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10-05-001 - Superb Near Mint Tower Enfield dated 1863 - This is the best condition Enfield rifle musket I have owned (and I’ve owned some nice ones). The lock is marked “1863 / Tower” and also a crown behind the hammer. These markings are very crisp, and the lock shows no evidence of wear and retains most of the darkened case colors. Opposite the lock on the stock the are initials JN stamped upside down. The barrel is proved with classic Brimingham proofs, cyphers and 25’s. The gun has the proper 39 inch barrel, with virtually all of the original factory blue. The bore is bright and shiny. The rifling is thin. The wood has extremely crisp edges and shows virtually no handling wear. This gun has an attractive chained nipple guard attached to the rear sling swivel. If you are looking for one of the best Enfields available anywhere, here is your opportunity. $4500.00

 

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10-05-002 - Model 1816 Type III with matching 1837 dates - This is one of over 325,000 muskets made at the Springfield armory between 1816 and 1844. This gun has a 43” barrel with a 69 caliber smooth bore. The barrel is marked with a P, an eagle head, and a V and also the tang has an 1837 date. The lock plate is marked with “Springfield / 1837” behind the hammer, and it has an Eagle over US in front of the hammer. On the stock opposite the lock we have two proof marks, an EB with an oval around it, and a second mark that is less clear. In this same area there is what appears to be a hand carved LC and further towards the butt there is a CH. The trigger guard is stamped MT in the metal, and the wood is stamped SL with an AK inside an oval. The gun has a integrated bayonet lug on the top of the barrel, and retains the original button style ramrod. This gun has been converted to percussion using the belgian style alteration. It is in NRA very good condition, totally original and complete,and a good representative example. Here is a most affordable Civil War musket at... $795.00

 

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10-05-003 - Liege F & T 1861 Musket - This imported musket is market on the lock plate “LIEGE / F & T/ 1861” and also a crown over “H” and is marked on the barrel “ELG”, “S”, and “ET”. This is the firm of Falisse and Trapman in Belgium which produced these 1842 French style muskets so heavily used by both Union and Confederate troops. The lefthand side of the stock near the butt is marked in a few locations with more letters, but they are kind of hard to make out. The slotted screws are all market with an H proof mark. The barrel is 40 1/2 inches long, and is a large caliber with a smooth bore. There is a bayonet lug present on the underside of the barrel. The ramrod is present, and is of a tapered style. The trigger guard plate has two ribs as part of its design. This gun was made as a percussion gun, and is missing the nipple. One of the nicest examples I have owned in quite a while... $795.00

 

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10-05-004 - Remington 1863 Zouave Rifle - One of around 12,501 made during the Civil War. This is a 58 Caliber musket, with a 7 groove 33” rifled barrel. The lock is stamped “1863” and “REMINGTON’S/ILLION, N.Y.” The barrel is marked “STEEL” 1863 and also has a V/P (eaglehead) proof. The condition is about NRA “fine” ... The stock is vividly stamped with the inspector’s cartouche and has nice sharp edges showing only gentle handling wear. The lock shows a little age and is overall grey steel with just rumors of case color The barrel has most of the original factory blue, fading in some areas to plum. The bore is about fine, and has strong rifling. This gun has the original tulip shaped ramrod, and has the standard large bayonet lug for the saber bayonet. I got two of these at a local auction last week for 1980s prices and will sell them where you will get a good value for your dollar. You will be tickled with this gun at ...$1795.00 ABFE

 

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10-05-005 - Model 1841 Mississippi Rifle by Robbins, Kendall & Lawrence - Made at their factory in Windsor, Vermont, this is one of about 10,000 made by this contractor. The lock is marked “Windsor, VT / 1847” behind the hammer, and in front of the hammer the lock plate is marked “ROBBINS/KENDALL &/LAWRENCE/U.S.” This gun is also stamped “OHIO” in the wood opposite the lock. This is the famous Mississippi Rifle, and has a 33” long round barrel in 54 Caliber smooth bore. The barrel is stamped “JH” with no other markings present on it. This gun is proper except for the ramrod, which is an antique rod but not proper for this gun. This gun has the original rear sight. The hammer has some discoloration that can be seen in the photos and appears to just be an area where the finish has worn down a bit. Condition is overall NRA “very good” showing expected handling and age. The bore is quite worn but rifling still present. Low price for a Mississippi.... $1,250.00

 

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10-05-006 - Extra Fine Condition P.S. Justice Rifled Musket - This is the Justice with the 39” 69 Caliber rifled barrel. The lock is marked “P.S. JUSTICE / PHILADa” and also has an eagle above US. The top of the barrel is marked “P.S. JUSTICE / PHILADA” and the date is partly worn away. The hammer is a deep crisp “L” on the left hand side. The Justice has a distinctive double bend trigger guard, and a small attractive brass patchbox. This is one of only 2,174 muskets made by Justice and is one of the nicest one I have owned. The walnut stock is superb with strong edges and great color. The metal has generous amounts of original brown finish and superb markings and edges. If you are looking for a top end example this will fit the bill for sure.... $2,650.00 BAX

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10-05-007 - Remington 1863 Zouave Rifle - One of around 12,501 made during the Civil War. This is a 58 Caliber musket, with a 7 groove 33” rifled barrel. The lock is stamped “1863” and “REMINGTON’S/ILLION, N.Y.” The barrel is marked “STEEL” 1863 and also has a V/P (eaglehead) proof. The condition is about NRA “fine” even a little nicer than the one listed above. The stock is vividly stamped with the inspector’s cartouche and has very sharp edges (even sharper than the Zouave described above) showing only gentle handling wear. The lock shows a little age and is overall grey steel with just rumors of case color The barrel has most of the original factory blue with just a couple areas of wear. The bore is about fine, and has strong rifling. This gun has the original tulip shaped ramrod, and has the standard large bayonet lug for the saber bayonet. I got two of these at a local auction last week for 1980s prices and will sell them where you will get a good value for your dollar. You will be tickled with this gun at ...$1850.00

 

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10-05-008 - Rare 2 Band Harpers Ferry Rifle - One of the key “hard to find” guns for a Civil War collection. Only 7,317 of these rare guns were made, and produced only at Harpers Ferry. When the rebs captured the Arsenal these 2-band 55’s were among the guns they captured, and it was this pattern that the Fayetteville rifles were copied from --- using the captured Harpers Ferry tools. It is a 58 Caliber single shot with a 33” round barrel. It is a transitional second model rifle with iron mounts and barrel bands, and a brass first model nose cap. It is also fitted with a lug for a saber bayonet. This has the standard short range two leaf rear sight, and the lock has the Mayard tape primer system. The lock is dated 1859 and is also stamped “US/HARPERS FERRY” and has an eagle on the primer cover. Opposite the lock plate we have two cartouches where just the borders are visible. The barrel date is obscured by light pitting. The VP and eagle’s head are legible. The nipple in the bolster is broken but there is an extra nipple in the patch box. I am just too lazy to dig out my nipple wrench to change it. The lower barrel band has the “U” stamp visible, the front band has the sling swivel affixed and the “U” mark is worn away. Mentioned strictly for accuracy’s sake is a SUPERB repair to an old crack just forward of the trigger guard on the bottom side of the stock. You will not see it unless you put on your good glasses and get out a magnifying glass and bright light. The repair is of NO consequence... again mentioned strictly for accuracy. The ramrod channel is somewhat enlarged. I am certain that at some point in its past the rifle had a hickory rod in place. It currently has a replaced tulip rod of proper proportions and contour. An extremely scarce Civil War shoulder weapon used by both US and CS forces $3,900.00 OBECJY

 

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10-05-009 - Model 1861 Providence Tool Contract - The Providence Tool Company made about 70,000 contract muskets during the war period. The lock has all of the requisite markings, “U. (eagle) S. /PROVIDENCE TOOL CO / PROVIDENCE R I.” and is stamped 1865 behind the hammer. The barrel is stamped with “V/ P/ (eagle) but no date to be seen. The gun has the original 2 leaf rear sight, and flared tulip ramrod. The stock is in very good condition, with two cartouches and no evident cracks anywhere. The but plate is stamped “US” and also has a “C” inspectors mark. On the rear of the stock, on both sides, the guns owner carved with a “W” or “M”. This gun is in fine working condition, and has some family history go with it. $1350.00 FJJ

 

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10-05-010 - Springfield M1864 Musket aka Model 1863 Type-2 This is the last of the U.S. martial muzzle-loading firearms produced by the US Armory. About 250,000 of these were made in 1864 and ‘65 at Springfield. This is dated 1864 on the lock, and also has “U.S / SPRINGFIELD” next to an Eagle stamped into the lock. The bolster also has the proper eagle stamped therein. The one piece walnut stock still has visible inspector’s cartouches (worn) and is in VG condition. The barrel stills shows the “V/ P/ (eagle) but they are a bit worn as well. The barrel is smooth and bright with just a touch of pitting near the bolster, and on the tang. This gun has the last pattern single leaf rear sight that is factory blued. The butt-plate is stamped US as per regulation. The ramrod is the correct and original tulip type with the straight shank. A very good example and perfect for display or careful use in living history reenactments. $1,195.00 ohbex

 

 

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10-05-011 Model 1842 Harpers Ferry Musket w/ Wonderful GAR Hall Markings - This is one of about 103,000 of the model 1842 muskets that were made at the Harpers Ferry Armory in Virginia. They are about 30% more desirable than the same gun bearing the Springfield markings. The lock is marked “HARPERS/FERRY/1850” behind the hammer, and also has an eagle over US in front of the hammer. This is the first percussion musket made by the national armories, and has fully interchangeable parts with the Springfield contract. This is a 69 caliber smoothbore musket with 42 inch barrel, with a front bayonet lug underneath the barrel. . The barrel is dated “185?” and is stamped with “V/P/(eaglehead)” and also has inspectors marks “PB/B”. Visible cartouches are present on the left hand side of the stock. The stock has “GAR” painted on one side of the butt and the number 13 painted on the opposite side. Incised into the wood is the name “C.B. Hickox”. There are inspectors initials in the wood behind the trigger guard plate as well. These Harpers Ferry examples of the ‘42 are getting very hard to buy, and this one is among the most appealing I have seen recently. Truly charming with the GAR hall markings. NRA “very good” condition and wonderful being “as found”... $1,650.00

 

 

 

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10-05-012 - Model 1842 Springfield Musket - This is one of about 172,000 of the model 1842 muskets that were made at the Springfield Armory. The lock is marked “SPRING/FIELD/1848” behind the hammer, and also has an eagle over US in front of the hammer. This has fully interchangeable parts with the Harpers Ferry contract. This is a 69 caliber, 42” barrel, smoothbore musket, with a front bayonet lug underneath the barrel. The barrel date is not legible anymore, and is also stamped with “V/P/(eaglehead)”. The wood is in VG condition with some minor chips around the barrel tang. The inspector’s cartouche is present on the left side of the stock. The stock bears carved initials, but we do not know who this gun belonged to. This is a nice, solid ‘42 and perfect for display with US and CS effects and also proper for Mexican War display..... $1,250.00

 

 

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10-05-013 - Fine English Double Barrel Shotgun by W. Richards - This is an English cartridge shotgun circa 1880’s made by master gun maker William Richards. Each lock is engraved “W. Richards” and is decorated with ornate engraving. The top of the barrels is marked “LONDON LAMINATED STEEL” and under the barrels when you break apart the gun, it is proved “929 *”. The barrels are 32 inches long, and have very clean bores, and to the best of our knowledge it is a 10 gauge. Overall the length of the gun is 48 inches long. The lock shows hints of case color and the barrels are blued turning plum color. The gun has a pistol grip stock in Fine condition, and it is nicely checkered. This is a top quality shotgun over 125 years old in fine condition. A great looking old powder burner... $695.00 tejjox

 

 

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10-05-014 - Civil War Era William Harris & Co Percussion Shotgun - This is a 10 gauge muzzle loading double barrel percussion shotgun perfect to display with Confederate cavalryman’s effects if you don’t want to spend ten or twenty thousand on a rebel made carbine. The locks are both marked “Wm. Harris & Co.” and the top of the barrel is marked “FINE TWIST”. The barrel is 29 inches long, and overall the gun is 46 inches long. The ramrod is wooden, with a brass endpiece for ramming, and the other end has a brass slot to allow a cleaning cloth to be attached. The one piece stock has a small area of checkering and a small chip about 1/16 of an inch square where the wood meets the tang on the back of the stock. A very handsome and most affordable early percussion gun... $350.00 obejyx

 

 

 

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10-05-015 - Wonderful High Quality Coach length 22 1/2 “ Blanchard Brevete Shotgun - This gun is right around a 12 gauge, and measures 38” overall. The stock is checkered in two areas, and has attractive burls. The wooden ramrod has a brass tip and appears to be the original that came with the gun. The lines, architecture, and quality are all top shelf. There is a minor crack in the stock about 2 inches long where the rear screw of the trigger guard plate is inserted. There is no movement at this crack, and the stock here is very strong. There is some damage where the stock and the barrel meet just in front of the breech, and when you remove the barrels you can see where a repair has been made. The locks and hammer have high quality, heavy, chiseled engraving and show the finest craftsmanship. The top of the barrel has gold inlaid engraving reading “BLANCHARD BREVETE” which according to our research is the name of the proprietor that took over the shop of N.N. Boutet after his death in 1833 (Boutet arguably the finest French gun maker of all time). If you take the barrel off, you can see on the breech the date 1832 and the number 342 stamped into the metal. The barrels are stamped with the private proof “(crown)/NB” that was used by N. Boutet. Overall a neat coach sized shotgun. A rare shotgun, a quality maker, a friendly price... $475.00 obejyx

 

 

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10-05-016 - Browning Brothers Utah Territory Marked- Model 1881 Marlin Lever Action Rifle - This exciting antique is a gun that really was part of the American Wild West in the 1880s. It bears low serial number 4415 and is marked on the barrel in two lines “**MARLIN FIRE-ARMS CO. NEW-HAVEN, CT. USA.*/ PAT’D FEB 7’65, JAN. 7. ‘73, SEP. 14 ‘75. NOV. 19 & 26 ‘78. JUNE 3 ‘79. DEC. 9 ‘79. NOV. 9 ‘80, REISSUE NOV. 9, 1880”. Closer to the breech the gun is the magic marking... it is stamped with the desirable and telling dealer marking of “BROWNING BROS, OGDEN, U.T.” (Utah Territory) and also “40 CAL.” This showing that it was part of the stock of premier gun maker John Browning and his brothers who set up their first shop in Ogden, Utah. Browning later became world famous for his designs and patents of full automatic and auto loading firearms, and of course the world famous shotguns. The 1881 Marlin has a 28” barrel and the records show that 12,482 of these were made with that barrel length, and 6,261 were made in the 40 Caliber. The overall length of this gun is just about 45 inches long. The condition is NRA “very good” showing honest handling age and wear. The metal is gun metal grey. The wood has a lovely aged patina. There is a slight crack in the right forend just forward of the loading gate in the frame (minor). The rear stock has been wonderfully decorated with a cross pattern of 11 brass tacks (one missing), and these are absolutely genuine to the gun --- not the crap we see offered by the shysters at gun shows. Here is the real deal, a genuine Western Frontier lever action rifle. $3,500.00 zaejjyx

 

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10-05-017 - Michigan Swivel Breech - 1860s Over Under Percussion Rifle - This heavy swivel breech rifle weighs around 11 lbs. and the barrels are made of cast steel and are .38 caliber. The lock is stamped “E.S. SWEET” and on top of both of the barrels the firm markings say “E. S. SWEET/ J. ALLEN CAST STEEL / KALAMAZOO” (Michigan). More specifically Ezra S. Sweet & James Allen, (E S S & J A, ) gunsmiths, 13 N Burdick, 2d floor, Kalamazoo Village and were listed as early as 1860 in a michigan business directory. The gun is a muzzle loading percussion gun, and the barrels pivot when the button on the tang is pressed. The has a single wooden ramrod with ferules at each end and is extremely light. The gun has a hole in the tang for a lollipop peep sight, but the sight is no longer present. The butt-plate is brass, as is the ornate trigger-guard. The patch box is a mix of brass with a steel hinged cover. There is a crack in the stock near the wrist, and we have a modern replacement screw at the rear of the lockplate. The condition is overall “very good” and the desirability very high. These early swivel breech “2-shooters” make a great display piece showing man’s move toward giving himself more firepower in an era where “single shot” was the norm. A great early Michigan rifle from the era of the Civil War ... $1,350.00 yhjjyx

 

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10-05-018 - Junky Crappy Flintlock Musket with Modifications - This gun is basically a great display or reenactor musket. It is an early European musket that was once a flintlock, later converted to percussion, then reconverted back to flintlock by a 20th century gun collector. It is marked “H”, “3947”, and “1838” on the top of the butt-plate. The barrel is proofed “9” “(crown)/TR” and there is also a GI in a oval. There is a long range rear sight present that was added when the gun was first converted to percussion in the 1850s or 1860s. The barrel is 42 1/2 inches long and the gun is 57 1/2 inches overall. The lock is void of all markings. The stock is made of two pieces that are slip fit together at the rear barrel band. a feature seen on many pre 1850 European military muskets. The trigger-guard plate has a “D*” stamped into it. The gun cocks and fires as it should. The bore is fairly rough from years of firing. A great display piece that most anyone can afford... $495.00

 

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10-05-019 - Scarce Remington Contract 3-Band Springfield Pattern 1863 Musket - Remington is believed to be one of only two makers to produce muskets that exactly followed the model 1863 Springfield specs. The other is the S Norris & WT Clements Made for Massachusetts musket. This Remington contract is a rare piece. The gun is in VG/Fine condition and has matching 1865 dates on the lock and barrel. The steel parts are all crisp and gun metal grey in color. This has the last pattern Springfield rear sight with one leaf and a peep hole in the center of the leaf. The stock has sharp edges, normal handling dings, and a clear cartouche of “OWA” as well as a single letter “A”. A small piece of wood was long ago chipped out behind the hammer and was reattached using the same piece of wood. This was done long ago and is not visible unless you look very closely. The rifle sling shown in the picture is not included. This is tight, solid, totally original and complete, and very scarce. Finding this late war Remington for sale is a rare event. It is one of the scarcest of CW contracts to acquire, and this is a wonderful example. $1,850.00 AEJJ

 

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10-05-020 - 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. Musket alone $1295.00

 

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