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NEWLY DISCOVERED : CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY BUTTON: A long time collector/friend showed me this button a couple years ago and I've been pestering him to sell it to me ever since. Finally, this year in Denver he did. It is a heretofore unlisted Confederate uniform button as far as I can determine. It is rougly the size of a 25 cent piece (quarter) and made of stamped brass. (About the size of a large officer's coat button.) It is struck using a die and counter die resulting in the nice embossed lettering shown on the face which reads " CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY * " in all capital letters. The form is very much like trouser buttons of the period, but larger. It is a button-jar find as opposed to a metal detector find and has never been in the ground. It has an attractive non-dug light age patina like an old copper penny. When this first surfaced we dilligently researched it and came up with "NOTHING" ... "NADA". Absolutely no other examples could be located, no dug examples, no non-dug examples, no reenactor examples, no Google images examples, and none of the button guys had ever seen one nor heard of one. This made me want it even more. Fast forward... Well now I have it, and am sharing it here on my web page. If you know something more about this please email or call. I will share any data that I receive. Not for sale at this writing. I spent too much time chasing it and researching it. I want to finish that job before I pass it on.  

The tintype shown here is not connected with the button other than to illustrate this type of button in use on coats in the 1860s. 

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18-06-01 ... GWYN & CAMPBELL CIVIL WAR CARBINE IN NEARLY NEW CONDITION. SN 2381 Cal. 52. This is among the finest examples of a popular Civil War carbine in nearly new condition. All serial numbers are matching. Gun is marked at rear of lock, “GWYN & CAMPBELL” in an arch above “PATENT/1862/HAMILTON O”. Frame is stamped “UNION RIFLE” vertically below breech. An inspector’s cartouche “WHR” is crisp and found in stock opposite lock. Gun retains most all its original blue and original case colors as can be seen in photos. Bbl retains 95%+ original blue with some fading. The bore is crisp and appears unfired. The lock, frame and lever retain 90% of their bright case colors with remainder muted. The breech block and backstrap retain about 80% of their bright fire blue with areas of pitting and staining. Stock is fine and solid, with perfect wood to metal fit. Inspector marks and cartouche are crisp and legible. Mechanically gun is perfect with a crisp shiny bright bore. Of some note is that a nearly identical carbine sequentially numbered to this one (2382) sold at Julia's auction in October 2015 for $6,325.00. Here is a link to that gun GWYN & CAMPBELL CIVIL WAR CARBINE IN NEARLY NEW CONDITION. - James D. Julia, AuctioneersIf you are the owner of 2382 you can now have a sequentially numbered "pair" without spending nearly as much for the second gun. A superb example priced very competitively at... $4,250.00 Sold

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18-06-02....Civil War Austrian Lorenz Rifle ... These .54 caliber rifles were imported by both sides in the Civil War in huge numbers. Many went to Tennessee Confederates, and many went to Wisconsin Iron Brigade Yankees. About half were bored out to .58 caliber when issued in the CW. They were generally well liked, accurate, shorter and easier to handle than the Springfields and Enfields. They take their own pattern of socket bayonet: a quadrangular blade with a socket cut with a spiral slot. This is a very nice example with typical European light colored wood, good metal, and proper manufacturer and inspector markings. The lock bears the date "859" for "1859". The Lorenz dates never carry the "1"... 1860 is 860 1859 is 859 etc... Nice smooth steel with no corrosion at the breech or on the bolster. The lockplate, hammer and other hardened parts show a dull silver with scattered brown spots. Solid V notch rear sight intact. Stock made w/ no cheekrest on left butt. Front sight in place on correct oval base. Swivels, bands, springs, etc., all original. Ramrod is a totally proper replacement made exactly like the originals with a brass tulip end and a hole in the tulip that functions as a cleaning jag and also as a means of inserting a tortion bar through the hole when pulling a ball. Barrel is bored out to .58 caliber. No rifling remains. A very desirable Civil War rifle imported in quantities second only to the Enfield and used by both sides. If you are building an arms collection or illustrating weapons used by either side this is an ideal addition to the gunroom wall. Overall VG zzejjxx $950.00 Sold

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18-06-03.....Presentation 71st Ohio Officer's Sword Carried in Overton Hill Battle at Nashville & Hidden from Rebel Body Pickers, Sword mentioned in Regimental History! This sword was purchased directly from the family estate sale in Toledo decades ago by an old friend and advanced local collector who sells me items from time to time. It has remained in his collection until this year and has never been on the Civil War collectors market until now. It is a regulation 1850 Foot Officer's Sword. Beautifully engraved on the top scabbard mount is: "Presented to Lieut. J.R. Goodwin by the members of Co. "D" 71st Ohio Vol. Inftry. July 31st 1863". This is Joseph R. Goodwin who rose to the rank of captain. At the Battle of Overton Hill (Nashville) Goodwin was badly wounded with this sword in his hand. In the regimental history of the 71st Ohio (Redemption by Martin Stewart) is the following report: "Captain Goodwin said that while he lay on the ground wounded, a rebel soldier left their works and attempted to relieve him of his sword. Goodwin rolled over on his sword and groaned and the soldier left him for easier pickings. Goodwin also said that any wounded soldiers from the colored regiments that showed any life were bayoneted by the rebels who came over the works." The sword and scabbard are in fine attic condition with identical age patina and wear on the brass guard and scabbard mounts. The scabbard is steel with brass mounts. The top mount is marked "Ames Mfg. Co. Chicopee Mass." The sword itself is not signed by Ames... but is absolutely the sword that was carried in this sheath by J.R. Goodwin. The age patina, the color, the wear, and the grime are identical on both pieces. It would be simple to cure this "unmarked" issue by simply buying a loose Ames marked sword for five hundred dollars and sticking it in this scabbard. But I guarantee this is the sword that came out of the family estate exactly as it was brought home. Goodwin served from October 1861 through September 1865. The regiment saw action at Shiloh, Lovejoy Station, Columbia Tenn., Spring Hill Tenn, and then Nashville where they took heavy casualties. According to The Union Army Vol.2 "It took an active and effective part in the battle of Nashville, displaying great bravery and losing one-third of its number in killed and wounded - among them several valuable officers. Shortly after this battle the regiment was ordered to Texas, where it spent the following summer, being mustered out on Nov. 30, 1865." One of the most interesting swords I've been able to offer. $3,550.00 Sold

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18-06-04.. 28th Massachusetts Unit Marked Enfield Rifle Musket: The P-1853 British Enfield was issued in huge quantities to both northern and southern troops, imported in massive quantities by both sides, making the London and Birmingham arms makers a tidy profit. This one likely was intended for the Confederacy but was intercepted by our navy, re-routed to Boston, and issued to Massachusetts troops instead. Many of the CS intercepted English muskets and Enfield accoutrement sets sent to the south, wound up being issued to Massachusetts troops after the blockade runners were caught in the north Atlantic and escorted to Boston. Neatly stamped on the brass butt plate is " K 28th Mass. 24" ... meaning Co. "K" 28th Massachusetts Regiment, soldier or rack number 24. Nice “Tow­er/ 1861” marked lock plate, crown at rear. Good bolster and nipple. Bolster has a clean-out screw added. Rear sight base is in place but the adjustable ladder portion is not present. Wood is very good, nice mellow color, just the usual scattered dings from actual use in the Civil War. Stamped into the wood just forward of the butt plate tang is a circular cartouche with script lettering inside. I believe this marking is consistent with guns sent from Birmingham destined for the south. Incised into the left butt stock are the initials "S F(?) H". These may or may not be the initials of the soldier. Checking the Civil War database for the 24th Mass I find two soldiers bearing the initials S.H. They were Samuel Hadlock and Samuel Holt both of Co. "G". The regiment took heavy casualties at New Bern NC and other NC battles. They fought at Chancellorsville Va and St. Augustine Florida. Heavy casualites at Bermuda Hundred, and Deep Bottom Virginia. Metal has a pleasant smokey gray and plum patina. Has proper 25/25 barrel marks showing the gun is .577 caliber. Bore has no rifling remaining. Tight metal/wood fit. All bands, swivels, brass nosecap, rod, etc. in place. Very scarce and desirable with the wartime unit marking in the brass. fahle $3,200.00 Sold

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18-06-05... Confederate Enfield Rifle Musket Barnett London IDed "J. Nix":  Stamped into the right butt stock of this Barnett London Enfield is an owner's name  "J. NIX".  There are 19 Yankee soldiers in civilwardata named J. Nix.  There are 108 Confederates with that name.  Clearly the surname NIX is far more prevalent south of the Mason Dixon Line.  The musket itself has markings consistent with Enfields sent to the Confederacy.   According to the wonderful reference book The English Connection by Tim Prince and others  this musket conforms to other known Confederate marked specimens with several markings closely associated with the south.  Forward of the butt plate tang is a vivid "W L" oval cartouche.  This marking is addressed  on page 116 of The English Connection as likely being a viewer employed by S. Isaac Cambell & Co. supplier to the Confederacy.    Behind the trigger guard tang are stamped two small initials that appear to read "I. C."   Barnett’s guns are never dated, but are believed to be 1861-1862.  The lock bears the standard markings... marked forward of hammer “BARNETT / LONDON” and at rear crown over TOWER.    Standard configuration with 39″ London proofed barrel,  3 steel barrel bands, brass trigger guard and butt plate,  correct knurled ramrod,  correct long range rear sight.  Overall VG condition. Good bore. 100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect.  A solid CW musket that saw service with Johnny Reb...  zbcjj-fahlezz   $2,500.00 Sold

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18-06-06... Remington 1863 Percussion "Zouave Rifle"...   One of the most attractive rifles ever produced for the US army, and their use is still a mystery.  It is known that Remington produced some 12,501 of them, most in 1863 and 1864.  None are known to have been issued to troops in the field.   Handsomely furnished with brass mounts, including the patch box,  these were clearly patterned on the earlier rifles descended from the M1841 Mississippi rifle and the 1855 Harpers Ferry two band rifle.   This one is overall VG+ condition fresh from a Michigan estate auction.  Lots of blue-turned-plum brown barrel color.  Muted, age tones to the brass.  Clear 1863 and Remington maker stamp with U.S. and eagle on the lockplate.  The breech of the barrel shows some corrosion from firing (the fulminate of mercury in the percussion caps takes its toll.)   The last two digits of the barrel date are obscured. The barrel proofs are legible as is the “Steel” marking and barrel inspector initials on the side. Bore is excellent and shiny.  The rear sight is the correct short range 2 leaf type.   The left side of the stock on the side at the breech is cracked and was repaired to keep it usable. A small pin is visible at the top and the wood and metal show the matrix marks of a vise used in the repair.  Mechanically very good.  Patch box functional. springs and swivels are all original and in place.  All original except for a properly made replacement ramrod.   Nice even dark tone to the wood.   Bayonet lug in place at the muzzle for the saber bayonet. One of the most attractive Civil War rifles at a decent price... $1,095.00 Sold

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18-18-06-07...COLT SECOND MODEL DERRINGER ... Made from about 1870 to 1890, this .41 caliber was a handy vest pocket gun. The walnut grips on ours are good, showing deep checkering and just the slightest of wear around screwplate on the left. The fit to the metal is tight. The scroll engraving shows just the lightest of wear, also on the right, and metal is a smooth, dull silver overall with some hints of gray and a bit of brown on the barrel. Matching serial number 1534 on the butt and underside of the barrel. Correct Colt barrel markings on the top, just a tad light on the left, but with a very visible “No 2” at right and sunrays just aft, at the top of the receiver, and another bit of scroll engraving just behind the hammer—this was about the only Colt that indulged in engraved details like this. A nice early western “back-up” piece that might be a card-player’s or traveler’s ace-in-the-hole.$750.00 zxgjjvx

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18-06-08..NICHOLAS II MUSKET TOOL DATED 1863:   This is a new variant on me. Looks something like an English Enfield tool, but the markings have a German or Austrian flavor.  I just learned that it is a RUSSIAN musket tool issued during the reign of Emperor Nicholas II.  Quite rare.  The Russian army put down a Polish uprising in 1863,  and took over Poland. Nicholas declared himself emperor of Poland as well as Russia and outlawed the printed Polish language and executed or exiled thousands of Poles.   Russia also won its' Caucasian War in 1864 which it had been fighting since 1817.  A neat gun tool from one badass army.  Solidly machined and nicely marked including 1863 date clearly stamped in the steel.  Nipple wrench is designed to fit a large musket nipple.   Nice with the specific 1863 manufacture date and eastern European history.   $135.00 Sold

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18-06-09... EXTREMELY HANDSOME AND APPEALING FRENCH 1822 PATTERN CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER WITH INTERESTING GRIP ... This sword is unmarked but is obviously a French 1822 cavalry officer’s saber with a raised palmette (floral design) on the upper quillon area of the brass guard and the standard cast floral motifs along the edges of the pommel cap.  This is the pattern that Ames copied for our US 1840 sabers.  It was also copied by the Thomas-Griswold Co. for their CS cavalry officer's sabers.  The grip is unusual and really appealing in having a starkly rectangular configuration ...  flat on all four sides.   This feature is most of the reason I bought this super old sword.  The grip contour reminds me of early First Empire officer's swords.   The sharkskin and wire binding are excellent. There is a narrow separation line from age along the top edge but the grip is tight.  A thin red cloth washer is in place under the guard and the blade is plain, with no etched motifs.  Excellent condition overall.  The scabbard is steel, with carrying rings, drag and riveted throat in place. The blade is largely bright, with a little brown appearing near the ricasso. The scabbard shows some light surface rust near the drag, but is mostly a bluish gray.  Perfectly acceptable for Union or Confederate cavalry displays.  $1,150.00

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18-06-10...EARLY US ALAMO ERA INFANTRY SWORD WITH ETCHED BLADE AND ENGRAVED SCABBARD...   Very nice condition, steel mounted sword of about 1830. These straight blades were typical of swords carried by infantry officers from about 1820 and silver and white were also the branch of service colors for infantry at the time.  This one is appropriately steel and iron mounted with a handsome white bone grip. The hilt is the pistol grip form with a down-turned pommel reflecting a hint of British influence and style.  The pommel shows deep spirals that pick up the shell motif of the langets on the crossguard.  A knuckleguard chain connects the pommel with the acorn-finials on the  cross guard that has a slight S-curve. The bone grip has a small surface chip out at the lower inboard and upper outboard side, but the grip is stable and the engraved lines and curves draw the eye away from that small defect.  The single-edged blade is about the most profusely etched that I have seen.  Not only is the center covered with tight floral scrolls, but there are also bands of smaller elements running along the top and bottom edges of the blade flat.  In addition, the scabbard is engraved with floral motifs above the upper carrying ring and button, and with an eagle with a US shield on its breast and an E Pluribus Unum ribband floating above located just below the upper carrying ring band.  The scabbard is in very good condition and set up for carriage both by slings and in a shoulder belt.  A dandy early sword typical of those carried by US officer's fighting Santa Anna in Texas and Mexico.

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18-06-11 ... CLASSY FRANCOTTE PERCUSSION PISTOL ALSO MARKED SHARPE, LONDON ... Streamlined overcoat or traveling pistol with a "crown over AF" maker's stamp (A. Francotte) and Sharpe, London dealer's mark. About 45 caliber or slightly larger. Overall length 10.5 inches. Very simple, round, deeply curved grip with a hinged butt cap which opens to reveal a place for caps. The frame is deeply engraved with floral scrolls on both sides and the top, which also shows a “Sharpe / London” retailer’s stamp. The octagonal barrel shows lots of thin original blue with just some gray showing from wear on along the edges of the flats. The hammer shows bluing as well, and also floral scrolls matching the work on the receiver. Liege stamp at left front of frame. The swivel for the captive rammer is in place. The mounts are German silver. The grips are very good and the pistol still shows a lot of its attractive, period tricolor look. A very showy gentleman’s pistol of about 1850. $850.00

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18-06-12...REMINGTON NEW MODEL POCKET REVOLVER AND SUPER HOLSTER... These elegant spur-trigger pocket revolvers were made in percussion from 1865 to 1873.  This has very nice grips with no chips and substantial blue left on the cylinder and barrel- a bit stronger on the left and top than the right- and some light traces on the rear of the frame as well.  The backstrap and butt show a dull gray. Barrel markings on the top barrel flat have the 1858 date only.   This is what Flayderman calls the  “third type” with the iron trigger sheath and trigger. The wood to metal fit is excellent as are the mechanics.  A real bonus is the presence of its original military style belt holster with a full flap showing some tooling along the edge and full fastening tab and cross loop. The reverse belt loop is narrow with black horseshoe buckle to enable it to be mounted and dismounted from a belt without having to take the belt off. A nice, crisp looking revolver with an incredibly scarce holster.  $1,495.00

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18-06-13...NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE MILITIA CARTRIDGE BOX AND PLATE ...There is still debate about the issuance of these NHSM caccoutrement plates.  I don’t personally know of any dug examples, but I have heard "rumors" that some have been found at Port Hudson.  True of digger legend?  Or maybe someone trying to make the NHSM a more valuable commodity???   Some scholars date them to 1862 and a few of them have shown up on 1862-dated cartridge boxes by Thaxter of Maine.   My only personal knowledge of issuance is from an album size tintype I once owned showing a soldier in regulation CW Union army infantry frock coat and accoutrements with a crystal clear NHSM buckle.  The tintype was housed in a paper frame bearing an 1865 patent date.  The frame was signed in ink by the soldier and he did not show up in Civil War records.  He was likely 1865 NHSM militia,  never federalized.  Here is one on an 1862-dated box by Longley, of Lewiston, Maine. The box is the 1861 style with riveted belt loops, but no rivets on the latch tab or buckles and a nice maker name and date on the inner flap.   The box is complete, with both tin magazines, and the side ears, inner flap and implement pouch in place. Sling buckles are secure and the latch tab is full length and not torn. The leather is very good with just some minor scuffing and wrinkles from use. The plate is dead real and 100 percent original. The leather thong holding is certainly a modern replacement. A single rivet was added at the upper back of the box to reinforce the stitching of the belt loops for the shoulder sling, another nice indicator of actual issuance and use. A very good example of a very rare plate on a darn nice cartridge box.   $1,250.00 Sold

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18-06-14 ...NEW JERSEY MARKED BULLSEYE CANTEEN... A very nice Civil War concentric ring "bullseye" canteen with its' full complement of cover, strap, stopper, and chain. Condition is excellent. In addition it has been stenciled “New Jersey” on the sling and stenciled “N.G.N.J.” on the cover indicating ownership and issuance to the National Guard of New Jersey. These markings were added when The Garden State issued these to their National Guardsmen just after the end of the Civil War. Near perfect condition with virtually no moth damage. One of the nicest Civil War canteens I have seen in some time. $425.00 Sold
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