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15-05-51 ... Ballard Infantry Rifle ... Ballard's breech loading system was sturdy and popular. Lowering the lever- triggerguard brings down the breechblock, opening it for ejection and insertion of 44 or 46 caliber rimfire cartridges. A heck of a lot faster than the Springfield muzzle loader. This system remained in use for many years after the war in Marlin arms. This one has Ball and Williams of Worcester, Mass., maker marks on the left of the receiver, and below that the Merwin and Bray agents marking, both sets in two lines. Ball and Williams were one of just two wartime makers of this weapon and the vast majority of their production went to the military. On the right of the frame is the Ballard patent stamp. The maker and agent stampings are rubbed on their left side, and the patent stamp is light in the middle, but all are visible and unambiguous. Silver gray metal overall, dappled darker gray spots and areas overall mixed with a little brown, just a few dings or light pits. Both sights, all bands and swivels in place, good action. Good wood to metal fit at the forearm, a little shrinkage at the buttstock join and a slight stress separation on the left side of the comb on the butt stock. This is very minor, not passing through to the right side of the comb. Butt stock has numerous crescent moon shaped dings on the right side, and two tiny spots containing filler on the left side... I don't know why. Overall NRA "Very Good" condition... 100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect. Excellent bore. Serial numbered 12971 on receiver and barrel, with the last three digits also on the breech block. Correct split breech and external extractor for this serial number range. The Ballard was particularly well received by authorities in Kentucky who contracted for 4,000 rifles. This is one of the 3,000 delivered between July, 1864, and March, 1865. One of the scarcer Civil War longarms and a great display piece ... ijj-veg ... $1,350.00 - SOLD

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15-05-52 ... U.S. Martially Marked Ballard Carbine ... Very, very crisp example of a scarce U.S. contract Ballard carbine by Ball and Williams. One of the best I have owned. Sharp Ball and Williams markings above the Merwin and Bray agent markings on the left side of the receiver and equally sharp Ballard patent markings on the right. Metal is smooth with a thin rumor of faded blue uniformly on the barrel and the balance of the metal a faded gray and plum tone. Excellent wood showing a very visible "M.M." inspector cartouche that indicates it is one of just 1,500 that were supplied on a U.S. government contract in March and August, 1864. These US martially marked examples are VERY scarce in strong condition. The reason is that after the summer of '64 the arms company found it could get a better price from the state of Kentucky and decided to default on its' US contract, thus making these US marked carbines a darn tough gun to find. Interestingly, many of these carbines ended up being sent to Vermont after the St. Albans raid to arm militia troops against another Confederate incursion that might be launched from Canada. Tight wood to metal fit. Both sights and both sling swivels in place. Matching serial numbers 9798. Overall NRA Very Good ++ condition... 100% original 100% complete and mechanically fine with the exception of the extractor being stuck. I'll have Helper Tom take a peek at it in the morning. Again... a very scarce US martial arm, one of only 1,500 so marked. I find that since 2004 noted gun auctioneer James D. Julia has offered only one of these martial carbines in those eleven years ... ad ... $2,650.00 - SOLD

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15-05-53 ... Strong Condition 1862 Dated Enfield ... British Pattern 1853 rifle musket. Imported in large numbers by both sides in the Civil War with the Confederacy getting the jump on Union agents by tying up most of the Birmingham suppliers. Smooth even toned gray barrel with bands showing some color remaining. Both sights firmly in place with the front sight being modified to a competition shooter's sight with a higher blade. Both original swivels and rod in place. Lockplate shows good color and the edges to the plate apron and the offside show minimal wear. Good strong edges ... A few minor dings near the side screws. Nipple protector and chain in place. The proper view and proof marks (25 cipher 25 cipher) at left of barrel show that this gun is .577 caliber which translates to 25 bullets to the pound. The marking also shows that the musket was sent to North America as opposed to remaining in the British Empire. It was as likely carried by a Reb as a Yank... a simple coin toss. An additional interesting marking is present at the breech which I do not recall seeing previously. It is an oval stamp containing the letters "?P over M" likely "RP over M"... and below the oval is stamped a numeral 2. Overall very tight and solid with much eye appeal. The tang screw is a replacement (likely by the competition shooter) all others are original. Minor handling dings and scratches only. Very Good condition overall with super bore ... ajjj ... $1,550.00 - SOLD

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15-05-54 ... 1830 Dated M-1816 Harpers Ferry With Nice Stock Markings ... Arsenal conversion of an 1830 dated Harpers Ferry 1816 musket. When the government decided to update its flintlock arms in the 1850s this one was young enough to be automatically selected for conversion. The external parts of the lock were removed, the brass pan ground flush with the lock plate and filled, and a percusson nipple was fitted directly in the barrel, and a redesigned hammer fitted. The wood on this is very good, with sharp edges to the lock platform and the offside of the wrist, and very crisp inspector and view cartouches. The metal is a generally smooth plum brown and the lockplate markings are super, with Harpers Ferry 1830 in three lines aft of the hammer and the Harpers Ferry eagle over the small US forward of it. Harpers Ferry view and proof marks on the barrel, just some crustiness and corrosion around the nipple from firing. Also stamped into the breech are unit markings (E over 2 over 54) clearly indicating Company "E" 2nd Regiment, soldier number 54. The only vagary is 2nd regiment of "what"? It could be 2nd US Infantry, 2nd Virginia Infantry, or 2nd fill-in-the-state Infantry. I would lean toward 2nd US Infantry ca 1850s. A nice example from the famous Southern armory showing typical Harpers Ferry, Virginia numbers on the smaller parts of the musket and some military rack numbers on either side of the butt. A really solid example of the typical longarm carried into the field by early volunteers on both sides, but with a strong southern association. Overall NRA very good condition... 100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect ... i ... $1,395.00 - SOLD

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15-05-55 ... 1852 Dated Harpers Ferry Model 1842 Musket ... Another product of the famous southern arsenal raided by John Brown, burned by evacuating Federal troops, and partially salvaged by the Confederates. This one is the 1842 pattern musket, the last of the .69 caliber infantry muskets and the first of the percussion longarms for infantry of the line. Mixed dark and light brown over gray patina on the metal, mostly brown. Some light pitting at the muzzle and the breech from firing. A bit of wood shrinkage around the breechplug tang. Nipple is somewhat battered down ... lock is functional. Wood a tad dry behind the nipple, not burnt out but evidently fired. Minor wear to the lockplate apron, a little more on the offside. Very good lockplate markings fore and aft of the hammer, but a little light on the date stamp, 1852. Partially visible date on the breechplug tang appears to match but light there also. Butt plate has heavy rust patina. Minor handling dings and scratches overall but only as expected... no abuse. Trumpet headed ramrod, swivels, bands, springs and bayonet lug in place. Overall NRA very good condition ... 100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect. A decent '42 and like the above a typical early war infantry arm with strong southern associations ... noco ... $1,195.00

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15-05-56 ... War of 1812 Jacob Dana Flintlock New England Militia Musket ... These elegantly proportioned militia muskets have a strong connection with New England militia companies starting in the 1790s. They follow the British pattern of a pinned barrel and brass mounts, but often have stocks showing a slender French form. This one has three ramrod pipes, nose cap, and double-S shaped side plate, and triggerguard all of brass. No provision for sling swivels, which is often the case as Federalists were used to carrying Kentucky rifles with no slings, and it was no problem to attach a leather thong if a sling were necessary for an actual march. Front sight, bottom mounted bayonet lug and ramrod present. Light corrosion and brown areas overall on the barrel. Some edge wear at the barrel channel. One slight crack along the upper edge on the left near the muzzle, and an old repaired crack at the lower pin and ramod thimble. This was repaired long ago and is totally stable. Barrel inspector and wartime date mark "1814" near the lock, clear "I. Dana" on the lower lockplate edge just forward of the hammer. Overall NRA very good condition ... 100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect. A nice looking original American flintlock musket at a truly friendly price ... ccj ... $1,150.00 - SOLD

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15-05-57 ... 1864 Joslyn Cavalry Carbine ... Extra nice example of the Model 1864 Joslyn carbine. Joslyns were a widely used arm by federal cavalry, with about 16,500 being produced from 1862 to 1865. The majority were this second model, using a primed metallic cartridge instead of paper round for a percussion lock. About 12,500 were made, of which the government purchased 8,000 to arm the 19th NY Cavalry, 9th PA, the 2nd Wisconsin and others, and another 4,500 went out through retailers such as Schuyler, Hartley and Graham. This one has beautiful wood, good edges and grain, and no sign of cartouches, indicating it came through a military goods dealer to an individual, small unit or state organization. Matching #6438, correct knurled knob for the model on the breech assembly. Sights, band and sling ring in place. The only wart is that it is missing the firing pin. We aren't going to shoot it so I guess we can live with that small negative. Loads of oxidized plum patina from fading blue on the barrel, gray clouds of faded case on the lockplate and breech. Sling ring and bar are firmly in place. Extremely crisp patent markings on the face of the breech block, crisp barrel inspector initials. A very nice example that would be tough to improve on at this price ... rar ... $1,450.00 - SOLD

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15-05-58 ... Pottsdam Musketoon ... Brass-bound Prussian 1839 pattern musket reduced to musketoon length. The various German states sent shiploads (that's ship with a "p") of arms to America during the war. Here is one of the large bore muskets bearing a crown over "Neiss" on the lockplate and various German inspector marks on the metal and the stock. The musket was converted to a musketoon by reducing the barrel to 30 inches and the stock brought down proportionally with the upper barrel band remounted and the ramrod shortened as well. Simple post front sight was mounted and the lower swivel removed from the triggerguard since the middle band was done away with. The reduction of the stock in proportion to the barrel and preservation of the mounts makes this seem very much more a military conversion than something for the civilian market, and we see southern arsenals and workshops doing all sorts of similar conversions on damaged and salvaged longarms. Of course we'll never know for sure, but it does have the look of a Johnny Reb altered musket to musketoon ... ejj-veg ... $695.00 - SOLD

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15-05-59 ... First Model Smith Carbine aka Artillery Model Smith ... Nice specimen of the scarce first model Smith made by the Mass. Arms Company in Chicopee, showing crisp maker stamp on the left breech, along with Poultney and Trimble agent markings and Smith patent markings. Matching serial numbers 2815. Very pleasing metal with plum coverage from the original blue, now faded and oxidized to plum. All metal surfaces are smooth with good markings. Crisp wood with tight joins to the metal. The upper barrel band is from a second model Smith, note that is does not have a swivel. If you look closely it appears that another wider band was used with this gun during its period of use. These first pattern Smiths are far scarcer than the similar second models. These were designed to be carried on a standard rifle sling looping through upper and lower swivels, and had no provision for use with a carbine sling. These first models are also THE model that saw heavy service in the Civil War. Where the second models are frequently found in near mint condition, these first models are extremely rare in upper condition grades. Nearly all saw hard service with the cavalry and this one is nicer than most first models we see. Overall NRA very good condition... 100% original as described 100% complete and mechanically perfect. The second models were fitted with the standard sling bar and ring for a carbine sling worn over the trooper's shoulder. The Smith was widely used carbine, carried by the 1st CT. Cavalry, 17th PA, 3rd WV, 6th Ohio, and others. Almost the entire production run went to the government. A very nice example of a very scarce carbine ... zzj ... $1,950.00

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15-05-60 ... Fine Condiion M1865 Spencer Carbine Made By Spencer ... The US Ordnance Department ordered in November 1864 that an improved Model 1865 Spencer carbine be manufactured as a 56.50 caliber weapon (as opposed to 56.56 with the M1860 carbine), with a 20-inch barrel and six-groove rifling. This is one of those early guns. In March of 1865 the Department added the requirement of a Stabler cut-off system. Our carbine predates that final improvement. Spencer made about 23,000 M1865s, and another 34,000 or so were produced on contract by the Burnside Rifle Company. Ours is numbered 1934, by Spencer, making it very early in the run (made before the end of the war) and showing much blue finish on the barrel in faded tones, and very clear areas of case colors on the receiver and strong case colors on the sides of the lowered block. Sharp edges to the wood, with vivid inspector cartouches on the butt stock. Both sights and both swivels in place. A little gray and rising brown mixed with the case on the receiver. Crisp M1865 markings on the rear of the barrel and legible Spencer marks on the receiver, though a bit light on the right. Overall NRA "fine" condition ... 100% original, 100% complete, mechanically perfect, and retaining much of the original factory finish. A super example of a late Civil War and early Indian War weapon that predates the Stabler cut-off system which was ordered by the Ordnance Dept in March 1865. These early M1865s made it into the field and saw service before Lee surrendered, this low numbered gun is one of those. A strong example of a very early M1865 Spencer ... ck16840 ... $2,350.00 - SOLD

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15-05-61 ... 1868 Spencer "New Model" Indian Fighter Carbine ... A comparatively scarce pattern of Spencer. Introduced ca. 1868, the "New Model" follows the 1867 pattern with the Spencer patent magazine cut-off. It is the last military Spencer made for issue to US Cavalry. This carbine shows a lot of use and character... all from the original period of use. It has the 20-inch barrel used for the 1865 and later carbines. Only about 2,500 of these New Models were made, being serial numbered along with the New Model rifles in their own hundred thousand number range. That makes the New Model about 20 times rarer than the Model 1860 and the Model 1865. Ours bears serial number 101976 on the rear of the receiver, Spencer manufacturing stamp forward on the receiver. Sights, sling ring, band and swivel in place. Mechanically very good, and showing lots of hard service. There is a missing piece of wood and crack on the left rear of the forestock. Buttstock good, with lots of nice cavalry caused handling dings. Metal a dusty gray overall with some rising brown and dark gray spots. Markings good, a tad light on the upper left of the Spencer mark on the receiver, crisp "N.M." New Model stamp just aft of the rear sight. These carbines were issued to US Cavalry up until the M1873 Trapdoor Carbine was introduced and replaced it. At Little Big Horn some of the Indians carried Spencer carbines. Lots of character for very little money ... aajj-tita ... $1,295.00 - SOLD

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15-05-62 ... Rifled and Sighted Springfield 1842 Musket Dated 1853 ... The 1842 muskets were prime candidates for conversion to rifles firing the new minie ball because their more robust construction would withstand the higher pressures. This one is uncommon not only being rifled but in having the early pattern of long-range rear sight fitted to it as well. Rifled and Sighted! Wood rates very good with excellent color, just a minor chip on the forward lock apron, and good edges to the apron and to the flat opposite the lock, showing just a short hairline from the upper screw to the barrel. A little shrinkage around the breechplug tang. Heavy corrosion from firing right around the nipple and a little shrinkage at the tang, showing this was carried in action and fired. The barrel forward of this is smooth brown. All bands, springs, sights, swivels and rod are in place. Vivid cartouche in stock. Heavy pitting at the breech obliterating the tang date. Strong lock markings. A key US martial longarm, and a scarce one. A nice early war gun that was in service throughout the war, hence the model 1864 cartridge boxes for .69 elongated ball cartridges. Overall NRA very good condition ... 100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect ... aajj ... $1,495.00 - SOLD

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15-05-63 ... 1868 Springfield 2-Band Trapdoor Rifle Serial Number 45828 ... Made at Springfield from 1868-1872 using Civil War locks and having the new Allin designed trapdoor breech loading design, firing a .50 caliber rimfire cartridge. A key US martial arm and very good early Indian War long arm. Originally finished in the bright, this shows typical age spotting overall. Some darker areas present on the lockplate that blend in somewhat with the darker case hardening of the receiver and show traces of brown as well. Legible but light 1864 and US Springfield and eagle stamps on the lock plate. Rod, bands, swivels, etc. in place. Rear sight and ladder show original blue. Handling dings here and there, but these guns were very actively used by the frontier army. Overall NRA very good condition... 100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect. Excellent bore ... che ... $650.00 - SOLD

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15-05-64 ... 1868 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle Serial Number 22250 ... Originally finished in the bright, this is mixed bright metal and dull silver-gray overall, with some age spotting around the receiver and lock and traces of tin plating in protected areas. Clear 1863 U.S. Springfield and eagle lock marks, sharp 1869 breechblock stamp. Matching serial numbers on barrel and receiver. Rear sight and sight bar in place as are the bands, swivels and rod. Visible ink cartouches on the off-side along with some minor dings and either a screw impression or screwhead shaped wood plug below the rear side screw. Rack number "27" in the wood top and bottom of wrist. Some remnants of thin plating on the hammer and buttplate, likely from post regular army service and reissue to a national guard state unit. Overall NRA good to very good condition ... 100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect and showing considerable use ... but no abuse. Tight and solid Very good bore ... daj ... $575.00 - SOLD

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15-05-65 ... 11-05-65 Starr Cavalry Carbine ... A very very nice example of the 1864 .52 caliber rimfire carbine. Quite scarce with only 5002 guns produced. This was an improvement over the Starr .54 caliber percussion carbine which saw heavy service earlier in the war. This model was first issued out of the Winchester, Virginia US Ordnance Depot March 9th 1865. Just in time to see the Rebel army collapse and Lee surrender. Overall NRA near Fine condition. 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. Barrel retains much of the factory blue turned plum color. Stocks are excellent with sharp edges and no bad bruises. The lock, hammer, and frame retain 20 % or more muted case colors. Bore is mint. All markings crisp and legible. A tight solid gun that needs no apologies. Serial number 32,734. A top notch specimen ... gjj ... $1,695.00 - SOLD

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15-05-66 ... Model 1841 Mississippi Rifle by E. Whitney with Matched Dates of 1853 ... Made at their factory in New Haven, CT. this is one of about 26,500 made by this contractor. The lock is marked "E. Whitney / US" forward of the hammer and "N. Haven / 1853" behind the hamer. This is the famous Mississippi Rifle, and has the 33" long round barrel in 54 Caliber. The barrel is stamped "US JH VP STEEL" as well as the date of 1853 and a smaller letter "H". This gun is 100% original, 100% complete and totally proper. Overall VG condition with all metal surfaces free from rust or oxidation and showing light evidence of cleaning. Same is true of the brass tip ramrod. The bore is VG to fine and will likely clean fine to excellent. The stock edges are strong including the lock table which is usually quite worn on this model. Both inspectors' cartouches are clearly visible on the left side. There are a few bruises in the forearm from wartime use. Much stronger condition than most we see on the market. A solid example ... zae ... $2,250.00 - SOLD

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15-05-67 ... Holy Grail Artifact / Incredibly Rare Ames Mfg. Co. 1860 Pattern Cavalry Officer's Saber and the owners Spurs: Cavalry officer's sabers are rare in any form, but those made by Ames are extremely scarce. Overall fine to excellent condition retaining about 70% original factory luster on the blade. The firm name is marked in an arch on the ricasso. Classic Ames blade etching. The steel scabbard has a pleasant smoky grey patina. The brass guard and scabbard mounts exhibit an identical rich, undisturbed, and uniform century+ old age patina. Very handsome. Tied to this rare saber is an original pair of Civil War cavalry spurs. While we do not know who carried the saber and wore the spurs, I am keeping them together as they came together decades ago when purchased by an old friend of mine who sold me part of his collection earlier this fall. In November 2014 Bonham's auction sold a near mint example for $11,115.00 including the premium. Ours is not mint, but it is fine, and ours was carried in the Civil War and priced a lot lower ... ce ... $4,250.00 - SOLD

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15-05-68 ... Germanic or French Light Cavalry Saber and Scabbard CA. 1800-1825 ... A fine early iron-mounted saber complete with scabbard. Nice full leather wrapped grip with binding wire in place. Bird's head pommel. Three branch iron guard with full pointed oval langets. Singe-wide-fuller blade with clipped point. Blade is plain, not etched, bright for the most part, mixed with some scattered gray spots, but with a good edge and point. Steel scabbard has a darker patina of gray mixed with brown, matching the hilt and showing they have been together and sheathed forever. Carrying rings and drag in place. A nice saber dating from the early 19th century, somewhat French looking in the langets, but the iron mounting seems rather Germanic. A lot of saber for very little money ... $545.00

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15-05-69 ... 14-06-03 ... Engraved Clauberg Officer's Sword ... High Grade Silver Hilt Presentation Grade Field Officers Sword by Clauberg:  Very impressive field grade sword with heavily embossed German silver grip and ornately worked pommel, guard and scabbard mounts with a panel mounted between the upper mounts to take a presentation plaque. Deeply worked gilt brass pommel with bearded face below the pommel cap, floral motifs in the guard along with a US eagle, spread-winged with shield on its chest and ribband in its beak, and a quillon in the form of an eagle’s head as well. Grip still has wire running in the grooves and embossed floral motifs on alternating raised ribs.  Leather washer in place at blade shoulder. Correct “W. Clauberg/ Solingen”  with standing figure mark at the ricasso.  Blade etching is light, blade is mostly bright mixed with gray and some dark spots, particularly midway down on the inboard side and toward the tip on both.  Metal scabbard shows attractive color, plum with one or two minor corrosion spots that blend in well and are not noticeable. The mounts are particularly impressive,  matching perfectly the hilt when the sword is sheathed: the lower mount with an openwork drag and geometric and floral motifs, the middle mount with geometric design on one side and on the other a mounted figure at the gallop.  The upper mount shows a standing soldier with musket and a draped background, heavy raised borders to the top and bottom, and joined to the middle mount by the open frame for a plaque.  Matching heavily worked brass throat piece also in place. A very impressive officer’s sword, an expensive product at the time, obviously intended for a presentation to a respected officer. This would dress up any officer’s display as well as be a target for sword collectors.   A true work of art ... zbb-eber ... SOLD

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15-05-70 ... "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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15-05-71 ... The “Peterson-75” Civil War Officer’s Sword 14-10-22 ... Nicknamed from its listing in Harold Peterson’s famous book, The American Sword, is this pattern of non-regulation officer’s sword that was popular for field use because of its metal scabbard. These were German made but patterned on the British 1822 pattern sword and incorporated a US eagle and national motto worked into the steel guard, along with several different styles of blade etching.  Ours is clearly marked by Walscheid   Solingen on one side of the ricasso, and on the other with an inset stamped brass disk reading “proved.” The hilt is mounted in steel with a grooved round pommel and slotted knuckle guard that leads to the counter guard with eagle and E PLURIBUS UNUM in ribband motif and curled quillon. The grip is rayskin with triple wire (thin, coiled, thin), back strap, and ferrule at the base.

The blade is single edged, spear point with substantial back edge, single fuller running about 2/3 of the blade, no nicks, silvery-gray with grayer dark areas, but very legible etching: and spread winged eagle with ribband and motto on one side and a large cross-hatched US on the other, both surrounded with profuse floral motifs. The scabbard is equally nice, both carrying rings, drag and throat in place, mellow aged color a smoky pewter with some shades of purple and blue. Very minor wear to the rayskin of the grip. A very nice sword. Typical of those carried in the field by officers who did not want to explain to a presentation committee how their costly gift got banged up in the fighting or be troubled by a leather scabbard broken in action while they were brandishing the sword to keep the men in line. A most affordable CW officer's sword ... $725.00

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15-05-72 ... M1840, 1851 Dated Ames Heavy Cavalry Saber and Scabbard ... M1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber, marked “AMES MFG. CO. / CABOTVILLE /1851” and “US / A.D.K.” ... this "wristbreaker" saber and scabbard are both in VG to FINE condition. The blade is without bends, nick free, and has a pleasing aged steel patina. The leather grip has dried out a touch, but looks great, and is in Fine condition with original wire wrapping. The guard is likewise in fine condition as well, with only modest handling wear for its age, and a light patina. The scabbard is likewise in very good condition with a smooth dark brown patina, and no damage or defects of significance. ... gejyy ... $1,150.00

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15-05-73 ... 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 ... $85.00

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15-05-74 ... Frustratingly Rare Ropes Pattern US 1881 Cavalry Holster: Full flap military holster for the Colt Cavalry Single Action or Smith & Wesson Schofield revolver.  While the body is similar in style to Civil War holsters,  these Ropes’ patterns are highly distinctive.  They were made at the San Antonio, Texas Arsenal ca: 1880s to early 1890s.  Designed by Captain James M. Ropes of the 8th US Cavalry these ingenious devices incorporate the wild west “Mexican Loop” style of construction along with a row of ten cartridge loops at the top front of the body, and the standard army full flap.  The “Mexican Loop” forms a fine wide opening so the holster will easily fit on the frontier army web belt.  The holster has a sewn end plug, brass closure finial and firmly intact leather closure strap sewn and riveted to the front flap.  See the book  "U.S. MILITARY HOLSTERS AND PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOXES" by Edward (Scott) Meadows for more history on the Ropes holster. The Ropes pattern was designed to provide the cavalry trooper with a holster that fit over a loaded .45-70 web cartridge belt and also provide easy accessibility for additional .45 caliber revolver cartridges in the integral cartridge loops. These are beyond rare. Most collectors will never have a chance to own one at a fair price.  A far inferior example sold at Rock Island in September 2010 for $2,151.00 (it was missing over 60% of the leather finish), and another inferior example sold at James Julia’s auction for $3,737.50 in the Spring of 2010. It had been shoe polished black. In the Fall of 2006 (eight years ago) Julia’s sold another inferior example (finish flaked and leather chipped) on the web belt for $3,450.00. The belt had a value of five hundred dollars or less at the time.   There is currently a relic example with severe damage and many repairs offered on the internet at $1,200. This Ropes holster is in truly EXCELLENT condition. 100% original, 100% complete, no damage, no repairs, no shoe polish, no leather treatment… rates a 9 on a scale of 10. Superb. If it were a common old CW holster it would bring $800 or more. A top shelf specimen in all respects. Guaranteed to be the best example currently available at this fair price ... $2,350.00 - SOLD

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15-05-75 ... French Made Import Artillery Enlisted Man's Saber ... 300 French artillery sabers were imported to the US for trial in 1839 and formed the basis for our own 1840 Pattern Light Artillery Sabers. In addition to those 300 some may have made their way over here for militia companies until Ames could meet demand. After the war broke out Napoleon III at some point in 1861 prevented arsenal made arms from being sold to either side, but privately made weapons were exempt and some surplus arms may have been shipped before the embargo. This example is French arsenal made & signed faintly in script on the flat of the spine. It also has inspector and issue marks, such as the "B" in a circle under the guard, and French rack numbers on the knuckle bow. It also has a very American looking rack number E/73 stamped under the guard as well. The blade has a good edge without nicks or chips, showing dull silver gray patina. Overall rates very good. The grip shows wear to the leather and some shrinkage, exposing a little of the wood near the pommel and causing the wire, though secure, to be a tad loose. No scabbard. A good example of the saber we used as a pattern for our own weapon. Most affordable at ... ajjx ... $250.00 - SOLD

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15-05-76 ... Classic Civil War US 1860 pattern light cavalry saber: 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 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 ... $365.00 - SOLD

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15-05-77 ... 1904 Police Manual ...  A Manual For Constables Marshals Policemen and Other Ministerial Officers in Ohio... Very interesting book... hard cover... written with practical instructions on such issues as issuing a warrant, jurisdictions, powers duties and rights of constables, forcing an arrest, executing summons, subpoenas, search warrants etc. ... crimes and offences, cruelty to children and animals ... etc etc etc ... Published in 1904 by The Robert Clarke Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was written by Florien Giauque, A.M., LL.D. and has at least 9 revised editions in later print through the early to mid 1900s. Our copy here is a fifth edition I have never seen another copy which is why I bought this one. It's just plain interesting. The binding looks like an 1860s tome, which is what caught my eye initially...  but it is clearly 1904.   A great read for a former / present cop who collects and enjoys the historical aspect of the law enforcement field.  Measures approximately 4 1/2" x 7 1/2",  273 pages, overall VG with some chipping on the spine   ... $145.00 - SOLD

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15-05-78 ... Second Lieutenant Artillery Shoulder Straps ... Classy smallish size officer's straps measuring roughly 3 inches in length. VG condition with red velvet centers showing light wear to the nap. Has proper dull and bright alternating bullion and the raw back ... rw-cej ... $485.00 - SOLD

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15-05-80 ... Starr Arms Co. Single Action Army Revolver ... This was the 3rd most government purchased sidearm during the Civil War with 25,000 bought by the military. 100% complete and mechanically perfect revolver. Overall NRA very good condition ... 100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect. Steel grey metal overall. Serial # 55711. Grips sanded and no cartouche visible. A good solid example ... ijj ... $1,275.00 - SOLD

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15-05-81 ... Massive Double barrel Box Lock Percussion Pistol ... Truly striking. 4 1/2 inch barrels are roughly 12 gauge shotgun size. 10 inches overall. Were you to look down the barrels of this gun in the hands of a highwayman you would certainly soil your pants. Deadly to the tenth power. Nicely patinated and engraved brass frame. Finely checkered bag grip with silver shield escutcheon. Overall NRA very good condition... 100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect ... wwdjj ... $675.00 - SOLD

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15-05-83 ... Toulza Parlor or Salon Pistol ... These small single shot pistols were intended for indoor shooting for amusement and characteristically were of small caliber and fairly light. This one is signed Fs. Toulza on one side of the frame and marked "brevet" (i.e. patent) on the other. Measuring about five or six inches overall, with a 3.5 inch barrel of about .17 caliber, this pistol features a nicely engraved frame, a folding trigger and swing-out breech fitted with a percussion nipple. This fired its tiny pellet using only the force of the cap... there was no powder charge involved. The grips are plain, slightly bag shaped but with a butt cap. The metal is generally smooth and gray overall with darker gray age spots and sections. A nice little gun, probably French or Belgian, dating likely to the 1860s or 1870s. Fascinating little parlor toy ... bjj ... $495.00 - SOLD

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15-05-84 ... Civil War Soldier's Stencil of Stanley Porter, 21st New York: KIA at Second Bull Run ... Finding personal items from soldiers who were killed is a rare event. Stanley Porter enlisted at age 19 in Buffalo, NY, on 5/9/61 and mustered into Co. D of the 21st NY as a private on 5/20/61. He transferred to Co. I on 3/1/62, and was killed in action 8/30/62 at the Battle of Second Bull Run. The regiment was an outgrowth of the 74th NYSM and being largely recruited in Buffalo was also known as the First Buffalo Regiment. A very early war regiment, it was mustered in initially for three-months service after it reached the depot at Elmira, as were other early regiments, and headed off for Washington, but was afterward directed to remuster for two-years service in accord with state directives for its early volunteer regiments. Serving first in McDowell's and King's divisions, in mid-1862 it became part of the 3rd Corps, Army of Virginia, under Pope and was involved in the disastrous campaign of Second Bull Run when Pope found himself outgeneraled by Jackson and Longstreet. On August 30, 1862, the 21st NY was caught in the maelstrom and suffered 31 killed, 108 wounded, 12 captured and 2 missing (according to CW data.) Among the killed was Stanley Porter. Porter's soldier's stencil survived as a memento. Measuring 2 ¾ by 1 ½ inches. These stencils were sold by sutlers and peddlers to soldiers anxious to identify their personal property in the crowded camps of the army. Constructed of a thin brass sheet folded over a white metal frame, the vendor stamped out the soldier's name "S. Porter / 21st Rgt. N.Y.V./ Co. D" with two short flourishes so that he could stencil his gear with small brush and ink. Porter's cdv exists in the NY state military museum as part of their collection of photographs of NY soldiers. Interesting Killed In Action relic ... noco ... $575.00 - SOLD

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15-05-85 ... Indian War Army Saber Belt ... 1872 ?? pattern saber belt set up like a Civil War belt using a fixed hasp on one end with the other looped through the plate and adjusted for size by a brass wire hook. Two back leather chaps hold two D-rings for saber slings, with the forward ring also sporting a scabbard support hook. Company and rack number A over 84 near the hasp as well as inspector initials on the inside. Buckle stamped with rack number as well. This belt is constructed about the same as the 1864 Civil War belts. The common Indian War saber belts have heavy rectangular brass slides with rectangular strap attachment slots. My feeling is that this belt is a very early Indian War belt from the days of the Western Frontier Army. It can be completed with a JEB Stuart style hanger or with two straps ... bjjt ... $345.00 - SOLD

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15-05-86 ... 1859 McClellan Pattern Cavalry Saddle Bags ... Regulation issue cavalry saddlebags for the standard US cavalry enlistedman's saddle of the Civil War, the 1859 McClellan. Both bags and covers in good shape. A very scarce piece of Civil War equipment. The covers are slightly stiff. Both latch tabs and buckles are in place. Interestingly this set was made without the bottom tie-down straps. These straps are usually found removed by the trooper (see other set of bags below for further data) but this set was manufactured without them. Perhaps a mid war directive that I am unaware of called for the elimination of the straps. Interior pockets good. As usual the leather laces on the inside are gone but can be replaced with any old rawhide boot laces. One small repair to the edge of the cross strap at the hole where one of the locking straps for a bracket passes over it. The cross strap itself is solid and in good condition, which is rare since people often try to fold these flat and break the straps across the middle. A very good displayable set and a key piece of horse gear and one that has always been scarce ... noco ... $1,395.00

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15-05-87 ... Framed Oval Albumen Photo Image of the Flags of the 75th New York ...
A wonderfully rare and visually exciting CW photo. Framed oval albumen (roughly 7 x 9 inches) of the US and state regimental battle flags of the 75th NY showing the rigors of field service. Torn and shredded, with damaged staffs, flag cords and tassels hanging amid the shreds, the banners are stretched out in the photographer's studio, an iron headrest being called into service on the right to stretch out the state flag, which displays the regimental designation and state coat of arms. A collector note on the reverse of the card mount records the regiment's participation in the battles of Opequon, Cedar Creek and Port Hudson and a record of 369 battle casualties. The regiment recruited in Cayuga County, mustering in in November, 1861, and spent much of its first two years of service with the Department and Army of the Gulf, seeing action at Bayou Teche, Fort Bisland, Port Hudson in Louisiana and Sabine Pass in Texas, among many other smaller engagements. At Bayou Teche an artist sketched them picking off gunners from the CS gunboat "Cotton" in the engagement. In 1864 the regiment headed north as part of the 19th Corps and saw action at Monocacy and Petersburg before taking serious casualties at Winchester and Cedar Creek. Their battle losses included 4 officers and 91 men killed or mortally wounded. As a side note- the regiment was converted to mounted service briefly and many of the re-enlisted veterans had their photos taken while on leave sporting crossed sabers on their hats with the regimental number "75," which may have given some observers the impression New York fielded that number of cavalry regiments. When they returned from leave and found they were being returned to infantry service, they refused to draw rifles for several days and it was months before they finally removed the yellow trim from their uniforms. Common CDV photos of battle flags are rare. These large size albumen images never come on the market. A great piece of photographic history in its' original 1860s wall frame ... cbj ... $795.00 - SOLD

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15-05-88 ... A Second Set of 1859 McClellan Saddle Bags ... Another set of the regulation saddle bags for the US cavalry 1859 McClellan saddle. Like the first set offered on this list, the bags have an intact cross strap, which is the piece most liable to be damaged, both latch tabs and both buckles, and intact locking straps that pass through raised brackets on the saddle and hold the bags in place after they are draped over the saddlebag stud at rear of the saddle. Whereas the above bags were manufactured without tie-down straps this sethas had the tie-down straps removed. This is usually the case with saddle bags found in estates. Some stiffness and cracking to the surface of the covers, but the bags themselves are supple and the covers are not rigid or fragile. A key piece of horse gear and a good part of any cavalry display or collection ... $1,150.00

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15-05-89 ... Silk Textile Art - Parting Lines By Andrew J. Tucker ... An early piece of Americana printed on silk measuring roughly 4 by 6 inches. Very nicely done six stanza poem of farewell by Andrew J. Tucker dated at the bottom March 12th, 1842. Addressed to his "pupils" the poem is a gift to his students upon his departure or perhaps their graduation. The text is printed between two columns with an arch above and a very striking eagle perched on a US shield with ribband. Above the eagle is the motto: "Tis education form the common mind- just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined." Scattered overall foxing spots and some tears to the right margin touching the right hand column at the lower edge. The printers are Bennett, Backus and Hawley, who operated out of Utica, NY, and the author of the lines, Andrew J. Tucker, was likely a resident of Utica or a nearby town. This is a very pleasing graphic and would look well framed ... wbe-150425 ... $195.00

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... War of 1812 Wood Canteens ...
Finding early military canteens with their original paint is tough. Many that survive were subjected to the unfortunate fad of refinishing and are now bright and glistening, stripped of their history. Here are two wonderful examples.

15-05-90 A ... The first is the famous "cheese box" style ... that was associated with New England and actually furnished the pattern for some Revolutionary War American continental army contracts. It became the pattern selected for the contracts issued by the US government starting in early 1812. This one still has about 95 percent of its original dark greenish/gray paint along with its original large "U.S." stenciled designation in faded red mixed with white. Many of these were purchased directly by states during the war or bought surplus and overpainted with the state designation. This is rare and desirable in preserving its original US stencil. The leather strap guides are replacements, being a bit wider than the first ones, otherwise all original ... $595.00 - SOLD

15-05-90 B ... NEW YORK STATE WAR OF 1812 CANTEEN ... Identical to that shown as number "065" on page 60 of O'Donnell's book on US canteens. Sometimes called the "later-1812" pattern and other times the 1813 pattern. This pattern replaced the cheesebox style in federal contracts late in 1812. Dark gray background with large white "S.N.Y" painted initials on the face (State of New York) and "T. ARENTS" maker stamp on the reverse for Thomas Arents, He was a NY City cooper who worked from 1806 to 1822. Top spout piece in place, iron bands in place, but missing the strap loops that were of similar iron and could be easily replaced but I am leaving it as I found it. As O'Donnell notes, the state made it a point to equip its troops with the latest federal patterns, and state troops were involved in many engagements during the war. Rene Chartrand illustrates the same pattern in the New York section of his volume on US uniforms and equipment of the War of 1812. A solid and handsome 1812 canteen ... $875.00 - SOLD

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15-05-91 ... 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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15-05-92 ... 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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15-05-93 ... 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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