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15-05-01 ... Rough Rider Era Cavalry Hat or Collar Insignia: Very late 19th to early 20th century small size stamped brass US army insignia designating Troop "H" 1st Regiment of Cavalry. Measures 2.125" x 1.25". All segments attached together. Attaching pin is broken on the reverse. The First US Cavalry has an astounding history and battle record throughout the Civil War and Indian Campaigns. At the time this insignia was in use the US Regular regiment had just finished a bloody campaign against the Cheyenne Indians. Shortly after that campaign Teddy Roosevelt was commanding his Rough Riders in the First US Volunteer Cavalry which utilized the exact same insignia. Note old Teddy wearing one here. His hat insignia is larger than ours, his collar insignia is the same size as ours. No company letter is present as he commanded ALL the companies in the !st Volunteer Cavalry. Neat insignia ... $69.00 SOLD

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15-05-02 ... Mint Buff Leather Infantry Belt and Plate ... Extremely nice Civil War infantry belt and plate. Minty waist belt of black buff, now a beautiful deep brown, still showing the maker and inspector cartouches near the flat brass keeper. The plate shows just a couple age stains, and has most of the original gilt, as does the keeper. These were once available from army surplus stocks in hands of militaria dealers like H.K. White of Philadelphia up into the 1960s and more than a few early reenactors actually wore them back in the old days. The plate is the correct mid war style with arrowhead studs and a flat contoured belt hook. The face is exactly the same as the Boyd & Son contract buckles. This die strike is one of only two patterns known to have utilized the flat belt prong. Superb in all respects ... $495.00 SOLD

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15-05-03 ... 4 US Military Buttons - One Civil War And Three Indian War - ... All are large coat or blouse size buttons ... Civil War cavalry officer's "Eagle-C" button with an "Extra Quality" backmark. US staff button Custer era... marked "Horstmann Bros. & Co. Phila." Ohio state seal circa 1880 backmarked "Waterbury Button Co. Waterbury CT." Pennsylvania state seal circa 1870 backmarked "Waterbury Button Co. Waterbury" The lot of four ... $30.00

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15-05-04 ... Ammunition was brought to the front for distribution in wood crates, but the cartridges inside were packed in smaller batches for issue to the soldiers. Here are four examples. They are now fairly scarce: Since the war the ammunition was initially used for the intended purpose and later dealers and collectors opened packs to see what was inside or sell the cartridges individually. Now full packages are pretty scarce items.

A) Full pack of Burnside ammo ... Very nicely marked in big letters, " 10 Cartridges with 12 caps for the Burnside breech loading rifle," with a March 25, 1856 patent date and "Caliber 54/100" marking ... $895.00

B) Full pack of .36 Caliber revolver ammo ... "Six seamless skin cartridges for Colt, Whitney, or Remington's Navy Revolver 36-100 Caliber" produced for W.J. Syms & Bro. by Sage. Minor stains. A perfect pack to accompany a Civil War cavalryman's or officer's revolver. Overall excellent and very displayable ... $465.00 SOLD

C) Indian Fighter Revolver Ammunition dated 1881. Nice pack for the Colt Single Action Army Revolver... clearly marked "12 Revolver Ball Cartridges. Calibre, .45 Frankford Arsenal 1881." When Custer's men headed off to the Little Bighorn they were supplied with 24 rounds of revolver cartridges, or two packs of similar ammo. This pack was put up just five years after The Little Big Horn ... $385.00

D) 1878 Dated Indian War Revolver Ammuntion ... A nice pack like the above but made and dated three years earlier, 1878, by Frankford Arsenal. Minor staining. Like the above pack, a great piece in a US cavalry Indian War period display ... $395.00 SOLD

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15-05-05 ... Full Tin Maynard Tape Primers ... Dr. Maynard patented the idea of placing dabs of fulminate of mercury along a paper strip that could be fed over the nipple of a gun by a ratchet as the hammer was cocked and released. It was a good idea in theory, eliminating the need to fuss with individual percussion caps, and was adopted in the US 1855 series of arms, but it proved not so practical in the field. These tapes were eliminated in the production of the 1861 rifle muskets. The primers were issued in small rolls, just like the rolls of caps were used in our cap guns as kids. They were protected in waxed paper and contained in a small tin cylinder. Here is a rare chance to own not only one of the rolls, but ten of them in the original capped tin cylinder in which they were issued. (Talk about something unlikely to survive for 160 years!) These individual rolls are offered for $75 per roll on one militaria web page. The most recent four rolls which have sold on ebay brought 29.99, 33.50, 38.00 and 40.99. Here are ten rolls plus the original tube for a very fair price... A key piece in illustrating the development of US martial arms ... $295.00 SOLD

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15-05-06 ... Rare Rare Rare Half Plate Thermoplastic Case / George Washington Monument in Richmond Virginia: One of the most desirable of all image cases. This specimen is near mint condition with the famous Richmond equestrian monument emblazoned on the lid. It has the proper similarly designed back or bottom portion as well. Hinges are VG. Retains the original mat and frame. It is inscribed inside in German regarding someone from Allegheny Pa in 1859. The half plate case is designed to hold an ambrotype or tintype measuring 4.25 x 5.5 inches. The case itself is roughly 5 x 6 inches. All half plate cases are rare. A minty Thermoplastic Washington Monument case is a memorable find. I owned this precise case years ago and sold it to our pal and well known headgear collector Steve Saathoff of Illinois. Steve passed away a couple years ago. The family sent his collection to auction and I bought several pieces there including this old friend. Superb image case priced forty five dollars less than when I sold it to Steve six years ago. If you have a top notch half plate image this is precisely the case in which to show it off ... $950.00 SOLD

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15-05-07 ... Union or Confederate Soldier Marked and Personalized Tin Drum Canteen With Cover And Strap ... My late good friend and renowned collector John Henry Kurtz used to love personalized field gear and canteens in particular for their color and variety. Here is one he would have jumped all over. This is the so-called New England militia pattern though they were issued to troops from many states including the Mid Atlantic and Midwest. This one surfaced two months ago at a Cincinnati, Ohio estate auction. It looks just like a CS tin drum canteen but is better made. 30 years ago these were thought to be Confederate until photo evidence and common sense prevailed and it became clear they are a variant tin drum militia canteen from the very first days of the war and possibly pre-war. The initials "S.B.S." over "C.G." appear in white paint on one side of the brown wool cover, and the number "33" over "R.W.V." on the other. There are several ways of interpreting the marks: the number may be the soldier's rack number, the CG may be "Company G," or C.G. may represent something like the Cincinnati Guard or City Guard or ??? R.W.V. might represent Regiment Western Virginia ... but no matter what the markings represent they clearly show the canteen was issued and used during the Civil War. Could be southern could be northern. It is a very scarce pattern and highly sought by collectors. The cork and cord are missing, but the strap is solid, full length and original and shows a very cool modification by the soldier who mounted a small roller buckle on one end to allow him to adjust the strap without having to knot if he did not choose to do so. One of the strap brackets is gone. The other two are firmly in place. I have always loved field modifications. They tell a story at face value. This is a scarce canteen with infinite character and appeal. I paid darn close to this price just to get it ... $645.00 SOLD

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15-05-08 ... 1812 Dated French 1805 Cavalry Pistol - Borodino And Waterloo! ... Interesting percussion conversion of the quintessential Napoleonic cavalry pistol, the Year 13. These were approved in 1805, changing the previous model by shortening the forestock, etc., and placed in production from 1806 to 1816. Ours shows the Mle AN 13 marking on the breech tang and the manufacturing date of 1812 on the left of the barrel at the breech, and lock plate shows very legible Imperial arsenal markings "Mre Imp de St Etienne," i.e. "Manufacture Imperiale de St. Etienne" and the various inspector numbers and initials. The conversion was accomplished by grinding the brass pan flush with the plate, removing the external parts and using a side lug and nipple. The percussion hammer is an elegantly flowing civilian style hammer, the rod is a replacement of brass, and front sight blade has been added. The barrel shows light pitting overall and the wood has a crude star or five-legged cross carved aft of the brass side plate, but the wood is solid and the brass has a nice aged patina. Perhaps some veteran of Napoleon's mounted troops liked keeping his old side-arm at hand. A very handsome antique with loads of history and priced very affordably ... vbejm ... $565.00 SOLD

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15-05-09 ... A very appealing non-regulation version of the 1850 field and staff ... an attractive amalgam of both the regulation pattern and the Peterson-75. The hilt uses the regulation brass pommel and sharkskin grip with three strands of brass wire. The guard branches, though, are flatter in cross-section, lack the floral motifs, and the guard has the spread-winged eagle with shield on breast and ribbon and stars above of the Arms of the United States as a motif. The blade is typical of the Solingen produced Peterson-75 patterns with an inset brass disk reading "proved" at the long ricasso. The blade is silver gray, with some slightly darker gray cloudy areas, but still shows much of the light etching: floral motifs, a trophy of arms and flag, and a script "US." The scabbard is blued steel, now faded to a plum brown, with narrow brass carrying rings, throat and drag. The sharkskin grip shows just minor handling wear and the wire is all there, in place, and fairly tight though it may shift a bit in handling. These swords were popular not just with staff and field officers, but with line officers as well who could afford them and wanted something fancier for field use than the standard regulation foot officer's sword with its leather scabbard. A dandy CW sword ... zgjjx ... $975.00 SOLD

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15-05-10 ... 23rd Ohio Infantry Colt Pocket Revolver Inscribed To NCO JEHIEL L. CHAMBERLIN of SOLON, OHIO ... Four-inch Colt 1849 Pocket revolver serial number 200843, giving it an 1862 date of Manufacture. Professionally period inscribed on the bottom of the butt strap: "J. L Chamberlin, Solon, O." Solon is a township in Cayuhoga County and their impressive county Civil War memorial contains plaques with the names of soldiers from the county. "J.L. Chamberlain" is found there on Plaque 4 as a member of the Non-Commssioned Staff of the 23rd Ohio, and his pension index cards confirm Chamberlin as another spelling (obviously the one he preferred) and his first name as Jehiel (sometimes spelled Jahiel.) Jehiel Leander Chamberlin was born in Vermont. He was living in Ohio when he enlisted at age 27 on 5/18/61 and mustered into Co. A of the 23rd Ohio on 6/27/61. Some records list him as a sergeant, but he may have gone in as a corporal. He served in Company A until promoted to regimental commissary sergeant 1/12/65, finally mustering out 7/26/65. The 23rd was a well-known and active regiment. One of its claims to fame was having Rosecrans as its first Colonel. Another was having two future presidents among its officers: Hayes and McKinley. The regiment did a stint in the Army of the Potomac as part of the 9th Corps, but spent most of its time as part of the Army and Department of Ohio and the Department of West Viriginia. They saw a lot of action, losing 5 officers and 154 men killed or mortally wounded during their service. During their time with the 9th Army Corps they were heavily engaged at South Mountain and at Antietam, losing 89 men in the first engagement while forcing the mountain passes and another 51 in the second. They saw action and took further casualties at Winchester, Opequan, and Cedar Creek, as well as a number of smaller engagements. CWdata lists 40 occasions where they lost men. The grips are very good with a tight fit to the metal. The cylinder scene is quite visible with the stagecoach holdup, Colts Patent mark, and matched serial number and the frame shows mottled silver and gray. The barrel is mostly gray with some dark spots and light pitting on the rear and midsections. It has a very legible two-line Hartford address. The sight is present and the loading assembly is smooth, and matching in color. Mechanically very good. Missing the wedge screw, which could be replaced. Butt strap screw is ancient but replaced. A nice professionally inscribed Colt carried as a personal sidearm by an NCO in a well-known and historically significant outfit. Bd ... $2,750.00

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15-05-11 ... Ultra Rare Lead Filled Officer's Eagle Buckle ... The 1851 rectangular eagle plate for sword belts has many variations in construction and quality. The earliest ones were often multi-piece affairs which were soon replaced by the more common cast brass plates. Plates like ours with a die-struck face and lead filled back are very early war pieces. In short order they proved far too weak for field use. The thin stamped face offered no strength and the thin lead-solder fill was not much better. The belt loop bar portion is downright flimsy with the little dab of solder held there. These plates broke in the first few weeks of service and were replaced with solid cast brass plates for the remainder of the war. The wide tongue on this one is a replacement. The narrow original tongue pulled loose and the owner had a wider tongue embedded. This must have done the trick because this buckle survived the war. Very very scarce plate in great condition ... $345.00 SOLD

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15-05-12 ... Rosewood Fife ... Infantry companies were allowed two field musicians: a fifer and a drummer. When regimental bands were abolished, these musicians were retained and often assembled into a regimental drum corps. In action, they were usually detailed to help the medical staff. In camp, on parade, and on the march they often added color, spectacle and entertainment to lift the spiritis of the troops. Here is typical example: rosewood with turned brass ferrules at each end. Someone, perhaps a bored company musician, has carved the word "Lyric" into the wood about one-third the way down ... $125.00 SOLD

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15-05-13 ... Pocket Flintlock Turn-Off Pistol ... The 18th century equivalent of the derringer, these small pistols were loaded by unscrewing the barrel, which gave the ball a tighter fit and put a lot more power behind the ball. Sometimes styled "Queen Anne," this type of pocket pistol was popular much longer than that monarch ruled. This one probably dates about 1820 and is marked by the gunmaker Wilkins on one side of the receiver and Grantham, a small town in Lincolnshire, on the other, both names under engraved decorative drapes. Flat sided bag-shaped grips and a thumb-latch safety behind the hammer. Wood is decent, some wear, two light cracks near the receiver on the left. Metal an even gray with some faint blue, minor pitting. View and proof marks on the underside. The raised rib for a turn-key to lock onto is worn but present. Action works fine. 3.5 inch barrel. About 40 caliber ... dbe ... $545.00 SOLD

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15-05-15 ... Civil War Cavalry Holster ... Regulation army cavalry holster for the .44 Colt and Remington revolvers. A good mid-war example with circular stitching and rivet holding the latch tab. A good solid example that just shows wear to the finish at flex points and from actual use. Finial in place and solid. Latch tab full length, with a well done glue repair one side of the fastening hole. End plug is a replacement. A key cavalry accoutrement. Much nicer than most we find offered at the shows ... $495.00

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15-05-16 ... Cavalry Trooper's Belt Rig ... A very nice rig ... Bridle leather cavalry enlistedman's saber belt rig. Wide pattern plate with one-piece wreath, matching bench number 324 on the plate and hasp. Belt is solid and supple and retains both saber straps for attaching to the scabbard of the saber. Also present is an early-war pistol cartridge box and an army revolver holster as well. Box and holster are in very good condition with latch tabs and belt loops in place and solid. Some alligatoring to the finish, but nice even color overall. This set looks like it has always been together. Most of the time dealers and collectors will remove the individual pieces to sell separately and increase the price. I got this rig from an ancient eastern Ohio collection and am keeping it intact and pricing it very realistically at ... $1,250.00 SOLD

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15-05-17 ... Hard Rubber Pipe and Tobacco Case ... I love this little personal item. Oval pocket-sized case with two compartments. One end cap labeled "PIPE" conceals a little two-piece hard rubber pipe. The other end is labeled "Tobacco." Both caps have the company name "Novelty Rubber Company" and the Goodyear 1851 patent information as well. This came out of John Ferry's collection many years ago. "Old Sutler John" did a lot of business with NSSA skirmishers in Winchester, Virginia and was known for finding NEAT original items. His booth at Fort Shenandoah was always a "first stop" for collectors during the semi annual "Nationals" from the 1970s through early 21st century. You never knew what you might find mixed in with his NSSA goods. His identification card is with this identifying it as follows ... "August Wade Dwight, Lt. Col 122 NY Vol 6th Corps at age 35, enlisted July 8, 1862, wounded at Cedar Creek and killed march 25, 1864 at Petersburgh, Va." I don't know how Sutler John knew this information years ago, but I have no reason to doubt the story. On the other hand I cannot empirically prove the story either. John is dead ... and I bought this from an old NY collection being disseminated by a friend in that state. I pass on the story just as it arrived at this end. This is a very cool personal item ... $595.00 SOLD

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15-05-18 ... Gentleman's Pocket Blunderbuss ... This brass-barrel pistol would get your attention. Its horizontally flaring muzzle makes dodging its contents problematic at best. Good condition bag-shaped grips. Trophies of arms and floral motifs engraved on either side of the receiver, otherwise unmarked, but certainly British. This sports a percussion hammer and nipple, but was certainly converted from flintlock with the frizzen and thumb-safety removed and a nipple mounted in the flashpan. The pistol itself probably dates to about 1800-1810, but must have been a favorite of the owner, who had it converted for continued use. Grips show just slight shrinkage and the joint with the metal. Left side of the receiver shows a vertical crack but is stable. Barrel length 4+ inches. Mechanically perfect. Really an eye catching early pistol ... $435.00 SOLD

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15-05-19 ... Irish Percussion Deringer Style Pocket Pistol By Skelton ... This large bore pocket pistol closely resembles our own Deringers, but the maker "R. Skelton" on the lockplate and an owner's name, "Monaghan" engraved on the backstrap make it likely we are looking at an Irish product. Short 2 ½ inch octagonal barrel with a checkered bag shaped grip. Mottled silver and gray on the lockplate, muted blue on the barrel. The checkering shows wear from normal handling. Retains its' captive rammer fully intact.. Mechanically very good. A pocket version of a "man-stopper." ... $635.00 SOLD

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15-05-20 ... 1880s Counterfeit Remington Double Deringer ... An exact period copy of Remington's .41 caliber rimfire two-shot deringer, probably the most recognizable pocket pistol in the world thanks to Hollywood western movies and TV shows. Top of barrel is marked with full Remington firm name and a patent date of 1863. But it isn't Remington's mark. It is an imitation or counterfeit marking struck in an odd die style ... likely European. The pistol is made every bit as well as a Remington, possibly better as this one does not have any crack in the hinge as seen on a large percentage of the Remington made guns, This model was extremely popular and was first produced by Remington in 1865. This patent infringement, counterfeit, Knock-Off was made around 1870 to 1880 and will make a super companion piece for a display of real Remington derringers in a Wild West display. Very good rosewood grips, about 40 percent remaining of original nickeled finish on the barrel assembly, barrels are smooth bore. Receiver a deep gray/brown. Batch number "22" on the barrel. Lever in place on right side. Handy to have at hand when your four kings and an ace get beaten by four aces and a king ... $675.00

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15-05-21 ... Union Ex-Prisoners of War Veteran's Ribbon ... Super condition Civil War veteran's reunion ribbon for a gathering of survivors of southern POW camps held in St. Paul in 1896 for their 24th annual reunion. Cream color ribbon with blue printing and full, beautiful Whitehead and Hoag manufacturer's label on the reverse along with the fastening pin. The central logo shows an eagle over the Andersonville prison stockade with a beleaguered prisoner in the middle and the motto "death before dishonor" below, indicating the men kept faith with the Union and remained in terrible conditions rather than being tempted into Confederate service to escape the horrible conditions. A scarce ribbon in superior condition ... $150.00 SOLD

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15-05-22 ... Sewing Kit or Soldier's "Housewife" ... Leather covered roll up sewing kit with green silk interior and ties. These were made in the thousands by women and girls as gifts to departing loved ones. This one displays like gangbusters with a small gem-sized matted photo of "Little Mac" inside and a packet of "superior gold eyed sharps" sewing needles and an interior pocket for buttons, etc. A couple of sewing needles and thread in place along with a sewing awl. One of those essential things in a soldier's kit the army did not think to issue and the soldiers had to come up with themselves. Minor scuffing to the exterior from actual use, but very nice. Exactly the way it was put away 150 years ago ... $325.00 SOLD

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15-05-23 ... Pair of Commercial Grade Officer's Brass Spurs ... A commercial or private purchase set of brass spurs appropriate for a gentleman but also for an officer or enlistedman who did not like the issue patterns. Iron or steel rowels, oval slotted ends with a fragment of one spur strap still retaining its black painted iron buckle, slightly sculpted necks giving a very abstract animal appearance suggesting the eagle and doghead patterns. A little orange rust to the rowels that could be cleaned. These date no later than 1860s and may go back as far as Mexican War era (1840s). Superior pair of spurs ... $265.00 SOLD

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15-05-24 ... New Jersey National Guard Belt Plate ... State version of the US 1872 pattern enlisted belt plate. O&C plate 935, which they date to ca.1885-1905. The 1872 pattern offers a good number of variations for the collector and the belts can be found on the loose occasionally if you want to assemble a belt rig as well ... $100.00 SOLD

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15-05-25 ... Rare Half Plate Size Seated Soldier Tintype ... Very clear tintype of a Yankee enlistedman seated with his arm resting on a balustrade showing off his army dress coat with piping visible at collar and cuffs. His brass buttons and what was likely an identification pin on his chest have been gilded by the photographer, but delicately so. He wears mutton-chop sideburns a formal but calm expression looking off slightly to the viewer's left. No case, but with mat and glass. What makes this image special is that it is the highly sought half plate size which measures 5 ½ x 4 ¼ inches. About 100 times rarer than the common sixth and quarter plate sizes. Very slight mat rub at the extreme left next to the mat edge. Half Plate! ... $325.00 SOLD

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15-05-26 ... Cased Sixth Plate Tintype of Two Soldier Pards Sharing a Glass of "O,Be Joyful" ... Nicely posed shot of two soldiers in blue military trousers, open sack coats and brimmed hats seated at a table with a bottle between them raising their glasses for the camera. They have tilted their hats back so as not to hide their faces and the photographer has not only tinted their pants and the tablecloth, but added some color to the whiskey bottle and their glasses as well. The figure at left could be a civilian visitor, but his pants are tinted light blue just like his compadre on the right whose brass forage coat buttons have been gilded by the photographer. A few vertical rubs and scattered age spots but generally clear and with good content, housed in a leatherette case separating along the hinge but with pad in place, as well as mat, frame and glass. In letters home it was almost always everyone else who was drinking in camp... not these two. They'll own up to it. Probably the spirits gave them the courage to show off in the photograph. Nice pose and interesting subject ... $235.00 SOLD

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15-05-27 ... Sixth Plate Tintype - Three Walt Whitman Impersonators Share a Book ... I couldn't pass this up when I saw it! I have no idea what the story is that the subjects intend to convey, but what a photo. Horizontal 1/6 plate tintype view of three bearded characters wearing nearly identical work clothes or farmers' smocks, seated in the studio. The one at left seems to have a walking stick or riding crop at his side and reaches for a book with raised spine ridges that his friend at center passes him. Might be a Bible or might be a Masonic manual, or might be a book of spells, or a story book of naughty tales??? The fellow at right rests a hand on the center figure's shoulder, but gazes into the camera while the other two interact, giving the impression he has already seen the album or read the book they pass. Superb clarity and a photo demanding you construct a narrative to explain it. Housed in a full leatherette case with glass and frame, slight traces of a minor mat rub. One of my favorite recent finds ... $235.00 SOLD

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15-05-28 ... Civil War Rifle Sling ... Very Good condition Civil War rifle sling with slide. I see everything from postwar trapdoor rifle slings to canteen straps being sold as CW slings for rifle muskets. This is the real deal, the correct 42 inches in length with a short hook on one end and standing loop on the other, complete with its slide keeper. Even when you find a real one these days it is often broken below the loop where the leather has been tightly folded back to feed the end through and cinch it. This one is correct, full length and VG condition. Shows only expected handling wear. Still supple. A key piece of soldier's gear ... $285.00 SOLD

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15-05-29 ... 11th New Hampshire Presentation Sword by Tomes, Son and Melvain ... Regulation 1850 pattern foot officer's sword with a nice blade etched with floral motifs, flag, cannon, US, etc. Very clean blade with very visible etching, just a some dark spots near the very tip. Very clear Tomes, Son & Melvain etching at the ricasso with a rose motif on the other side. Solid condition black leather scabbard and brass mounts. Brass hilt has a nice mellow patina. Grip wrap is likely a restoration. Tomes, Son and Melvain were a substantial retailer of military goods based in New York. Dead real presentation inscription on the upper mount: "Presented to Lt. J.A. Modica Co. D 11th Reg. N.H. Vol. Jan. 1864." James A. Modica enlisted from Henniker, NH, at age 22 on 8/13/62 as a Sergeant and mustered into Co. D on 8/29/62. He made First Sergeant and then 1st Lieutenant as of 7/1/63, and Captain by brevet at Petersburg on 4/2/65. He was discharged 6/7/65 and lived in Missouri after the war. The 11th NH was part of the 9th Army Corps and shared its fortunes, serving with the Army of the Potomac until June, 1863, and then heading west to the Army and Department of Ohio and to the Department of Tennessee before returning to the Army of the Potomac for Grant's 1864 Overland Campaign. Before heading west they suffered heavily at Fredericksburg, losing 21 killed and 135 wounded, and returned to suffer further heavy losses in the 1864 campaigns, including 5 killed and 41 wounded at the Wilderness, another 9 killed and 68 wounded at Spottsylvania. They suffered a continuous string of small losses in front of Petersburg until July 30 at the Battle of the Crater when they lost 12 killed and 34 wounded, and another 4 killed and 30 wounded at Poplar Springs Church. Their battle deaths amounted to 5 officers and 140 enlistedmen killed or mortally wounded. Modica was regarded as a capable officer. During the regiment's service at Knoxville in the Fall of 1863 he served as Aide-de-Camp to Major General Potter, commander of the 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, and later as the acting provost marshal of the division as well. His brevet commission as Captain was awarded "for meritorious services, and especially for gallant conduct in the assault of Fort Sedgwick on April 2, 1865." Potter's mustache and mutton-chop sideburns in his MOLLUS portrait make him a likely candidate for the officer at far left in Matthew Brady's photograph of Potter and his staff likely taken on June 21, 1864, during the Petersburg campaign. Modica's promotions and brevet rank indicate he was capable and well thought of, as does this presentation. This is a very nice condition sword carried by a fighting officer in a fighting regiment ... abejmm ... $2,350.00

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15-05-30 ... New Jersey Marked Ames NCO Sword in an Emerson and Silver - Trenton New Jersey Scabbard ... It is perhaps appropriate that an Ames made sword would show up in a scabbard made by the New Jersey firm of Emerson and Silver when it shows a New Jersey state marking. This is the regulation sword for infantry sergeants, carried more as a badge of rank than a weapon, though it could still be used as such. Very clear Ames, Chicopee markings on one side of the ricasso and a deeply struck "NJ" on the other. I see no US inspector or date markings so it is likely made on a direct contract with the state. Slight curvature to the outboard clamshell guard, otherwise nice and clean with a bright blade and just shadows of graying here and there. Steel scabbard with brass mounts is clearly a product of Emerson and Silver in Trenton NJ. It would appear that while in the New Jersey Armory the Ames sword got married to an Emerson & Silver scabbard ... cbe ... $435.00

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15-05-31 ... 1864 Ames NCO Sword and Trenton NJ Scabbard ... About like the above but not New Jersey surcharged. Very good condition infantry sergeant's sword by Ames. Clear Ames scroll cartouche at the ricasso and the US inspector marks and date on the other side. Blade is bright with some darker blue areas, good edge and tip. Scabbard is VG and is a steel model with brass mounts... again the product of Emerson & Silver in Trenton, NJ. Solid condition and perfect for use in living history or careful reenacting as the steel scabbard is far more difficult to damage than the Ames leather sheaths ... cbeq-mrk ... $435.00

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15-05-32 ... Coulaux And Company Klingenthal Cavalry Officer's Saber ... These 1822 pattern cavalry officer's sabers are much harder to find than their German equivalents imported during the war. This one has the blade marking "manufre du Klingenthal Coulaux & Cie" which pinpoints it to a ca. 1850 manufacture and is coincidentally the exact same blade marking, and with the same inspector cartouches at the ricasso, as the sword carried by Kirby Smith, mortally wounded at Corinth, now at the West Point Museum and illustrated by Thillmann on page 259. Ours has a well worn sharkskin grip wrap with all the twisted wire. Medium patina to the brass hilt that has deeply cast floral motifs, and the blade has an unstopped fuller showing mixed bright and silver with a dusting of slightly darker gray patina. Like the Kirby Smith saber, the scabbard is plain, but with throat, carrying rings, and drag in place. A very cool cavalry officer's saber to display with US or CS officer's effects ... c-vt ... $525.00 SOLD

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15-05-33 ... Early British Artillery Short Sword by Hadley ... This pattern of sword was used by a number of British services, its mountain artillery being just one. The same pattern found some favor as a commercial naval cutlass because the narrow guard meant it could be stored in racks in very small place. D-guard hilt with a flat teardrop pommel, forward langets and slightly curved quillon. Leather wrapped grip contoured to the hand and with grooves that may once have had wire. Wide no-nonsense fighting blade with spear-point tip. Blade is good, showing silver gray with some mixed bright spots and some darker areas particularly outboard side near the tip. Overall length 30 inches. Signed Hadley on the spine of the blade ... j-pal ... $495.00

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15-05-34 ... French Made Foot Officer's Sword and Scabbard ... We followed French designs in our swords from the 1830s right up through the Civil War. In fact our US versions were virtually identical to the French patterns except for markings. It is natural that some actual French made arms and even uniforms ended up in our hands, which is certainly the case here. Here is a foot officer's pattern sword with original metal scabbard and brass mounts, with the sharkskin grap wrap and wire in place, a nice patina to the brass, and a blade with lots of etching of generic floral and geometric motifs that meant it could find a place in any market for officers' equipment. Blade a silvery gray with visible etching. The maker's mark engraved along the top edge near the guard as is typical of French made swords. Overall VG to near fine. A very affordable sword correct with display with Union or Confederate effects. General Lee's sword was made in France by DeVisme ... rsfrd-by ... $575.00

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15-05-35 ... Elegant German Dueling Pistol by L. Stormer ... This beautiful percussion pistol sports an elegantly engraved plate for its back action lock that is maker signed around the base of the hammer: "L. Stormer in Gottingen" Half-stock with a single ramrod thimble and hooked trigger guard, flat butt cap and checkered grip. Nine inch + octagonal barrel is smooth metal, showing gray with some deeper gray areas. Has enngraved side screws and an inset engraved butt cap panel showing "No 2" engraved at its upper edge, indicating it is one of a pair of duelers that were certainly cased. The number 30 or 301 appears at the bottom, which may be a serial numbering by Stormer. Numerous dings to the wood on the offside, but a very attractive pistol with uniform tones and some original color on the profusely engraved lock plate ... djj-17067 ... $535.00 SOLD

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15-05-36 ... "Trojan" 22 Caliber Pocket Revolver ... Fine to excellent condition 1860s era 22 caliber brass frame pocket pistol marked "Trojan" on the top of the barrel, a non-descript tradename. Bearing a resemblance to the Hopkins and Allen pocket revolvers and others, this one has birdshead grips in good shape, a solid brass frame with a nice patina, and carried seven rimfire .22 cartridges. These were handy and cheap self-defense weapons for those who could not afford a Colt and did not want a large sidearm. Modern cartridges are virtually guaranteed to blow them up so don't even think of trying it out. As with other pocket guns and deringers they are an interesting bit of American 19th century firearm and social history ... noco ... $550.00 SOLD

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15-05-37 ... USN Pistol Cartridge Box with Boston Mark with Tin ... Most of these boxes show up with postwar conversions or at best lacking the tin. This one is in the original Civil War configuration with its original six compartment tin insert for cartridges and the integral cap pouch sewn to the box front with its own cover and tab. Some alligatoring to the exterior finish, otherwise nice and smooth black original finish with solid belt loop and latch tab and a crisp US Navy Yard Boston (USNY/Boston) stamp on the inner flap. These replaced the earlier pattern boxes when the 1851 six-shot Colt in "Navy" caliber was introduced. Attention is just now being paid to the many actions participated in by the navy not just on the high seas or major rivers, but on the many small unit boat actions on rivers, etc. A very scarce piece of CW equipment in very strong condition ... mdjj ... $695.00 SOLD

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15-05-38 ... Civil War Navy Officer's Sword and Scabbard by Clauberg ... This 1852 pattern US Navy officer's sword has a blade showing clear etching with US navy motifs of an anchor and USN on a ribband mixed with floral designs, etc. Blade is mixed light gray and bright with just some darker gray areas as you near the tip. Good edge and point. Grip shows just minor wear, sharkskin wrap and triple wire are in place. Brass hilt and mounts shows some gilt mixed with age patina. The scabbard is solid and whole with seam opened just a bit toward the tip. Tarred finish on sheath shows age mottling. Mounts and drag are in place and show the entwined rope holding the sling loops and the serpent on the drag. W. Clauberg mark over his standing knight logo on the ricasso. An attic find and auction purchase from the east ... l-745-copa ... $795.00 SOLD

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15-05-41 ... 1st OVHA Reunion Medal ... Colorful reunion medal for Company L of the 1st Ohio Volunteer Heavy Artillery. Red ribbon (appropriate for artillery) with black lettering suspended from a bronze color pin showing a field piece superimposed on crossed flags, from which hangs bronze color medallion with white insert with blue lettering, the medal having a maker's mark on reverse. Originally the 117th Ohio Infantry, the regiment was redesignated heavy artillery and expanded to twelve companies. They served in battalion detachments guarding railroads and fighting guerrillas in East Tennessee and North Carolina ... noco ... $30.00 SOLD

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15-05-42 ... Heavy Artillery Ladder Badge ... Gold colored brass ladder badge with top bar pin, two panels dated 1904 and 1906, and a planchet reading "Battery A Heavy Artillery." Professionally inscribed on the reverse "C. Nehrbas." Almost certainly a state national guard unit of the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection period. Research might turn up the significance of the two dates. They could signify reunions, periods when the unit was called up, or dates of awards. A flashy medal in any case ... noco ... $30.00 SOLD

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15-05-43 ... Manhattan Second Model Navy Revolver ... A very pleasing second model with no blue or case but a very smooth even silver tone, crisp barrel address showing just light wear to some letters, and sharp cylinder scene, crisp matching serial numbers (#13041) and great wood grips with a tight fit to the metal. Mechanically excellent, lightly cleaned, just a few gray age clouds and scattered spots to the metal and some darkening to the brass triggerguard on the underside. This is a nice looking gun. Manhattans were very popular rivals to Colts and this would look great with an officer's grouping ... dej-17068 ... $750.00 SOLD

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15-05-44 ... Navy Officer's Sword With Sharkskin Covered Scabbard ... Regulation US Navy 1852 pattern officer's sword with a sharkskin covered metal scabbard. These were a step up in what an officer could purchase for a sidearm. Everything is straight regulation: brass hilt with floral motifs and USN in the guard, showing a nice aged patina, full sharkskin wrap grip and wire, etched blade, and scabbard with brass mounts. Rather than the plain black leather scabbard, however, the officer selected a sharkskin covered metal scabbard that was both a bit dressier and more resilient to active service. The upper mount with entwined rope band is present, as is the drag with the serpent wrapped around it. The middle mount is gone, but it might be possible to find one on the loose from a deteriorated leather scabbard. The key part, though, is the sharkskin, which is in very good shape and not missing sections or peeling off. The blade etching is faint, the blade being mostly gray with some darker gray areas. A few minor nicks to the edge, but generally very good. Nice matching patina to the hilt and mounts. An interesting variation on the Civil War Navy officer's sword ...cjj-16076-ex-stirm ... $485.00 SOLD

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15-05-45 ... Revolutionary War Era Saber ... Very robust, wide three-fullered blade with a slight curve. Stirrup shaped brass guard with langets, back strap and ears. Leather in place but showing shrinkage. Brass wire is there also, but loose and seems to have been wrapped so as to sit in the grooves by three or four strands. Some small generic blade markings- a crescent moon, six-pointed stars, etc., but not enough for me to identify it exactly, but it is certainly made for mayhem. Hussars and light cavalry came into fashion just before the American Revolution- my guess on this is somewhere between 1760 and 1790. Blade is very good, just scattered dark gray age spots and patches on a mostly smooth silver gray blade with good edge and point. An impressive saber ... jpal ... $645.00 SOLD

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15-05-46 ... Ohio Marked Brazilian Light Minie Rifle ... This is one of the most attractive of the percussion rifles used during the American Civil War. The Brazilian Light Minié Rifle, manufactured by the O.P. Drissen company of Liège, was a unique combination of the features found on the British Pattern 1856/58/60 series of Enfield short rifles and the French Light Minié rifle. This .577 caliber rifle was designed to accept a straight bladed saber bayonet, and the guns imported by US purchasing agents are readily identifiable by the classic brass shield with an eagle on the wrist of the stock. The guns have the OP Drissen maker mark of a D –Anchor – C on the lock and most of the metal parts. The D – (ANCHOR) – C makers mark typically appears on the breech, lock, butt plate, barrel bands and trigger guard of the guns. This same mark also appears on the obverse ricasso of the saber bayonets that were manufactured by S&K (SCHNITZLER & KIRSCHBAUM of Solingen) for use with the rifles.   The US Government purchased around 6,000 of these rifles and if my memory serves me, the brass eagles were added in Cincinnati, Ohio. The story goes that these Belgian made guns were part of a contract destined for the Brazilian military, but ended up being sold to US buyers instead. From time to time, these guns also show up with state of Ohio ownership marks, and this happens to be one of those scarce examples! The gun shows the honest age one would expect from a 150-year-old military rifle that saw service - but one that was well maintained and in Very Good condition.  This is a fine piece in top notch condition and much eye appeal.  Completely original and genuine in all respects ... hx-fjol ... $1,495.00 SOLD

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15-05-47 ... Very Nice Colt Special Model 1861 Contract Musket: While most contractors were instructed to manufacture M1861 Springfield pattern muskets, Colt and two other firms were allowed to make this "Special Model 1861" which is virtually identical to the Type-1 Model 1863 Springfield. It has rounded barrel bands secured by friction tightening screws. It has a straight ramrod, a flat bolster, and a serpentine hammer --- all features later found on the 1863 Springfields. This fine rifle-musket is in NRA "very good++" condition ... near fine. 100% original, 100% complete, mechanically perfect. All markings crisp and legible. Lock and barrel both dated 1864. The "4" on the barrel is worn but legible. Two crisp federal inspectors' cartouches are present on the left stock flat showing this was made under US Army contract. Excellent bore. Tight and solid. Much cheaper than we see at the large gun auctions. Very desirable with the Colt markings. The world's most collectible guns are Colts ... $2,350.00 SOLD

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15-05-48 ... A lot of TEN Original Indian War Large Size Eagle Coat Buttons. A few years ago at an eastern Pennsylvania auction I bought a couple large bags full of these early Indian Fighters’ buttons and then I put them aside and forgot about them. I just stumbled across them again .... So here is a great opportunity.... ten original buttons for $25.00 These can be mailed inexpensively in a padded envelope. ... $25.00 for 10

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15-05-49 ... Friction Primer Tin [Tin not for sale] 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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15-05-50 ... These buttons were patented in 1862 by Abel Putnam and made with a long spring shank and were designed to go through the grommets on issue rubber blankets so the sides could be connect­ed and the whole thing worn as a poncho in rainy weather.The face is a standard Union Army eagle button. The back is a spring hook fashioned from double spring steel wire. I have very few priced each at ... $45.00

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