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16-03-00 ... LT. MONROE'S SUPERB CLAUBERG SWORD ... Superb Emerson & Silver pattern sword for a higher ranking field or staff officer. Silver grip. Metal scabbard with elaborate mounts. Scabbard retains its muted blue turning brown overall with just some light dusting of surface rust coming up along the bottom edge of the upper mount. This could be easily cleaned off. Floral motifs on the middle and lower mounts, a very nice American eagle and U.S. shield on the upper mount with a "U.S." surrounded by fronds on the lower portion of a separate mount on the throat. This is in turn mirrored by an eagle perched on a US shield superimposed on a trophy of arms and flags showing stars and stripes. Openwork brass guard with some floral designs matched on the pommel cap. The silvered grip showing light wear on the high spots, with its triple wire still in place in the grooves. Most of this pattern I have owned have blades signed by Emerson & Silver. This blade is bright, plain, never etched, with some very minor darker gray age spots. It bears the Clauberg standing knight with firm name and Solingen stamp, all very clear. Either more than one company used these mounts, or the Emerson & Silver blade broke and was replaced with a Clauberg blade during the war. Accompanying the sword is an old ink tag reading, "Sword of Solingen make. Used by Lieut. Monroe in Civ. War." There is not enough information to go on here to sew up a firm identification, but it is an interesting indicator of actual field use and a photo of a Lt. Monroe showing off this distinctive pattern sword might show up. The label has some tape repairs, but is dead real, and is solid evidence that the Clauberg blade was in the Emerson & Silver mounts since the Civil War. The only defect to the sword is a two or three inch section where the brazed scabbard seam has opened slightly. This could be closed up, but is on the bottom and hardly noticeable on this impressive officer's sword ... hej ... $1,450.00 - SOLD

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16-03-01 ... EXCELLENT CONDITION CIVIL WAR CAVALRY OVERCOAT ... Mounted overcoats were distinguishable from those issued to foot troops by their longer capes, rollover collars, and double-breasted fronts. This is the classic cavalry trooper's coat in very good condition, no noticeable mothing, full cuffs, adjusting belt in place on the rear, full 2/3 length body lining (as issued) and sleeve linings showing a size "3" stamp and a US sub-inspector's mark (they were all "sub" inspectors, operating below the inspector general.) One or two slight tears in the lining- no missing material, just a short L-shaped rip that could be sewn up. This one has had its cape removed, which is a well documented type of field modification done by many Yankee troopers. Illustrated here is a wartime photo showing the bearer's of captured Confederate flags. Right in the midst of these soldiers, just in from the field, is a trooper who has done just that: the photo shows clearly he is wearing a mounted overcoat with the cape removed. The capes served a purpose in keeping warm, but sometimes the cape would get tangled in a carbine sling or with the support strap from the cavalry saber belt, resulting in a frustrated trooper who then cut the cape off. This is a top notch condition coat showing "Chrisdie" stamps in the sleeves, indicating it once passed through that famous costume house, which rented original Civil War uniforms to outfit theatrical productions in the late 19th and well into the 20th centuries. Collectors discovered the cache around 1970. Over a hundred original CW coats hit the market bearing the Chrisdie markings. A very affordable example of a very desirable coat ... con-stryr ... $2,850.00

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16-03-02 ... HONEST & APPEALING THIRD MODEL COLT DRAGOON ... A very good and 100% original example of the impressive "four-pounder" .44 Caliber six-shot Colt dragoon. Matching serial numbers 12,923, gives this an 1853 date of manufacture. Very clear barrel address: "Address Saml. Colt New York City," Crisp numbers throughout, including the cylinder and a nice "Colts / Patent/ U.S." on the left frame. Overall gun metal grey mixed with plum brown on the barrel and forward frame. The balance is grey mixed with deep gray on the cylinder and back of the frame. Mellow tone to the brass. Grips fit perfectly, overall very good with a small chip out on the forward toe of the butt on the right. Mechanically perfect, nipples not battered down. A slight bit of roughness on the bottom of the frame. Only the faintest hint of a cylinder scene, but the cylinder number is sharp. U.S. on the frame shows it was intended to be a martial pistol. The lack of inspectors' initials and cartouche prove this was instead sold as a commercial dragoon on the private market. Serial numbering of the third model began about 10,200, so this gun is from the early days of production. It is from the era of early westward expansion and exactly what our Gt. Gt. Gt. Grandfathers used to fight Indians and desperados. This is a tight solid example with no apologies needed. The only damage is the tip of one screw is broken off... see photo illustration of the right side of the frame. Handsome, honest, complete, and affordable ... ce-szym ... $4,750.00 - SOLD

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16-03-03 ... A HOLY GRAIL UNIFORM JACKET: Ultra Rare Schuylkill Arsenal Artillery Bugler's Jacket. These "grid-iron" front musician's jackets are about the flashiest piece of Civil War uniform cloth available, and for my money, the artillery version is even flashier than the cavalry. It is the regulation deep blue waist-length shell jacket with 12 button front and piping on the cuffs, two back seams, bolsters, bottom edge, and down the center front and up the collar edges and at the two false button holes at either side of the collar. Very attractive. Retains the full original white muslin body lining and sleeve linings. "SA" stamp in the right sleeve lining showing this was a product of the Schuylkill Arsenal at Philadelphia and a numeral "1" signifying a size 1. There is also a number "13" stamped in the left sleeve, which is likely the number assigned to the individual seamstress who sewed this jacket. The Schuylkill Arsenal pieced out the sewing work to local women which helped support the widows and dependents of soldiers. There is one small hole in the lining of the upper right shoulder, otherwise about perfect save for some color run on the red trim on the cuff. Overall excellent condition. These coats were US Army regulation for the two buglers assigned to each battery of both field and horse artillery to communicate the commanding officer's orders by bugle call. In rarity, these were only one or two percent of the artillery jackets made and they make quite a show in a Civil War collection whether you are an artillery enthusiast or not. Years ago Norm Flayderman told me that even back in the 1950s when he could buy original bales of Civil War artillery and cavalry jackets the musicians' jackets were darn scarce then. He said that in every bale of jackets he would get only two or three with the grid iron trim. I forget whether the bales contained 50 or 100 jackets. I am pleased to be able to offer one, and included with the jacket are the original regulation issue shoulder scales shown on the shoulders. Heritage Auctions sold an identical example without scales on June 25th 2009 for $7,767.50. This one is offered for less than the last one I sold three years ago ... $5,900.00

NOTE TO CLOTH COLLECTORS: We also have a mint Schuylkill Arsenal size 4 (largest size) cavalry musician's jacket available at $6,750.00
and another identical in size 2 (medium size) for $6250.00 - SOLD
and a standard cavalry shell jacket at $2400.00

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16-03-04 ... 137th PENNSYLVANIA SOLDIER'S DOG TAG - BATTLEFIELD DUG ... An excavated Washington-bust identification disk. Washington on the obverse surrounded by stars with the word "Union" at bottom. On the reverse corrosion obscures some letters, but we can clearly make out "... M Yeager" on the top, "[Co.] D" over "137th P.V. / Ent. Serv. / 9th (or 19th) Aug. / 1862/ Fredericksburg." The "M" is likely a middle initial as the roster of the 137th carries our Yeager as George Yeager of Butler County, Pa. who mustered into Co. D as a private: 8/23/62. He serves until 6/1/63, when the regiment musters out at Harrisburg. The regiment was one of several nine-month regiments mustered in by Pennsylvania during the Antietam campaign. It served in the 6th Corps and saw a little action at Crampton's gap, but was not actively engaged and was in reserve at Antietam. At Fredericksburg it was on guard duty. Assigned to the First Corps after that, it participated in Burnside's mud march in January, 1863, and at Chancellorsville was posted on the right of the Union line after the rout of the 11th Corps. Given the one battle honor on the disk, Yeager probably acquired the disk between those two battles while the regiment lay in winter camp in early 1863. They suffered some wounded, but no battle deaths during their service. That doesn't mean, however, they got off easy. They lost 1 officer and 58 enlistedmen to accidents, disease, etc. George Yeager's mother applied for a pension in 1866, indicating he had died by then, and a quick search of Butler county grave sites yielded George Yeager of Cabot, Butler County, Pa., who died June 27, 1863. This is very likely our man, dying just three weeks after getting home, aged 21 years, 10 months, and 18 days. A very interesting battlefield relic, found with a metal detector ... brdf ... $595.00 - SOLD

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16-03-06 ... PORCELAIN SLAVE-MOTIF PIPE ... One of the most eye-catching smoking pipes I have owned is this large porcelain Civil War era pipe bowl w/ partial stem, cast and painted in the form of a racial caricature of a black man with exaggerated facial features. Hair, eyebrows and beard colored black, lips red. There is no easy way to precisely date such pieces, and this could date 1840 to 1880 era. The precise date is not as important as the racist art form which is what makes it significant as a piece of American Art. The absence of stereotypical cotton bale or watermelon motifs would indicate earlier rather than later period. A wonderful telling artifact. The stem is broken two or three inches behind the figural bowl, but that likely saved it from further use and damage. Measures 1.5" across the opening in top of his head, 2.5" tall head, 4.5" long ... bej ... $450.00 - SOLD

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16-03-07 ... DESIRABLE GUTTA PERCHA FLASK WITH CHAIN ...
Excellent condition powder flask with a gutta-percha, or thermoplastic, body. This is the earliest form of plastic and it is very delicate compared to modern thermoplastics. It is roughly 8 inches tall. Four brass carrying rings are in place and intact. A short carrying chain links the upper two. The cap and brass non-adjustable spout is present, as is the spring and thumb-piece, which are functional. A very nice mid-to-late 1850s flask in the newly invented material. I would guess that 90% of all Gutta Percha flasks were broken during the past 160 years. Most of the surviving brass and copper flasks are dented, and Gutta Percha won't dent. It breaks. This is a top shelf example in excellent condition ... age ... $285.00 - SOLD

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16-03-08 ... BEAUTIFUL 1856 PEACE FLASK ... Excellent condition "Peace Flask" marked "Batty / Springfield Mass" and dated "1856" on the collar. Adjustable measure spout in place along with thumb-piece and concealed spring. Carrying rings at the shoulders in place. No dents or open seams. Very nice aged patina in medium tones. One slight drip stain on the upper left of one side, otherwise excellent. Crisp stamping of the American eagle with shield perched over a sunburst oval cartouche of two clasped hands symbolizing fidelity and also used as a peace symbol, hence the nickname of the flask. On each side the main body also shows an elaborate trophy of arms with a prominent "US" on a shield at center. A great example of the die sinker's art and one of the most visually pleasing of all American flasks. This shows off well and is impressive no matter what you collect. Great for display with the 1817 Common Rifle, the 1841 Mississippi Rifle, or 1855 Harpers Ferry Rifle. A superior example ... noco ... $495.00 - SOLD

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16-03-09 ... PETERSON 75 SWORD AND SCABBARD ... Known to collectors by the late sword scholar Harold Peterson's numbering system from his early reference book "The American Sword," this is the Peterson 75. These swords were immensely popular imports among officers because of their iron hilts and robust metal scabbards. This one is made and marked by W. Walscheid of Solingen, one of the more prominent German makers and suppliers to US military goods dealers supplying the officer corps. Patterned on the British 1822/23 officer's swords, this has single broad fuller extending about of its length and then a substantial false edge along the back of the slightly curbed blade. Light etching is still visible, but the blade shows mostly as a dull silver gray with darker age spots, though without pitting or any nicks or damage to the blade edge or point. Scabbard is in matching condition with no dents or bends. Some dark areas toward the tip, but with rings, drag and throat in place. The grip has a full back strap. The sharkskin wrap is about 40 percent intact. The wire binding is solid. Small inset brass disk reading "proved" at the long ricasso along with the firm name and location. Counterguard has a nice cut-out spread-winged eagle with ribband overhead, rudimentary arrows and olive branches below, over a cut-out "U.S." Many characterize these swords as non-regulation staff and field swords because of the eagle and U.S. in the guard, but photographic evidence makes clear officers of all ranks and services liked them for service in the field. I once owned one that was inscribed and had been carried by General Phil Sheridan! A nice solid example that has "been there." ... bjj-mila ... $495.00 - SOLD

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16-03-10 ... F.BARNES & CO. LONDON OVER-UNDER; SWIVEL BREECH; 2-BARREL PERCUSSION PISTOL ... Handsome and high quality double-barrel percussion pocket or overcoat pistol marked "F. Barnes & Co. London" on the top barrel flat. Over-and-under barrels of octagonal form, in one-piece. Single hammer and retractable hidden trigger that keeps it from snagging when drawn. A small spur on the underside of the frame shield the lower nipple to keep the percussion cap in place. Fire the top barrel, half cock the hammer, swivel the lower barrel to the top, full cock and fire. Barrel proofs on the side. Scroll and leaf engraving on the frame with a border. Hammer has a cut-out profile and engraved border with a figural thumbpiece imitating a fish, with scales at the midpoint and round circles for eyes near the tip. Very appealing. Inset lion-head figural buttcap, with an hexagonal thumb plate on an open section of the checkered grip. Grips are very nice. Butt cap and thumbpiece are brass or more likely "paktong" an alloy that develops a slightly gold cast. Barrels and frame are smooth metal, old blue mixed with aged gray in color. A nice gentleman's pistol of about 1840-50 meant for business. Roughly 9 inches overall and .45 caliber ... cbe-17067 ... $650.00 - SOLD

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16-03-11 ... ATTRACTIVE INSCRIBED COLT POCKET REVOLVER ... Nice six shot Colt pocket revolver with four inch barrel. Mechanically excellent, matching serial number 202639, giving it an 1862 date of manufacture. Loads of silver left on the brass. Nicely engraved "R.S. Hamilton" on the back strap. Two-line Hartford barrel address, very visible Colts Patent cylinder markings with number and 70% cylinder scene. Smooth gray barrel getting into visible faded case color on the loading assembly, frame and hammer. Tight wood to metal fit. A little wear along the edges. The name R. S. Hamilton is too common to pin down a definite identification, but the inscription is absolutely real and adds greatly to the appeal. There are five men shown on the civilwardata page named R.S. Hamilton, and dozens named R. Hamilton with middle initial not known. This revolver is appropriate for a Civil War officer, who had to supply his own weapons and gear. A very handsome example of Colt's most prolific revolver of the Civil War era ... a-17372 ... $1,250.00 - SOLD

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16-03-12 ... LOUISIANA TOWER ENFIELD DATED 1863 ... Crisp pattern 1853 Enfield rifle musket. Lockplate marked with crown at rear, "Tower" and "1863" forward of the hammer. Sights, rod, bands and swivels in place. Good edges to the wood. Clear barrel proofs at left breech. Very minor corrosion near the nipple from the fulminate of the percussion caps in firing. Metal is smooth, silvery gray with faint traces of blue. Good wood to metal fit. Slight hairline from the upper lock plate screw forward, but everything solid and firm. Butt shows a rack number "35" just forward of the buttplate tang. Deeply stamped in the brass trigger guard tang are the initials "LSM" next to the tang screw. This is the Louisiana State Militia, regiments of which were formed as early as 1864 in Federal held portions of the state and which continued to serve during reconstruction, regiments consisting mostly of Black and a few White residents of the state. Of note, the vast majority of LSM Enfields are captured Confederate guns, and this one has all the earmarks in terms of wear from wartime use. With an 1863 date, the odds of it being a captured rebel gun are even higher. By 1863 the north was not importing many guns, and the south was importing as many as possible. My personal opinion is that any Enfield dated 1864 was intended for the south and most dated 1863 were as well. This is an especially interesting gun with the history involved in the LSM ... noco ... $2,350.00 - SOLD

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16-03-13 ... AMES OFFICER'S SWORD ... US Model 1850 foot officer's sword. The regulation sword for infantry captains and lieutenants, the line officers who served in the front lines with their men. Blade etched with the maker's name near the ricasso, floral motifs on both sides of the blade, a US amidst them on one side and an eagle with ribband on the other. Gray blade mixed with some dark spots. The etching is not vivid, but is there. The edge shows some nicks. The point is good. The brass hilt shows a darker, aged patina. The grip has been restored with new leather and wire. No scabbard. A real US regulation Civil War officer's sword by a known maker at darn friendly price. I can't buy one at a local auction for anything close to this ... noco-tg395 ... $375.00 - SOLD

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16-03-14 ... POND REVOLVER MADE FOR SMITH AND WESSON ... Smith and Wesson's lawyers must have made a lot of money. They were kept busy suing various smaller gunmakers for infringing their patents. Lucius Pond went into business about 1861 producing a six-shot .32 caliber rimfire revolver. Maybe he thought fitting a small screwdriver in the butt would be enough to get him around Smith and Wesson's patent on the drilled-through cylinder. He was wrong, and his remaining inventory had Smith and Wesson markings added to them as part of the settlement of the law suit. This is a nice example of his iron frame version with a five inch barrel. Serial numbered 4839, with good grips and tight wood-to-metal fit. Mechanically good. Gray metal overall with some hints of old blue forward, a slightly darker cylinder, and hints of case color on the hammer. Pond 1860 patent markings on the top flat; Manufactured for Smith and Wesson 1855 patent date on the flat next to it. A small spring button on the left frame unlocks the barrel assembly, which pivots upward to load the cylinder. A neat little gun in good solid condition. 100% original and correct ... cej-17067 ... $750.00 - SOLD

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16-03-15 ... NEPPERHAN POCKET PISTOL / RICHMOND VIRGINIA? ... Attending the Baltimore Gun Show last week I heard a story about Nepperhan revolvers. Apparently there is a new book, or recent monograph published that relates the story of Nepperhan trying to sell his revolvers to the US government where he was rebuked due to the small caliber. Incensed he is reported to have travelled to Richmond where he was gladly received and sold 500 or 1000 pieces. I have not independently confirmed this report, but the collector who related the story to me was quite certain of the facts, and seemed on the level. This would give these scarce little pocket revolvers a real nice Confederate association. Nepperhans are similar to the Bacon and Manhattan revolvers in featuring a removable sideplate. The two-piece grips are in good condition with just slight wear at the upper left. Mechanics are good. Metal is mixed gray and plum brown with some very faint case on the receiver and darker cylinder. The cylinder retains much of its original blue finish, and the barrel sides retain hints of blue. Barrel markings on the top flat are a bit light, but are the second type mentioned by Flayderman used on guns over the 4,000 serial number range: "Nepperhan F.A. Co. Yonkers NY" Flayderman estimates a total run of about 5,000 starting in the early 1860s. 100% original and correct. Mechanically perfect. Quite scarce ... djj-120912 ... $850.00 - SOLD

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16-03-16 ... 22 Cal. SMITH AND WESSON MODEL No. 1, SECOND ISSUE REVOLVER ... .serial number 46326, about half way through a production run estimated at 117,00 between 1860 and 1868. A very popular 7-shot revolver. Despite its small caliber, these even show up with army officer's names engraved on them since they made an excellent pocket pistol. Crisp Smith and Wesson barrel markings. Mechanics ok though cylinder stop does not engage due to a weak spring. About 20 percent of the original silver finish on the brass. Barrel assembly showing faded blue, cylinder a mix of gray and silver. Grips are very good, some minor dings, with a tight wood-to-metal fit ... aej-bod-130907 ... $250.00 - SOLD

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16-03-17 ... Super Condition Remington Zouave Rifle ... The actual name for this rifle is the Remington 1863 Percussion Contract Rifle, but decades of calling it the Remington Zouave are hard to overcome. One of the most attractive rifles, their use is still something of a mystery, but it is known Remington produced some 12,501 of them from about 1862 to 1865. Designed with brass mounts, including a patch box, these were clearly on the old rifle patterns descended from the Mississippi rifle and 1855 Harpers Ferry. This one is in excellent condition. Sharp Remington lockplate markings and barrel proofs with matching 1863 dates, beautiful muted barrel blue, about 100% with just some gray speckling near the bolster. Near mint bore with seven groove rifling. Sharp wood with crisp cartouches on the offside, crisp "Steel" barrel stamp and barrel inspector initials on the left. The screwheads even show blue. Swivels, springs, bands, rod and sights in place. Stud in place at muzzle for the brass handled saber bayonet. Blue on the hammer screw and some light case on the lockplate, also has the extra nipple inside the patch box. You won't find one much nicer than this, and ours is priced lower than our competition for examples in the same condition ... noco ... $2,750.00 - SOLD

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16-03-18 ... SIGNED NATHANIEL COLES CDV- 13th NY CAVALRY- HE CHASED MOSBY ... Coles enlisted as a major in the 13th NY Cavalry at age 35, with a commission dated to June 20, 1863. He made lieutenant colonel as of 3/25/64 and served in the outfit until 8/17/65 when it was consolidated into the 3rd NY Provisional Cavalry, with whom he served until muster out on 9/21/65. Also called the Seymour Light Cavalry, the regiment served in the 22nd Corps. One of its first actions was the destruction of Lee's pontoon bridge and train at Falling Waters during the retreat from Gettysburg. It was better known, however, for a large number of smaller engagements and ambushes, particularly in service against Mosby. CWdata lists some 67 data entries for occasions when they took casualties. Coles is shown in a very dashing pose and outfit: he is shown full standing, wearing his officer's cap with crossed sabers, a short waist-length double-breasted officer's jacket piped at the collar, cuffs, and waist. A pair of thigh-high riding boots marks him as a cavalryman as well, and he casually wears one leather riding glove, while holding the other in one hand hooked into his lapel. He has signed the card very legibly at bottom front: "With regards of Nathaniel Coles, Maj. 13th N.Y. Cavalry." No backmark to the card. Minor stains at right not affecting the figure. A striking and dashing pose seldom encountered ... noco-little-mn ... $350.00 - SOLD

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16-03-20 ... EXTRA FINE CONDITION 2nd MODEL MAYNARD CAVALRY CARBINE ... Extra fine to excellent condition second model Maynard, known also as the Model 1863. Serial number 20980, showing crisp maker and patent markings on the frame and two crisp cartouches in the wood at the left wrist. Better than 80 percent blue on the barrel. Nice faded case colors on the frame, particularly on the right; more subdued on the left, mottled with some dark gray. Tight wood to metal fit. Some gray speckling on the butt plate and butt plate tang. A crescent wear spot on the left wrist from the sling ring shows this gun was actually issued and carried on a carbine sling. Mechanism good and tight. Super wood with crisp cartouches. These .50 caliber breechloaders were carried by the 9th Indiana and 11th Tennessee among other cavalry regiments. A very good looking Maynard that does not turn up like it used to. The only fault is that it will make you want to upgrade your other carbines. A real addition to a carbine or cavalry collection ... rpal-160206 ... $1,850.00 - SOLD

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16-03-21 ... RARE UNMARKED 1863 DATED MUSKET / A LONG KNOWN MYSTERY ... Unmarked US model 1861 rifle musket. Dated 1864 on the rear of the lockplate, and 1863 on the barrel flat. These muskets show up from time to time and an example is illustrated without comment on page 29 of Hartzler, Yantz and Whisker's book on the model 1861. No one knows for sure who made these, but suspicion has settled on Whitney, who was happy to supply "good and serviceable arms," particularly to states such as Connecticut, whose inspectors did not use gauges (this by his own testimony.) The result was that he was able to cut some corners and use a variety of parts from different sources, including rejects from other makers, that likely would not have measured up to Federal standards for quality or interchangeability.

Ours follows the usual pattern of having just an 1864 date behind the hammer, a V/P/eagle barrel proof and some other markings, in this case a "v" and an "m." There is also a visible "1863" date on the barrel flat. Some letters and numerals stamped in the wood are likely company, rack or unit numbers. Sights, swivels, bands, springs and rod are in place. Mechanism is good. Pleasing brown tone to the wood and to the barrel with some gray coming through at the edges of the bands, hammer, and bolster. Some faint blue to the early style stepped rear sight. Nipple shows use and there is an old chip out of the wood behind it and below the hammer. Some scattered dings and divots, a bit of wear to the top of the barrel channel. No visible cartouches. A scarce variant on the Springfield Model 1861 Rifle-Musket ... hej ... $1,500

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16-03-22 ... Model 1860 Italian Cavalry Saber by Schnitzler and Kirschbaum ... We are used to seeing S&K products for the American market, but the German makers were happy to supply arms elsewhere as well. Here's a model 1860 cavalry saber made by the firm in time for use in the later battles of the "Risorgimento" or "Resurgence," a series of wars that finally unified Italy. Very good iron hilt and steel scabbard. Full leather and wire wrap to the grip, pad still present under the guard. S&K stamp on one side of the ricasso and an Italian inspector acceptance stamp on the other. Blade has a good edge and point and is largely in the bright. Scabbard shows more gray spots over bright, but matches the hilt in an overall subdued pewter gray tone. My friend Jackie, a sharp Florida dealer, recently had one of these with a world-class brown ink tag that it had been taken from the dead body of cavalryman on one of the important battlefields. This is a hefty sword meant for business ... bjj-mil ... $295.00 - SOLD

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16-03-23 ... 1864 DATED ROBY LIGHT CAVALRY SABER ... Roby is the most readily identifiable maker of Civil War cavalry sabers behind Ames, and their products were in no way inferior. This one has a nice crisp Roby, Chelmsford, Mass., maker's mark on one side of the ricasso and a sharp US/1864/AGM mark on the other. The scabbard also shows an AGM inspector mark on the toe of the drag, a good indicator the saber and scabbard have been together forever. Untouched patina to the brass hilt. Nice leather on the grip. Full wire, slightly loose. Blade in the bright with just some scattered light gray clouding. Good undamaged edge and point. Scabbard shows gray with some brown crust. This could be cleaned, but is good as is. The sword was actually issued. There is a company letter "M" neatly stamped on the inside of the guard at the upper edge. A good looking, regulation Civil War Yankee trooper's saber in superior condition ... fjj-veg ... $725.00 - SOLD

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16-03-24 ... 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 ... $750.00

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16-03-25 ... CONFEDERATE PATTERN RE-ENACTOR'S RIFLE MADE WITH REAL PARTS ... Someone assembled a CS style rifle with 33 inch barrel using real US musket parts. The lock is an 1863 dated Springfield plate and the barrel may be off the same gun, shortened to 33 inches like a CS richmond: The barrel bands are the correct clamping bands for an 1863 Springfield. The lock markings are strong and the eagle on the bolster is good. The V/P/eagle barrel proofs are likewise strong. The rear sight is in place. No front sight. The wood shows two inspector cartouches on the offside, one the ESA cartouche of Erskine Allen at Springfield. Prominent on the other side is an eagle over a Whitney Arms Co. stamp, dating to 1863 and later, indicating the gun passed into their hands at some point, likely as surplus that was altered for sale on the commercial market. Does not have a proper rod. This is a darn affordable made-up Johnny Reb rifle good for display ... e ... $325.00 - SOLD

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16-03-26 ... MUCH BETTER THAN AVERAGE COLT ARMY REVOLVER ... A top drawer example of Colt's best revolver of the 1860s. Nice smooth even colored Colt .44 Army revolver serial number 35900, dating to 1862. The classic Civil War cavalryman's side arm, issued to Union troopers, and favored by Confederates as well. Mosby had a fondness for them, always carried a pair, and lost at least two pair during his service. Overall NRA Very Good++ Steel is an attractive gun metal grey mixed with plum patina. Matching numbers throughout. Good mechanics. Clear barrel address and cylinder scene with crisp patent markings. Colts Patent stamp on the frame a tad light on the left edge. Nipples not battered. Excellent grips. 100% original and complete. A truly superior example in today's market ... ahge ... $2,450.00 - SOLD

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16-03-27 ... 1850 STAFF AND FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD ... Regulation sword for field grade officers in infantry outfits: majors, lieutenant colonels and colonels, as well as staff officers such as the regimental adjutant. Similar to the foot officer's swords, but slightly longer, with a US in the guard, and carried in a metal scabbard- all the better for a mounted officer. Matching medium patina to the brass hilt and scabbard mounts. Sharkskin grip wrap mostly worn away, but the wire binding is present. Blade has a good edge and point, is mostly bright mixed with light gray, and shows light etching of floral motifs mixed with a "US" on one side and an American eagle and "E Pluribus Unum" ribband on the other. Scabbard shows fading to the blue. No maker or retailer stamps or etching but clearly a European (likely French) import sword. Blade has a stopped fuller. Leather pad is present at the blade shoulder. A good example of a regulation US Civil War infantry officer's sword at a very livable price ... cjj-mil ... $635.00 - SOLD

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16-02-28 ... Artillery Officer's Saber Made for US Market Likely S&K ... An interesting artillery officer's saber that is unmarked but shares characteristics with Roby and S&K versions. Artillery officer's sabers are scarce because of the small number of officers in that branch of service. Examples made by Ames, if you can find one, cost the price of a new Chrysler 200. Interestingly the 1841 regulations recognized this pattern for use by ordnance officers and "mounted officers artillery and infantry," i.e., light artillery officers of all ranks and infantry officers holding field and staff rank. This changed in the 1851 regulations where the pattern was designated exclusively for artillery commissioned officers. This example conforms to the Thillman Type-2 with a conventional scabbard with articulated throat. It is completely unmarked other than a small stamp on the ricasso. The grip is leather wrapped with standard twisted wire binding. The leaf design on the pommel and on the knuckle guard match up with those of Roby as well as Schnitzler and Kirschbaum (S&K) products. The blade is plain, unetched, with a good edge and light silver in color with some bright showing through overall. The scabbard is a pewter gray with some darker gray areas, but no dings or dents. The grip is formed by turned wood and the scabbard throat is soldered rather than riveted, both American characteristics. S&K supplied hilts to other makers according to Thillman... and it appears that this hilt is one of those. This sword was likely assembled in the US by a military goods dealer utilizing imported and American elements. It is a very scarce regulation sword in extremely good condition and suitable for any edged weapons collection, or an artillery display from the Mexican War through the Civil War. Wonderful example ... noco ... $1,250.00

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16-02-29 ... US 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 a nice example, 1864 dated and inspected. It was certainly made by Ames, but the Ames mark is too light on the ricasso to make out readily. The date and inspector marks are sharp, but the Ames scroll maker marks can be extremely light as is the case here. The grip leather and wire are good and tight, just a slight bit of wood exposed at the guard with a rubbed patina from the leather shrinking. The brass is medium dark 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 color on the outboard side on the lower portions. The left side has a couple small dents. Carrying rings and throat are firmly in place... ejj-17067 ... $695.00

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16-03-30 ... 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 - SOLD




16-03-31 ... VERY SCARCE PETTINGILL REVOLVER ... Pettingill Belt Model revolver. 4 inch barrel. 10 inches overall. 34 caliber. Serial number 573. "Pettingills Patent 1856" on the top of the frame and "Raymond & Robitaille Patented 1858" on the bottom. The first markings are sharp; the second are tougher to make out on the right. Silver gray mixed with a brown patina on all metal surfaces. 6-shot, .34 caliber. Flayderman estimates a production run of about 900 guns in the late 1850s, but numbered sequentially with earlier models. Some gunk around the nipples, but the nipples are not battered. Matching frame and cylinder numbers. An usual and somewhat sophisticated revolver using a hammerless frame and double action mechanism. VG. 100% original and complete. Mechanically perfect. Darn scarce ... a ... $1,750.00 - SOLD

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16-03-32 ... English Box-Lock Flintlock Pistol by Gill ... Near fine condition ... These were the British derringers of the early era: small pocket pistols that could be carried discreetly for self-defense by gentlemen in town, travelers, and even the military officer: Stephen Decaturhad a pocket pistol something like this when he shot a Barbary pirate he was wrestling with in a close-quarters boarding action. Plain, flat-sided grips with some dings and handling marks, but no breaks. 6 ¼ inches overall, about.45 caliber. Nice marking of “Gill” (the well known British arms maker anddealer) between some rudimentary flags, etc., on the side plate. Short turn-off barrel with lug enables the pistol to be tightly loaded at the breech, meaning it can fire a “forced ball” with much greater power at short range than you would think. Faded blue on the steelgiving a stronger purple toward the muzzle and mixing with gray toward the back. A nice little gun ... noco ... $525.00

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16-03-33 ... MINT 1864 CARTRIDGE BOX ... A superb 1864 pattern cartridge box designed to hold the infantryman's "40 rounds." About as nice as you can hope to find. Complete with all buckles and belt loops, latch tab and interior tins. These boxes utilized an embossed US on the front rather than a separate US box plate, but kept with the earlier design of a separate inner flap, implement pouch on the front of the box, and two tins, each holding a packet of ten cartridges in a bottom compartment, and ten cartridges out of their packs in open trays on top. Very sharp Metzger maker stamp on the left of the inner flap and a U.S. Ordnance sub-inspector stamp on the right side. Front flap is "new shoes mint". Minor alligatoring to the finish on the reverse bottom of the box. A little mold present on the stitching which is easily wiped away. This is the best example of cartridge box I have owned in years. Just like the old days ... noco ... $495.00 - SOLD

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16-03-34 ... 1880s Counterfeit Remington Double Deringer ... An exact period copy of Remington's .41 caliber rimfire two-shot deringer, probably the most recognizable pocket pistol in the world thanks to Hollywood western movies and TV shows. Top of barrel is marked with full Remington firm name and a patent date of 1863. But it isn't Remington's mark. It is an imitation or counterfeit marking struck in an odd die style ... likely European. The pistol is made every bit as well as a Remington, possibly better as this one does not have any crack in the hinge as seen on a large percentage of the Remington made guns, This model was extremely popular and was first produced by Remington in 1865. This patent infringement, counterfeit, Knock-Off was made around 1870 to 1880 and will make a super companion piece for a display of real Remington derringers in a Wild West display. Very good rosewood grips, about 40 percent remaining of original nickeled finish on the barrel assembly, barrels are smooth bore. Receiver a deep gray/brown. Batch number "22" on the barrel. Lever in place on right side. Handy to have at hand when your four kings and an ace get beaten by four aces and a king ... eej-ob ... $550.00 - SOLD

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16-03-40 ... 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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