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15-07-01 ... Small McKnight Flintlock Pistol ... British flintlock coat or coaching pistol circa 1810. VG as refinished. Tightly checkered bag style grip with a small leaf-decorated silver pommel cap. Four-inch round barrel, about .56 caliber. Stylish open work hammer with reverse curves. Captive ramrod with swivel in place, large round trigger guard. Lockplate shows dark with traces of refinished case colors on plate and hammer. Barrel has attractive refinished lacquer brown Damascus swirls. Sliding lock for the hammer and roller on the frizzen spring for faster ignition of the priming pan. The maker name McKnight in script forward of the hammer. The touch-hole is enlarged, showing the gun was used during its period. These smaller pistols took the place of the larger horse pistols as roads improved and travelers utilized coaches. These proved to be handy pocket guns for honest men walking dangerous city streets. Very handsome ... dej ... $575.00 SOLD

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15-07-02 ... Extremely Rare 1860 Dated M-1858 Springfield US Cadet Musket ... A very scarce US martial arm is this Model '58 Cadet musket. Only 2501 were produced for issuance to our Corps of Cadets at West Point. This cadet musket was at West Point when Custer was at West Point! Nice "in the bright" example of the 58 cadet made at Springfield in 1860. The 1855 series of arms of which this is a part, introduced the .58 caliber elongated ball cartridge and the use of the Maynard tape priming system among other innovations. This is a great example of the rarest of the 1855 Maynard Tape weapons group ... the CADET MUSKET.  Sharp barrel and lock markings: clear V/P/eagle proofs on left barrel flat, crisp 1860 behind the hammer, Springfield forward of it, and a crisp Springfield spread-winged eagle (as distinct from the Harpers Ferry version) on the door of the Maynard tape primer compartment. Barrel retains clear matching 1860 date. No cartouche visible on wood.  Standard second pattern short range rear sight with lots of faded blue.  Iron nose cap and no patchbox in the buttstock, as is correct.  Smooth metal showing bright silver overall.  Identical to the 1855 infantry musket except slightly smaller proportions with a 38 inch barrel.  All bands, swivels and correct ramrod in place. Good edges to the smooth dark wood at barrel channel and lock apron. Tight fit to the breechplug tang. Wood is largely free of blemishes, making this a very attractive example of a very scarce musket.  A key arm in U.S. Springfield and Civil War collecting ... $3,850.00

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15-07-03 ... US 1816 Flintlock Pistol ... Nice looking US model 1816. Simeon North supplied about 19,000 of these large bore pistols to the government between 1817 and 1820. They are substantial large weapons and very impressive on display. CONDITION ... Sharp edges to the wood, good lock apron, oval cartouche visible, tiny (inconsequential) hairline crack in wood near the cartouche on the offside only. Some minor wear to high points. Smooth metal with deep rust-brown patina and only light surface pitting. Clear US and P barrel proofs. Lockplate markings a bit rubbed, but legible (Flayderman says they tend to be light): S. North in an arc over an eagle with US on either side and "MIDLn. Conn" below, all forward of the hammer with no markings to the rear. Double front band and front sight in place. Correct style hickory ramrod, though likely a replacement. As to the important question of whether this is original flint or a reconversion ... After complete disassembly and careful examination I believe this to be an excellent reconversion. While assembled there is no overt sign of welding at the breech or near the touch hole to indicate reconversion. Upon disassembly, cleaning with a toothbrush, and examination with high intensity light the faintest remnants of a previously seated bolster are faintly visible in the barrel just behind the touch hole. Also, the touch hole is not perfectly centered on the pan. These two elements are evidence enough for me to keep the price friendly compared with a sticker of $2500 or so for one I was certain was original flint ignition. The main spring inside the lock is a period spring but from a different lock and has been hand fitted to this plate. The internal lock pin that secures the top of the main spring in place is a 20th century replacement. All other parts appear original with the possible exception of the brass pan. This is a key piece in US military single-shot pistol development and the type carried in early western expansion, supplied to various state units, etc. A nice looking US martial flintlock that other dealers or auction houses would pass off as "original flint". Super specimen ... $1,395.00

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15-07-04 ... Bargain Priced Smith & Wesson No.2 Army Revolver ... These .32 caliber rimfire revolvers were favorite private purchase weapons by officers during the Civil War. Unlike Colt"s and Remington"s percussion skin cartridges, the S&W self-contained "fixed metallic" cartridges were impervious to wet weather and jostling by a soldier. Nicely proportioned six-inch barrel showing gray patina with some darker age pots. Good grips. The metal is light silver gray overall. The barrel markings are crisp. Serial number 34336 is a solid, late war production gun. There is a substantial gouge across the top cylinder stop strap, and the spring retaining screw there was replaced with a brass screw. The main hinge screw (barrel & frame) is replaced with a steel pin. If nothing else, these repairs show the owner was interested in keeping this pistol in service. They were popular with early westerners as well: Custer had a pair of these, and Wild Bill Hickcock owned one as well. This one functions "OK". The cylinder indexes fine, the cylinder stop is a bit temperamental as described above regarding the gouge and brass screw. A solid, Civil War Smith & Wesson Army revolver at a darn friendly price ... cjj-150613 ... $495.00 SOLD

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15-07-05 ... US 1842 Percussion Pistol ... The 1842 pistol was among the last of the US single shot martial pistols, before Springfield made one last stab with the 1855 Maynard tape pistol carbine. The 1842s were made by Aston and by Johnson, both of Middletown, CT. These .54 caliber pistols were produced from about 1845 to 1852. Some also were made by William Glaze at the Palmetto Armory in South Carolina, but they are in a different league in terms of rarity and value.

This one is the standard US model ... has decent wood still showing two cartouches on the rear of the side flat, a tight wood to metal fit, and just light handling marks, some slight chipping along the bottom of the lock mortise and one hairline from the upper lock screw toward the barrel, which is pretty common. The brass has a good aged patina and the lockplate shows a pleasant patina. The barrel shows some steel gray underneath areas of faded black and brown with sharp barrel inspector initials. The breechplug tang date is buried in light pitting ... the "185" shows well but the last digit is not clear. Likewise, the lock shows corrosion making it hard to make out more than traces of the maker name forward of the hammer. To the rear, parts of "Middltn. Conn." are visible and a faint "1850". The hammer shows brown with similar corrosion. The loading assembly, ramrod and front sight are in place. The nipple is excellent and probably replaced at some point. Overall very honest and nicely age patinated to a uniform deep brown. Mechanically perfect.

This is a solid example of a pistol intended to be carried in the pommel holsters of dragoons during the western expansion preceding the Civil War and one that found its way into use in the Civil War. We tend to think of them as strictly early war, but as late as 1864 a Yankee looking over the battlefield at Haws Shop noted scattered horse pistols, apparently lost by newly arrived Confederate troopers who had not had the same opportunity to rearm from the enemy as their fellow horsemen ... $735.00 SOLD

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15-07-06 ... Kiowa Indian & Cowboy, ca. 1890 ... Late 19th century cabinet photograph (4 x 6 inches) taken from life by famed photographer George Addison at Fort Sill, O.T. (Oklahoma Territory).  Addison worked in Texas and Oklahoma Territory starting in the 1880s taking photos of wild westerners including the likes of Geronimo and Quanah Parker.   His subjects here are an anonymous Kiowa Indian in fringed buckskin,  posed next to a western dude in flashy western duds. Our white man sports a lever action Winchester in his right hand and a large Colt or Remington revolver in his holster. He wears a sombrero-style hat. There is a horizontal crease, but otherwise a very attractive and rare western photographic image ... $250.00 SOLD

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15-07-07 ... Cabinet Photograph of an Arizona Navajo Indian ... Nice mid-chest up bust shot of an Indian man by F.A. Hartwell of Phoenix, Arizona Territory and so marked on the bottom front of the mount. Sold by St. Claire & Pratt Stationers & Jewelers, whose mark appears on the reverse. Old pencil inscription "Navajo Boy" on upper left reverse. This would be an ancestor of the Code Talker Navajo who served the US in WW2. The young man wears a necklace of knotted cord, the ends of which come down from behind his ears and drape on his chest. He gazes to the viewers right and the photographer has captured a somewhat rough and pockmarked face, but softened the focus slightly to give a dreamlike effect to his subject's gaze ... a touch of Edward Curtis. 4X6 inches. Some earlier seller felt this was worth $750. I think it is more like ... $295.00 SOLD

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15-07-08 ... Cabinet card view of "Pa-shif-pa-ho" or "Kish-ke-ma" by J.F. Shore of Cushing, Oklahoma Territory ... Vignetted portrait of an older man of some rank: he wears a decorated headband and feather, bone necklace at his throat and another of fur and bear claws more loosely on his shoulders. A marvelous character study. He grasps a wonderful, long stemmed catlinite pipe that is prominently displayed and he gazes a bit down to the viewer's lower left, wearing something of a scowl, perhaps unhappy with a now restricted and sedentary life style where the pipe is his only reminder of a freer past. The town of Cushing was laid out on part of the Sac and Fox Reservation, so we are certainly looking at a prominent member of one of those tribes. This photo is one of my favorite "Native American" finds of late. Small chip in lower mount. card measures 4 x 6 inches. A google search of Kish-ke-ma finds an Indian Lodge in Manitoba Canada. Perhaps named after our subject here.?. A previous seller felt it was worth $700... I'm of the opinion it is better at ... $375.00 SOLD

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15-07-10 ... Bacon & Co Underhammer Pistol ... Bacon and Company Longest Barrel Underhammer Pistol: 10 inches overall length. 6 inch barrel. These are sometimes called boot-pistols because their sleek profile let them slip inside the upper part of a boot easily and escape notice, but their real virtue was a sturdy and simple mechanism. Part octagon, part round barrel. Bacon & Co. over Norwich, CT barrel markings a bit rubbed but legible. "Cast Steel" on the left flat. Simple bag grip, and nice floral scroll engraved frame. Serial number 85. Flayderman says the company made about 500 guns, all in .34 caliber in 3, 4, 5 and 6 inch barrel lengths, the last rating as "rare." Ours is six inches so I guess it is one of the rare ones. *:) happy Overall steel gray mixed with age spots ... cjj-zww ... $475.00 SOLD

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15-07-11 ... Horstmann of Philadelphia Civil War Pigtail Bugle ... Horstmann Signed Civil War Bugle w/ Pigtail Loop: A dead-real, no-doubt-about-it... regulation Civil War bugle in excellent condition. Regulation Union Army pattern, made of copper with brass reinforcements, and brass bell garland... standing about 17.5 inches tall with the regulation single twist construction. (The main body copper tubing loops only ONE time between the mouthpiece receptacle and the bell. Our modern bugles loop twice.) Civil War bugles have always been flashy and sought-after. Though used by all branches of service to some degree, they still have the strongest associations with the cavalry. Here is one of two I came up with recently on the same day, after not having seen a single example in well over a year. This one is nicely marked by Horstmann with the firm name and "Phila." below it just above the bell. This is in excellent shape with an intact garland and lengthwise seam, and is dent-free. The pigtail crook attachment (changes the key) is a correctly made copy put on by the previous collector and I have left it in place. You can remove it and place the mouthpiece directly into the receptacle tip of the tubing if you wish, (this makes it 100% original as issued) ... but I like the way it looks with the pig tail. Custer's bugler's horn has just such a pigtail if I am not mistaken. Horstmann is perhaps the most famous military goods maker and dealer of the Civil War and 19th century. Here is a dandy Civil War bugle. The real deal! ... noco ... $2,250.00 SOLD

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15-07-12 ... Stratton & Foote Civil War Bugle ... This Stratton and Foote bugle came to me the same day as the above bugle. When it rains it pours. This, too, is the regulation pattern: single twist, copper with lengthwise seam and brass reinforces. Also marked just above the bell with the maker's name "Stratton & Foote / New-York." During the Civil War, Stratton & Foote provided more than 60,000 field trumpets and bugles for the government. They employed nearly 200 workers making upwards of 100 instruments a day. Overall VG condition with a couple expert small repairs. There is a repair to a hole in the outside of the upper loop which was closed with solder. Also a break at the lower loop was mended by soldering in place a short section of brass (the only way to close a break in the thin copper tubing.) One or two additional minor dents, otherwise really quite nice. With Ebay and other online sites awash in WW1 bugles, WW2 Japanese bugles, 1855 pattern British bugles, and reproductions of all of them, all identified as Civil War, it is refreshing to find a real one. Priced friendly at ... noco ... $1,795.00 SOLD

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15-07-13 ... Aston Percussion Pistol ... Here's a beat up old veteran. Crisp 1848 dated Aston lockplate marks and US/NWP/P barrel proofs, but, shall we say, the wood has taken a severe ass kicking.   The right side looks like it got thrown into a fire and landed on the lock side... then rescued and cleaned.  The offside is relatively unscathed.   Missing the rammer assembly.  Good color to the brass and decent surface to the metal, though with one vise mark on the left breach.  A parts gun or relic "hanger," these were intended as holster pistols for dragoons.  Replaced in the regular army by revolvers, many still ended up in saddle holsters at the beginning of the Civil War and in the hands of some Confederate troopers rather late in the war who had not had the chance to rearm before being sent to the front.  Cool old relic  ... fcj-52812 ... ... $325.00 SOLD

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15-07-14 ... British Flint Pistol ... London marked pocket pistol by Weston. Maker marked on the frame amid engraved trophies of arms. Short 2 inch, turn-off or screw barrel with torsion lug and proofs forward of the triggerguard. Flat sided walnut grips with some minor dings on both sides. Sliding safety behind the hammer. Early 19th century. These were handy pocket pistols for civilians and military men. One American naval officer reported drawing one from his pocket and shooting an antagonist who had him down during a boarding action. Two scratches under the muzzle, otherwise smooth metal, silver gray with some scattered dark spots, but no pitting. A very solid example of a great early pistol fast approaching its 200th birthday. Functions perfectly with very strong main spring ... cjj-17067 ... $595.00 SOLD

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15-07-15 ... French Percussion Horse Pistol - 1822 pattern cavalry pisto ... These grand old pistols underwent a number of modifications during their period of use and stayed in service until the 1860s, qualifying for use in the Crimean War and the French troubles in Mexico. Converted from flintlocks, many also were rifled. Ours shows the round front sight base indicating it went through the rifling process about 1860. No ramrod, but easily replaced. Lanyard ring on butt cap... Medium tone to the brass. Rack number 1575 on the left barrel at breech and in the wood. Some light surface brown rust over bright metal on the barrel. Some pitting on the hammer, and barrel near the bolster, nipple a bit crusty. Darker mottled gray on the lock plate, partial lock markings visible showing Royal manufacture at the St. Etienne arsenal before the rise of Napoleon III. Years ago these were represented by gun dealers as possible Confederate secondary pistols. A few may well have crossed into Texas from Mexico but I am unaware of any solid proof. Perhaps you know. A great value in the world of antique arms collecting ... bej ... ... $395.00 SOLD

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15-07-16 ... Extra Nice Roby Light Cavalry Saber ... A crisp example of the classic Union cavalry saber. Introduced in 1857, the light cavalry saber was the regulation sidearm of Yankee troopers. Roby was one of the more prolific suppliers of cavalry sabers and this is a very nice example of his work with full original leather and wire on the grip, pad beneath the guard, full scabbard, and a pristine blade. The grip wrap is the ultra desirable brown russet leather, with good finish and just some light wear on the high spots. Clear Roby stamp on one side of the ricasso, just a bit light on the right side, and clear US, 1865 date and AGM inspector's mark on the other. The blade is bright with no nicks andretains much of the original cross polishing near the ricasso. Has a very few gray spots, mostly near the guard. Steel scabbard is mixed bright and gray overall with no dents. Throat, drag and rings in place. M inspector's initial on pommel and guard. A very nice saber that would look great in a cavalry display. Much nicer than most we see at the shows in this price range ... A top shelf example ... e-16430 ... ... $795.00 SOLD

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15-07-17 ... Civil War Major's or Surgeon's Frock Coat With Straps and Sash ... Freshly found in Philadelphia is this fine condition, high quality, regulation, double-breasted field-grade Civil War officer's frock coat with the original Major's straps. Midnight blue wool coat is in excellent condition with no mothing, Shows some light wear to the inside of the velvet lined collar, as would be expected in a coat that was actually worn. Some wear and sweat stains to the body and sleeve lining at the armpits. Tightly quilted chest padding and lining show a very high quality tailoring. Nice long skirts and superb billow to the sleeves at the elbow. Full set of Union staff buttons front and rear. One small staff button missing from each set of three on the cuffs ... easily replaced. Interior breast pocket lined in brown polished cotton, as are the skirt pockets. Original, high quality, single border bullion major straps on the shoulders. Some minor rubbing to the bullion and light oxidation, but overall excellent. Gilt remnants on the oxidized oak leaves indicate rank of Major as opposed to Lt. Colonel. Strap backgrounds are dark blue, which served both for infantry officers and officers on staff duty (who in theory wore black.) This could have been worn by a regimental major, staff major, or regimental surgeon. Most identified surgeon's coats I have owned have been precisely this style coat and straps. Accompanying is the owner's crimson waist sash. It is the regulation crimson silk officer's sash with turkshead knots and tassels. This still remains crimson in color as opposed to others of lesser dye quality that we see with a purple cast. This sash is super and truly Crimson. Sash is overall excellent with just some minor wear to the high spots on the tassels and knots. A very nice field grade officer's frock that displays impressively with the sash. I bought this some weeks ago hoping the original Pennsylvania finder might divine the ownership history in Philadelphia. But that did not happen. Fresh to the market, never owned by a collector previously, super quality and condition. Coat, straps, and sash ... noco ... $4,850.00 SOLD

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15-07-18 ... 1851 Colt Navy Revolver Made in 1863 ... One of the best looking and most popular percussion revolvers, the .36 caliber Colt Navy is a key weapon in any CW collection. Ours has smooth metal with grey patina shifting to brown. Clear barrel address and Colt patent and caliber markings on lower frame and trigger guard. Edges lightly worn. No scene on the cylinder, which is gray with some brown and some spotting and minor pitting. Small dings around the right side of the wedge where someone tapped too aggressively while removing it. Tight wood to metal fit. Excellent grips. Medium tone to the brass. Action fair ... it cocks and indexes but not crisply. Front sight in place. Serial number 169580 throughout except for the loading lever and cylinder which bear #7317. This is unquestionably a wartime marriage of two damaged Colts which were repaired in the field. The fulcrum screw in the loading lever is replaced with a peened over pin, done during the period. A favored sidearm of both north and south during the Civil War ... ex-szym... ... $1,050.00

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15-07-19A ... Dietz' Police Lantern ... Similar lanterns are sold all over the place as Civil War, usually accompanied by an indistinct woodcut showing something similar in a CW lithograph. Our lantern is nicely marked "Dietz Flashlight / Police Lantern / Patd April. 1886". It has a bullseye lens to focus the light but also a cut-off slide to conceal the beam when necessary- hence the "flash" light designation. A classic 19th century police accoutrement.... Something darn handy in investigating city streets and dangerous alleyways. This would look great with a collection of 19th century police badges, cuffs, pistols and batons. 7.5 inches tall. Very cool ages old cop's item. Priced well below recent auction prices ... $95.00 SOLD

15-07-19B ... Have several others of same style without police markings that I can sell for ... $75.00 each

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15-07-20 ... Early Production Spencer 1860 Army Rifle with Double-Set Trigger ... One of the most interesting Spencers I have owned or seen. It is a standard early war 1860 Infantry rifle that has had Sharps style double set triggers professionally added to it. Really cool. We occasionally see home made screws added to the wrists of Spencer rifles which effectively created a hair trigger, but this rifle has true double set triggers just like Berdan Sharps rifles. It is a handsome veteran that was modified by its' owner for increased accuracy in addition to the rapid firepower already supplied by the tube magazine design. Serial number 2714 puts this within a group delivered to the army in April, 1863, according to Marcot. Many in this range went to the Ohio sharpshooters, and this one is bracketed closely by number 2713 in the 5th Independent Company of Ohio Sharpshooters and 2717 in the 6th Independent Company Ohio Sharpshooters (both recorded in 1863.) With the sharpshooter serial connection, and the double set triggers, the implied unit connection seems very likely. The rifle shows service, but no abuse and has escaped the frequent problem of cracking along the length of the magazine tube in the buttstock. Our wood is good and solid... NO CRACK. Good wood to metal fit and no chipping. The barrel shows lots of oxidized plum patina. The frame, hammer and lockplate are mottled steel gray and darker gray, with some age patches on the right side. Some case color is visible on the breechblock and just a tad next to the hammer. Clear Spencer firm markings and serial number. Sights, swivels, bands, magazine tube in place. Mechanism good. The trigger guard / lever was reconfigured to a longer profile to cover the double triggers, this professionally done as were the triggers. Very interesting, early war Spencer 7 shot repeating rifle ... likely sharpshooter carried ... bc ... $2,950.00 SOLD

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15-07-21 ... Over and Under Double Barrel Pistol ... Roughly 44 caliber, 8 inch barrels, elegant burl wood bag shaped grips, floral scroll engraving on the receiver and a faux Damascus finish to the barrels set this pistol apart. Probably a Belgian product, the pistol has a fold-down trigger and two hammers and nipples. We see some similar pistols with short barrels intended for carry in an overcoat pocket. This is more elegantly made and probably cased at one point. I see only a "VC 224" under the frame and two barrel proofs. A small cap receptacle on the bottom of the butt is closed by a silver cap with a shell carving. Very handsome. The trigger does not retract and the left hammer is not functional, but I would think a gunsmith would solve that pretty quickly. A nice looking pistol that is also meant for business ... aej-17067buni ... $495.00 SOLD

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15-07-22 ... 4 Mason Jars of Buttons ... Four Mason Jars of Buttons A mixture of bone, mother of pearl, and ceramic buttons ... most circa late Victorian era. One jar contains some brass military buttons from WW1 era. Four big quart jars darn near full ... Ancient Mason jars included ... xxvjj ... ... $50.00 SOLD

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15-07-23 ... Genuine Inscribed / Identified 21st Indiana Civil War Merrill Rifle w/ Steel Patch Box ... The Merrill rifle is one of the scarcest Civil War breech loading rifles and one with a known history of use in the field. These inscribed examples are darn near Holy Grails in the world of CW weapons. Only 800 or so rifles were made in total by James H. Merrill in Baltimore using the same system he patented for his carbines. These rare inscribed 21st Indiana examples are but a fraction of that already tiny supply made in the first place. The U.S. government bought 770 of them, issuing them to the 21st Indiana, parts of the 7th and 10th Michigan, 4th Arkansas, and the 1st Massachusetts. Some members of the companies H and K of 21st Indiana also privately purchased the weapon, and often had their names engraved on the trigger guards. This is one of those ultra rare inscribed rifles.

This one is clearly engraved "H.H. Olds," who is listed as Harrison (aka Henry) H. Olds of Martinsville, Indiana, a member of Co. K of the 21st Indiana, which later became the 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery. (My personal guess is that Olds' birth name is Henry Harrison Olds for reasons explained below.) Olds enlisted on 7/24/61 and mustered in as a corporal in Co. K of the 21st the same day. The regiment first saw service on the eastern shore of Maryland, but then took part in the coastal expedition and was at the reduction of Forts St. Philip and Jackson, and remained in the Department of the Gulf. It took heavy casualties at Baton Rouge, reported fighting against a Confederate brigade for three and a half hours, losing 126 men in the process. The unit was redesignated heavy artillery in February, 1863, and fought at Port Hudson, Bayou Teche, the reduction of Fort Morgan, and other engagements. Olds was promoted to 2nd Lt. 6/26/63 and 1st Lt. 3/30/64. This latter appointment lists him as "Henry H. Olds," note the change from his 1861 records from first name Harrison to Henry... hence my theory that H.H. Olds birth name is Henry Harrison Olds. He served until discharged 6/11/65.

Olds's rifle has matching serial number 1572. All bands, swivels, sights, bayonet lug and rod are in place. Steel surfaces are grey with hints of plum and some very fine surface texture pitting. Some minor dings to the upper surface of the loading assembly and light pits to the hammer. Clear patent markings on the top of the lever and clear lockplate markings. The lockplate is dark, and shows a cloudy blue patina. Very slight rounding to the lock apron, one depression above the forward edge. Some dark staining to the wood around the patchbox cover, which is a steel patchbox as opposed to brass. Extra nipple is in place inside patchbox. The long Merrill side plate is also steel, as opposed to brass. Bands are brass. A small number "47" on the nose cap is likely Olds's rack number. A very scarce and desirable breechloader, especially so with a personal identification to the soldier. These inscribed Merrill rifles are among the most sought identified CW longarms ... d+ ... $7,850.00

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15-07-24 ... Near Mint Remington Zouave Rifle ... The actual name for this rifle is the Remington 1863 Percussion Contract Rifle, but decades of calling it the Remington Zouave are hard to overcome. One of the most attractive rifles, their use is still something of a mystery, but it is known Remington produced some 12,501 of them from about 1862 to 1865. Designed with brass mounts, including a patch box, these were clearly on the old rifle patterns descended from the Mississippi rifle and 1855 Harpers Ferry. This one is in excellent condition. Sharp Remington lockplate markings and barrel proofs with matching 1863 dates, beautiful muted barrel blue, about 100% with just some gray speckling near the bolster. Near mint bore with seven groove rifling. Sharp wood with crisp cartouches on the offside, crisp "Steel" barrel stamp and barrel inspector initials on the left. The screwheads even show blue. Swivels, springs, bands, rod and sights in place. Stud in place at muzzle for the brass handled saber bayonet. Blue on the hammer screw and some light case on the lockplate, also has the extra nipple inside the patch box. You won't find one much nicer than this, and ours is priced lower than our competition for examples in the same condition ... cjjj-150502 ... $3,500.00

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15-07-25 ... PS Justice / Philadelphia Cavalry Saber ... A fine example of the 1840 pattern cavalry saber made by various German makers and sold and marked here by US military goods dealers and contractors. Full leather and wire. Wire is present, just a tad loose. Grip leather is a bit chipped and worn but intact and stable. Leather washer in place under the guard. Crisp P.S. Justice, Philadelphia two line stamp at the ricasso. Blade and scabbard both a mottled bright and gray mix with smooth surfaces, little brown surface rust to the scabbard that will clean. Rings, throat, drag in place. Small rack number "85" on the drag. Uncleaned patina to the brass hilt showing s bit darker at the pommel, more of a medium tone on the branches. A very good example of the typical Union cavalry saber of the early war when US manufacture of the 1860 light patterns was not keeping up with demand, and some commanders actually preferred the heavier 1840. A top shelf specimen of a scarce early saber priced as fairly as I can make it ... c-17032 ... $695.00 SOLD

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15-07-27 ... Smith & Wesson New Model No.3 Single Action ... These .44 Caliber Smith and Wessons were strong competitors to Colt during their lifetime and are now a collecting field on their own, with plenty of variations and historical associations with cowboys, lawmen, and outlaws. This one is serial number 18,630, placing it about midway in the production run of some 35,000 guns from 1878 to 1912. Six shot, single action, top break revolver with checked hard rubber grips with the S&W logo at top. Grips show some wear, but the checkering is still visible and the panels still have definition. One slight crack to the logo panel on the right side. Original blued finish now light and mixed with gray. Half-moon front sight. Full barrel address and patent information a bit rubbed on the right, but legible. ­­­Good mechanics. Some dings on the butt near the serial number. Shows wear but overall VG condition. A very affordable Cowboy six shooter that is actually much scarcer than the far more expensive Colt's ... 44 cal ... f-17068 ... $795.00 SOLD

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15-07-28 ... 1864 Dated Mansfield & Lamb Light Cavalry Saber ... The firm of Mansfield and Lamb of Forestdale, Rhode Island, was another prolific maker of the 1860 light cavalry saber and their products belong in any collection of cavalry gear or edged weapons. This has a nice clear maker's mark, the firm name and location in an oval, on one side of the ricasso and a US, JM, 1864 on the other. The grip with original leather and wire is excellent, the brass has a mellow patina. The only fault is a bend to the top of the counterguard. The leather pad is still in place, and the blade is mixed bright and gray with no nicks. The scabbard is also VG and is actually an import scabbard from an early war heavy saber. It fits very well, and shows gray patina overall with smooth metal and no pitting. A good veteran trooper's saber made in time to see some of the fiercer campaigning of the war. Saber is worth 350, scabbard is worth 250 ... dbe ... $545.00 SOLD

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15-07-29 ... Confederate Cavalry Saber By Haimann of Columbus, Georgia ... Classic Confederate cavalry saber from the workshops of Louis and Elias Haiman of Columbus, Georgia, the most prolific sword supplier in the south. The Haimans were German born and began arms and military goods manufacturing in 1861, making everything from swords to belt plates, using local materials, but also importing steel and blades from Solingen. They employed more than 400 workers in a factory building taking up a city block, which burned very nicely when Wilson's cavalry got to it in 1865. These Haiman cavalry sabers are 100% southern made and were patterned on the US model 1840. They always show uniformly good, (though not great), workmanship despite problems with raw materials. The firm had a contract for some 8,000 with the CS government, of which they delivered 3,000 in 1862. This is the pattern they supplied. Due to the number of these sabers that survive today we can be assured that the other portion of the 8,000 contract was also filled, and likely more as well. As is standard with all Haiman cavalry sabers the weapon is unsigned. Grip wrap is leather with a characteristic single strand of iron wire. Brass guard is in good shape with superb high copper content patina. Blade has the classic Confederate unstopped fuller and minor imperfections in the metal. This one has a good edge with no nicks, showing bright underneath some light and darker gray areas. The scabbard is a German import scabbard and it fits the rebel saber perfectly. Great Confederate Cavalry Saber ... ag-capo ... $2,250.00 SOLD

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15-07-30 ... Two Brothers / One Came home, One Did Not ... This is one of the more touching sets I have encountered in recent years. Two very personal wartime identification discs relating to two brothers who saw hard service and real combat. One brother survived the war the other was killed in battle at Williamsburg, Virginia. The survivor had the ID discs made for himself while in the service. Edward N. Taft was the elder of two brothers born in Nelson, N.H. In 1861 he was twenty-seven years old and living in Keene when he enlisted as a private on 5/22/61 and mustered into Co. A of the 2nd NH on 5/31/61. The regiment fought at First Bull Run, losing 7 killed, wounded, and 46 missing. During the Peninsular Campaign they were part of Grover's brigade of Hooker's division in the Third Corps. After the Confederates pulled out of Yorktown, two of Hooker's brigades attacked the enemy rearguard at Williamsburg on May 5, 1862, and were beaten back, the 2nd NH being called into action to cover their withdrawal. In the fighting the regiment lost 18 men killed including Edward Taft.

His brother, Albert Taft enlisted in the army less than three months later on 7/29/62 and mustered in as a corporal in Co. E of the 9th NH on 8/6/62. His enlistment may have been motivated by vengeance he sought on the Confederates that killed his brother, or perhaps a sense of a debt he owed his brother and the nation. As part of the 9th Army Corps, the regiment saw action at South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg, before going west to Kentucky and Mississippi with Burnside in Spring, 1863, where they took part in the Vicksburg campaign. The regimental history mentions the regiment was much reduced by sickness in the Fall of 1863. Taft was apparently one of the invalids- he was discharged for disability 11/13/63, returned home, and became a doctor after the war. At some point in his service, likely very early, Albert obtained a "War of 1861/ Eagle" pattern identification disk for himself, stamped with his name, rank, unit, and hometown. At the same time, in memory of his brother, he also obtained one marked with his brother's name, town, unit, and date of his death. This pair of discs is one of the most touching sets I have owned. The discs are exactly the same condition, exactly the same die strike, and both were carried and saved by Albert. We take a lot for granted in the 21st century. Our military ancestors carried a heavy load. The loss of a brother would be among the heaviest. The matching dog tag might have lightened Albert's load enough to make it bearable ... ab-150610-coc ... $1,450.00 SOLD

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15-07-31 ... Wild European Bayonet ... I have been told this is for a Swiss Cantanol or Federal rifle... very scarce... and modified for reissue on an improved model.  I bought it because I had never seen anything like it ... noco ... $295.00

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15-07-32 ... Civil War Plant Revolver ... Plant front-loading army revolver. .42 caliber six-shot revolver firing a cup-primed cartridge, but also made to allow substitution of a cylinder for percussion cartridges. Like many revolvers firing self-contained ammunition, the maker was trying to avoid infringing on patents for bored-through cylinders held by Smith and Wesson. Plant made about 8,000 of them in different models during the mid-1860s.

Patent information still crisply stamped on the cylinder, "Plant's Mfg. Co. New Haven" barrel marking on the sight rib (just a bit light at the right,) and Merwin and Bray agent markings on the left flat of the octagon barrel. Serial number 961, making it very early in the Third Model series, which Flayderman says started around number 700. Brass frame with lots of original silver finish, and some faint barrel blue near the frame thinning out to a dull silver gray toward the muzzle. Front sight in place, super grips. An attractive pistol for an early western display, a collection of variant cartridge handguns, or a display of Civil War officer's gear, who usually favored sidearms using self-contained cartridges ... sn 961 ... f-17032 ... ... $795.00 SOLD

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15-07-33 ... Two Spanish American War Cavalry Troopers ... Cabinet card photo of two very dapper and fully equipped US cavalrymen wearing blue campaign shirts, campaign hats, boots, guantlets, Mills belts filled with cartridges, revolvers on their hips and Krag carbines at their sides. A dandy photo. No backmark, but a period note in pencil "Anna might like this" and an old ink identification "Ellis Van Pelt." A quick search did not turn up Span-Am military service for that name, but it could also be a middle name used in familiar address by members of the family and close friends. It is a wonderful photograph in any case, loading with detail, including the bandanna added as a bit of style by the trooper on the right ... approximately 4x6 ... noco ... $250.00 SOLD

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15-07-34 ... Confederate Veteran's Ladder Badge ... We see ladder badges like this for all sorts of Union army veterans and units, but you have to look long and hard for a Confederate example. Constructed just like the yankee veteran badges with separate linked panels, the top one with a fastening pine and the lower one suspending a decorative bullion tassel. The original (or "old") Co. D, 9th Mississippi was the "Jeff Davis Rifles," recruited in Marshall County. When the regiment was reorganized in 1862 (as most were, for longer terms in the CS rather than state service,) the company was organized under command of Capt. Calhoon, without a specific county association. They first saw service in Florida, where many of their members were photographed in camp at Pensicola, and then in their new configuration at Shiloh, in Kentucky, etc. with the Army of Mississippi and the Army of the Tennessee. They suffered casualties at Munfordville, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, New Hope Church, Atlanta, and other engagements A very scarce badge with a solid Confederate regimental identification ... zzg ... $975.00 SOLD

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15-07-35 ... White Buff Belt with Cartridge Box and Oval US Plate ... White buff 1839 pattern waist belt for infantry and riflemen. Very good condition white buff waist belt, with a standing loop keeper and its original oval US 1839 pattern puppy-paw plate. Mellow cream color interior with the exterior of the belt showing remnants of old whitening. Mounted on this is a black leather Mexican War style pistol or carbine cartridge box with two belt loops for mounting on a waist belt only. The box may be intended for the 1836 or 1842 Pistol or ??? This box is constructed with an interior magazine tin with a central divider and with no inside flap. Latch tab is present and secure, but the brass finial is shaky and should be fixed. This is a regulation US army belt, and a contract made cartridge box. I'm just too lazy to research the box for this description... you can do it. Neat rig ... noco ... ... $1,250.00 SOLD

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15-07-36 ... White Buff Artillery Short Sword Rig ... 1832/33 waistbelt for the Roman gladius style short sword adopted for use by NCOs of different branches and then restricted to use by foot and heavy artillery. In the Seminole and Mexican War artillery units were frequently assigned to infantry service (much as their descendants were in the Civil War,) so the rig has a good bit of claim to field use during the 1830s and 1840s. This example is in excellent condition- no tears, unraveled stitching are hardening of the leather. Interlocking round US plate with a medium patina and the leather showing lots of original whitening along with some mellow cream colored areas that blend in well. A very nice rig. Cheaper now than they were fifteen years ago! ... noco ... $1,350.00 SOLD

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15-07-37 ... SNY Buckle, with Plate and Cap Box ... A very good State of New York early war stud back plate on its original pebble grained bridle leather belt with keeper. Good medium patina to the face of the plate with muted gilding. Belt is flexible, is in very good condition and has very little finish loss. Cap pouch is a Young marked box with White inspector cartouche on the outer flap. Some crazing to the finish of the inner flap, but very good in general and solid. New York supplied many of its early war volunteer regiments with these SNY plates, which Confederates reportedly said stood for "snot-nosed yanks." This is a nice non-dug example of the puppy-paw style that went south with the volunteer regiments. One of the best SNY non-dug plates I've seen ... Getting very hard to find ... noco ... $1,350.00 SOLD

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15-07-38 ... 1862 Dated Ames Light Cavalry Saber and Scabbard ... Fine example of the quintessential Yankee cavalry weapon with a desirable very early war date. These light cav' sabers were introduced in 1857, but have been called the model 1860 by collectors forever. This has very clear blade markings US, LD inspector initials, and 1862 date on one side of the ricasso and the Ames company scroll logo on the other. All very clear. Scabbard throat is marked with "K" inspector's initial. Pommel marked ADK. Medium patina to the brass hilt, smooth brown finish to the scabbard. The blade is mostly bright with a few light gray areas, but no nicks. Original leather bumper pad is present under the guard. The leather and twisted wire grip wrap are a perfect restoration ... if I did not tell you, you would likely never notice it ... otherwise the saber is 100% original. These early war sabers dated prior to 1863 are VERY hard to find any more. This is a dandy example ... LD mark under the US on blade ... e-buni ... $795.00 SOLD

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15-07-39 ... Remington New Model Army Revolver 61,463 ... The Remington was a tough and well-liked revolver. The solid frame gained favor for its ruggedness and the slide-out cylinder pin made it possible to reload an entire fresh cylinder in a matter of seconds. This was a HUGE advantage over the Colt revolvers. This is a nice condition example with super grips and smooth metal showing a clear barrel address on the top flat and nice age brown patina overall. Minor speckling on the some of the cylinder and recoil shield. Mellow patina to the brass trigger guard. Nice low serial number placing production in 1863 or very early 1864. The number is in the so-called "range" of known 1st Maryland Cavalry issued Remingtons listed in the Springfield Research Services records... but with those records "a miss is as good as a mile" in most instances. The number range is mentioned just because I looked it up. No charge. A very presentable example with a tight wood to metal fit ... 44 cal ...fjj-mil ... $1,095.00 SOLD

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15-07-41 ... Texas And Alamo Photo Album ... Wonderful early 20th century photo album of someone's road trip to Texas in a motor car. The images of the Alamo are SUPER ... It is still somewhat in the boonies and overrun with sage brush and grass, with some Palm trees thrown in. The city of San Antonio had not yet completely encroached on it as it has today. The album has 17 pages of photos with three or four photos per page. There are nearly 20 of the Alamo, Alamo gardens, and surrounding area.. Captions on the photos include Del Rio Texas, Churches, San Antonio views, River, Alamo Plaza, The Alamo, Alamo Gardens, Ivy Walls, San Fernando Cathedral built in 1728, Spanish Governor's Palace... The photos are of the same time frame as Bonnie & Clyde and the views are a solid slice of Texas history. Great Conversation Piece for ANY collection ... noco-mil ... $300.00 SOLD

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15-07-42 ... 1850 Dated Harpers Ferry Rifle With Harpers Ferry Alterations in Original .54 Caliber ... A very scarce variant of the M1841 and this one is "straight Harpers Ferry" from muzzle to buttplate toe! Experiments in altering the 1841 rifles began at Harpers Ferry about 1854 in response to the development of the minie ball and then the adoption of the 1855 series of arms. Increased ranges required the development of new long range rear sights, and it was thought prudent to give the rifleman a close-in weapon as well by allowing the mounting of a bayonet. (One of the great mysteries in most collector minds is why the M1841s were initially made without any provision for a bayonet.) This one fits Flayderman's Second Style alteration, with the fitting of a saber bayonet lug, shortening of the stock and fitting of the shorter 1855 style front band. Some collectors would follow Beckford's terminology and call this the 1855 type with a Type III rest slide sight and the 1855 type bayonet lug made without a guide and 1855 front sight with the shorter 1855 front band. These were altered in several batches between 1856 and 1858. This one may belong to the 1857-58 batch since the rear sight is graduated in 100 yard increments up to 500 yards, starting with "1" on the side wall. This has very clear lock plate markings showing just the slightest bit of softening: Harpers/Ferry/1850 rear of the hammer and the Harpers Ferry eagle over US forward of it. Matching crisp 1850 barrel date along with sharp VP eagle proofs and barrel inspector initials. Wood is a warm mellow brown, sharp edges to the lock platform (aka lock table); lock plate a muted silver, barrel with lots of thin plum brown. Brass bands a bit light, side plate and triggerguard more muted, brass patchbox and buttplate with dark spots. Nipple in place inside the patchbox. Rack number "4" engraved on the buttplate tang. Correct 1855 style saber bayonet with brass matching the barrel bands in color, good edges, and blade a bright silver gray with some darker gray areas. Also has the original .54 cal steel head ramrod which is 100% proper for this model rifle. One of the most desirable of all Mississippis is this Harpers Ferry alteration with long range rear sight and bayonet lug. A super rig ... rde-sing ... $4,450.00 SOLD

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15-07-43 ... Group of items belonging to Major Daniel Mead of the 10th Conn. Infantry ... Includes a circa 1855-57 1/6 plate, 2/3 length daguerreotype of Mead in a civilian suit with books on a table and one held open in his hand. Half case, brass mat and protector remain with the image. His Major infantry shoulder bars are also in the group. They are well worn and slightly soiled, with triple gold bullion borders. Oak leaves are also in gold bullion with blue wool centers.

Last, the crown jewel of this group ... a fascinating journal kept by Mead in 1854 while a law student at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Several interesting trips Mead takes are detailed. The book measures about 6.5" x 8". All writing is in ink. Most interesting is 15 pp of "The Catskill Mountains. A 30 mile trip on foot." detailing this rugged area. Also 22 pp of a trip to "West Point on the Hudson" with a second visit detailed later in 8 pp. Lastly, 11 pp of "Sail to New London Onboard the William Chard." Several lawschool lessons / lectures also given. In the back are a number of clipped autographs of Confederate and Union officers including A.B. Levissee of Talladega, Alabama CS Staff Officer and R.A. Turnipseed of South Carolina later Colonel of the 9th Georgia... Miles W. Hawley of Hornellsville NY who served in the 141st New York plus others ...

Mead died of typhoid fever at Stanford, CT on September 19, 1862. The 10th was formed October 22, 1861 for 3 years of service and participated in Burnside's ill-fated expedition early in 1862 and the Battle of New Berne ... yabejzx ... $1,395.00 SOLD

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15-07-44 ... Ohio Marked Austrian Lorenz ... Austrian Lorenz rifles were second only to British Enfields in the quantities brought over to this country by both sides. This one has a fixed block rear sight and the characteristic front sight mounted on an oval angled base to fix the quadrangular bayonet with a spiral groove. Clear "859" lockplate date (they used only the last three digits of the year.) Swivels, bands, and original rod with hole for torsion peg. Metal is dark overall, the barrel and bands being a plum brown, the lockplate showing some gray in the middle, but brown at the edges. Wood has good color, cheek rest is in place, but there is a minor crack from the rear of the breechplug tang, and a couple of small gouges and a narrow gap at the lockplate. Making up for this though is a very clear "OHIO" stamp in the wood opposite the wrist showing it was in that state's hands. I've always liked Lorenz rifles and its nice to have one with a state affiliation ... noco ... $1,195.00 SOLD

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15-07-45 ... Rifled and Sighted m1840 Musket by Pomeroy With Arsenal Conversion and Bayonet ... Also known as the Model 1835 and 1835/40, this was the last of the standard US infantry flintlock muskets made for the US Army. It introduced a number of changes used on the subsequent US models such as interchangeable parts. A few model arms of this 1840 pattern were made at Harpers Ferry, but when production actually started in 1840 they were produced only at Springfield and by two contractors: Nippes and Pomeroy. Whenthe government decided to alter its flintlock arms to percussion these were automatically classified as candidates for the arsenal cone-in-barrel conversion and most were altered before leaving government arsenals, being regarded as equal to the M1842 percussion arms. The heavier construction of the musket and thicker barrel also made it a prime candidate for rifling and use of the new minie ammunition that became standard with the 1855 series of arms. Ours is a very nice 1842 dated example by Pomeroy, who produced about 7,000 of them between 1840 and 1846. Very clear 1842 over U.S. marks at rear of hammer and eagle over “L. Pomeroy” forward. Very clean lock plate and metal “in the bright.” Some slight softness to the marks, but in this case it appears to befrom the arsenal cleaning when they converted the musket to percussion by removing the external flintlock parts, shaving down the flashpan, etc. Thebarrel shows clear inspection and proof marks and a distinct 1844 date on the breech plug tang, which is acceptable on these guns since the parts were interchangeable when they were disassembled for conversion to percussion and then for rifling and sighting starting in 1856. Nice light brown color and edges to the wood,and two visible ink cartouches on the offside opposite the lock. The wood was gently cleaned and varnished by a previous collector. Very few dings or handling marks to the wood. The only defect is a small square patch that was inlet on the underside near the trigger guard tang. Metal is smooth and in the bright with the exception of some firing corrosion around the nipple and a slightly darker toneto the hammer and mounts. All bands,springs, swivels, bayonet stud and sights are in place, including the complete model 1855 long range rear sight. Bore is goodand mechanically functional. Ramrod is an original trumpet head 1835 / 42 rod. When the 1816 pattern muskets were found to be too weak for rifling the government moved these 1840s to the head of the lineand they quickly made their way into the hands of troops on both sides in theCivil War. They were sturdy and dependable enough that they were in the field throughout the conflict and we even find the pattern of 1864 cartridge boxes made for their “elongated .69 caliber” cartridges.
Optional Original 1835 / 40 / 42 bayonet available for ... $175.00 sold
Musket alone ... xxi ... $1,150.00 sold

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15-07-46 ... Belgian Short Rifle Or Carbine ... Similar to the French 1846 short rifle or carbine, this two band rifle shows the Belgian maker's mark on the rear of the back action lock: A & CH DE LONEUX / LIEGE and Liege proof mark on the left barrel flat. Some pitting at the breech from firing, but not obtrusive. Metal is bright silver gray overall. Missing the swivel at the base of the butt and likely one at the lower band. I see no bayonet stud, but the barrel extension indicates it probably took a saber bayonet. Good to VG condition. Lock does not function. The hammer is in the down position and will not move. I bought it cheap and will sell it cheap, so you can have fun fixing it ... ppbbj ... $595.00

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15-07-47 ... US Model 1842 Springfield Musket ...
The last of the .69 caliber U.S. muskets and the first of the percussion long arms for general issue to infantry, though still intended to spew out buck and ball rounds at the enemy. These are key pieces in US martial arms development. One innovation in the 1842 Pattern Percussion Musket was its use of fully interchangeable parts. Another was its production at both the Springfield and Harpers Ferry Armories. Here is an example with a Springfield 1848 dated lock and a Harpers Ferry Barrel. Overall VG condition. Most markings are clear. The eagle forward of the hammer is too light to make out, though the Springfield and 1848 date behind the hammer are sharp. The barrel has been gently cleaned to a light silvery gray and shows minute salt and peppering that is not obtrusive. There is deeper pitting at the muzzle forward of the nose band. Despite the cleaning the barrel shows clear V/P/eagle proofs at the left breach, and just forward of them the Harpers Ferry barrel proof of AR/P for Adam Ruhlman, who was inspecting barrels ca. 1850-52. Rod and swivels, all bands and front site and bayonet stud are in place, the hammer face shows a slight chip, as does the nipple, which sits a bit high and is certainly a replacement. The wood has mixed light brown and darker tones. No cartouches are visible, but a soldier or owner scratched a “P” into the butt stock and the side flat aft of the side plate. Edges show rounding from actually use, and the wood has numerous age dings as should be expected, but is solid, with no cracks or edge chipping. These guns saw a lot of use early in the Civil War in the hands of volunteers rushing to the battlefield on both sides ... vhej ... $975.00 SOLD

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15-07-48 ... 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 ... $635.00 SOLD

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15-07-49 ... 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 ... $395.00 SOLD

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15-07-50 ... 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 ... $395.00 SOLD

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15-07-51 ... 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 ... $1,750.00 SOLD

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15-06-52 ... 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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15-06-53 ... 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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