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17-05-21...EARLY PRODUCTION PITTSBURGH COOPER REVOLVER... Double action early Pittsburgh production Cooper pocket model revolver. Five inch barrel. Second variation of the first model. 5-shot, .31 caliber. Serial number 892, with the correct two-line Pittsburgh barrel address for this variation. Steel is grey-blue patina with crisp markings. The cylinder and frame are a dull silver gray with some scattered brown. Excellent grips with a tight fit and just some minor dings and one edge chip to the butt. Mechanically OK but cylinder does not index when cocking. Hammer cocks, double action works... but cylinder just sits there like a house at the side of the road. A nice example of a Cooper, perfect for a Civil War or early western collection. $635.00 Sold

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17-05-22..MID SIZED PERCUSSION BELT PISTOL WITH BELT HOOK... An impressive 1840s-1850s roughly 40 caliber percussion belt pistol with checkered bag style grip. It has a German silver wrist escutcheon, forend cap, wedge escutcheon plates, trigger guard and butt cap. Deeply engraved breech and breech plug tang. Hammer and back-action lock plate engraved with matching floral motifs, as is the trigger guard and cover to the small cap receptacle in the butt. Barrel is smooth metal, showing some faded brown mixed with gray. Slight crack on the left stock beneath the belt hook. Ramrod is replaced. A perfect pistol for carrying, fitted with a belt hook so that it could be carried on the waistband or belt for ready access. Unsigned but likely English or Irish. Mechanically perfect. Just the pistol as would be carried by a plantation owner, ship's captain, slave overseer, or highway man. Ten inches overall. Barrel length six inches. A lot of gun for very little money.... $495.00 Sold

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17-05-23...L.G. & Y. WINDSOR VERMONT SPECIAL MODEL 1861 RIFLE MUSKET... Three rifle musket contractors were a bit ahead of Springfield in terms of 1860s arms design. Lamson, Goodnow and Yale of Windsor, Vermont, along with Amoskeag in NH, and Colt in CT. made the US Special Model 1861 Contract Rifle-musket that was introduced by Colt, based on some aspects of the British Enfield. These "improvements" were later adopted by the US in the Springfield 1863 and 1864 patterns. The Special model, has the beveled hammer and uses of a solid, flat faced bolster, as opposed to the goose neck hammer and teardrop bolster on the 1861 Springfield. These were wise improvements and adopted by Springfield in 1863. It also uses screw-tightened, friction barrel bands which were a terrible idea, and discarded forever by Springfield after it tried them in 1863. L.G. & Y. produced about 50,000 of these longarms. This one shows their 1864 lock plate markings, using the 1864 date aft of the hammer and a three-line maker stamp forward. The gun is in appealing crusty, untouched attic condition with dark metal, and some light scattered pitting overall and firing corrosion at the breech and bolster. The wood shows a slight gouge at the left butt flat near the lower rear edge, but retains sharps edges. Sights, bands, swivels and rod are in place. 100% original and complete. This is a real untouched Civil War infantry rifle as they used to show up from family estates, brought back by a soldier after his wartime service and simply put away in the attic. Of some curiosity is the presence of a medium size lead shotgun pellet embedded in the comb of the stock. Perhaps the result of combat with reb cavalry armed with "sawed-offs"??? It’s not a mint, unissued, fresh out of the crate rifle, but it is a completely honest, un-messed-with Civil War veteran with much appeal. This one was there... $1,150.00

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17-05-24... NCO SWORD DATED 1863 EMERSON AND SILVER W/ MATCHED INSPECTORS MARKS... Nice mid-war example of the non-commissioned officer’s, or sergeant’s, sword. Adopted in 1840, these long, straight-bladed swords with brass hilts continued the tradition of arming infantry sergeants with a sword as a badge of rank, and perhaps last-ditch defensive weapon. This one was produced by the well known contractor Emerson and Silver of Trenton, NJ, and is so marked on the ricasso. The other side of the ricasso bears the US acceptance stamp and inspector’s initials DFH as well as the date of acceptance, 1863. Emerson and Silver NCO swords have always been sought after because they were the only maker to think of using a metal scabbard rather than leather. The brass hilt has a muted, aged patina matching the brass mounts on the scabbard. The drag has a DFH inspector stamp matching the sword. Both mounts are missing their small screws, but are firmly on the scabbard. The drag shows some dents and crinkling. The body of the scabbard is good, with no dents and good bluing remaining. The blade still has its thin leather washer at the blade shoulder and shows a light silver gray mixed with some underlying bright. The edge and point are good. A nice example of a regulation issue infantry arm, and one whose scabbard you don’t have to worry about your brother-in-law breaking when you show it to him in the collection room ... $465.00 Sold

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17-05-25...1906 CAVALRY SABER... PANCHO VILLA ON THE BORDEr... Very nice example of the 1906 cavalry saber that revived the 1860 pattern, but with a steel guard and different scabbard. Sharp A.S. Co. / ordnance bomb/ 1906 stamp at the ricasso with a U.S. / J.H.S. acceptance/inspector stamp on the other side. The "A.S." marking is Ames Sword Co.. Blade shows light silver color with good edge and point, just a few scattered grayish clouds, thick pad still at the blade shoulder, and full grip wrap and wire. Scabbard is bright, has correct screw fastened throat, with drag in place, and correct, narrowly spaced carrying rings. A very nice example of a regulation U.S. cavalry edged weapon that still has a true connection to the Wild West. When we sent troops to teach Pancho Villa to stay on his side of the border, our troopers carried these wonderful curved blade cavalry sabers. This one is better than the last three I've owned by a pretty good margin. (The clip art here is an actual action photo of Villa! Makes you want to watch William Holden in The Wild Bunch again, doesn't it...) $495.00 Sold

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17-05-26 VERY EARLY - 3 DIGIT SERIAL - FIRST MODEL MERRILL CARBINE ... One of the more attractive Civil War breech-loading carbines is this First Type brass-mounted Merrill with patchbox and flat, knurled latch on the breech release lever. Merrills show lots of intermediate variations- early patterns with mid to late production rounded knob latches, etc. This one has only the early features. Wood is a nice medium brown and the brass has a matching mellow tone. Wood has some chips around the butt-plate, largely on the right side, but otherwise just the usual handling dings and some darker areas mixed in, but with good edges. Sights, band, sling ring and bar, band, all in place. Serial number 962 on the rear of the lockplate and legible Merrill maker and patent dates beneath the bolster and on the top of the latch. Flat catch for the plunger, the lower portion of which shows a matching serial number “962” and the upper interior has an assembly/bench number, “100.” Mechanism is good. Patchbox door functions. Barrel and receiver are an even silver gray. Slightly darker mixed gray on the lock plate from faded case colors. Slight corrosion around the nipple and to the adjacent side of the latch from firing. One leaf missing in rear sight base. I once owned a pre war example inscribed to Ashby's Virginia Cavalry. I have forgotten its serial number. This serial number "962" is also likely pre-war production which would give this weapon a real strong chance of having been issued to Virginia mounted militia serving with the CSA. A key Civil War cavalry breech-loading carbine. $1,950.00 Sold

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17-05-27...COLT STYLE POWDER FLASK FOR POCKET REVOLVER... A vey nice condition powder flask with copper body and brass top with thumb lever and spring in place on the spout. Undisturbed mellow aged patina with some lighter areas on the raised edges as should be the case. Very striking spread wing eagle with sun rays overhead and an arc of stars above that, with US shield clutched in front, crossed pistols below, and the US national motto in a ribband following the lower curve of the flask. A very showy flask for a .31 caliber revolver of any make, just one shallow push on one face and a minor ding on the bottom edge. Handsome ... $225.00 Sold

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17-05-28...MEXICAN WAR DATED US H. ASTON PERCUSSION PISTOL w/ MATCHED DATES OF 1847...  Desirable, 1847, Mexican War, dated example of the US Model 1842 dragoon pistol by Aston.  Clear lock markings. Some corrosion from firing on the barrel top at breech that touches the last digit of the barrel date and some of the US/JH barrel proof mark. All markings are still legible.  Brass has a pleasing medium patina and the wood shows a warm and handsome deep brown color.  Slightly rounded edge to rear of the lock platform.  Barrel shows gray with some scattered light pitting.  Loading assembly about the same.    Mechanism is good. These pistols were made by Aston and by Johnson, with some supplied to the state of South Carolina by William Glaze.  They were intended to be carried by dragoons in pommel holsters, hence the swivel ramrod so that it would not get lost when loading on horseback.  Many were still in many state arsenals at the beginning of the war, with more than a few making their way into some early-war southern volunteer cavalry units. One of the few affordable US martial arms still readily available to the collector.  ...$850.00

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17-05-29...CIVIL WAR OFFICER’S SWORD ... Classic US 1850 pattern foot officer’s sword. The regulation side arm for infantry lieutenants and captains during the Civil War.  A real veteran of the war.  About 65 percent of the sharkskin wrap remains, but shows wear, and you have just a single turn of the twisted wire binding up under the pommel cap.  The brass hilt shows a mellow patina that has not been touched.  Blade still has some etching visible, but shows a dark gray, with a good tip, but some blade nicks about a third of the way down from the tip.  The unstopped fuller shows were are dealing with a sword imported by one of the large military goods suppliers in the US, who sold weapons to officers, who had to purchase their own uniforms, gear and side arms.  Not fancy, but very typical of how we used to find Civil War swords when they still came out of families. Typical sword of a line officer who served up front with his men on the battle line.  The Real McCoy for only $225.00 Sold

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17-05-30...MAGNIFICENT AMERICAN 1812 era EAGLE-HEAD SWORD ...Beautiful War of 1812 period American officer’s saber with blue and gilt blade with American eagle motif, engraved brass scabbard, also with an American eagle, engraved bone grip and wonderfully detailed hilt. 32 inch blade.  38 inches overall length.  The brass hilt shows lots of thin gilding remaining on the heavily detailed mounts. The knuckleguard is formed in the shape of bound reeds and executes a reverse curve as it rises toward the eagle pommel and then loops back down to lock in under the eagle’s chin. The grip has a backstrap and the quillon is formed in the shape of a gargoyle or sea monster. The langets are edged with arches along the edges ending in small trefoils, and show a halberd head and arrow quiver crossed amid a cluster of leaves.  The blade is blued and gilt for two thirds of its length. The blue and gilt are rubbed slightly for a couple of inches below the guard, and there are some areas of gray blending in with the blue, but the blue is generally bright and the gilt motifs really stand out from the background.  On the left side floral motifs mix with a trophy of arms and on the right surround an eagle with an American shield on its chest and raised wings.  The same mix of floral motifs and raised wing eagle are engraved in the gilt brass scabbard.  The bone grip is very good, with checkering mixed with bands and fan.  Just one or two tight, hairline cracks that are stable and not chipped. This is an impressive sword that would improve any US sword collection and would also look great displayed with a period officer’s belt, sash, and military effects.  The quality and condition are top shelf.  A lot of sword for the money.  ...$2,950.00 Sold

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17-04-31...BEAUTIFUL ENGRAVED & CASED TRANTER REVOLVER IDENTICAL IN EVERY RESPECT TO THE ONLY KNOWN SPECIMEN SIGNED WITH A VICKSBURG DEALER MARKING;  SN 12,365:   Though our specimen & casing does not bear a dealer's marking it is absolutely identical to one sold at Julia's auction for $10,300.00 in October 2015, that was marked “LOUIS HOFFMAN, VICKSBURG, MISS”.   See link  https://jamesdjulia.com/item/3368-386/    We can extrapolate that ours likely went south as well.  It is a magnificent cased, nickel-silver-plated Tranter army revolver.  These “self-cocking” English revolvers were the height of fashion in some American circles. Southern arms dealers, in particular, stocked them, catering to the aristocratic tastes of their clientele. This one looks like it just came off the desk or side table in a well-appointed gentleman’s library or smoking room or as a gift to a newly commissioned southern gentleman heading off to war.  Untouched oak case with key lock and two pivoting hooks, lined in dark green. separate compartments for a small oil flask, nipple wrench, a tin of Eley percussion caps, a tin of Tranter’s Lubricating Composition, and another of Tranter’s lubricating bullets, all three with legible green paper labels (just one showing slight loss at bottom.) The cleaning rod with concealed ball screw lies in its own tray.  There is also a very nice Hawksley maker marked copper bag shaped flask and, remarkably, a  Tranter marked brass bullet mold that casts two rounds.  Any of these accoutrements would be considered a real good “find” at a show.  Most impressive is the revolver itself.  Minty checkered brown walnut grips with a tight fit to the frame and a fully silvered frame,  barrel assembly and cylinder.  Vivid Tranter patent stamps,  cylinder proofs, and an engraved serial number at bottom left frame.  Profuse floral engraving at rear of frame, forward part of frame and rear of barrel, loading lever, and butt cap.  Some minor spots of plating loss here and there on the upper frame, a bit more on the lower frame below and to rear of cylinder and butt cap, but not enough to disturb the overall visual impact.   Tranters are often found with associations to high ranking Confederate officers and were obviously favored southern pistols.  Since this one is IDENTICAL to the only known Vicksburg marked cased set,  I feel we can confidently assume that ours also likely went South.   This one is darn fine gun with a striking presentation in its original case with its original correct and marked implements.  There are even a few Tranter bullets still in there and the key to the case.   A very high class side arm with Confederate associations showing a high point in Victorian engineering as well.  A high quality cased set with all the bells and whistles. ...$,5,500.00 Sold

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17-05-32...SHARPS FOUR BARREL .22 CALIBER PEPPERBOX PISTOL ...These clever little four-barrel derringers used a rotating firing pin on the hammer that enabled the shooter to fire each barrel in succession as he cocked the hammer. Excellent molded hard rubber grips, crisp serial number 25166 and crisp Sharps circular patent stamp on left and right frame (these are often worn.) There is even some faded blue showing on the barrel assembly. Tight fit of grips to frame. A dandy little pocket pistol that was popular with soldiers and civilians alike from 1859 to 1874. 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically V.G. More than one western gambler kept one hidden away in a vest pocket. Very nice condition with just the most minimal wear to the grips that still show great detail. vegl-dejx ...$595.00 Sold

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17-05-33...FIFTH MODEL BURNSIDE CARBINE... The “fifth model” is actually the standard Civil War issue Burnside carbine, recognized by the presence of an external guide screw for the breechblock on the right side of the frame. Although production of this model started in 1863, most are found with “Model of 1864” marked on the breech. This one, however, still has the earlier 1856 Burnside patent date and a serial number of 21989. 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect except for the front sight dexcribed below. . Crusty, old blue mixed with brown surface to the metal. Sights, band, swivel, sling ring and bar are in place. Front sight is an old replacement somewhat crudely mounted in the mortise. Likely the gun was too useful around the farm when the veteran returned, at least as long as his special Burnside cartridges held out. The wood has one sizeable dent on the left buttstock, forward, but is untouched with the expected dings and scratches of field use. This gun will clean up, but I like the “out of the attic” look myself and prefer to leave them untouched since they are so hard to find like that nowadays. The 1st Michigan, 5th, 6th, 7th Ohio, 1st Massachusetts and many other cavalry units carried these carbines and they are one of the essential arms in a Civil War cavalry collection. Totally honest and "as found". ...$1,150.00 Sold

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17-05-34...12 STOP MANHATTAN REVOLVER... A real stand-out 6-inch Manhattan Pocket Model with a twelve-stop cylinder. Metal is in the bright, crisp barrel address and patent marking and 2201 serial number. Vivid roll engraved stagecoach holdup cylinder scene and standard, but hand engraved, floral scroll-work on the frame and upper and lower backstrap. Hammer shows traces of case and left side some faded blue. Right side shows just a hint of speckling around the wedge, but not enough to detract. Grips are in excellent condition and with a tight fit. I love the crispness of the engraving and sharpness of the markings on this one. You won’t be disappointed. 100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. $975.00 Sold

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17-05-35... US INSPECTED MARTIAL SAVAGE "SELF COCKING" NAVY REVOLVER ... Nice martially marked Savage .36 caliber Navy revolver. About 20,000 of these revolvers were made in the early to mid-1860s with a large number going on government contract to both the army and navy. This one has no finish but a very smooth even metal, muted silver in color mixed with some brown areas coming up. Excellent wood grips with a tight fit that show a vivid ink inspector cartouche, a real indication of how nice this gun is. Smaller sub-inspector initials are present on various steel parts, and a very crisp maker and patent stamp is present on top of the frame. This is a very nice example of a military issued Savage. To fire this gun you pull the bottom ring on the trigger which cocks the gun and rotates the cylinder. Then pull the top trigger to fire. I am always amazed at mid-nineteenth century American mechanical engineering when I get to handle guns like this. $2,150.00

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17-05-36PRESCOTT SINGLE ACTION NAVY REVOLVER w/ 7 1/2 INCH BARREL:  A very nice brass-frame .38 caliber rimfire Prescott six shot revolver.  Called the Navy style revolver, Prescott managed to sell some 400 of these to the state of Kansas in early 1862 making them a secondary martial revolver though the US government declined to accept any.    Only a few hundred were made from 1861 to 1863 before Smith and Wesson shut them down for patent infringement, but in addition to those in the hands of Kansas soldiers a number were sold commercially to officers, who always appreciated using waterproof self-contained cartridges.  I have owned a few inscribed examples including one to an officer wounded at the Peach Orchard at Gettysburg. Ours shows a crisp barrel address and generous amounts of thinning original barrel blue.  The brass frame has an attractive age patina with some light traces here and there of its original silvering.  The grips are very good, with nice color, varnish and fit. Serial number 604 on the underside of the barrel near the frame. Mechanics are good. A very pleasing pistol.  100% original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect, not to mention very scarce.  vegl  $1,795.00 Sold

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17-05-88 MASS SOLDIER'S INSCRIBED AND PRESENTED MUSKET / REALLY COOL ! Identified Hewes and Phillips conversion of a scarce 1830 dated Johnson musket presented by a veteran of the 6th Massachusetts to his G.A.R. post. Hewes and Phillips of Trenton, N.J., had contract with the state of New Jersey and the U.S. government through the Frankford Arsenal to supply muskets that were converted to percussion and rifled. This is one of their Second Type rifles that were made for the U.S. government and this one has a crisp 1862 date stamped on the barrel indicating the date of conversion. In fact, some of these had already been converted using the cone-in-barrel method, but the chambered breech system used by H&P was regarded as superior. This is a very crisp example of an 1816 Type III musket by Robert and John D. Johnson with sharp US / Eagle / Johnson stamps forward of the hammer and 1830 / Middn Conn in an arc stamped vertically behind the hammer. The Johnsons had an 1829 contract for 3,000 muskets, but earliest known date published has been 1830 according to Moller and Flayderman. This must be one of their earliest guns. The edges on the wood are crisp and there are visible inspector and reconversion cartouches in the wood on the off side. All slings, bands, sights and swivels are in place. The rod is an old rod, but is the standard 1816 model. It should be the cupped version for minie rounds. The sight is the correct 1858 pattern sight used by H&P with its leaves in place and the front sight is the correct iron sight added by H&P during the conversion. Stamped crisply in the buttplate tang is the presentation by a soldier to his G.A.R. post: “Presented to Isaac Davis Post 138 G.A.R. by comrade Charles W. Grant July 1883 Grant was a 19 year old clerk in Roxbury when he enlisted as a private on 7/14/64 and mustered into Co. H of the 6th Mass on 7/16/64. This was the third time that the regiment had gone into Federal service. This tour of duty was for one hundred days. They served for a time at Fort C.F. Smith outside Washington and then were sent to Fort Delaware to guard Confederate prisoners. Grant mustered out with them on 10/27/64 and is recorded in CWdata as being a member of GAR Post 138. I show an image of the members of the post gathered outside in 1900. This is a super example of a scarce rifled musket with a great provenance. You get a number of revolvers and carbines identified to soldiers by serial number, but not many reliable personal identifications with longarms. Metal is in the bright with just some age toning and some scattered dings to the wood. Bore and mechanics are good. This is a dandy musket with a dead-real presentation from one veteran to his comrades. Try and find another this month ..... $2,250.00 Sold

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