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16-07-01 ... Extremely Fine Condition 1851 Colt Navy Revolver Made in 1861 ! ...One of the finest examples currently for sale. Rates an NRA "fine" to near "Excellent" grading.   Truly magnificent.   75% blue, 70% case color, 100% scene, all matched serial numbers.  Stellar!  One of the best looking and most popular percussion revolvers ever made, the .36 caliber Colt Navy is a key weapon in any CW collection.   Crisp barrel address and Colt patent and caliber markings on lower frame and trigger guard.  No wear to the edges. Tight wood to metal fit. Excellent grips. Attractive tone to the brass.  Mechanically perfect.  A truly wonderful example.  Serial number 108214 throughout which proves 1861 production.   A favored sidearm of both north and south during the Civil War, this specimen outshines 98% of all surviving navies. An investment grade Colt.  $4,400.00.SOLD

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16-07-02 ...INCREDIBLY RARE, MASSIVE  ADAMS .50 CALIBER DOUBLE ACTION DRAGOON REVOLVER with ULTRA RARE BRAZIER’S PATENT LOADING LEVER / STRONG CONFEDERATE ASSOCIATION ...This is one of the rarest of all Civil War revolvers. This is the first example I have personally found.  It is a massive .50 caliber (38 bore in English parlance)  revolving hand cannon, guaranteed to cause extreme harm even with a glancing shot. Robert Adams manufactured these revolvers, under his solid frame patent, and some of these ultra rare 50 caliber revolvers were purchased by, or given to those in the Confederate high command.   It is a solid frame revolver which makes the pistol incredibly strong, and fully up to the task of throwing .50 caliber bullets with mountains of black powder behind them. The gun is clearly marked on the right side of the frame ADAMS PATENT No 25011 / B9340.  The top strap of the frame is engraved “Wilkinson & Son 27 Pall Mall London”  The loading lever is marked “Joseph Brazier’s Patent No. 720”.   Frame is nicely hand engraved.  Condition is near fine with hints of finish in protected areas.  It is 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. Quoting my friend, and English Arms Expert Tim Prince at College Hill Arsenal… “… According to documents in the National Archives, eight cased Adams M-1851 38-Bore “Dragoon” revolvers were included in the cargo of the ill fated blockade runner Elizabeth.  The Elizabeth was owned by John Fraser & Co and was captured on May 29, 1862 while trying to enter the port of Charleston, SC. Listed in the cargo manifest was a case of revolvers, marked A within a rhomboid, and the case contained “eight Deane, Adams & Deane 8 inch revolvers, in cases complete”... Further indication that these large bore revolvers saw use during the war is a dug example with a 7 ½” barrel that was recovered near Brandy Station by a relic hunter in the 1960’s. This dug example with its history and provenance recently sold from an Internet relic web site… “   Rarer by far than most Confederate made revolvers… top end condition, and a true conversation piece. $3,950.00 SOLD

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16-07-03 ...LARGE BORE BELT PISTOL ....58 caliber, smooth bore, single shot percussion pistol with a Damascus or faux Damascus barrel. Checkered round bag style grips with brass buttcap containing brass a hinged lid and compartment for percussion caps and patches. Brass trigger guard and oval thumb plate. Hammer, lock plate, breech plug tang and trigger guard engraved with matching leafy, floral motifs. Octagonal barrel is 4 ¾ inches long and shows very visibly a Damascus watermark pattern with some brown/pewter areas. Overall length of the pistol is about ten inches. Front sight in place. The pistol is fitted with a swivel ramrod. The ramrod channel shows commensurate wear on the edges that is typical for guns with swivel captured rods. Lock is back-action and secured with a single screw on the reverse side. The lock color shows silver with a bit of gray. Hammer shows some case color near the top. Hammer screw likely a period replacement. It seems small to me. Nipple is good, also possibly a period replacement. No markings that I can see. A nice traveler’s pistol of the early 1850s. $495.00 SOLD

 

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16-07-04 ...WEBSTER’S REGIMENT PRESENTATION OFFICER’S SWORD WITH GREAT PROVENANCE...

Model 1850 foot officer’s sword in a metal scabbard presented to, “Lieut. Robt. Nichols from Webster’s Regiment May 1861.” Excellent condition with full, original sharkskin grip wrap and wire showing very little wear, just enough to show it was carried. Brass has a nice untouched mellow patina. The sword itself is a French made blade with wide and a narrow fuller and a couple of maker’s marks low on the ricasso.

Red pad is still present at the blade shoulder. Cast and chased floral motifs on the counterguard are crisp. Blade has super edge and point, un-etched, very bright with just a few small brown spots showing near the hilt and a couple of inches from the tip. Scabbard still preserves just about all of its muted bluing. Brass throat, mounts and drag are in place.

“Webster’s Regiment” was another name for the 12th Mass. Infantry recruited by Col. Fletcher Webster, son of Daniel Webster. Nichols had been prominent in militia affairs for some time, showing up as an aide-de-camp to a Mass. militia general in the 1840s. At the outbreak of the war he was in the Second Battalion of Mass. Militia and accompanied them as Sergeant Major on April 29, 1861, to their post as garrison of Fort Warren in Boston Harbor. Reminiscences of George Kimball of the 12th Mass have been published by Alan Gaff and Gaff has a note about Nichols based on contemporary newspaper accounts (he mentions the Boston Post of May 27 and June 10 1861:

“When the Second Battalion of Militia returned to Boston in May, Nichols remained in Fort Warren as acting adjutant of the Twelfth Massachusetts, as well as brigade major for all troops stationed at that post. The following month the Webster Committee presented him with and elegant French sword, belt, sash, and set of epaulets in appreciation for his efforts for the regiment. He rejoined the Second Battalion and served as adjutant until his elevation to major in August 1862. Nichols was commissioned major of the Forty-third Massachusetts but was forced to resign because of an affliction of his eyes that effectually ended his military career. He died in the Insane Asylum in Worcester, Massachusetts, on August 16, 1894.”

The 43rd Massachusetts was a nine month Massachusetts regiment that based formed on the Second Battalion as a core. the militia unit A really splendid presentation sword with a contemporary record of its presentation. ... $2,250.00 SOLD

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16-07-05 ...Rare and Massive Civil War 1863 Ulysses S. Grant Mint Medal, Julian-MI-29, Large Size... An impressive piece of art. The actual solid gold medal awarded to U.S. Grant resides in the Smithsonian in a gold mounted ebony box.  This medal is struck from the same original die and was done during the war.  It is bronzed copper, 105 mm, 10 mm thick, 502 grams (18 ounces).  Imagine how much the solid gold medal must weigh.  An impressive example of this rare Civil War medal, dated December 17, 1863. Obverse struck "MAJOR GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT / JOINT RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS / December 17, 1863", ornate border with double rings and gun boats. Signed ATROBUS  and PAQUET.  Reverse is a beautiful strike of Commerce looking down at Vicksburg and Chattanooga, with a wonderful rendition of the trophies of war. She bears a shield emblazoned DONELSON.  Designed by Anthony C. Paquet, this piece is technically a medallion (defined as more than three inches in diameter) since it is more than four inches across. A beautiful example, with a couple light dings on the edge and a small amount of discoloration.  Outstanding undisturbed age patina. One of these medallions sold at Heritage Auction in September 2008 for $2,990.00 including the buyer's premium.  I found this example for near nothing...  and will sell it for $1,450.00. SOLD

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16-07-06 ... Extra Fine Cooper Double Action Revolver ...A nice Cooper third model pocket revolver showing lots of case color on the frame and hammer and lots of nice blue on the cylinder and barrel. These double-action .31 revolvers were made in Pittsburgh and then in Philadelphia starting about 1864. This has matching serial number 11213, placing it early in the third model series that Flayderman says started about number 11,000. Very nice even mellow patina to the brass. Practically unblemished varnished grips, just one or two fingernail size indentations. The best part is the color: luminescent blue on the cylinder, a thin blue on the barrel showing bright just at the high points of the ridges, and a swirl of those "gasoline on water" colors you want to see on a frame. Full, correct three-line barrel markings for this model which omit the 1859 patent information and add 1863 dates, just a bit lightly stamped in the second and third lines toward the right (these were not as elegantly applied as Col. Colt's.) A very nice gun that will make you want to upgrade most everything else in your collection ... vadcg-ej-16895 ... $1,695.00

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16-07-07 ... 1851 Colt Navy Revolver Made in 1863 ...One of the best looking and most popular percussion revolvers ever made.  The .36 caliber Colt Navy is a key weapon in any CW collection. Ours has smooth metal with grey patina shifting to brown. Clear barrel address and Colt patent and caliber markings on lower frame and trigger guard. Edges lightly worn. No scene on the cylinder, which is gray with some brown and some spotting and minor pitting. Small dings around the right side of the wedge where someone tapped too aggressively while removing it. Tight wood to metal fit. Excellent grips. Medium tone to the brass.   Action fair ... it cocks and indexes but not crisply.  Front sight in place. Serial number 169580 throughout except for the loading lever and cylinder which bear #7317. This is unquestionably a wartime marriage of two damaged Colts which were repaired in the field. The fulcrum screw in the loading lever is replaced with a peened over pin, done during the period. A favored sidearm of both north and south during the Civil War.  Ultra close examination reveals a very slight bulge in the barrel just above and forward of the wedge. A very handsome and affordable example ... ex-szym... ... $1,050.00 SOLD

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16-07-08 ...THE ABSOLUTE BEST PATINA POSSIBLE ON A US OVAL BUCKLE: ...This waist belt plate came to me on the worlds worst leather set from a picker in Detroit (my childhood hometown).  The leather was attic dry, broken, and horrible.  But the buckle had the absolute finest non-dug age patina I have ever seen.  So I removed the plate from the leather.  It is a standard issue mid-war US infantryman's buckle with arrow hooks and beveled prong.  The patina is wonderful, superb, beautiful, incredible.  It took over 150 years to acquire this patina and it couldn't be duplicated in another 150 years.  Guaranteed to have been worn during the war.  I am charging 200 for the plate and 75 for the patina.  $275.00 SOLD

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16-07-09 ..REGULATION CIVIL WAR US CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE ...Excellent non-dug condition with full lead-solder fill and both iron wire loops firmly in place on the back. Has a couple scrapes in the lead from bouncing around in a junk drawer somewhere.  No dings on face.  If you have a cartridge box in need of a plate here you go.  Nice age patina. $189.00 SOLD

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16-07-10 ...AFFORDABLE REAL CIVIL WAR SOLDIER'S DIARY 45th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY ...The yank that owned this did not care much about making entries in his trusty pocket diary.  He used it as a sort of address book in the front and didn't fill in anything in the middle.  Some of the early pages and also some of the very last pages were intentionally torn out presumably by soldier Howard.  I will bet he removed the diary entries when he elected to use the book for addresses.  Front of leatherette cover is gilt embossed "DIARY 1864"   Civil War Data Systems provides the following information about the soldier... Charles A. Howard  Residence Southbridge MA; a 22 year-old Farmer.  Enlisted on 9/15/1862 as a Private.  On 9/26/1862 he mustered into "A" Co. MA 45th Infantry  He was Mustered Out on 7/7/1863 at Readville, MA.     Other Information:  born in 1840 in New York City, NY.   Member of GAR Post # 61 (Nathaniel Lyon) in Webster, MA.  died 4/3/1912   Buried: Wilsonville Cemetery, Thompson, Windham Co., CT.  (Wife: Lucinda died 1871 age 25).  Front of diary is nicely stenciled with his name and unit ID.  Also bears his home town in script as well as "Jan. 1st 1864".. No content per-se but perfect for display. Really affordable.   $125.00 SOLD

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16-07-11 ...CAVALRY TROOPER’S BUCKLE .. Regulation 1851 pattern enlisted man’s saber belt plate.  This is the mid-war variety that fits the slightly wider saber belts and features a one-piece applied wreath that is surrounded by the cast rays of the sun forming the plate’s background.  Very nice condition with a mellow patina and just a few dark spots on the reverse.  Has casting dimple on the back and a short narrow tongue.   A bench number stamped at lower left reverse, which was used to keep the plate and hasp together during final hand finishing. A regulation saber belt plate that does not show up any more the way it used to.  $285.00 SOLD

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16-07-12 ...FIRST MODEL PLANT REVOLVER ..Beyond scarce,… Flayderman says fewer than 100 of these first models were made, making this an exceedingly rare gun in exceptionally fine condition. The barrel assembly preserves a wonderful, lustrous blue finish. Somewhat stronger on the left side near the cylinder than the right, the blue thins out a bit on the right flat near the muzzle, but the finish in very strong on the upper flats and the gun is impressive in the hand. These first models look very much like the Smith and Wessons they were meant to rival. Their .42 caliber meant they packed more of a punch and the front loading cylinders were intended to avoid patents held by that company. The use of a metallic cartridge meant that officers especially liked them since there was no fussing around with percussion caps or wet skin and paper cartridges. The cylinder shows a dull silver, as is usual for the part of the gun most in contact with other surfaces. It has sharp, visible patent markings. The brass has an untouched mellow patina and the grips are excellent, with just one minor chip on the outside right edge of the hell of the butt. Crisp, legible Plant company barrel markings on the top flat and a Merwin and Bray (M & B) agent stamp on the left frame forward of the cylinder. An exceptional pistol that you won’t have another chance to see, much less buy, in a very long time. The best currently on the market. $3,500.00 SOLD

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16-07-13 ... CIVIL WAR OFFICER’S BUCKLE ...Regulation 1851 pattern sword belt plate for officers. Enlisted sword belt plates were made with an applied nickel or “German silver” wreath below the central eagle motif where the belt plates for officers featured an integrally cast wreath that was given a light silver wash, as were sometimes the stars over the eagle’s head.  The silver wash quickly wore off, however, and officers’ plates usually look less fancy than the issue enlisted plates, with only the cast wreath and the better quality die work as the give-aways.  Ours is a very attractive example of a good quality plate with no bends to the side bar and short narrow width tongue on the reverse.   $250.00 SOLD

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16-07-14 ...Allen and Wheelock 32 Caliber Pocket Revolver ...This is the A&W 32 rimfire caliber side-hammer revolver. These were made 1859 to 1862 and were a handy self defense revolver of which many were carried by soldiers in the Civil War.  Overall VG+ condition.  All metal is grey steel color with strong markings and no pitting. Grips are likewise VG. Mechanically fine --- and a good looking antique revolver. This one has the longer 4 ¾  inch barrel. A really appealing early Civil War gun. $595.00. SOLD

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16-07-15 ..Possibly Virginia Purchased - Very Scarce Mass. Arms Adams Navy Revolver SN 517 ... One of the scarcer Civil War sidearms is this 36 caliber American made Adams double action revolver. Flayderman’s book states that around one thousand were made. In actuality there were likely around 1500 of these revolvers produced, in either event a darn scarce firearm.  My friend and arms scholar Tim Prince of College Hill Arsenal has done quite a bit of research on the Adams and makes the following observations ---- “Several hundred were martial examples sold to the Federal Army, and around 1000 were sold to Virginia in 1860. On July 24, 1858 The Massachusetts Arms Company delivered the first 250 of the Beaumont-Adams revolvers to the Ordnance Department, and delivered another 150 on August 17 and the last 100 on September 4 of the same year.  It is believed that the highest serial number delivered to the US Ordnance Department was 609.  The State of Virginia purchased 1,000 “Deane & Adams” pistols and the same number of cavalry sabers from the Ames Manufacturing Company (also of Chicopee Falls, MA) in May of 1860.  These guns were apparently delivered from Massachusetts Arms Company stock on hand.”  As a footnote - a total of 41 of the revolvers were sent to the State of Pennsylvania in fiscal year 1860 (August 1859 – July 1860) under the Militia Act of 1808.  In September of 1858 250 of the revolvers were sent from the New York Arsenal to the Saint Louis Arsenal, where they were in storage at the outbreak of the war.   This wonderful revolver is NRA “very good ++” condition. All serial numbers match “517” except the cylinder which bears “438 T” but has obviously been on the revolver since the Civil War as it is IDENTICAL in condition, color, and quality.   The last one of these I sold in 2010 also had a mismatched cylinder serial number.  It is mechanically perfect, nicely patinated, and not buggered with in any fashion. A superb example of a very scarce Civil War revolver with strong CSA association… $2,195.00 SOLD

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16-07-16 ...SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR CARBINE POSSIBLY 7th US CAVALRY ...Shades of the Seventh Cavalry! Nice example of the Indian War US cavalry trooper’s carbine. Issued in 1873, these single shot breech loaders were intended to replace guns like the Spencer, which fired a cartridge considered underpowered for longer ranges on the open plains. We type them all as .45-70, but the carbine cartridges were actually furnished with something like 55 grains of powder to reduce the recoil. Ours is the 1879 version with various upgrades as it remained in service. The major difference between this and the earlier versions is the use of a heavier breechblock (the “low arch” version) and a shorter, thicker wrist on the stock. Both sights are in place, as is the sling bar and ring for the trooper’s carbine sling. Lock has three-click tumbler. Trigger is smooth surfaced. Butt has tool compartment. The wood has good color and is in good condition with the exception of a small round wood repair just aft of the sling ring bar. At that point there is a perfect circular inlay of replaced wood. I have no idea why. Stock is not cartouched. Metal is smooth, mostly gun metal grey mixed with tan patina. The lock and receiver markings are correct and crisp. There is a slight bit of crustiness on the butt plate, but nothing horrible. The serial number is 143089, which places it just between 143087 and 143093, which are recorded in hands of Troop L of the 7th Cavalry in 1888, so there is a chance this saw action in the last Indian War actions of the unit at Wounded Knee, etc. The quintessential US cavalry weapon of the plains wars. $2250.00 SOLD

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16-07-17 ...AUSTRIAN LORENZ RIFLE ...The Austrian Lorenz rifle was imported in large numbers by north and south.  They were carried by Wisconsin Iron Brigade soldiers and many many Tennessee Confederates.  Used in both its originally .54 caliber configuration and sometimes bored out to .58, it was accurate and generally well liked.  Ours is in original .54 caliber and has nice edges to the wood, which I believe is Birch.  There are a few dings here and there, but shows very well the warm brown tones.  This is overall Very Good condition.  It is 100% original,  100% complete, and mechanically perfect.  The bore is likewise VG.  The steel surfaces are a nice mixture of light brown and steel grey.   Folding rear sight and front sight in place, as are the bands, springs, swivels and correct ramrod.  The lockplate shows an 1861 date (they only used the last three digits of the year: “861”)  There are scattered Austrian maker and inspector (?) marks, but the name “H. Birch” is deeply struck in the wood on the left flat and is certainly American.   A quick database search turns up 8 Yankee and 2 Confederate candidates. Searching unit arms issues could narrow it down, but I will leave that project for you. Good action and bore.  A key Civil War infantry arm.  I can probably outfit you with a correct Austrian Lorenz bayonet as well for a slight additional charge.  Much better than most we see on the market.  A really good one!   $1,250.00 SOLD

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16-07-18 ...CIVIL WAR FORAGE CAP 100% COMPLETE ...Classic Union soldier’s forage cap, aka bummer’s cap, aka fatigue cap with a great George Hoff maker’s label still inside.  Hoff had a number of US contracts for caps from 1861 through 1864.  This is what some collectors refer to as a “Type-1” with its smaller crown and slightly curving visor.  It is lower crowned than the L.J. & I Phillips contract caps.  We know the 140th Penna was issued contract caps of this precise pattern. (see illus.)  Has full polished cotton lining and sweatband in place. The chinstrap with side buttons and slide buckle in place as well. Fabric and color are excellent. Some minor stains from the cap resting flat and the wool touching the tarred leather visor and chinstrap, but nothing too unpleasant. In fact it gives it just the right appearance of some use.  I have owned a great many caps over the years and never get tired of them.  The quintessential piece of Civil War headgear, 100% complete, with the contractor’s label still in place.  This has been in an ages-old collection forever, and the owner traded it to me last month to help defray the cost of a genuine corps badge cap he was buying from me.  I am pricing it fractionally above what I allowed in trade for it.  You will be hard pressed to find another complete original cap priced at….   $2,100.00 SOLD

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16-07-19 ...RARE LARGE SIZE ENGLISH FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS PISTOL WITH SPRING LOADED BAYONET ... A wonderful early pistol circa 1810.  Overall near fine condition just needing a ram rod.  Brass frame with box lock mechanism.  Walnut grip.  Brass barrel flaring to around 75 caliber at the muzzle.  Spring loaded bayonet attached and functional. Large size measuring 11 inches overall length.  Unmarked but clearly English made.  A superb antique arm with great appeal and visual impact.  $2,250.00 SOLD

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16-07-20 ...Smith & Wesson No.2 Army Revolver ... These .32 caliber rimfire revolvers were favorite private purchase weapons by officers and enlisted men alike during the Civil War. Unlike Colt"s and Remington"s percussion skin cartridges, the S&W self-contained "fixed metallic" cartridges were impervious to wet weather and jostling by a soldier. Nicely proportioned six-inch barrel shows even gray patina with some factory blue in protected areas mixed with dark age patina. Good grips with small chip and light crack on the left side. Inconsequential. The barrel markings are crisp. Serial number 19843 proves solid war date production... likely early 1863. An example in the 15,000 serial range shows in factory records as sold to Storrs in NY in Dec. 1862. War date numbers run into the 35,000 range... possibly higher. Ours in the 19,000 range will certainly hit in 1863. This one is overall VG condition. 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. They were popular with early westerners as well: Custer had a pair of these, and Wild Bill Hickok owned one also. I personally have a cased inscribed pair that were presented to a one-armed officer. A wonderful irony. A solid, Civil War Smith & Wesson Army revolver at a darn friendly price. $775.00 SOLD

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16-07-21 ...Percussion Double Barrel Shotgun ...A very handsome and stately 1850-1860 era double barrel 10 gauge scattergun in NRA “very good”++ condition.  Locks and barrel are signed “George Gelston”.  A solid utilty grade shotgun with no frills.  Solidly made.    34 inch barrels.  Completely original with no repairs or replaced parts.  One escutcheon missing at the barrel key.  Mechanically perfect.  The metal surfaces all exhibit a delicate bronze-brown age patina.  Perfect to display with Confederate cavalry effects or other like quality antique guns. $295.00 SOLD

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16-07-22 ...1/6 PLATE TINTYPE DASHING YOUNG ZOUAVE W/FAMILY NOTE ...Seated, knees-up view of a Collis Zouave. Wearing the characteristic Zouave uniform of the 114th Pennsylvania, this young soldier has elected to wear a casual forage cap rather than his zouave fez for his visit to the photographer, but the open tombeaux on his jacket, the lapel trim, and lighter color cuff with chevron and quatrefoil above, leave no doubt about his unit. The regiment was a hard fighting unit that lost 7 officers and 66 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded. From October 1862 to March 1864 it served in the Third Corps and saw heavy action at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, as well as taking part in other engagements. The regiment was well drilled and disciplined and was selected by General Meade to act as his headquarters guard and one was one of several assigned to act in that capacity for Grant as well. A number of photographs taken at army headquarters show them in full zouave uniform as provost guards. In the last weeks of the war they were assigned to the 9th and the 5th Corps and saw action on picket duty and in the final assault on Petersburg where they lost 3 killed and 20 wounded. The collector who found this tintype in an album preserved a piece of the album page that identifies him as “Jim Boyd / John M. Boyd brother.” There is a letter crossed out before the first name that seems to be a “G.” There is no Jim Boyd in the 114th, but there is a John Boyd. Unfortunately, his middle initial is not given in the military records. The writer of the inscription (which is later than the photo) possibly mistook the two brothers. We find a James Boyd in the 10th New York Zouaves but their uniform while similar, is not the uniform worn by our Zouave. I will leave the additional research for you. The image has great clarity and good tones. Very slight wear marks around the edge show it was once case with a mat and then uncased and slipped into an album page. There is still some detective work to be done but the image stands alone as a great Zouave image from a fighting regiment. $450.00 SOLD

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16-07-23 ... 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

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16-07-24 ... 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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