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EDGED WEAPONS

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boyle & gamble
BOYLE & GAMBLE FOOT OFFICER SWORD PICTURED IN ALBAUGH
The firm of Boyle & Gamble was located on Sixth Street in Richmond Virginia, only one block from from the old Virginia Armory. The company was in business throughout the war and made swords of all types along with knives and bayonets. The sword pictured here is a foot officer's sword made by Boyle & Gamble and shows standard style brass guard, grip with single strand brass wire wrap and pommel cap decorated with ivy leaf. The blade has single unstopped fuller with a very long flat area from guard to start of fuller. On the obverse of flat is engraved in script letter "CSA" this being the only visible decoration on blade. Scabbard is a typical product of Boyle & Gamble with top stitched seam to leather body and pinned mounts.
This exact sword is pictured in "A Photographic Supplement of Confederate Swords" by William A. Albaugh on page 16. The sword was owned at the time by renowned early collector Fred Slaton, Jr.  Condition:  Guard and pommel have a nice aged and untouched patina. The original leather grip is 100% intact with only minor scattered scuffs. Wire grip wrap is the original. Blade is darkened with light pitting over most of the surface. The engraved CSA is light but visible. The scabbard shows loss and flaking of leather finish. Brass mountings and drag are original and show deep aged brass patina.
This is a rare opportunity to own one of the swords that is actually photographed and described in the primary reference work of Confederate swords
$14,500.00

 

1851 dated ames sword
RARE 1851 DATED & INSPECTED AMES FOOT OFFICER SWORD
One of the earliest Ames made M1850 foot officer's swords dated 1851 and purchased by the US Government with only approximately 600 being manufactured and delivered. The sword has all of the correct inspection marks with "J.W.R."  and "B" on pommel cap. The etched blade has the early style "E. Pluribus Unum" etched and not dry scribed within the ribbon. At the ricasso is stamped "1851" date and opposite is "U.S. / RPB". The scabbard drag has the inspector stamp "B".  All brass parts are heavily gilded, much more so than seen on later swords. The shagreen grip is fully intact and just showing light wear. Original twisted brass wire wrap is complete. The blade etching is bright and frosty. Scabbard top mount reverse is stamped "Ames Mfg, Co. / Chicopee Mass" and the leather body is the correct lapped and glued type.  Condition:  Brass guard and pommel have heavy gilt remaining with some wear to higher spots.  Grip is original and complete as is twisted brass wire. Blade etching is all clearly visible and frosted. There are areas that are stained mostly on left side of blade and some very light pitting near tip. The scabbard mounts and drag are heavily gilded with drag toe showing some reduction from carrying. Leather body has some age crackling but no weak areas or breaks. Overall a very high quality sword.
Quoting "Civil War Army Swords" by John Thillmann "...these Ames Foot Officers' swords with 1850 and 1851 dates are very scarce in any condition..."
$3,150.00

 

thomas, griswold & company artillery saber
THOMAS, GRISWOLD & CO ARTILLERY SABER
Upon the dissolution of the firm of Hyde & Goodrich in New Orleans the company continued operations as Thomas, Griswold & Co., producing handguns and all types of swords and sabers including the classic Confederate brass scabbard artillery  and cavalry sabers. This is a fine example of their Confederate artillery saber with maker stamps at ricasso and original brass scabbard. Condition: brown leather grip is original showing only minor wear. Twisted brass wire is complete on grip.  Blade is deeply stamped at ricasso "T.G & Co / N. O." Blade is full length showing scattered slightly darkened areas with no evident pitting or edge nicks. Tip is slightly rounded. Brass scabbard has deeply aged patina matching the sword guard and pommel.  Scattered light dings and dents present on lower 1/3 of scabbard from use.
An attractive and very eye appealing Confederate sword
$12,500.00

 

confederate knife
OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE SPEAR POINT KNIFE
A very high condition Confederate spear point knife with the original leather scabbard. Blade measures 12 inches with overall length of 16.5 inches. Original wood grip is held tightly in place with an iron washer. Blade is still bright with evident tooling marks. No nicks or pitting. Crossguard is a diamond shape also showing finer finishing marks beneath pleasing patina. Scabbard is as good as can be found. It is thick brown leather with tin throat and tip attached by punching small holes through mounts. Leather belt loop remains fully intact.
This one cannot be upgraded
$5,500.00

 

confederate short sword
E.J. JOHNSTON ARTILLERY SHORT SWORD
A Confederate made artillery short sword with its wood scabbard. These are thought to be a product of E.J. Johnston and are very similar to the known maker marked examples. This type is found with wood scabbard. Brass grip has concentric rings and distinctive pommel. Blade is excellent due to having been housed in the scabbard. Wood scabbard is made of two pieces joined at edges and painted black with pinned tin mounts. A superb condition Confederate artillery sword with its original scabbard.
$3,850.00

 

griswold cavalry officer saber
THOMAS, GRISWOLD & COMPANY CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER
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BOYLE & GAMBLE ARTILLERY SHORT SWORD
BOYLE & GAMBLE ARTILLERY SHORT SWORD
An artillery sword manufactured by Boyle & Gamble of Richmond, VA.  These shorts swords have a very distinctive profile with face of guard and quillons being flat. The pommel and grip also have a very distinct design. Blade has single fuller at center on both sides. Condition: very good with full length, mostly bright blade. Brass grip and guard have nice untouched patina.
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confederate sword
CONFEDERATE SHORT SWORD WITH C & S IN QUILLONS
This is a Confederate made artillery short sword possibly manufactured by Burger & Brother of Richmond, VA. Guard is hand cast brass with ribbed  grip and C & S cast into opposite quillons. Blade has been sharpened during its lifetime and is slightly more narrow than when originally made.
The most desirable and difficult to find of the Confederate made artillery short swords.
$3,795.00

 

confederate cavalry saber
UNTOUCHED CONFEDERATE CAVALRY SABER
A classic southern made cavalry saber most likely made by Haiman of Columbus, GA. The sword is in original and untouched condition with the rarely seen rawhide grip wrap. Scabbard is iron with soldered lap seam and brass carry mounts with iron drag. Blade shows typical flaws associated with Haiman made products. Condition : Grip and wire wrap are complete and intact. Brass guard and pommel cap have deep aged patina. Blade is a mix of gray with areas of brown staining that looks like it would clean if desired. Scabbard has original throat present with brass mounts and iron drag. There is a dent on both sides of scabbard most likely put there by the man that carried it to eliminate the blade rattling.
Overall an attractive Confederate sword with rawhide grip and original scabbard.
$3,950.00

 

collins & Company sword
1862 DATED COLLINS & CO. FOOT OFFICER SWORD
A model 1850 foot officer's sword made by Collins & Co. of Harford, CT.  This example is stamped at ricasso "Collins & Co / Hartford / Conn / 1862" and also has the rarely seen on a foot officer sword "US" cast into guard. Sword is all original with leather grip and twisted brass wire. Much gilt remaining on guard. Original and correct leather scabbard with brass hardware. Blade is profusely etched with crossed saber and bayonet, stand of arms, National flag and stylized block US. Much of the frost remains in etched area. A couple of light nicks near end of blade.
This is a very eye appealing officer's sword with scarce US in guard.
$2,450.00

 

confederate sword
BOYLE & GAMBLE STAFF OFFICER'S SWORD
The classic Confederate staff officers sword with CS and star prominently cast in the guard. This example has nice patina remaining on brass guard and pommel cap with an original war time sword knot attached. Condition: blade shows casting flaws but has been cleaned. Guard is correct and untouched. Grip appears to be restored. Overall an appealing Confederate sword from the most well known and respected manufacturer of southern weapons.
$7,500.00

 

model 1860 staff officer sword
INDIAN WARS M1860 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD
A regulation pattern Model 1860 staff & field officer's sword with etched blade and original scabbard. This one is maker marked "Henry V. Allien & CO / New York".  Blade is nicely etched with US, eagle and other patriotic motifs. Highly embellished brass guard and pommel. Leather grip is complete along with brass wire wrap. Scabbard is of blued steel with brass mountings and drag. This is an 1870's period manufactured sword.
$475.00

 

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IMAGES

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civil war ambrotype
SIXTH PLATE AMBROTYPE OF WELL ARMED CAVALRYMAN
A crisp and clear image of a Federal cavalry trooper holding his M1860 army revolver with his saber at his side. The image quality is good enough to easily discern the wreath on his 1851 pattern sword belt plate. His accoutrements include revolver holster and 44 caliber pistol cartridge box.
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zouave tintype
QUARTER PLATE TINTYPE OF A BIRNEY'S ZOUAVE
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Civil War Soldier Wearing Greatcoat
QUARTER PLATE TINTYPE OF SOLDIER WEARING GREATCOAT
A 1/4 plate tintype of a tough looking yankee wearing regulation dismounted pattern greatcoat. Subject is also wearing a 4-button sack coat and sky blue trousers along with his forage cap. This is a very clear view and would display perfectly along with an original greatcoat.
$425.00

 

civil war cavalry ambrotype
SIXTH PLATE AMBROTYPE OF FEDERAL CAVALRYMEN
A nice sixth plate ambrotype of two Federal cavalry troopers. Both of the soldier's pants and vests are tinted light blue. Both men wear cavalry shell jackets. One is wearing a Hardee hat and the other wears a forage cap.
A very clean and clear image.
$365.00

 

 

 

 

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ACCOUTREMENTS

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civil war cartridge box
58 CALIBER CARTRIDGE BOX WITH SLING AND PLATES
The Model 1861, 58 caliber cartridge box. A very nice condition box with the original sling and both the boxplate and eagle breastplate having matching patina. There is a double incised, tooled line around outside edge of both the outer flap of box and shoulder strap which definitively points to both pieces having been manufactured together and also suggesting early date of manufacture. There are no makers stamps visible . Both plates are fastened with a narrow leather strip. Closure tab is missing.  Leather finish is very good on both box and strap. A very high quality Civil War issued box.
$1,150.00

 

civil war bugle
1864 CONTRACT STRATTON & FOOTE BUGLE
A maker marked Civil War bugle with pigtail and original artillery cord. The bugle's maker is Stratton & Foote who had an 1864 contract to supply bugles to the US government. The bugle is a single twist pattern with bell garland. The pigtail is an original  piece as is the mouthpiece. The body exhibits a few minor dings and dents but nothing too detrimental. The maker mark is crisp and easily discernible. The artillery cord is an original Civil War cord but I cannot say for sure if it is original to the bugle.
An exceptionally nice regulation pattern bugle with original pigtail and branch of service cord.
$2,650.00

 

civil war holster
HOLSTER FOR ARMY SIZE REVOLVER
A nice condition military issue holster for Colt or Remington army model revolver.  Exterior finish is good with expected crackling and some minor loss. Rarely found muzzle end plug is present. Brass closure finial. Reverse side has wide belt loop with 3 rivets.  If you need a good holster than this one is definitely worth a look.
$585.00

 

carbine cartridge box
MAKER MARKED CARBINE CARTRIDGE BOX
Standard pattern Federal issue carbine cartridge box maker marked by J. Pittman on tool pouch flap.  Wood block is present and looks like it was made for Burnside or Smith cartridges. Condition is fine with about as good of finish as you will see on original Civil War leather. Maker mark is clear. All straps and buckles are present.
A very clean cavalry cartridge box.
$450.00

 

M1851 sword belt
MODEL 1851 CAVALRY ENLISTED SWORD BELT
Standard Federal issue Civil War cavalry enlisted sword belt with over the shoulder strap. Eagle plate with applied German silver wreath and matched numbers to both buckle and keeper. Buff leather belt, hangers and over shoulder strap. Condition is excellent with pliable leather and no breaks, weak spots or tears.
 Getting hard to find in this condition and complete with shoulder strap.
$1,495.00

 

jeb stuart sword hanger
CIVIL WAR ISSUE J.E.B. STUART SWORD HANGER
This is the wartime production of the JEB Stuart sword hanger as made at the Frankfort Arsenal. The majority of these are post war examples with bridle type leather hangers. This one has the original buff leather hangers which would only be seen on Civil War production. An excellent example with crisp arsenal markings and excellent leather straps.
$450.00

 

civil war holster
HOLSTER FOR 31 CALIBER REVOLVER
A Civil War era holster for a pocket size revolver with 5 or six inch barrel. Black finish is crackled but mostly complete. The end plug is present. Single wide belt loop is present. A nice holster that will go nicely with a Colt pocket revolver.
$225.00

 

CIVIL WAR ACCOUTREMENTS
PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOX AND CAP BOX
a)  A 36 caliber pistol cartridge box with Gaylord maker marking. Both straps are present and marking is clear. Overall nice condition with evidence of having been issued

b)  The cap box is of good quality still retaining both the lambs wool and vent pick on interior. Both loops are present. No makers mark
price for the pair is $235.00
or can be priced individually

 

civil war enlisted belt
FEDERAL ENLISTED ACCOUTREMENT BELT
An Oliver marked and US inspected enlisted belt with its original US buckle and brass keeper. The belt originated out of the family in Ohio but they had no details as to what ancestor it had belonged to. Condition; most of the black finish has worn away. Maker mark and US Ord. Dept. stampings are clear. Belt and buckle have been together since it was made.
$495.00

 

civil war belt
ENLISTED BUFF LEATHER BELT W/ KEEPER
An original buff leather enlisted belt with the original brass keeper. Condition is excellent with supple leather and good finish. No makers marks visible. If you have a buckle that needs the belt here it is.
$225.00

 

Bullseye Canteen
10 RING BULLSEYE CANTEEN
An early war 10 ring bullseye canteen with original cover and strap.  Stenciled initials "C.F.M." on cover near spout. Cover is complete with no holes. Sling is also complete with no repairs or breaks. No makers markings.  Scattered staining to the cover.
This is one that was actually there and not a common pattern.
$400.00

 


Pistol Cartridge Box
A nice example of the larger size pistol cartridge box as used by officers or cavalry. Condition is very good with all straps and flaps intact. No makers mark present on this one.
$120.00

 

 

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UNIFORMS & TEXTILES

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civil war forage cap
INFANTRY ENLISTED FORAGE CAP
A model 1858 enlisted forage cap with original brass infantry hunting horn and company letter "A" attached. Hat has good height and is of the classic Civil War pattern. Has original leather chin strap held in place by general service eagle buttons. Interior is lined with standard polished cotton with partial maker label in crown. Sweatband is mostly intact with some minor areas of loss from wear. A very good example and displays quite well.
$2,650.00

 

hardee hat
MODEL 1858 ARMY HAT FOR INFANTRY
An infantry enlisted pattern Hardee hat with original insignia for Co. K of the 3rd infantry regiment. Hat has original light blue infantry hat cord, brass eagle side plate and feather. Interior retains the original sweatband and crown has standard army maker label with size. One small tear on left crown of hat. This is one of the very few surviving examples that looks like it was actually an issued piece based on interior wear and application of insignia.
A good quality example of an issued piece of Civil War of headgear
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BUCKLES & BUTTONS

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confederate belt buckle
SOLID CAST CS BUCKLE AND BELT
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confederate frame buckle
CONFEDERATE FRAME BUCKLE AND BELT
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CIVIL WAR BELT BUCKLE
MINTY M1851 SWORD BELT PLATE
A fine and near mint condition Model 1851 enlisted sword belt plate with applied nickel-silver wreath. Back has bench numbers stamped on tongue side along with vent hole behind tongue bar. Face has much of the rose color gilt remaining with a few minor dings on edges. About as fine as I have seen.
$350.00

 

leech & Rigdon belt buckle
LEECH & RIGDON PLAIN TWO PIECE BELT PLATE
An excavated two piece sword belt plate as cast by Leech and Rigdon. This is a well known style buckle with distinctive Leech & Rigdon wreath. The pieces were found together in a Confederate campsite from the area of the siege of Knoxville, TN.  Both tongue and wreath have deep green matching patina. No repair or additions. Reference Mullinax Expanded Edition plate 049
$1,495.00

 

OFFICER HARDEE HAT INSIGNIA
OFFICER'S HARDEE HAT EAGLE
This is the regulation bullion Hardee hat eagle for officers. This on has metal backing plate with one of the loops remaining.  Black felt background shows some wear and signs of actually having been worn. The bullion thread is complete. Gilt wire border is missing a small piece at bottom.
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CIVIL WAR BELT BUCKLE
M1839 US BELT PLATE
confederate officer's button
CONFEDERATE OFFICER'S BUTTON 
A non-excavated US issue Civil War belt buckle. This is the standard lead filled arrow hook design with rounded belt hook. Face has a few dings and discoloration. One that was actually used. A non-excavated Confederate officer's button CS36 with H.T. & B. / Manchester back mark. Excellent condition with bright gilt.  
$225.00 $895.00 

 

 

 

EAGLE BREAST PLATE FOR CARTRIDGE BOX SLING
 
 A non-excavated model 1821 shoulder belt plate with both hooks intact. Much gilt remaining on face.  Condition is very good with no bends or dings.  
 $195.00  

 

 

 

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 FIREARMS

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LONGARMS

richmond carbine
FINE AND UNTOUCHED RICHMOND ARMORY CARBINE
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sharps carbine
M1853 SHARPS CARBINE WITH SCARCE DOUBLE SET TRIGGERS
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sharps carbine
EXCELLENT CONDITION SHARPS CARBINE
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henry rifle
TYPE I MARTIALLY MARKED HENRY RIFLE
44 rimfire caliber, serial number 3987. Manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company in 1863 for a US Ordnance Department contract of 800 rifles. This rifle has all of the features found on the late 1863 production rifles purchased for the 1st D.C. Cavalry. The barrel  has the second style, nickel-silver, square back front sight blade and third pattern, folding leaf rear sight with "900" yard marking. The magazine has the large, second pattern, brass follower. The brass receiver is the second pattern introduced about serial number 3100 without the rear sight dovetail. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the large, second style legend "HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860./MANUFACT'D BY THE NEWHAVEN ARMS.CO. NEWHAVEN. CT." in two-lines.  The right barrel flat just in front of frame is stamped with the "C.G.C." initials of Ordnance Sub-Inspector Charles G. Chapman above a "C" New Haven Arms inspection mark. A second "CC" inspection mark is stamped on the right side of the receiver immediately behind the barrel inspection mark. A faint cartouche is visible on right side of stock. The serial number "3987" is stamped on barrel flat directly behind rear sight. Condition: Good with barrel having been cleaned at some point with rounding of edges. Markings are clearly visible on barrel flats and brass receiver. Mechanism is fully functioning. Bore rifling is intact with some areas of minor pitting. Walnut stock shows expected dings and bruises from heavy use. Cleaning rod is later metal and brass type.
$26,500.00

 

model 1876 winchester rifle
MODEL 1876 WINCHESTER RIFLE
Early 3rd model 1876 Winchester rifle, sn 26199, cal. 45-60, Mfg date 1881. The 1876 was conceived by Winchester due to the need for a gun in larger calibers than the M1873. The appearance is similar to the 1873's but is noticeably larger. One of the notable shooters and endorsers of the M1876 was Theodore Roosevelt. The gun is very clean with oiled walnut stock, round barrel, blued and case hardened finish. Bore rates about a 6.5 to 7 and is definitely in firing condition. Condition: Barrel and loading tube retain about 80% original finish with some faded areas. Receiver has traces of blue remaining in protected areas. Light case colors remain on hammer and loading lever. Buttplate retains 80% blue. Wood is very good with sharp edges and only very minor use marks. All original screws. Mechanism is tight. Standard M1876 markings are all easily discernible.
One of the less common Winchester lever action rifles with total production of 63,871.
$4,150.00

 

joslyn carbine
M1862 JOSLYN CARBINE
The Model 1862 carbine manufactured by the Joslyn Firearms Co. of Stonington, CT. Approximately 16,500 of all models of the Joslyn carbines were manufactured with significant purchases by the US government during the Civil War. 52 caliber rimfire single shot with hinged breechblock for loading.  Early production with low serial number 1849. The Model 1862 is differentiated from the later model having brass trigger guard, buttplate and barrel band, hook type friction latch for breechblock and exposed firing pin extension. Condition: Metal is smooth with even plum patina overall. Some light traces of mottled case color visible on lockplate. Bore is good. Mechanism is strong and fully functioning. Markings are crisp. Wood is very good with open grain. One hairline crack visible just in front of barrel band retention spring. Overall a very nice condition gun.
$2,350.00

 

 

 


HANDGUNS

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DANCE REVOLVER
DANCE & BROTHERS CONFEDERATE REVOLVER
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44 caliber dragoon type revolver, SN 321, manufactured by J.H. Dance & Brothers of Columbia and later Anderson Texas. Number 321 is one of the highest serial numbers known of the Dance revolvers with only approximately 325 made and about 100 surviving examples. The Dance revolvers are very well made and are easily identifiable by the complete absence of a recoil shield. The revolver has matching serial numbers on every major part including wedge, arbor and hammer. All parts including screws appear to be original to the gun.

Dance Revolver SN 321 has a magnificent history and collection provenance dating to 1874
The revolver was used in 1874 to rob the store at Mertens Texas, the storekeeper was killed during the robbery. A posse was formed and chased the outlaw into Ellis County where he was cornered at an abandoned farm house. A gunfight started with the outlaw firing from behind a brick well curb, as he raised up to fire he was killed in a fusillade of bullets. His body slumped forward over the well curb and the gun fell into the well.  The son of the man that owned the farm removed the silver spurs from the body and recovered the gun in the spring of 1875 from the well. He kept the pistol and spurs for 76 years giving them to a friend just prior to his death. During the same year, 1948, the revolver and spurs were purchased by R.L. Fowler of Waxahachie Texas. A 3-page letter giving the detailed historical account, written by Mr. Fowler dated 1974, regarding this revolver accompanies. The revolver was featured on the front page of the August 1953 Texas Gun Collectors publication with description of revolver  and a photograph of famed Marine Corps General Merritt Edson holding the revolver alongside Red Jackson. The provenance of the revolver is R.L. Fowler, Elton Hyder, Leo Bradshaw, John B. Lingau, Don Bryan, Private Collection.
Condition: The gun has held up quite well for spending a few months at the bottom of a well. The metal parts have areas of mostly light to moderate pitting with much of the surface smooth with aged gray to brown patina. All numbers are matched and easily discernible with the "3" being somewhat light on cylinder. The large size brass trigger guard has a mellow brass patina with evident casting flaw on left side. Grips show a minor amount of shrinkage with wear and some bruising, interestingly there are eight distinct notches carved into bottom edge of right side. Mechanism is functional holding both half and full cock.
This Dance revolver certainly saw service during the Civil War and later carried by an outlaw on the Texas frontier. It would be nearly impossible to find such a rare and desirable Texas made revolver with more documented history than Dance SN 321
$45,500.00

 

cased colt revolver
CASED COLT REVOLVER PRESENTED TO AN OFFICER IN THE 1st LOUISIANA HEAVY ARTILLERY CSA
A beautiful cased Colt revolver and accessories with silver presentation plaque attached. The revolver is a 31 caliber Colt pocket with 5 inch barrel, SN 208423, manufactured in 1862. The original walnut case has a silver plaque with presentation "P.N.L. to CAPT AGAR 1864".  The only Captain Agar that shows up on either Union or Confederate rolls is Captain Richard Agar of the 1st Louisiana Heavy Artillery.

Capt. Agar was a native of Carlow County, Ireland. He was educated for the ministry, but entered the army instead, and was an officer in the Cork regiment. Coming to New Orleans on furlough in the year 1859-1860, he resigned his military commission and took up his residence in the city. He joined the 1st Louisiana Heavy Artillery at the outbreak of the war and was commissioned a lieutenant, which rank he held until the siege of Vicksburg, when he was promoted to a captaincy.  He was in Fort Jackson on the Mississippi during the attack by the Federal fleet, and was the bearer of the flag of truce from Gen. J. K. Duncan to Admiral Porter.  During the siege of Vicksburg Capt. Agar took a prominent and honorable part. He commanded at different times the formidable Confederate guns, the long rifle known as "Whistling Dick" and a Blakely gun called "Graveyard Battery". Capt. Agar was constantly on duty, directing the artillery or serving in other capacities.

On 7/15/1861 he was commissioned into "H" Co. LA 1st Heavy Artillery

Detached 10/31/1861 (Detached on recruiting service)* On rolls 2/28/1862 * On rolls 3/31/1862 Fort Jackson, LA * POW 4/28/1862 Fort Jackson, LA * Detailed 9/30/1862 Vicksburg, MS (Detailed for special duty) * Detailed 10/31/1862 (Detailed as Judge Advocate) * POW 7/4/1863 Vicksburg, MS * Paroled 7/5/1863 Vicksburg, MS * On rolls 10/13/1863 Parole Camp, Enterprise, MS * Furloughed 12/25/1863 * On rolls 6/30/1864 * On rolls 10/31/1864 * On rolls 1/6/1865 Mobile, AL* Oath Allegiance 5/10/1865

Promotions:  Captain 11/7/1864

Based on date of mfg the set must have been run through blockade or was shipped to New Orleans which would have been under Federal control at this point and purchased for Capt. Agar. The revolver was turned up in the deep south by R.E Neville and has been in a private collection for over 25 years. Condition:  Revolver has bright case color remaining on frame, hammer and loading lever. The faded blue is present over entire barrel and cylinder. There are a few scattered light dings on barrel. Cylinder scene is prominent. Grips retain 90+% of the original varnish with light wear at highest points. All numbers are matching. Colt powder flask has deep patina with areas of verdigris. Seams are good and no denting. Iron, Colt marked bullet mold has  faded blue remaining on handles, shows minor pitting on sprue cutter. The combination nipple wrench/screwdriver is fine with much blue remaining. A metal Eley cap tin accompanies. The walnut Colt case has brown felt interior liner with wear and an area of loss where hammer has rubbed partition. Exterior of case is excellent with only handling and storage marks, retaining nearly all of the original varnish.

$10,500.00

 

hyde & goodrich revolver
CASED HYDE & GOODRICH AGENT MARKED TRANTER REVOLVER
Army size cased Tranter revolver with Louisiana retailer markings and based on serial number range almost certainly sold at the time of the outbreak of the war with the serial number falling near known Confederate used guns. SN  9569T, caliber 54 bore (.442). Conservative engraving of scroll and foliate pattern. Case is English Oak lined with green velvet and includes original key. Revolver is stamped with Tranter patent markings on loading lever and engraved serial number on right side of frame. Frame strap and barrel engraved "W. TRANTERS PATENT / HYDE & GOODRICH AGENTS FOR THE UNITED STATEs SOUTH".  Original case includes Tranter marked bullet mold, mahogany handle screwdriver, brass flask and paper cap container. Condition: revolver is gunmetal gray overall with some darker areas and one area of light pitting on loading lever. Mechanism is functioning. All markings are clear.  Grips show slight wear and a few scattered dings.  Case is very good with some wear and loss to felt. Flask is fine with good patina, bullet mold shows nicely aged patina with number "44380" stamped below patent and "54" on sprue cutter, screwdriver is excellent, cap container is cardboard with French label.
A very attractive cased and southern used revolver
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hyde & goodrich tranter
CASED HYDE & GOODRICH AGENT MARKED TRANTER POCKET SIZE REVOLVER
Cased and engraved Southern retailer marked Tranter revolver with period small dirk included. SN 11232T, caliber 120 bore (.338) with engraved scroll and foliate pattern. Accompanied by the original English mahogany case with green felt lining. Revolver has standard Tranters Patent marking on loading lever which is mounted to left side of frame. Serial number engraved on right frame. Top of frame strap and barrel are engraved "W. TRANTERS PATENT MADE FOR HYDE & GOODRICH NEW ORLEANS".  Included with case are an unmarked small size dirk with sheath and ivory grip, an ivory gripped nipple wrench, powder flask, empty Eley cap tin and Tranter marked bullet mold. Condition: revolver has scattered blue remaining in protected areas with balance brown. A few very minor areas of pitting present.  Mechanism is not functioning correctly. Dirk is very nice with some stress marks present on leather sheath. Flask is fine with deep patina. Brass bullet mold is clearly marked and darkened with age. Nipple wrench is very good with only very minor age crackling to handle.
A scarce Southern retailed revolver and accessories
$4,250.00


Model 1860 Colt Army Revolver
M1860 COLT ARMY REVOLVER
Standard round cylinder army model revolver, serial number 64284, manufactured in 1862. The primary handgun purchased and issued by the US government during the Civil War. All matched numbers found on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, buttplate, cylinder and wedge. Naval engagement cylinder scene is mostly visible. Both sides of the oil finished walnut grips have faint military cartouche. Condition: good with mostly smooth metal surfaces and showing traces of faded blue in protected areas of barrel with balance having a mostly smooth brown patina. Cylinder scene is very good. Grips show wear and some hammer marks on bottom and rounding of edges. One ear of loading lever latch is missing but is still mechanically functional.
A very good representative example of a Civil War issued revolver
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colt baby dragoon revolver
COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON REVOLVER
Manufactured from 1847 through 1850 , this was Colt's first pocket model to be made at the Hartford factory with approximately 15,000 produced. Serial number 10114, .31 caliber five shot with five inch barrel. Manufactured in 1849. This is the type II configuration with Texas Ranger and Indian fight cylinder scene and oval cylinder stop slots. Also of note is left hand barrel stamping "ADDRESS SAML COLT / NEW YORK CITY". These revolvers are conspicuous with square back trigger guard and lack of loading lever. Condition: metal is mostly gray with scattered pinprick pitting. Cylinder scene has light areas but is mostly visible. Trigger guard has silver remaining in protected areas. Colt markings on barrel and frame are crisp. All serial numbers are matching. Walnut grips are good with expected scuffing and some rounding of edges at base.
A good example of a gun produced for only 4 years by Colt
$3,595.00

 

colt revolver
HIGH GRADE M1849 COLT POCKET REVOLVER
31 caliber, six shot, sn 209806. This is the Colt 1849 pocket revolver with six inch barrel and six shot cylinder. Manufacture date of 1862. Condition is excellent with 100 % cylinder scene and crisp barrel markings. Barrel retains 85 to 90 % of the original blue. The frame and hammer have a good deal of the bright case remaining. Cylinder shows traces of blue, pins are all present and nipples show almost no use. Grips retain 80% of the factory varnish with some scuffing. Traces of silver wash on the trigger guard and grip strap. Mechanism is as tight as the day it was made. Overall a top shelf Colt revolver manufactured during the Civil War.
$3,150.00

 

 


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brass colt bullet mold
COLT 36 CALIBER BRASS BULLET MOLD
An early brass bullet mold with Colt Patent stamped on sprue cutter. This would have come with a Colt Navy revolver or with the cased set. Nice patina to brass with expected dings from much use.
These brass molds are actually getting hard to find nowadays.
$275.00

 

COLT BRASS BULLET MOLD
EARLY BRASS COLT 31 CALIBER BULLET MOLD
A really nice and early brass Colt bullet mold for the pocket revolver. Clearly stamped "COLTS'S PATENT" on face. Very few dings to the brass. There is still one of the conical bullets in the mold cavity.
$275.00

 

maynard tape primers
ORIGINAL TIN OF MAYNARD TAPE PRIMERS
This is an original japanned tin cylindrical container of the Maynard tape primers. The maynard tape primer was the ignition system used with the model 1855 Harper's Ferry and Springfield manufactured rifles and muskets along with several conversions to this system. The cylinder retains much of its original japanning and lid along with all nine of the original primers. Two are unwrapped with the other seven being still wrapped in the original varnished paper packaging.
$450.00

 

 

 

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washington artillery
EXTREMELY RARE WARTIME WASHINGTON ARTILLERY PIN
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A solid gold membership pin for the famed Washington Artillery. This is an 1850's to early 1860's pattern pin with crossed cannon and motto "WASHINGTON ARTILLERY / TRY US".  Attachment is the lapel type with other known examples, specifically Major Owens' badge. These badges are extremely scarce and the few known examples are either in private collections or institutions, this being the only one that I have ever seen available.
The Washington Artillery, an elite New Orleans military organization, participated in almost every major engagement in both the Eastern and Western theaters of the Civil War,  including the battles of Antietam, Shiloh, Chancellorsville, Perryville, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and the Wilderness. After the South surrendered, the soldiers of the Artillery made their ways back to the Crescent City. Out of the 808 men who served with the Artillery, 139 died during the war.
$7,250.00

 

civil war swords
WARTIME GROUPING OF 5TH NEW YORK HEAVY ARTILLERY SOLDIER
An excellent war time archive of Sgt. Mark A. Randall, Co. M, 5th New York Heavy Artillery.  Included in the group is a solid silver, star shaped identification pin which is described in one of Randall's letters. The pin is inscribed on face  "MARK A. RANDALL / CO. M / 5th N.Y.H.A."  Also included are two CDV's of Randall in uniform as a corporal and a nicely tinted view of him as a quartermaster sergeant. There are a ninth and sixth plate tintype of him in uniform, these being  the earliest photos of Randall, both are somewhat dark but easily discernable. A CDV of the camp of the 5th NYHA is part of the group and is inscribed in period ink on verso "MARK A. RANDALL, CO. M 3rd BATT. 5th N.Y. ARTY - MARK A. RANDALL".   There is a war time CDV of Ellen Aldrich who would later become his wife and whom most of the accompanying letters are addressed to. Finally there are an 1870's period CDV of Ellen and tintype Mark Randall as husband and wife. Also included is an 1862 pocket testament with Mark Randall's signature on first page and I would assume carried by him during the war. There are four letters written by Randall to Ellen with war time dates and another letter written by another soldier to Ellen from camp Parole in Maryland. Also present are 3 unused patriotic covers and a patriotic postcard.
Mark A. Randall was from Wilna, New York and 19 years old when he enlisted in 1862. He was a farmer by trade and the records indicate that he was 5 feet 4 inches tall with brown hair and a light complexion. He enlisted 9/12/1862 in the 6th NYHA and was transferred into the 5th NYHA on 12/31/1862. He was mustered out on 6/26/1865 at Harper's Ferry.

The 5th NYHA was stationed around Washington early in the war and then transferred to Harper's Ferry where they acted as both infantry and artillery. The unit saw action at Piedmont, VA, Snickers Gap and were heavily engaged in the major battles of Sheridan's 1864 Valley Campaign. The unit suffered 90 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded during the war and 221 men were captured at the battle of Cedar Creek, VA
$3,300.00

 

civil war ID disk
ID DISK OF CAPT. WILLIAM ALBERGER
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9th New Hampshire ID Disk
9th NEW HAMPSHIRE ID DISK
A "War of 1861" style of ID disk as purchased from a regimental sutler. Made of brass and measures about the size of a half dollar. Reverse has stamped inscription "Wm WELPLEY /CO. C / 9TH / REGt. / NH. VOL / MANCHESTER."

William Welpley
Residence Manchester NH; 28 years old.
Enlisted on 6/27/1862 as a Private.
On 7/17/1862 he mustered into "C" Co. 9th New Hampshire Infantry
 
He was Mustered Out on 6/10/1865 at Alexandria, VA
Promotions: * Corpl 1/1/1865
Welpley's muster roll indicates he was wounded 10/17/1864 at Petersburg, VA

Brief History of the 9th New Hampshire
The 9th participated in the battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg and then were moved to the western theater where they were active in the siege of Vicksburg and Jackson, MS. The unit was then moved to Kentucky for guard duty. In 1864 the unit was transferred to the eastern theater of operations and participated in the battles of The Wilderness and Spotsylvania where they were part of the infamous assault on the Salient. They were active in the Petersburg and Appomattox campaigns and finally participated in the Grand review in Washington.
$1,075.00

 

civil war corps badge
72nd NEW YORK "EXCELSIOR BRIGADE" SILVER CORPS BADGE
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CIVIL WAR DRINKING CUP
CIVIL WAR ERA TIN CUP
A civil war period tin cup as used by soldiers of both sides during the war.  Cup measures 3" high by a little over 4" across. Bottom is soldered as is handle. This one comes out of a large collection of fine Civil War antiques and definitely dates to the period.
$110.00

 

 

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PREVIOUSLY SOLD ITEMS

Henry Rifle
INSCRIBED HENRY RIFLE
 KILLED IN ACTION BATTLE OF KENNESAW
Early brass frame Henry Rifle, 44 caliber rimfire, sn 2909. Standard barrel marking "HENRY'S PATENT, OCT. 16, 1860 / MANUFACT'D BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CT".  Brass frame and buttplate, walnut stock without forend. Tubular magazine integral with the barrel.  Inscribed on right side of frame "J.A. McLURE / Co. D, 57th REGT. IND. / V.V."

J. Andrew  McClure

 Residence Abington IN; Enlisted on 12/12/1861 as a Private. On 12/12/1861 he mustered into "D" Co. IN 57th Infantry
He Re-enlisted on 1/1/1864
 He was Killed on 6/28/1864 at Kennesaw Mountain, GA
From the report of Lieut. Col. Willis Blanch, Fifty-seventh Indiana Infantry "They were overtaken near Kennesaw Mountain, where our lines were formed.....and at what I thought a proper time pushed it (57th Ind.) forward, and the whole regiment then engaged in a charge on the rifle-pits of the enemy, taking them, meeting, however, with a determined resistance and losing quite heavily in doing so."

57th INDIANA INFANTRY
The regiment was actively engaged at Shiloh. It participated in the siege of Corinth, and moved from there to northern Alabama, where it remained until July, when it was ordered to Tennessee. It was on duty near Tullahoma and McMinnville until September and then took an active part in the campaign against Bragg in Kentucky, being in the battle of Perryville. It was at Nashville during most of December, guarding forage trains and engaged in frequent skirmishes. At the battle of Stone's river it was attached to the left wing of the army and distinguished itself by its gallantry in resisting the fierce attacks made upon the lines at that point, losing 75 in killed and wounded. It was in camp near Murfreesboro during the winter and spring of 1863, took part in Reynolds' "eleven days' scout" in April, and participated in the campaign against Tullahoma. It was in camp near Pelham until Aug. 16, when it joined in the campaign towards Chattanooga and operated on the north side of the Tennessee opposite that city, its brigade taking possession of Chattanooga on its evacuation after the battle of Chickamauga. Col. Lennard was assigned as provost-marshal and the regiment was placed on duty as provost guard. It was in the battle of Missionary ridge and was then assigned to the 2nd division (Sheridan's), 4th corps, which formed a part of the column sent to the relief of Burnside at Knoxville. The regiment reenlisted Jan. 1, 1864, and was furloughed home in March. It rejoined the 4th corps May 5, and took part in the Atlanta campaign, being engaged at Rocky Face ridge, Resaca, where Col. Lennard was mortally wounded, Adairsville, Allatoona, New Hope Church, where it suffered severely, and in the heavy skirmishes about Kennesaw mountain. In the assault of June 27 it formed the skirmish line in front of the assaulting column of the 4th corps.
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duryee's zouaves
PRESENTATION SWORD TO A DURYEE'S ZOUAVE
KIA 2ND MANASSAS
A very historic and important offering of a staff and field officers sword presented to Captain Wilbur F. Lewis of the 5th New York Volunteers (Duryee's Zouaves).

DURYEE'S ZOUAVES
The regiment was formed on April 12, 1861, by a group of military enthusiasts in Manhattan and deployed from Fort Schuyler at Throgs Neck, New York Harbor.[1] Colonel Abram Duryée was appointed as the commander of the regiment. The majority of the soldiers were educated and above average height. On May 24, the regiment boarded a transport to reach the Virginia Peninsula. At the Battle of Hanover Courthouse on May 27, 1862, the regiment played only a minor role. However, they fought in a more major role in the Battle of Gaines' Mill of the Seven Days Battles.  In August 1862, the regiment fell under the control of General John Pope. At the Second Battle of Bull Run (also known as the Second Battle of Manassas), the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry regiment was forced to withstand the advancing forces of General James Longstreet. In underestimating the size of the Confederate army, Pope ordered the regiment to support Hazlett’s Battery. Longstreet’s soldiers easily outnumbered the small regiment, and the Texas Brigade quickly inflicted over 330 casualties in the regiment. One hundred twenty Zouaves were killed within eight minutes, the greatest single battle fatality of all Federal volunteer infantry regiments in the entire Civil War. The entire Color Guard was killed, except for one man. The only officer to survive the battle was Captain Cleveland Winslow.

DEATH OF CAPTAIN LEWIS AT 2ND MANASSAS
 As acting field officers, both Cleveland Winslow and Company D Captain Wilbur Lewis were mounted and conspicuous targets. Winslow’s horse was struck seven times and sank beneath him, though Winslow himself escaped injury. Lewis was not as fortunate. Noticing that Lieutenant Wright of Company D had fallen, Lewis shouted to Sergeant John H. Reilly, ‘You are in charge of the company — do the best you can with it!’ Then, seeing the three companies to his left beginning to break, Lewis gave the command, ‘Fall back and save the colors!’ At that moment he was fatally wounded by a bullet, fell from the saddle and, with his foot stuck in the stirrup, was dragged over the field by the terrified animal.

The sword is an imported staff and field officers sword with etched blade and US in the guard. The presentation on the upper scabbard mount reads "PRESENTED TO / Capt. Wilber F. Lewis / BY THE / Members of Co. D / 5th Regt. N.Y.S.V".  There is strong evidence that this is the sword that he was carrying at the time of his death. The finish on the lower 1/3 front of scabbard has been severely scuffed and is completely missing in some areas. The shape of the suspension ring on the upper mount is distorted from excessive force and the guard and quillon are both bent inward along with scratches and scuffs on brass.
One of the most historic and interesting pieces we have offered
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Morse Carbine
TYPE III MORSE CARBINE
50 caliber, breech loading, centerfire carbine, sn 803. Made by the State Military Works, Greenville, South Carolina mainly for issue to South Carolina cavalry units and to some extent other Confederate units. Brass frame and mountings with tiger stripe maple stock. Third type with latching tilting breech mechanism and chambering a very unique centerfire cartridge. Approximately 1,000 thought to have been manufactured using machinery captured at Harper's Ferry. Condition: Very good especially for Confederate manufactured arms. Stock showing only minor bruising and storage dings. 20" barrel is smooth with even brown patina. Latch mechanism is fully functioning with serial number stamped on interior of latch. Brass frame with sn stamped in front of trigger guard, butt plate and nose cap have an attractive, evenly aged patina. Bore is good.
An attractive and scarce Confederate carbine in high condition
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INSCRIBED CIVIL WAR REVOLVER
ENGRAVED MANHATTAN REVOLVER
PRESENTED TO AN OFFICER IN THE 183RD OHIO INFANTRY
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civil war uniform
FINE CONDITION INFANTRY CAPTAIN'S FROCK COAT & VEST
A regulation Civil War captain of Infantry frock coat and matched vest. The coat has all the features of a mid war coat including ballooned sleeves at elbow, padded chest, polished cotton lining and unhemmed skirt. There is absolutely no mothing or other  pest damage visible. Buttons are all matched infantry officer eagle "I". The coat and vest are made of the exact same material and have been together since the ware. Back of vest is polished cotton. Shoulder boards are single border and felt backing shows deep original blue branch of service color. There is a button missing on each cuff , one on front of coat and one missing on vest. The coat recently turned up in Indiana and has never been offered on the market.
This is about as fine of condition authentic and unaltered Civil War officer's uniform coat as I have seen. 
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presentation colt revolver
 CAPTAIN H. M. BLAKE,  89th ILLINOIS INFANTRY,  KIA
M1851 Colt Navy revolver, Third Model, serial number 20259, manufactured in 1853. One piece varnished walnut grips, casehardened frame, hammer and lever with the balance blued. Small size trigger guard and backstrap of silver plated brass. All matched numbers on barrel, frame, trigger guard, buttstrap, cylinder, lever and wedge.

ILLINOIS
EIGHTY-NINTH INFANTRY
 The "Railroad Regiment," was organized at Chicago in Aug., 1862, by the railroad companies of Illinois. It was mustered into the U. S. service on Aug. 27, was ordered to Louisville, Ky., Sept. 4, and was assigned to the 3d brigade, 2nd division, Army of Kentucky. When mustered in it was composed of but nine companies, but the tenth company joined the regiment at Bowling Green, Ky. When in the service but about four months it took an active part in the memorable battle of Stone's river, where by its gallant conduct the men soon became classified among the old, tried soldiers. At Liberty Gap a small loss was sustained, Captain Blake being among them and at Chickamauga the regiment suffered severely. At Missionary ridge it again en- countered the foe, scaling the enemy's works and driving him from them.

Herbert Blake was a painter for the Galena and Chicago Union railroad prior joining the military. He was commissioned as a captain into Company K of the 89th Illinois on August 25, 1862. He was present with the unit at the battle of Stone's River and was leading his company during the advance against the Arkansan's holding Liberty Gap. During the second day of the battle, June 25, 1863, Captain Blake received a mortal wound to the abdomen and died shortly afterwards. Colonel Hotchkiss said of him "in his death the service loses a gallant and excellent officer and society a Christian and accomplished gentleman."

The Battle at Liberty Gap, June 24-26, 1863, occurred between units of the Confederate Army of Tennessee under General Braxton Bragg, and units of the Union Army of the Cumberland under Major General William S. Rosecrans. Liberty Gap was one of several gaps in the Highland Rim which were attacked by the Union army as part of the Tullahoma campaign. The capture of these gaps resulted in the retreat of General Bragg’s army from the valley of the Duck River and the abandonment of Middle Tennessee to the Union army

Condition: A good amount of blue remains in protected areas of barrel, especially on barrel flat under loading lever. Cylinder scene is complete. All screws are original. 40% of the darkly aged silver plating remains on backtrap and trigger guard. 70% of the varnish is present on grips. Mechanically excellent.
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5th Tennessee Cavalry
REGIMENTAL NATIONAL FLAG & COLONEL STOKES PRESENTATION SWORD
5TH TENNESSEE CAVALRY
An extraordinary and historic offering of the flag presented at a ceremony in Nashville to the 5th Tennessee cavalry by the State and the highest grade presentation sword belonging to Colonel Stokes who commanded the regiment.
The flag is a 35 star silk banner measuring 71" hoist by 74.5" fly. The 35 stars are hand appliqued in gilt paint. Based on construction we are certain the flag was made by Wilkins of Louisville, KY who had contracts with the State of Tennessee to produce flags for several of their regiments. The flag was taken home at the end of the war by Captain John D. Hanson and passed through his direct descendants until sold in 2008 and is fully documented. The flag will be featured in the upcoming book "The Flags of Tennessee" which is being published by the Tennessee State Museum. Condition is excellent for silk. There are some frayed areas and an tear on fly end. The flag is currently not framed but we do have estimates and recommendations for the process of conservation.
Colonel Stokes sword is of the highest grade with hilt of  relief carved ivory standing Lady Liberty grip and the Jung Frau Lady Liberty pommel face. Highly gilded brass guard features an eagle fighting a serpent with U & S on either side. The highly decorated gilt brass scabbard features cast and highly chased figures on the carry mounts. The upper mount a knight defeating a dragon and cherubs on lower mount. The drag features high relief foliate design. A coin silver presentation plaque is attached between the mounts with presentation from the men of the 5th Tennessee cavalry to Col. Stokes. The blade is profusely etched with Kirschbaum maker stamp and in an etched panel the Nashville jeweler who sold the sword to the presenters "J. Flowers / Nashville / Tenn"
The 5th Tennessee Cavalry also known as the 1st Middle Tennessee Cavalry was headquartered in Nashville and fought in all the major battles in Tennessee. Their primary job was the elimination of the guerilla bands roaming throughout the state including Champ Ferguson and other notorious pro southern sympathizers. A history of the unit is easily found online and much information is available on Colonel Stokes too. Full documentation on lineage of the flag and much historical research information accompanies.
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confederate cartridge box
CLASSIC CONFEDERATE CARTRIDGE BOX WITH ORIGINAL LINEN SLING
A Confederate manufactured cartridge box with desirable lead finial and the extraordinarily rare original tarred linen sling. The box is of leather with tool pouch and single tin. All closure tabs are present and complete. Both original roller buckles on bottom of box are present. Outer flap of thick leather is pliable and shows the expected age and use. All stitching is present and secure. The linen sling condition is good and strong with some minor loss to edges.  The top of sling is slightly frayed but  worn less than a quarter of the way through from most likely hanging on a nail for many years. The leather gussets for attachment to the box are in excellent condition. Similar examples shown in "Echoes of Glory" and other references.
A rare and complete Confederate manufactured infantry cartridge box with just a handful known to exist.
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confederate naval officer
CDV OF A CONFEDERATE NAVAL OFFICER
 
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CONFEDERATE NAVY OFFICER SWORD
CONFEDERATE NAVAL OFFICER'S SWORD
A regulation pattern Confederate Naval Officer's sword. Manufactured in England by Robert Mole and retailed by Courtney & Tennent of Charleston, SC.  The blade is etched with cotton plants and patriot naval motifs such as crossed cannons over a fluted anchor and a Confederate first national flag with anchor. The ricasso is stamped with the agent marking “COURTNEY & TENNENT, CHARLESTON, SC.” The fine condition scabbard has decoration of naval knots attaching sword rings and the drag having intertwined snakes. The hilt of the sword is decorated with cotton bolls and tobacco surrounding a fluted anchor over crossed cannons. Shark skin grip is wrapped with triple wire with a backstrap representing a sea serpent or dolphin.  This sword turned up years ago at an auction near Halifax, Nova Scotia along with other items associated with Captain John Taylor Wood. Capt. Wood resided in Halifax following the war and is buried there.  Wood was present on the CSS Virginia during the battle with the USS Monitor and also commanded the CSS Tallahassee in 1864.  Condition: Blade etching is prominent throughout with areas of frosting remaining. Shagreen grip is complete  and excellent with full wire wrap present. The guard and backstrap retain most of the muted gilt. Scabbard is excellent with leather retaining 95% of the original smooth finish. Mounts are complete with no dents or dings present.
An extraordinarily scarce Confederate sword and much sought after by collectors
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Confederate JS anchor carbine
S-ANCHOR MARKED ENFIELD CARBINE
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read & watson rifle
READ & WATSON TYPE II RIFLE
The Read & Watson rifles and carbines were made in 1862 and 1863 from Hall's carbines and rifles held in the Virginia State Armory. The firm was located in Danville, Va and it is believed that only 900 were ever produced with about equal numbers of both types made. The rifles utilize many parts from the Hall's including barrel, trigger guard, trigger mechanism, hammer, buttplate and barrel bands. Read and Watson manufactured a brass breech block and converted the firearms to muzzle loading. The rear portion of the stock and in some instances the entire stock was also made new. It is noted that many of the stocks are of two pieces with the forestock and the rear being joined under the middle barrel band by a large metal staple. The vast majority are of 54 caliber. This is a type II rifle with large brass breech insert extending forward of the breech and rearward over the comb of the stock. Roman numeral XIV visible on flash shield. Similarly numbered on interior parts and "TR"  is found on inside of buttplate. Condition is excellent with wood still having raised grain. Metal surfaces are smooth with even brown patina overall. Mechanism is fully functional. Barrel bands are pinned.
Possibly the finest example known
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read & watson rifle
READ & WATSON RIFLE, TYPE I WITH NTR STAMP
The Read & Watson rifles and carbines were made in 1862 and 1863 from Hall's carbines and rifles held in the Virginia State Armory. The firm was located in Danville, Va and it is believed that only 900 were ever produced with about equal numbers of both types made. The rifles utilize many parts from the Hall's including barrel, trigger guard, trigger mechanism, hammer, buttplate and barrel bands. Read and Watson manufactured a brass breech block and converted the firearms to muzzle loading. The rear portion of the stock and in some instances the entire stock was also made new. It is noted that many of the stocks are of two pieces with the forestock and the rear being joined under the middle barrel band by a large metal staple. The vast majority are of 54 caliber. The type I rifles have a short brass insert at breech which extends partway back on the wrist of the stock. This example is one of only 2 -3 known with "NTR" stamp on top of brass insert. It is believed that only the very earliest guns have this stamp, this one serial number 6.  Also, stamped on side flat at breech of barrel is "N.W.P" (NW Patch, US Inspector). This type I rifle is 54 caliber with spring retained barrel bands. Condition is very good with smooth metal surfaces showing only light areas of pitting and having been cleaned at some point. Wood is very good with expected minor dings from service.  Stampings are crisp. Mechanism is fully functional.
An extremely rare Confederate firearm with NTR stamped on breech block
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Boyle & Gamble sword
BOYLE & GAMBLE STAFF OFFICER'S SWORD
The classic Confederate Staff & Field Officer's sword manufactured in Richmond, VA by the renowned firm of Boyle & Gamble. The cast brass guard has large CS with star above. Leather grip is original with single strand copper/brass wire wire wrap. Pommel is classic B & G with cast foliate design. Blade etching is standard pattern seen on these swords with CSA in a shield. Entire etching on both sides of the blade is visible and no sharpening or heavy pitting present. The scabbard is the correct top stitch with pinned brass mountings. Leather is excellent condition. A very attractive Confederate sword with deep, untouched  and matching patina on all the brass.
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colt army revolver
EARLY 4-SCREW COLT ARMY REVOLVER WITH FACTORY LETTER
44 caliber, six shot, sn 33214. This is an early 1862 date of production Colt M1860 Army revolver with Colt Factory letter. The standard revolver as issued to US troops during the Civil War with 8" barrel and six shot rebated cylinder. The Colt letter states that this revolver was sold to the US Government and shipped to the Washington Arsenal on February 22, 1862. Condition is very good with all matching numbers. Barrel retains about 20% of the military type blue with balance a smooth plumb patina. Barrel markings are crisp with an area of wear near breech. Cylinder has scattered blue especially in rebated area. Cylinder scene and patent markings are about 100%.  Loading lever has case color evident throughout. Frame shows mottled case with standard Colt Patent stamp on left side. One piece oiled walnut grip with correct single military cartouche on left side.  Action is perfect.  This is a very attractive, untouched army revolver and comes with the huge added bonus of the factory letter.
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Spencer Rifle
MODEL 1860 SPENCER RIFLE
52 caliber, 7 shot repeating rifle, serial number 23174. Standard 30" barrel with full forestock and 3 barrel bands. Long range rear sight with front sight doubling as a bayonet lug. Standard Spencer markings on top of frame. 6 groove rifling with very good bore. Double military cartouches on left side of stock. Over 107,000 Spencer rifles and carbines were purchased by the US government during the Civil War and they have the distinction of having a personal endorsement from Lincoln. Condition; Very good overall with much of the original blue remaining on barrel with only minor fading. Bore is excellent. Frame retains traces of case color which is unusual for a true Civil War issued Spencer. Mechanism is fully functioning. Wood is excellent  with distinct cartouches.
I haven't seen one of this quality in quite awhile.
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CS SHORT SWORD
CS & STAR SHORT SWORD WITH ORIGINAL SCABBARD
A top notch Confederate artillery short sword with the original black painted wood scabbard. The brass guard is filled with the Confederate casting flaws that we all like to see. The blade is in fine condition having been housed in the scabbard all these years. The scabbard is wood with tin mountings and brass button for frog. Most of the original black paint remains present. 99% percent of these have lost their scabbards long ago so to find one with the scabbard is something special.
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CONFEDERATE NAVY
DESK SET OF  CAPTAIN J. E. MONTGOMERY, CSN

click here for information on Captain Montgomery's Mississippi River Fleet

click here for a detailed account of the life of Captain J. E. Montgomery

This is the desk set of Captain J. E. Montgomery, CSN. The wooden base measuring 8 inches wide by 11 inches long holds a pewter inkwell with lid bearing the Confederate Naval coat of arms. There is a decorative pewter plaque inscribed "CAPn. J. Montgomery, CSN" attached to base at front. Also included are two wax seals bearing anchors that were found inside the inkwell.  Captain Montgomery was a famed Mississippi riverboat captain prior to the war with an amazing history. During the war he was commissioned as a Captain in the naval service and was the man in charge of raising the Merrimac. Following this he was put in charge of converting ships to navy service in New Orleans to be used as the Mississippi River Defense Squadron. He was Commodore of the Defense squadron at the time of the battles of Plum Bend and Memphis. His history from before and through the war is very interesting and worth the time to read. Click on the link above for an 1896 Chicago Tribune article written about him.
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Rush's Lancers
CAPTAIN JAMES STARR, 6TH PA CAVALRY, RUSH'S LANCERS
Remington New Model Army revolver, 44 caliber six shot, SN 26645. This is an early 1863 manufactured revolver still having the cone shape front sight as used on the Old Model revolver. Backstrap is inscribed "Capt. James Starr  6th Pa. Cav." 
Captain Starr was commissioned into company I in September of 1862 and was active with the 6th Pa during all the actions that the unit participated in. He was promoted to the rank of Major in March of 1864. In May of the same year Starr was with General Custer at the cavalry battle of Todd’s Tavern, a part of the Battle of the Wilderness.  The regiment was a portion of the Federal cavalry engaged with Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart’s men who had been tasked with slowing the Union army’s advance. Philip Sheridan, the Federal cavalry commander, had been instructed by Grant to cut the route that the Southern Army would take to the crossroads at the tavern.  During this engagement, Major Starr was severely wounded, a portion of his jaw and cheek being shot away. Starr survived the wound and returned to the regiment on July 12. He commanded the regiment during the successful and gallant charge at Huntley’s farm near Malvern Hill where he was personally commended by General Sheridan. His final engagement was with Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley, at Opequon Creek on the Millwood Pike where he led two squadrons of the Lancers into battle. For this action, he received praise from General Merritt for the “splendid style” that he led the troops into battle. At the end of his term of service, October 14, 1864 he was mustered out of the service and returned to his law practice. Major Starr passed away on September 1, 1881 and is buried at Laurel Hill cemetery in Germantown, Pa.

The 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry, popularly known as Rush’s Lancers, was raised in Philadelphia during August and September of 1863. At the suggestion of General George B. McClellan the regiment was armed with 9-foot long lances, revolvers and 12 Sharps carbines per company for guard and picket duty. I would assume that the lances were a terrible disadvantage in the presence of an enemy armed with even single shot muskets. The 6th Pa was present with the Army of the Potomac during the remainder of 1862 and was finally armed with modern carbines just prior to the battle of Gettysburg. The 6th played an important part in this battle and a monument commemorating their service stands on the Emmitsburg Road in the South Cavalry Battlefield. The unit participated in the major cavalry engagement at Brandy Station, VA and was active during Grant’s overland campaign of 1864 and until the end of the war having rightly won a distinguished place in history.

Condition is very good. Metal shows minor areas of scattered pitting, no finish remaining. Markings are clear. Mechanism is tight and fully functioning. Walnut grips are in excellent condition showing only expected use wear.

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bullet struck canteen
IDENTIFIED FREDERICKSBURG BULLET STRUCK CANTEEN
 
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irish brigade enfield musket
28th MASS, IRISH BRIGADE, ENFIELD MUSKET
(New Item) 
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civil war officers frock coat
CIVIL WAR INFANTRY OFFICER'S FROCK COAT
 
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Kraft Goldsmidt & Kraft sword
RARE KRAFT, GOLDSCHMIDT & KRAFT CAVALRY OFFICER SABER
A Confederate cavalry officers saber by Kraft, Goldschmidt & Kraft of Columbia, SC. The massive straight blade swords are associated with Genl. Wade Hampton and it is believed that he personally ordered this pattern for the officers of Hampton's Legion. Genl. Hampton owned two of this pattern himself and there are presentations to Confederate General's M.C. Butler and Bradley T. Johnson. Genl. Custer captured one of these swords from a South Carolina officer and carried it in battle during the war. The sword is now on display at the Custer National Military Park.  The sword itself has a double edged, 38 inch straight blade of early Spanish origin with the motto in Spanish "Do not draw me without reason / Do not sheath me without honor". Saber has a large 3 branch brass guard of cavalry pattern with decorated pommel cap. Grip is of leather with finely twisted wire wrap. Scabbard is metal with brass mountings, drag and throat. Overall very good condition on this rarely seen Cavalry officer saber of the pattern known to have been carried by General Hampton and other well known Confederate officers.
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bell crown shako
1821 -1832 US INFANTRY OFFICER BELL CROWN SHAKO
Regulation pattern US Army hat from the period of 1821 through 1832. The Bell Crown shako's were in use during this time by many of the major armies of the world.  This example is in very nice condition with original eagle and chin scales intact. The leather sweatband is complete. The original owners name is inked inside just above the sweatband. The crown is lined with a page from a New York newspaper so I will assume that it was made there. Condition is very good with original finish on cap body remaining in near fine condition. The threads attaching the bill have come loose at some point and some minor conservation has been done in that area. The previous owner had a pompom and gilt cord tassel made to add for display purposes. These hats are fairly scarce and especially so in this condition.
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confederate sword
CAPTURED SWORD PRESENTED TO AN OFFICER IN THE 1st SOUTH CAROLINA
This is a non-regulation pattern M1850 staff & field officers sword with brass guard having large American eagle and German silver scabbard with brass mounts. The sword was captured near Winchester, VA and presented to 2nd Lieutenant Josiah Cox of the 1st South Carolina Infantry. The inscription is between the mounts on the scabbard and reads "Taken near Winchester, Va / Presented by / The Members of Co F / To 2nd Lt Josiah Cox  1st S.C.V"
Lt. Cox's muster rolls show him present during all of the major battles fought by the 1st South Carolina until he received a severe wound in the hip on May 6, 1864 at the battle of The Wilderness. Cox's records show that he was wounded at the battle of Gaines Mill in 1862 and also suffered a severe wound at the Battle of Gettysburg.  He was paroled the day Johnston's army surrendered from the army hospital at Cheraw, SC.  Josiah Cox received promotion to 1st Lieutenant in late 1863 and to Captain in early 1864. Based on my research the sword must have been captured by men of the 1st SC when the regiment was assigned to Stonewall Jackson's Corps during the operations prior to 2nd Manassas.

The 1st South Carolina Infantry Regiment, Provisional Army, completed its organization at Richmond, Virginia, in August, 1861. Most of the officers and men had served in the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, a six-month command, which was mustered out of service in late July. The men were from Charleston and Columbia, and the counties of Darlington, Marion, Horry, Aiken, and Florence. Assigned to General Gregg's and McGowan's Brigade, the unit served with the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor and in the difficult Petersburg campaign. The regiment lost 20 killed and 133 wounded during the Seven Days' Battles, had fifty-three percent disabled of the 283 engaged at Second Manassas and Ox Hill, and had 4 killed and 30 wounded at Sharpsburg. It sustained 73 casualties at Fredericksburg and 104 at Chancellorsville, lost thirty-four percent of the 328 soldiers engaged at Gettysburg. There were 16 killed, 114 wounded, and 7 missing at The Wilderness, and 19 killed, 51 wounded, and 9 missing at Spotsylvania. On April 9, 1865, the regiment surrendered at Appomattox with 18 officers and 101 men present. The field officers were Colonels Maxey Gregg, Daniel H. Hamilton, and Charles W. McCreary; Lieutenant Colonels T. Pinckney Alston, Andrew P. Butler, Edward McCrady, Jr., Washington P. Shooter, and Augustus M. Smith; and Major Edward D. Brailsford.

A very historic sword presented to an officer in the Army of Northern Virginia who saw action in almost every major battle fought by Robert E. Lee's army until so severely wounded at the Wilderness that he was unable to rejoin the regiment.
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recruiting broadside
RECRUITING BROADSIDE FOR MAINE ARTILLERY BATTERIES
An original Civil War recruiting Broadside, measuring 24" X 35",  advertising for volunteers to fill the ranks of the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Maine light artillery batteries. The broadside states that an $807 bounty will be given to veterans and $707 for new recruits. Interestingly the broadside indicates the requirement that any man that volunteers must be no less than 5'8" tall.  Condition is overall excellent with a few minor scattered water stains and a couple minor areas of separation where it was folded.  Directly from the Norm Flayderman collection.
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Confederate belt buckle
CSA WAIST BELT PLATE
An excellent condition excavated CSA rectangle belt plate. The plate has all three attachment hooks on reverse. A well done casting with crisp letters and no bends, repairs or dings. According to the Mullinax book these plates were issued to Longstreet's troops during the winter of 1863-64 while camped in East Tennessee. This one must be a very early recovery based on condition. Reference is Mullinax Plate 087.  Dimensions :  48.7mm X 69.4mm
As nice an excavated example as can be found
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confederate states armory sword
OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE STATES ARMORY STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD
This is one of the finest known Staff & Field pattern swords as manufactured by North Carolina sword maker Louis Froelich. The sword is of standard pattern with 1" wide blade with single unstopped fuller on either side. Grip is leather with a single strand of brass wire wrap and brass ferrule at guard. Both guard and top of scabbard throat have a matching Roman numeral II. Scabbard is in excellent condition with correct brass throat, ring mounts and iron drag. Scabbard seam is brazed.  Condition: Grip in unaltered and near mint original condition. Guard has nicely aged patina with no bends or breaks. Blade is light gray with very minor scattered staining with no evidence of pitting or edge nicks present. The Scabbard is one of the finest known with conservatively 75-80% of the original red lacquer finish remaining intact. Overall an extremely fine and unadulterated Confederate officers sword.
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confederate cap box
CONFEDERATE CAP BOX w/ LEAD FINIAL
A classic Confederate manufactured cap box with tooled incised border and lead finial. Condition is about as good as can be found. Front flap shows no flaking and minimal if any crazing. Latch tab, inner flap and ears are complete and in excellent condition. Single belt loop is sewn on reverse of cap box. All stitching is intact. This was part of the Bisacky collection and comes with his note from 1982 stating it was purchased from George Lower for $150.
Nearly impossible to upgrade on this great Rebel cap box.
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Morse Carbine
1st TYPE MORSE CARBINE
 
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officer's forage cap
INFANTRY OFFICER'S FORAGE CAP
A regulation pattern Federal officer's forage cap with embroidered infantry hunting horn and regimental numbers. The body of the hat retains its deep blue color. The original liner is present as is the sweat band. The original narrow chinstrap is attached by eagle "I" buttons. The gilt embroidered hunting horn is original to the hat and is exceptionally nice. There is some history attached to the hat, it originated at an estate in Maine, and I believe with a little work it can be identified.
A no questions asked Civil War officer's hat that was there and has the look of a true veteran
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sword belt
EXCEPTIONAL OFFICERS SWORD BELT
A top shelf example of the Civil War officers regulation sword belt with over the shoulder strap and both sword hangers. Leather has matching decorative stitched design over entire belt and straps.  Buckle is matched to keeper with medium size tongue. All leather is supple with no weak areas.
One of the best I have seen
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presentation sword
183rd PV,  KIA BATTLE OF THE WILDERNESS PRESENTATION SWORD
A high grade regulation pattern M1850 staff & field officer sword retailed by W.G. Mintzer, Philadelphia. The iron scabbard has presentation between the brass mounts "Presented to / Lieut. Benj B Lathbury / by Company C 183 Reg PV / Jan. 1st 1864".  The 183rd was a later war regiment raised in Philadephia in late 1863 and mustered in during the first couple of months of 1864. The unit was put into battle almost immediately. The regiment was at the salient at Spotsylvania and in the thick of the fighting at the Wilderness. The 183rd was in Grant's final charge June 3 at the Wilderness and suffered heavy losses. Lathbury suffered a severe wound in the upper left leg being entirely disabled and unable to leave the field. Grant did not allow a truce to care for the wounded for 3 days following this charge and Lathbury lay on the field the entire time. When a truce was finally called Lathbury was taken prisoner by Confederate forces and sent to the military hospital at Libby prison in Richmond.  He had the lower third of his thigh and leg amputated on June 6th while a prisoner. Lt. Lathbury did not recover from his wounds and died June 27th at the Libby Prison Military Hospital.
This is an incredible piece of history !  Accompanied by a large amount of research material
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college hill cavalry officer saber
COLLEGE HILL CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER
The College Hill Arsenal, located in Nashville, TN,  was operated by L.T. Cunningham with all types of swords and sabers manufactured for the Confederacy and for private purchase. Operations ceased with the fall of Nashville to the Federal forces on April 1, 1862. The saber has brass guard with letters "CSA" on face. Grip has an iron back strap and ferrule. Original twisted brass wire and 90% of leather grip remain intact. 35 1/2 inch blade with single unstopped fuller has grayish patina with no pitting or edge nicks. Scabbard is iron with brass ring mounts and iron drag. Overall excellent condition on this highly desirable Confederate manufactured Cavalry officer saber with its original scabbard.
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richmond musket bayonet
EXTREMELY RARE BAYONET FOR RICHMOND RIFLE-MUSKET
 
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jesse james
JESSE JAMES POST MORTEM CDV
A post mortem image of the infamous outlaw and Civil War guerilla fighter Jesse James.  Born Sept. 5th, 1847 in Clay County, MO James would become a member of Bloody Bill Anderson's guerilla outfit during the Civil War and following the war a notorious outlaw, perpetrating bank and train robberies from Texas to West Virginia. On April 3, 1882 James was ambushed in his own home and shot to death by a member of his gang, Bob Ford. The photo was taken shortly after his death in St. Joseph, MO.  A scarce image of one of the most notable outlaws in American history.
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Civil War Presentation Sword
SAUERBIER PRESENTATION STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD
A high grade Sauerbier staff/field officer sword with presentation to a Captain in the 60th Indiana Infantry.  The sword was presented to Capt. George Merrill by members of Co F, Indiana Volunteers.  Merrill saw combat at the battle of Munfordville, KY  during 1862 where Chalmers attacked the garrison with heavy loss. Two days later Bragg's forces surrounded and shelled the fort. The Federal commander surrendered the entire garrison to Bragg.  Capt. Merrill would have been forced to hand over his sword to the Confederate forces at this time.  Following the battle of Munfordville the 60th was paroled and Capt. Merrill had seen all he wanted to see and resigned from the service.  Condition of the sword is very good.  Leather grip and brass wire are 100% complete.  The ornate pommel cap has mother of pearl inlay with the initial "G" factory carved into the upper inlay. Blade is very good with elaborate etching, shows minor staining. Brass scabbard with presentation to Merrill has heavy decorative brass mounts and retains a good percentage of its gilt.
A beautiful sword worthy of any fine collection
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african american soldier
SIXTH PLATE TINTYPE OF BLACK SOLDIER
 
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black civil war soldier
SIXTH PLATE TINTYPE OF BLACK SOLDIER
 
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Confederate Officers Hat
CONFEDERATE CAPTAIN'S KEPI
An early war Confederate officer's kepi from the Steve Mullinax collection.
Kepi is trimmed with double gilt metallic quatrefoil and 2 gold bullion bands around the dark blue trim indicating the owner was a captain. The wool body is in good condition with a few moth nips mostly on blue band. The light blue/gray dye of the cap body has faded somewhat over time. Hat visor is of patent leather with sewn binding. Interior is lined with light blue polished cotton, it is complete but has come loose in several places. Affixed to the interior crown is a thin pad of newspaper with visible date of 1862 and mention of the Confederate Congress. Sweatband is of a painted linen material similar to the Crown & Co. cap boxes, it is completely intact. There has been absolutely no alterations, modern stitching or repairs of any kind done to this hat.
A fine piece of Confederate headgear with exceptional visual appeal from the renowned Mullinax collection.
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sharps rifle
SHARPS RIFLE, SERIAL NUMBER ID TO 8TH CONNECTICUT
 
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Confederate Officers Belt
CONFEDERATE 2 PIECE WITH ORIGINAL BELT
An enlisted or NCO pattern Confederate issue belt rig from the Steve Mullinax collection.  The belt and buckle are original to each other and the bullet style stitching is completely intact. There is no evidence that the belt ever had a provision for sword hangers. The finish of the leather is almost completely intact just a bit dry. The reference for the buckle is plate 006 in the Mullinax Expanded edition.
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Griswold revolver
1ST MODEL GRISWOLD REVOLVER
 
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Civil War Greatcoat
REGULATION FEDERAL DISMOUNTED GREATCOAT
A museum quality and condition Civil War enlisted greatcoat.  Coat is sky blue heavy wool kersey. Interior body is lined with course brown wool material and sleeves are lined with white muslin.  The body of the coat shows very minimal insect damage and is nearly flawless. Interior of left sleeve has Schuykill Arsenal "SA" stamp and "2" for size. The right sleeve has the Cowles moth proofing stamp and the inked name Webber who must have been the soldier this was issued to. Buttons are Scovill backmarked except for 2 of the cuff size on the cape. Cloth adjustment belt on reverse is present along with the eagle button.
I don't believe you will find a better one, worthy of the finest uniform collection
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Confederate Griswold Revolver
CONFEDERATE GRISWOLD REVOLVER
 
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Ames Officers Sword
1861 DATED AMES FOOT OFFICER SWORD
A dated and inspected M1850 Ames foot officer's sword with original scabbard.  During the year 1861 the US government inspected and issued approximately 400 Ames manufactured swords to officers in the military. This example is in very good condition with frosty etched blade with some very light pitting near tip. The ricasso is stamped with date and US inspector stamp while other side has Ames logo in scroll.  The shagreen grip is complete showing only minor wear, twisted brass wire is all present.  Scabbard is very good with Ames logo stamped on reverse of top mount.
A highly desirable US issued Civil War officer's sword
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civil war artillery officer coat
MOUNTED ARTILLERY OFFICER'S JACKET
 
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Confederate Cavary Saber
SCARCE CONFEDERATE CAVALRY SABER
A scarce pattern Confederate cavalry saber with the original brass mounted scabbard. Saber has a large brass guard with 3 flat branches and long quillon.  About 20% of the thin leather grip remains this being the only detractor from an otherwise spectacular Confederate saber. Double strand iron wire wrap around grip is complete. Blade with unstopped fuller is still in an uncleaned, bright condition with absolutely no nicks or pitting.  Iron scabbard with soldered lap seam retains approximately 75% original reddish lacquer.  The throat and carrying mounts are brass and the drag is iron with brass patina perfectly matching on saber and scabbard.  It is believed that these sabers were possibly manufactured in North Carolina.
This is a rare, untouched and excellent condition Confederate cavalry saber and is worthy of the finest collection.
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Model 1859 Sharps Carbine
 M1859 SHARPS CARBINE
An excellent example of the early war Sharps cavalry carbine and quite desirable with patchbox. Overall condition is very fine. Wood is sharp with military cartouche above sling bar. All metal parts are also crisp with sharp stampings and much case color remaining, especially on patchbox. Case color is present but fading on right side of frame and mostly faded on left side. Barrel and other blued parts are smooth with negligible pitting having now turned a slick plum color. All major components have inspector stamp. Bore is very good. Mechanism is fully functional.
This is a very attractive carbine and will grade NRA fine +
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