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16-06-01 ... EXCEPTIONAL CIVIL WAR REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. ... SN 82541. Cal. 44. Among the most popular side arms of the Civil War, this government inspected Army revolver is in near new condition, dripping with original high luster factory blue. This appears to be unfired as there is still blue inside the chambers in the cylinder. The Remington was far superior to the Colt as the trooper could reload a fresh cylinder without the need for tools. In fact he could do so on horseback. The Colt required a mallet and drift to remove the cylinder. This gem retains 85 to 90% of its orig blue finish with the balance being a uniform plum color. Crisp bright bore. Extremely fine plus. Back strap is mostly plum. Hammer retains good case colors. Gun has crisp markings including 3-line bbl address & fine, well fit grips with bright inspector cartouche. Sub-inspector initials are stamped on most every part. The barrel on this revolver was never numbered. See the illustration. Your guess is as good as mine. The frame is numbered 82541. The cylinder is numbered 3156. One of the finest condition examples I have owned. $3,250.00 SOLD

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16-06-02 ... VERY SCARCE MARSTON - WESTERN ARMS - ROUND BARREL NAVY REVOLVER ... .36 caliber percussion, six-shot single action revolver 3rd model.  Serial number 749.  Roughly 500 third models were produced.  Another 500 first and second models were produced.  They had octagon barrels.   8" round barrel, marked WESTERN ARMS CO. N.Y. manufactured by W.W. Marston.  Ov.erall very good condition.  Steel is gun metal gray.  Light pitting on right side of the frame. Grips are VG to fine.  Mechanically perfect.  Loading lever marked 49 S.  Frame is marked S  749.  You do not see these round barrel Navy revolvers on the market but once every year or so.  Extremely scarce.  $2,250.00 SOLD

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16-06-03 ... Model 1842 Percussion US Navy Box Lock Pistol... These box lock pistols were made by either Ames or Deringer, and the one here is one by Ames and is marked on the lock “N.P. AMES / SPRINGFIELD / MASS” and the rear of the lock is stamped “USN / 1845”.  The gun is a 54 Caliber smoothbore with a 6” barrel. The barrel is marked on the breech with letter P.   The barrel has a plum brown patina.  The gun has a single brass barrel band, and a captured swivel style ramrod. The single piece wood stock is in VG condition, it does have an insignificant crack forward of the trigger guard tang, and a minor grain separation near the lock screw.  100% original and mechanically perfect.  A very affordable early American navy weapon from the Mexican War.  $975.00 SOLD

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16-06-04 ...1848 Dated Brass Batty "Peace Flask" ... One of the most attractive of all embossed flasks. An American eagle perches on arrows and olive branch above an oval of stars that surround a pair of clasped hands within a sunburst.  Below is a US on a shield which overlays a trophy of arms, instruments, helmet, and banners.  Both carrying rings are in place, as is the adjustable spout. Thumb piece and spring in place and functional, very clear BATTY maker's mark and 1848 date on the flat top. Known as the "peace" flask from the clasped hands, the original significance was more likely faithfulness or fidelity, but it's a striking design. Has a beautiful undisturbed age patina.  No dents or separation lines. A very nice flask dating just after the end of the Mexican War and to the beginning of expansion into the west. We sold one last week with several backups and picked up two more this past weekend.  A good early martial and frontier piece ... $495.00 SOLD

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16-06-05 ... 1853 DATED BATTY “PEACE FLASK ... America’s most handsome powder flask.  There are several different patterns of the peace flask, so called from the clasped hands motif, probably symbolizing more fidelity than peace per se.  Batty made two styles… one with triangular “rings” and one with circular rings.   This is an example of the latter work.  Copper body with no significant dents or creases, and with intact seams.  Brass cap and adjustable spout charger clearly stamped “Batty” along with the date “1853” and inspector’s initials “ADK”.   Spring and thumbpiece operate fine.  Impressive embossed motif of a US eagle surmounting a pair of clasped hands inside an oval sunburst cartouche surrounded by 20 stars, all over a trophy of arms with a superimposed shield bearing a large “US.”  Slightly deeper bronze tone to one side of the flask than the other, but both have an attractive mellow, aged patina. Both of the correct second pattern round rings are present for mounting on a shoulder belt.   Overall fine condition,  A very attractive example of the die-sinker’s art, a key US accoutrement, and a handsome piece of masculine Americana for the collection or den wall. We sold an identical example last week dated 1857 and had several backup requests.  This and the one above are the only two I have left ... $495.00

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16-06-06 ...RARE UNMARKED 1861 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 ... Priced like a gift. $1,150.00 SOLD

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16-06-07... 1849 Dated Harpers Ferry 1842 Musket: ... This was the last of the US .69 smoothbores for infantry of the line and the first of the percussion system for them as well and, of course, Harpers Ferry will always have a bit of romance attached to it as the "southern arsenal." This has nice light brown tones to the wood and deep pewter and faded brown to the metal. Moderate rounding to the wood edges, traces of a cartouche on the offside. Clear V/P/eagle barrel proofs. Lockplate with mottled faded grey and clear Harpers Ferry markings and 1849 date, making it just after the Mexican War, but made in plenty of time for early service in the west. Some slight pitting to the bolster from firing, but not much surrounding corrosion and a tight wood to metal fit at the breechplug tang. Hammer screw and nipple are older replacements. The rod is a reproduction. Minor chip in wood at rear of lockplate, nice sharp edge along wrist behind the hammer. Three short vertical lines and a "7" carved in the outboard butt stock flat, that could also be an upside down Roman numeral "LIII" ("58.") Mechanically good, all swivels, bands, springs and bayonet stud in place. All original and complete except for a replaced hammer screw.  A nice example of a U.S. regulation arm firing "buck and ball" that was widely used during the war. Fresh from a local collector's estate ... ejj-may ... Bargain priced  $850.00 SOLD

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16-06-08 ... 1864 Cavalry Saber by Emerson & Silver with Matching Inspected Scabbard... Nice 1860 pattern light cavalry saber by Emerson and Silver dated 1864. Blade shows bright with some dull silver and thin gray clouding, but with a good edge and point, no pitting and very legible markings on either side of the ricasso. A bonus is that the inspector mark on the blade, DFM, is also found on the drag of the scabbard. Inspector marks on the drags are often invisible from wear and age so its nice to see them. It's doubly nice that these match the blade marks since swords and scabbards were switched around so often. The scabbard is a dull gray with some brown patches and some dappled pitting on the drag, but the rings and throat are present and there are no horrendous dings or dents. The pad is still present on the underside of the guard. The upper part of the counterguard has a downward turn that shows something hit it at some point, leaving a small gap between the brass and the start of the leather and wire wrapped grip. Original grip leather and wire present and tight. Some abrasion to the very top of the grip letting some of the wood show through. Nice mellow patina to the brass. A good example of the regulation cavalry trooper's weapon. Priced like a Christmas present ... d-17175-bradf ... $595.00 SOLD

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16-06-09 ... 1852 Dated Harpers Ferry '42 Musket ... Weapons produced by the quintessential "southern arsenal" always have a strong collector appeal.  Their southern manufacture, and association,  given John Brown's raid on the installation and its seizure by Confederate forces at the beginning of the war, all give the Harpers Ferry longarms an historic and romantic association that Springfield arms have a hard time rivaling.    Here is a very 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. 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 and totally appropriate for display with CS or US equipment. Priced about as friendly as I can get for a Harpers Ferry...  $1,050.00

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16-06-10 ... Sixth Plate Ohio Volunteer Militia Soldier Showing a Super Rare OVM Plate... This sixth-plate image with matt, glass and frame shows a very early war armed Ohio soldier holding up his cocked musket for the camera. His cartridge box sling is visible across his chest and his waistbelt carries his cap box and bayonet. Best of all, his oval "OVM" plate is sharp and clearly shown, indicating he is a member of the Ohio Volunteer Militia.   Further backing up an early-war time frame is the light color of his jacket.  A few low numbered units like the 15th, 17th, 19th and 20th regiments received gray shell jackets, such as this.   He seems to wear a darker standard issue forage cap, but his sleeve also shows an inverted chevron, also far more typical of early-war insignia than later, which tended to mimic current federal regulations. Our man has moved his musket slightly, giving it a slight blur, but the uniform content is great, and the OVM makes it super ... $1,250.00

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16-06-11 ...73RD PENNA SOLDIER’S FOLDING KNIFE, FORK, SPOON MESS SET ... Standard Union Army Knife marked mess set in excellent condition accompanied by a nice tag which reads  “Grampa Othomar Hauslar’s knife fork & spoon carried by him in the Civil War. Regular Army Equipment”.  The grandson who wrote the tag was incorrect about the set being “Regular Army Equipment”, such sets had to be privately purchased by the soldiers themselves.   The owner was Othomar Hausler  Co. C  73rd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers.  He served from August 1861 through August 1864.  During this time the regiment saw battle at Bull Run (216 killed & wounded there), Chancellorsville (13 killed 54 wounded 39 missing there) , Gettysburg (8 killed 4 wounded), Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Petersburg, and more.  A great tagged artifact carried by a soldier in a hard fighting regiment.  $595.00 SOLD

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16-06-12 ...Model 1873 Trapdoor Rifle ... A nice honest Springfield trapdoor rifle.  NRA very good.  All original and complete.  Mechanically perfect.   Numbered 73918, this rifle falls at the tail end of the 1873 production.  Stock has been varnished.  ESA cartouche in an oval is still very legible.  Has proper high arch breech block marked US Model 1873.   All metal is a smooth plum color.  Lock is 1877 style marked US Springfield with the eagle.  Minor handling marks, no cracks or chips. A good gun that was probably issued to a regular army unit soon after manufacture for service out west and later reissued to a state unit.    A solid example of a scarce trapdoor rifle.  $795.00

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16-06-13 ... Handsome 1820s Era American Eagle Head Sword ... Very solid early weapon in VG condition.  35 inches overall length in scabbard.  29 inch blade.  Nice bone grip. Handsome brass scabbard.  Sword signed Keller. Suspension button missing from scabbard, otherwise complete.   $695.00 SOLD

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16-06-14 ...Solid Army Issue Holster for Cavalry ... Regulation full flap holster for the Colt or Remington Army or Navy revolvers.  VG to fine condition.  Complete including the plug in the base.  Well done repair on the latch tab.  Much better than most we see.  $575.00 SOLD

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16-06-15 ... SECOND MODLE MERRILL CARBINE ... Cleverly designed breech-loader using a lever and plunger system. Merrill produced some 14,495 of these .54 caliber carbines and, according to Flayderman, Civil War government purchases were “substantial.” Here’s a decent “second type” made without the patchbox and using rounded side-buttons on the latch of the breech lever and a serial number of 14,245. The Merrill 1858 patent date on the lever is sharp, as is the 1863 lock plate date, eagle forward of the hammer, and Merrill maker and patent stamps, just a tad light at the upper left and bottom edge of the lower line. The mechanism is good. The bore is excellent. The brass has a mellow, untouched patina. Both sights, the barrel band, and the sling bar and ring are in place. The barrel is a smooth plum brown mixed with bits of silver gray, and there are faint traces of case color on the lock plate. A set of initials, “CWH” is carved above the side bar. It might be possible to come up with some potential matches with cavalry men by cross referencing these against regiments armed with Merrills, but I leave that to the next fellow. Various other small dings and scratches, along with an “A” carved in the left butt flat. Merrills saw heavy service on both sides. I have personally owned two carried by Virginia Confederates. The 1st and 5th NY Cav., the 11th and 17th PA Cavalry, among Federal units had them, and I even owned one carried by a Virginia Trooper in Ashby's Cavalry some years ago. One of the classic Civil War cavalry carbines, and a product of Baltimore as well. ... afjj ... $2150.00.

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16-06-16 ... EARLY WAR FOUR-SCREW COLT ARMY ... Nice early example of the classic 1860 .44 Caliber Colt Army Revolver showing the four-screw frame indicating its intended use with a shoulder stock.   Serial number 43032, matching on all parts except the wedge which bears 17320.  This gun was  manufactured in 1862, the wedge came from an 1861 gun and was likely replaced in 1862 when a trooper lost his wedge.  Colt patent markings on lower left of frame.  Barrel markings are a little rubbed on “New-York” and sighting groove has been cut into “America.”   Cylinder markings are very legible,  scene is about 20%.  Metal is uniformly smooth and silver gray, and was obviously cleaned at some time in the late 20th century.   Some darker gray spots near the muzzle and just forward of the cylinder,  likely from firing.  Grips rate excellent with no dings or chips and a tight fit to the metal.  Mechanism is good and bore is decent.   The quintessential cavalry sidearm in a desirable early-war configuration and NRA very good condition... noco ... $1,795.00 SOLD

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16-06-17 ... 1864 PROVIDENCE TOOL MUSKET ... 1864-dated example of a Springfield pattern 1861 US rifle musket produced on contract by the Providence Tool Company. It took time for the various contractors for the 1861 pattern rifle muskets to get into production so even while the Springfield Armory was changing to the 1863 and 1864 patterns the contractors were mostly delivering the 1861s. The Providence Tool Co. of Rhode Island supplied about 70,000 of these guns in 1864 and 1865. This has a smooth gray and brown barrel with clear barrel proof and view markings at the left breech and an obliterated barrel date. Partially rubbed maker's stamp forward of the hammer, but no doubt who it is. Has the distinctive double line "US" on the butt plate which is peculiar to Providence Tool muskets. A little corrosion around the nipple and on the bolster from actual firing. Slight rounding to the edges of the wood from handling, but the remains of an inspector's cartouche on the offside is barely visible. Sights, bands, springs, swivels and ramrod in place. The rear sight even shows a little original blue and is the early style with little back step on the base. An Enfield nipple protector is attached to the lower swivel. It came with the rifle and I have left it in place. Clearly an issued and field-used rifle, and a nice solid example of the classic Civil War infantry long arm ... ark-hjj ... $1,000.00

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16-06-18 ... MACE, READING, PERCUSSION PISTOL ... Large bore percussion single shot pistol by Mace of Reading, England. Elegantly engraved lock with sliding hammer safety. Lock shows a deep pewter color with no corrosion and the barrel is a faded blue turned light plum brown, showing traces of what was probably a faux-damascus bluing. Bag shaped checkered grips with a clipped-corner rectangular thumbplate in silver. Nicely engraved... Even the bolster and side screw are engraved. A couple of minor dings around the lock mortise, original(?) horn-tipped ramrod. These are often called overcoat pistols from their convenient size for carrying, but became popular as "coaching" pistols when the road system improved enough to permit travel by coach rather than horseback. Highwaymen were still a threat to travelers, and this pistol was a good defense weapon. Ca 1845. VG++ ... noco ... $825.00

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16-06-19 ... Hardees 1861 Infantry Tactics Manual:  This is the standard War Department printing of Hardee’s manual being both volumes printed in one. No mention of Hardee is made as he had cast his lot with the rebs and the USA was not about to give him credit for writing the treatise. The book shows honest handling and wear but is complete and solid. Published by Lippincott in 1862.  A must for officer’s display  $175.00 SOLD

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16-06-20... Hardees 1861 Infantry Tactics Manual... This is the standard War Department printing of Hardee’s manual being both volumes printed in one. No mention of Hardee is made as he had cast his lot with the rebs and the USA was not about to give him credit for writing the treatise. The book shows honest handling and wear.  The initial blank fly leaves are missing, otherwise complete.  Heck maybe the officer used the blank fly leaf papers to write battlefield orders on… or maybe he needed them for the privy. Published by Lippincott in 1863.  A must for officer’s display   $140.00 SOLD

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16-06-21 ... 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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