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15-09-51 ... Very Scarce Whitney Federal Contract M1861 Springfield Rifle Musket ... 1864-dated Model 1861 .58 caliber "Whitneyville Contract" percussion rifle-musket in near fine condition. This musket was a product of Eli Whitney's firm called the "Whitneyville-Armory". All steel surfaces are attractive plum brown patina with strong markings, except the barrel date. The stock edges are sharp. No cleaning, no burnishing, no alterations.... overall fine attic found condition. Lock is marked with eagle over 'U.S' to the right of the hammer and the date "1864" behind the hammer. Under bolster is "WHITNEYVILLE" in strong sharp stampings. Barrel proofs of VP & eagle's head are sharp. The barrel date is obliterated by some moderate pitting at the breech. This great old musket is 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. Rear sight is the proper early 1855 style short range sight. Ramrod is straight which is proper for this model. Bore has rifling but not sharp. Federal stock cartouche visible and legible on left side opposite the lock, between the two lock screws. Whitney was slow to fill his federal government contracts, except for the famed Plymouth Navy Rifles. He supplied Connecticut with 61 style muskets ahead of his federal contract. He initially agreed to manufacture 40,000 M1861 US Rifle-muskets for the Federal government early in the war. After he finished his Plymouth rifles, and Connecticut contracts he voided his first federal contract and signed on to supply 15,000 M-1861 muskets instead of the 40,000 he originally promised. He did so cleanly, and to federal specifications, in 1863 and 1864. This is one darn fine example of this scarce Federal Whitney '61 Springfield ... 40" barrel ... 56" overall length ... eej ... $1,850.00

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15-09-52 ... US 1832 Pattern Artillery Short Sword ... Here is one darn affordable sword rig. An original Ames Roman pattern short sword housed in a very good replica scabbard and belt frog. Sword is solid and overall good condition. Blade is grey steel with surface pitting and a few edge nicks. Blade markings are VERY weak with only vestiges of the eagle remaining. The ordnance dept and inspector's stamps in the brass cross guard are very legible. Solid. Great for display or use in living history. Bargain priced at ... $435.00 - SOLD

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15-09-53 ... Appendix to Congressional Globe ... 1856-57 ... Historical Bound Book: Appendix to The Congressional Globe - 3rd Session of the 34th Congress - 1856-1857: A very fine piece of history. Faux marble board covers measure just under 9 by 12 inches. Binding tight and solid. Spine shows substantial chipping, but is totally stable and strong. 457 Pages. Chock full of speeches, resolutions, bills, by all the big names of the day... Jeff Davis, John Bell, Lewis Cass, Judah Benjamin, Stephen Douglas, John Sherman, Wm Seward, Alexander H. Stephens, Robert Toombs, Henry Wilson, Simon Cameron, etc etc etc , All the pertinent issues are covered including slavery, the fugitive slave act, the slave trade, tariffs, etc. etc. etc. ... Most of the speeches contain references to one or more of the states rights issues that were coming to a hard boil across the country. A very interesting read. Nicely indexed. Tight and sound. A great piece of printed history. Bears an ancient Henry County library label inside the front cover. Not sure which state ... noco ... $200.00 - SOLD

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15-09-54 ... H J Hall Underhammer Pistol ... sn 728 ... A very handsome 1840s era percussion boot or belt pistol . Has a 4" barrel and is 7" overall length. Nicely marked on the top of the frame "H J Hale / Warranted / Cast Steel" Fine one piece wood grip and stock is burl grain. The back strap and grip strap are brass. Overall VG condition with nice patina and some modest pitting on some spots on the barrel. Exactly .31 caliber land to land. Hale worked out of Bristol, Conn., starting around 1837. A neat old percussion pistol ... d-kapp ... $495.00 - SOLD

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15-09-55 ... Top-Notch Reproduction Brown Bess ... This gun is so nice and so well made I was tempted to keep it myself. Most of the reproductions out there are low quality attempts made in various undisclosed countries. Whoever made this one did a great job in the selection of the wood, the raised wood detailing, lock markings and general fit of the parts. The barrel is 42 inches, making it more of a "short land pattern," along with a flat side plate, but the lock is the 1756 pattern with a Grice/1762 marking and the raised carving at rear of the lock plate and the offside are in the 1730/40 style. It would make a nice wall-hanger, den decoration or reenactor arm if you are not in the mood to spend ten grand for an original or the thousand or so most of the modern suppliers to reenactors ask for theirs. I will not warrant it for shooting live rounds or even blanks (that's for a gunsmith to determine), but has a great look and shows quality construction and excellent condition. Slings, rod, bayonet stud all in place, mechanics excellent. Priced at half what you would pay new ... ej-mil ... $450.00 - SOLD

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15-09-56 ... Small Flintlock Pistol ... Late 18th century unsigned flintlock pistol. 4 inch barrel ... 7 1/2" overall length. Beautifully patinated brass trigger guard, butt cap, and 2 screw escutcheon side plate. Steel lock and barrel are bright. Faint vestiges of decorative markings on the top breech of the barrel. Overall VG condition. Mechanically good but lacks half cock. Ramrod is replaced, as is the screw that secures the brass butt cap, otherwise 100% original. Muzzle has ring style reinforcing band. Caliber roughly .41. A very affordable early firearm perfect to exhibit in Rev War or 1812 or Napoleonic first empire displays. ... cbe ... $695.00 - SOLD

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15-09-57 ... 1909 Dated .38 Caliber Double-Action Revolver Holster ... Regulation Rock Island Arsenal made holster for the double-action .38 cal. army revolver. These holsters were first issued in 1892 and continued right into 1909 with a number of variations for the collector. This has some surface wear and rubbing that would respond well to a little bit of polish or leather dressing, and shows a very clear US/oval stamp on the flap and Rock Island marks on the rear. A good regulation holster of the Spanish American war to pre-World War One era. Bottom plug is missing otherwise fine. Bargain priced ... be ... $30.00 - SOLD

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15-09-58 ... Gettysburg Related CDV Samuel M. Zulick Colonel 29th PA. and Brevet Brig. General ... The card is numbered in old ink "1823" on the reverse and the identification in old ink reads: "Sam'l. M. Zulick / Col. 29th Pa. Vols. Inf. / Bvt Brig. Gen. U.S. Vols" with "S.M. Zulick" in pencil at bottom. Zulick enlisted and was mustered in as Captain of Co. E 29th PA. Vols. on 7/8/61. He made Major 3/3/63; Lt. Col. 5/1/63, Colonel 3/35/65 and a brevet as Brigadier General to date 3/13/65. He mustered out 7/17/65. The regiment served in the Army of the Potomac, Army of Virginia and later in the Army of Ohio and the Cumberland, losing 3 officers and 99 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, fighting in the east at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg among other engagements and in the west at Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain and others. At Gettysburg they fought on Culps Hill, losing 15 killed, 43 wounded and 8 missing. The official report of Col. Rickards mentions Lt. Col. Zulick being on the field. The card itself is cream colored, with rounded corners and no backmark. I suspect it is late 1860s. A very scarce view of an officer with a great fighting record ... lot457-cow ... $175.00 - SOLD

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15-09-59 ... Gettysburg Related CDV Col. William C. Talley First PA. Reserves (30th PA. Vols.) & Brevet Brig. Gen. - Gettysburg Regimental Commander ... Nice wartime Brady back marked card showing Talley in a strong, three-quarter length standing pose with full Colonel shoulder straps. A very strong pose. Minor emulsion rubs lower right and lower left of little consequence. Identification in the distinctive hand of author/historian Roger Hunt. Collection or sale sticker with number on reverse. Talley enlisted and mustered in at age 29 as Captain of Co. F of the 30th Pa. on 5/30/61. He made Colonel 3/1/63 and mustered out 6/13/64. He later received a brevet as Brigadier General to date 3/13/65. The Pennsylvania Reserves were troops recruited in excess of the state's official quota and received their own number within that organization as well as a designation within the "Pennsylvania line," The 1st Regiment of the Reserves also being designated the 30th regiment of volunteers. The regiment spent most of its time in the Army of the Potomac in both the First and Fifth Corps, losing 6 officers and 102 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded during its service, taking casualties at engagements such as Mechanicsville and Gaines Mill, Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and others. Talley commanded the regiment at Gettysburg (the hometown for many in its men in Co. "K") and was engaged on both July 2 and July 3. Super piece of Gettysburg history ... lot457-cow ... $350.00 - SOLD

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15-09-60 ... Autographed CDV of Col. Robert West 5th PA. Cavalry & 1st Artillery ... Half-length seated view in frock coat showing full colonel straps. Gutekunst, Philadelphia, backmark. Additional information in the distinctive hand of author/historian Roger Hunt below. Robert M. West started his service as Captain of Battery G of the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, enlisting at age 26 on 7/26/61 and receiving a commissioned dated to the same day. He was promoted Major 9/13/61 and Colonel 7/29/62, transferring to command of the 5th PA Cavalry on 5/29/64 and mustering out 8/7/65. Some batteries of the 1st PA Light Artillery saw battle deaths at Gettysburg, but each individual battery served separately in different departments. I assume West was at Gettysburg as he was regimental commander but his service record while commanding the regiment for that period will have be searched to know his whereabouts with certainty. When he took command of the 5th PA. Cavalry the regiment was serving dismounted in the trenches at Bermuda Hundred under Butler. Under West's command it participated in two assaults on Petersburg and then joined Wilson's raid on the South Side and Danville Railroads, again mounted, and participated in numerous skirmishes and engagements at Charles City Crossroads, New Market (where it lost almost half its effective strength, including 14 killed, and in the 1865 fighting served under Sheridan at Five Forks, where it charged and took 300 prisoners, and took part in the fighting leading up to Appomattox. To give an idea of its activity, during the time West commanded the regiment, CWData records 47 different instances of engagements with some kind of loss. The card has great clarity and tones. One small foxing spot beneath his left eye. Boldly signed in ink on reverse: "Compliments of Rob.M.West Colonel 5th Penna Cavalry." ... lot457-cow ... $195.00 - SOLD

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15-09-61 ... Signed Card of Col. Samuel Spear 11th PA. Cavalry WIA, Brevet Brig. General ... Samuel Perkins Spear was a soldier of the "Old Army," enlisting as a private in 1833 and working his way up, serving in the Second US Dragoons in the Seminole War in Florida, the Arkansas frontier, in Mexico (where he was wounded at Cerro Gordo) and then in the Sioux expedition in Utah in the 1850s. He was discharged to accept a commission in the volunteer forces, enlisting 9/25/61 and receiving a commission as Lieutenant Colonel of the 11th PA Cavalry to date the same day. He made Colonel of the regiment 8/25/62 and was wounded in the leg and head on 4/1/65 at Five Forks, and resigned 5/9/65. He received a brevet to Brigadier General to date 3/13/65. The regiment suffered 11 officers and 108 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, extremely high for a cavalry outfit. They served in the Department of Virginia until the middle of 1863 and then joined the 18th Army Corps, serving in the Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, and the Army of the James. They were very active in the Suffolk, Virginia, area and participated in numerous raids, skirmishes and small unit actions as well a the major engagements of 1864 and 1865 when they saw service under Sheridan at Reams Station and the fighting around Petersburg, etc. CWData lists 96 data points for engagements with casualties. During much of his service Spear acted as brigade commander and his brevet specified his actions at the Battle of Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road in October, 1864. Spear is said to have served briefly after the war in the British army, but he died in 1875, his obituary noting that after more than thirty years service, advancing through the ranks from private, "he had retired, covered with scars and full of honors, to waste away by the slow process of an insidious disease, the inmate of hospital." A tragic end note, to say the least. Spear is shown in a vignette bust view, mid-chest up, in his field grade officer's coat with the eagle plainly showing on the left. Signed in ink at bottom front: "J.P. Spear / Col. 11th Penna Cavalry" Modern dealer notations on reverse. A shot of a very interesting individual. Judging from the pencil price on the back, the previous owner paid somewhere near $650 for this carte. His entire collection was auctioned to settle a bank debt, I bought it along with numerous others for a fraction of the prices originally paid. Price this year ... lot457-cow ... $250.00 - SOLD

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15-09-62 ... 1862 Dated Musket M-Rifle Enfield ... Cal. 58. ... 39 bbl. ... This is a nice "as found" example of an 1862 dated "M" rifle as made by J.P. Moore & Sons in New York City early in the Civil War. These guns are fairly scarce and for many years were thought to be Confederate. They appear in several texts as Confederate, some with North Carolina agent stamps in stock. Current knowledge states they are unquestionably New York contract guns. This musket is all original and complete, along with an Enfield bayonet in a New York contractor marked scabbard. Bayonet and gun metal are all dark and uncleaned and match very well. This gun conforms to manufacture almost identically to the Model P1853 Enfield rifle musket, having brass nosecap, trigger guard, buttplate and lock escutcheons. Balance of gun is steel, including the Enfield style slotted ramrod. Gun overall is very good and sound, metal being dark with gentle surface pitting No discernible bbl markings, Lock marking of eagle holding a shield with "M" and 1862 date are well struck and easily discerned. Stock is sound and solid with numerous small storage dings and dents. There are a pair of initials "PR" carved opposite lock in stock. Accompanying bayonet matches gun perfectly. Blade is gray and smooth. Accompanying US regulation bayonet scabbard is sound and solid with areas of crazing and stitching is loose over half its length. Very scarce and very desirable ... afjj-bjj-exhaa ... $2,250.00

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15-09-63 ... SNY Wooden Canteen by E. Arents ... 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. Originally had a dark gray background paint. This gray paint was carefully removed by an earlier owner who wanted a handsome wood finish. Thank goodness he left the large white "S.N.Y" painted initials on the face (State of New York). Also clearly exhibits the "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, all iron strap bands are in place, two were professionally replaced "in house"... I challenge you to tell which two. 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 ... noco ... $595.00 - SOLD

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15-09-64 Original Civil War Forage Cap --- aka Bummer's Cap:   Just like the "old days" comes this wonderful Model 1858 Union soldier's forage cap in superb original condition.  When I was a teen in the early 1970s these were $75 to $175.  My older friends made me envious telling stories about $5 caps at Bannerman's back in 1960... and of course Bannerman sold them mint for 15 cents in 1909.   This good old Bummer's Cap is totally original and complete with full lining, complete sweat band, chin strap, side buttons, AND the maker's label.    Label is size No.6    7 3/8ths     US ARMY     L.J. & I. Phillips.  These labels are frequently missing, which makes this cap extra desirable having such a fine example.   It is a very attractive deep midnight blue in excellent condition... almost perfect but does have a couple small moth nips in the body.  Sweatband shows wear but is fine.   A superb display item... and again ...  100% original and complete.  Arthur found the clip-art and you couldn't ask for a better representation.  You would think the yankee IS wearing THIS cap.  The best I've been able to offer in a while ... b-mgrac ... $2,850.00 - SOLD

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15-09-65 ... Very Strong CDV Portrait of Gettysburg Hero Samuel Crawford ... Half-length seated portrait of General Samuel Crawford. Strong tones and good contrast in this dynamic portrait of a strong personality. Dressed in his brigadier general's frock coat with straps, Crawford gazes off to the viewer's left. Crawford personally witnessed the beginning and ending of the war. He had ten years of service in the regular army as an assistant surgeon before the war and was part of the garrison of Fort Sumter in 1861. He then took a commission as major in the 13th US Infantry, becoming a Brigadier General of Volunteers in April, 1862. As part of Pope's Army of Virginia, Crawford gained some fame for leading his brigade in a charge that almost handed Stonewall Jackson a defeat at Cedar Mountain when he temporarily routed a Confederate division. At Antietam he was wounded while commanding a division, and then took command of the Pennsylvania Reserves, leading them to join the Army of the Potomac before Gettysburg. At GETTYSBURG, he grabbed a flag and led the division in a charge across the "Valley of Death," which restored the left of the Federal line. An 1860s lithograph reproduced above depicts the event. Crawford continued in division command for the rest of the war, receiving brevets to major general of volunteers and in the regular army as well. He was present at Appomattox, marking the end of the war, as he had been at Fort Sumter at the beginning. He remained in the regular army until 1873 and devoted a great deal of time and energy in campaigning for recognition of his and his division's achievements at Gettysburg. He was honored just a few years ago by the erection of a statue portraying him as he seized the battle flag to lead his men forward, one of the few statues on the Gettysburg field honoring an individual. Anthony/Brady backmark with retailer's label of Selby and McCauley's "Photograph Album and Carte de Visite Depot" on West Baltimore Street. Period pencil id at top reverse: "Gen. Crawford/ 3d Div 5th A.C." A very strong portrait of a significant figure ... $495.00

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15-09-66 ... Savage Self-Cocking Navy Revolver: Such an unmistakable form with the two finger trigger device. Pull the bottom ring to cock the gun and advance the cylinder. Pull the top trigger to fire. Really an ingenious design. This gun was sold to both the army and navy during the early 1860's and about 12000 were purchased by the government. Many were also sold to states and commercially. This is one of the latter. 100% complete and original. Mechanically perfect... also deeply patinated and showing moderate pitting and some scale on the steel. It is not a bad looking Savage, it has simply aged darkly and the frame pitting has obliterated 90% of the legend on the top of the frame. Grips are Very Good. Appearance is also VG. These revolvers are scarce in any shape and this is a good affordable example ... $1,175.00 - SOLD

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15-09-67 ... Brady CDV of Charles Sumner ... Half-length vignet view of Senator Charles Sumner. Brady/Anthony backmark. Sumner was a prominent abolitionist in the US Senate and worked hard to counter the power of pro-slavery interests in the government that sought to preserve and expand the institution. In 1856 he delivered a speech entitled "The Crime Against Kansas," and was physically attacked on the floor of the Senate two days later by a congressman from South Carolina. During the Civil War he played a key role keeping Britain and France from intervening in the conflict. Sumner fought hard to preserve the gains made in civil and voting rights as a result of the war, but broke with President Grant on the issue of annexing the Dominican Republic, lost power to Grant's supporters, and supported Greeley against him in the presidential election of 1872. He died in 1874. A strong two-thirds length standing portrait by Brady/Anthony, slightly retouched in the lower body when it was published. Some light staining around the perimeter of the card at the edge of the albumen. A nice portrait of a very important political figure in the crisis leading up to the war, the war itself, and the period of Reconstruction ... $35.00 - SOLD

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15-09-68 ... 1830s-40s Marine Corps Musician's Sword: These solid-brass hilted eagle pommel swords were unidentified for many years until Norm Flayderman turned up sketches of swords in the work books of the Widmann Sword Factory in Philadelphia. The books were brought by a workman of Widmann's to the Horstmann Company after Widmann's death in 1848 when Horstmann incorporated the Widmann operation into his own. In those sketches are the Marine Corps Sergeant's sword and the Marine musicians sword made in two lengths: They were titled in the book the "Marine Music" sword and the "Marine Music, Boy" sword. Both show similar stylized solid brass eagle-head short swords. With no further documentation available from historical paperwork some present day scholars feel that the design may in fact go back to the 1830s or even 1820s due to the early style of the eagle. The form of the eagle's head certainly appears to be 1820s. Ours has a gently curved blade with a single broad fuller and a very narrow ricasso. There are no markings of any kind. The 25 inch blade shows bright mixed with a very light gray. The hilt has a nice untouched deep patina. Ours differs slightly from the Widmann-Horstmann sketches in having a D-guard rather than a P-guard, and this is the second such example I have owned with the D-guard. We are in pretty much uncharted territory trying to report historical data, since no published regulations have turned up describing any of these USMC swords, just the 175 year old sketches that uncle Norm found. The knuckle bow also has a slot for a sword knot, just the sort of ornamental touch one might expect on a musician's sword. This is classic Philadelphia style architecture on the grip and eagle pommel. Unmistakably Philadelphia. A scarce form of eagle-head, and a rare sword. No scabbard. 30 inches overall length ... xzz-kutch ... $1,100.00

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15-09-69 ... Scarce 1862 Dark Blue Covered Philadelphia Depot Canteen By Horstmann ... In the hierarchy of desirable colors for the covers of Civil War canteens, dark blue has always been at the top. This one also has a clear "H.B. & Co./ PHILAD" stamp on the neck, marking it as one of the canteens supplied by Horstmann Brothers and Company to the Philadelphia Depot under terms of their contract of Aug. 31, 1862. This one was definitely issued and a soldier scratched his initials "EL" on the spout just under the maker's stamp, little suspecting we would be scrutinizing it 150 years later. There are a couple of pretty minor wear spots on the cover- the photos will do better than any verbal description, but they are minimal for a real issued example. Horstmann was also among the first to supply straps of cotton webbing and a good length of the original strap remains, more than enough for a great display. With it is a cork stopper that has a NY Depot style chain ... noco ... $395.00 - SOLD

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15-09-70 ... Standard Issue Infantry Hat Cord ... Once common, not so much any more.  I was surprised to find this ONE tucked away in one of our storage drawers.  Very good sky blue color.  Good strong condition with one frayed area which has been stabilized with a gentle wrapping of thread.  These were worn on the M1858 Hardee hats, as well as non regulation slouch hats.  The real McCoy ... ... $65.00 - SOLD

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15-09-71 ... 1880s Counterfeit Remington Double Deringer ... An exact period copy of Remington's .41 caliber rimfire two-shot deringer, probably the most recognizable pocket pistol in the world thanks to Hollywood western movies and TV shows. Top of barrel is marked with full Remington firm name and a patent date of 1863. But it isn't Remington's mark. It is an imitation or counterfeit marking struck in an odd die style ... likely European. The pistol is made every bit as well as a Remington, possibly better as this one does not have any crack in the hinge as seen on a large percentage of the Remington made guns, This model was extremely popular and was first produced by Remington in 1865. This patent infringement, counterfeit, Knock-Off was made around 1870 to 1880 and will make a super companion piece for a display of real Remington derringers in a Wild West display. Very good rosewood grips, about 40 percent remaining of original nickeled finish on the barrel assembly, barrels are smooth bore. Receiver a deep gray/brown. Batch number "22" on the barrel. Lever in place on right side. Handy to have at hand when your four kings and an ace get beaten by four aces and a king ... $675.00

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15-09-72 ... Project LeFaucheux Revolver ... Here's a Lefaucheux that could use just a little work to make it complete. Round barrel version of the same pistol as above, with a spur trigger guard and lanyard ring in the butt. This one needs a loading gate and a repair to the backstrap, which has broken on one side at the corner of the aperture for the hammer. Lefaucheux patent markings on the left of frame forward of the cylinder. Serial number 4017 below the cylinder. Silver gray barrel with some dark speckling and a bit of brown rust rising aft of the conical front sight. Darker frame and cylinder. Wood to metal is tight on the left side and with just a small gap on the right, probably due to the break in the backstrap nearby. The hammer holds at half and full cock, but the cylinder does not index. An inexpensive version of a pistol that occasionally shows up in period photos in the hands of U.S. troopers ... dz ... $450.00 - SOLD

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15-09-73 ... Rare Iron Hilt M1880 US Army Hunting Knife: These wide blade knives were designed as a multi purpose tool and weapon for the US Army soldiers on the western frontier. This is one of the first 1002 which were produced at Springfield Arsenal in 1881. Only the first 1002 had steel (iron) hilts and guards. These iron guard knives are extremely scarce. A near perfect example is offered for sale on the trapdoor collector web page at $3,495.00! In 1882 the production changed and they were made with brass guards. That pattern is quite common. Blade is 8 ½” long, 2” wide. Handle is 4” maple. Originally these steel hilt knives were issued in so-called Varney scabbards which were elaborate brass mounted and brass hinged affairs. Our knife is housed in the standard 1882 pattern scabbard with brass hook. Knife shows use and age with some pitting on the guard and chipping on the pommel of the grip. The face of the pommel still bears the SWP 1881 stamping. The scabbard is complete with some weakness in the area where the leather tongue is riveted to the brass belt loop. The leather is intact, just has some weakness there. A rare and desirable Indian War weapon that most collectors never get a chance to own. Priced darn fair at ... $550.00 - SOLD

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15-09-74 ... English Box-Lock Flintlock Pistol by Gill ... Near fine condition... These were the British derringers of the early era: small pocket pistols that could be carried discreetly for self-defense by gentlemen in town, travelers, and even the military officer: Stephen Decaturhad a pocket pistol something like this when he shot a Barbary pirate he was wrestling with in a close-quarters boarding action. Plain, flat-sided grips with some dings and handling marks, but no breaks. 6 ¼ inches overall, about.45 caliber. Nice marking of “Gill” (the well known British arms maker anddealer) between some rudimentary flags, etc., on the side plate. Short turn-off barrel with lug enables the pistol to be tightly loaded at the breech, meaning it can fire a “forced ball” with much greater power at short range than you would think.  Faded blue on the steelgiving a stronger purple toward the muzzle and mixing with gray toward the back.  A nice little gun ... $550.00

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15-09-75 ... Revolutionary War Era Saber ... Very robust, wide three-fullered blade with a slight curve. Stirrup shaped brass guard with langets, back strap and ears. Leather in place but showing shrinkage. Brass wire is there also, but loose and seems to have been wrapped so as to sit in the grooves by three or four strands. Some small generic blade markings- a crescent moon, six-pointed stars, etc., but not enough for me to identify it exactly, but it is certainly made for mayhem. Hussars and light cavalry came into fashion just before the American Revolution- my guess on this is somewhere between 1760 and 1790. Blade is very good, just scattered dark gray age spots and patches on a mostly smooth silver gray blade with good edge and point. An impressive saber ... jpal ... $645.00 - SOLD

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15-09-76 ... Extra Fine Cooper Double Action Revolver ... A nice Cooper third model pocket revolver showing lots of case color on the frame and hammer and lots of nice blue on the cylinder and barrel. These double-action .31 revolvers were made in Pittsburgh and then in Philadelphia starting about 1864. This has matching serial number 11213, placing it early in the third model series that Flayderman says started about number 11,000. Very nice even mellow patina to the brass. Practically unblemished varnished grips, just one or two fingernail size indentations. The best part is the color: luminescent blue on the cylinder, a thin blue on the barrel showing bright just at the high points of the ridges, and a swirl of those "gasoline on water" colors you want to see on a frame. Full, correct three-line barrel markings for this model which omit the 1859 patent information and add 1863 dates, just a bit lightly stamped in the second and third lines toward the right (these were not as elegantly applied as Col. Colt's.) A very nice gun that will make you want to upgrade most everything else in your collection ... vadcg-ej-16895 ... $1,850.00

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15-09-77 ... Mexican War Dated Harpers Ferry '42 Musket - A Real veteran ... 1846 and 1851 dated 1842 pattern .69 Caliber musket.  The last of the regulation .69 caliber US infantry arms and the first of the issue percussion long arms. Attic condition, brown overall, no crustiness to the metal, just patina, mostly smooth   As expected there is some roughness around the nipple from firing.   HARPERS/ FERRY/ 1851 a tad light but readable on the lock behind the hammer, the eagle worn but present forward.  Two light cracks coming off the rear of lock platform, but very short and the wood is tight and has very good edges.  Some abrasions and handling dings, particularly opposite the lock, but nothing horrible.  Visible 1846 barrel date. Clear VP/ eagle and Harpers Ferry barrel inspector markings at breech.  Though the lock and barrel dates are years apart, the identical patina on the metal shows that the marriage of parts took place at the arsenal before the war, and that the gun went through the war as we see it here today.   Handling dings on the offside, a regimental or company and rack number on top of buttstock, two sets of initials cut in one side and one set scratched in on the other.  Bayonet stud, bands, springs and rod in place.  A very real veteran from the southern arsenal that certainly saw use.   These Harpers Ferry examples are much more desirable than their cousins made at Springfield up in Massachusetts. The fact that the HF guns were made in Virginia is a lot more interesting and gives those pieces a good southern flavor ... gej  ... $950.00

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15-09-80 ... Cut Down Colt Musket ... The pictures pretty much tell the story.  We have a nice Special Model 1861 Colt musket shortened to two-band rifle length.  Barrel measures 30 inches long with filthy dark bore. The lock and rear sight are worth the price of admission. A real Colt musket altered for use by a kid or a cadet.  Lots of bang for the buck ... noco ... $385.00 - SOLD

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15-09-81 ... Quadruple Sixth Plate Thermoplastic Union Case With Three Images ... Floral motif covered thermoplastic case with compartments for four sixth-plate hard images. Three tintypes remain in place: at top right three young men in casual dress pose in a studio, two seated, one standing behind resting his hands on their shoulders. At bottom two more formal gents are shown in one-third length views, each wearing a top hat. Each image, and the empty spot has its glass mat and frame. Underneath are the printed labels identifying the case as an S. Peck and Company's improved Union Case. The case is brown and the design consists of floral sprays within an oval floral border. Some minor edge wear and three or four slight chips. I can't quite tell if the same individuals are shown in the group photo, but they all came together in the case and likely represent family members. An unusual case and very scarce to boot ... noco ... $175.00

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15-09-83 ... Boston Bluebloods CDVs ...   Left side card is Charles Sumner ... see above CDV for his biography.  Fellow on the right is unknown to me but was in the same album as Sumner and a pile of guys in the 13th Mass. Vols.  I am hoping you know who he is.  Both CDVs  for one money ... noco ... $45.00 - SOLD

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15-09-84 ... Sixth Plate Ambrotype Very Young Yankee Soldier: The older I get the younger these Civil War soldiers look. This fellow looks like the kids I see waiting at the school bus stop clowning with the pretty girls. I suppose he must be 16 or 17 years old. He is decked out in regulation Union Army frock coat and accoutrements, and he sports a Model 1816 conversion musket with the deadly triangular bayonet affixed. He's ready to dispatch some rebels without remorse. Clarity is about perfect. Contrast is excellent. Condition is likewise. Our photographer placed the ambrotype in the frame "emulsion side down", with a black backing tin behind it, so the image is viewed as a true positive image rather than the more typical reversed mirror image as seen when the emulsion faces the viewer.  This is a very good thing, and something that cannot be accomplished with a tintype. The ambro' is housed in a full thermoplastic Union case, with nicely gilt frame, and preserver. The case is excellent save for a crack and chip at the spring retention clasp. Looking at the youthful face from 150 years ago is a bit haunting. A wonderful slice of life from the 1860s ... noco ... $435.00 - SOLD

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15-09-85 ... Flintlock Musket of the French 1777 Pattern ... Unmarked flint infantry musket patterned on the French 1777 style with iron mountings, brass pan, rounded lock plate and hammer, cheek recess on left side, and finger ridges on rear trigger guard tang. Caliber .69 with a 43 inch barrel, This is one of those wonderful "blind, and stupid" guns ... meaning that even if you are Blind and Stupid you can still tell that this gun is in original flintlock configuration. Mechanically good. Rear sling swivel and stud missing, otherwise complete. Has the front swivel, button tip ramrod, bands, springs, bayonet stud etc. ... all in place. Some scuffing to the wood and shrinkage gaps at the wood and metal joins. Pretty good edge to the wood opposite the lock. There is a narrow piece of wood replaced forward of the pan, done long ago. Metal is an untouched crusty brown overall that might clean with some TLC, which might reveal some markings as well. I personally would not touch it. I love the "as found" look. Has an old brass inventory plaque on the butt stock. The model 1777 was carried over here by Rochambeau's forces in the Revolution, and was produced for many years in Europe and in this country. The 1777 was the basis for our own US Model 1795. I cannot determine if this is an American made musket or a European import ... but I lean in favor of American due to the total lack of markings whatsoever. I have not removed the barrel which might reveal some secrets. Fresh from a Michigan antique auction. A great old flintlock perfect for display with War of 1812 artifacts ... noco ... $1,695.00 - SOLD

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15-09-86 ... Officer's Pistol Belt With Cap Box and Super Holster ... Freshly surfaced with a high finish Hartford Colt Navy in the holster, I obtained the leather as the finder only wanted the Colt. Excellent condition overall. Buckle is a high quality eagle plate. Waist belt is fashioned from an enlisted infantry belt with brass loop "keepers" affixed to allow the leather to accept the officer's plate and keeper. Cap box bears Hartford maker's stamp which is interesting as it is the same city where the Colt was produced. Holster is a super example of a commercial, full flap, officer's holster. Top drawer in all respects ... noco ... $795.00 - SOLD

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15-09-87  COMPLETE Yankee Cartridge Box and Sling / BOX AND SLING BOTH DATED ! : Regulation CW infantry .58 caliber cartridge box and shoulder strap. Nicely marked "Watertown Arsenal 1864 US" on the inner flap. Overall VG to fine condition and very solid.  Original US plate still affixed to the front flap. Both tin liners still present inside the box. All straps and buckles are firmly in place. Inner implement pouch solid.  The shoulder strap is VERY desirable as it too is marked and dated.  Clearly legible is "US", below that is the maker's stamp which was porly struck, and below that the date "186?" with the last digit to faint to see.  My guess on the maker is Wilkinson & Cummings of Springfield Mass.  I recall they used a US mark on their leather.   Regulation circular stamped brass plate with iron loops set in the solder filled back and the arms of the US, an eagle with arrows and olive branch, embossed on the face. These plates were introduced in the 1820s for use on the bayonet slings, and were adapted to the cartridge box sling as the bayonet was later not worn on a shoulder sling and shifted to wear on the waistbelt. This is a very fine example of the Union soldier's cartridge box. Condition is about an 8 on a scale of 10. Much nicer than most we see. I paid darn close to my asking price largely because of the marked sling and it is the nicest one I have been offered in over a year ... exproe  $1,150.00 - SOLD

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15-09-89 ... Civil War Black Cavalry Trooper ... This "Buffalo Soldier" served long before Black Troopers bore that title. Large matted period 1860s albumen copy photo of a black cavalry trooper showing off his saber, pistol and accoutrements. Image is 7.5 by 9.5 inches, mat is 8x10. Massachusetts fielded a couple of black cavalry regiments and there is a good possibility he belongs to one of them. The portrait shows a mature man with a look of calm resolution. Judging from the reversal in the image, the original sitting was a tintype. These period albumen copies were sometimes done with the idea of coloring them and were sometimes done when the sitter had died in the war and there was no chance of getting another photograph of him. In this case the size and the black and gilt paper mat shows the family likely had the photo enlarged with the intent to frame and hang it to memorialize the man's service. Whoever our man is, his head and face are clearly shown and have good tone and resolution. He posed in his issue sack coat with his saber belt and shoulder strap, carbine sling, and revolver holster. To increase the martial air of the image he rests his drawn saber against his shoulder and has shoved his revolver through his belt to show it to the camera. This lower portion of the image is a bit light and someone, likely a family member, went over some the edges with a pencil to better delineate them in the photo. Any Civil War images of Blacks are extremely scarce and very desirable ... noco ... $450.00

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15-09-90 ... Sheet Music with Good Graphics ... ONLY A COUPLE LOTS OF 5 LEFT! ... I have a nice selection of Civil War or slightly earlier sheet music with nice graphics on the covers. I believe I have around 30 pieces. Aside from "Home Sweet Home" the titles, and lyrics, will probably not be familiar. (You can be the first one on your block to introduce these CW tunes to the neighborhood.) They tend toward the romantic and sentimental. Many are reminders of the fragility of life in nineteenth century America, and they would look good framed or even in a collection as examples of life on the homefront. There are certainly many stories in soldier letters of visits to local houses during lulls in campaigning where singing in the parlor was a welcome break in army life. For those stationed on the frontier it was one of the few wholesome recreations available to stave off boredom. Each piece has a nice cover graphic ... noco ...
Priced each $15* ... Two for $25* ... Five for $65*
*my choice

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15-09-91 ... 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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