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16-10-03 ..Superb Pair of 300 Year Old Flintlock Conversion to Percussion Pistols by PHILIPPE DE SELIER, Liege and Paris, ca. 1700-1720. ... Fresh to the market.  These were brought into my shop by the 70+ year old son of the man who bought them way back in the “old days”.   They have been resting in a china cabinet here in Toledo since before most of us were born.  Nice large size… 19 inches overall length with 12.3 inch barrels.  The 62 cal. steel barrels have three maker's cartouches “PS”and crown.  Barrels are nicely swamped and have inset elongated low profile brass blade front sights.   Locks are maker signed 'PHILIPPE DE SELIER' around the bottom of the bolsters (where the pans used to be).    I find several listings for Philippe De Selier aka Philippe Selier, aka Phillipe de Sellier… mainly in antique European museum catalogs.  A German catalog lists him as working in Paris and Liege ca. 1710.  He is known to have made fine quality flintlock pistols, sporting rifles, and military fusils.     Our matched pair of large horse or holster pistols have beautiful relief carved walnut stocks with superb hand worked and engraved brass furniture with a semi grotesque, “scary pudgy face”,  worked and engraved into each of the brass butt caps.   Both retain their original wood ram rods, one is repaired.  Almost identical, except one has a brass breech plug tang while the other has steel.  Comments in the European museum catalogs indicate that Selier sometimes liked to use brass decoration on his barrels.  The wrist of each gun is inlaid with a pierced brass escutcheon.  When viewed at a distance these escutcheons are somewhat reminiscent of a skull.   The conversion to percussion ignition was done circa 1830s, and done expertly.  These 300 year old guns were used and cared for, for over a century as flintlocks.  After 100+ years they were then expertly converted to the new percussion system in the 1830s and used carefully for another generation or more.   I wish they could stand up and tell us their story.  They are truly magnificent.  They saw service from the days of Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI, the War of Spanish Succession  up through The French Revolution, into the French 1st Empire,  Waterloo era, and beyond… perhaps into the Crimea.    These are high quality arms that were expensive when they were produced, and are now extremely rare and valuable as collector’s arms.     In searching comparable guns on the market I find that a nearly identical single pistol in flintlock ignition with replaced cock sold for 3,120 Euros ($4,180 usd)  in March 2007 at a Sotheby’s Auction in Copenhagen.  Also found, a near identical single flintlock pistol advertised at $8,500 usd by Tortuga Trading Company and shown as sold.  Though ours have been converted to percussion,  the fact that they are a matched pair and still in truly fine condition allows me to price them at $4,950.00 with true conviction that they are a bargain at this price. A matched pair of quality 300 year old pistols….   For the pair… $3,650.00. Sold

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16-10-04 ... W. DUPE OXFORD PERCUSSION PISTOL ... Nicely engraved single-shot large bore .52 caliber percussion pistol converted from flintlock,   signed DUPE.   This being William Dupe of Oxford, England.  He worked 1810 – 1830.    In the catalog / inventory of the renowned A.F. Brooks collection,   a pair of pistols (listed as items 121 and 122)  are listed marked DUPE and are classified as being from Petersburg Virginia.  Assuming the same maker,   it is interesting to see that Dupe shipped to Southern Virginia.  Profuse floral engraving on the trigger guard, breech plug tang, and hammer.  Border lines and some floral details on rear of lock plate.  Sliding bolt safety to rear of hammer.  Flash guard behind the bolster is likely the one present during the flintlock era.   Oval thumb piece.  Checkered round grip,  half stock with single key and german silver forend cap.  Larger round trigger guard is reminiscent of a dueler, but the barrel length suggests a traveler’s weapon.  Octagon six inch barrel is light silver in color with a small patch of gray on the left flat just aft of the front sight.  Ramrod is a crude replacement not worthy of this nicely detailed pistol.  If I kept it I would improve the rod.   In 2011 at Bonham’s Auction in England a cased pair of very similar Dupe pistols brought over $8,000.00 US (5,625 British Pounds).  Here is a link that you can copy and print into your location bar if it does not show up as an active link     ...     https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/19002/lot/530/    ....  Here is a lonely singleton priced like a red haired orphan... cjj-17067 ... $595.00

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16-10-05 ... KITTREDGE PLAINS RIFLE ... Cincinnati was the gateway to the west in the 1840s and 50s, and Ben Kittredge was one of the big suppliers of weapons and gear to the early frontiersmen. Charles Kittridge (relationship unknown) also had an office in Saint Louis. So Between Ben Kittredge and Charles Kittredge, they were selling a pile of guns going west, not to mention Ben's connections in New Orleans. This rifle is a nice example of one of his full-stocked, double-set trigger plains rifles. It is roughly .36 caliber with decent rifling in the bore covered with surface rust. The wood is handsomely stained to resemble the curly maple of Pennsylvania-Kentucky rifles and is capped at the muzzle with a brass nosecap. It has a recurved brass trigger guard and butt plate, with a German silver oval wrist escutcheon. An old wrist break was carefully and artfully mended during the period to keep the gun in use: a curving and elongated H-shaped plate was screwed in at either side, the rounding and curves of its arms rather adding to the appeal of the rifle. A wonderfully American folk-art repair. Front sight and rear block sight in place. Nicely engraved and legible lockplate with foliate swirls fore and aft, and a clear "Cincinnati / Kittredge" stamp in an oval just below the side lug. Smooth metal to the barrel, mostly a light gray with some bright areas. The user also had fitted a brass cupped flash shield to reduce burnout of the surrounding wood, corrosion to the barrel, and flying pieces of percussion cap. Mechanically good. A genuine frontier plains rifle from a noted maker and dealer, priced most affordably ... 38" barrel ... ycej-rpal ... $535.00 Sold

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16-10-06 ... Inscribed New Jesey Combat Officer's Sword / Owner Served 1861 to 1865:  1850 pattern foot officer's sword in a brass mounted steel scabbard. Matching mellow patina on the brass, - untouched with some dark areas. Grip good with expected wear and rubbing to high spots.  Single thick wire binding, one small piece of a thinner bordering wire near the pommel. Scabbard silver gray turned brown for about two thirds the length. Brass throat, carrying rings and drag in place.  Between the upper mounts is an ingenious separate brass shield secured to the scabbard by a brass band, nicely inscribed: "Lieut. F. W. Sowby / Co. B / 1st N.J. V.V." in Old English and block letters. Very Appealing. Our man Sowby served in the 3rd New Jersey, and then joined the 1st New Jersey Veteran Battalion (or "1st NJ Veteran Volunteers"). Sowby enlisted in the 3rd NJ in April or May of 1861, mustering in as a private in Company B and making corporal as of July 1, 1863. He served with them until 6/23/64 when he transferred and joined Company B of the 1st NJVV. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 2/2/65 and 1st Lieutenant 5/11/65, mustering out 6/29/65. Sowby saw plenty of action.  Both of his units were Army of the Potomac, 1st and 6th Corps. The 3rd NJV, in particular, took heavy casualties at Gaines Mill, Cramptons Gap, Salem Heights, and Spottsylvania during Sowby's service, and the 1st NJVV saw action at Winchester, Cedar Creek, and Petersburg. This sword was likely on his side at Petersburg as he obtained his commission two months earlier. In fact, considering the application of the engraved ownership shield by an applied brass band, it is entirely possible Sowby carried the sword earlier as an NCO and then applied the ownership shield after he received his official commission.  There is plenty of photographic evidence showing NCOs carrying foot officer's swords.   The blade is a smooth silver gray, rubbed on one side, but with very visible etching and a nice eagle with E PLURIBUS UNUM ribband on the other. This bears a very handsome inscription and is an interesting sword carried by a soldier who saw a lot of fighting ... aejj ...  ... $2,250.00
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16-10-07 ..A so-called Potts Confederate bayonet altered to Bowie knife... These unmarked bowie bayonets are believed by some collectors to have been made by a man named  T.A Potts in New Orleans.  The reason being that ONE example of this pattern among the hundred plus known specimens is marked  “T.A. Potts New Orleans 1840”.  My opinion is that the bowie-bayonet so marked bears a bogus maker’s stamp.  The weapon itself is real but I wouldn’t give a dollar for the stamping.  It reminds me of the beautiful H. Marshall,  Atlanta made cavalry saber in the original wooden scabbard that Fred Jolly turned up years ago.  It was real and spectacular and beautiful... and the previous owner  stamped CSA on the blade!  Fred sold it to the late Confederate arms specialist R.E. (Sonny) Neville of Mobile,  who promptly had the marking removed, thank goodness.  This “Potts” has had the cast brass, bayonet attaching rings removed from the pommel and cross guard so that it could be used as a plain Bowie Knife.  The blade is in near perfect condition. The blade is 12 inches long from tip to handle, the handle is 4.5 inches long.  These are believed to have been made in the South for use as a pole arm, or Bowie knife… the user’s choice.  A fine example of a dead-real Southern Fighting Knife…  $1,250.00 Sold

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16-10-08 ...JOSLYN ARMY REVOLVER... Only about 3,000 of these revolvers were made by B.F. Joslyn in 1861 and 1862. A very few were purchased by the US Navy, 1,100 were purchased on the open market, about all of which went to Ohio, with a lot going to the 5th and 6th Ohio Cavalry. Others went to various Illinois, Kansas, Indiana and Minnesota units. The pistol is characterized by its solid frame, which offered some robustness, and a side mounted hammer that may have made it easier to repair. Like the Colt and Remington armies, it is .44 caliber, but carries only five shots. Ours preserves its original checkered grips in great shape, and shows hints of its original blued finish in different areas. Overall the metal is smooth and silver gray, with just a small amount of percussion-cap peppering around the back of the cylinder from firing. Clear Joslyn maker and patent stamp on the rear of the upper barrel flat and matching serial number 2201 under the barrel and on the butt cap. The hammer shows muted case color and the screw heads even have some traces of blue. A very nice example of a scarce cavalry side arm that saw lots of action out west. A very scarce Civil War cavalry weapon in solid condition. $3,250.00 Sold

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16-10-09 ...EXTRA FINE CONDITION M-1861 SPRINGFIELD PATTERN CONTRACT MUSKET... Welch, Brown and Company of Norfolk, Connecticut, manufactured only about 18,000 of these 1861 pattern rifle muskets in 1862-1863. This one is NRA fine+ condition and shows off well “in the bright”. Markings and dates are crisp on the lock, breech of the barrel and the side flats as well. The eagle on the lock is slightly light from the original strike. The metal is smooth and bright. The rear sight retains a ton of original faded blue. Not only that, the maker’s and inspectors’ cartouches on the side flat of the stock are deep and legible. The wood does show some dings from handling and storage at the wrist and side flat, and there is a small, shallow, thumbprint size gouge on the left just below the rear sight, forward of the side flat. The stock edges are very sharp. All in all this is a very showy gun with all bands, springs, swivels, rod and sights in place, and mechanically excellent. A top shelf example of the classic Civil War infantryman’s rifle musket. You will be hard pressed to find another in this condition at this price. $2,550.00

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16-10-10 ...HIGH FINISH STARR SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER...A superb specimen retaining 85% or more original bright factory blue.  Far more desirable than the Starr double action revolvers also produced for the war.   This gun is 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect.  A real beauty.  Barrel and frame retain most of their blue.  Cylinder is plum with more grey patina.  Hammer and loading lever have generous case color.  Standard 44 Cal. with an 8” barrel.  The gun is martially marked with sub inspector’s marks on the steel.  Grips are excellent, never cartouched.  Serial numbered 39,278 except cylinder is numbered 38,781.   Of the dozens of these Starr revolvers I have owned around half of them have had mismatched cylinders.  I do not know the reason. This gun and cylinder are under 500 numbers apart which would certainly suggest they were in the same shipment.   Around 25,000 of these went to arm Union cavalrymen during the Civil War.   This is a top notch specimen better than most on the market.   I got it very “reasonably” at an auction in downtown Detroit!   Priced well below my friendly competitors and most current auction sales…  $2,350.00 Sold

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16-10-11 ... Frankford Arsenal Crate for Rifle Musket .577 Minie Cartridges ... Ammo crates are one of the toughest Civil War items to find- they were everywhere during the war, but used up and burned for cooking. Rare to find in soldier's effects. Here is an extremely scarce example for the Enfield cartridges ... grayish/olive drab painted body... stenciled in white on each end: "1,000 MINIE BULLET / CARTG's/ RIFLE MUSKt/ CAL. 577" The wood handles are in place and half the lid is still there, showing the top line of stenciling was done twice on one end. The holes for the heavy duty screws securing the lid are still there and about half the lid was kept and nailed back into place to use it for storage. The bottom of the crate is plain, without paint and still shows two Frankford Arsenal seals in recessed holes. The .577 caliber designation might indicate its intended use for Enfields, but in fact some ordnance letters of the time make clear it was a caliber designation for rounds intended for both .577 Enfields and .58 Springfield and Springfield contract rifle muskets. A few scattered paint drippings and wear to the top and some to the sides, but lots of original paint and very legible stenciling. A great display piece, and the first .577 crate I have owned ... $1,495.00 Sold

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16-10-12 ...Lot of Eleven Union Army Infantry Officer's Coat and Cuff Buttons: A fine set of buttons for use on a Union officer’s military vest or for the cuffs on a frock coat. Matched set with D. Evans back marks. All excellent condition. Nearly all dealers price these at over twenty dollars each. Here is a matched lot of eleven at just over $13 each. Lot of eleven $145.00 Sold

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16-10-13 ...Handful of Good Buttons:  A nice selection of 15 good 1800s military cuff size buttons. All date 1870s to 1880s.   Includes 2 US marine buttons, 1 Revenue Service, 2 GAR buttons, 1 black celluloid, 1 one piece French ordnance bomb button, 4 US staff buttons, 1 eagle "C" cavalry officer, 2 eagle "I" infantry, and an enlisted eagle button.  The entire starter collection $25.00 Sold

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16-10-14 ...Three US Waist Belt Plates (Belt Buckles):  From left to right.  A) Perfect "dug" US oval buckle found with a metal detector many years ago.  Has ultra desirable oval stud hooks and heavy prong as used from the 1840s up to early in the Civil War.  The studs are behind the "S" for left to right fastening.   $265.00   B) Dug US oval buckle with standard early 1860s arrow hooks and prong. The standard Civil War infantry buckle.  Some minor chipping in the edge.  Found with a metal detector years ago. The arrow hooks are behind the "S" for left to right fastening. $135.00  C) Non-Dug model 1872 rectangular US buckle from the era of George Custer as brought home by the soldier. This pattern plate was used by infantry, cavalry, and artillery during the Indian Wars.  Attractive yellow brass.  $135.00.   Or... if you are the first caller and want all three $495.00

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16-10-15 ... VG++ 1851 Colt Navy Revolver  ... One of the best looking and most popular percussion revolvers, the .36 caliber Colt Navy is a key weapon in any CW collection.  Ours has smooth metal with attractive plum & brown patina. Clear barrel address and Colt patent and caliber markings on lower frame and trigger guard.  Edges lightly worn.  Light vestiges of scene on the cylinder,  clear serial number.    Small dings around the right side of the wedge where someone tapped too aggressively while removing it.  Tight wood to metal fit.  Excellent grips, truly top notch.  Medium tone to the brass. Action VG.   Front sight in place.  Serial number 203,492 throughout  (1867).  Lever not numbered which is proper in this serial range.   This is a very handsome and completely functional Colt that has not been buggered or messed with. $1,650.00

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16-10-17 ... 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 ... $895.00

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16-10-18 ... ALLEN AND THURBER 10-INCH BARREL PISTOL ... This pattern gun is sometimes referred to as a pocket rifle. The ten-inch barrel on this single-shot percussion pistol shows the limitations involved in calling it a "boot pistol," as many collectors do. The fact is that these pistols were popular in the 1840s for their simple and sturdy construction with center-mounted hammers. The barrel length, along with the front and rear sights shows a concern for accuracy, and the simple, unadorned receiver and simple bag grips show an effort to make the gun cheap as well as reliable. Smooth gray metal with some age brown spots and scattered gray, good action. Octagon-to-round barrel with minor dings, clear Allen & Thurber barrel stamp, and a batch number "14" (not generally taken to be a serial number in sequence for the production run.) A classic early American handgun of the 1840s. Roughly 36 caliber ... zEjjxz ... $625.00 Sold

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16-10-19 ...UNDERHAMMER PISTOL BY CASE, WILLARD & CO. ... Eight inches overall length with a four inch barrel. Octagon to round barrel. About .41 caliber. Curly maple stock and grip. Front and rear sights, brass back strap, no trigger guard, as is typical for the type. Marked on the top strap: “CASE WILLARD & CO. / NEW HARTFORD CONN.” in two lines, along with a “CAST STEEL / PATENT” stamp in two lines on the left of the octagonal frame. Mechanically good, nipple not battered, a bit of rust on the cup of the hammer. Small chip of wood out next to the hammer at right. These pistols were simple, rugged, and popular for their streamlined design that made them easy to conceal in a boot top, waistband, or vest. The bottom-mounted hammer also gave them a clearer line of sight in aiming and the front and rear sights on this one shows accuracy was a consideration. A nice early American percussion pistol that would look great with a frontiersman or keel boat display as an example of a serious defense weapon. Very attractive with the brass trim and curly maple grip. Ca 1845. ... cbe ... $ 525.00

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16-10-20 ... PAIR OF SMALL "LONDON" FLINTLOCK PISTOLS ... Not exactly a pair, but they came together, look good together, and are offered together. Each is just under six inches long overall. Both are roughly 38 caliber but one is slightly larger. Both are metal-stocked, both are marked "London," in different lettering, and both are likely to be Belgian impositions intended to cash in on the desire for British-made guns. These are modeled on the boxlock "Queen Anne" pocket pistols that remained popular into the 1830s. Our left pistol has some cursory floral engraving on the butt and sideplates, along with "London" in partial script on the right barrel flat of the octagon-to-round barrel and what looks like "GRLEII" on the left flat, which is probably meant to pass for "Grice" to the non-English speaking buyer in a hurry to snap up a bargain. The jaw screw on this one has a shiny head which may simply be from handling, or may indicate it was replaced. The other gun is marked "London" on the left flat and "SEGLAS" on the right, which is an attempt to suggest "Segalas'" one of the best known English gunsmiths of Queen Anne style pistols, and they have done a bit more engraving on the sideplates, including part of a trophy of arms amid the floral motifs. These are both original and functional pistols, but were intended to deceive the unwary buyer of the time. The Seglas marked gun has no half cock, but does have the full. Neat little pair of 200+ year old pistols ... noco ... $1,150.00 Sold

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16-10-21 ... PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOX WITH ARTILLERY INSIGNIA ... Gaylord marked pistol cartridge box. Good mid-war and mid-sized cartridge box for the .36 and .44 caliber revolvers that were standard issue to mounted troops. This one shows some finish loss from flexing and use, but "E. Gaylord/ Chicopee / Mass." stamp is crisp and very visible on the reverse. Gaylord was one of the big contractors for leather gear and this would be a nice addition to fill out a Gaylord marked belt rig. Slight repair to the one side of the latch tab. The crossed cannon are nice and showy, but are old reproductions added by an early collector. The internal friction panels to hold the cartridge packs are still in place ... noco ... $195.00 Sold

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16-10-22 ... DAVY MARKED PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOX ... Cavalrymen were issued their pistol cartridges in packs of six. The pistol cartridge box has two inner leather pieces to hold the packs in place by friction until the soldier needs to take one out and reload. The same pouch could hold either .36 or .44 caliber packs, but the size changed during the war to accommodate changes in the packs themselves. This is a nice mid-war example, being the medium size but using both stitching and a rivet to secure the latch tab. Belt loops are solid and intact as is the latch tab. Cover shows lots crazing, but is not stiff. "J. Davy" maker's mark is visible at lower center of front indicating manufacture by Joseph Davy and Company of Newark, NJ, who had large federal contracts for leather gear. The asterisk marks on the leather are "stake marks," created when Davy's leather workers closed up the tack holes created by nailing the leather to wooden forms while sewing them together. A key piece of cavalry gear, and still affordable after all these years. (When I was in high school Turner Kirkland of Dixie Gun Works had crates of these things. He catalogued them at $4 and $5 each in the 1970s!) This is priced below most other CW dealers ... ajj... $195.00 Sold

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16-10-23 ...UNION OFFICER’S EAGLE BELT PLATE WITH MATCHING KEEPER ... Nice officer’s private purchase 1851 pattern sword belt plate. This was the regulation belt plate (buckle) for sword belts, whether worn by officers or mounted troops, or NCOs.   Officers purchased their own plates on the commercial market.  The commercial die strikes, like this one,  were much nicer than the government issued examples.   The difference in quality is clear.  Ours retains its original keeper (hasp) with its matching bench number, numbered so to keep the two pieces together during final hand fitting and finishing. The tongue is the medium wide variety. Excellent on all fronts. ... age-160430 ... $295.00

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16-10-24 ...SUPERB FIRST MODEL M-1855 - SPRINGFIELD RIFLE MUSKET-FINE PLUS ... One of the most highly sought of all the US .58 caliber weapons, and in top shelf condition.  100% correct pre-1859 configuration with a brass nose cap, long range rear sight, and no patch box.  Classic first model ’55.   Maynard tape primer in place and functional.  Steel mounts and barrel are crisp and an attractive  dull silver in color.  Lock plate markings and barrels proofs are crisp.  No pitting at breech and nipple not battered.  Some very slight rounding to stock edges from handling, minor dings on the offside flat, some short, deep scratches just above the butt plate tang. Has early type long range rear sight.  Bands, springs, swivels and rod in place. 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect.   Nice deep tone to the wood and mellow patina to the brass cap. This is a sharp example of the rifle musket in the new 1855 series of arms that introduced weapons firing the .58 cal. minie ball and was a standard Civil War long arm. This would be a great addition to a Civil War or US martial arms collection.  $3,650.00 Sold

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16-10-25 ... 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 ... $1975.00 Sold

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16-10-26 ... 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 ... $1,050.00

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16-10-27 ... 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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