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1004l - Bidley Flintlock Pistol - This fun little gun is only 7 inches long with a 3 inch barrel. The gun is engraved with Bidley on one side, and Dover on the other. There is a thumb activated safety system which works so well that you could have this gun cocked and loaded with the safety on, and be comfortable that it wouldn’t misfire. The underside of the barrel is marked with two proof marks, a crown over a “P” and a crown over a “V”. The grip, a simple design reminiscent of a cane handle, is solid wood with soft edges. This handsome gun can go for $595.00

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1004m - m1861 Norwich Contract Musket - Based out of Norwich Connecticut, the Norwich Arms Co. made about 25000 of these well made muskets. The locked is marked “US/NORWICH” our classic Eagle, and an 1863 date. The inspectors cartouche is super clear on the stock opposite the lock. This musket surely fought Johnny Reb, and the soldier carved his initials “WR”just in front of the trigger guard plate. Overall the gun is Very Good condition and is 100% original, 100% complete, mechanically perfect, and functions smoothly. The rifled bore is likewise in VG condition, and shows good up keep. The once bright metal, has mellowed into a warm patina. The barrel date is not visible, but the V P and Eagle are very clear. A solid honest Civil War contract Springfield that has the “right look” for a veteran weapon. Great buy at . $1,495.00

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1004n - Fine condition 1864 dated C. Roby M1860 Light Cavalry Saber - This fine regulation saber has extra attractive brass with great color and no bends or age stains. The blade is excellent with no bends, just a little light age spotting. The ricasso has the standard coupling of stampings, “C. Roby W. Chelmsford Mass” and “US 1864 AGM” clearly visible but slightly worn. Leath er grip cover is in fine+ condition, with tightly wrapped original wire. This saber is also paired with its’ original scabbard. which has the mandatory slight dent in the scabbard, 10 inches from the drag, where it likely caught in a door as the Yankee trooper was running out of the plantation house back door before Mammy caught him with the Master’s silver tea service…. Or something like that. The scabbard has a nice age patina and a small amount of surface texture on the drag which obscures the inspector’s mark there. A much better than average Yankee cavalry saber. $875.00

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1004o - Superb Artillery Officer’s Saber with MAGNIFICENT Blade Etching: This is a Klingenthal product of the Coulaux Freres (Brothers) circa 1830s, and is signed on the spine of the blade. The Coulaux family made swords for the French armies from the time of Napoleon Bonaparte up through the 20th century. This sword was made during the Second Empire period and is much higher quality than their later products. It is the precursor to the American Model 1840 and is the pattern copied by N.P. Ames and The Ames Manufacturing Company for production of artillery sabers here in the US. (Ames based many of his patterns on earlier French swords.) This officer’s saber has the most exquisite blade etching. Etched over 2/3rds of the blade’s surface are detailed renditions of an artillery battery in action and on the move. We have mounted men, horses, cannon on carriages, etc… Also etched are beautiful military trophies and motifs including swords, lances, cannons, helmets, etc… The guard and pommel are cast & polished gilt brass with floral decorations. The scabbard is steel. The grip is leather covered and has the full complement of twisted brass wire wrap. The blade is 33 inches long measuring in a straight line from hilt to tip and is formed with a striking, dramatic curve. Outstanding form. Artillery officer’s swords are among the rarest of weapons for collectors to acquire. Examples made by Ames bring ten thousand dollars in VG condition and well over twenty thousand dollars in upper condition grades. This Coulaux Brothers example is top quality and extremely attractive. This is a truly superb and dramatic artillery officer’s saber. In terms of the military actions in which this saber could have been used, please reference the French Pastry War (yup… that’s really the name) where France blockaded and invaded Mexico in 1838. The “war” erupted after some Mexican officers trashed a French Pastry Shop in Mexico City, and King Louis- Philippe of France demanded satisfaction, then sent a naval blockade and ground troops. Santa Anna came out of retirement to fight the French, and had his leg shot off by grapeshot from a French Artillery battery… This all just two years after the Battle of the Alamo. What a wonderful weapon to display to commemorate the odd event. If you want a lot of bang for your buck and don’t want to spend five figures for a Massachusetts made artillery officer’s saber, here is one hell of a nice example. It looks equally fine on display with Civil War artillery officer’s effects both US and CSA. $2,350.00

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1004p - Mexican War 1846 dated Ames model 1840 “Wristbreaker” Cavalry Saber - A great Mexican War dated heavy cavalry saber in extra nice condition. The blade is so nice It is hard to photograph because of all the luster. The markings on the ricasso are NP Ames Cabotville 1846, (the firm marking is weakly hit) and “US NWP”. Stamped onto the guard and pommel cap is a rack number “621”. The pommel is inspected “NWP” as well as “LOM”. The brass guard has a real attractive age patina and no bends or bad dings. The steel scabbard is grey steel color. The brazed seam is somewhat cruder than most Ames scabbards I encounter and I will chalk it up to an inexperienced worker learning the trade. The leather grip wrap is very good to fine. The twisted wire wrap is an excellent and professional restoration. This is a really nice Mexican War Wristbreaker. These were used from the Mexican war right up through the Civil War. $1195.00

 

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1004q - 58 Caliber M1861 Springfield Contract Musket by Parkers’ Snow & Co. - The regulation Union army infantry weapon. Overall very good condition and a gun that really saw service in the Union Army. This gun belonged to a P. R. Hoffmann and is stamped with his name numerous times in the stock. Researching this name I find 12 men in the Union Army who could possibly fit the bill, if we assume that Mr. Hoffman was the original owner in 1864. I can send a printout showing these men and their units if you like. This gun is one of 15,000 made by the Parker’s & Snow Co. during 1863-64. This example has an 1864 date on the lock, but the barrel date is obscured. The wood is a deep brown walnut and shows expected honest wear, no bad damage or abuse. There is an old crack, small, behind the hammer that goes from the rear of the lock, up to the tang, not visible unless you look closely. Opposite the lock, “P.R.HOFFMANN” is stamped in two locations, and we also see the inspector’s cartouche. The owners initials are also on the underside of the stock just in front of the trigger guard. The barrel is smooth with a light patina, and a VG bore. The gun is 100% original and correct, and functions like the day it was made. Also shown, and optionally available for $150.00 is a very good .58 caliber socket bayonet. Gun and pig sticker $1,600.00 Musket alone $1450.00

 

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1004r - M1917 Bayonet - Great World War One bayonet... Made by Remington and stamped 1917, housed in its original green painted leather scabbard. This one is in excellent condition and fits the 30 Caliber m1917 Eddystone Rifle. The blade is excellent with strong markings. The cross guard and pommel steel are slightly cleaned. The grip is likewise excellent, secured by two screws. $175.00

 

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1004s - Cuff insignia and US staff buttons from the 1870s or 1880s...The buttons are large coat sized staff buttons.
I don’t know what uniform these were taken from --- but they are pretty neat items. $45.00

 

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1004t - Civil War Razor Strop with case -This was manufactured and marketed by J. Duff of Philadelphia and is so marked along with the instructions for use which are printed on the case. Due to age, this is now hard to read, but the makers name and most of the instructions are still legible. Strop itself shows average wear. The handle is about 3 1/2 inches long, and overall the strop and case is just over 11 inches. A great 1860s personal item... $69.00

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1004u - Civil War Razor Strop... The Genuine Emerson’s Elastic Razor Strap: Marked on the case “...Which, by its elastic power, is sure to act with regularity, and by its peculiar property, revive the edge of your Razor” This strop is in finer condition than the previous one and the case has directions for use on the bluish side, and the history of Emerson’s Elastic Razor on the Orange side. Total length in the case is 12 1/2 inches, with the handle being 4 inches. When you look up information about this razor, you find that there was much controversy over who could and could not use this label or variations of it. It is an interesting story relating to classic 19th century business arguments. The strop, it is a classic 1860s example in superb condition. $79.00

 

 

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1004v - I X L Razor - The razor is marked “George Wostenholm & Son’s Celebrated IXL razor, Washington works, Sheffield” on the metal tang, and was also weakly etched on the blade. The markings of the blade are rather faint, but with the right angle you can make it out. This is a simple non-patriotic razor, and would go well with one of the strops listed above. $25.00

 

 

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1004w - Colt Navy Revolver: A solid and representative example of the M1851 Colt Navy revolver in good condition. All matched serial numbers 112679. No number is present on wedge or rammer. It is all original and functions very well. When found this gun was polished bright and I had helper Tom put some browning solution on it to give it a little better cosmetic appearance. This a solid tight example of the famed Navy Colt showing wear but no abuse. A very affordable example… $1,175.00

 

 

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1004x - Remington Old Model 1861 Navy Revolver - Very similar to the more common “New Model”, but this is the old pattern Remington that had a cylinder pin and loading lever designed to allow the pin to slide forward along the rammer to allow the soldier to insert a fresh loaded cylinder without risking losing his cylinder pin in the process. However, this design proved instead to allow the cylinder pin to slide forward without warning causing the soldier to lose the entire cylinder out of his gun. A classic example of the law of unintended consequences. Thus, in 1863 Remington went back to the older design as found on the Beals patent Remingtons where the rammer holds the cylinder pin in place so that it can’t move forward. The barrel is 7 3/8 “ and has the two line Remington legend stamped on the top along with 1861 patent date. The front sight is the early cone style. The grips are VG with a faint cartouche on the left grip. The metal surfaces are a mixture of cleaned steel and smooth brown with strong markings. The inspector’s initial “J” is stamped on numerous metal parts. 100% original and complete, and mechanically perfect condition. This is one of the scarcer Civil War revolvers. sn 16115 $1250.00

 

 

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1004y - 1863 Starr Arms Single Action Army Revolver - mechanically perfect Single Action Starr with a smooth crisp action. This gun is 44 Cal. with an 8” barrel. The gun is martially marked with sub inspector’s marks on the steel and cartouche on the grip. Around 25,000 of these went to arm Union cavalrymen during the Civil War, and this is one of those guns. The condition is excellent as refinished with good strong markings. NRA condition is about “very good” with the blue finish being very attractive and completely restored. This revolver is 100% original aside from the blue finish, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. This has the appearance of a $4000 gun when displayed but is priced like an old worn out grey metal example. If you need an attractive sidearm for a Civil War cavalry display here is one heck of a good deal…. $1,175.00

 

 

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1004z - Very Early Colt Baby Dragoon Revolver w’ Superb Texas Ranger / Indian Fight Scene on the Cylinder and 3- Digit Serial Number: This is the earliest Baby Dragoon I have owned bearing serial number 874 made early in 1847, likely the first or second month of production. This has the rare early features including round cylinder stops, cylinder scene of Texas Rangers fighting Indians, and having just one safety pin on the rear of the cylinder. This early Colt was produced while we were still engaged in The War with Mexico, the same time the famed Walker Colt was being used in that war. The condition is “very good+++”. The metal surfaces have sharp edges and smooth surfaces with sharp markings. The cylinder is beautiful, having 85% of the original Texas Ranger, Indian fight scene clearly visible on it. The back strap and trigger guard retain about 40% of the original silver finish. All serial numbers match including the wedge. The revolver is 100% original and complete except that it needs an internal hand and hand spring which I will leave for you to do. This has the four inch barrel. The grips are superb. The overall appeal is totally top end. One of my favorite gun finds of recent years. $5,750.00

 

 

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1004aa - Scottish Percussion Boot or Muff Pistol. Made by “Mortimer & Son Edinbergh” circa 1845. Condi tion is NRA Very Good Plus. The bottom of the barrel and frame have British proofs. Both sides of the frame, the hammer, and trigger guard are engraved. The barrel retains some of its original blue finish. The “bag” style grip is finely checkered and has an oval inlaid silver or German silver escutcheon 1/4” by 1/2”. 3” barrel of approx. .57 cal. Mechanically perfect. A great buy at $450.00

 

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1004bb – English “Jones” Brass Barrel Flintlock Pistol - This attractive large pistol is 15 Inches long with a 9 1/4 inch barrel that measures around 69 Caliber. The lock is marked “Jones” and has no other markings. The hammer and the tang are engraved with a nice floral pattern. The brass barrel is stamped with two proof marks, which are crowns over crossed scepters. The brass barrel, escutcheons, and trigger guard all have the most magnificent undisturbed age patina… absolutely superb…. the kind of patina Americana collectors dream about. There is an oval escutcheon on the back of the grip, and on oval one on the left hand side of the stock. There is some minor stress cracking in the wood, near the muzzle on both sides of the stock, and a little chip behind the lock. The hammer cocks back to half cock but does not click into full. The front sight is a brass pin mounted in a silver dovetail. The ramrod is a replacement, and is only 4 1/2 inches long as opposed to the 8 or so inches it should be. A really handsome early gun fast approaching its’ 200th birthday. Perfect to display with War of 1812, or Texas Alamo, or early riverboat effects… $1250.00

 

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1004cc - “London” Brass Barrel Flintlock - 14 Inch overall measurement with an 8 5/8 brass barrel of about 50 Caliber. Nearly identical in design to the above gun, but a touch more elegant. The lock is too pitted to be able to make out the name stamped on it. The barrel has two large clear proof marks, and an elegant script “London”. The ramrod appears to be original, and is over 8 1/2 inches long. There is some minor wood damage near the muzzle, and a small crack opposite the lock, and the brass ramrod guide is a little banged up but still original. The action on this one is complete, and fully cocks and fires. This is a really nice gun and priced easy on the pocketbook. $1395.00

 

 

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1004dd - Early Colt 4 Screw M-1860 Army Revolver – A good looking “army” with 8” barrel, and matching early serial numbers “11304” (made in 1861). The gun is overall VG+++ with a great look. Metal is attractive, honest, light plum patina with strong edges and sharp markings. The cylinder clearly shows 70% to 80% vivid Naval Engagement scene. The walnut grips are fine with a clear “JT” cartouche on the left grip. There is a tiny hairline crack in the left grip of no consequence, mentioned for accuracy’s sake. The frame , trigger guard, and barrel all have “H” inspector marks. The frame still has a touch of color in the protected areas, and there are hints of blue in a couple well protected spots. Barrel has standard single line address “-ADDRESS COL SAMl COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA. …“Colts Patent” stamped on the frame. The cyl inder has the “H” inspector marks and also bears the naval scene showing Texas vs. Mexico. A much better than average 4-screw Army with great appeal. Mechanically perfect and solid as a gold dollar…. . $2395.00

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1004ee -Western Sheriff Style Handcuffs --- Bean Cobb Handcuffs - If you have a display of old west items these cuffs will look great displayed with a Colt single-action, lawman’s badge, and gun belt. These early handcuffs patented in 1899 were made by the manufacturer Bean under Cobb’s patent. The have the distinction of a removable and replaceable lock. The lock can be removed when the cuff is in its primed state. The lock is primed by turning the key in the keyhole (the key is flat with two bits). Pressing the small actuator beside the keyhole engages the lock. When primed the bow will swing in and out of the lock case. Once engaged, the bow will only ratchet in (4 positions) We got this pair in a group of relics, and they do not function and we do not have the key. They are just a neat display item... $45.00

 

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1004ff - Cap Box with Original Sheeps Wool Inside - This cap box is stamped cleanly on the inner flap “S.H. Young & Co. Newark NJ” and the outer flap bears the inspectors mark of ; “R. WHITE / U.S. / ORD. DEPT / SUB INSPECTOR” Most of this box rates as Very Good, but the outer flap and the belt loops have flaking on the leather. The best part is that the interior of the box has the original wool, (no pick is present). The left ear on the inner flap has a few loose stitches, but is firmly attached. A good buy for your display. $135.00

 

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1004gg -Extremely Rare Brown Russet Leather Cartridge Box Sling with original Eagle Breast Plate: These things are about impossible to find on the loose, and darn scarce to find still attached to a cartridge box. Overall very fine condition with the leather being extra nice brown russet with great life and finish. Measures roughly 62” long from tip to tip. Still present is the original circular eagle breast plate. There are two slits in the leather a couple inches away from the current plate position, where the eagle could also be mounted. Both billet ends are firm and intact with one being slightly shortened, this absolutely done by the soldier who wore it during the Civil War. I got this from a family who found this but NOTHING else military in their attic. They knew it was Civil War and that it had passed down through the family, but knew nothing else and had nothing else of a military nature. If you have a fine condition brown russet cartridge box you would be wise to buy this to complete the set. I don’t think you will find another on the loose.... $675.00

 

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1004hh - Mint Condition S. H. Young & Co. Brown Buff Leather Infantry Belt – Just like the old days --- a mint condition regulation Civil War infantry belt. This is constructed of highest quality buff leather and is maker marked “S. H. Young & Co. Newark NJ”, as well as having a sub inspector’s mark which is clearly there but difficult to read. This is complete with the brass adjuster. These are from the 1864 S.H. Young contract and I recall as a teen ager some guys actually wearing these for skirmishing. One of our local NSSA members now in his eighties tells the story of ordering original leather sets from Bannerman’s or The H.K. White company in the 1950s and early 1960s. Each skirmisher on his team bought an original set to use. He told that the cap boxes were fifty cents and were absolutely NEW condition. I don’t recall the price he related regarding the belts, but am sure it was not more than two or three dollars with the buckles. You could put a buckle on this, but I think it is more interesting without it to show what a mint example actually looks like. $295.00

 

 

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1004ii - Unissued White Buff Leather Civil War Rifle Sling - This was also made by S. H. Young of Newark, and is so marked. This is an unissued example just showing collector gentle handling age. Originally these were thought to have been made for the Model 1841 Mississippi rifles, but now are believed to have been meant to accompany the Model 1863 Remington Zouave rifle. These actually brought more money when they were believed to be for the ’41 rifles… selling in the late 1990s for twelve hundred dollars and more. This sling is 45” long, and has the S. H. Young information stamped on it as well as an inspectors mark. Superb condition and priced well below my competitors… $850.00

 

 

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1004jj - Civil War Cap Box w/ the Wool and Pick ! A great example of the regulation CW cap box. Stamped by the maker “R. Nece”, this is complete with both the lamb’s wool lining and cone pick. These two elements are almost NEVER found still present. Excellent condition overall except the inner flap has a loose left ear that you can fix in 90 seconds with some glue. (Or I will have helper Tom do this if you like.) This is also stamped by US Sub-inspector F.A. Sniffen. The leather overall is in very fine condition with superb finish and good life. The belt loops show a little wear, but can be touched up easily enough with a little boot polish. … A darn fine CW cap box $345.00

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1004kk - Replica Black Harness Leather Sword Knot - This is a mediocre quality copy of the Union army cavalryman’s sword knot which the trooper secured to the saber and to his wrist so that he could not be totally disarmed if the saber was knocked from his grasp. The originals were once common ($7.50 each in mint condition circa 1970). They now bring nearly $400 each for mint examples. If you need something to use in reenacting or to display with your saber… “on the cheap”… here you go… $10.00

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1004ll - Original Civil War Cavalry Spurs: The genuine article… a true matched pair of Civil War Spurs… Gutter style M-1859 Enlisted Cavalry spurs with 14 pt. rowels. (note the gutter cast into the inside body of each spur.) These are the standard issue cavalry spurs that nearly all of the mounted soldiers received during the war. Nothing pretty or chintzy about these, they are regulation heavy duty cast brass spurs, designed to withstand the stress of military horse work in the mounted service. Once quite common these are becoming really hard to buy any more. This is as friendly as I can make the price. $275.00

 

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1004mm - Civil War Musician’s Sword by Horstman: - This is an affordable Civil War Musician’s sword with partial scabbard, signed by Horstman of Philadelphia. The blade is 28” and it would register as VG condition if some of the light surface rust was cleaned off. The cast brass has mellowed a bit with time, and the guard has “69•” on it. The scabbard is roughly 80% present and what is left is in very good condition, it is a shame that some fool broke the end off and lost the drag. I will leave this for you to restore. There is still a touch of gilt on the throat, and the leather is strong with a solid finish to it. This is a great buy for $245.00

 

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1004nn - Fine Condition Jenks 54 Caliber Mule Ear Carbine - This extra nice Jenks is dated 1844 and has more original barrel brown than most we see these days. It has roughly 80% of the original high luster lacquer brown finish on the barrel, and 50% of the case color on the lock, hammer, and lever- plunger. It has all of the standard markings, “N.P. Ames / Springfield / Mass” and “W Jenks” on the lock plate, and “W/JENKS/USN/RP/P/1844” on the breech. The walnut full stock is in fine condition, with some bruising on the left wrist with a faint cartouche on the left hand side of the stock near the breech area. This gun is 100% original, complete, and mechanically perfect. The bore is near mint condition . A super pretty gun, priced fairly at $2950.00

 

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