabbard for corpsman bolo knife. 3 1/2" x 12 1/4" in size. If you have the knife, here's your sheath  ... $75.00

 

 

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14-06-07C ... Scabbard 03 ... Not sure what this one fits. It is huge ... 18 inches long, 3 inches wide, and an extra 3 inches for the belt loop. It is for some form of large machete or jumbo fighting knife. It looks older than the above two sheaths and I bought all three in the same box lot. Mid to Late 1800s??? ... $100.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-08 ... Extra Fine 1853 Pattern “John Brown” Sharps Carbine: aka "Beecher's Bible" A super example of perhaps the most attractive and famous of the Sharps carbines. This is the slant-breech 1853 brass-mounted pattern made famous because many were shipped to abolitionist John Brown in Kansas in crates labeled “Bibles”. This is a very attractive gun: Very Good to near Fine condition. The wood has both good edges and nice rich color on the butt-stock and fore-stock. Mellow patina to the brass barrelband, butt-plate and patchbox.  Both sights in place. Mechanically excellent, good bore. The barrel has a lovely plum brown patina. Lock and receiver are mottled steel grey. Sharp 1852 Sharps patent marks on the lock plate and 1848 patent on the tang. Serial number 15628. Long sling-bar still in place on the off-side, with the sliding ring. One thumb nail size dent in the wood above the patchbox door, and a narrow lengthwise trough just below the forward end of the patchbox plate. These blemishes are old, and from the guns original period of use. Good wood to metal fit. Nipple not battered down and still some case color showing in the loading groove. A dandy Sharps, whether you are a carbine collector, Sharps fan, cavalry buff, or just want to head to Kansas to settle a dispute. I don’t see many on the market this nice at any kind of reasonable price. A very handsome example of the famed John Brown Sharps ... $4,250.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-09 ... 1896 Pattern Revolver Cartridge Box: Light brown russet leather, Rock Island Arsenal marked, inspected and dated 1909, complete with interior woodblock drilled for 12 .38 caliber pistol cartridges for the Colt Service Revolver. Leather belt loops on reverse are in place and solid, the loops showing this was intended for use before web belts were made regulation and cartridge pouches were designed for the 1911 pattern pistols. From the era of Pancho Villa.  Top notch condition ... $69.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-10 ... Identified KIA Indiana Boy Albumen Photo... Image itself is 4" x 5 1/4" mounted on a 12" x 14" backing and housed in a period oval frame ... William Herron enlisted October 30, 1861 as a 2nd Lieutenant and commissioned into company "E" of the Indiana 52nd Infantry. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant June 12, 1862 and killed on July 14, 1864 at Tupelo, Mississippi. The albumen is circa 1864, lightly soiled, and slightly out of focus.  An excellent wall-hanger and a compliment any collection ... $225.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-11 ... Regulation 1861 Bayonet and Scabbard w/ Buff Leather Frog... .. Bayonet is VG to fine condition with "US" and inspector’s letter "F" stamped at the ricasso. Bayonet is 21" in total length w/ 18 inch blade. Scabbard is the ultra desirable “buff leather frog” example circa 1864. It is in excellent condition... even better than the bayonet in fact... $325.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-12 ... Springfield Arsenal Labeled Wood Box for Gun Nipples: Round wood box with lid, about 2.5 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches high when closed. Green paper arsenal label mostly in place: the bottom portion reading “Steel Gun Nipples / Double Reverse” with the bottom partially pre-printed with “Springfield” and the screw number filled out in ink by hand. Part of the upper portion of the label, that was glued to the lower edge of the lid, is still there and reads “One-Fourth Gro[ss]” (three dozen nipples) A neat arsenal marked piece intended to ship spare parts to far away depots or troops in the field.  In the previous 40 years I've never seen one, then I found two this year.  The other one had a CW compass inside,  I kept it! Neat Springfield Armory/Arsenal relic and CW ditty box ... $135.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-13 CW Period Odd-ball Tin Canteen. Screw tops on canteens were just coming into use during the Civil War and sometimes show up on commercial pieces like this one. This piece likely dates 1860s to 1870s. Oval, about 4 by 6.5 inches overall, with flat sides and an incised line bordering each face. Old solder repair near one shoulder and the neck, showing someone wanted to keep this in service. The oddball thing about the design is that no brackets are provided for carrying, but a rectangular piece of metal is soldered to the bottom making a solid base so that it will stand upright. I have no idea of the pattern or manufacturer, but it is an unusual and neat piece of period antique tinware. I don't recall where I found it, no idea what I paid for it, don't recall when I bought it ... it may be military, or cowboy, or medical, or ??? The only thing I can say with certainty is that It is very appealing ... $95.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-14 ... Regulation U.S. Army Hardee Hat ... This is the regulation 1858 pattern army dress hat made famous by its wear in the field by members of the “black-hatted” Iron Brigade. Ours is a much better than average example with some crazing and minor cracks on the brim, but overall solid and sturdy.   There is an original artillery hat cord around the brim and a replica (re-strike) side eagle insignia holding up the side of the hat.  Decades ago the previous owner reinforced the inside of the hat at the eagles attaching point with some paper tape to reinforce it. This could be undone, but I have left it as is. The inside of the crown still has the manufacturers embossed crown label showing an eagle on flags with “US Army” in a ribband above and the size number “4” below.   Still present is the black ostrich plume stuck through the hat cord. This is a great display piece, would dress up any uniform display greatly.  Change hat cords and you can display with infantry or cavalry.  Sweatband no longer present, otherwise complete.  Rates a 7.5 on a scale of 10 in terms of condition. VG+++  ... $3,450.00

 

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14-06-15 ... Regulation Issue Union Army Fatigue or “Bummer” Cap: The iconic piece of Civil War headgear. Regulation issue enlisted forage cap. Nice condition body with practically no mothing, visor sweatband and complete polished cotton lining in place. Chinstrap is a collector replacement using original buttons. The collector also wanted to use this in an artillery display and obtained a real set of CW crossed cannon insignia, which is tough to get, and tacked them onto the top by looping thread through their loops so as not to damage the cap body by forcing them through the fabric. You can leave them as is or remove them and have a cap suitable for any branch of service and scarce piece of insignia worth several hundred dollars on the side. Top notch forage cap with great appeal ... $2,850.00 SOLD

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14-04-16 ... Smith & Wesson #2 Army ... .. VG Condition Smith & Wesson No. 2 Army Revolver … 32 caliber rimfire, and this is a darn nice example. This gun has a serial #41536 which is just after the Civil War. The patent information is clear on the cylinder. 100% original, 100% complete, functions fine mechanically. They were serial numbered consecutively from 1 through 108,255 (ours example here is sn 41536) A great standard pattern Smith & Wesson Army revolver for your collection ... $695.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-17 ... Disabled Volunteers DinnerPlate ... A nice condition plain dinner or serving plate from “The National Home for Disabled Volunteers” and so marked on the reverse with the March 3, 1865, date of establishment. Measures about 8.5 inches in diameter, black logo on reverse showing Columbia offering a chalice to a soldier.  Veterans’ rights and benefits were important and politically charged issues then as now. Thank goodness we gave our Union Army disabled vets homes and care in their waning years.  A telling reminder that for many the sacrifice did not end with the sound of gunfire.  An interesting piece from the ages old Ken Erwin collection of Michigan ... $39.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-18 ... Lincoln in Blue on Wedgwood! ... Something for the collector of Lincoln memorabilia, or a Wedgwood collector, and a piece from the ages old Ken Erwin (Mich) collection.  Wonderful cobalt blue Abraham Lincoln commemorative plate with vignette portrait of the President surrounded by a flowered border.  Very slight rubbing to right of figure not affecting image.  On reverse an impressed maker’s mark and logo in blue, along with a quotation from Lincoln and one in his honor by George Bancroft:   “His enduring memory will assist during countless ages to bind the states together and to incite to the love of our undivided, indivisible country.”  9.25" in diameter.  Very displayable.  Bears impressed "WEDGWOOD" maker's mark as well as an indistinct circular blue mark with horse inside.  Nice looking piece of china... ca.1930 when plenty of CW vets still marched in town parades ... $59.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-19 ... Lee’s Headquarters Gettysburg Souvenir Plate. Adams Potteries Old English Staffordshire plate in blue commemorating “General Lee, his staff, and headquarters, Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863.” Central panel of the plate shows Lee on the top left over the Lee’s headquarters building, which still stands in Gettysburg today. Around the edge of the plate amid flow decorations are six medallions portraying Generals Longstreet, Ewell, Jeb Stewart, AP Hill and George Pickett. On reverse in blue are the maker’s marks and a repeat of the identification. The Adams Pottery makers obviously did not get the fact that the generals they were portraying were not technically on Lee’s staff, still they did a fine job on the portraits and artwork. A most interesting early Gettysburg souvenir from the days when Civil War veterans were still visiting the Gettysburg field to relive their youth and tell their tales of derring do ... $69.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-20 ... Confederate General A.P. Stewart Plate ... United Daughters of the Confederacy Dinner Plate:  Neat with the Great Seal of the Confederacy motif, and Richmond, Virginia retailers name on the back ... $185.00 SOLD

 

 

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14-06-21 ... Wonderfully Folky Decorated Musket Stock --- Indian??? I don’t know if this is an American Indian altered piece or just a piece of wonderful American folk art. This is the stock and lock of an 1809 German Pottsdam musket that was altered to percussion (for issue in the Civil War) and then cut down for ease in handling (by an Indian?). It was decorated by the last owner using a great Federal eagle engraved oval silver plaque that is virtually identical to the eagle on Washington 1789 Inaugural buttons, and Federalist pieces of insignia. This silver eagle plaque certainly dates ca. 1790, and may be an early piece of trade silver. Also inlaid into the stock are dozens of tiny pieces of brass scavenged from thinning the brass buttplate. Curved pieces of flat brass are inlet forward of the silver oval in the form of an open beak, giving the appearance of a crude bird’s head or perhaps a serpent’s head. Trailing behind the oval plaque is a spray of brass rectangular bits shaved off the buttplate that form a long tail with a diamond shaped tip. A similar spray, without a tip, seems to shoot forward from the beak. On the opposite side a similar tail arrangement flows from a flat brass trapezoid surrounded by a frame of the same brass strips with a similar spray at the forward end. Some of these little strips are also inlaid on either side next to a small plate rear of the musket side plate. One last small brass piece forms a wrist escutcheon of sorts. This is a tremendously interesting and mysterious piece. The lock and forward band are still present. I have left it uncleaned and untouched. If you have a shortened Pottsdam barrel lying around you can easily restore this to the early trade gun it once was, perfect for an early western display. From my perspective it is a wonderful frontier relic just the way it stands ... $750.00

 

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14-06-22 ... Miniature 1860 Staff and Field Officer’s Sword: These miniature swords by German makers show up occasionally and are often mistaken for simple letter openers. The quality, however, shows them to be more likely salesman or promotional samples. Very finely detailed steel scabbard with correct ring mounts- two top and one on the lower ring- and a very nice miniature clamshell motif drag. Extremely detailed counterguard with raised eagle and arms, and equally good detailing on the floral knuckleguard and pommel. Traces of black inlay in the grooves of the grip and even a detailed imitation of wire running along the grooves as well.  A very high quality piece, and really a cool little relic that is well over a hundred years old. ... $135.00 SOLD

 

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14-04-23 ... M1860 Naval Cutlass: Regulation Civil War US Navy enlisted boarding cutlass in overall VG condition. This one is made and marked by Ames Mfg Co. The blade markings are very worn ... the date on the 26" blade is "186?" which is likely 1861 or 1862. The other marking of note is on the guard - "11M - 940" a rack or inventory number showing this one really saw service. The leather on the grip is intact. Also present is twisted wire wrap. In my experience virtually all USN cutlasses have the twisted wire wrap removed, reportedly by USN directive. Those that we encounter with the twisted wire present are invariably examples where a collector replaced the twisted wire. The reported reason for the removal of the twisted wire was because the brass wire in contact with the leather grip in conjunction with the sea air caused the formation of nasty green verdigris on the handles. Here is a good solid cutlass at an affordable price. ... 16 1/2" in overall length ... $545.00

 

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14-06-24 ... Regulation Issue Cavalry Pistol Holster: Civil War regulation revolver holster, full-length, belt loop in place and solid latch tab in place, end plug intact and solid. Good finish, minor scuffing, shows some contours from having held a revolver for a century or so. There are two small holes in the top edge of the front flap. One undoubtedly caused by someone carrying a gun with a longer hammer spur than intended. The other I have no idea what caused it. Holsters are key to any cavalry collection and are tough to find in any sort of condition. Here’s a very affordable example ... $365.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-25 ... Group of 10 Early Almanacs... .. This group of 10 Almanacs (4 of them pictured above) range in size from 4" x 6" to 5" x 8" ... Years included are 1813, 1822, 1825, 1835, 1839, 1860, 1861, 1865, 1867 and 1868 – Full of the standard almanac stuff, weather, crops, astronomical data, etc. Up through the late 20th century almanacs were essential. Now a smart phone is essential. All are completely original except for 1825 which a previous owner fashioned a new cover for. All ten for only ... $200.00

 

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14-06-26 ... Artillery Officer’s Belt: Regulation enlistedman’s artillery saber belt with an officer’s eagle plate ... These issue belts are like the cavalry belts but were made without provision for a shoulder support strap since the artilleryman was not issued as  much heavy gear as a cavalry trooper.  This is buff leather, in very fine condition.  At some point an officer’s belt plate was substituted for the enlisted plate that was on it.  The buckle to keeper fit is excellent. Officers commonly used enlisted gear in the field as a less expensive alternative to privately purchased commercial stuff.  Here is a very solid and very representative example of a scarce CW belt ... $795.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-27 ... Framed Albumen Photos Field Officer and Wife: One Frame but two images! ... Our oval photo of a Civil War Major of Lieut. Colonel is very nicely done in this 9 1/2" x 11 1/4" oval frame, with a 6 1/2" x 8 1/4" oval window - the photo was loose in the frame and as we set to take the photos of it for this list, we noticed a neat little extra - his wife's photo also in the frame behind his! He is ID'd on the back of his photo as an Illinois Officer, and his wife "Mrs. Ill." Nice portraits… $250.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-28 ... Fine Quality Major’s Shoulder Straps ... .. Roughly 1 3/4" x 4 1/2" each, this is a fine pair of regulation Lt. Colonel shoulder straps. Extra Rich quality with double border gilt bullion embroidered edges. The oak leaves are gold indicating major as opposed to Lt. Col. which had silver leaves. The field is a beautiful deep midnight blue velvet. These are getting impossible to find any more ... $695.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-29 ... Very Fine 58" Musket Sling: Roughly 1" wide ... just over 58" in length" overall. The length, according to current wisdom, would indicate that it was made for the early 50/70 Springfield conversions circa 1868 - 1872 though I personally have never seen the army directives for what length slings were assigned to the various rifles and muskets used from 1861-1872. Certainly the 2-band rifles of the period had greater distance between sling swivels than muskets, which I would assume required a longer piece of leather. In any event… Complete with brass hook, sewn loop end, and sliding loop keeper. Fine to excellent condition with good life and superb finish. No maker's mark present. A very nice example which I took off a CW musket ... $175.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-30 ... Rifled and Sighted 1842 By Springfield ... A very nice 1853-dated M-1842 musket manufactured at the Springfield arsenal. Matching 1853 date on the barrel tang, visible VP/eagle proofs at left barrel breech. Very clear lock marks and date. Very strong wood. No cartouche I can see, but extremely sharp edges to the wood around the lock and on the opposite side and no dents or chips. Smooth metal with even light plum brown aging and no pits or speckling. All swivels, bands, springs in place. Good mechanism. Good Bore. Rod and bayonet lug original and in place.

This is one of the muskets updated by the government when the 1855 series of rifled arms was introduced. The .69 smoothbore was rifled to take a conical minie bullet and a long-range rear sight was put on. An interesting part of US small arms development and the perfect piece for a prewar frontier army display as well an early war Civil War collection. I include the proper bayonet for the musket, matching condition, just a little weak on the “S” in the US stamp at the shoulder. These “rifled and sighted” 42s are quite scarce and very desirable. With bayonet ... 1,650.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-31 ... Mississippi Rifle Cartridge Box ... Real Mexican War period, early frontier army, regulation cartridge box for riflemen, intended to be worn on the belt only with no provisions for a shoulder sling. Correct single tin with five upper compartments. This is the early version of the box with no tool pocket and belt loops stitched only, with no rivets. Minor scuffing on the top edge, a bit stiff on part of the flap. Very nice, clear Dingee, New York, maker stamp on the inner flap. Latch tab is broken. Pieces are there and it could be redone, but I have left it as is. A very scarce cartridge box from the period when riflemen were considered light infantry and as something apart from “infantry of the line.” ... $325.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-32 ... Regulation Civil War issue Union Army Infantry Sergeant’s Chevrons ... A matched pair of no-doubt-about-it … dead-real Civil War chevrons.  Light blue worsted wool stripes with good body, sewn to a dark blue backing. These were worn by the four line sergeants in each infantry company.  A showy bit of insignia and a breath of fresh air in this world of postwar, dubious, reproduction, and fake examples which are always on the market. These are the genuine article… the “real deal”! I obtained two pair from an ages old collection recently auctioned in New England. The best I’ve had in a few years ... $595.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-33 ... My Left Foot:  A single Civil War brogan ... A very appealing, obviously used, period brogan. These simple shoes were not only the issue shoe for enlisted men, but were actually preferred by most soldiers to every other form of footwear for comfort. Low heel. Very simple low cut ankle, tied with a thong through three pairs of holes with no eyelets. The cool thing about this one is the period repair to the side. The wearer had no intention of throwing away a shoe that had more miles left in it. A few years ago a great number of CW brogans were excavated from a trash pit in Nashville. My memory says it was near a hospital site. Just about every one of those found showed not only hard use, but crude repairs to make them last just a bit longer. This brogan is not an excavated example. From the same ages old collection as the chevrons listed elsewhere. A really cool piece for a soldier’s display ... $395.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-34 ... Sprague & Marston Long Barrel Percussion Pistol ... .. Manufactured by Sprague & Marston, N.Y., N.Y. circa 1840s to mid 1850s - this .36 cal. single-shot percussion rifled screw barrel pistol with "shotgun style" hammer, has an 8" part octagon and part round barrel and is 11" in overall length. The bag shaped smooth walnut grips are in very nice condition with "C 8" marking on the underside. Looks like the nipple has been replaced. Engraving still evident on the underside of the trigger guard. Barrel stamped "Sprague & Marston New York ... Cast Steel"... Overall VG. 100% original, 100% complete and mechanically perfect ... $595.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-35 ... Long Barrel Whitney Pocket Revolver: Whitney manufactured these .31 Caliber pistols from the late 1850s into the 1860s. As with many pocket revolvers, they were originally intended for civilian travelers and the like, but got a renewed lease on life with the outbreak of the war and demand for smaller revolvers among officers, who had to supply their own weapons and wanted something not too heavy for field use. This is a good example with a 5. ¼ inch barrel, showing use but not mishandling. Smooth gray barrel and frame. Some light pitting on the edge of the recoil shield, which might be expected from firing. Serial number on the loading lever is “…0809,” which is probably 20809. Production ran to about 32,000 guns. This seems to be the Second Model, Third Type, with wedge type latch. Barrel legend is worn away. Shows wear but no abuse. The screw that secures the wing-nut is missing but the nut is firmly in place. Otherwise complete. Mechanically perfect Looks like a miniature Whitney navy revolver ... $550.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-36 ... 1858 Pattern US Fatigue Cap: “The Bummer Cap.”Classic so-called “Type I” pattern cap with slightly smaller crown and curved visor. Some minor moth damage on the lower back, a separation on the seam that has been resewn and a small round bit of moth damage that has been backed with identical material and sewn. Both are well done. This is one of the caps known to have come from Francis Bannerman, of Bannerman’s Island fame.  It is one of those that was relined during the end of the surplus supply.  The sweatband is the original one to the cap, the linings were just inserted and lightly stitched in place. The chinstrap on this is an old collector replacement, broken just forward of the slide, and the side buttons are small staff buttons.  A great display piece and another example of the iconic piece of Civil War headgear. Anyone who enters a collection room instinctively recognizes the pattern ... $1,750.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-37 ... 1858 Remington Army Revolver: A ratty example, but still neat. The best wartime competitor to Colt and better liked by some soldiers because of the solid frame. An “old soldier,” well used, showing light metal mixed with gray, some darker color on the barrel showing, but profuse light pitting to the frame. Serial number 14729 legible on the underside of the barrel is very low on this model, visible barrel marks, though the top line is tougher to make out. Chip off the top branch of the loading lever tip though the catch is in place. Good metal to metal and wood to metal fit. Grips are varnished, refinished or possibly replaced. No cartouches visible. This .44 Caliber revolver was a standard issue side arm to Federal cavalry and valued by Confederate cavalry and guerillas as well, who often liked a pair on the belt in holsters and another pair tucked into saddle holsters. Well worn... so affordable ... $495.00 SOLD

 

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14-06-38 ... Extra Fine Condition New Jersey Marked Model 1861 Springfield Contract Musket / TRENTON.  A top shelf example of the standard Union Army infantry weapon, produced by Burt and Hodge at the Trenton Locomotive and Machine Company.   A.M. Burt and J.T. Hodge were partners in leasing the Trenton facility to produce Springfield Model 1861 rifle muskets for the US government and the state of New Jersey, on contracts taken in each of their names. This is an extra fine example on all fronts.  Crisp 1863 date rear of lock, eagle and U.S. / Trenton forward. 1864 barrel date, (likely assembled January 1864), crisp V/P/eagle proofs left barrel flat.  Metal is fine overall. Area around bolster is excellent, screw slots fine,  Wood edges are sharp and show only mild handling wear.  Super wood-to-metal fit.  Bands, springs, rod, swivels, etc., all correct and in place. Barrel stamped NJ and stock cartouched NJ showing purchase by the state of New Jersey for her troops.   Very strong condition overall and a key piece in the history of Civil War arms.  It is a super example of a midwar contract rifle that soldiers were glad to get to replace the early war European “fence rails” they had had been trying to kill each other with up til then.  It will display like gangbusters with a good belt set and cartridge box rig.  A very fair price for a gun of this quality and condition ... $1,950.00 SOLD

 

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