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16-11-34 ...NEAR MINT SPENCER CARBINE... The best I have owned.  Smokin’ 1865 Burnside contract Spencer Carbine.  Beautiful, just slightly muted, “gasoline on water” swirling case color on the receiver and lockplate.   Full, deep blue barrel color (95%) and rear sight color as well.  Wood a nice medium brown with sharp edges,  vivid inspector and sub-inspector cartouches at left wrist also near buttplate tang.   Serial number 8578 on wrist of receiver.  Full Model 1865 and Burnside contract information on top flat of receiver.  Nice case color on the loading assembly as well.   These were numbered in their own serial number range and follow the same configuration as the Spencer factory Model 1865 .50 caliber carbine with a 20-inch barrel, but Burnside factory used 3-groove rifling.   The production run was roughly 34,000 with 90 percent going to the government.   About 19,000 of them were fitted with the Stabler cut-off, as this one is, to enable troopers to keep the rounds in the magazine in reserve.  This is a great late Civil War to early-Indian War cavalry carbine.  There is a slight run to the finish on the upper left of the receiver,  some shift to brown on the top,  and a couple of shallow drag lines on the left butt flat, but its as mint an example as you are likely to find anywhere with a price that won’t keep you up at night.   Super in all respects.  Bright bore. Crisp.  I gladly paid $4000 for it last month along with a dozen other great guns I bought out of a super collection…   TOP SHELF   $4,500.00 sold

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16-11-35 ...MODEL 1860 CIVIL WAR SPENCER CARBINE WITH SPRINGFIELD UPDATE... The quintessential Yankee cavalryman’s carbine.  These carbines held seven .52 rimfire cartridges and once they hit the field in the Fall of 1863 any ordnance race between Union and Confederate cavalry was pretty much over.   This one is serial number 44754, putting it a little more than half-way through the production run of carbines that started around number 11,000 in 1863 and ended around 61,000 in 1865.  The carbine is complete and mechanically fine.  It is the standard Civil War carbine that was sent to Springfield in 1867 to be retrofitted.  Springfield re-rifled the bores with three grooves, and filed the edges of the frame at the ejection port to prevent hang-ups.   Both sights, magazine tube, butt swivel, sling bar and ring are in place.  The barrel shows smooth metal with traces of original blue faded to plum brown.  The Spencer company stamp on the top of the receiver is light, and the receiver is a speckled mix of steel gray and brown, with the hammer and loading assembly showing some traces of faded case.   The wood shows some wear, with a small chip forward of the butt plate tang and a short “magazine crack” at the back of the left butt flat, which is pretty common with Spencers since the stock is bored out along that line for the magazine tube.  100% original except for a replaced sling swivel in the butt.  The military inspector’s cartouche is visible at rear of the sling bar.   A good gun for the cavalry collector and a key piece in a U.S. martial arms collection.  These saw service fighting Johnny Reb and the Indians.  $2,150.00 sold

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16-11-37 ...1855 2-Band Harpers Ferry Rifle Dated 1859: THE YEAR OF JOHN BROWN’S RAID...Harpers Ferry always has a cachet as the “southern arsenal,” and the 1855 rifles produced there have always been highly sought, and always been very scarce. They are perhaps 50 times rarer than the scarce 1855 muskets produced at both national arsenals. These 2-band rifles were made only in Virginia at Harpers Ferry. Great numbers were seized by Confederates when they took the arsenal in 1861 and the machinery used to produce them was moved south to manufacture the Fayetteville rifle. This one has matching 1859 lock and barrel dates, with clear V/P/eagle barrel proofs, Harpers Ferry style eagle on the primer door, and a crisp “U.S. / Harpers Ferry stamp on the forward part of the plate. Needless to say, that’s a pretty historic year. This gun was probably in arsenal racks when John Brown tried to seize the arsenal and use its weaponry to arm a slave uprising. The iron patch box is present and opens crisply. The brass nose cap has a nice, undisturbed aged patina. There is a little bit of light salt-and-pepper firing corrosion at the breech, but the metal overall is a smooth brown. The correct short range rear sight with stepped base is present. The front sight and bayonet lug for the saber bayonet are in place. All bands, springs and swivels are there. The rod is the correct rod but is a modern made replacement. The relined bore is excellent. An NSSA skirmisher used this rare rifle in competition after having Hoyt or similar outfit line and re-rifle the bore for precision shooting. The barrel is totally original with original marks. The bore was simply lined and re-rifled thirty to fifty years ago. The wood is dark brown and very good, with just some slight rounding to the edges of the lock apron. The lock plate is a faded pewter gray with some lighter gray showing along the front edge next to the primer door. This is a very nice example of an incredibly scarce, good-looking, key U.S. military shoulder arm produced on the eve of the Civil War, and one that witnessed a key opening event of the conflict.... $5,500.00

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16-11-38 ...INSCRIBED 1855 DATED AMES MUSICIAN’S SWORD: ... An attic condition 1840 pattern musician’s sword by Ames, with the Ames stamp and 1855 manufacture date on one side of the ricasso and a U.S. and inspector stamp “A.D.K.” on the other.  A nice relic of the “Old Army” as Civil War officers called it.  The brass hilt and brass scabbard mounts have a wonderful, undisturbed patina and the leather scabbard body shows some checking but is intact and solid. The blade is smooth metal with good point and no nicks.  The color is a mix of underlying bright and surface silver and pewter gray, but still shows traces of the original cross polishing at the base of the blade.   The markings are clear.  Incised, likely by the owner himself,  into the reverse of the upper scabbard mount is the name “John H. Allen” in a period script.   The initials “J.H.A.” are likewise inscribed into the cross guard.  This marries the sword & scabbard without question.    The inscription could very well be a regular army soldier, I do not have access to records of US Regulars in the 1850s to begin the research process.   Also, there are numerous Civil War soldiers listed as John Allen.   It might be possible to narrow down the candidates, but I leave that to you.  What I find more interesting is the illustration shown here of the University of Michigan Militia Officers.  In this 1860-61 era photo these militia captains are each carrying a pre-war Ames Musician’s sword!  Display this sword with a nice copy of the militia image and you’ve really got something.   $590.00 sold

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16-11-39 ...FULL FLAP MILITARY HOLSTER:... This is a standard issue army holster for a Colt or Remington army or navy revolver that has been shortened.  Likely the owner bobbed the barrel on his revolver and did the same with his leather.  It currently fits a pocket, a police, or a short barrel army or navy Colt or Remington.  $235.00

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16-11-40... IDENTIFIED AMES USN 1852 PATTERN OFFICER'S SABER ... Light rayskin or sharkskin grip with the twisted wire binding. Nicely detailed brass hilt with muted gilding remaining on much of it. Minty blade, with very visible blade etching and most of the original factory luster. It is etched with the Ames company name and address etched just above the ricasso and a mix of patriotic and military motifs including an anchor and "USN" in a scroll on one side and the officer's name "A.D. Baird" on the other. Brass mounted leather scabbard in superb condition with typical Ames heavy navy mounts with ropes figures into the carry ring mounts and a sea serpent curled around the drag. The blade on this is certainly wide enough to fit typical Civil War dimensions and the officer's name could not be clearer, but we are at a dead-end in identifying him. We have searched every USN officer named A D Baird from the Civil War through the early 1900s without luck. He does not show up in the USN rosters. Our best guess is that he is a volunteer officer or perhaps a contract surgeon or a Revenue Service officer or ???. In any case, this is an exceptional sword with vivid etching in great condition that displays very well. With information being added daily to the web it might still be possible to identify the owner in the near future. A real looker ... afbe ... $1,750.00

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16-11-41 ... SNY BUCKLE AND BELT ... Early war puppy-paw style stud back SNY plate. These were issued early in the war to some of the New York volunteer regiments when states still had charge of recruiting and did much of the equipping of their regiments. Medium patina with a little of the original gilt showing around the edges of the "Y." Nice bridle leather belt with flat C-clasp brass retainer or keeper. One small piece of the belt broke out above a fastening hole and was glued back in place by the previous owner. This could be more neatly done and better disguised, but does the trick and the belt is solid. These plates are fairly tough to find these days and should not be confused with the arrow-back versions that seem to date to 1863 and later and were for the most part restricted to national guard troops within the state. This is the classic early stud-back plate circa 1861. A good example of an early war volunteer plate ... noco ... $950.00

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16-11-42... EARLY WAR 4-SCREW COLT ARMY REVOLVER....All matching serial numbers 43032, except the wedge, which is 17,320.  The classic cavalry sidearm, and the favorite of John S. Mosby who carried a pair of four screw Colts.    Six-shot, .44 caliber.  Mechanically fine.  Smooth, silver-gray metal overall w  clear Colt’s patent stamps on the cylinder and frame.  Barrel address a bit light.   Small sub-inspector initials visible on various steel parts.   No appreciable cylinder scene visible.  Grips show some slight rounding to the heel, but are very good with tight fit to the metal.   The serial number makes this a nice early-war 1862 manufacture pistol and it has the desirable fourth screw on the frame, cutouts on the recoil shield, notch in the butt plate to accommodate a shoulder stock, and also sports a sighting groove at the breech of the barrel. This added by the soldier.    A very respectable example of an increasingly hard to find Civil War Colt… $1,895.00

16-11-43 ... 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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16-11-44..16-08-32 ...REMINGTON-RIDER POCKET REVOLVER ...These double-action .31 caliber percussion revolvers were made by Joseph Rider of Newark, Ohio, on contract with Remington before he moved to Ilion, NY, and became part of the company.  Total production was only about 2,000 guns between 1860 and 1873, and that number is split between the percussion and cartridge versions of the arm.  Ours is serial number 518.  The grips are the standard hard-rubber grips and are in excellent condition, which is a real plus.  The original blue finish has now turned plum brown overall, showing some case color on the frame and thinning out to mixed brown and pewter tone near the muzzle.  The top barrel flat has some heavy pitting at the beginning of the two-line barrel address, and smaller areas of pitting toward the cylinder, but the patent dates and most of the address are visible.  A few nicks in the barrel edges show the gun saw some use and there is some light pitting on the bottom flat as well.  That having been said, this is still a scarce gun and desirable as one of the first double action revolvers made in any quantity in the U.S.  Plus, you have to love those grips!  A nice, American made pocket pistol from the early days of such guns.  $595.00

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16-11-45... Another Top Shelf Patriotic US Bowie Knife: Robert Bunting is recorded as early as 1837 as a Sheffield maker of knives and dirks, and American hunting knives. This is a great early example of his work. Classic German-silver and mother of pearl paneled grip with an American eagle under an arc of stars perched on top of an American shield with oak and laurel branches underneath. Foliate upper and lower panels, separated by the mother of pearl sections. Great shape. No chipping to the mother of pearl and no bends to German-silver hilt. Double-edge spear point blade with good edges and point, “Bunting and Son” maker stamp at the ricasso. Complete with its original red leather and pasteboard scabbard showing some gilt blind-stamped decoration.  Throat and tip still in place, complete with the small fastening button. Tip has a small dent that has pulled it a bit further from its proper seat, but it is still in place. Some minor wear to the red finish and edges of the scabbard, but a very showy knife obviously made for the American market, probably between 1845 and 1861.  Auctions Imperial has a web page that shows they sold a similar patriotic Bowie at auction in 2009 for $7,000. Cut and paste the following link if it is not active.

https://new.liveauctioneers.com/item/6221527

A superb early patriotic American Bowie Knife with sheath…  $2,500.00

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16-11-46...UNISSUED CAPTAIN OF STAFF SHOULDER STRAPS MOUNTED ON THEIR ORIGINAL CARDSTOCK BACKING:  A wonderful large pair of staff captain's straps.  Each strap measures 4.5 inches by 2 inches.  They are extra rich patterns with double wide bullion embroidery.  The base material is black wool.  The backs are classic raw back design.  These are stitched on a high grade enameled cardstock display board with gilt edge lines.  The card is creased between the two straps and there is some edge chipping.    I don't know if this is how the straps were marketed and sold, or if they were shipped this way, or if this is some sort of salesman's sample.   In any event these are super Civil War straps in top drawer condition.  I've never had a set mounted on display board previously.    $495.00 sold

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16-11-47...UNOPENED PACKAGE OF 5 COMBUSTIBLE .31 CALIBER SKIN CARTRIDGES FOR COLT OR REMINGTON REVOLVERS:  About perfect condition.  Currently sealed in cellophane to protect it.  Perfect to display in a factory casing with a Colt Pocket or Colt Root revolver... or to display beside any .31 caliber percussion revolver from the Civil War era.  A little gem...  $295.00 sold

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16-11-48...NON DUG US CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE:  Excellent example as brought home by Billy Yank.  These stamped brass plates are filled with lead in the back, the weight intended to keep the flap of the cartridge box down when unlatched.  Both attaching loops are firmly intact.  The illustration is a painting by Julian Scott.  I had a chance to buy a Julian Scott painting as a young 20-something (my recollection is that it was THIS painting in Custer Antiques,  the Toledo antique shop of the late Dick Bohl)   I could not muster the courage to write the check.  But it makes a nice piece of clip art.  A very attractive US plate with great color and condition.  $195.00 sold

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16-11-49...MINIATURE CAPTAINS' SHOULDER STRAPS:  Officer's embroidered insignia during the Civil War came in all sizes. I obtained both of these from different sources and hoped for a time to find matches for them.  (Wishful thinking.)   Premiums are assigned to extra large, extra small, or extra fancy examples.  Offered here are two diminutive straps.  Captain of infantry measuring 3.5"  by 1.5" being extra rich with double border gilt bullion embroidery ... and a captain of staff in standard single border bullion measuring a mere 2.25" by 1".  That one is a tiny strap.  Both straps for $265.00 sold

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16-11-50...9th NEW HAMPSHIRE SOLDIER’S DOG TAG – OWNER KILLED IN ACTION AT PETERSBURG, VA.   Here is something we don’t find every day.   Items that were on the person of a combat soldier at the time he was killed.  Unfortunately for our New Hampshire Yankee,  his identification disc served the exact purpose he hoped and feared it might.  This is the standard Eagle / War of 1861 identification disc as made by the Scovill company. Stamped into the reverse side is  ‘A.K. RICHARDS  CO. C  9TH  REGT.  N.H.V.  Gt. FALLS”   This is Albion K. Richards who enlisted at age 43 in Company C of the 9th New Hampshire Volunteers on July 21st 1862.  He served with the gallant 9th until he was killed at Petersburg, Virginia on July 3rd 1864.  During the Siege of Petersburg the 9th NHV took casualties every day or every other day for the month preceding Richards death.  The regiment was positioned 125 yards in front of the Confederate Fort which would eventually be blown up resulting in the Battle of the Crater.  The third week of June they took casualties every day.  On July 3rd, our man Richards drew the short straw.  He was the only casualty that day.  Killed in Action.   Just a few weeks earlier Richards had been lucky at the Spotsylvania fight.   On May 12th the 9th Regt took horrific casualties at Spotsylvania…  39 killed  86 wounded  47 prisoners and 3 MIA.  But that day Richards came through the fight OK.  He had nearly two more months to live.  Somewhat intriguing is the edge damage on this ID disc. Over the words “WAR OF” the edge of the disc was struck by something that elongated and scarred the edge.   My imagination wonders if it might have been struck by the projectile that killed Richards.   Or on the other hand maybe some grandkid hit the damn thing with a hammer while playing with it in 1912.  You choose the version you like best.  Don’t complain about the price…  I paid a fraction below this price just so I could list it on the web-catalog.  Try and find another KIA dog tag at….  $1,350.00 sold

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16-11-51..BAYONET FOR THE US 1898 KRAG JORGENSEN RIFLE:  A very fine example of the US army issue bayonet for the 30/40 Krag Rifle as used from just before the Spanish American War up through the Phillipine Insurrection.  One minor divot in the wood grip is illustrated clearly. Crisp "US" and "1900"  stamps on the ricasso,  Much blue on the scabbard… About fine condition....    $165.00 sold

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16-11-52. ... Damascus 4-Barreled Mariette Patent Cased Percussion Revolver ... As I've mentioned a couple of times, I like examples of Victorian engineering genius applied to firearms, and I'm a sucker for small size pistols. Here is an elegant French-cased example of a marvelous Damascus four barrel pepperbox, marked "Mariette Brevete" on the grip strap with a ring-trigger, engraved receiver and four numbered Damascus barrels. This box is complete with its tools, including its bullet mold with matching serial number 662. All the metal is now bright, with some brown spotting around the breech assembly. Elaborate floral engraving runs up the backstrap of the bag shaped grips, and is continued on the receiver surrounded by a geometric border. Panels supporting the barrel breeches are likewise engraved with a circular motif, as are the screws on the super condition dark wood grips. The barrels have a lively and very visible Damascus twist, are slotted at the muzzles for dismounting, and are numbered in sequence 1 to 4, matching the breech assemblies. The nicely grained wood case has a handsome brass escutcheon panel inset on the lid and a keyed lock on the side. The velvet lining is embossed around the edge of cover pad and an even faded orange in tone that was likely red originally. There is just minor wear to the nap. The bullet mold casts one ball at time and the handles form tools for dismounting the nipples and the barrels. A small hard-rubber oil bottle and a round cap tin with paper label (about 90 percent intact) remain in their places, and a small covered compartment still has a couple of round balls in it. Two cracks across the lid, but it is stable. 3 ¼ inch barrels. Box measures 8 ¼ inches wide. An elegant early gun with infinite appeal ... bcjj-16933 ... $2,750.00 sols

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16-11-53.. STANDARD CIVIL WAR ENFIELD SOCKET BAYONET FOR THE P-53 ENFIELD RIFLE MUSKET:  .. Civil War collectors do not need an introduction to the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle musket: it was a popular arm on both sides and imported in large numbers.  Here is the regulation Enfield bayonet in its original British pattern scabbard.  Triangular blade and socket show a thin, muted brown.  The locking ring functions fine.  The base of the blade is marked “649” over “P.V. A” over “16.96” and there are some cryptic markings on the base of the socket which may indicate the commercial seller.  These are not Arabic markings from the middle east.  The lack of a broad arrow or ordnance markings means it was not British Regular Army property, but a commercial product possibly intended for export to North or South.  A solid example in a solid scabbard.   $195.00 sold

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16-11-54..1862 SPRINGFIELD RIFLE MUSKET...One of the holy grails in Civil War collecting is an 1861 or 1862 dated Springfield 1861 pattern rifle musket actually made at Springfield.  This is a fine, crisp example that has all the right stuff.   Sharp edges to the wood, crisp markings, good color on the rear sight and fine bright metal that has not been burnished.  Sharp “US / Springfield / eagle” lock plate marks and matching sharp 1862 lock and barrel dates, with V/P/eagle barrel proofs.  Visible ink cartouches in the wood on the offside including the proper ESA mark of Erskin S. Allin, master armorer.  Tight wood to metal fit.  Nice even tone to the wood with just light handling marks, no big dings or divots. Rear sight retains original blue. Front sight, rod, all bands, springs and swivels in place. Crisp action. A few small brown spots on the upper hammer. Some corrosion to the clean-out screw on the bolster. A darn fine gun that will dress up any collection and rate an eye-level spot on the gun wall... $3,250.00 sold

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16-11-55.. Remington 1863 Percussion Contract Rifle... Forever known as the Remington Zouave One of the most attractive rifles, their use is still something of a mystery. 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. Many show up higher grades of condition. This one is overall VG condition fresh from a Michigan estate auction. Lots of blue-turned-plum brown barrel color. Muted, age tone to the brass. Clear 1863 and Remington maker stamp with U.S. and eagle on the lockplate. The breech of the barrel actually shows some corrosion from firing (the fulminate of mercury in the percussion caps takes its toll.) The last two digits of the barrel date are obscured. The barrel proofs are legible as is the “Steel” marking and barrel inspector initials on the side. Bore is VG. The rear sight was replaced with a fixed, notched V-sight likely from a Mississippi rifle. The left side of the stock on the offside at the breech cracked and was repaired to keep it usable. A small pin is visible at the top and the wood and metal show the matrix marks of a vise used in the repair. Mechanically very good. Patch box functional. Rod, bands, springs and swivels are all original and in place. Nice even dark tone to the wood. Some color left on the screwheads. Bayonet lug in place at the muzzle for the saber bayonet. One of the most attractive Civil War rifles at a decent price... $1,295.00

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16-11-56.. SHARPS AND HANKINS NAVY CARBINE with SILVER INLAY:... Sharps and Hankins made about 8,000 of these .52 Caliber breech loading carbines from 1862 to 1865 and the US Navy bought the lion’s share- some 6,686. The leather covering on the barrel was meant to counteract the effects of salt water and sea air on metal. This one is serial number 7114 and shows the barrel cover in unusually good condition, with just some small area of abrasion on the barrel and lower edges at the breech. The markings are crisp and the wood to metal fit is tight. The wood has a nice warm brown tone and is not dinged up. Front and rear sights are in place. Screw heads still show some blue. The breech shows mostly silver gray, with some faded case at the lower edges and loading assembly. The mechanism is good. The butt swivel is missing, but the base is there. The brass butt plate is tightly fit and has a nice medium patina. Inset along the top of the buttstock is a small oval, silver, plaque with engraved script initials that I read as “JDS.” This was likely, then, drawn from stores or privately purchased by an officer for personal defense, use in hunting on shore, etc. Since we cannot eliminate navy officers who show up in the roster only with the initials “JS,” there are too many candidates to narrow it down, but it adds to the interest of the gun and shows something of shipboard life. A very clean, complete, example. Note the illustration showing a USN officer displaying his Sharps & Hankins... $1,295.00 sold

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16-11-57.. WHITNEYVILLE RIFLE MUSKET... A wonderful example of Yankee Ingenuity “Whitney Style”. Whitney had a sort of “spaghetti against the wall” approach to arms supplying. His muskets often used odd parts he gleaned from a variety of sources, including the US Arsenals. This musket is a Springfield M1863 which has been married to a Whitneyville M1861 lock, with the M1861 hammer severely canted to properly strike the nipple. I have no idea whether Whitney or another arms seller sold this “good and serviceable”… I will leave that bit of detective work for you. When Whitney obtained a second US contract in October, 1863, for 15,000 1861 pattern rifle muskets, his first guns had been sitting around from the earlier contract and the remainder, true to form, show a number of variations. This is a good example of the second pattern of lockplate markings he used, a more conventional eagle and US with “Whitneyville” forward of the hammer and a vertical 1864 date at the rear. The barrel, however, shows an 1863 type bolster with no clean-out screw and stamped with an eagle, and the bands are the round 1863 style. These parts appear to be ex Springfield Arsenal. Metal shows some light peppering near the breech and on the bolster from firing, but is generally smooth and light silver-gray in tone. The lockplate shows a mix of gray and pewter that are the remains of case. The lock markings are crisp, though the bolster eagle shows peppering and the tip of the hammer is a little crusty. Sights, bands, springs and swivels in place. No rod. Short range sight leaf is replaced.  Sharp V/P/eagle barrel proofs. Wood is very good. Very slight rounding and a few light wear marks. No significant dents or divots. A little crustiness to the buttplate heel from standing upright on a floor. A classic Civil War long arm and from a famous American gunmaker who is a collecting field unto himself... $1,150.00

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16-11-58..P.S. JUSTICE CAVALRY SABER... Civil War enlisted cavalry saber by Philip S. Justice of Philadelphia. Justice assembled swords from American components and also from German elements, as well as importing complete swords. This is one of his “Type 1 Variation” made from American parts. The grip profile generally meets the 1840 form, but has a slight swell in the middle like on the 1860. The blade address at the ricasso is also the form found on his American blades: two lines with the top line in an arch. Between August, 1861, and the end of March, 1862, Justice supplied more than 13,000 sabers to the US government, making him one of the most prolific early war suppliers. The hilt has an untouched aged patina and the grip has original leather and wire with just minor wear. The 36 inch blade shows a pleasing mix of bright steel with darker gray areas, with a good point and no nicks. The scabbard is the typical Justice style, following the European pattern with side screw at the throat. Thillmann feels that these scabbards, like the blades, were American made. (Note that the fuller on this shows a little unevenness near the ricasso, where Thillmann calls attention to the better finish of some German blades Justice got hold of at this date.) Scabbard has good finish and dull pewter/brown color. One slight dent about 1/3 of the way up on the outboard side that some collectors call a “rattle dent”... a crease intentionally put in scabbards by troopers to more firmly seat the saber. 100% original except 12 strands of twisted wire have been restored. The three trands wrapped at the pommel are original. The other twelve strands have been professionally restored. A nice example from a well-known early war contractor...$695.00 sold

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16-11-63.. RICHARDS PATENT MESS SET...Army recruits were eager for any invention that promised to make life in the army easier. A number of combination mess tools were marketed with the promise they would be harder to lose, easier to carry, and simpler to find in the recesses of a haversack. The Richards patent is one of the earliest and most sturdy. The spoon and fork are stamped from one piece of steel, as is the knife, and flanges in the handles make them easy to interlock and store together. The knife is marked “Richards / Patent July 23, 1861” Good condition with mixed gray and brown age spotting. Very clear maker markings. This would go great with any of the issue mess gear shown above as part of a camp display... $435.00 sold

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16-11-02 ..WONDERFULL ATTIC FINE CONDITION US MARTIALLY MARKED 3RD MODEL COLT DRAGOON... One of the best I have owned.     This is a relatively early Third Model Dragoon, w/ serial number 12602.    About 10,500 were made from 1851 to 1861, with numbering overlapping the Second Model and starting at about 10,200.  Very clear, correct “Address Saml. Colt New York City” barrel marking and sharp Colts Patent stamp at lower left of the frame with the proper “U.S.” centered beneath it indicating government ownership.   Clear “JH” inspector stamp on the forward left side of the frame and clear, matching serial numbers including the wedge.  . Smooth tan metal overall with good edges and a pleasant medium patina to the brass.   Grips excellent with just some minor dings and rounding of the bottom edges from handling.  There is a good "WAT" cartouche on the right grip, struck vertically, and a faint remnant of a cartouche on the left grip..  The cylinder serial number is crisp and the cylinder scene is quite visible (60%) … much better than most we see.    The cylinder motto is light on the “MO” of “MODEL U.S.MR.” but the rest of it is readily visible.  Mechanically perfect.  Colt dragoons are a key pistol in US arms collecting.  They are scarce in any condition, and this one ranks NRA VG+++ and sits in the top 10% of surviving specimens in terms of condition.    This is a darn fine US military example at a very realistic price.  You will look long and hard before finding another of these army issue “4-pounders” in this condition.   $7,850.00

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16-11-03 ..RARE CUT-FOR-STOCK 3RD MODEL COLT DRAGOON... Extremely Scarce!  Only 1,200 to 1,500 Third Model Dragoons were cut for shoulder stocks so the bearer could use it as shoulder arm as well as a handgun.  Ours is serial number 18,170 and is cut for the third style stock,  having a four-screw frame,  notched recoil shield,  and a groove in the heel of the buttstock.  The metal is smooth with a mix of brighter silver gray and darker gray areas on the cylinder and frame, and even some mottled brown on the lower frame that is a remnant of case color.  The forward barrel and loading assembly shows a subdued mix of gray and brown. Matching numbers throughout. Sharps Colt markings on the top of the barrel, and folding leaf sight in place.  Clear Colts Patent frame markings, and even some decent cylinder scene remaining. Very tight wood-to-metal fit and excellent grips.  The trigger guard and butt strap show generous traces of rich silver plate .   Mechanics are fine and nipples are intact, not battered.   Don’t be fooled by the presence of two Dragoons on this list into thinking they are common.  I keep a constant lookout for them and they have never been easy to find.  I happened upon two in September, and here they are.   This one is really nice and presents a chance to catch a scarce variant cut for a shoulder stock.  $6950.00

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16-11-67 ... 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 he 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) ... $29.50 shipping included

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