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11-05-001 - Confederate Short Sword or Cutlass - This interesting weapon is unmarked but of typical Confederate construction. Cast brass grip modeled on US Naval Cutlass pattern, fish scales, fastened to the blade in the typical tang through the grip, and peened on top. You can see the three indentations cast into the side of the grip for the brads which would have held the grip on a us product. The slot where the handguard of a US naval cut lass would have attached to the pommel of the grip is neatly plugged with brass. The blade is 21” long, double edged. The guard is cast brass, oval shape, slightly bent down on one side. This is a well made, in very good condition and is of unquestionable Confederate manufacture. We just don’t know for sure who made it. $2,600

 

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11-05-002 - Massive Confederate D Guard Knife with History – This is a great CS knife with a sad history. Quoting the description in catalog of The Horse Soldier catalog from whence this came in 1995… “Massive double edge spear point blade measures 15 inches. Heavy iron guard with oval cross guard, walnut grip. Blade is semi-bright with 2 very minor nicks. Actually still holds quite an edge. Guard with slightly darker patina. Classic CS style. Interesting paper sleeve used for mailing the knife through U.S. postal system in 1938. Front side has the following written in ink; “this knife was found on the bank of the Pend Oreille River. A man’s bones and a bear’s bones were found with this knife of ancient origin.’ Reverse side with preprinted label affixed which reads, :From W.W. Fordham, Independence Missouri, Postmaster. This parcel may be opened for postal inspection, 4-10-38.” Paper sleeve fits perfectly over blade and has eyelets for fastening with small string attaching sleeve to guard. No doubt sent through US postal service in this manner. Great example of CS fighting knife.: Now the bad part: The prior owner who had purchased this from the “Horse Soldier” shipped the knife to another dealer for appraisal and the paper sheath was lost. Included here is the picture from the Horse Soldier catalog showing the knife and 1938 note… but that’s all we have. Knife is classic Keenansville Bowie – Cutlass. $4550.00

 

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11-05-003 - 2nd Model Virginia Manufactory Cavalry Saber w/ Full Length Blade - Second Model (1806-08) with birdshead pommel. No Scabbard. A desirable Secondary Confederate weapon, but this one is very scarce as the blade is full length and not cut down as frequently seen. Unmarked. Condition is Very Good to fine, and if you collect Virginia made weapons you will look long and hard to find a second model with original unaltered blade. $2,250.00

 

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11-05-004 - Wm. Glaze US Model 1842 Pistol, Made at Palmetto Arsenal, S. C. - This is a .54 caliber single shot percussion horse pis tol. Considered a secondary Confederate arm. Marked 1853 on the tang and with correct palmetto tree and 1852 on the side plate. Wm. Glaze on bbl breech at a slight slant. Markings are entirely correct, plate full thickness (not billed down), no cartouche on stock (which is correct). Correct and guaranteed in all details though fakes are common. Well above average condition. $4,500.00

 

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11-05-005 - P.G.T. Beauregard Signed CDV - This is a rare and historical image of Beauregard, made in Paris just after the war. Beauregard signed the front of the image and placed a presentation, dated Dec. 4th, 1866 on the back to “Mr. Charles O’Conor”, as well as another signature. Mr. O’Coner was a well known New York Lawyer, avid states rights Democrat, who at the time of this presentation was assisting Jefferson Davis in his trial for treason. Interestingly enough, 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.! Absolutely pristine in all respects. A rare autographed photo of the man who fired the opening shots of the Civil War at Fort Sumter from Charleston. $2,450.00

 

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11-05-006 - Map of Second Manassas - This is a large, linen backed map measuring about 27” by 23”. It was evidently pre pared for some legal proceeding relating to General O. M. Poe about 1878. It is noted as a copy by General G. K. Warren. It pertains to troop movements from August 28-30, 1862. This is extremely detailed as to topography and landmarks of this battlefield. Map is very sound with only minimal small tears around the edge border not at all affecting the map itself. Slight separation of a couple of inches in the center fold. Poe’s positions are marked in blue. An unusual and scarce map of this battlefield. Not taken from a book or atlas. Handsome as can be to display and historical with the connection to Poe and Warren. $350.00

 

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11-05-007 - Likely Confederate Holster, single belt loop cut into the back, lead finial, full flap construction, and made of brown russet leather. The holster is complete with the muzzle plug in very good condition. It fits a Colt pocket revolver with some room to spare, fits a Smith and Wesson No.2 Army quite well, and likely a small Tranter would fit also. This originated from the same estate as the Southern used US cartridge box listed later in this list also with a CS connection. $695.00

 

 

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11-05-008 - Virginia Relic Stirrups found together in Halifax County, Virginia barn many years ago. Nearly matched pair, brass (one just a little heavier construction than the other and somewhat roughly cast, both un marked. Possible Confederate manufacture) of the U.S. pattern for the 1847 Grimsley saddle. Used by both sides during the Civil War. Unmarked, fine patina. Usual bends in back and front bars of the footplates. $395.00

 

 

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11-05-009 - Confederate Used English Snake Buckle - Typical English import to Confederacy. (See Keim 473) Brass snake buckle with identical front and back. Fantastic age patina. Came from a South Carolina estate. Non-Dug and quite handsome. $295.00

 

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11-05-010 - Union Army – Smith’s Pattern Officer’s Shoulder Straps - Pair of captain’s straps with false embroidered, stamped brass, gold “bullion” around the edge, and as the rank bars. Unmarked though they are of the Smith’s patent type. The background has faded slightly to a bluish green. Good Solid Condition. Back of one has faded more than the other. $295.00

 

 

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11-05-011 - Clay Pipe Mold - An Extremely rare colonial or early 1800’s item from Virginia. A wooden and pewter mold with cast iron hinges and lock with handmade nails and screws. All handmade and of the period. Measures just under 5” x 3” x 3”. For molding the bowl of a clay pipe which would then have a reed stem. Beautiful patina, perfect condition. This exact item is pictured in The Illustrated History of American Civil War Relics by Sylvia and O’Donnell, page 267. $475.00

 

 

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11-05-012 - Pocket Watch - A beautiful silver watch. Unmarked except “Fine Silver” with number “3433” and “I,Slt” Beautifully engraved face with gold roman numerals. Beautifully engraved back. Key wind with modern key but correct. Dates to mid 1800’s. Works. $295.00

 

 

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11-05-013 - 19th C. Tin Candle Lantern - A neat little soldered tin lantern, all complete with sliding glass front (glass perhaps old replacement) Neatly designed about 6” x 3 1/2” rectangular shape. Has small loop handle in back which folds flat. Only way to access interior to replace candle is to lift up a small flange holding the glass at the top. Most of original old red paint present. No markings. A scarce little 1800’s item which displays nicely with Civil War effects though may date a little later. $135.00

 

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11-05-014 - Cavalry Picket Pin - Standard U.S. issue pin used by both sides to tether horses. Covered with shallow pitting. Dug near Fort Fisher, N.C. Excellent dug condition. $150.00

 

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11-05-015 - Commercial Spurs - 1860’s - 1880’s commercially manufactured spurs with leather straps. Rather lightweight but well made. Original leather straps with irons buckles, and rowels. Great patina. $195.00

 

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11-05-016 - Civil War Spur – A single Union Army cavalry spur. If you’ve got a match you’ll have a pair. If not, the single is perfect for your General Hood display. $95.00

 

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11-05-017 - Civil War Spur - Somewhat heavier than usual variation of the 1859 US spur with foliate design at the base of the neck. Complete with original rowel. $95.00

 

 

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11-05-018 - Brass Bullet Mold - Unmarked double cavity, conical and ball, for .36 “navy” cal. Iron sprue cutter. Beautiful patina. $150.00

 

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11-05-019 - Brass Bullet Mold - Another unmarked double cavity, conical and ball, for .36 “Navy” cal. Iron sprue cutter. Previous owner feels it could easily be Confederate. I think the rebs never made such a mold. But it’s a darn nice double cavity .36 caliber example from before or during the Civil War. $250.00

 

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11-05-020 - Civil War Cavalry Spurs - Unmarked, typical cast brass with iron rowels. This is a Regulation Federal set as issued to all of Custer’s and Sheridan’s men. Lightly cleaned brass, and some rust and wear on rowels. Overall excellent condition. $280.00

 

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11-05-021 - Civil War Cavalry Horse Bridle Bit - Found in a Virginia Barn near Brandy Station many years. The Iron is a touch rusted but not relic condition by any means. Complete with #4 high port crossbar and U.S. bosses. Standard 1863 Model Cavalry bit. Fine original item. Even has the curb chain still present. $350.00

 

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11-05-022 - US Cartridge Box / Confederate Used? – From the same ages old deep South collection…. This is a .69 caliber early war Federal cartridge box with an upside down US box plate… found this way years ago. Inner flap of the box is stamped with maker’s name. Box is in fine condition with both tins and japanned iron sling buckles. The box is carved on the back, “WDS. Co E”. This cartridge box was purchased with the previously listed Colt pocket holster. Might be southern used but not adding anything for the story… $495.00

 

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11-05-023 - Cavalry Style Bugle – Not quite as old as Civil War, but a good antique bugle perfect . This bugle is 11” long and made of copper with brass reinforcing ring around the bell and brass joints. The mouthpiece is a non-magnetic silver metal. A portion of the short chain that connects the mouthpiece is missing. Though this type of bugle has been reproduced this appears in all respects to date to near the civil war. Handmade construction, somewhat crude brazing of the seams, and appropriate patina with assorted bumps and dings. This type of bugle was also used in Europe and may have been imported. It is unmarked. $350.00

 

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11-05-024 - Bullet Mold - This is an unmarked hinge type bullet mold with a conical bullet and ball. The caliber is .31 same as the colt pockets. Iron construction with no sprue cutter. Fine condition. $150.00

 

 

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11-05-025 - Manhattan Navy Bullet Mold - Iron construction in .36 caliber. Well marked and has the sprue cutter in place. Much less common than Colt’s molds. Scarce and in VG condition. $150.00

 

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11-05-026 - C.S. Richmond Carbine - This is the Type III Confederate carbine with lock plate marked “C.S. Richmond, VA 1862”. Complete and original with the 1862 date stamped at the breech of the barrel as well. Condition is overall “very good++”. Stock is Confederate and totally correct with brass butt plate and brass nose cap. The barrel is the proper Richmond barrel with clear 1862 date and proper VP and eagle’s head proof mark. Rear sight is a US sight and undoubtedly came to Richmond with captured and damaged US guns. I have removed the sight and the barrel is properly dovetailed for the CS sight and milled for the rocker stabilizer found on CS sights. Front sight is proper pinched Richmond sight. All the steel is nice gun metal grey with no rust or pitting worth mention. The stock has good edges, two notches present below lock, color and grain very attractive. A very appealing stock. Has all three sling swivels. A much better than average Richmond cavalry carbine … from the same ages old Deep South collection…. $8,500.00

 

 

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11-05-027 - Whitney Pocket Revolver & Holster with Southern Flavor - This is a second model type 3 Whitney Pocket revolver with a 6 inch barrel serial #14955. All original and complete… Mechanically excellent and came with this black leather holster. Holster is crude, hand stitched, and made of russet leather. Has a crude single belt loop, and there is no provision for a closure strap or finial. Minor flaking of the finish particularly on the flap. Complete with leather plug. These items came together when purchased in Tennessee. Very likely carried by a Confederate, certainly carried by a Southerner. $1,100.00

 

 

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11-05-028 - Cabinet card of General Beauregard - Post-war cabinet card made by George Cook, and so imprint ed. Cook moved to Richmond from Charleston after the war. This is a marvelously clear view of this familiar image, even showing detail of the brass buttons. So clear, that I am thinking the original negative may have been made by Cook and printed again on cabinet format. I do not know much of Cook’s work, but perhaps he photographed Beauregard in Charleston and made this post war print off his earlier negative. Superb, pristine image shown next to a CDV for size reference. $375.00 dhi114

 

 

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11-05-029 - CDV of General Beauregard – Same pose as above… but this view heavily retouched and a copy image. Bears Anthony NY publishing back mark with no credit to the original photographer... possibly Cook of Charleston. Very clean image. Untrimmed. $75.00 dhi113

 

 

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11-05-030 - CDV of P.G.T. Beauregard - Full standing view in his U. S. Army uniform with an Anthony New York back mark. A good image with some weakness of tone. Minimal fading, light soiling. $75.00 dhi112

 

 

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11-05-031 - General Beauregard CDV - Early War Image in US Army uniform. Nashville backmark by T. M. Schleier’s. Slightly faded with some spotting, untrimmed. $100.00 dhi111

 

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11-05-032 - Beauregard CDV - Early War image in U. S. army uniform. No backmark. Negative retouched and likely a pirate copy of a Quinby Charleston image from April 1861. Standing view with arms crossed. $100.00 dhi110

 

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11-05-033 – Rare April 1861 General Beauregard CDV - Image made by Quinby of Charleston S. C. and so marked with label on back, and made exactly 150 years ago in April of 1861. This image is FROM LIFE and extremely rare. It shows him in his uniform with shoulder straps. Uniform has distinctly darker collar and cuffs than the lighter colored material of the jacket. Otherwise similar to U. S. uniform. This was apparently his uniform as Brigadier General of the Provisional Confederate Army, and his first image in CS uniform. He had left the US army as a captain and was appointed BG in the Confederate army March 1, 1861. This image was apparently taken at about the time of the shelling of Ft. Sumter. Slightly faded, slight soiling of card, and small amount of rubbing of right shoulder. Overall a very good, rare, untrimmed image. $450.00 dhi109

 

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11-05-034 - CDV of Beauregard - Pre-war image of Beauregard in military coat with large brass buttons. Published by Anthony. Fine, clean, untrimmed image. Small wrinkle at left margin of paper, not affecting image. $100.00 dhi108

 

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11-05-035 - CDV Engraving Portrait of Beauregard - Engraving of vignetted chest view in pre-war uniform. Scarce early war image by Martein of Philadelphia, corners trimmed for album. Uncommon Image. $75.00 dhi107

 

 

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11-05-036 - CDV of Mrs. P.G.T. Beauregard - Fine clear image with great detail, upper chest view. Some aging and small spots which do not affect the image. Upper corners slightly trimmed for album. S. T. Blessing, New Orleans back-mark. I do not recall ever owning this lady’s photo previously in the 40 years I have collected this old stuff. Rare view… $300.00 dhi106

 

 

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11-05-037 - CDV of Beauregard - Full standing view of Beauregard in U. S. Uniform holding his cap with U. S. Engineer’s insignia plainly visible. Copyright 1861 by Fredricks, NY. Fine, clean, crisp, untrimmed image circulated about the time of Beauregard’s capture of Fort Sumter. A scarce image and good quality. $180.00 dhi105

 

 

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11-05-038 - 1/16 Plate Tintype of General Beauregard - 1 1/2 x 2” in embossed gold plated frame with attachment for locket. Fine clear image of General Beauregard, mid-chest view, in pre-war U.S. Uniform. Believed to be from the series by Abbott & Co. of New York, but no Abbott label present. $275.00 dhi104

 

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11-05-039 - CDV of General Beauregard - Upper chest view facing right. Shows collar and large buttons of his military coat. No back-mark. Mildly faded. Clean, untrimmed, with name in pencil across the bottom of image and printed identification on bottom front of card. $40.00 dhi103

 

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11-05-040 - CDV of P. G. T. Beauregard - CDV of the CSA General. Upper chest view in uniform facing straight forward. Paper damaged below image where signature would be expected. No back mark. Old pencil marks on back. $40.00 dhi102

 

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11-05-041 - Superb High Finish Sharps Model 1859 Rifle - One of the best ‘59 rifles I have found. Condition is NRA Excellent plus. Mechanically perfect, 100% original. Mint bore. The patchbox, lock, receiver and the lever have beautiful vivid case colors remaining. The barrel has the vivid original factory blue and the wood is superb with sharp edges and wonderful color. Overall finish is 90% to 95%. The only blemish is in the form of a few scratches on top of the barrel just forward of the middle barrel band, probably caused by someone attempting to move the band. This could be cosmetically hidden by using a fine horse hair brush and a chemical oxidant. But I will leave that for you. I will elect to leave it as I found it. Low serial number in the 39,000 range showing 1861 production. When I found this at one of my regular gun shows I thought it was a Model 1863 as we see those guns in this condition once in a while. When I discovered it was a Model 1859 I was absolutely thrilled. You will be too. A hard one to improve upon. $8,500.00

 

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