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11-02-001 - Starr Percussion Carbine - NRA very good condition being 100% original, 100% complete and mechanically perfect. Metal was cleaned and polished during the late 20th century by a previous collector, and wood was varnished. These great carbines tested better than the Sharps in government tests, and about 20,000 were made between 1862-65. This is a 54 Caliber single shot breech loading carbine with 21 inch barrel. SN #8494 The lock is marked “STARR ARMS Co / YONKERS, N.Y. “ barrel marked “STARR ARMS Co YONKERS, N.Y.” … Breech is marked “STARR’S PATENT / SEPT. 14TH 1858”. Wood shows bumps and bruises and small repair at toe of butt. On the fore-stock near the frame someone has carved the letter A. The metal has areas of light pitting and has an overall bright appearance. The gun has great mechanics and functions perfectly. A VG gun at a very affordable price… $1,250.00

 

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11-02-002 - Model 1861 Springfield Pattern - William Mason Contract Musket - This musket is dated 1863 on the barrel and has the standard V P Eagle marks as well, and is dated 1864 on the lock. The lock is marked with an eagle, and “US / WmMASON / TAUNTON”. The gun is in very good condition and has a nice untouched attic look. The metal all has a matching bronze patina, and the stock has some handling wear, and bruises, but still retains both inspector cartouches. The gun is missing both sling swivels (you can replace these as they were removed, not broken), and a leaf in the rear sight is broken, it is otherwise 100% complete. There is no doubt this rifle-musket really saw service during the Civil War. Most affordable at $950.00

 

 

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11-02-003 - Extra Fine M1863-Type-2 Springfield Rifle Musket - Overall fine ++ condition with sharp edges on the wood, no wear on the steel, and sharp markings on the wood and metal. The two Springfield inspector’s cartouches are crisp and clear on the stock clear (one “ESA”). The only little defect is a small chip missing behind the hammer, and a carved initial or letter behind the lock… otherwise superb. The barrel has crisp “V/P/Ea gle” and 1864 date. The lock is marked 1863 and “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD” and has the eagle and shield motif also. The barrel has strong rifling and the bore is near mint. This is the type-2 Springfield with solid barrel bands and band retaining springs. The rear sight is the last Springfield sight with single leaf with aperture. A Fine Fine Springfield that I found at a good price and can sell for a good price… $2,650.00

 

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11-02-004 - M1842 Harpers Ferry Musket dated 1851 – A nice honest example of the Model 1842 Musket, and extra desirable being a product of the Harpers Ferry, Virginia Armory. The stock shows expected handling wear and use. There is a little wood damage near the bolster. The two cartouches are still visible on the left side of the stock, but are worn. The barrel date is not visible, but the “PB / P” are clearly present, and are the correct Harpers Ferry inspector’s marks. The barrel has some pitting near the breech, and there is some minor pitting on the hammer. 100% original and complete, and mechanically perfect. $775.00

 

 

 

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11-02-005 - Springfield M1835 Musket - Percussion Conversion - A scarce US martial musket, the 1835s were the transition from the 1816 and the 1842. It was the last US flintlock musket and the stock was contoured like the percussion 1842. Overall VG condition being grey steel showing honest age and wear. The lock is marked “SPRING / FIELD / 1843” w/ Eagle over US in front of the hammer. The stock retains the inspector’s cartouche on the left side and “WF” carved into the stock near the butt. The steel is mostly smooth with a dark smoky patina. These early conversion muskets are perfect for display with both US and CS soldier effects for an early war display. $795.00

 

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11-02-006 - M1816 Conversion Musket “L. Pomeroy 1836” one of about 21,000 made by Pomeroy in Pittsfield Mass. Made from 1817-1836. The lock is dated 1836 and the barrel has a 1835 date. The barrel also has a faint “V P” stamped into the metal near the tang. The wood stock is in very good condition, and has one proof mark opposite the lock, and one cartouche on top of the stock at the rear. The bore is in good condition, and the metal shows a little light cleaning. A good solid early war musket. All original and complete. $895.00

 

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11-02-007 - 1845 dated Model 1842 Springfield Percussion Musket - A nice Mexican war dated Springfield with an attrac tive patina showing expected wear and handling … a pleasant appearance and a smooth finish on the stock. The stock shows evidence of light cleaning years ago, but nice lines and attractive color. The lock is marked “SPRING / FIELD / 1845” and has the partial remains of the eagle over the US. The barrel is marked “V / P / Eaglehead” with faint date of 1847. The barrel has a plum patina and is smooth to the touch. This gun surely had a bayonet affixed for many years, as we can see clearly where it was affixed with the metal there being less patinated than the balance. Stock is stamped T Z in front of the trigger guard. A complete and totally original ’42 musket at an affordable price. $975.00

 

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11-02-008 - New Jersey Marked Maynard Conversion of a M1816 Musket - In the late 1850’s the Frankford arsenal per formed these conversion with parts supplied by the Remington Arms Co.. Of the 20,000 conversions made only 2000 were made for New Jersey and bear the NJ on the barrel. This gun is in VG to near fine condition. The stock has the original inspector’s marks opposite the lock, on the comb, and near the trigger guard plate. The wood has clean sharp edges and great color and grain. The barrel is rifled. It is marked NJ, K, and 1858. The lock is marked “REMINGTON’S / ILION. N.Y. / 1858 / U.S. “and is smooth with a few light age spots. Crisp, solid, top notch $1,150.00

 

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11-02-009 - The Holy Grail of Yankee Muskets – 1861 Springfield with matched 1861 Dates: Yup --- matched 1861 dates on the lock and barrel and a true Springfield Armory gun from muzzle to butt. This is the standard Union Army infantry weapon of the Civil War. And while the contract M1861 muskets are common enough, the true Springfield made guns are scarce and those bearing the 1861 date are downright rare. The barrel is marked “1861” and “V / P / Eaglehead” in VG condition with just minor surface stains. The bore is VG + with great rifling that would likely clean better with a rag run down it. The lock is fine and has crisp stampings of “1861” and “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD” and the classic spread wing eagle. The stock has the two proper Springfield inspector’s cartouches including “ESA” for Erskine S Allin, master armorer S.A. In addition there is an “NG” on the side and “20” stamped on the comb. I wager you will not find many matched date 1861 Springfields on the market this year. Here is a good solid example…. $3,750.00

 

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11-02-010 - Large Format Robert E. Lee Albumen Photograph : This classic image by Michael Miley of Lexington, Virginia is very rare in this size, 9 1/2” x 7 1/2”. This specific image (along with a Ewell image listed elsewhere) belonged to Tennessean Campbell Brown and hung at Spring Hill, Maury County, Tennessee, where Brown farmed after the war with his stepfather, General R.S. Ewell. This was obtained from descendants by the previous owner from whom I obtained it. This image is unframed and has two light brown vertical marks, one in front of and one behind Lee who is shown mounted on his war-horse, Traveler. It was made in the fall of 1866 and is imprinted by Miley in the lower right corner. On the back of the oversized card mount someone in later ink wrote “Cambell Brown” - misspelling his first name. A rare image with wonderful historical attribution to the real south. $1,250.00

 

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11-02-011 - This historical photograph was owned by General Ewell himself and hung at his farm at Spring Hill, Maury County, Tennessee. It was purchased directly from an old descendant in the Campbell Brown family in 2006 by the previous owner, along with several other items relating to his farm, including receipts, cattle breeding records, etc. Ewell who had married his cousin ran his wife’s farm along with Campbell Brown, his stepson who had served as his adjutant during the War. Along with this material came an old typewritten transcript of “Campbell Brown’s War”and other items including a photograph of General Lee listed elsewhere on this web page. This photograph of Ewell, trimmed to an oval, complete with its gold “repainted” period oval frame is a hand colored rendition of the General in Confederate Uniform. It measure about 5 1/1 “ x 7”. On the back is a notation that it was loaned, in 1897, for a Confederate function in Tennessee. The photograph is fine and clear with slight spotting not affecting the image. Has old oval matte as supplied by photographers of the 1860’s period. The image should be remounted in acid free manner. A rare image with great provenance. $1,750.00

 

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11-02-012 - Twice Autographed, New Orleans Inscribed, Beauregard CDV Photo: A rare and historically important double autographed image of Beauregard, made in Paris immediately after the war and inscribed in New Orleans. Beauregard has boldly signed the front of the image and has also penned a fine presentation on the back “To Mr. Chas O’Conor with the compliments of Gen. Beauregard New Orleans Dec. 4th 1866” … this entirely in Beauregard’s hand. Mr. O’Coner was a well known New York Lawyer, avid states rights Democrat, and was at the time of this presentation assisting Jefferson Davis in his trial for treason. Interestingly, Company B, of the 2nd Mississippi Infantry was known as the “O’Conner Rifles” in his honor in spite of the fact that they put an extra “N” in his name. Top quality image with excellent clarity and strong contrast… not to mention two signatures and the wonderfully historical New Orleans presentation and historical attribution. A wonderful piece of Southern history, about as Deep South and Dixie as you can get … $2,850.00

 

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11-02-013 - Very rare early War composite Confederate image. Albumen photo showing 49 Confederate Officers. Many are shown in pre war uniforms. Each view is about 3/4 chest view with each figure’s face being about 1 1/8” tall. Image measures about 11” x 9”. Frame is 14” x 12”. Bottom of mount carries the “key” to all the portraits with each subject named. This was done by C. F. May, New York and is apparently an early war piece designed to familiarize northerners with the various southern officers. It shows a young Jeff Davis, Lee is #23 and in his familiar pre war uniform. It shows several who were prominent early in the War such as Beauregard (#1), M.L. Bonham, and Van Dorn. It was done after “Stonewall” Jackson had earned his sobriquet at First Manassas. The “R.S.” Garnett image looks like R.B. Garnett who was killed at Gettysburg and there are several rather obscure Officers such as Felix Zollicoffer (KIA at Mill Springs 1862). A fine clear historic image, and each of the tiny portraits are very sharp and clear Made probably late 1861 or ‘62. Housed in the original fine period frame with a new museum standards, acid free mat. A very scarce piece of photo history. $595.00

 

 

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11-02-014 - Rare Charleston S.C. Signed Southern Percussion Belt Pistol In Form Fitted Holster: A fine pre war belt pistol as would have been carried by our fictional friend Rhett Butler or any other real secessionist Southerner of taste and means: Pistol is a beautifully crafted single barrel percussion pistol marked “F.D. Poyas” on the lock and “Charleston” on the top of the barrel. Poyas is listed as a Charleston merchant and gunsmith 1825-35. A pair of dueling pistols of similar style with longer barrels is in the Charleston Museum. This is likely an English pistol imported, marked, and sold by Poyas, though it is possible he crafted the gun itself as well. It is finely engraved on the lock, hammer, and trigger guard. It has a checkered walnut stock and measures 10 inches in overall length. Barrel length is 4 ¾ inches. It has a German silver barrel key and escutcheons. The original ramrod with German silver tip is present and lacks the tail end inch or so. Of equal appeal is the wonderful form fitted brown leather holster that has protected and carried this pistol since the era of Andy Jackson and the Nullification Crisis in South Carolina, and then up to the secession of the state in 1860. The highly polished leather holster molds itself around the hammer and bolster on this fine southern pistol. It is solid but lacks the belt loop on the reverse. Spectacular holster. Of some note is that Poyas is mentioned in Confederate arms references. Both gun and holster are very fine original condition. Very rare with the Charleston signature. This has been secreted away in a deep south collection for many years. Here is a chance to buy a truly great Southern weapon and a piece of the real Antebellum South … $3,250.00

 

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11-02-015 - Confederate - English Made Callisher and Terry breech loading carbine. Only a small number imported into the Confederacy but famous because JEB Stuart and Jefferson Davis both had one. And heck, if those good old Southern heroes had one, then by all means YOU should have one. Originally issued for trial by British Cavalry in 1858, they saw service in the British Empire in New Zealand and also the Confederacy. This one has an engraved serial number on the iron trigger guard extension which some believe is a Blockade Runner inventory number. I do not believe that to be the case… but who knows. It is a darn nice example of the Callisher & Terry carbine. This is complete with ramrod which has serial number and British War department Broad Arrow. Overall very good condition with much eye appeal. There is an extremely well done repair to a minor crack in the wrist. You have to look hard to see it and it is mentioned here for accuracy’s sake only. Mechanically perfect. Serial #1397 . Jeb Stuart’s carbine can be seen in the Confederate Museum in Richmond. . Also see Civil War Carbines, Lustyik, P. 10. A visually striking antique weapon with interesting mechanics….. $2,450.00

 

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11-02-016 - Extra Nice Example of the Austrian Lorenz Rifle: These great import rifles are currently one of the most sought of all Civil War rifles. Once considered second tier weapons of limited collector interest, we now know they were issued in large numbers to hard fighting Tennessee Confederates and Yankee units from Michigan, the 5th New Jersey, 104th Pennsylvania, 23rd Penna., 26th Penna at Gettysburg had them, 61st Illinois, 106th Illinois and numerous others. This one is tight, solid, 100% original and complete, mechanically perfect --- Metal is gun metal grey with good edges and strong markings. Wood is likewise fine with sharp edges. This has the block rear sight and proper tulip head ramrod with brass band on the tulip. This is one of the nicer Lorenz rifles I have owned in recent years. These were HEAVILY used during the war and frequently turn up in a very dilapidated state --- this one is in really nice condition. Lock is dated 1860 (860 -- the Austrians only used the last three digits in the year). Price of the rifle alone… $1,150.00

PS Also shown is a fine quadrangular socket bayonet for the Lorenz… this along with the proper US made scabbard for the bayonet are available for separate purchase. Scabbard not shown but is standard 7 rivet CW scabbard with maker’s cartouche opn the belt frog… fine++ condition. pictures available by email. Bayonet and US scabbard for the Lorenz…. $325.00

 

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11-02-017 - Handsome early 19th c. Flintlock Pistol by Hill & Co. - This attractive British flintlock measures 14 inches overall with a barrel length of nearly nine inches. The bore is around 60 Caliber. The ornate lock is beautifully hand engraved with the manufactures name “HILL & CO” as well as a sun burst and geometric leaf design. The trigger guard is likewise engraved and has the ubiquitous engraved pineapple finial on the trigger guard tang. The round barrel has two British proof marks. The wood stock is in very good condition with only gentle handling wear. The action works well though the mainspring is a touch soft. The ramrod is currently stuck in a partially protruded position. The barrel and lock have aged pleasantly and have a soft peppery grey-brown patina. Dating to the period 1820s – 1830s this is perfect to display with early frontier items, or Battle of the Alamo, or Seminole Indian War relics, and a lot of bang for the buck…. $1,250.00

PS If you are looking for a militia belt and cartridge boxes of the same period please call or email. I have a dandy.

 

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11-02-018 - Darn Scarce USN Marked M1842 Percussion Pistol: The ’42 martial pistols with USN markings are among the hardest of ‘42s to find. This one is overall NRA VG condition and is 100% original and complete, and mechanically perfect. These weapons are .54 caliber with a smooth bore and an 8 1/2 inch round barrel. The lock has a dark patina, with sharp markings “MIDDTN / CONN / 1851” as well as “US / H. ASTON & Co.” The barrel is marked “U.S.N” and “S.K / P”. Tang date is not legible. The stock is VG with two fairly strong cartouches, minor handling wear and a minor hairline crack that passes through the cartouche. If you collect navy weapons you will be hard pressed to find another USN marked ’42 this year. $1,950.00

 

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11-02-019 - Ames Navy Boxlock Pistol: - This is the standard 1843 Navy model pistol made by Ames. The gun is 54 caliber with a 6 inch round barrel. The lock is flat and flush with the stock and marked “N.P. AMES / SPRINGFIELD / MASS” , “USN / 1844”. The barrel is stamped at the breech “USN / 1844 / RP / P”. The condition is good to very good. The stock has a faint hint of a cartouche, and has a minor repair to a chip in front of the lock, and another repaired chip in the butt stock. Overall solid. The trigger-guard has the name “MILLER” scratched into the brass. Mechanically fine, solid, A great naval weapon and more affordable then the naval Aston. $950.00

 

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11-02-020 - M1861 Savage Contract Springfield Pattern Musket - The lock is marked “SAVAGE R. F. A. CO. / MIDDLETOWN, Ct.” and is dated 1864. The Savage Repeating Arms Company was contracted to make 25,520 of these muskets between 1862 and 1864. This is a very good, solid example of that musket. The barrel date is worn, but the VP and Eagle’s head stamps are very clear, as well as the initials “LEM” being the inspectors mark on the barrel. There is one cartouche present in the stock but it is rather difficult to see. The stock is in very good condition and the right side has a neat carving --- a federal shield shape is carved into the butt as well as an oval shape. The barrel and lock have a dark plum brown age patina, with some minor pitting near the nipple. The gun is mechanically perfect. The bore has been about shot out and is now a smooth bore. Over all a very good contract musket with loads of appeal. The soldier carving of the shield adds greatly to the character. $975.00

 

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11-02-021 - 1848 Dated Ames NCO Sword – This is quite a rarity – an NCO sword bearing a date from the tail end of the Mexican War. Interestingly it is housed in a brass mounted steel NCO sword scabbard from the Civil War, made by Emerson & Silver. I am convinced that this Mexican War era sword was carried in the Civil War scabbard after the earlier Mexican War leather scabbard was damaged or lost from the previous service. The condition of this sword and scabbard is excellent. The brass guard and scabbard mounts have identical undisturbed age patina… very handsome. The blade is nice and shiny and retains vivid Ames firm markings and date. Marked on the ricasso is “US / WD” and on the other side “N. P. AMES / CABOTVILLE / 1848”. The guard is stamped “WD” and “JWR” and the drag of the scabbard is marked “DFM”. The counter guard is slightly bent, mentionined strictly for accuracy’s sake. A solid example with a rare date… $495.00

 

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11-02-022 - Well Used M1840 US Field Artillery Saber – Good solid Civil War artillery saber. The blade markings are about worn away but the “US” stamp is clear. The guard is stamped “ADK” (inspector’s initials). The brass is in very good condition and has an attractive light age patina. The leather grip covering is in very good condition, the wire appears to be a proper restoration. The blade is in good condition and has a dark grey patina with no nicks or dings. The scabbard is uniformly pitted near the throat but very little on the body and has no active rust. There is a minor dent near the drag to prevent rattling. Here is a great deal on a genuine US M1840 Artillery Saber that actually saw service in the Civil War. Here’s your deal…. A complete saber and scabbard for …. $600.00

 

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11-02-023 - Fine M 1840 Import Heavy Cavalry Saber – This great old wrist-breaker was manufactured by Gebruder Weyersberg, Solingen Prussia, and bears a stylized rooster stamped on the ricasso. The condition is extra nice with steel grey 36 inch blade, nicely patinated scabbard, excellent grip, etc. These import 40s were purchased in huge numbers by both the North and South early in the war and are appropriate to display with US or CS cavalry items. This is nice if you don’t want to spend thousands on a rebel made saber. The brass triple branch guard and the pommel have an attractive light age patina. The scabbard is VG+ condition and has a rich brown smooth finish with the most inconsequential pitting on the drag. A really nice Civil War cavalry saber… 100% original and complete…. $600.00

 

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