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10-04-001 - Remington Army Revolver First Year Production: A very solid example of the standard Remington New Model Army revolver and this one with a very low serial number of 45,559. This would indicate production in 1863 which is the first year this model was produced. This great old gun is in NRA “Very Good” condition being 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. The metal is an honest gun metal grey color showing just normal handling and no rust or pitting. The grips are likewise VG condition again showing use but not abuse. The two line barrel legend and firm marking is totally legible. There are government sub inspectors’ initials on the proper various metal parts. The inspector’s cartouche on the left grip is visible but you have to look closely. These Remingtons were issued in about the same quantities as the Colts and were actually a stronger and more advanced design than the Colts with the Remingtons having solid frames with top straps just like present day modern revolvers Also, the Remingtons could be easily reloaded with a fresh full cylinder without the need of tools, whereas the Colt could not. This is a good solid Civil War cavalry revolver that you will be well pleased with. ... A good solid gun... $1,075.00

 

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10-04-002 - Finest Civil War Infantry Belt and Buckle: The nicest I’ve owned in a long time. This is the best of two worlds. This set starts with the regulation early war oval US buckle with the ultra desirable oval stud hooks and single prong on the reverse. These “stud back” buckles have always been on the scarce side, are becoming increasingly scarce with each passing year. Second, the belt itself is among THE BEST surviving specimens extant. It is a nearly mint unissued black harness leather belt complete with the brass adjuster and clearly visible Philadelphia maker’s mark and “Lutz” inspector’s marks in the leather. The maker’s stamp is vivid but was struck with the lower part of the stamp heavier than the top. I believe the maker is Haedrich, but the top section of that marking was not struck as deeply as the bottom. Again, one of the VERY BEST condition infantry belts surviving today... The buckle is easily worth $250 to $275, with some battlefield town dealers pricing them at $350. The mint belt is easily worth $300 to $325. I had to pay “close” to buy this one this past weekend but can sell it for a very fair.... $550.00

 

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10-04-003 - Wonderful Ohio Civil War Forage Cap: An absolutely wonderful Civil War forage cap (aka bummer’s cap) being a high quality commercial cap bearing a Cincinnati, Ohio maker’s name embossed on the interior lining in the crown. This has the utmost appeal, showing just the right amount of age and handling to give it that magic feel of an item that you know was really worn during the Civil War. This cap was there --- absolutely not a war surplus item. The blue wool body is in excellent condition with no significant moth damage. There are a couple repaired moth nips on the front, but these are minor. The cap is constructed with the standard reeded welt around the crown and above the visor. But this one has the added quality of a double reeded welt down the back seam and a single reeded welt around the base. The side buttons are fine gilt small size eagle “I” buttons for an infantry officer. The interior shows some deterioration to the sweatband and lining, but still very good. The sweatband is very worn with numerous tears and a couple missing areas. The lining is quilted black silk with much of the body lining scrunched up near the crown. The quilted crown lining is fine with a nice embossed maker’s marking on which I can clearly read “Cincinnati”. It is very rare to find a cap made in Ohio. I have seen only a couple from Cleveland and Cincinnati over the 35+ years that I have collected Civil War antiques. This is complete with the tarred leather chin strap and tarred visor. An absolutely superb example of the Ohio Union Soldier’s forage cap. This came out of the collection of the late Dr. Joseph Schott which many of you other old timers will remember. He was a dentist from LaSalle, Illinois and was noted for the elegant displays he put on of his Civil War and Indian War uniforms, arms, and equipment. Joe passed away last January. I was fortunate to get a couple pieces from his collection, if only for “old times sake”. Here is one heck of a great Civil War cap priced very fairly. $2,975.00

Another: Virtually identical to the above but no Ohio maker’s mark. $2,750.00

 

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10-04-004 - Wonderful Inscribed US Binoculars: A very fine pair of army binoculars with the added bonus of great US service markings. Engraved on the cross member which connects the two tubes is the marking “ U.S. Sup-r Signal Glasses”... and incised into one tube is the owner’s name “Tho’s A Thomson”. The cross member on these is straight as opposed to arched. The straight configuration is correct for 1860s --- while arched profiles are later. The optics are perfect --- I was just spying on the neighbors with these a moment ago, and I could see everything clearly. These are in excellent condition but retain none of the exterior leather coverings on the tubes. I have researched the name Thomas A Thomson in Civil War rosters and have found that there are 36 men named Thomas Thomson in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Of these 16 have middle initials that are not “A”. This leaves us with twenty remaining suspects. Of the remaining twenty men 18 are lowly privates and not likely to have owned or carried binoculars. This leaves two remaining possible suspects. The remaining two men include an officer in the14th US Infantry named Thomas Thomson (middle name not listed), and a fellow in the 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery with the same name (middle initial also unknown) who might have needed some field glasses. If we can determine if either of these two men had a middle initial of “A” --- we might be able to draw some conclusions. In any event, a fine set of field glasses from the 1860s period --- not the later crap we see at all the shows.... $350.00

 

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10-04-005 - Rare CW Drumstick Carriage: Here is a darn scarce item... The Union Army regulation issue drumstick holder which was worn on the drum sling and supported the sticks on the drummers breast. This one is excellent condition and is complete with the iron wire hooks on the back. Included with this is a pair of absolutely proper size CW style drum sticks. I believe these sticks are 20th century copies of the proper Civil War style put here by the previous collector for display purposes. They look great in the tubes. Also present is a red and white tassle with great age. A truly scarce piece of Civil War equipment... $495.00

 

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10-04-006 - 1004-006 - Commercial Officer Style Spurs - Nice light weight spurs appropriate to display with officer’s or cowbow effects. These are a matched pair with the number 10 stamped into the cast brass. The rowels are both complete and spin freely. They have a touch of light surface rust on them but would clean up splendidly. These date 1860s and later --- perfect to attach to a pair of officer style boots. $195.00

 

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10-04-007 - Really Appealing Dramatically Posed 1840s Daguerreotype Photo: A fine quarter plate dag’ of a daring young buck posed dramatically with one hand on his hip and his opposite hand supporting his chin with his finger extended upward on his cheek... makes him look downright important! The image is very clear and finely contrasted. Housed in mat and glass only. Original paper edge seals have separated, previous collector taped them together again. No case. The narrow sleeves on his coat are the classic stove pipe narrow sleeves of the 1840s. Also note the bird motif on the table cloth which appears to be constructed like a coverlet. A very appealing piece of early American photography. Images from the 1840s are significantly more rare than the common 1850s dags. This fellow looks like he ought to “be somebody”. $140.00

 

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10-04-008 - Rare Blakeslee Quickloader Cartridge Box for Spencer’s Rifle and Carbine: These “quickloaders” have been rare since collecting began. They were rare and expensive way back in the old days. They were made to carry pre loaded tin tubes with seven cartridges in each tube for replenishing the magazine in the Spencer rifle or carbine. The trooper would remove a tube from the Blakeslee, pour the contents into the magazine in the butt of his Spencer, and in just seconds was ready to continue firing. This is the standard ten tube model with the E Gaylord maker’s marking on the front. (They come in six and thirteen tube models as well, with the thirteen tube example so rare I have never seen one and reportedly only three survive.) Inside the box five of the ten tin tubes are present, replacements can be obtained from S&S firearms if my memory serves me. Condition is quite good. The finish on the leather is VG. The wooden block inside is solid. The D-ring, the brass loop, and the leather loop are intact.. the leather loop has been repaired where it tore. The latch tab is repaired as is the hinge area where the lid meets the box. I have been watching one of these on eBay where the seller is trying to start the bidding at $5700... and another in an upcoming auction is estimated at over $4000. Here is the best deal on a genuine Blakeslee that you are going to find this year... I guarantee it. This has a Civil War leather strap with it for display purposes but it is not the original strap that came with the box from Gaylord. A spectacularly good deal ... $2,700.00

 

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10-04-009 - Civil War Canteen: Regulation Model 1858 US smooth side canteen in VG condition. This has all three strap brackets intact as well as the pewter spout. Also present is remnants of the original shoulder strap. Once common, these are now getting very hard to find on the market. A good, solid, honest, example. $189.00

 

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10-04-010 - Regulation Pair of Epaulettes for Captain: Epaulettes of different patterns were worn by officers on their dress uniforms to indicate rank. The diameter of the fringe varied depending on the rank of the officer. Captains epaulettes call for a 1/4 inch diameter bullion fringe which these have. (Lieutenants call for 1/8th inch fringe, Majors and above have half inch diameter fringe.) This pair is in very good to fine condition. The crescent tops are excellent and all the gold bullion is likewise with no damage, staining, or bad wear. The underside of the pads is covered in red silk. Each has a double loop brass wire hook for attaching to the frock coat... Very classy looking bits of bling from the Civil War... Perfect to display by themselves or use them to spice up a plain frock coat. $225.00

 

 

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10-04-011 - Remington New Model Police Revolver: These look like a 3/4 scale Remington Army revolver --- as if someone shrunk the bigger gun down a couple notches. 36 caliber... five and a half inch barrel... about 18,000 were produced from 1865 - 1873. This one is good condition. Steel is gun metal grey... three line barrel legend is clearly legible... left grip is excellent... right grip is damaged with large piece missing from bottom heel area and a small piece missing where it meets the frame. If you are handy repairing grips you can make this gun $200 better by fixing this. The gun functions ok but is a little gummy when you cock it. All parts are original except for the arbor and one screw. This displays great with the left side up, and if you are handy fixing wood you can make a tidy profit by fixing the grip. A nice affordable Remington... sn10,135 ... $495.00

 

 

 

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10-04-012 - Wonderful Pair of Brass Barrel Percussion Boot Pistols ca. 1845: These are 6.25” long overall and are about as charming a pair of self defense pistols as you can find. The brass barrels are superb with rich undisturbed ochra-bronze patina that has taken over a century to acquire. Each pistol is in Very Good condition with no damage or missing parts. One cocks completely, the other cocks only to half cock. Each has the ELG proof mark showing Belgian manufacture. The stocks (grips) are a very handsome blonde wood not native to North America, but I am not well enough educated in that field to be able to tell you which wood it is. I might guess a European maple of some sort. These might bring more money if sold separately but that would be a shame. I will sell them for $235 each ( x two). You have to buy the pair.

 

 

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10-04-013 - Civil War M-1840 NCO Sword & Scabbard Modified For Child: One of the more appealing Civil War trinkets I have to offer for sale. This is a standard, regulation CW Non Commissioned Officer’s sword that has been shortened so that a child could wear it and carry it. We are picturing this with a full length NCO for size reference. The blade is stamped “US DFM 1864” as well as “Emerson & Silver / Trenton NJ”. This sword has had the blade and sheath shortened. I do not know which person or company did this alteration. The blade is now 24.5 inches long. The leather sheath has the brass mounts secured with single brass rivets on the back and is proper length for the blade. I bought this over 20 years ago and thought my first son might find it interesting when he was in kindergarten. One day he came in from playing, out of breath and upset... told his mom he wanted his sword... said some kid in the neighborhood had done something mean, and he wanted to stab the kid with his sword. It sounded like a plan to me, but mom was not on board. The sword was put aside for a time and we discovered it again recently while we were organizing things at home. That is the only history I can relate on this artifact. Neat piece of Americana... $350.00

 

 

 

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10-04-014 - 1863 Dated Whiskey Flask: A great CW personal item... stands over six inches tall... leather covered top section... removable pewter cup covers bottom half. Marked on top of the cap is “W T Fry & Co. Warranted Not to Leak or Come Off...” Stamped into the lip of the spout is “ W T Fry’s Patent 1863”. Excellent condition and perfect to display with CW soldier’s effects... $125.00

 

 

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10-04-015 - Mint Unissued Pistol Cartridge Box: This is just about NEW condition --- just like 35 years ago when the late Turner Kirkland had hundreds and sold them for $5 and $6 each depending on size. Back then I bought two, one of each size. (Figured that was enough I guess.) Front flap is maker marked “J Davy & Co. Newark NJ” also marked “T J Sheperd” the inspector, and also bears a script “US” stamp. This one has it all. Standard medium size cavalry pistol cartridge box. There is the slightest flex crazing along the top of front flap, and top of the belt loops only. Otherwise this box is NEW. NOTE: You must still handle these with care. Just because they look new doesn’t mean you can use them and play with them. The leather is 150 years old and will deteriorate quickly if mishandled. One of the last MINT examples available... $325.00

 

 

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10-04-016 - Three Broadsides from the Walnut Street Theatre - These three broadsides are from January, February, and May of 1852, and give a taste of what entertainment options were available in Philadelphia. These were all printed by Brown’s Steam Power Job Printing Office in Philadelphia and measure just about 10” by 20” and printed on a thin paper. The Walnut Street Theatre is America’s oldest theatre and celebrated their 200th anniversary last year. They are still open for business to this day. They were the first theatre to get gaslights for the stage also in 1837. The theatre was purchased in 1863 by a man named Edwin Booth. If that name sounds familiar, that is because his brother gained notoriety later when he shot Lincoln. The condition is Very Good on all three of these, with the worst damage being on the far right broadside which has the top right corner nearly detached. They all have tiny holes at the intersections of the old creases. These are great historical pieces, and you can have all three for $195.00

 

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10-04-017 - Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber / “Wristbreaker” : A very nice and tight example of the import heavy cavalry saber as issued to both Union and Confederate cavalry troopers during 1861 and 1862. The brass 3-branch guard is about perfect with no bends or dents. The blade is likewise very nice with good gun metal grey color and no nicks or damage. The scabbard is in equally fine with deep brown patina and no dents or damage. The grip is superb --- as restored. If I didn’t tell you the grip wrap was restored you would not catch it... the leather and twisted wire are new restorations and done perfectly. A very handsome CW saber with much eye appeal $495.00

 

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10-04-018 - Mexican War Artillery Saber Belt - The Rarest Artillery Belt: Here is an opportunity for you to buy one of the rarest of the US enlisted belts of the 19th century. This is the Model 1839-40 white buff saber belt for the Light Artillery Saber. We see the belts for the 1832 artillery short swords on a regular basis. But this pre Mexican War belt for the artillery saber is THE FIRST I HAVE OWNED --- and that is saying a lot because I have been collecting this stuff for nearly 40 years. This utilizes the 2-piece interlocking US artillery buckle as we commonly see on the short sword belts (which are now being priced at over $2000 each!). But this belt has the long white buff leather saber hanger straps for use with the mounted artillery saber. These long saber straps are what make this belt so rare. Again --- this is the first of these I have owned since I began collecting in 1972. When a good friend and fellow dealer/collector offered me first shot, I jumped on the opportunity. Excellent condition and extremely rare.... $2,750.00

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10-04-019 - NCO Sword in Really Good Condition - Super nice C Roby NCO sword. The ricasso is stamped “U.S. / 1863 / F.S.S” and “C. ROBY W. CHELMSFORD, MS” The brass is in Fine condition with a bright finish, and the knucklebow is stamped “F.S.S” and “S” and “4”. The whole sword is in tight condition, the blade is nick free, and has a rich gray/black patina with some minor pitting. This sword is just missing it’s scabbard. A fine deal for $250.00

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10-04-020 - Model 1860 Cavalry Saber - This is an Ames saber with no scabbard. Markings are all but worn away on the ricasso, only part of a “U” is visible. But on the pommel we see the inspectors’ marks of “CEW” and “OFEW”. There is also a “4” stamped on the pommel, and on the guard. The grips are good with original wire wraps. Dark brown original leather washer is solidly in place. The blade is a bit nicked up and is missing just a touch of the tip. No pitting and the blade has a pleasing smoky grey finish. $375.00

 

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10-04-021 - Fascinating Faux Candid Quarter Plate TIntype showing three yankee pards just in from the field and ready to go on a bender. They are wearing their fatigue 4-button blouses and forage caps... taking a break for some “refreshment”. The left hand ring leader controls the bottle and displays it to the photographer with label facing the camera. The other two likely suspects each clutch their tin cups. Condition is good to very good with nice clarity and contrast. There are a couple minor scrapes on the tin but nothing serious. This is very appealing and has highly desirable content... so much more interesting than a common soldier view standing with his musket. This is housed in a half leatherette case with mat, frame, and glass. The lid to the case is missing. Here is a lot of photo for a little bit of money.... $325.00

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10-04-022 - 1862 Bible -111th Ohio Soldier’s New Testament: A very fine example of the New Testament with brass closure device. Nicely inscribed inside on the fly leaf to Thomas Marshall by friends in Defiance, Ohio. Bears 1862 publication date. There are twelve men named Thomas Marshall who served in the Union Army from Ohio. Of the twelve only one enlisted in a regiment which had men organized in Defiance, Ohio --- that being the 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (This is one of the premier fighting regiments from here in NW Ohio.). Records show Marshall enlisted August 15th 1862, was captured at Stone Mountain, Georgia on Sept. 30th 1864, was subsequently exchanged, and mustered out June 9th 1865. That is a full service in anyone’s book. The regiment took casualties at such battles as Stone’s River, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Dallas, Kenesaw Mtn., Atlanta, Columbia Tenn., Franklin, and Nashville. A very fine personal item.... $145.0

 

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10-04-023 - Choice 1860s Mahagony 4 Section Field Telescope: This is a first class pocket size telescope PERFECT to display with officer’s effects from the Civil War. This measures 16 inches when extended completely. It measures 5.5 inches when collapsed... perfect size for carrying in an interior coat pocket or haversack. This is in perfect condition and complete with the brass lens cover. The eye piece has an internal sliding lens cover which likewise is perfect. The optics still function just fine. The main tube is covered in Mahogany veneer. If you are doing a display of CW officer’s effects this telescope will add greatly to the exhibit. $235.00

 

 

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10-04-024 - Small Travel Flask - This is a nice pocket sized flask with a removable cup and screw top lid. This flask is just over 5 inches tall 2 3/4 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches thick. The cup is currently stuck onto the glass, which we believe is a result of using the cup, and not washing it before it was put back on. 100 yr. old brandy can dry to a glue like consistency. You should be able to soak this in water to loosen the cup, and get it back in tip top shape. $65.00

 

 

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10-04-025 - Rare maker Carbine Socket - Fine condition Carbine socket made by Lacey. Meeker & Co. New York, and stamped with this name on the strap. This is in near mint condition and would be great paired with your Cavalry Soldiers effects. $79.00

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10-04-026 - Another Field Telescope circa 1860s... this one has the main tube covered in leather. It is a 4 section telescope PERFECT to display with officer’s effects from the Civil War. This measures 16 inches when extended completely. It measures 5.5 inches when collapsed... perfect size for carrying in an interior coat pocket or haversack. This one displays great but the lenses are out of array and the optics do not function. The two eye piece lenses are in place, as is the forward most objective lens, the rear objective lens is gone but the tube for holding it in place is there. If you know an optician who can grind a lens for this you can fix it. I am not going to bother. The eye piece has an internal sliding lens cover. If you are doing a display of CW officer’s effects this telescope will add greatly to the exhibit. Priced very gently... if you know how to fix this you can make a handy profit on this.... $95.00

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10-04-027 - Top Drawer Cavalry Carbine Box: Truly fine condition w/ superb finish on the leather and clear E. Gaylord maker’s stamp on the inner flap. All the straps and buckles are firmly in place, and all the leather finish is nice and shiny. Just lacking the interior wood cartridge block which is unnecessary in any event and can be fashioned from a piece of pine by anyone with a saw and drill. Choice condition at a fair price... $325.00

 

 

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10-04-028 - Scarce Pattern Union Army Cap Box: A very fine example of a rather scarce piece of Union Army equipment. In 1864 the government allowed for a change in the design of the standard US percussion cap box. Instead of making them with an outer flap, and an inner flap with side ears to cover the pouch as had been done for decades, the design was changed to having just an outer flap and sewing the side ears directly to this outer flap. I would suppose this decision was based on the cost savings involved in simplifying the construction and lessening the materials used. Here is a very nice example of this scarce variant. It is in fine condition with good finish on the leather. It is nicely marked on the front flap with a Newark NJ maker’s stamp and an oval sub-inspector’s cartouche as well. Both belt loops firmly in place on the back. $159.00

 

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