CIVIL WAR ANTIQUES
WWII 17TH AIRBORNE M41 FIELD JACKET
Standard combat jacket worn in the European theater. Named to Sgt. H.R. Lewis. The coat shows use wear from service in the field. A nice "AIRBORNE" patch on left sleeve. There are two copied photos of Lewis with his platoon, several postcards with paratroop scenes, a piece of silk parachute and a silk "Souvenir of Belgium" scarf that accompany the jacket.
The 17th Airborne first saw combat during the Battle of the Bulge. Their next combat was during Operation Varsity where the unit participated in airborne landings on the German side of the Rhine River. After it had participated in Operation Varsity, the 17th Airborne Division continued to advance through Germany as a part of XVIII Airborne Corps, engaging German forces around Wesel, Essen and Münster. When Germany unconditionally surrendered on 7 May 1945, the division was conducting occupation duties in northern Germany.
LETTERS TO FAMILY OF A MARINE KIA ON IWO JIMA
There are two letters of condolence to the mother of Private Walter F. Geiser, Co E 26 Btn, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. The first letter was sent by Geiser's commanding officer, Captain Maynard Schmidt, telling that he was killed in combat and is buried at the 3rd Marine cemetery on the island. The second letter is from Marine Corps HQ and is a similar letter from General A.A. Vandegrift, looks to be his signature in blue ink at bottom of letter. Both letters are dated shortly after the battle had ended. The 3rd Marine Division joined the battle 5 days after the start and saw heavy fighting in the central part of the island and especially in the area of the heavily Japanese fortified positions around Airfield #2.
WWII 2nd Lt. Fixed Bale Helmet
A fixed bale, front seam McCord helmet with Firestone liner. Helmet has the original textured finish with a single gold 2nd Lieutenant bar painted on front. Liner is very good with all straps and buckles intact. Interior of helmet shell is very good and is not a repaint. A scarce and completely original WWII officers helmet.
WWII USMC FIGHTING KNIFE
A large brass handle fighting knife made in New Zealand/Australia and sold to the Marines while they were in country preparing for combat in the Pacific. The knife has the original leather scabbard which the owner personalized by lightly carving "AUSTRALIA /AUG. 6, 1943" on the reverse. A real WWII Marine Corps fighting knife.
NAMED WW 2 PURPLE HEART
A WW 2 cased Purple Heart named to Frank Kelly. The medal is government engraved which would indicate KIA. I have not done any research on the soldier but it needs to be done. Case is in good condition showing minor wear. Missing the ribbon bar and lapel pin.
CONSTABULARY FORCE/15TH CAVALRY IKE JACKET
A 1945 dated Ike jacket for the US Constabulary force during occupation of Germany. Coat has a high quality Constabulary patch on left sleeve and a nice felt backed 15th cavalry patch on right sleeve. Both unit crests are pin back type. Ribbon bar is sew on style. Two bullion overseas service bars. Coat shows only minor wear with a couple of very small moth nips on back.
The 15th Cavalry was part of Patton's 3rd Army and saw action in the Ardennes, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe during the war and at the end of the war was redesignated the 15th Constabulary Regiment.
A scarce and completely original Constabulary Force Ike Jacket out of a fine WW2 collection
1st BATTN, 21st REGIMENT USMC FIGHTING KNIFE
An original and very scarce USMC "Gung Ho" knife. Only 1,000 contracted locally in New Zealand by Lt. Evans C. Carlson to arm the newly formed 21st Regiment. Lt. Carlson was the son of Lt. Col Evans F. Carlson of Guadalcanal fame and won the silver star during that battle while under command of his father. The knife based on the No 18 machete carried by Carlson's Raiders during the battle. These Marine Corps knives are very scarce and when found are mostly in lesser states of condition this knife and its original scabbard are in excellent condition. The scabbard is missing the back side of the belt loop. The Marine that carried this knife has personalized the scabbard with his name, date of 1944 and a devil's face. The rarest of WW II knifes that saw service in the battles for Bouganville, Guam & Iwo Jima.
Possibly the best example known
MID 19TH CENTURY CASED SURGICAL SET
An original surgery kit dating to mid to late 1860's. Most of the tools are marked "ROBERT ET COLLIN / A PARIS". Kit has a few tools missing which includes some scalpels, a clamp and scissors. Has a very nice dovetailed walnut case with two interior sections of tools. Lid has an inlaid brass plaque which is unnamed. Box has lock and original key is present.
NICE MODEL 1842 SINGLE SHOT PISTOL
This is one of the good and serviceable pistols sold to both Northern & Southern states and militia units. These were made up of surplus parts that did not pass strict government inspections with the locks being dated 1855 and barrels having other dates. This barrel has a "C" condemned stamp just below bolster. These would have definitely seen service early in the war. Good and all original condition.
M1871 REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK PISTOL
This is the US military issue rolling block pistol in .50 caliber centerfire. Approximately 5,000 purchased by the government from 1872-1888. This one has a good amount of blue remaining on barrel and fairly strong case color on receiver. Good markings and crisp cartouche on grip. There is no rifling in the bore and was probably converted for use with shotgun cartridges at some point.
DERRINGER STYLE PERCUSSION PISTOL
A silver mounted single shot Derringer style pistol. Rifled barrel. Mechanism is functioning. Nice little pistol at a good price. Measures 6.5 inches overall.
MODEL 1851 OFFICER'S SWORD BELT PLATE
Standard pattern officers buckle with wreath cast integrally. The narrow style hook has been broken at some point and has been replaced. Priced right
.44 CALIBER COLT PATENT BULLET MOLD
An iron bullet mold for casting both conical and round projectile. Colt Patent stamped on sprue cutter. Nice condition and would look good with a Colt Army revolver.
MINTY 45-70 BAYONET & SCABBARD
A very high condition bayonet and scabbard for the trapdoor musket. Belt attachment hook retains most of the original gilt. Bayonet and scabbard have more than 90% original blue
MODEL 1855 58 CALIBER BAYONET
An original Civil War issue bayonet for 58 caliber musket. Marked US. Locking ring is present.
CDV OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL EWELL
An original Civil War period cdv image of Confederate Lieutenant-General Richard S. Ewell. commander of the 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.
CDV OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL J.E.B. STUART
An original Civil War period cdv image of Confederate Major-General J.E.B. Stuart, commander of the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia.
McKEEVER CARTRIDGE BOXES
These are both the 1876 models with provision for tool on side of box. The earlier box (A) is a transition from the 1874 to 1876 pattern still having leather backed cartridge inserts. Both are for the Government issue .45/70 cartridges. Both boxes are marked on the latch tabs "Watervliet Arsenal". Both tabs present but stitching has come loose.
GROUP OF INDIAN WAR / SPAN-AM CAP INSIGNIA
The groups consists of 4 original military cap insignia dating to the latter half of the 19th century. There are two infantry badges with regiment and company designation and two artillery badges with battery designation.
LATE INDIAN WAR/SPAN-AM JEB STUART TYPE SWORD HANGER
An Indian Wars to Spanish-American War issue sword hanger for attachment to the Hagner type leather belt. Good condition with some crackling to hangers. Leather is stamped with various numbers and letters.
SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR ERA McKEEVER CARTRIDGE BOX
A late pattern box with canvas interior. Brown leather with impressed "US". Latch tab is intact. One area of loose stitching at top of left side.
LARGE EARLY STYLE GANG MOLD
A brass and iron gang mold for casting round balls ranging in size from about .36 to .20 inches. Mold has a total of 24 cavities with wood handle and one missing. Iron sprue cutter that would have been moved to opposite sides. Measures 10-inches overall. Has seen its fair share of use.
USN FUSE POUCH
A post Civil War fuse pouch with impressed USN and closure button stamped USN. Interior wood block cut for fuses. Has some loss of finish to exterior.
CASED SPRING LOADED FLEAMS
Nice cased bleeders.
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THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLEAMS
From very ealry to the brass handle, two blade bleeder
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RARE HOUSTON, TX CSA BOND
Original $500 bond issued by the CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, issued in Richmond, March 2, 1863. Includes 7 unredeemed coupons. Reference: Criswell # 121. This is a rare example of a TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE with endorsement on face "ISSUED AT HOUSTON TEXAS" with signature of CSA Treasury agent.
CIVIL WAR DISCHARGE 14th MASS
The Civil War discharge of private Martin R. Bartlett of the 14th Mass. Infantry. The discharge is dated 7-30-63. This unit saw service in North Carolina. The envelope that Bartlett kept the discharge in comes with. Envelope has written on it "Discharge paper from army"
CIVIL WAR ISSUE CAP BOX
An original Civil War cap box as issued for use with musket, carbine or pistol. Interior closure flap is present. No lambs wool.
MODEL 1872 NAVAL OFFICER'S SWORD
A nice condition US navy officer's sword with engraved name on blade. I find Raymond Thomas Mahon listed in the USN rolls during 1922.
An original Civil War issue 58 caliber socket bayonet scabbard. Good condition
A single Civil War artillery driver stirrup. Has seen alot of use and shows the expected dings and dents from hard campaigning.
An issued US enlisted belt plate with the original belt. The belt is partially maker marked "PITTSBURG" probably made by Oliver.
Socket bayonet for the Model 1816 Musket. Marked US / NC.
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