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10-09-039 – 1860 Dated / Model 1855 Harpers Ferry Rifle Rifle Musket: Here is a darn scarce Civil War weapon, the Virginia made 1855 rifle musket --- perfect for display with Confederate soldier effects without having to spend ten thousand dollars or more. This M1855 musket has matching 1860 dates on the barrel and the lock. It is 100% Harpers Ferry from one end to the other. The interesting feature is that this incorporates a Model 1855 type-1 stock with 1855 type-2 barrel and lock. This has the early ’55 stock with brass nose cap and no patch box as made 1857 to 1859. The barrel and lock bear matching dates of 1860 with barrel carrying the 1855 short range rear sight as used 1859 to 1861. The butt plate has the initials “FD” hand tooled into the steel and I believe are the soldier’s initials. The Confederates captured the Harpers Ferry Armory in 1861 and moved all of the guns, parts, and tools to Richmond and then used same to produce the Richmond and Fayetteville rifles. Consequently Harpers Ferry ‘55s can safely be considered secondary Confederate weapons since the rebs got a mountain of them when they captured the armory. The early Richmond muskets are virtually identical to this musket. In fact if you were to drop an 1861 Richmond lock into this gun you would have a technically correct ’61 C.S. Richmond. Whether the gun was assembled by the Confederates after the capture of the armory, or whether the type 1 and type 2 features were mixed by the pre war US armorer at H.F. we cannot say. But the gun is wonderful and very scarce and perfectly appropriate to display with Confederate soldier effects. All the steel is bright with sharp markings. It is bright from burnishing. The stock is likewise very attractive with good edges and attractive color. It is 100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect, There are no cartouches present. The ramrod is the swelled 1855 type. Only twelve thousand of these muskets were made at Harper’s Ferry, and a large number of those wound up in the hands of the Confederates. A scarce musket at a fair price $3,400.00

 

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10-09-040 – Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber “Wristbreaker” - This is a regulation M1840 import cavalry saber with a 36” blade in excellent condition. The blade has the classic wide squared back and is fine condition with only the slightest discoloration near the ricasso. The only markings on the sword are two instances where “63” is stamped into the brass on the guard and pommel. The scabbard is in very good condition with no dents or dings, and has a light age patina. The grip is in very fine condition with excellent leather and twisted wire wrap. This is one of the thousands of heavy cavalry sabers imported by both the US and CS governments during the Civil War. Perfect to display with Union or Confederate cavalry items. $595.00

 

 

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10-09-041 – Extra Fine Condition 1863 Springfield Rifle Musket: - This is a wonderful Model 1863 type-2 musket in NRA “excellent” condition … not “mint” but not far from it. Truly an investment grade musket. The steel is bright with sharp edges and crisp markings. The stock is likewise superb with minty edges and crisp cartouche stamps including the ESA mark of Erskin S Allin the master armorer at Springield armory. It is dated 1863 on the barrel and 1864 on the lock, indicating that is was likely made early in 1864. The stock has the band springs for retaining the barrel bands. The bore is in extra fine condition with only a couple minor blemishes right near the muzzle. This is one of the nicest examples of this musket you are likely to find. It has been in an ages old collection until two weeks ago when I bought it. A super musket at a super price… $2,650.00

 

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10-09-042 - High Finish Percussion Sharps Carbine: This gun looks like a $6,500.00 near mint example… and it truly is a nice gun. But it is actually a percussion Civil War Sharps that was assembled out of all original Sharps parts many years after the war. Some of the old timers remember which company had the parts to assemble these, but I have forgotten which one it was. It may have been Stokes- Kirk, or Bannerman, or Hartley and Graham. Or maybe old Turner Kirkland of Dixie Gun Works had the parts. I do not recall. Every part is original, every part is in excellent condition, and the gun is mechanically new. The only way you can tell that these are the “assembled” guns is because the parts are all mint and the gun has the tell tale signs of not having been together for 150 years. There is no witness mark matching the frame to the barrel breech. And all the edges on each individual part are sharp and crisp showing that they were not handled or used at all. If you were to take this out and use it, and clean it, and handle it, and rub it for the next fifteen or twenty years you would be hard pressed to tell the true story any more because it is an original Sharps carbine in near new condition. The frame, lock, and lever have 98% mint factory case color. The stocks are mint surplus examples. The bore is likewise super. This example is tight and very attractive. The barrel was reblued sometime in the mid to late 20th century, and in the process the factory markings were lost. The lock and frame markings are mint. If you want a super Sharps at a super price --- here is the gun. Serial number is C47,350 which technically makes this a rare Model 1865 carbine of which only 5,000 were made --- In any event, here is a very pretty Sharps at an even prettier price… $1,950.00

 

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10-09-043 - Harpers Ferry Model 1842 US Musket: Out of an ages old collection is this ’42 musket. It is 100% original and complete and mechanically perfect. It even retains the original trumpet head ramrod which is worth $200 all by itself ! Sometime in the past fifty years someone sanded the stock and varnished the entire gun, other than that it is just fine. Lock is marked US Harpers Ferry 1851. Barrel date is worn away but proofs are still visible. Tight, solid, original ----- and check out this price. Try and find another at……. $750.00

 

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10-09-044 - Absolutely Spectacular 21st South Carolina Confederate Officer’s Inscribed Bible w/ Historical Inscriptions: I have owned a library full of Civil War Bibles and Testaments in my collecting and dealing career, and this one is hands-down the most exciting I have ever had the privilege of offering for sale. Aside from bearing superb inscriptions it is visually a very exciting artifact with the exterior covered in historical writings. It has a lot of pizzazz. The leather bound Bible measures roughly 3.5 by 5 inches across the front cover, and is approximately two inches thick. It was printed in New York in 1840. The Confederate soldier covered this treasured Bible carefully in thin tan linen cloth to protect the leather covers. He also affixed a cotton closing strap on which he wrote “From My Mother” as well as “W. H. Carlisle Goshen Hill S.C. July 3, 1862”. On the lower half of the front cover is glued a wonderful brown ink paper tag placed there by a Yankee captor which reads : “This book was taken from the tent of a Rebel Officer during the Assault and Capture of Morris Island S.C.” And these little teaser notes are only the beginning of the fun. At the top of the front cover the Confederate also wrote in ink “W.H.C. May 1, 1862 Co’ H 21st Regt. Georgetown SC”. Written on the fly leaf inside is: “W. H. Carlisle Goshen Hill Union D??? S. Carolina” this written twice. Beyond this inscription is a lengthy pencil story written by Lieutenant Carlisle which reads “July 1st 1862 //// Came to battery no.1 enlisted at Georgetown May 1st. Reg moved to Charleston on 12th camped in city until June 27th, moved to Morris Island camped all week on the island without tents and scarcely anything to eat. It rained all the while we stayed on the island. Left the city 16th june the day of the battle of Secessionville for James Island run the blockade for ??? on 2nd of oct. being absent nearly ten months ???? stayed from camp ten days March 15th” It is sort of like a diary entry or memoir. Written inside the back cover of the Bible is the Yankee’s entry… “This Bible was taken from a Rebel tent during the Capture of Morris Island”. Research finds our rebel William H Carlisle as Lieutenant in the 1st South Carolina Volunteers in 1861 and also Co. “H” 21st South Carolina Volunteers in 1862… He was born in 1839 (presumably in South Carolina) and died Oct. 22nd 1922 in Lamar Texas. The 21st Infantry Regiment was organized in November, 1861. It served for some time in the Charleston area attached to General Hagood’s Brigade in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. During the spring of 1864 it moved to Virginia and was active at Drewry’s Bluff and Cold Harbor. The unit continued the fight in the Petersburg trenches, then took part in the North Carolina operations. On Morris Island, July 10-11, it lost 14 killed, 112 wounded, and 56 missing, and on August 7, there were 20 officers and 277 men fit for duty. It is at this place where our Bible was taken as a souvenir. The regiment reported 133 casualties from May 6-9, 1864, in front of Petersburg, 75 at Deep Bottom, and 61 at the Weldon Railroad. All of the men defending Fort Fisher were captured and the few who later served in the regiment surrendered with the Army of Tennessee. Well --- there you have it. The most exciting Good Book I’ve seen in quite a while. This is visually exciting, touching with the connection of the book being given by mother, and interesting that a Yankee thought enough of it to tag it with the capture data. A superb Civil War artifact --- $1,650.00

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10-09-045 - Model 1841 Mississippi Rifle w. Colt Alteration : A very nice looking Mississippi rifle being one of the 11,368 rifles Colt bought from the US government for the purposes of upgrading to 58 caliber. This one has a Whitney lock, stock, and furniture—and a Harpers Ferry barrel with Colt upgrades including Colt revolving rifle rear sight and the bore being 58 caliber. The barrel bears a four digit mating number which originally corresponded to the removable bayonet lug. The lug is no longer present. The barrel was altered by Colt into a .58 caliber rifled barrel and the ramrod is the all steel rod with trumpet shaped head. The lock is marked US E Whitney N.Haven 1853. The barrel bears Harpers Ferry inspector’s initials AW over P. The barrel proofs are clear, the barrel tang date is partially obliterated. The wood is VG with strong edges and two visible cartouches. Butt plate has US stamp and rack number 42. Mechanically perfect… 100% original and complete --- A good solid Mississippi… $1,950.00

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10-09-046 – Complete Regulation Issue Civil War Canteen - Complete with cover, strap, and chained cork stopper. The cover is excellent brown wool with only a couple of minor thin spots and a bit of battlefield dirt. The strap is overall VG and full length with a couple small worn spots. The spout is pewter. The stopper is in fact a replacement but looks great. Once common, these canteens with nice covers and straps are quite hard to find at a fair price. Here is a nice one … $399.00

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10-09-047 - Civil War Cap Box With Wool and Pick: Regulation Union army cap box complete with the original wool and pick. The box is in VG to Fine condition with minor crazing in the finish of the leather. It is tight, solid,and sound. The inside flap is nicely marked “R. NECE” (manufacturer) as well as “F. A. SNIFFEN / U.S. ORD. DEPT. / SUB-INSPECTOR”. A great complete cap box. Finding these with the lamb’s wool lining and original pick is a rare event these days. A nice one… $235.00

 

 

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10-09-048 - A Near Mint Zouave Saber Bayonet and Scabbard: What more can be said --- nearly new condition for the Remington Zouave rifle. The pictures tell the story. If you have a mint gun, here is the bayonet for you……. $450.00

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10-09-049 - 1860 Navy Cutlass: Regulation US Navy enlisted boarding cutlass in overall VG condition. This one is made and marked by Ames Mfg Co. The blade markings are very worn but the Ames firm marking is still visible on one side as is the date 1862 or 1864 on the other. All other markings are obliterated. The leather on the grip is intact. Also present is twisted wire wrap. In my experience virtually all USN cutlasses have the twisted wire wrap removed, reportedly by USN directive. Those that we encounter with the twisted wire present are invariably examples where a collector replaced the twisted wire. The reported reason for the removal of the twisted wire was because the brass wire in contact with the leather grip in conjunction with the sea air caused the formation of nasty green verdigris on the handles. Here is a good solid cutlass at an affordable price. $475.00

 

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10-09-050 - SCARCE 52 CALIBER BALLARD CIVIL WAR CAVALRY CARBINE. SN 888. Cal. 52 rimfire (fires the .52 caliber so-called 56-56 Spencer cartridge) . 22” round barrel. A somewhat scarce CW carbine to find in decent condition, only 1800 were made in this caliber and the vast majority went to the state of Kentucky by April 1864. Most Ballards we find are beat up and abused. This Ballard is NRA “very good” condition being 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically VG. The gun functions very well, but there is the slightest wear on the sear so to insure the gun stays on full cock you need to hold the trigger forward while cocking it. Metal is nice grey steel with sharp markings. Bore is excellent. Stock is VG ++ showing handling age and a couple stress lines of no consequence. There is a small chip out of the forend on the right side where the wood meets the receiver. Merwin & Bray & Ballard patent markings on the receiver are clearly visible. The soldier’s initials “JKG” are carved into the butt stock twice. A good solid Ballard in the very scarce caliber. How many CW carbines with production runs of under 2,000 pieces can be bought for the price of a common Burnside. Nice CW cavalry carbine $1,450.00

 

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10-09-051 - Attic Fresh 1864 Springfield Rifle Musket: This 1863 type-2 Springfield walked into our local Toledo gun show yesterday as I type this and was purchased by one of my helpers who was set up there. He sold it to me today. I had spent my weekend exhibiting at an Indian and Frontier Show in Michigan, and being a guest at the American Society of Arms Collectors Meeting & Show. I stopped by our local Toledo show this morning and snagged this good old musket from helper Tom. The Springfield is a “very good” specimen being 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. The gun has matched dates of 1864 on the lock and barrel, and the proper ESA and sub-inspector’s cartouche stamps on the left side of the stock. The metal is a mixture of grey steel and plum brown patina. The stock is very handsome showing nice color and grain and expected handling wear. The cartouche marks are visible but are worn. This has the last pattern 1863 type-2 Springfield rear sight, proper original ramrod, and a decent bore. This is the Springfield where they reintroduced the retaining springs to hold the barrel bands in place. The ’64 Springfields are highly sought being the last percussion gun made at our national armory. This is a very nice and very honest example and I have done my best to keep the price painless. $1,295.00

 

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