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18-11-34... COMPLETE UNION INFANTRY CARTRIDGE BOX:   Known as the pattern of July 1864, Type 2, this cartridge box features the letters “US” within an oval  border embossed upon the outer flap in the same size and style as the brass plate it replaced from earlier models.   Exterior of this cartridge box features a pleasing surface of black bridle leather in very strong condition.  Very light surface crazing is evident overall.   Lower center area of the inner flap retains the government inspector’s stamp which reads “ W.H. JONES  US ORD. DEPT. SUB INSPECTOR.”   Below that is the maker's stamp of  "E METZGER / PHILA."  The leather latch tab is strong and intact.  Both original black-japanned roller buckles are tightly sewn and riveted to the box bottom and are in excellent condition.  Backside of box has the two leather belt loops that are stitched and riveted, along with the sling billets, all in excellent condition.  Interior of box is excellent with strong inner flap, complete tool pouch and tab.  Retains both tin liners.  The right "side ear" on the interior half moon flap was missing so I had helper Chuck make a replacement.  Otherwise 100% original and complete and very solid.  Much better than average.  $295.00 sold

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18-11-35 ... BRITISH NAPOLEONIC “FREEDOM BOX” PRESENTED TO SERGEANT MAJOR VARLEY 77th REGIMENT OF FOOT BY LIEUTENANT AND LATER LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR THOMAS MOLYNEUX, R.H.... Presentation silver and gold boxes like this were called “freedom boxes” in the early 1800s, deriving from the custom of a community honoring someone with the “freedom of the city” by presentation of a symbolic “key to the city” in an elaborate box. The box itself then became the gift and the tradition spread not only to other organizations but to individuals as well and they became fine examples of the jeweler’s art. Just within the past year an American freedom box presented to Stephen Decatur brought $70,000. Often mistaken for snuff boxes because of their size, this one is quite large and measures almost five inches long. It is hallmarked with 1819 British date and touch marks of John Egan, a Dublin silversmith on the inner surfaces of the body and lid. The lid has a separate, deeply worked and applied floral border. The center of the lid is beautifully engraved with the crest and battle honors of the 77th Regiment: three feathers and a crown, usually associated with the Prince of Wales, over the designation “77 Reg.” This is surrounded with the battle honors of Seringapatam, El Bodon, Cuidad Rodrigo, and Badajos are on ribbands out the side and Peninsula underneath. This reflects the first service of the regiment in India from 1787 to 1807, its transfer to Europe for the Netherlands campaign, and then its service in Spain during the Peninsular War from 1811 to 1814, after which it returned to Britain. At the top of the box is the inscription: “Presented to/ Sergt. Major Stephen Varley” and below the crest: “By Lieutenant Thomas Molyneux as a just tribute of acknowledgement for the valuable assistance afforded by him to the Donor on the execution of the Duties of Adjutant. 2nd July 1819.” As the executive officer of a regiment, the adjutant was very much dependent on the competence of the regiment’s commissioned and noncommissioned staff, and the sergeant-major was his vital connection to the personnel of every company. Varley must have been an exemplary soldier to have merited this extraordinary token of esteem from an officer to an enlisted man that crossed the rather strict lines of social class in the army. Thomas Molyneux (also Thomas Molyneux-Williams), 1793-1871, was a younger son of Sir Thomas Molyneux, 5th Baronet. Steeped in family lore of illustrious military ancestors, including one favored by William the Conqueror and another knighted by the Black Prince, he started his military career in the navy as a midshipman for five years on HMS Plantagenet, taking part in Cornwallis’s attack on the French fleet in 1805, landing the army in Portugal in 1808, and re-embarking it after Corunna in January 1809 and then transferred to HMS Sabrina. Attached to this vessel, he took part in the failed Walcheren expedition in the Netherlands in July, serving on a squadron of gunboats on the Scheldt covering the landing of the army, at the bombardment and capture of forts at Ter Vere, Ramakins and Flushing, landed with a naval detachment on South Beveland and was at the taking and subsequent defense of Fort Batz, and took part in gunboat actions covering the retreat of the army. Discharged from the navy in 1810, he received a commission in the 4th Regiment of Foot in the Peninsula in 1811, and was promoted to Lieutenant in the 77th Regiment in 1812, and was in the battles at Cuidad Rodrigo, Badajos, operations on the Bidosa and Adour, the affairs at St. Jean de Luz and the Mayor’s House at Bidart, and lastly the siege and surrender of Bayonne. He returned to Britain with the regiment and became adjutant 28 December 1815, and moved to company command by purchase of a captain’s commission 16 September 1819. He made Major and then Lieutenant Colonel in 1841 and by the time of his death in 1871 had reached the rank of Lieutenant-General. He was author of tactics book, was made a member of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order (“RH,”) and received the war medal with clasp for Badajos. Interestingly, his brother John also served in the 77th and also served as adjutant. Both brothers must have performed well with the aid of such men as Varley. Five years later, in 1824, the commanding officer in the West Indies wrote of John, “His regiment best shows his qualifications as an officer, for in my life I never saw a corps so near perfection.” This fine piece of antique silver will celebrate it’s 200 birthday next month. Beautiful and historic… Even your wife will like this one. $2,850.00 XaejjX sold

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18-11-36 ... REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA SWORD .... A Revolutionary War period horseman’s saber.  It is a very hefty horseman’s sword measuring 000 inches overall with a 000 inch blade. The dark wood grip shows irregular spiral turning that is characteristically American.  The brass stirrup hilt is in good condition with a tall quillon and hexagonal pommel cap that accentuates the fact that it was meant for business.  The blade is clean, with no nicks and shows a light gray with some darker gray areas.  The leather pad at the shoulder is long gone, so our photo shows a gap, but there is no looseness in the hilt.  The blade is a spearpoint, with two fullers: one narrow fuller near the back edge and a medium width fuller running beneath it and extending almost to the point. A very impressive American saber, and very early. Overall legnth 34 inches.  $1,350.00 sold

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18-11-37 ... VIRGINIA MANUFACTORY SABER ... A nice example of the Third Type of Virginia Manufactory cavalry saber.  About 5,000 of these were made from 1808 to 1814, with a small number thrown in in 1821.  These replaced the earlier, longer , awkward horseman’s sabers the armory had produced before 1808 and were so popular that large numbers of the older patterns were altered to this size.   This has the typical birdshead profile pommel and gently curved blade, showing the characteristic backstrap and curved guard with seven slots.  The blade has the standard two fullers, one narrow near the back edge and a shallow wider one in the center.   It also bears a typical Virginia Manufactory enigmatic blade stamp above the ricasso on the left side.  The blade is clean,  muted silver in color,  with good edge and point. The grip has about one third of its thin leather wrap remaining on the upper portion, but no wire.  The iron ferrule at bottom is in place.  There is some crustiness and scattered pitting to the iron hilt that seems to have been japanned black during its period of use. These sabers were made by the state for its militia and more than a few ended up in the hands of Virginia’s Confederate mounted troops in the Civil War.  A very scarce and desirable Southern cavalry saber.Overall legnth 34 inches blade legnth 29 inches....$1,450.00 sold

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18-11-39 ... COLT POCKET MODEL: 1849 Colt pocket revolver, four inch barrel, all matching numbers 242,009, made in 1863.  Very good grips with just some small handling dings on the bottom.  Smooth, gray metal with no finish, a dusting of brown color, crisp barrel address, matching serial numbers, patent and caliber stamps all visible.   No  appreciable cylinder scene visible, but the matching serial number is plain enough.  Some scattered darker gray spots and a few tiny dings on the right frame at the wedge.  Wedge screw replaced. A nice example of an officer’s sidearm or early western traveler’s gun. Mechanism is good and the nipples have not been battered down by careless handling.  Colts best selling revolver of the 1800s.  Carried by 49ers in the California gold fields, Cowboys, and Civil War soldiers.  100% original except for one screw previously mentioned,  100% complete and mechanically perfect.   $725.00 sold

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18-11-40 ... W&T AVERY GOLD MINER’S SCALES ...An imported set of gold scales in a wood case with a paper label on the interior of the hinged lid.  The yellow tone shown in one of the illustrations was caused by improper lighting.   Somewhat better quality than the American made versions.  A sturdy plain wood box with dividers, with  an elaborate label assuring the highest quality of work from the Birmingham maker.   A less fancy box than some, but better quality scales,  with the pans secured to the beam by chains instead of string as seen on most American made sets.   Seven small counterweights are present in a smaller section of the box.   Just what the 49er needed after pulling out all those nuggets out of his pan.    $265.00 sold

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18-11-41 ... CAMPAIGN-GRADE HORSTMANN MODEL 1860 CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER... One of the very plain 1860 pattern cavalry officer’s sabers sold by Horstmann, called “campaign-grade” by Thillmann. This one is even plainer than most, with no adornment to the brass hilt other than the leaves cast into the edge of the pommel cap. The unadorned blade is stamped “Horstmann & Sons” on one side of the ricasso and “Philadelphia” on the other, these blades are thought by Thillmann to have been American made, possibly by Collins. The grip on this follows the 1860 pattern with a central swell and taper to the pommel cap. The grip wrap is black leather, in very good condition, with its twisted brass binding wire in place and tight. The brass has a deep, aged patina. The blade is a mix of subdued silver gray and darker gray areas overall, but with a good edge and point. The scabbard is very good, with flat throat, both carrying rings and drag in place. Smooth metal overall, light brown patina, very handsome in color. One dent on outside about one quarter of the way up, possibly a “rattle dent” purposely applied to keep the sword more firmly in the scabbard when sheathed. A real combat cavalry officer’s saber. Overall legnth 38 inches $695.00 sold

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18-11-42. PRIME CONDITION 1862 DATED MANSFIELD AND LAMB CAVALRY SABER WITH MATCHING INSPECTOR MARKS ....Excellent condition regulation US 1860 pattern enlisted cavalry saber by Mansfield and Lamb. Crisply stamped at the ricasso with the maker’s logo on one side and a “U.S. / J.H./1862” stamp on the other.   The sword still has its leather pad at the blade shoulder and a bright blade with just a few tiny gray spots.  It  still shows its original cross-polishing near the hilt.  Best of all, the pommel cap and the drag of the scabbard have matching G.G.B. inspection marks (just a tad light on the last letter on the pommel cap.)  The leather grip wrap is excellent and the binding wire is complete and tight. The scabbard is very good, no dents, throat, bands, rings and drag all in place. Overall steel gray patina, about like it looked in 1862.  It will be tough to find one as nice anywhere close to this money.  Super desirable early war date in super condition. Overall legnth 41 inches $950.00 sold

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18-11-43 ... FRENCH POET POCKET REVOLVER LEFAUCHEUX STYLE... Pocket size pinfire pistol with a folding trigger, similar in design and configuration to the Lefaucheux pinfires... no maker’s mark apparent.  Slightly larger in size than a Colt Root 1855 revolver, about 6mm bore.    Overall gray metal, smooth, with scattered brown patina and darker gray spots. The grips are plain, in good condition and the wood to metal fit is tight. Rod, loading gate, and front sight are present. The crowned inspection marks are sharp on the frame, barrel assembly and cylinder. The pinfire cartridges meant you did not have to worry about wet weather and loose primers. These pistols made without trigger guards and with folding triggers were meant to be easily concealed in a pocket and easily drawn. This made it a good choice for French poet Paul Verlaine in 1873 when he decided to take a few pot shots at fellow poet Arthur Rimbaud--- another absinthe, opium, and hashish related incident!  That pistol was just a tad fancier, with some engraving on the frame, and brought around $400,000 recently at auction. Ours is considerably less expensive and you don’t need to speak French to buy it.  $165.00 sold

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18-11-44...A regulation issue 1839 pattern cartridge box plate. The standard issue plate of the Civil War.   Very attractive, showing some gilt finish left in the low areas, a few tiny dark spots, and no dings or dents. Very smooth, clean lead solder back with both loops in place. These were made by a number of suppliers and the die-strikes vary somewhat, making them a sub-category of US military plate collecting. A very nice example.  $195.00

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18-11-45... REGULATION US BELT PLATE:  The regulation Civil War US oval waist belt plate. Introduced in 1839, this pattern was supplied by many different makers and has a couple of standard variations. This is the arrow back version, from the shape of the two prongs designed to fix it on one end of the soldier’s waist belt.   Both hooks and the snake head prong are firmly in place.  There are a few slight dents to the leading edge, near the belt hook, indicating this was issued and worn. The arrowheads on the wearer’s left, making it what some collectors refer to as the dragoon pattern plate.  A good variation and very handsome.  $225.00 sold

(What happened to the old days when you could sometimes find one for two dollars in the antique seller’s junk box?)

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18-11-46:  MILITIA SWORD-SABER ... American militia cavalry saber modeled on the British 1796 light cavalry saber. Brass hilt with a reverse-P guard, fairly high quillon, with backstrap, ferrule and short rounded langets. The grip is a thin black leather that shows just the slightest bit of chipping under the tip of the pommel.  Missing the binding wire, but the wrap is tight. Blade is smooth metal, steel gray with a overall dusting of brown that would likely clean up if you were so inclined. The blade has a single wide fuller, good edge with no nicks, and good point. The scabbard is full-length, black leather with brass middle and upper mounts, both with carrying rings in place, the upper mount also showing a small hole for a missing button so the saber could be carried in a cross belt frog as well as on saber slings. The scabbard is solid and in very good condition. The brass drag was long ago lost and replaced by stitching a piece of leather over the tip. This does not look terribly old to me and I would keep an eye out for a loose drag to restore it at some point. The brass mounts and hilt have a nice, mellow, aged patina and the blade tang is smooth on the pommel and not messed with. Although this pattern was used by American militia up to about 1840, the leather scabbard and contoured grip strike me as earlier, perhaps more in the 1800-1820 era. Overall legnth 34 inches   $595.00

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18-11-47... 49er’s GOLDMINER’S SCALE ... Another set of scales from a recently acquired collection. This is the pattern with an embossed cover like a period daguerreotype case, showing a geometric border and a spreadwinged eagle with stars overhead in the center.  Lid secures with a flat brass hook, the case has a fitted interior lined in purple velvet showing some fading around the edges. The balance beam and string-attached pans sits in one compartment and seven small counterweights in the other, smaller section. There is some wear to the edges of the box, but nothing too bad and the eagle is larger than most. This would look great laid with a California gold rush period Bowie or eagle-decorated knife and a pepperbox beside it. I just finished reading an 1850s letter from a miner writing home from California that he and his fellows had word a group of bandits were about to attack his camp and they were prepared for a fight.  $145.00 sold

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18-11-48.   GOLD MINER’S SCALE... Much like other examples in the collection we just acquired, but somewhat fancier and with a few differences. The exterior of the case is covered in a thin, textured fabric like a book binding, and at the center has a small gilt blind-stamped American eagle with a shield on its breast, clutching olive branch and arrows, along with an impressed geometric border line around the edge of the top. The purple lined case has the standard recessed areas for the scale and counterweights, six of which are still present.  $145.00

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18-11-49...  GOLD MINER’S SCALE ...A very well made set of scales in a partitioned wood box.  One small compartment holding 4 counterweights is set off by wood dividers, the rest of the box is open for the pans and beam. This probably had a paper label that is long gone.   Closes with a small hook and eye,  and fitted with an elegant looking purple velvet lining on the bottom.   $165.00 sold

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18-11-50... NATHAN STARR SABER ... Nathan Starr had a contract in 1812 for cavalry sabers modeled on those of William Rose. In 1813 the contract was revised to include metal scabbards.   This one is very clearly stamped on the ricasso with the P (proved mark) over the “L.S.” inspector’s initials of Luther Sage, and below that N. Starr’s name and a US stamp. Some of the thin leather grip wrap is still present on the left side of the grip. The right side mostly the wood. The leather pad at the blade shoulder is also still present. The blade is clean, showing dull silver mixed with gray and some light brown areas. No nicks to the edge and the clip point is good. The iron scabbard is solid and complete with throat, drag and both rings. It has a crusty surface showing a mix of old blacking and surface rust. Reverse-P guard and birdshead pommel with backstrap are very good. Hilt is tight. Overall legnth 38 inches   $695.00 sold

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