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I was cleaning off my desk and found the above photo of some old time reenactors taken in 1951. A few years back a real nice 80+ year old fellow from the Pacific Northwest named Bill Aiken contacted me. Bill had a few Civil War shell jackets he wished to sell, and he sent me this picture too. Well, Bill is the young man at bottom front left, and his dad Joe is standing to the right looking at Bill. The other subjects are unknown to me. It is interesting to note that 64 years ago people were reenacting. I had always thought the current hobby had sprung up during the Civil War centennial of the 1960s. Also interesting is that Bill, and Joe, and the rest are all wearing original forage caps, shell jackets, belt plates, and carrying original muskets. I post this simply as a curiosity and a fond memory.

15-10-00 ... New York Soldier's Inscribed Whiskey Flask ...  Typical "traveler" size flask standing about six inches tall. Leather covered glass flask, with pewter bottom cup, is inscribed in period brown ink on the leather "Walter Merrick /  30th Regt. New York State / Vol. Co. "H" 1863". Merrick started the war in the 30th Regiment and was then transferred to the 21st New York Cavalry in 1863. He served in the 30th from June 1861 through June 1863. While with the 30th he fought at both battles of Bull Run, as well as South Mountain and Antietam ... as well as 14 other engagements. While serving with the 21st Cavalry regiment they fought at 118 engagements across Virginia and Maryland. Merrick was promoted to sergeant and first sergeant with the 21st cavalry. In early 1865 seven companies including Merrick's were sent to the Wild West, and trooped around Colorado in 1865 and 1866. Merrick was mustered out at Camp Collins, Colorado in 1866. A classic CW personal item, and very exciting with the inscribed soldier ID on the leather. If you'ld seen as much service as Merrick you'd take a pull too ... $365.00 - SOLD

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15-10-01 ... Muzzle Loading Double Barrel Shotgun ... This is a 12 gauge muzzle loading double barrel percussion shotgun perfect to display with Confederate cavalryman's effects if you don't want to spend ten or twenty thousand on a rebel made carbine. The Johnny Rebs were famous for using scatterguns such as these... and a better close quarters mounted man's weapon could not be had in the 1860s. Head and shoulders above a saber or revolver! The locks on this old shoulder-bruiser are both unsigned as is the barrel. I am certain it is a Belgian or other western European made gun made for the American market. The barrel is 33.75 inches long, and overall the gun is 50 inches long. The ramrod is a proper replacement.... wood, with a brass tip. The one piece stock has a name stamped thereon ... "O. Strang" ... I have no evidence that Mr. Strang was a soldier. The most famous man with that Surname was King James Strang of Beaver Island, in extreme northern Lake Michigan. He was the only monarch ever to reign inside the continental US... though no official US or State government ever recognized his "Royal" title. I will let you Google the rest of the story. It interests me because I have a log cabin way out on Beaver Island, and personally collect Michigan items. Condition is overall VG. 100% original except for the aforementioned ramrod, and the left hammer which is a well made replacement that matches nicely in terms of form and color. Left barrel has a nasty chip out of the muzzle. A very handsome and most affordable early percussion gun. description ... ajj-mil ... $275.00 - SOLD

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15-10-02  A Solid Example of the M1863-Type-2 Springfield Rifle Musket Dated 1864 ... Overall VG+ condition with sharp markings still mostly legible on the metal.  The two Springfield inspector's cartouches are present and legible on the stock opposite the lock.  Wood edges are overall VG+.   A carved XI (or IX) on the butt stock could be a Roman numeral for 9 or 11 (depending on which side is up).  The barrel has crisp "V/P/Eagle" with only moderate pitting around the nipple area. The barrel date is pretty much obliterated and mixed with some pitting on the top flat.  The lock is crisply marked 1864 and "U.S. / SPRINGFIELD" and has a nice, clear eagle and shield motif also. The eagle on the bolster is worn.  The barrel has strong rifling and the bore is very good. This is the type-2 Springfield with solid barrel bands and band retaining springs. The rear sight is the last Springfield sight with single leaf with circular aperture, and notched top edge.  A very representative Springfield that I found at a good price and can sell for a good price ... hjj-mil ... $1,550.00 - SOLD

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15-10-03 ... Wonderful Mexican War era American Eagle Pommel Sword ... A truly handsome "eagle head" circa 1830 to 1840, and even more attractive as it resides in the fine original solid brass scabbard. Overall length about 36 inches. Pommel is cast with a decidedly French form eagle's head.  Grips are a handsome checkered polished horn.  The blade is etched with military motifs and retains traces of the gold inlay. Overall very good condition, with grip missing a small chunk on the rear, and a couple ancient tacks are present from an old repair.  The obverse langet is decorated with a ferocious full form American style eagle and "E. Pluribus Unum".  This sword was manufactured in France for the American market.   One of the more handsome of all American edged weapons, these early "eagle heads" are still totally affordable and infinitely collectible as there are hundreds of variations to collect. Here is a great piece to add to your arms collection ... Looks super hanging on the wall.  Many times more handsome than an 1850 staff sword, many times more rare, but priced the same as a CW staff sword ... ae-/kutch  ... $1,650.00

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15-10-04 ... Early Production 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 shows a nice brown patina.  Very Good grips. The barrel and cylinder markings are still very legible. Serial number 10884 is a solid, early war production gun, so it likely saw a good amount of "action" ... These were popular with early westerners as well: Custer had a pair of these, and Wild Bill Hickock owned one as well. This one functions fine. A solid, Civil War Smith & Wesson Army revolver with a serial number lower than most you can find ... eej ...  $795.00 - SOLD

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15-10-05 ... Another Smith & Wesson No.2 Army Revolver ... These .32 caliber rimfire revolvers were favorite private purchase weapons by officers during the Civil War. Very much like the one above, but with more wear and a mid-to-late war serial number of 29037.  This revolver retains a large amount of what appears to be actual silver finish.  Either that, or an odd nickel finish that has patinated more like silver with some flaking on the butt strap.  A solid, Civil War Smith & Wesson Army revolver, and at a darn friendly price ... D/bun ... sn 29037  $645.00 - SOLD

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15-10-06 ... German Surgeon's??? Bone Saw:  This folding saw bears the maker's name BLOMBACH ... being Carl Blombach of Germany.  It also bears the DRGM marking indicating manufacture in the German Republic.  It appears to be a surgical amputation saw, and is made to fold up for storage.  Blombach made tools from late 1800s to early 1900s. Very very well made.   Maybe a Kraut Sawbones tool from the first world war???   ... $165.00

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15-10-07 ... Remington Old Model Navy Revolver ... A very solid example of the 1861 Remington Navy revolver from the early days of the Civil War.  This is the old model which is quickly recognized by the loading lever having a channel machined into it that allows the arbor (cylinder pin) to be withdrawn without lowering the lever. This feature proved flawed in battle the arbor would sometimes slide forward allowing the cylinder to fall out. This problem was later remedied. Our specimen is an unaltered old model where the arbor still slides on the lever. This bears a serial number of  16,887. This is actually a transition revolver from the earlier Beals model and the 1861 model. The front sight here is the early Beals cone shaped sight.  The cylinder is also the early Beals style with no safety notches between the nipples. The barrel legend and length are 1861 pattern. This great old gun is in in good working condition being 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically functional with a 7 3/8 inch barrel. The metal is an honest brown patina showing normal handling minimal pitting. The grips are likewise nice condition with silver inlays of a heart, star and two diamond shapes on each side. Both hearts and one of the diamonds are missing from handling og the gun over the years. These designs could represent corps badges or suits in a deck of cards. The nifty part of the grip inlay was the intentional "framing" of the diamond shapes around the inspector's cartouche on the grips. The second of the two line barrel legend and firm marking is still legible, with the first mostly worn away. These Remingtons were issued in about the same quantities as the Colts and were actually a stronger and more advanced design than the Colts with the Remingtons having solid frames with top straps just like present day modern revolvers. Also, the Remingtons could be easily reloaded with a fresh full cylinder without the need of tools, whereas the Colt could not. This is a good solid EARLY Civil War cavalry revolver that has the dazzle of a few fancy extras on the grips. You will be well pleased with this good solid gun at ... $1,175.00 - SOLD

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15-10-09 ... Plant’s Mfg. Co Pocket Revolver aka Eagle Arms ... 15-10-09 ... Plant's Mfg. Co Pocket Revolver aka Eagle Arms ... These diminutive revolvers were produced by the Eagle Manufacturing Company of NY City and are found with various barrel markings.  I have owned dozens of them ... and really like them.  I have three in my personal collection housed in their original factory labeled boxes.  This one is marked "Eagle Arms Co. New York" on the top of the octagonal barrel. Serial number 7079.  It is a 30 caliber 5 shot revolver. It is overall fair condition.  The gun cocks fine, cylinder does not index.  The ejector rod on the right side of the frame was removed LONG ago.  The arbor (cylinder pin) is a decent replacement.   Rosewood grips are fine+. Small enough to fit in a trouser or coat pocket ...  3 inch barrel.  7 inches overall.  Many were carried as last-ditch self defense weapons.Perhaps the most affordable Civil War revolver on the market this week.  Gift priced at ... ajj ... $165.00 - SOLD

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15-10-10 ... Indian War Period Light Cavalry Saber ... Imported from Germany ... made by Abraham Kuller of Wald. He worked 1847-1880, and this saber is from the 1880 era. Not rare, but uncommon, is the "walking bear" maker mark.   Very nice condition grip and guard with a nice, clean "walking bear" on the blade. The brass mounted, nickel finish scabbard is in super condition, and the sword is also VG to fine with a few sporadic small pitted areas. Overall, a great example of a Cavalry Troopers saber at a very friendly price ... be-mil ... $325.00 - SOLD

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15-10-11 ... Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber ... A very solid example of the cavalry weapon used by troopers both north and south. This is a German import bearing the Solingen knight's-head maker's logo. The leather grip and twisted wire wrap are a restoration, the balance of the saber is original and as used. The 3-branch brass guard is very nice with delicate yellow patina. The blade is good grey steel with crisp edges and no edge nicks. The scabbard is likewise very good ... rich brown age patina with some dents between the second ring and the toe of the scabbard. Very solid and very displayable. With the grip restoration you could use this in living history or reenacting without fear. A good affordable example ... caj ... $375.00 - SOLD

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15-10-13 ... Carabine a Tige ...   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.  It is a Belgian version of the famed French carabine a tige.  With the advent of the Minie bullet in France, one of the early features was the presence of a tige at the bottom of the breech.  A tige was a steel rod sticking up from the face of the breech.  It expanded the base of the bullet into the grooves of the rifling when the shooter rammed the bullet home while loading. This is one of the original Minie Rifles and many were used in the Civil War.  Overall NRA Fair to Good condition.   Some pitting at the breech from firing, but not obtrusive. Metal is silver gray overall. Missing the swivel at the base of the butt and likely one at the lower band. The bayonet stud and rear sight were removed during the gun's period of use... virtually impossible to see where they were now.  There is a chunk of wood stuck in the barrel about five inches down from the muzzle, making an inspection of the bore not possible at thiw writing.  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 ... $475.00 - SOLD

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15-10-14 ... Pair of Brass Mounted Child Size or Cadet Size Percussion Muskets ... Two of the greatest little muskets on the planet. Essentially identical. Both are out of my personal collection. At various stages in the young lives of my three boys I bought small size muskets hoping to kindle an interest in old guns. The boys are all grown now and none ever acquired a taste for old guns. I don't need to keep them any more, so I will let someone else enjoy them. Each of these is a top shelf, high quality REAL percussion musket. One is approx 54 caliber and nicely rifled, the other has been bored out to .65 caliber and is smooth bore. Each has a 32 inch barrel and each is 46.5 inches overall length. The lock, bolster, and butt plate are virtually identical to English Enfield muskets, but the guns are not English. The stocks are similar to US 1842 muskets and the brass barrel bands are sort of like Pottsdam bands except the front sight is on the barrel (not the band) and the size is of course much smaller. My gut feeling is that these are likely Austrian, Saxon, or Prussian. Each is fitted with a bayonet lug under the muzzle end of the barrel and each has a front sight on the top. The gun with the darker stock has the original button tip ramrod. The lighter gun has an original US Civil War rod in it that has been shortened to the appropriate length. The breech of each barrel has a crown over P in an oval, and an oval surrounding a U or similar device. I am not familiar with which country these markings hail from, but still guessing Germanic. Both are VG to near fine. Both function perfectly. I don't know of another pair for sale elsewhere ... gej-cow/noco ... $1,900.00 - SOLD

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15-10-17 ... New Jersey Marked Model 1861 Springfield Contract Musket / TRENTON ... A Very Good to near fine example of the standard Union Army infantry weapon, produced by Burt and Hodge at the Trenton Locomotive and Machine Company. A.M. Burt and J.T. Hodge were partners in leasing the Trenton New Jersey facility to produce Springfield Model 1861 rifle muskets for the US government and the state of New Jersey, on contracts taken in each of their names. This is one of the NJ guns. Crisp 1864 date rear of lock, eagle and U.S. / Trenton forward. and matching 1864 barrel date, crisp V/P/eagle proofs left barrel flat. Metal is smooth grey steel overall with sharp markings. Area around bolster is excellent, screw slots fine, Wood edges are sharp and show only mild handling wear. Super wood-to-metal fit. Bands, springs, rod, swivels, etc., all correct and in place. Barrel stamped NJ and stock cartouched NJ still lightly visible shows purchase by the state of New Jersey for her troops. Numerous rack or unit markings on the butt and butt plate tang. Very strong condition overall. It is a solid example of a midwar contract rifle-musket that soldiers were glad to get to replace the early war European "fence rails" they had had been using to kill each other with earlier in the war. It will display like gangbusters with a good belt set and cartridge box rig.  ae-grif ... $1,695.00  (add a matching bayonet for $135.00) - SOLD

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15-10-18 ... 1852 Dated Harpers Ferry '42 Musket ... Weapons produced by the quintessential "southern arsenal" always have a strong collector appeal and southern association given John Brown's raid on the installation and its seizure by Confederate forces at the beginning of the war, all of which gives the Harpers Ferry longarms a historic and romantic association that Springfield arms have a hard time rivaling. Here is a good example of the well-known 1842 .69 caliber smooth-bore percussion musket. The last of the old large bore infantry arms and the first of the percussion longarms intended for general issue to infantry. This is a well-used and solid example showing its history. The lockplate has some crustiness and pitting, but the Harpers Ferry eagle, US , and the three line Harpers Ferry 1852 stamp are legible. Good action. The nipple is battered and broken but that is the only defect of any consequence. The breech shows corrosion from the fulminate of mercury in the percussion caps going off. The barrel proofs are present and under some ancient barrel crust. The date on the barrel tang is likewise under a lot of crust with 18 visible and the last two digits obscured. Some rounding to wood edges, as should be expected from a well used musket, and some dings and scratches, none too obtrusive but there is a deeper vertical scratch on the offside aft of the lockplate screws. Rectangular cartouche visible on left side. Swivels, bands, springs, rod and bayonet stud all in place. A true old warrior. Very solid ... noco ... $1,250.00

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15-10-19 ... Inscribed New Jesey Combat Officer's Sword / Owner Served 1861 to 1865:  1850 pattern foot officer's sword in a brass mounted steel scabbard. Matching mellow patina on the brass, - untouched with some dark areas. Grip good with expected wear and rubbing to high spots.  Single thick wire binding, one small piece of a thinner bordering wire near the pommel. Scabbard silver gray turned brown for about two thirds the length. Brass throat, carrying rings and drag in place.  Between the upper mounts is an ingenious separate brass shield secured to the scabbard by a brass band, nicely inscribed: "Lieut. F. W. Sowby / Co. B / 1st N.J. V.V." in Old English and block letters. Very Appealing. Our man Sowby served in the 3rd New Jersey, and then joined the 1st New Jersey Veteran Battalion (or "1st NJ Veteran Volunteers"). Sowby enlisted in the 3rd NJ in April or May of 1861, mustering in as a private in Company B and making corporal as of July 1, 1863. He served with them until 6/23/64 when he transferred and joined Company B of the 1st NJVV. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 2/2/65 and 1st Lieutenant 5/11/65, mustering out 6/29/65. Sowby saw plenty of action.  Both of his units were Army of the Potomac, 1st and 6th Corps. The 3rd NJV, in particular, took heavy casualties at Gaines Mill, Cramptons Gap, Salem Heights, and Spottsylvania during Sowby's service, and the 1st NJVV saw action at Winchester, Cedar Creek, and Petersburg. This sword was likely on his side at Petersburg as he obtained his commission two months earlier. In fact, considering the application of the engraved ownership shield by an applied brass band, it is entirely possible Sowby carried the sword earlier as an NCO and then applied the ownership shield after he received his official commission.  There is plenty of photographic evidence showing NCOs carrying foot officer's swords.   The blade is a smooth silver gray, rubbed on one side, but with very visible etching and a nice eagle with E PLURIBUS UNUM ribband on the other. This bears a very handsome inscription and is an interesting sword carried by a soldier who saw a lot of fighting ... aejj ...  ... $2,250.00

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15-10-20 ... 1839 Dated Ames US Pattern 1833 Dragoon Saber ...  These dragoon sabers are about fifty times rarer than cavalry sabers but are only marginally more expensive... less than double.  The 1833 dragoon saber was modeled on the British 1822 light cavalry saber and introduced when the U.S. reinstated mounted troops in the U.S. army (after relying on state troops for cavalry after the War of 1812.)   This has the standard quill-back blade, brass guard with three outer branches, one inner branch,  backstrap, flat bird's head pommel, and a leather covered grip with twisted brass wire wrap and brass ferrule at the base. The leather grip is about 80 percent intact with some of the underlying wood showing through with a deep age patina. The wire is in place. "MPL/ ORD" ordnance stamp on one side of the quillon terminal disk, "WS" inspector stamp on the other. Legible and distinct blade markings: "NP Ames / Cutler/ Springfield/1839" engraved in script near the ricasso and matching "WS" inspector stamp at base of blade on one side, script "United States" over a wreath on the other. Leather pad in place at blade shoulder. Blade rates very good, with no edge damage and a mix of bright and dull silver tones with some darker gray areas. Scabbard shows mostly gray with dusty brown areas and some darker gray portions on the inboard side just above the drag. Throat, drag, and correct split rings are in place. There is a repair to a crease in the scabbard just north of the drag.

This was the regulation arm of the US dragoon regiments until the 1840 "heavy cavalry" style sabers were adopted, and for some time thereafter until the new pattern could be produced and issued. Even then, many of these remained in the hands of militia groups and made their way into early Civil War service. If you collect American swords or cavalry gear, this is one of the "must have" pieces. Priced as friendly as I can make it: these don't show up often in any kind of acceptable condition any more... this one is darn nice ... h ... $1,250.00

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15-10-21 ...Ultra Attractive American Eagle Head Sword ... Magnificent... as-found... beautiful eagle pommel sword, with lots of original gilt on the hilt and scabbard. The blade is near MINT condition. Bone grip intact... one longitudinal crack on one side... two inconsequential hairlines on the other,... solid and stable. Nicely formed curved neck eagle's head pommel with plain backstrap and chain guard connecting to one of two pineapple finials on the cross guard, which is straight. The eagle is as ferocious and handsome as any I have encountered. The guard is faceted and has to two downward turned shell-shaped langets. Grip has geometric incised lines. Superb, wide, straight double-edged blade with oval cross section and central fuller. Vivid beautiful etching on a minty bright blade. Has the usual floral motifs with a great US eagle and stars above and Indian brandishing a bow and tomahawk symbolizing America. Gilt brass scabbard shows about 40 percent bright, the rest a darker untouched patina. Throat, drag and all carrying rings present. A very nice sword of about 1840-1860 that would show very well in an edged weapons collection. One of the prettiest eagle heads I've owned ... bajj-eub ... $2,495.00

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15-10-22 ... M1840 Light Artillery Saber and Scabbard ... The light artillery saber was meant to offer the mounted drivers in light artillery batteries, and all personnel in horse artillery units, a weapon for personal defense. Here is an 1864 dated and inspected version certainly by Ames, though the Ames mark itself is too light on the ricasso to make out readily (the date and inspector marks are sharp- Ames scroll maker marks are notoriously light.) The grip leather and wire are good and tight, just a slight bit of wood exposed at the guard with an rubbed patina from the leather shrinking. The brass is medium in tone. The blade washer is in place. The blade has a good tip and edge. Bright mixed with silver gray overall. Scabbard is in the bright, with darker on the outboard side on the lower portions and overall on the left with a couple of small dents. Carrying rings and throat are in place... ejj-17067 ... $785.00

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15-10-23 ... US Cavalry Officer's Sword & Scabbard ... Handsome, unmarked import Yankee cavalry officer's saber with nice detail and hand chasing on the guard, with a US etched blade. "Iron Proof" blade etching on the spine near the guard, typical of German made swords imported here by American retailers in large quantities during the war. A robust saber modeled on the US 1840 pattern. Hilt retains full leather on the grip and rare dragoon style "piano wire" twisted wire binding. Nice age darkened patina to the brass hilt and mounts. Pommel has a floral motif on its face that carries over to the leaves cast in the guard branches and inside of the counterguard. One slight crack in the outermost branch about one third of the way along. Nice brass throat and mounts, and drag has a nicely cast serrated edge and bound vine motif. Scabbard blue has shifted to brown, now mixed with dark spots, but with no substantial dents or dings. Blade shows the light remnants of etching: floral and geometric motifs, the "US" surrounded by sun rays shows well on one side. Overall blade is a mix of dull silver and light gray with a few darker areas. It has a good edge and no pitting. Blade pad still in place at the shoulder. A very presentable mounted officer's saber priced friendly ... noco ... $1,395.00

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15-10-24 ... M1840, 1851 Dated Ames Heavy Cavalry Saber and Scabbard ... M1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber, marked “AMES MFG. CO. / CABOTVILLE /1851” and “US / A.D.K.” ... this "wristbreaker" saber and scabbard are both in VG to FINE condition. The blade is without bends, nick free, and has a pleasing aged steel patina. The leather grip has dried out a touch, but looks great, and is in Fine condition with original wire wrapping. The guard is likewise in fine condition as well, with only modest handling wear for its age, and a light patina. The scabbard is likewise in very good condition with a smooth dark brown patina, and no damage or defects of significance ... gejyy ... $1,150.00

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15-10-25 ... Japanese Type 32 Army Sword ... This is the Japanese sword issued to enlistedmen entitled to carry swords starting in 1899 and remaining regulation right to the end of World War 2. Cavalrymen were issued swords just under 39 ˝ inches and foot soldiers a sword just under 37 inches, which is our length. The grip is the correct checkered wood. The blade is light silver gray with scattered darker gray stains here and there, but with a good edge and point. The edge has been sharpened. The scabbard is a crusty brown with the correct single carrying ring. The guard retains the locking spring, has a sword knot cutout near the pommel and shows a correct deep blue/black finish. The serial number of the sword and scabbard are mismatched, but both in the 60,000 range and it looks like they have been together forever. A great WW2 artifact ... noco ... $265.00 - SOLD

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15-10-26 ... Dutch Bayonet for Beaumont Rifle ... The Beaumont was one of the early single-shot bolt action rifles developed in the 1870s (like the Mauser.) This socket bayonet shows silver and a crusty brown, but with visible maker/inspector marks and serial number. Functional locking ring. A nice start to a specialized bayonet collection ... noco ... $25.00 - SOLD

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15-10-27 ... Early War Import Percussion Musket / Swiss? ... An unmarked infantry musket of about .70 caliber, likely Swiss based on the hammer style. If not Swiss, then one of the German states, typical of those brought into North America for both Union and Confederate armies early in the Civil War. 57 ˝ inches overall, barrel 42 ˝ inches. Hollowed cheek rest in the butt, a number of small letter and number inspection or maker stamps. Script "L" on the top of the barrel. Simple fixed rear sight and front sight mounted on the forward barrel band, bottom mounted bayonet stud. Bands and swivels in place, but no ramrod. Mechanically excellent. Overall about "fine" condition. Smooth dark wood stock with good edges. Metal in the bright with scattered gray and brown age spotting. A very affordable and very displayable Civil War percussion musket ... cej-mil ... $695.00 - (previously sold then unpaid for) - SOLD

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15-10-28 ... U.S. 1852 Naval Officer's Sword by Walscheid ... The 1852 naval officer's sword replaced the 1841 eagle pommel and the general pattern remains in service to this day. One key to dating the sword is the width of the blade- the wider blades such as this one being Civil War years. In overall appearance it shows the same French influence as the 1850 army patterns, but has a USN in the guard and naval motifs such as knotted ropes on the mounts supporting the sling rings and a sea serpent coiling over the edge of the drag. This one shows use but no abuse. It is a very good example. The wire is firmly in place on the grip, though a tad loose, and the original sharkskin/rayskin wrap shows some wear but is all there and has no spots worn through. The guard and mounts show a matching mellow patina with some minor age stains. The blade shows silver, with some gray along the top and bottom edges and scattered spots near the tip. The etching is light but visible. The leather scabbard is solid with no breaks and has good finish. The thin leather bumper pad is still in place under the guard and the "Walscheid / Solingen" stamp is clear at the ricasso. As most collectors know, many of the major retailers, like Horstmann , made use of German sword makers to supply them with arms to meet the sudden and huge demand created by the war. Naval officers saw action on the high seas, manning the blockade and intercepting Confederate transports, taking part in shore actions and fighting on the rivers as part of the "brown water navy." This is a nice representative example of a regulation U.S. sword priced very competitively... I don't believe there is another CW navy officer's sword in this condition available elsewhere for ... noco ... $695.00 - SOLD

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15-10-29 ... Hideous Percussion Pistol ... Ugly flintlock pistol converted to percussion. A European conversion given the style of the hammer. Roughly patterned after a version of the French Year 13 (An XIII) cavalry pistol, but with a shorter sideplate that does not tie in with the barrel band. The quality is low, but the design is good. The pan was ground off flush to the lockplate and a bolster with nipple added to the barrel. The wood is good, but with some shrinkage gaps. The brass was polished but is toning down slightly. What seems to be the original ramrod is in place. Mechanically functional. A neat old horse pistol priced to git ... 8" barrel ... noco ... $225.00 - SOLD

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15-10-30 ... Marston Three Shot Pepperbox Pistol ... William Marston made about 3,300 of these .32 caliber three-shot derringers from 1864 to 1872. They are considered quite scarce. After rotating a lock on the top of the frame, the integral three-inch barrels pivot downward to load and there is a barrel selector dial on the right side of the frame numbered zero to three to select which one to fire. This carries the 1857 patent stamp along with "improved 1864," which seems to relate to the extractor. The immediate predecessor of the design was a .22 caliber version, some of which sported a retractable knife blade on the left side. The inventor apparently decided three larger bullets required no such knife back-up weapon. Rosewood grips with flat butt are excellent. Nice mellow tone to the brass. Barrels an even silver gray with some minor gray spotting. Light pitting present on right side of the barrels. Clear serial number 2402 and clear barrel indicator number stamps. A nice derringer that would store unobtrusively flat in a vest or coat pocket ... noco ... $1,450.00 - SOLD

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15-10-31 ... Dahlgren Bowie Bayonet ... One of the most highly sought of all Civil War knives / bayonets. This deadly edged weapon fit the iconic Whitney-Plymouth Navy Rifle. Overall VG to near fine condition. Complete with original brass mounted scabbard. Nicely marked with 1861 date and full Ames firm markings ... blade is 12" in length ... handle is 4 1/2" for 16 1/2" total length ... $1,650.00 - SOLD

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15-10-33 ... Tintype of Truly Pretty Girl Civil War woman soldier ... I'm in love! What can I say? There are a ton of dealers trying to sell wannabe women soldier images. This one stands on its own. Found by Ron Chojnacki of Medina, Ohio... Here is a ninth plate tintype of a very pretty girl with the most appealing lips and eyes I have seen on an 1860s female. Uniformed in an enlisted frock coat and bummer cap with buttons and chinstrap buckle gilded and her cheeks lightly tinted, this woman looks slightly upward at the camera with her head gently tilted. The clarity is wonderful, perfect, and she looks directly into the viewer's eyes. Her facial features, lips and eyebrows leave no doubt of her gender though she has tried to disguise it with cropped hair. She reminds me of the actress in the movie The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. In our comparison photo with Dragon Girl Rooney Mara, remember our soldier girl has no makeup whatsoever. I'd love to know the story here. A number of women entered service in disguise. Some followed husbands and boyfriends; others just wanted escape or adventure. A few made it to the end of the war and some died in battle or the hospital just like their male comrades. Our friend and fellow dealer Fred Jolly once had a soldier letter where the writer penned that sergeant or corporal so and so surprised the company that day by giving birth to a baby boy. Whatever this girl's story, it's a remarkable image. Housed in a 9th plate is leatherette case split on the hinge. The real deal, a girl soldier ... $995.00 - SOLD

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15-10-34 ... Re-enactor's Dream Group ...  We listed this two months ago and just realized that the nit-wit who ordered it never sent his check. He also ignored two reminders.  We had 2 backups but so much time has passed those emails were deleted and are lost. Oh Well!   So we re-list it here .....    Wouldn't it be great to find a trove of original material like this? Even as reproduction items it's real impressive. The battle flag of the 74th Illinois, a bummer cap, regulation haversack and dark blue canteen, infantry waist belt and plate with cap box, cartridge box and sling with plates, soldier's wallet, housewife (sewing kit), large camp size tin coffee pot, single brass candle holder, a set of brass donut style candle sticks, etc.- I had to look at the donut candle holders for a long moment to determine if they were old or new. Those are damn near perfect copies of the originals. The lot is pretty impressive even knowing that it is all replica material. It displays like a grand finale, or is ready for use in living history. Selling as one lot, ready to go for a display, school lectures, or even use once again in the field. The whole kit and caboodle ... noco ... $295.00 - SOLD

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15-10-35 ... Etched Blade U.S. Officer's Sword and Scabbard ... The 1850 foot officer's sword was the regulation and standard sword for combat officers serving on foot- infantry captains and lieutenants, the company officers on the front line with their men. The pattern was modeled on French swords of the period (as were virtually all US military swords of the 19th century. This one follows the regulations to a "T." Brass hilt with knuckle bow and floral openwork on the guard, sharkskin wrapped grip with brass wire (three-strand) binding. A nice US shield on the pommel face. Black leather scabbard, in good shape with no breaks, and three brass mounts with carrying rings on the upper and middle mounts. Blade etched with floral motifs and a US eagle on one side with the national motto and on the other side a "US," also among floral motifs. The etching is visible, showing silver gray on a darker gray background. Some rubbing, on the upper part of the US for instance, but still visible. Smooth pommel cap showing the tang has not been disturbed and the sword has not been messed with. A nice example of a regulation Civil War officer's sword. This wood look great in an officer's display with regulation crimson sash and a set of shoulder straps. Priced extra friendly at ... noco ... $895.00 - SOLD

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Three different and scarce cartridge packs for Civil War era revolvers:
Very affordable when compared to full unopened packs ... and equally as displayable as the multi hundred dollar versions.

15-10-36A ... 15-08-11A ... TOP LEFT - 5 Cartridges Colt Police Pistol ... Leet and Hall manufactured pack of five "seamless skin cartridges for Colt's Police Pistol 36-100 caliber. Patented Feb. 11, 1862."   Portion of label gone at the lower right, but the balance is very good.   Empty package perfect for display with a Colt 1862 Police ... cow ... $145.00

15-10-36C ... 15-08-11C ... BOTTOM LEFT - 6 CartridgesWhitney or Colt Pistol ...
"6 Cartridges for Whitney's or Colt's Pistol 44-100 caliber. Nice clear black text on cream color paper. Not maker marked and strange that the label states "Whitney's or Colts" ... as I am unfamiliar with any 44 caliber Whitney Army revolvers. The cartridge maker apparently was ignorant of the fact. Ignorant and anonymous. A very visual CW pack for the army revolvers. 44 caliber packages are always scarcer than the smaller calibers. Great label. Empty ... cow ... $265.00

15-10-36D ... 15-08-11D ... BOTTOM RIGHT - 5 Cartridges Colt Whitney or Remington ...
Leet and Hall manufactured pack of five .31 caliber cartridges specified for Colt, Whitney or Remington revolvers. February 11, 1862, patent date. Some missing paper upper right and right center, but only very minor loss to the text. Empty. Perfect to add to a pocket revolver casing ... cow ... $185.00 - SOLD

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15-10-37 ... Confederate Boyle and Gamble Saber Bayonet ... Classic Johnny Reb brass handled saber bayonet made by the famous firm of Boyle and Gamble in Richmond, Va. Cylindrical ribbed grip with S-shaped guard that incorporates the muzzle ring. Characteristic locking spring set crosswise in the pommel that secured an adapter for a rifle's bayonet lug. Smooth, deep gray blade with good edge and tip, showing some of the typical manufacturing flaws and slightly uneven fuller of southern blades. Nice mellow patina to the brass, with just some minor age and use dings. Comes with a well worn 1855 pattern US scabbard that seems to have been with it for some time. Some flaking and finish loss to the scabbard. Boyle and Gamble made a lot of edged weapons, everything from Bowie knives and bayonets to ornate officers' swords. This bayonet is a great example of their work, and perfect for a Confederate enlistedman's display or CS edged weapons collection. A real Johnny Reb saber bayonet ... noco ... $1,350.00 - SOLD

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15-10-38 ... 1777 Dated British Charleville !!?? ... The enigma flintlock ... I have seen a couple of these muskets and don't know what to make of them. They are obviously English made, French Charleville Pattern muskets, ... but made for what purpose? I surveyed fellow collectors and dealers and the answer was always the same. "I don't know." Not one expert knew the history behind these 200 year old guns. When I spoke with Rev' War expert, and artist, Don Troiani he said he has seen a few and felt they were a commercial product of a much later period than 1777. Some have been sold by major auction houses with varying attributions. The locks of all known examples are stamped "Tower/1777" aft of the hammer and have a "Crown/GR" stamp forward. The date of 1777 is odd as the lock style is clearly of a later period... more typical of 1812 era. The 1777 mark may be the model designation as the gun is basically a 1777 French musket. The barrel on this has English view and proof stamps and the number 14 on the left breech and the butt plate and rammer have serial numbers (mismatched on this one.) There are a few other enigmatic marks, likely assembly numbers, on the bands, etc., and there is a bottom mounted bayonet stud. The bands, iron mounts and overall look give it a distinct Charleville look, but there is also a very Germanic looking block sight at the rear and the rod and serial numbers also have that flavor. The metal is smooth and in the bright and the wood is very good. It is certainly a conversation piece for the advanced arms scholar. There is history yet to uncover and this is certainly priced right for a Napoleonic or1812 musket ... noco ... $1,450.00 - SOLD

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15-10-39 ... Inscribed 104th Ohio Marked Mississippi Rifle ... Here's a wonderful puzzle: a Harpers Ferry Mississippi rifle in original .54 caliber dated 1851. Very legible lockplate markings both aft of the hammer and forward with the Harpers Ferry style eagle and "US." Barrel is dated 1849, shows some vise marks at the breech, but is generally smooth and an even gray with both front and rear block sights in place. The wood shows wear and has a number of divots, dings and scratches from actual field use and one slight crack on the off side above the sideplate, but is solid. Nice mellow tone to the brass mounts. Patchbox has proper router tip marks as seen only on Harpers Ferry guns, and the extra nipple is in place. Bands, springs, swivels and correct rod are all in place. Here's the mystery: absolutely original and dead real are a lightly scratched inscription on the patchbox door and upper part of the butt stock. The door reads "1862" and "Henry County/ Col. F (or T.) Jalton (??)/ 104 Ohio/1862." The carving on the stock is the same: "Col. F.? Jalton (?) / 104 Ohio/1862." We have looked high and low to find Colonel Jalton or Gralton or someone with a name close to that, and come up empty. We found no one in the 104th Ohio with a similar name. Jalton, Jallon, Jolton, Gralton, etc etc etc ???? We looked up men named Henry County (like the old TV Show Briscoe County Jr.) No Luck. To add to the mystery, the 104th Ohio recruited nowhere near Henry County. Henry county is next door to me here in NW Ohio. The 104th was organized on the other side of the state. There is the possibility, of course, that we are dealing with a captured Confederate gun and that the Henry County and the colonel's name (whatever it is) are southern references and the gun was captured by a member of the 104th Ohio. Also to muddy the waters further, there is a town named Grelton in Henry County and a town named Colton in Henry County... both similar to the apparent JALTON inscription... could either of these be a connection???? I have typed my finger tips raw searching possible combinations and permutations of the names involved... I will let the next guy get the glory. In any case, the gun clearly states 104th Ohio and Henry County. The name is open to interpretation and we leave the solution of the mystery to you. The inscriptions are dead-real... The rifle is a good field-used example of the famous Mississippi Rifle, with all the handling marks one might expect with a southern used gun, and it is one of those made at the quintessential southern armory at Harpers Ferry. A super inscribed CW gun at an honest price ... noco ... $2,450.00 - SOLD

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15-10-40 ... Import British 1853 Pattern Cavalry Saber - Many Used by CSA ... These British 1853 cavalry sabers are robust patterns and were imported by the thousands into the Confederacy. A few made their way into Union hands as well, but association has always been with Confederate horsemen. This one is unmarked, indicating it was a commercial product intended for export. Great condition, with smooth metal both on the iron guard and blade and both grip slabs in place with no shrinkage or warping. Iron hilt shows gray with some bright and some darker gray spots, and a little brown on the edges of the tang. Overall a pleasing color. The blade has an excellent edge and point and also a nice overall color. The leather pad under the guard is in place. The iron scabbard shows a light crusty brown over an underlying gray. Throat, bands, drag and carrying rings are all in place. A nice example of saber that usually shows up with very bad grips if it shows up at all. Priced friendly at ... noco ... $675.00 - SOLD

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15-10-41 ... Sheet Music with Good Graphics ... 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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15-10-42 ... General Custer CDV From Life By Mathew Brady ... Among the most sought of all Civil War personalities is unquestionabl George Custer. Here is a fine "from life" standing pose of Autie as he was known to his family. Bears back mark of Brady / Anthony. Controversial, heroic, bombastic ... you love him or you hate him. In 1945 President Truman said " I don't see how a country can produce such men as Robert E. Lee, John J. Pershing, Eisenhower, and Bradley and at the same time produce Custers, Pattons, and MacArthurs. Priced lower than identical views sold at auction over the past three years ... ejj .. $975.00 - SOLD

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15-10-43 ... Union General Henry Halleck CDV ... Halleck (1815-1872) was born in New York and graduated third in his West point class of 1839. Because of a recommendation from Winfield Scott, Halleck was made a Major General in the Regular army from August of 1861. Halleck won praise early on due to the Union victories of his Generals at Fort Henry & Donelson and then Island #10 and Shiloh. After his loss at Corinth he was called to Washington by Lincoln, and spent the rest of the war mainly doing work of raising men and material. This is a nice clear view  of the General in uniform . On his side he has his very extravagant presentation sword.  Back mark of Brady / Anthony ... $95.00 - SOLD

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15-10-44 ... George Thomas CDV ...   Yup,  The Rock of Chickamauga.  CDV photo of Major General George H. Thomas, commanding general of the Union forces during the Civil War. Thomas's defense at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863 prevented the Union Army from being completely routed, earning him his most famous nickname, the "Rock of Chickamauga." He followed soon after with a dramatic breakthrough on Missionary Ridge in the Battle of Chattanooga. In the Franklin-Nashville Campaign of 1864, he achieved one of the most decisive victories of the war, destroying the army of Confederate General John Bell Hood, at the Battle of Nashville, December 14-15, 1864. Back mark  reads, "A.S. Morse, Photographer, Dep't of the Cumberland, Branch of Hd Qts, 25 Union Street, Nashville, Tenn.". Some wear is evident, but still a nice portrait of one of the heroes of the Civil War ... $115.00 - SOLD

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15-10-45 ... W.H. Seward CDV ...  A scarce subject to find, and a key member of Lincoln's cabinet.  Bears Brady / Anthony back mark. with trimmed corners, not affecting the image ... $135.00 - SOLD

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15-10-46 ... Supremely Rare CDV Vice President Hanibal Hamlin: In the 45 years I have collected Civil War photos I believe this is the first image I have had of Lincoln’s first Vice President. In 1861, Hamlin of Maine became Vice President under Lincoln whom he did not even meet until after the election. Maine was the first state in the Northeast to embrace the Republican Party, and the Lincoln-Hamlin ticket thus made sense in terms of regional balance. Hamlin was also a strong orator, and a known opponent of slavery. While serving as Vice President he urged both the Emancipation Proclamation and the arming of Black Americans. He strongly supported Joseph Hooker's appointment as commander of the Army of the Potomac. When Lincoln was renominated, War Democrat Andrew Johnson of Tennessee was named to replace Hamlin as Lincoln's running mate. Lincoln was seeking to broaden his base of support and was also looking ahead to Southern Reconstruction, at which Johnson had proven himself adept as war governor of occupied Tennessee. Hamlin, by contrast, was an ally of Northern radicals (who would later impeach Johnson). Lincoln and Johnson were elected in November 1864, and Hamlin's term expired on March 4, 1865. In other words Hamlin served as Vice President for the entire Civil War except the last five weeks, and Johnson served as VP for only five weeks. This is a truly Super image, extremely rare, from life, with Matthew Brady – Anthony back mark. A must for a display of Lincoln or War related images ... cej ... $495.00

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15-10-47 ... INCREDIBLY EFFECTIVE LIGHTED MAGNIFYING GLASS / PERFECT FOR INSPECTING ANTIQUES ... You have undoubtedly seen collectors at the shows running around with one of these magnifying glasses in their hand. There's a good reason ... they are SUPER! Months ago I bought one for myself and loved it. Then the local guys wanted one and I bought another half dozen for them at $25 each at the next show ... Then I bought another one for me when I arrived at a show and discovered I'd left mine at home. I figured with as many as I was buying at retail, I might as well buy them in bulk and sell them at the shows and on the web page. These are absolutely essential for anyone buying antiques at shows or auctions. The intense illumination from the twelve LED light sources and 2x magnification exposes "artificial age" such as cold-blue on metal or amber shellac on wood. Shine this light and you will see if someone has "aged" or repaired the item you wish to buy. The magnification accompanied by the intense illumination reveals cracks and repairs that the naked eye cannot pick up. Requires 3 AA batteries (not included) ... $25.00

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