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15-12-80 ... STUNNINGLY ATTRACTIVE ... Mexican War Dated... Attic-Fine Condition ASTON PISTOL ... An absolutely beautiful, NRA fine condition, unaltered example of the US M1842 martial single shot percussion pistol dated 1847, with matched dates lock and barrel.  Very sharp edges, crisp maker and inspector stamps, vivid wood cartouches, smooth, aged, uniform, light brown patina on the barrel and lock.  The brass has a delicate mustard patina.  Mechanically perfect, 100% original and complete. Extremely scarce and desirable with the 1847 date.   The second best example of this gun I had this year. , and the other one was dated later.  I don't recall the last Aston I had with a date this early.   You don't get many shots at guns in this condition from the Mexican War.  And this gun is still very affordable  ... $1,250.00 - SOLD

15-12-81 ... Pittman Marked Cavalry Cartridge Box ... Regulation issue cartridge box for the cavalry carbine. These boxes were issued to troopers for use with many different carbines. A wood block bored with twenty holes kept the rounds intact while the trooper was galloping around and an inner and outer flap kept them dry and in place. This block is not present in this box. Until very late in the war the boxes still had provision for a shoulder strap, but they seem to have always been worn on the waist belt and occasionally the carbine sling. This one was actually issued and carried: two slits in the cover show where a trooper at some point added a cartridge box plate. Both belt loops, the cross-loop, and the latch tab are in place. Both buckles are there, but the tab securing one has a tear on one side. Crackling and some loss to the exterior finish, the interior is good. Very clear Pittman stamp. Tool pouch, flap and tab are intact. A pretty basic, and essential, cavalry accoutrement pouch ... $150.00 - SOLD

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15-12-82 ... US Navy Percussion Cap Box ... Identical to the army cap boxes except for the highly visual USN embossing on the front flap. About a hundred times rarer than army versions. Overall fine to excellent condition. Nicely marked with sub-inspector's cartouche and makers name of R. NECE a famed Philadelphia accoutrement maker ... $325.00 - SOLD

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15-12-83 ... Perfect Condition Dug "STUD-BACK" US Oval Waist Belt Plate: ... Absolutely perfect early war US infantry buckle with the oval studs and heavy prong on the back. This one if from the Steve Sullivan collection but unfortunately there was no note where it was found. Super example. $325.00 - SOLD

15-12-84 ... Non-Dug US Cartridge Box Plate: Another top notch plate. This one excellent, just as it was brought home by Billy Yank. Both loops solid. $199.00

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15-12-85 ... Wonderfully Appealing Infantry Colonel's Shoulder Straps ... About as folksy a set of CW straps as I've ever encountered. The straps themselves are 3 1/4 inch long ... extra rich, double border, gold bullion embroidered straps of classic early war construction. The back sides are "raw" as is seen on 95% of all 1860s straps. What makes these so intriguing is that the colonel's eagles are folk art cut tin devices sewn onto the velvet center of each strap. These tin eagles are fully patinated and have absolutely been attached to these straps since their period of use. This would certainly have been one way to save money on your rank insignia. Rather than pay the military outfitter for elaborate hand embroidered gold bullion eagles, applying these silhouette eagles would serve the same purpose and cost nothing extra. Correctly assembled with the eagle's head facing forward toward the battle on each strap. Cool as can be, and absolutely genuine ... $595.00 - SOLD

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15-12-86 ... 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 ... $150.00 - SOLD

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15-12-87 ... Identification Disc of Samuel T. Dow, 15th New Hampshire / Served Two Hitches ... The 15th NH was one of the regiments recruited for nine months service in late 1862. Many understood the duty was to be auxiliary service to enable troops already in the field "to strike the rebellion a staggering and fatal blow," the regimental historian's words. Such was not the case. These 9 month regiments frequently found themselves in as deadly circumstances as any. Samuel T. Dow resided in Northwood and was 22 when he enlisted on 9/12/62 as a private and mustered into Co. D of the 15th NH on 10/8/62. The regiment was assigned to the Department and Army of the Gulf, where it became part of the 19th Corps and found itself taking part in the siege of Port Hudson from late May until early July, 1863. It took part in several assaults and lost 30 of its men killed or mortally wounded during its service. At some point Dow acquired this WAR OF 1861/ EAGLE disc and had the following brief information stamped on it: S T DOW/ CO D/ 15th REG/ NHV. Dow survived to muster out with the regiment 8/18/63. He either liked army life, or the prospect of a bounty, and reenlisted in the 18th New Hampshire as a sergeant in Co. I on 2/28/65. This was a late war regiment that served in the 9th Corps during the Petersburg Campaign, losing 1 officer and 4 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded. Dow's luck held, however, and he survived once again to muster out on 7/29/65 ... zfbe-17184-150806 ... $750.00

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15-12-88 ... Rare CDV of Little Girl (?) on a Toy Horse ... S.J. Thompson, Albany, backmarked carte de visite format albumen of a young child on a toy rocking horse. Young boys and girls were often dressed and coiffed alike during the period, but this seems to be a young girl posed on her favorite toy. Wonderful clarity and a great pose with the child looking a little serious, as if she really had to keep the rearing mount under control. Also, a bit of a telling reminder of how important it was to parents to preserve an image of their children in the days of high infant mortality. A very sentimental portrait. Excellent in all respects ... Didn't sell at $135, so we'll mark it down for Christmas ... fe ... $95.00

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15-12-89 ... Interesting CDV of "Fisherman at Work" ... Photos of people smiling during this period are very unusual. Portraiture by photography was regarded by many as a formal presentation of oneself to the world with no room for frivolity. This fellow, however, was happy in his work: "The 'Fisherman' at work, fishing on land. Stringing a big "fish" for the college," according to the printed caption pasted on the reverse. This cheerful bearded fellow sits a marble top table with inkwell close to the camera and pen in hand, apparently writing a letter on a portable writing desk he has set out on the table. Fitting the printed caption is a portrait of a fish on the lid of his writing box, that he displays for the camera. The allusion to being "a fisher of men" seems pretty clear and the reference to a college then implies a religious institution, though "stringing a big 'fish' for the college," may refer to securing a donor for a school or something of that sort. If he is, indeed, an educator it might be possible to identify him. The printed caption suggests there are more images of him out there. There is a good story here in any case and it's an intriguing and entertaining photo ... Didn't sell at $135, so we'll mark it down for Christmas ... ee ... $95.00

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15-12-90 ... 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???   ... $95.00 - SOLD

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15-12-91A ... 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 ... $95.00

15-12-91C ... BOTTOM RIGHT - 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 ... $195.00 - SOLD

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15-12-92 ... VOLUME 1 OF CASEY'S TACTICS ...   This one inscribed by a private whose name appears to be John D. Linn.  Volume 1 contains the school of the soldier & hence many are found that had been used by NCOs and Enlisted Men who desired an understanding of drill and tactics at the individual and company levels. Good cond.  Missing fly leafs and title page ... otherwise complete. A Holiday Bargain by anyone's standards ... $65.00 - SOLD

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15-12-93 ... ONE OF CASEY’S VETERANS HONORS HIS COMMANDER ... A presentation copy of Volume 3 of Casey’s Infantry Tactics, “Evolutions of a Brigade and Corps d’Armee.” A pencil inscription on the first two pages records its ownership by B.F. Mattison of the 81st New York, and its presentation to someone in August, 1864. On the following page, Mattison has copied part of a poem celebrating the bravery of Casey and his troops, titled “Our Commander” in the Battle of “Fair Oaks” Va 1862: All honor to bold Casey / All honor to his men ... ”

Benjamin F. Mattison enlisted at age 18 in Oswego, NY, on 9/10/61 and mustered into Co. D, 81st NY Vols., as a private on 9/14/61. He served 3 years and was mustered out 9/13/64. During the Peninsular Campaign, Mattison’s regiment was part of Palmer’s Brigade of Casey’s Division. On May 31, 1862, Confederates under tried to overwhelm Federal units isolated by the swollen Chickahominy River as they neared Richmond. Casey’s Division put up a stout defense and suffered heavy casualties. The 81st lost 137 men, including 2 officers and 26 enlistedmen killed and another 9 mortally wounded. The division was eventually forced back from its position, but Mattison’s poem makes clear that many of the men in the fight saw it as a brave defense buying time for reinforcements to come up.

The division was subsequently posted in North Carolina, but came back into Virginia with the 18th Corps and fought in the Petersburg Campaign, fighting at Swift Creek, Drewry’s Bluff and Cold Harbor, where it lost some 212 men, almost half those engaged.

Early in the war Casey had commanded a “provisional brigade” and a “provisional division.” These were temporary organizations based on the north side of the Potomac and used to prepare newly arrived regiments before they were sent to more advanced camps on the Virginia side of the river. Mattison was obviously proud enough of his field service under his old commander to acquire a copy of the manual written by Casey that distilled what he thought was essential for the new volunteer army to know and which became the standard drill and tactics manual for the union army ... $110.00 - SOLD

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15-12-94 ... 2 VOLUMES IN 1 HARDEE'S TACTICS ... The May of 1861 US Infantry and Rifle Tactics were essentially a reprint of the tactics developed in 1855 by William J. Hardee, who had joined the Confederacy, and whose name was thus banished from the publication. Hardee had made an effort to take into account the new 1855 series of rifled arms and popularity of light infantry tactics that emphasized speed of deployment, active skirmishers, etc. The system developed by General Silas Casey was officially adopted after this, but both systems were kept in print and used by different commands at the same time. This is an 1863 published volume by Lippincott of Philadelphia (perhaps actually printed in 1862 since publishers often ran the dates ahead.) It is a nice solid example bound in green cloth with gilt stamps. The two flyleaves have been removed, possibly as the book moved from one owner to another. This affects none of the text, however, and the volume not only looks great in an officer’s display but is a great way to study Civil War tactics by holding the very book a Civil War officer held 150 years ago. ... $175.00

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15-12-95 ... 2 VOLUMES IN 1 HARDEE'S TACTICS ... Another copy of the US Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics cribbed from Hardee’s prewar tactics manuals and made regulation for US troops in May, 1861. This is also an 1863 imprint by Lippincott, but has a partial interior separation of the front cover from the text block. Still, a very displayable copy and one that could be repaired. This has a 1917 dated pencil inscription inside that could be erased, but I prefer to leave things untouched as they have survived. We often forget the number of volumes of regulations and tactics officers had to study; bringing men onto the battlefield, deploying them, and maneuvering in the face of the enemy was a complicated business with life and death consequences. These manuals are a key part of understanding the Civil War military experience. ... $175.00

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15-12-96 ... WOUNDED IOWA OFFICER'S COPY OF CASEY'S VOLUME 3 ...   A fine solid example of volume 3 of Silas Casey's infantry tactics manual.  This volume teaches tactics at the corps and division level.  Our owner being a lieutenant must have had hopes of climbing in the ranks. The owner was  Henry M. Shoemaker of West Union IA; 23 years old.  Enlisted on 8/11/1862 as a 1st Lieutenant.  On 11/4/1862 he was commissioned into "F" Co. 38th Iowa Infantry. He was transferred out on 1/1/1865 On 1/1/1865 he transferred into "K" Co.34th Iowa Infantry He was Mustered Out on 8/15/1865 at Houston, TX He was listed as: * Wounded 4/9/1865 Fort Blakely, Alabama. Owned by a true combat officer with good history ... $125.00 - SOLD

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15-12-97 ... CASEY'S INFANTRY TACTICS MANUAL VOLUME 3 ...   A fine solid example of volume 3 of Silas Casey's infantry tactics manual.  Nearly perfect condition except for a small worm hole along the right side of the spine.   This volume teaches tactics at the corps and division level.  Published by Van Nostrand in 1862.  Top shelf volume ... $95.00

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15-12-98 ... CASEY'S INFANTRY TACTICS MANUAL VOLUME 3 ... A well worn used example of volume 3 of Silas Casey's infantry tactics manual. binding is loose as shown in photo. This volume teaches tactics at the corps and division level. Published by Van Nostrand in 1862. An affordable display item ... $55.00 - SOLD

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15-12-99 ... 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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15-12-100 ... A Solid Example of the M1863-Type-2 Springfield Rifle Musket Dated 1864 ... Overall VG+ condition.  The two Springfield inspector's cartouches are present and legible on the stock opposite the lock.  Lock markings are crisp.  Barrel date is obliterated.  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 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 ... $1,350.00 - SOLD

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15-12-101 ... 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 ... $1,050.00

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15-12-102 ... 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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15-12-103 ... German made Saxony cavalry saber 1840 to 1861 ... A good example of this German made sword and scabbard which was based on the British 1821 Pattern. 33.5" slightly curved single fullered blade with early flat spine and a spear point. The sword is double edged for the last 8". 3 branch steel hilt with rearward facing quillon. The guard is stamped F.A. 1884 1997. These markings are arsenal or armory markings, not dates. Shagreen covered grip bound with copper/brass wire. Steel back strap with ears fixed to the grip with a rivet. Domed pommel. The blade is nicely signed by maker Gebr. Weyersberg of Solingen.. Upper scabbard mount B527 and crown over FA. This is Friedrich Augustus II of Saxony. He reigned 1836 to 1854 (death). Separate throat is in place but lacks the two screws on the top and bottom edges. Still totally snug and secure. The blade and scabbard are free from rust and stains. Scabbard largely free from dents except for a smattering on the back side about eight inches above the drag. Very solid. The shagreen grip wrap shows expected wear but still solid and stable. In terms of Saxon military history that took place during Friedrich Augustus II reign... this saber may have been present during the 1849 May Uprising in Dresden in Saxony. Here is a synopsis from the lazy man's best resource (Wikipedia) ... "On 3 May 1849, the municipal guards were told to go home, but the town (Dresden) councelors organized them into defensive units to stop expected Prussian intervention. As the people's anger grew, the government (Saxon) withdrew into the castle and the armory (Zeughaus), protected by Saxon troops. The municipal guards were undecided whether or not to support the people, who threatened to use explosives to get the government out. In response the Saxon troops fired on the crowd. Within hours the town was in chaos, with 108 barricades erected. In the early hours of 4 May 1849, the king and his ministers managed to escape and fled to the fortress of Königstein." A wonderful early cavalry saber at a highly affordable price ... abe-mil ... $395.00

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15-12-104 ... 1864 Dated Mansfield & Lamb ... Standard Union army issue light cavalry saber. US/C.E.W/1864 is clearly stamped on one side of the ricasso of this Model 1860 cavalry saber, and "Mansfield & Lamb/ Forrestdale RI" in an oval is on the other. Made in time for some of the toughest cavalry fights and raids, this saber has a bright blade with most of the original bright factory polish still present. There are a few age spots. Has a good clean edge and a good point. The leather pad is still present under the guard and the grip has nearly all of the original leather and the original wire in place and tight. The brass has a nice untouched, aged patina. The scabbard has throat, drag and rings in place and is "in the brown" (has a rust brown patina) with moderate pitting on the drag. A nice untouched cavalry side arm the way we like to find them: un-messed with, just brought home by a soldier and put away. The essential piece in a cavalry collection. Much nicer than most we see. The blade is outstanding ... fej-hal-130907 ... $765.00

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15-12-105 ... 1800 to 1810 Era British Artillery Short Sword by Hadley ... This pattern of sword was used by a number of British services, its mountain artillery being just one. The same pattern found some favor as a commercial naval cutlass because the narrow guard meant it could be stored in racks in very small place. D-guard hilt with a flat teardrop pommel, forward langets and slightly curved quillon. Leather wrapped grip contoured to the hand and with grooves that may once have had wire. Wide no-nonsense fighting blade with spear-point tip. Blade is good, showing silver gray with some mixed bright spots and some darker areas particularly outboard side near the tip. Overall length 30 inches. Signed Hadley on the spine of the blade. A very affordable price for a sword over 200 years old. ... j-pal ... $465.00 - SOLD

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15-12-106 ... Civil War Cavalry Holster For Colt or Remington Army Revolver ... Overall VG condition with good finish. Shows expected finish wear on the high spots. These holsters were issued with the Colt and Remington 44 caliber revolvers and fit either gun. They also accept Colt and Remington Navy revolvers just fine, just having a little extra room. The latch tab has a tiny repair as shown in the illustration. The end plug has been replaced... otherwise 100% original and as issued. A good solid example of the regulation issue full flap cavalry holster in the standard butt-forward configuration (butt forward when worn on the troopers right side). This design made it easier to draw when the holster was positioned, "at the right side of the back," as Cooke phrases it in his 1861 cavalry tactics manual. The manual instructs ... "At the command, (draw)... "PISTOL", with the right hand un­button the flap of the belt-hoister, draw the pistol, and, holding it at the stock, with the point of the forefinger reaching above the trigger guard, carry it vertically, with the hand as high as the right shoulder, and six inches in front of it. Though, interestingly, Cooke did allow the trooper to hold the pistol with his left hand if necessary while cocking it with his right, before again bringing it to the "raise pistol" position in front of his right shoulder. We see by reading Cooke's manual that the holsters were intended to be worn at the right hand side of the troopers back ... a position too far for the left hand to reach and angled such that the right hand would require a "left hand draw" holster to facilitate the extraction of the revolver at that angle. Actual wartime photos of troopers generally show them wearing the holsters at their side, like our Mosby shown here.  In that event the trooper might well have easier extracted his Colt with his left hand. One major auction house who should know better recently billed their regulation holster as an extremely rare "left handed" holster--- go figure. These are getting tough to find in any sort of reasonable condition and are an iconic piece of cavalry gear ... $550.00 - SOLD

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15-12-107 ... Cap Box with U.S. Stamp on Cover: Early pattern with abbreviated outer flap similar in design to the Mexican War cap boxes. This one stamped US on the outer flap. Completely sewn construction. No rivets used ... hence an early war or pre war specimen. Overall VG + condition ... $145.00 - SOLD

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15-12-108 ... E. Gaylord Marked Civil War Cavalry Holster For Colt or Remington .36 Caliber Revolver ... Overall VG condition with good finish. Shows expected finish wear on the high spots. These holsters were issued with the Colt and Remington .36 caliber revolvers and fit either gun. 100% original and as issued. Nicely marked on the belt loop by contractor E. Gaylord Chicopee Mass. A good solid example of the regulation issue full flap cavalry holster in the standard butt-forward configuration (butt forward when worn on the troopers right side). These are getting tough to find in any sort of reasonable condition and are an iconic piece of cavalry gear ... $650.00 - SOLD

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15-12-109 ... "I Am Looking For An Honest Man" ... Perfect for reenacting Diogenese the Cynic ... Or Civil War times as well. Five "bulls-eye" lens lanterns, all dating to the last half of the 1800's, most likely 1870s to 1890s, but perfect for Civil War living history or camp display. Each is fitted with bracket on the reverse so it can be fixed in place and is also equipped with folding wire carrying handles so that it can be held in hand and used like a modern flashlight. The bulls-eye lens was designed to focus the light in a beam and the lanterns are pictured frequently in the hands of police investigating suspicious night time activities, but also mounted on carriages, used for camping and the outdoors, etc. A Japanned tin, double-parasol top, bracket and handles in place, glass good. Light surface rust, gray underneath. No burner inside. You can use a candle ... be ... $50.00 - SOLD

15-12-110 ... Gettysburg Letter and Tintype .of Charles R. Crimble of Custer's 5th Michigan Cavalry ... In Civil War collecting it doesn’t get much better than Gettysburg or Custer. Put them together and you have a very rare item. I owned this tintype and a large number of the soldier’s letters years ago. Since then collectors have divided the group, but the tintype and Gettysburg letter have stayed together. The soldier is Charles Crimble of Co. B. The letter is datelined “Picket Reserve near the Rappahannock Virginia July 28th 1863” and is addressed to “Friend Martha.” He opens with a description of the pursuit of Lee’s army after Gettysburg, comparing the Fourth of July fireworks at home with a fight at Monterrey, Maryland, on the night of July 4, He has his own way of spelling…. “they artylery throughing shell and our rifles sending they misives of Death..” and the destruction of Ewell’s wagon train (spelled “Uwell”), which took place at Williamsport later in the pursuit. He dismisses rumors they were driven to Washington: “there is not a rigiment in the miserable Confederacy that can drive us or a Brigade. We are willing to fight them 3 to 1 any day we have fought them 6 to our one and beat them we did it at Williamsport and Boonsboro …” He notes the regiment is down to about 400 men and that he himself has been in ten battles and had close calls two or three times.

His account of Gettysburg is great: “they most terifick Cannonading I ever heard or ear tell of. They Battery men said that Fredericksburg was only a little skirmish beside that and Bull run was nothing compared with it. they last day it commenced at 1 oclock they opned 250 pieces of artillery on our right wing and center and tehn charged with bassed coloums (massed columns) and ours opened with about the same number and it last till 15 minutes a past three they shells bursted a hundred at they time. I sit on my horse all they time waching for there Cavalry to pitch in as well and at 3 ½ oclock they commenced and then it was awful they firing and yeling when they made a charge with drawn saber was a terible sight I never want to see another such in my time we lost one major killed there [referring to Major Noah Ferry] and I don’t know many killed and wounded men …” He goes on to mention his captain is acting major and Bigelow (referring to Lt. E. Bigelow of Co. B) is commanding Co. B, etc. He closes with the note that he is “living on the top shelf” at the moment since he is acting as the captain’s cook, but adds, “you would not no us now we are a rough looking lot of men.”

The tintype is a sixth plate showing Crimble full standing, wearing a mounted jacket with gilded buttons, shoulder scales and belt plate on his saber belt. He holds the saber unsheathed at one side with its saber knot hanging down and has a revolver holster at his side. There are some rub marks and stains, but the image is still very good. Custer and Gettysburg need no elaborate descriptions. Nor does the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. This was one of the most famous fighting outfits of the war. A very historic pair. You are not likely to get a similar chance ... ahyy ... $2,250.00 - SOLD

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15-12-111 ... Large Format Albumen of a Tiffany Sword Presented to General Burnside ...
Wonderful photo showing a statue hilted sword presented to General Burnside, along with sword knot, sash and general officer's belt laid out on a pillow. Presenting swords to famous generals was longtime tradition and commemorating the gift with a photograph was a good bit of publicity for the giver and the sword maker. This photo shows a magnificently detailed officer's sword with a figure of the goddess victory or perhaps the personification of Columbia raising a victor's wreath in her right hand. The scabbard mounts are as heavily worked as the grip. The upper mount is topped by a display of flags and a trophy of arms. It is one heck of a sword, worthy of a better recipient in my opinion. Burnside was regarded at the time as being the ideal image of a soldier, and he had some early successes, but that opinion probably did not survive anywhere after his disastrous defeat at Fredericksburg. Let's hope the presenters did not ask for the sword back. In any case, it's a magnificent piece. I don't know where it is now. The wooden presentation case for this sword reportedly surfaced in France a few years back, and is now in a Pennsylvania collection. It bore a wonderful presentation plaque, but there was no sword in it. The sword is still amazing, even if only in a photo. This would make a wonderful display piece if you like high-end swords ... was $595 - Our Christmas Special for you ... $495.00

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15-12-112 ... U.S. Oval Hat Wreath Insignia ... Very nice condition regulation Civil War US officer's hat insignia consisting of an embroidered silver US in Old English surrounded by a gold wreath with jacqueron wire border. Deep blue/black velvet background. This is the most desirable style, being stitched over a thin metal plate for stiffness with a polished cotton back and two brass loops protruding to mount it on a slouch hat. Nice color, nicely age toned. A striking piece of insignia for wear by officers on staff duty and general officers. Measures 3 inches by 1 78ths inches. Getting darn scarce. I paid darn close to this price just to get it ... eej ... $525.00 - SOLD

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15-12-113 ... Large Size Double Bordered Infantry Captain's Bullion Shoulder Straps ... Military goods dealers offered insignia to officers in many different grades appealing to different tastes and budgets. Here's a nice higher quality set of infantry captain's straps with a light blue velvet background and double rows of gold bullion embroidery, bordered by jacqueron wire, both for the borders and the interior bars. Some light wear to the nap and mellow toning to the bullion. Very pleasing—not oxidized as we frequently see. Open "raw backs", as is most typical for Civil War straps. There is some mothing to the dark blue wool that makes up the extreme edges and backs of the straps. This is mentioned for accuracy as the dark blue wool is barely visible when displayed or sewn to a coat. Most of the mothing is on the back. A nice set worthy of a good bullion insignia collection ... zwgjj ... $640.00 - SOLD

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15-12-115 ... 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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