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14-10-51 ... Tiffany & Co. sword, rig and buckle of George Harsh ... Ohio Artillery NCO's Identified Tiffany Import British Pattern 1821 Enlisted Saber, Scarce Type 2 Variation, Complete with Artillery Saber Belt Rig and Sword Knot. Sword scholar Thillman calls this saber, modeled on the British 1821 pattern, “the scarcest of the Tiffany enlisted sabers of the Civil War…” Tiffany marketed two main versions of this and the second also has a variant: this exact pattern, characterized by the ricasso stamping “Tiffany & Co.” in simpler letters, without the New York address, a rounded fuller stop at the ricasso, and wider drag like the type 1, but with sharp ends. The iron hilt is very good, with all branches, back strap and ears, full original leather wrap with just minor wear, and original three-strand wire wrap (thin/thick/thin), which is complete and shows just minor displacement from handling. The guard and blade and scabbard have matching tones: dull silver with some muted bright areas and scattered gray. Blade edge is nice with no nicks. Blade and hilt tight. Original leather washer at blade shoulder. The scabbard is correct and original, matches the hilt in tone, and is free of large dents or dings. With this is the original commercial or officer’s non-regulation field style leather saber knot that runs through a slot in the guard and is secured on the other side by a two-piece brass screw to keep it from pulling through. The belt is original to the sword and scabbard and is the correct artillery saber belt, made in buff leather with sword slings, but without provision for a shoulder belt, which is correct for the light artillery belt.

The belt plate is a commercial officer’s style 1851 sword belt plate made with an integral cast wreath, this is commonly seen on the belts of non-commissioned officers. Here is the good part... Clearly stamped on the knuckleguard is the name “GEO. HARSH.” This is preceded by an ampersand (&) and is over a faint “O,” reason unknown. Research shows only six men named George Harsh in the Union army. Five are in the infantry or heavy artillery (service branches which do not carry sabers), leaving us with only one man standing who would be carrying one. The sole candidate is George Harsh of Illinois, who enlisted at age 22 as a private on 8/20/61 and mustered into the 14th Ohio Battery of Light Artillery on 9/10/61. He was promoted Sergeant 10/16/63, and he served until muster out 8/19/64. The battery recruited and mustered in in the Cleveland area in September, 1861. It took part in the Battle of Shiloh, where it lost 4 men killed and 26 wounded, along with 50 horses from its teams, losing its guns the first day and recovering them the second, and it participated immediately after in the advance on Corinth. At Resaca in 1864 it fired 342 rounds and fought at Dallas as well. At Kennesaw it expended another 1,346 rounds, silencing enemy guns to its front, and at the siege of Atlanta was engaged with heavier enemy guns in casemates and in 28 days of continuous fighting expended over 2,500 rounds. From May to September it marched over 400 miles, expended over 5,800 rounds and lost three men killed and eighteen wounded. A scarce sword and belt rig nicely identified to a unit that saw some serious action. I bought this years ago at an auction in Illinois and have enjoyed looking at it and showing it off. Now I will let someone else enjoy it for a while ... $2,650.00 SOLD

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14-10-52 ... Civil War Regulation Union Army Haversack ... The haversack was a lowly, but essential piece of Civil War soldier gear. Designed to carry the soldier’s rations in the field, every soldier was issued one and carried it with him on campaign. Along with his rifle, cartridge box, and canteen, this was the one piece of gear he could not do without. Veteran soldiers were always looking for the opportunity to acquire one from some new recruit who was foolish enough to drop it on a tiring march, or leave it unguarded. These are simply constructed... they are rectangular bags of tarred canvas, with a wide shoulder strap of the same material sewn to the rear corners and a flap fastened by a small roller buckle and long fastening chape. There is still one original small tinned iron button still secured inside that held a removable liner, or “rice bag,” that often got used for gun rags, etc. Usually found in poor condition, when found at all, ours is in very good shape, solid, buckle and chape present, seams intact, with a very few minor holes, but no substantial tears, finish loss or wear spots. As is usual with tarred canvas, the material is a bit stiff from age, but is in great shape overall and displays beautifully. Being so useful as a general bag, haversacks were used up during the war by soldiers and by civilians afterward. Even when surplus dealers had stacks of knapsacks piled to the ceiling, haversacks were a scarce commodity. I still get excited when I find one at a show or auction. Fine solid example ... aajj ... $1,650.00 SOLD

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14-10-53 ... Simeon North Contract Model 1816 Army Pistol With Percussion Conversion And use By The State Of New York ... Simeon North had a War of 1812 contract with the US government in 1813 to supply 20,000 pistols. Fewer than 700 in .69 caliber were delivered when the specifications were changed to a more manageable .54 caliber. This, along with some other production problems, delayed fulfillment of the contract, which was then renegotiated and signed in January, 1816, for the balance of the pistols. North delivered the last of them in January, 1820. Iron mounted with double strap front band, side plate, butt cap and backstrap. Ours has the early lockplate markings of S. NORTH over a spreadwinged eagle with US on either side, over “MIDLN CONN” for Middletown, Connecticut. The upper portion of the eagle and most of North’s name is rubbed, but the S and lower portion with the US and town are clear. The pistol bears the P/US proof marks on the left breech and the deep US inspector’s initials “RJ” for Robert Johnson. In between these two is stamped “S.N.Y.” indicating the pistol was issued to the New York militia, either as part of the state’s allotment of arms under the militia act or by purchase. The pistol has been converted to percussion, probably in the 1850s, by the drum/bolster method, which involved removing the external lock parts, filling the screw holes and trimming the flashpan flush with the lock plate, leaving the inner portion to support the bolster. The metal is smooth silvery gray, dappled with darker gray and some brown spots and just a few light salt and pepper pits near the nipple. The wood is very good with a visible inspector's ink cartouche opposite the lock, and just some minor chips along the back edge of the lock and some losses at the breech plug tang. Three narrow notches were cut at the left wrist, the significance of which is unknown, but this gun dates its military use to the period of the Seminole Wars, the Texan War of Independence, and innumerable Indian conflicts. A solid early pistol perfect to display with Alamo related items or early Indian Frontier items ... eejxx ... $750.00 SOLD

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14-10-54 ... Model 1871 Springfield Rolling Block U.S. Army Rifle Made at Springfield Arsenal! ... We are so used to seeing foreign made or used Remington rolling blocks that have been brought back into this country for the collector that we can overlook a true U.S. Springfield army issue arm. Here is a nice example of the Model 1871 Springfield Rolling Block made under license from Remington. The Springfield Arsenal made 10,001 of these .50 caliber centerfire rifles from 1871 to 1872. Correct MODEL 1871 markings on left side of frame and on right an eagle over U.S./SPRINGFIELD/1872, along with the correct Remington patent markings on the tang. Front and rear sights in place, as are the band springs, swivels and double-stop cleaning rod. Sharp markings, partially visible cartouche, tight wood to metal fit. Metal smooth, silver gray with light clouds of deeper gray here and there. Good bore and mechanics with the “locking action” that sets the hammer at half-cock when the breech is closed after inserting a round. Very good wood, just minor handling marks. These are one of the scarcer US Springfields for the collector to find. Priced well below my competition ... ajej ... $1,150.00 SOLD

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14-10-55 ... German Percussion Conversion Pistol used in 1700s AND 1800s ... This is an interesting early arm roughly the size of a US 1836 or 1842 pistol. The steel elements are clearly early 18th century pieces while the stock and conversion parts are clearly mid 19th century. Maker name and location, “C. Rickelt a Mengeringhausen” on the top of the barrel and on the lock plate. Elaborately carved, beautifully engraved and inlaid. Hexagonal barrel, front and rear sights. About 60 caliber. Lockplate has both floral motifs and shell motifs engraved to rear of the hammer. Maker name and location engraved in Gothic characters forward of the hammer. Hammer itself has scroll decoration and there is even a bit of it on the pivoting percussion cap safety and screw heads. Grip is a flat bottom pistol grip in the French style, the grips have scalloped borders top and bottom with panels carved in a stippled pattern. The butt cap has an inset hexagonal panel engraved with a border around a torch and crossed quivers. Forward triggerguard tang has a floral vase motif and there is an elaborately decorated figure-8 panel of bound leaves below the second ramrod thimble where the rod enters the stock. Rod seems the original wood rod tipped with horn. Back strap is a raised wood band with an oval cameo inset that now has a crack and is difficult to make out. A handsome antique pistol showing how our predecessors "wasted not". When the old flintlock became obsolete someone recycled it into this work of art ... zze ... $695.00 SOLD

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14-10-56 ... Top Notch Merrill Rifle: A near fine condition example of one of the scarcest Civil War breech loading rifles. James H. Merrill made more than 14,000 carbines, but only 800 or so of these 2-band rifles. The majority of the rifles, some 770, were purchased by the U.S. government. They were issued to the 21st Indiana, and parts of the 7th and 10th Michigan, 4th Arkansas, and the 1st Massachusetts. These brass mounted .54 caliber rifles are equipped with showy brass barrel bands, side plate, trigger guard and patch box, and are fitted with a bayonet lug for a saber bayonet. They use the same mechanism as the carbine for loading: by drawing back the breech lever a plunger is withdrawn exposing the chamber, allowing insertion of a .54 caliber cartridge. Pushing the lever forward inserts the cartridge and locks the breech. Placement of a percussion cap on the nipple makes it ready to fire. Faster than a muzzle loader by a wide margin. Ours is serial numbered 10690 on the lock plate rear of the hammer and the loading lever. Sharp Merrill patent information on the loading lever latch and the lock plate. Excellent wood, which is unusual for a Merrill since the breechloading mechanism weakened the stock and they are commonly found with stress cracks. Both sights in place, including the leaves in the rear sight, which are often missing. Very clear ink inspector cartouche opposite the lock. Very tight wood to metal fit and the wood shows strong edges and no abuse. Extremely nice smooth barrel color: a handsome muted rust plum patina. Faded case colors remaining inside the loading assembly, muted purple and cloudy gray on the exterior of the receiver. Very pleasing overall and eye-catching with the wood color and brass trim. A very, very scarce and sought-after US martial arm. I keep an eye out for these and buy them whenever I can. One of my friends in the south collected them for years and has sold me several over the past couple years. He is the ONLY reason I have a few on hand now. This is one of the nicest that has passed through my hands ... cgej ... $4,500.00 SOLD

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14-10-57 ... Remington-Elliot 4-Shot Pepperbox Deringer ... These 4-shot .32 caliber derringers marketed by Remington from 1863 to 1888 as their “New Repeating Pistol [Elliot’s Pat.] No. 2.” Stationary barrel cluster tilts forward to load and is fired by a rotating firing pin. Nice hard rubber grip panels, ring trigger, full Remington and Sons markings in one barrel channel and Elliot 1860-1861 patent information on the other. Mechanism good, blued finish turned to smooth gray and pewter color with plum brown on lower frame and backstrap. Serial number 9938 on the inner frame. A nice looking western traveler or gambler’s pocket gun ... sn 9938 ... dge-xz-prks ... $595.00 SOLD

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14-10-58 ... Extra Nice Mansfield And Lamb 1864 Dated 1860 Pattern US Cavalry Saber ... The firm of Mansfield and Lamb was one of the more successful US companies that turned to the manufacture of swords at the beginning of the war, furnishing more than 37,000 1860 pattern cavalry sabers. This example is very, very nice, having an extremely sharp Mansfield & Lamb / Forestdale R.I stamp inside an oval cartouche on one side of the ricasso. On the other side is U.S. over C.E.W. over 1864, a bit lightly stamped on the left, but readable nonetheless. The blade is outstanding with much original factory polish and some scattered gray spots. Original bumper-washer still present at the hilt. Steel scabbard is very good, graying steel with some darker gray patches toward the drag. Throat and carrying rings are in place. Nice brass hilt with no bends, tang at the pommel is undisturbed. Magnificent original leather grip and twisted wire. One of the best condition grips I have had this year. Top notch example. I am not making much profit atv ... faj-obrn-z ... $850.00 SOLD

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14-10-59 ... Bayonet ... Civil War Bayonet for the 1842 Pattern Musket ... Standard Civil War pattern socket bayonet with locking ring and U.S. mark at the base of the blade, but made for the 1842 .69 caliber musket with a bottom mounting stud. Much rarer than the .58 caliber examples in the same pattern. Thousands of the 1842 muskets were called into service early in the war and many were issued with these "current pattern" socket bayonets with rounded shoulders. In terms of surviving specimens the 1861 rounded shoulder examples are about ten times rarer than the earlier square shoulder pattern. This one has a nice even muted steel finish with just some scattered gray areas and a couple of dark spots. A nice example of a key side arm ... zaz ... $275.00 SOLD

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14-10-60 ... Metropolitan Navy Revolver ... One of my favorite CW guns. These Metropolitan Navy revolvers are virtually identical to the ’51 Colt Navies and are about twenty times rarer, yet more affordable. They were made from mid to late war gaining ground in the market after Colt’s factory fire slowed his production of navies in 1863. They are well made pistols, .36 caliber and six shot, just like the ’51 Navy. Ours is all matching serial numbers 3008, with an overall mottled silvery gray and dark gray spot finish, but with some faded blue on the wedge and a partial cylinder scene visible. Wood to metal fit of the grips is extremely tight, mechanism is good. Nipples show some crud and corrosion but are not battered. Brass has slightly light patina showing it was cleaned at some point. Wood is very nice with no nicks or dings. Sharp Metropolitan Arms Co. New York barrel stamp. The company had no US contracts we know of, but the pistols are often considered secondary martials with a lot being privately purchased by officers. A pleasing side arm ... aege ... $1,975.00 SOLD

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14-10-61 ... Confederate Cavalry Saber By Haiman of Columbus, Georgia: In the old days we used to lump all unmarked Confederate cavalry sabers together as “Dog River,” another way of saying “maker unknown.” Research over the past ten years or so has moved this type of CS saber, at least, out of that category and firmly attributed it to the workshop of Louis and Elias Haiman of Columbus, Georgia, one of the most prolific arms suppliers in the south. The Haimans were German born and ran a tinsmithing business before turning to arms and military goods manufacturing in 1861, making everything from swords to belt plates and employing more than 400 workers in a factory building taking up a city block. It made a very nice bonfire when Wilson’s cavalry finally got to it in 1865. These Haiman cavalry sabers were patterned on the US model 1840 and show good workmanship despite problems with raw materials. The firm had a contract for some 8,000 with the CS government. This is likely the pattern they supplied. The high copper content brass gives the hilt a decided reddish tone in the undisturbed patina. The branches are in excellent shape with no breaks and only one tiny bend in one near the pommel. The grip is the quintessential Confederate sword grip of painted cloth with a wrap of single strand iron wire. Good blade with no edge nicks and an unmessed-with pewter gray patina showing its characteristic unstopped fuller. Nice and tight. No scabbard. As Johnny-Reb a cavalry saber as you can find and priced right at ... yaejj ... $1,850.00 SOLD

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14-10-63 ... "Improved Day or Night" Telescope ... Wood body three draw field and marine telescope. Classic 1840 to 1860 construction with mahogany covering. 36 inches long when extended. 15 inches long when closed. Has brass end cap and forend. Eyepiece has the sliding closure. The opposite lens is cracked but surprisingly you can still see very well through the scope when it is extended. Undisturbed patina to the brass. Nice script “Improved Day or Night” marking on the barrel. This is a good representative piece for a field officer’s display, signal corps set up, or river gunboat where officers were constantly scanning river banks for Confederate sharpshooters and concealed batteries ... $175.00 SOLD

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14-10-64 ... Brothers in Arms Mint Tintype ... Nice Sixth Plate Tintype seated view of two soldier comrades posed together. About as clear and crisp an image as I have seen. You can almost see the pores on their skin. Both yanks wear short eleven-button jackets the photographer has tinted light blue, with dark blue collars, cuffs, and piping down the fronts and on shoulder tabs. They wear non-regulation hats, dark vests and trousers- the guy on the right seemingly wearing a plaid pattern. The tinted color of the jackets suggests a possible variant pattern of the Veteran Reserve Corps jacket, but I believe them to state militia issues, likely Ohio. If you know for certain please let me know. The back of the tintype bears the remnants of a revenue tax stamp indicating an 1864 or 1865 photo. Mint condition. Beautifully tinted. A true work of photo-art. Housed in mat, frame, and glass. A superb view of a scarce uniform variant and example of good nineteenth century sentimental studio pose of soldier comrades ... age ... $275.00 SOLD

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14-10-65 ... Friction Primer Tin and Percussion Caps ... I just purchased this neat old relic and am offering the percussion caps inside the tin in this offering. This very scarce tin came just as you see it, filled with percussion caps for muskets. The tin itself is the arsenal tin used to hold artillery friction primers. These are darned hard to find! I can only think of one instance where I found one still in a primer pouch! The tin has a hinged cover with small latch and embossed top reading: “100 FRICTION PRIMERS” in an arc over an ordnance insignia, and “FRANKFORD ARSENAL” on either side. I don’t know who put the percussion caps in the tin, it was certainly a handy storage idea, but since they do not belong together, I am splitting up the lot.

In each package of ten cartridges the soldier got 12 caps. While the supply lasts I will sell the percussion caps ...
One Dozen ... ... ... $15
Two Dozen ... ... ... $25
Five dozen ... ... ... $50

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14-10-67 ... President Johnson CDV ... Brady 1865 Copyrighted CDV of Andrew Johnson Very clear and detailed 2/3 seated portrait CDV by Brady with his National Photographic Portrait Gallery backmark. Printed caption and copyright information bottom front. Trace of removed price sticker on reverse. Slight crease lower left corner, otherwise very nice. A controversial and key figure at the end of the war and the beginning of reconstruction. A very nice view ... fjx ... $150.00 SOLD

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14-10-68 ... Blacksmith At Work CDV... Occupational photos are a great reminder of trades and crafts lost during the industrial revolution. Here is a common nineteenth century figure: the blacksmith, stripped to his shirtsleeves, wearing his leather apron, with hammer poised to strike again a pipe or rod atop his anvil. Emery, Marquette, Michigan, backmark with cancelled tax stamp. Sepia tones, some foxing, minor fold at top right rear of card not affecting the albumen paper. A great slice of history ... nocode ... $185.00 SOLD

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14-10-69 ... Major George W. Mossman 36th Illinois ... Mossman was a 25 year-old farmer from Nettle Creek, Illinois, when he enlisted on 8/10/61 as a corporal and mustered into Co. F of the 36th Illinois on 8/20/61. He was promoted to Sergeant and First Sergeant at dates not stated and then commissioned 1st Lt. 9/18/62; Capt. 2/24/63; and Major 4/11/65. He mustered out 10/8/65 at New Orleans. The regiment mustered into service in September, 1861, and was unusual in having two companies of cavalry, which saw separate service. It served with the Army of the Ohio and Army of the Cumberland in the 3rd, 14th, 20th, and 4th Army Corps. It was an extremely hard-fighting unit, losing a stunning 11 officers and 193 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded. It saw action at Pea Ridge, Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw, Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville, among other fights. At Stones River it lost 45 killed and at Chickamauga another 23. This is one heck of a regiment and Mossman had substantial service with them from the beginning to the end ... bey ... $125.00 SOLD

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14-10-70 CDV of a Character-Filled Black Gentleman ... Sharp vignette portrait bust of black gentleman in formal dress. No back mark or identification, but this guy has the look of experience and determination. His mouth is slightly downturned, giving the impression of a long hard life, but his fixed serious expression indicates someone not to be trifled with. At the same time he has raised one eyebrow slightly, indicating to the viewer he has taken your measure and he is not terribly impressed. One very strong portrait. Slight foxing spots overall but nice tones and a crisp card ... beyy ... $125.00

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14-10-71 ... Domestic Bliss ... Humorous studio pose of a couple who obviously got along well together, identified at bottom as Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Wilson. Crease on the upper right and crack in the albumen, but not affecting the figures. He has removed his trousers, emptied his pockets on the floor and sits in his underwear cleaning his toenails with a penknife while she sits next to him mending his pants. They must have been a lively couple to come up with this pose. She looks straight at the camera, as if to ask, “what do you make of this?” I have never, ever seen another CW era photo of someone trimming his toenails. Have you? Slight foxing spots, stains on the reverse of the card, which has a printed floral motif. I love it ... $125.00 SOLD

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14-10-72 ... The Joys Of Bachelorhood: “No One To Love” ... A nice counterpoint to the CDV offered above. Here we have the bedraggled single man mending his own trousers, seated in a room cluttered with broom, washbasin, boots, etc. scattered about, leaning on a cluttered table nest to a chair with his coat and vest thrown over it. “No one to love” is the period inscription on the bottom front. Here we have the single man not only doing his own mending, but looking somewhat bereft. A very different view from the couple pictured above, who got along well enough to clown around for the camera. Minor foxing spots as shown. Ohlwiler’s gallery, Erie, backmark ... hd ... $125.00 SOLD

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14-10-73 ... U.S. Navy Officer George A. Flagg Jr. ... Nice vignette portrait bust of a USN cadet by Fowler, Newport R.I. “Opposite U.S. Naval Academy.” Flagg entered the US Naval Academy as a midshipman 9/21/61 and graduated 11/22/64. He made Ensign 11/21/66; Master 12/1/66; and Lieutenant 3/12/68. He died 6/20/69. A very crisp view of the young naval officer ... $85.00

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14-10-74 ... General Richard W. Johnson ... Very strong half length seated CDV view of General R.W. Johnson in his major general’s uniform. (identified in pencil on reverse as “RM” Johnson.) Giers, Nashville backmark. Johnson was from Kentucky and graduated West Point in 1849. He served on the western frontier in the infantry and then in the 2nd US Cavalry after that regiment was established in 1855. He remained loyal to the Union and was commissioned Brigadier General in 1861, leading a brigade in the Army of the Ohio. He was defeated and captured by John Hunt Morgan near Gallatin, Tenn., but returned to service, commanding a division in the Army of the Cumberland at Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and the Atlanta Campaign, being wounded at New Hope Church. On his recovery he rejoined the cavalry service, commanding a division under J.H. Wilson against Hood, and fighting at Nashville. He was promoted Major General of both volunteers and in the regular army and retired in 1867. A very crisp view of an active field commander. He later was a professor of military science and wrote a number of manuals, etc. He died in 1897 in Minnesota ... acj ... $200.00 SOLD

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14-10-75 ... Colonel John S. Slocum “Killed at Bull Run July 21, 1861” Very nice full length studion portrait by Silsbee, Case & Co. Boston of Col. Slocum of the 2nd Rhode Island, killed in action at Bull Run. Wearing his colonel’s frock coat, guantlets, holding his saber, with his forage cap on the table beside him. Slocum served as a lieutenant in the 9th US Infantry in the Mexican War at the battles of Contreras, Churubusco, and Chaupultepec. He was brevetted Captain for his actions at Contreras and led one of the storming companies at Chapultepec, where he gained a regular promotion to Captain. He left the army but was later on the examining board at West Point and was offered a Major’s commission in the First Rhode Island at the outbreak of the war and then command of the Second Rhode Island as Colonel. At Bull Run, he led the regiment against the Confederates at Sudley Ford and was mortally wounded in the fighting and was left on the field, living for two days, but unconscious until he died. He was regarded as an officer of great potential and one of the early martyrs to the Union cause. Some areas of shading, a wonderful period ink inscription at bottom front: “Col. John S. Slocum / 2d R.I. Regiment / Killed at Bull Run July 21, 1861.” Photos of KIA soldiers are the most highly sought ... aed ... $275.00

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14-10-76 ... Alexander Coppel, Solingen, Bavarian Etched Officer's Sword ... World War One era straight-bladed “degen” with D-guard brass hilt and down turned pommel. Double fullered blade, bright with some scattered dark spots on the inboard side 2/3 of the way down the blade. Blued scabbard, lacking the carrying rings and with some rubbing to the finish toward the drag. Nice floral etching and the Bavarian motto “In Treue Fest” on either side in ribbon panels. Long ricasso with the Coppel maker stamp: a pair of scales with AC on either side and an S for Solingen underneath. They made swords from 1871 up to 1956, with some time off for clean up after an allied bombing campaign. This one dates to WW1 era. Nice grip with full leather and three-strand wire wrap. Traces of gilding on the brass ... $250.00 SOLD

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14-10-77 ... Fine Sixth Plate Tintype Early War Officer: A fine pose of a Union volunteer circa 1861 posed in his frock coat with epaulets, and proudly displaying his Mexican War era militia officer's sword. Crumpled in his lap is his sword-belt. Excellent on all fronts. Housed in a fine full case. My gut says our man hails from New England. Great early CW image ... $395.00

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14-10-78 ... 1840 Pattern NCO Sword: These straight-bladed swords are typically termed the “Non-commissioned Officer” or “NCO” sword, but strictly speaking are only for the five sergeants in a Yankee infantry company: the First or Orderly Sergeant, and four others. Sergeants having a sword as one of their badges of rank was a tradition in the US army going back to the Revolution. This pattern replaced the short 1832 short sword that had been used by NCOs and remained in service as a short sword for foot or heavy artillery. They are a key piece in an American edged weapons collection. This is a regulation example, brass hilted, with knuckle guard and double clamshell counterguard very slightly downturned, brass ribbed grip and long, straight “spadroon” shaped blade with a single broad fuller. Brass shows a nice undisturbed aged patina. Blade is good with no nicks, a silver gray throughout, somewhat darker shade near the tip and a few dark spots here and there. Clearly marked C Roby & Co., dated 1863, and clearly inspected. Looks great on the wall and is about as inexpensive a genuine Civil War sword as you can buy. Sword only (no scabbard) ... aej ... $265.00 SOLD

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14-10-80 ... Classic Civil War US 1860 pattern light cavalry saber and scabbard: The quintessential Civil War collector’s piece. This pattern was actually first introduced in 1857 to replace the 1840 heavy cavalry saber, aka the “wrist-breaker,” and was carried throughout the Civil War and right through the Indian War period by cavalry on the plains. This example is very nice, with a great original grip with full original leather and three wraps of original twisted wire, with the balance of the twisted wire being restored. Look closely at the pictures and you will see this, but you have to look VERY closely. It retains the original buff leather washer at the base of the blade at the hilt when sheathed. The blade is nice and bright with just the faintest of graying. Good edge with no significant nicks. The scabbard, likewise, is bright with virtually all the nickel plating intact from its days in the Indian War service. (The ’60 Cav’ sabers were polished and the scabbards plated when they were reissued to the troopers on the western frontier.) The markings are clear and legible: U.S. over 1864 over A.G.M. on the obverse, and G. Roby over W. CHELMSFORD (in an arc) over MASS. Roby was one of the big contractors to the US government for cavalry sabers. If you are looking for a handsome Civil War cavalry saber for display or careful use, here is an excellent specimen and at a great price ... $695.00 SOLD

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14-10-81 Ninth Plate of Musician "Playing" His Violin ... Cased tintype photograph of an 1860s young man posed with his violin as if playing, and wearing a fancy vest. His cheeks have been softly tinted pink. The case is worn but complete, and the tintype inside is in excellent condition.   Images depicting "implied action" have always been highly sought, and this is a fine example.  The violin was a staple form of entertainment during the 19th century in both military and civilian circles.  The movie "The Alamo" had that wonderful scene where Davy Crockett played his fiddle and both sides fell silent to the strains.    This will make a great addition to the collector of musical memorabilia and Civil War vintage photography! ... xa ... $195.00 SOLD

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14-10-82 ... C1815 Artillery Officers Presentation Grade Eagle Pommel Sword and Scabbard: One of the finest early "eagle-head" swords I have owned. Magnificent on all fronts. The photos tell the story from the carved bone grip to the hand engraved scabbard, to the richly etched blue and gold 33 inch blade. Nicely etched into one panel on the blade is "Honour and My Country." Blade is wide at the tip as seen on War of 1812 era sabers. A top of the line American eagle head sword fast approaching 200 years of age. A dandy ... $3,250.00

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14-10-83 ... Eagle Head Officers Sword and Leather Scabbard: A fine 1820s era American eagle pommel sword complete with full unbroken leather scabbard with all three brass mounts. Fine bone grip. Fine blued and gilt blade. Solid in all respects. 29 inch blade ... gejww ... $950.00 SOLD

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14-10-84 ... 1813 N Starr Sword and Scabbard ... U.S. Model 1813 Cavalry saber and scabbard made on contract by Nathan Starr.  The "P" marking is stamped into the blade after the blade passes the proof test ... "HHP" are the initials of the inspector, Henry H. Perkins, who worked as a sword inspector from 1808 to 1817 ... and "N. Starr" is the maker, Nathan Starr. Overall good worn condition showing its age. Nicely untouched and uncleaned. Most of grip wrap is gone otherwise complete. A War of 1812 era saber, 200 years old, and still only valued at ... $595.00 SOLD

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14-10-85 ... "65545" Japanese Sword and Scabbard ... The sword is a very good example of the Japanese cavalry sword frequently referred to as the P1886 sword. It was used from the Russo – Japanese War through WW2. Serial numbered 65545 with scabbard bearing matching serial number. Nice, tight, complete, 100% original and genuine. It is priced well below market at ... ybjj ... $295.00 SOLD

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