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Modern Arrivals Consignment 44
Here we have a German WW2 Model 98 Rifle. This is the Best known of all Mauser rifles and the one that most of my German collecting customers ask for and they are always in short supply. This is a 7.92 mm (8mm) bolt action rifle with a 23.6” barrel. The barrel exhibits a nice deep rifles bore with some evidence of pitting but not bad at all. Magazine capacity is 5 rounds. This one was the standard should arm of the German military during World War II. Introduced in 1935 about 11,000,000 were produced. This one ws made in 1943 as marked on the receiver ring and is also marked bnz which is Steyr-Daimler Puch AG, Steyr . Also on the receiver is MOD 98 , s/n 4915 There are a couple of Nazi waffen markings on the barrel with Eagle and swastika. There is some pitting on the barrel and receiver that has finish in them indicating that at some point this weapon was refinished, perhaps by the arsenal. The magazine floor pan and mount are marked 9808 The stock is beech and in very good condition The handguard may be walnut. The action works well and it’s a very nice looking rifle. The sling is a reproduction. Take a look at the pics!!! For this rifle $550.00
Modern Arrivals Consignment 43
Here we have a Czech Mauser. In 1924 the Czechs began to manufacture a number of Mauser designed rifles for export and for it’s own military. Czech Mausers were based on the Model 98 action. This particular rifle is 7.92X54mm (8mm) and is in excellent condition. The rear sight has Greek markings on it I believe and if I am wrong on that let me know. The receiver is marked CS.ST. ZBROJOVKA BRNO and has lots of other small markings on it including the serial number 914. The magazine floor pan also has 914 stamped into it. The barrel is 29 inches long and exhibits a good deep rifled bore. The action works very well and the rifle looks very good overall with a very nice hardwood stock. Look at the pics! For this rifle $350.00
New Arrivals 622
Here we have a real nice Civil War Model 1858 Remington New Model .44 Caliber Revolver. The Remington-Beals Model Revolvers along with subsequent models and variations were percussion revolvers manufactured by Eliphalet Remington & Sons in .31 (Pocket) .36 (Navy) or .44 (Army) caliber, used during the American Civil War, and was the beginning of a successful line of medium and large frame pistols. It is commonly, though inaccurately, referred to as the Model 1858 due to the patent markings on its barrel, "PATENTED SEPT. 14, 1858/E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, NEW YORK, U.S.A./NEW MODEL."; although wide scale production did not start until 1861. The Remington revolver was a secondary, supplemental issue firearm for the Union Army until the Colt factory fire of 1864. Due to the fire the Colt 1860 Army was not available for some time, subsequently large numbers of the Remington revolver were ordered by the U.S. government. It was more expensive, by "50 cents than the Colt, but those who could afford it remarked on its durability. The Remington New Model Army, of which this example is, was made from 1863 to 1875 with a total quantity of approximately 122,000 units. This revolver is percussion; 44 caliber. Six-shot round cylinder with 8” octagon barrel with threads visible at the breech end. There are safety notches on the cylinder shoulders between the nipples. This Revolver has Walnut grips (no visible cartouche) and originally had a blued finish but now a dark patina. The early production had the mortised cone sight of the 1861 model and this one does have that cone sight. The serial numbers continue from the Model 1861 Army and commence approximately in the 15000 range with this one being 26883 so I believe it’s safe to say that it was probably made in 1863 or early 1864. The cylinders are unusually unnumbered and this one is. Check out the barrel markings in the pics. This particular revolver has letters stamped in various places being inspectors marks but the grips do not have a cartouche. The Civilian models usually do not have those inspectors markings stamped on various parts as this one does. The New Model Army Revolver was a favorite of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody! This one has a great action working as it should. It has a good bore and has good nipples. I would not be afraid to shoot it today. There is minor pitting here and there and the previous owner removed some rust on each side of the frame forward of the cylinder and I have added color back there but the rest of the piece has the patina that has aged it for all these years. This is one nice Remington-not mint by any means but very nice!!! Check out the pics!!! $1,250.00
New Arrivals 621
Here we have a Civil War Derringer for sale. This is an English made firearm as evidenced by the proof marks on the barrel but with the lock marked 'DERRINGER' using two R's back to back instead of the legal name of 'Deringer' which was the legitimate company in Philadelphia which made this style of small single shot pistol! This was an attempt fo cash in on the Deringer name for profit! This weapon is the 2nd size being a little larger than the small one used in the Abraham Lincoln assassination. This piece measures 8 1/4 inches long with a 4 5/8ths long rifled 50 caliber barrel. The barrel has some simple engraving near the tang screw and a simple silver plated brass mortised front blade sight. The lock is highly scroll engraved as well as the hammer. The hammer has been repaired at some point. There is some light to moderate pitting on the lock, hammer and barrel. This piece has a nice dark patina on the steel parts but was probably touched up a bit. The lock works fine and it has a very strong spring. The brass trigger guard and various escrutcheons are silver plated. The Nose cap is engraved being silver plated as well with no provision for a ramrod. The walnut stock has various age cracks in it with nice checkering on the grip end. There have been a few repairs to the stock but all are stable at this time. This is a little 'Hand Cannon'!!! Take a look at the pics! For this historic piece of history $875.00
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New Arrivals 620
We have 3 of the P-08 WW1 Luger Magazines for sale. There are 2 nickel plated ones and one blued one. The bottom plugs are wood and are numbered 260, 2717 and 6248 respectively. Good Condition! Each $145.00
New Arrivals 619
I usually try not to offer reproductions of antique weapons but this one is an exceptional little Baby Dragoon! This is a copy of the Colt Model 1848 Baby Dragoon with the squareback brass trigger guard. This is a .31 caliber copy with 6 inch barrel. The piece looks nearly new but does have some cylinder turning marks but the nipples are still blued indicating little or no usuage. There is a Indian Fight scene on the cylinder. The steel frame is color cased and looks great. On the octagonal barrel is marked MADE IN ITALY and there are proof marks all over this piece. The serial numbers all match. There are minor turning marks on the screw heads. This piece is complete and should work very well. Nice piece! $195.00
New Arrivals 618
Here we have an 1800's pinfire pistol in approx 9mm or 10mm or close to .38 caliber. This piece measures about 10 1/2 inches long overall with a 5 3/4 inch long octagonal rifled barrel. The only markings on this piece that I see are a couple of proof marks on the barrel and I believe this piece to be European made as most wee. The 6 shot revolver is a recoil shield around the pins on the shell. These bullets had firing pins that stuck out the back of the cylinder and before the recoil shield if someone dropped one of these revolvers and it landed on the pin in the shell then catastrophe happens! BOOOOM!! The piece is double action only and there are some problems with the action. The checkered hardwood grips are in good condition . There is a missing laynard ring on the butt. Usually a laynard ring indicated Military. This revolver is complete except for the missing ring. Often the cartridge hatch is missing, this one is not and sometimes the ejector rod is missing too and this one is present. The trigger return spring seems to be lacking. This revolver has a nice mellow patina to it. Makes a great display piece of a Civil War era through late 1800's old west revolver. Nice looking old revolver! $375.00
New Arrivals 617
Here's a very unusual handgun. This one is from the late early to mid 1800's and is a back lock percussion handgun. This pistol is about 70 to 72 caliber smoothbore and has an octagonal barrel. The entire piece looks to have been blacksmith or custom made and has no markings on it anywhere that I can see as to who made it or country of origin. I even took the barrel off and found no stampings. This pistol measures about 15 inches long with a nearly 9 inch barrel. The barrel is held on by a single ornate brass barrel band and two tang screws at the distal end. There is engraving on the brass triggerguard. The pistol butt plate is also brass and has a laynard ring. The walnut stock is in great condition with nice hand engraving on the grip and up the back and alongside the 4 inch long tang. It's just beautiful , interesting and quite rare! The back action lock plate also has some simple engraving on it. Now to explain the lock. This is a unique lock which, I believe, has no internal workings except for a tremendously strong spring. The trigger is pushed forward then the pistol is turned flat on the lock side and two 'stops' fall out so that the hammer can either be placed in a safety position or a fire position. When the trigger is pulled the two stops travel inward and the hammer falls. Quite unusual!!! The previous owner states that this pistol belonged to his father and he thought it came from Pennsylvania or closer to the coast and could have been used by Naval or sea faring personnel. I don't think this was a production weapon even though it was done quite well. The ramrod is definitely made for this pistol and although it looks short in the pic it travels well back of the end of the barrel in the stock and is the correct length. The little stops need some lubrication to come out more easily and the trigger guard has a crack in the long tail that extends down to the butt plate at the final screw. You may never see another pistol like this one! Take a look at the pics! $695.00
New Arrivals 616
Here we have a wonderful complete Civil War 1864 U.S. Robinson New York lock plate and so marked. There is just some surface rust to the face of the plate and it operates flawlessly. The front sideplate screw was broken off but easily removed with an ez out-otherwise fantastic!!! Take a look at the pics! $395.00
New Arrivals 616 Consignment
Here we have a very nice quite exceptional display piece in custom box. This is a Model 1855 U.S. Springfield pistol/carbine.1855. The Model 1855 Pistol-Carbine was the last single-shot pistol produced as an issue arm for U.S. troops. Slightly more than 4,000 were manufactured at the U.S. Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts. They employed the same Maynard primer system and .58 caliber ammunition as that used in the U.S. Model 1855 Rifle-Musket. These convertible arms were intended for use as a pistol by cavalrymen, and when fitted with the detachable shoulder stock, they could be used as a carbine by dismounted troops.
The U.S. Model 1855 Pistol-carbine was the smallest in the new cal. .58 muzzle-loading service pieces adopted by the Army in 1855. These arms were designed to fire the newly-perfected (hollow-base) Minie bullet. The pistol-carbine had a 12" barrel and weighed 3 ? lbs., or five lbs. when fitted with its detachable buttstock. The lock assembly was about 9/10 the size of that used on Model 1855 long arms, and was designed to accept a 25-pellet Maynard tape primer roll, half the length of the primer tape used on the other Model 1855 arms. The Maynard tape priming lock was standard on the 4,021 Model 1855 pistol-carbines manufactured by Springfield Armory, the principal maker
The pistol in this display is all original and in pretty good condition. The wood has no cracks or breaks that I can see but does have one ‘punch’ mark in it behind the lock that you can see in the pics. Also there are indents from the shoulder stock on the butt. The pistol looks to have had been lightly cleaned at some point. The maynard tape primer door does not stay shut as it should. The inside tape primer does still seem to work. The lock has the Spread Winged Eagle on the maynard tape primer door with U.S.SPRINGFIELD ahead of the door and the date 1855 behind the hammer. The date 1855 is also on the barrel as well as the Eagle head and VP. There is a two leaf rear sight behind the date and a simple sight up front. The action works find and the nipple is not too battered. The brass furniture has a nice patina and the captured ramrod is in place. The butt stock is a reproduction while the pistol is total original. The little knob on the bottom of the spring loaded bolt to remove the buttstock is from another firearm and does not belong to this one. The leather strap is also a reproduction. All in all this is a fine display item! Inside the hardwood case which measures about 33” X 11” X 4 3/8” is a pretty nice original 1837 ‘Peace Flask’. The piece is not marked on the top as I would have expected but it does have the W.S. beside the Eagle on one side which is the inspector William Smith which would be on the 1837-1838 flasks by Ames. It’s also marked on the spout in drams. The spring is broken on the lever and a couple of seams are slightly open but all in all a nice flask with a nice mellow patina. The bullet mold is the wrong size diameter and also a repro. The round balls and the minie balls are reproductions as well. The cap tin is dated 1855 and 1858 by J. Goldmark’s Percussion Caps but was produced by Winchester Repeating Arms which did not start business until 1866 so they are here just for display. Also the caps are for a pistol and this firearm takes caps more like musket caps. This is a nice outfit and for the lot $1,950.00 !!!
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New Arrivals 615
Local central Indiana found US Army Bolo Knife used during World War One . The handle is made of wood and has two rivets securing it. The pommel is in a dovehead shape and has surface rust on it that can be easily removed if you desire.. The crossguard is straight and of equal length on each side. The US M-1917 Bolo Knife with Scabbard was the same basic Bolo Knife used by the U.S. military from the turn of the century through WWII. Manufactured from 1897 to 1918, it went through a number of changes during its production life. First issued to medical personnel in the field it was later issued to fighting troops and used to clear brush, fields of fire and for any task requiring a heavy knife used as a chopping tool. The knife is 15 inches long with a 10 3/8th inch long blade that is sharpened on one edge only. The ricasso is marked US MOD 1917 CT. (wear to the markings) with the Reverse marked Plumb St Louis (no date that I can see here). Mostly blued blade with slightly rounded tip. Blade shows some minor sharpening. No nicks in the edge of the blade. The grips are two slabs rounded and screwed through the tang. The grips are in good condition with very little wobble. The Canvas scabbard is also in very good condition and has something stenciled on one side but I can't make it out. The canvas is complete with no rips or tears and no material lacking. The brown leather tip is stamped BAUER BROS 1918 on one side. There is some surface loss to the leather tip on one side but still looks good. Take a look at the pics! For this piece $195.00
New Arrivals 614 Consignment
Here is a CDV engraving on thin cardstock of Maj. General Thomas, the Rock of Chickamauga! Thomas, George H., major-general, one of the ablest, purest and most successful of the military chieftains of the Civil war, was born in Southampton county, Va., July 31, 1816. His early opportunities of education were good and at the age of twenty he had just entered upon the study of law when his friends secured him an appointment as cadet at the military academy at West Point. He entered in 1836 and, after a thorough and solid rather than a brilliant course, he graduated in 1840, ranking twelfth in a class of 42 members among whom were Sherman, Ewell, Jordan, Getty, Herbert, Van Vliet and others who afterward attained celebrity. Assigned to duty on the day of graduation as second lieutenant in the 3d artillery, he served in the regular army for twenty years, during which time he rendered honorable and faithful service in the Florida war from 1840 to 1842; in command of various forts and barracks from 1842 to 1845; in the military occupation of Texas in 1845-46; in the Mexican war from 1846 to 1848 participating in nearly all its leading battles in the Seminole war in 1849-50; as instructor in artillery and cavalry at West Point from 1851 to 1854; on frontier duty at various posts in the interior of California and Texas, leading several expeditions against the Indians from 1855 to the autumn of 1860. During these twenty years he was repeatedly brevetted for gallant and meritorious services, rising through all the grades to a captain of artillery, and in 1855 was made a major of the 2nd cavalry, which regiment he commanded for three years. He was wounded in a skirmish with the Indians at the headwaters of the Brazos river in Aug., 1860, and the following November went east on a leave of absence. During the winter of 1860-61 he watched with the most painful anxiety the culmination of that conflict of opinion which preceded the war. Relinquishing his leave of absence he reported for duty at Carlisle barracks, Pa., April 14,- the day when the flag went down at Sumter-and less than 48 hours after the first shot was fired. On May 27 he led a brigade from Chambersburg across Maryland to Williamsport, rode across the Potomac in full uniform at the head of his brigade on June 16, to invade Virginia and fight his old commanders; a few days afterward he led the right wing of Gen. Patterson's army in the battle of Falling Waters and defeated the Confederates under Stonewall Jackson. After serving through the brief campaign of the Shenandoah Gen. Thomas entered upon that wider sphere of action in which he was destined to win an undying reputation. At Gen. Robert Anderson's request Sherman and Thomas were made brigadier-generals of volunteers and assigned to his command- the Department of the Cumberland. The first month's work that Thomas performed in the department was at Camp Dick Robinson, Ky. where he mustered into service eleven regiments and three batteries of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee troops, which he organized into the first brigade, and which formed the nucleus of the division, then of the corps and finally of the great army which he afterward so long commanded. He was soon placed in command of the 1st division of the army and on Dec. 31 was ordered to move against Zollicoffer, who commanded a large force occupying the road leading from Cumberland gap to Lexington, Ky. In pursuance of this order Gen. Thomas fought and won the battle of Mill Springs, which was by far the most important military success that had yet been achieved west of Virginia, and with the exception of the defeat of Marshall near Prestonburg a few days before, it was the first victory in the department. In this battle Gen. Thomas laid the foundation of his fame in the Army of the Center. From Nov. 30, 1861, to Sept. 30, 1862, he commanded a division of Gen. Buell's army without intermission, except that during the months of May and June he commanded the right wing of the Army of the Tennessee and around Corinth. On Sept. 30, 1862, he was appointed second in command of the Army of the Ohio, having previously refused the chief command, and served in that capacity in the battle of Perryville and until Oct. 30, 1862, when the old name of Department the Cumberland was restored and Gen. Rosecrans assumed command. That officer reorganized the army into three distinct commands-right, left and center-and assigned Thomas to the center, which consisted of five divisions. He held this command in the battle of Stone's river and until Jan. 9, 1863, when the 14th army corps was created by order of the war department, and Thomas commanded it during the summer campaign in middle Tennessee and the Chickamauga campaign. On Sept. 27, 1864, after the capture of Atlanta, he was ordered by Gen. Sherman to return with a portion of his army into Tennessee and defend that state against Hood's invasion. Thus Thomas was confronted by that veteran army which had so ably resisted Sherman on his march to Atlanta, and had to meet it with an effective force of about 40,000 infantry and 7,000 cavalry, having to remount the latter, provide transportation, and almost to organize and supply a new army. Although severely checked by Schofield at Franklin, Tenn., Hood gathered head and threatened Nashville. Then the government and country waited impatiently for Thomas to attack, but be would not move until he was ready. He thought he "ought to be trusted to decide when the battle should be fought," and to know better than any one hundreds of miles away. Grant called him "slow," Sherman commented on his "provoking, obstinate delay," and Stanton, still actuated by the partisan bitterness that had caused him to secure the removal of two successful commanders, wrote to Grant: "This looks like the McClellan and Rosecrans strategy of do nothing and let the enemy raid the country." Urgent despatches and orders rained in upon him, but he said they might remove him if they liked and complained to one of his generals, "They are treating me like a boy." An order removing him was actually made on Dec. 9, but happily revoked. On Dec. 13 Gen. Logan was started for Nashville with orders to take the command on his arrival if Thomas had not moved, and two days later Grant himself set out thither. On the road both received the great news of the battle of Dec. 15. Thomas had at length attacked, driving the enemy eight miles, and Hood, "for the first and only time, beheld a Confederate army abandon the field in confusion." On the next day Thomas completely redeemed his promise to "ruin Hood," whose army was broken to pieces and chased out of Tennessee. But even here the victor was blamed as dilatory in the pursuit, although the reward of his splendid services could no longer be kept back. When he received his commission as major-general in the regular army his friend and medical director, seeing that he was deeply moved, said: "It is better late than never, Thomas." "It is too late to be appreciated," he replied; "I earned this at Chickamauga," and afterward, "I never received a promotion they dared to withhold." But the nation was by this time ready to recognize Gen. Thomas' merits and to understand that it was solely by his remarkable abilities, without the influence of powerful friends, that he had attained a position second to that of no officer of the army. Honors and rewards were pressed upon him, but with a simple dignity of character he declined them all, satisfied with having done his duty. After the war he was placed in command successively of the most important and difficult military departments, often under circumstances of great responsibility and delicacy, but his conduct gave general satisfaction. Gen. Thomas' death was the result of apoplexy and occurred in San Francisco, Cal., March 28, 1870. Source: The Union Army, vol. 8
In the beginning of the war or at the beginning of a Military Career in the Civil War residents were eager to see images of their heroes and some firms put things out quickly to capture their part of the market. I believe this is one of those. They didn't even bother to put a backmark on this one. For this piece of history representing a Civil War Larger than life figure $45.00
New Arrivals 613 Consignment
New Arrivals 612 Consignment
Here we have a CDV photoengraveur of General Rosecrans. Rosecrans, William S., major-general, was born at Kingston, Ohio, Sept. 6, 1819, and was graduated fifth in the class of 1842, at the West Point military academy. He entered the U. S. engineer corps, as second lieutenant by brevet, serving for a year in the construction of fortifications at Hampton Roads, Va. He was assistant professor of natural and experimental philosophy, and then of engineering, for four years, at the U. S. military academy. He was next the superintending engineer at Fort Adams, Newport, R. I., and of several surveys in eastern New England, and at the Washington navy yard, until April 1, 1854. Having attained the rank of first lieutenant, he resigned from the army and began business life at Cincinnati, Ohio, as civil engineer and architect. From 1855 to 1860 he was in charge of the Cannel coal company in western Virginia, and in 1856 became the president of the Coal river navigation company. In 1857 he organized the Preston coal oil company for the manufacture of kerosene. At the beginning of the Civil war he entered the service as colonel of the 23d regiment U. S. Ohio volunteer infantry. Within a month he was made brigadier-general in the U. S. regular army, and ordered to accompany Gen. George B. McClellan to West Virginia, where he commanded a provisional brigade of three-months' volunteers until July 23, 1861, when he succeeded Gen. McClellan in command of the Department of the Ohio. In September, when the Confederates, Floyd and Wise, sought to get possession of the Great Kanawha valley, Gen. Rosecrans marched 110 miles, defeated Floyd at Carnifix ferry and ultimately compelled their retreat through the mountains to Dublin, on the Southwestern Virginia & Tennessee railway. He received, shortly after, resolutions unanimously framed by the legislatures of West Virginia and Ohio, thanking him for his successful military operations and civil administration. In April, 1862, he received the command of Paine's and Stanley's divisions of the Mississippi army, and took part in the siege of Corinth. With two divisions of the Army of the Mississippi, on Sept. 19, he fought and won the battle of Iuka, against the forces of Gen. Price, and on Oct. 3 and 4, with the remnants of those two divisions, and McKean's and Davis's, he also routed the forces of Price and Van Dorn at the battle of Corinth, and pursued them until he was recalled by Gen. Grant. On Oct. 30 he assumed command of the Department of the Cumberland, and on Dec. 31, following, the sanguinary battle of Stone's river began. It was fought on that day and on Jan. 1 and 2, 1863, and it ended with the retreat of the Confederates along the line of Duck river. In view of this victory the U. S. congress unanimously passed a joint resolution of thanks, as did the legislatures of Ohio and Indiana. On June 23 Gen. Rosecrans began his next movement, drove the Confederates out of their camps at Shelbyville and Tullahoma, and in fifteen days forced them to retreat to the south side of the Tennessee river, with headquarters at Chattanooga. Demonstrations toward Decatur, Ala., deceived Bragg, and Rosecrans crossed the Tennessee, threatened Bragg's communication with Atlanta, and compelled him to withdraw from Chattanooga to Lafayette. Rosecrans then got between Bragg and Chattanooga, concentrated his forces on the roads leading to Chattanooga, and after the sanguinary battle of Chickamauga held possession of the roads, and on Sept. 21 took and held possession of Chattanooga. On Jan. 27, 1864, he was placed in command of the Department of the Missouri, and although previous commanders had encountered insuperable obstacles in administration, in the face of these difficulties he so managed and concluded a campaign against the Confederate Gen. Price, that his army was defeated and driven out of the state. On Dec. 1O, 1864, he was placed on waiting orders at Cincinnati, Ohio, and was mustered out of the U. S. volunteer service, Jan. 15, 1866. He resigned from the U. S. regular army, March 28, 1867, having been brevetted major-general, U. S. A., on March 13, 1865, for gallant and distinguished services at the battle of Stone's river, Tenn. In the year 1868 Gen. Rosecrans was appointed U. S. minister to Mexico, and reached that country in November. In 1880 he was elected to the U. S. house of representatives from the state of California, and served until March 4, 1885. In June, 1885, he was appointed register of the U. S. treasury, at Washington, D. C., which office he held until 1893. On Feb. 27, 1889, by act of Congress he was re-appointed brigadier- general, U. S. army, and was placed on the retired list on March 2, following. Gen. Rosecrans died on March 11, 1898. Source: The Union Army, vol. 8
This CDV is in nice condition with clipped corners. The backmark simply says MAJOR-GENERAL ROSECRANS. For this one $55.00
New Arrivals 611 Consignment
Here we have a very nice CDV of a Rhode Island Captain of the Civil War. We do not have any id on him but if you know let us know and we'll post it. The backmark is for S.A.Dexter of Providence, R.I. Very nice!!! $95.00
New Arrivals 610 Consignment
Here is a nice standing view of an 1870's-1880's Militia Drummer with his drum. The CDV has been trimmed to fit into an album eliminating the writting at the bottom. He is wearing a model 1851 Eagle Belt Plate of Civil War vintage but due to the construction of the drum we believe it is later. For this nice CDV $75.00
New Arrivals 609 Consignment
Here we have a CDV photoengraveur of General George Gordon Meade, the commander at Gettysburg! Meade, George G. major-general, was born at Cadiz, Spain, during the consulship of his father at that port, in 1815. At an early age he was sent to the boys' school in Washington, D. C., at that time kept by Salmon P. Chase, afterward chief- justice of the United States supreme court. Subsequently he attended the military academy near Philadelphia, and in 1831, entered the academy at West Point, whence he graduated in 1835, as brevet second lieutenant of the 3d artillery. The same year he was made second lieutenant, and served in Florida in the Seminole war. The state of his health induced him to resign his commission in 1836, and he became a civil engineer, but, in 1842, he again entered the army, as second lieutenant in the corps of topographical engineers, and in that capacity served in the Mexican war. During this campaign he was attached to the staff of Gen. Taylor, and afterward to that of Gen. Scott distinguishing himself at Palo Alto and Monterey, and receiving, as an acknowledgment of his gallantry, a brevet of first lieutenant, dated Sept 23, 1846, and also upon his return to Philadelphia, a splendid sword from his townsmen. During the interim between the Mexican war and the Civil war, having been promoted to a full first lieutenancy in Aug., 1851, and to a captaincy of engineers in May, 1855, he was engaged in the particular duties of his department, more especially in the survey of the northern lakes; but upon the call of the government for men in 1861, he was ordered to report at Washington, and upon the organization of the Pennsylvania reserve corps, was made a brigadier-general of volunteers and assigned the command of the 2nd brigade, his commission dating Aug. 31, 1861. During the Seven Days' battles Gen. Meade was severely wounded, but soon recovered and, in Sept., 1862, took command of a division in Reynolds' 1st army corps, which he conducted with great skill and bravery during the Maryland campaign. At Antietam, when Gen. Hooker was wounded, Gen. Meade was placed in command of the corps and fought bravely the remainder of the day, receiving a slight wound and having two horses killed under him. He received the appointment of major- general of volunteers on Nov. 29, and took part in the battle of Fredericksburg, displaying courage and coolness during the engagement. In June, 1863, when Lee was advancing up the Shenandoah valley to invade Maryland and Pennsylvania, Gen. Meade was suddenly and unexpectedly called to succeed Gen. Hooker in the command of the Army of the Potomac, and he displayed masterly ability throughout the three days' battle of Gettysburg. Following this engagement, about July 18, he moved his army across the Potomac into Virginia, where he had several skirmishes with the enemy in October and November, and he was in command of the Army of the Potomac during the operations against Richmond in 1864. On June 18, 1862, Gen. Meade was promoted to the rank of major of engineers in the regular army, and on July 3, 1863, was advanced by the several grades of lieutenant-colonel and colonel to the brigadier-generalship in the regular army. During the session of 1863-64 he received the thanks of Congress, and was on Feb. 1, 1865, promoted a major-general in the regular army, his commission dating from Aug. 18, 1864. In the reconstruction of the military divisions after the war, Gen. Meade was given the command of the division of the Atlantic, with headquarters at Philadelphia, where he resided in the house presented to his wife by his fellow- citizens, in grateful recognition of his eminent services. He died at this residence in Philadelphia, Nov. 6, 1872. Source: The Union Army, vol. 8 This is an excellent period CDV with Maj Gen G.G. Meade printed at the bottom. There is no backmark and the corners have not been clipped. $55.00
New Arrivals 608 Consignment
Here we have a bust view CDV of General McCook. McCook, Alexander McD., major-general, was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, April 22, 1831. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1852, served for a time on garrison duty, was then engaged against the Apaches in New Mexico until 1857, and was subsequently assistant instructor in infantry tactics at West Point, becoming 1st lieutenant in At the beginning of the Civil war he was commissioned colonel of the 1st Ohio regiment, with which he engaged in the defenses of Washington, May-July, 1861. He was promoted captain in the 3d U. S. infantry, May 14, 1861; participated in the skirmish at Vienna, Va., June 17, and at the battle of Bull Run, where he commanded his regiment, he won the brevet of major for gallantry. He was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers Sept. 3, 1861, and commanded a brigade in the operations in Kentucky, from Oct. to Dec., 1861, and the 2nd division, Army of the Ohio, under Maj.-Gen. Buell in the Tennessee and Mississippi campaign, Feb.-June, 1862. He was brevetted lieutenant-colonel at the capture of Nashville, March 3, 1862, and colonel on April 7, for services at Shiloh. In the advance upon the siege of Corinth he commanded the reserve of the Army of the Ohio, his division engaging, however, at Bridge creek and at Serratt's hill, and he then served in northern Alabama and in east Tennessee, being commissioned major-general of volunteers July 17, 1862. He was then placed in command of the 20th army corps, with which he served in the campaigns of Perryville, Stone's river, Tullahoma and Chickamauga. He was relieved of his command, Oct. 6, 1863, shortly after the battle of Chickamauga, and asked for a court of inquiry which found him free from all blame. He was engaged in the defense of Washington on July 11 and 12, 1864, was assigned to duties in the middle division in Nov., 1864 and in Feb., 1865, was placed in command of the eastern district of Arkansas. He represented the war department in the investigation of Indian affairs May 6, 1865. On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted brigadier-general U. S. A. for gallant and meritorious services at Perryville, and major- general U. S. A., for services in the field during the war. Gen. McCook was mustered out of the volunteer service, Oct. 21, 1865; was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 26th infantry, March 5, 1867; served subsequently on the staff of Gen. W. T. Sherman, and was promoted colonel of the 6th infantry, Dec. 16, 1880, commanding the infantry and cavalry school at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He was appointed brigadier- general July 11, 1890; major-general Nov. 9, 1894, and retired by operation of law, April 22, 1895. He represented the United States at the coronation of the czar of Russia, at Moscow, May 24, 1896, and was a member of the commission appointed by President McKinley to investigate the war department during the war with Spain, Sept. 23, 1898, to Feb. 1O, 1899. Source: The Union Army, vol. 8
Overall a nice CDV with a E. & H.T. Anthony Backmark. $55.00
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Here we have a CDV photoengraveur of General George McClellan. It is in nice condition with non clipped corners. The backmark is 'MAJOR-GENERAL G.B.McCLELLAN' CHARLES TABER & CO. MANUFACTURERS, NEW BEDFORD, MASS.' McClellan was a let down for President Lincoln but was loved by his men. He ran against President Lincoln for the Presidency in 1864 but was defeated. $55.00
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Here we have a standing CDV from life of a Maine Officer. He holds his Kepi in his arm and it looks to me like he has a 17 in the center of his infantry horn insignia. The backmark is S.W. Sawyer, Bangor (Maine). Itis in nice condition overall with a stain that is on the lower left corner not affecting the image. $95.00
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Here we have a CDV photoengraveur of General U..S. Grant. On the front it is marked 'BALDWIN' as well as 'Columbus, O'. Baldwin's backmark is also present on the reverse. What more can be said about General Grant. He was made for war but failed in everything else including his presidency. This is a very nice CDV! For this one $55.00
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Here we have a nice CDV of Charles Dickens. Charles John Huffam Dickens ( 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.
I believe this to be a photoengraveur. He is in a very though thinking pose. The reverse shows the pencil writing of 'FOR MOTHER' and was done by Joseph Ward of Washington and Boston. For this fine image $125.00
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Here we have, from life, a great CDV of General Crittenden. He is shown sitting with his sword at his side. The CDV is in nice condition with slightly clipped corners. Here is the General's bio:
Crittenden, Thomas L., major-general, was born in Rus- sellville, Ky. May 15, 1819, studied law under his father, was admitted to the bar, and was elected commonwealth's attorney in Kentucky in 1842. 1n the Mexican war he served as lieutenant- colonel of Kentucky infantry, and was volunteer aide to Gen. Taylor in the battle of Buena Vista. He was from 1849 to 1853, under appointment from President Taylor, consul to Liverpool, then returned to the United States, resided for a time in Frankfort, and afterwards engaged in mercantile pursuits in Louisville, Ky. Espousing the Union cause at the beginning of the Civil war, he was commissioned brigadier-general, Oct. 27, At Shiloh he commanded a division and won by gallantry on that field promotion to major-general of volunteers, being assigned to command of a division in the Army of the Tennessee. He com- manded the 2nd corps, forming the left wing of Gen. Buell's Army of the Ohio, served afterwards under Gen. Rosecrans in the battle of Stone's river, and at Chickamauga commanded one of the two corps that were routed. He was afterwards given com- mand of a division of the 9th corps, Army of the Potomac, and operated with that corps in the campaign of 1864. He resigned, Dec. 13, 1864 but was afterwards commissioned by President Johnson colonel of the 32nd U. S. infantry, and in 1869 was transferred to the 17th infantry. He was retired by reason of his age, May, 1881. Gen Crittenden won by gallantry at Stone's river the brevet of brigadier-general in the regular army, which was conferred on him, March 2, 1867. He died at Annan- dale, Staten 1sland N. Y., Oct. 23, 1893. Source: The Union Army, vol. 8
No Backmark. For this nice CDV $195.00
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Here we have a pretty nice Indian Wars 45-70 Trapdoor Springfield Rifle bayonet without scabbard. This one still has most of the color left to it and it looks dark good. The US is on the top flat blade but looks to have been off struck as the bayonet shows no wear but the bottom of the US is lacking. The locking ring and screw are also present. Still a very nice piece! When I was a kid you could find them in mint condition, probably from Bannerman's Island, but long since gone in that condition. One occasionally pops up but most are very worn now. This one is better than average! For this bayonet $95.00
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Here we have a Model 1855 Civil War Springfield bayonet scabbard only. This piece has seen better days but is perfect for display! The piece is full length with brass deeply patinaed tip which has been glued back on. There is a weak spot in the middle of the scabbard so it's best to display with a bayonet inside for strength as these leather scabbards have no strength without the bayonet. The frog is mostly there but in rough shape. The leather is fractured and missing a chunk at the top but still exhibits all of it's brass rivits. The best thing about this piece is that there is no seam openings along it's length! For this displayable piece of Civil War memorabillia $75.00
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Here we have an exceptional CDV of what I believe is a Confederate Soldier in either a civilian Frock coat or a captured Union great coat. You can clearly see his gray shell Jacket that he is wearing and gray Kepi on his knee. He has a very troubled look on his face so he's already "seen the elephant" or he is a prisoner of war. There is no backmark on this early CDV. No History accompanies this piece but it was found in Indiana. From Camp Morton? Who knows. For this fine image $450.00
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Here we have an exceptional CDV of a standing Civil War Union Soldier in frock coat. On his sleeves are large stripes. I cannot see any Cadeus on them thinking that perhaps he is a Medical Steward. If these are service stripes then they are the largest service stripes I have seen on a uniform . If you have any idea let me know. Unusual! The backmark is FETTER'S of Peru, Ind and has a 3 cent green reveue stamp on it. For this CDV $165.00
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Here we have CDV's of General Grant (Later President Grant) and his Vice President Schuyler Colfax Jr. We'll start with Vice President Colfax.
Here we have a CDV of Schuyler Colfax.
Schuyler Colfax Jr. ( March 23, 1823 – January 13, 1885) was an American journalist, businessman, and politician from Indiana. He served as a United States Representative (1855–69), Speaker of the House of Representatives (1863–69), and the 17th Vice President of the United States (1869–73). To date, he is one of only two Americans (John Nance Garner is the other) to have served as both House speaker and vice president. Colfax was known for his opposition to slavery while serving in Congress, and was a founder of the Republican Party. In January 1865, as Speaker of the House, Colfax made the unusual choice to cast a vote for passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. (Speakers can vote on House motions but, by convention, rarely do so.) After winning the presidential election of 1868, Ulysses S. Grant and Colfax, at ages 46 and 45, were the youngest Presidential ticket elected in the 19th Century. Believing Grant would only serve one term, in 1870 Colfax attempted unsuccessfully to garner support for the 1872 presidential nomination by telling friends and supporters he would not seek a second vice presidential term. Grant ran again, and Colfax reversed himself and attempted to win the vice presidential nomination, but was defeated by Henry Wilson. In January 1871, Colfax encouraged a unified Italy to adopt a republican government that protected religious freedom and civil rights of its citizens. An 1873 Congressional investigation into the Crédit Mobilier scandal named Colfax as one of the members of Congress (mostly Republicans) who in 1868 were offered (and possibly took) payments of cash and discounted stock from the Union Pacific Railroad in exchange for favorable action during the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Colfax left the vice presidency at the end of his term in 1873 and never again ran for office. Afterwards he worked as a business executive and became a popular lecturer and speech maker. Colfax died in Mankato, Minnesota, on January 13, 1885, while changing trains as he was en route to Rock Rapids, Iowa, to give a speech
This CDV of Vice President Colfax is a tad light but easily seen with his iconic smile! The CDV is in great shape overall and is backmarked from Logansport, Indiana. Nice piece! $65.00
Here we have a CDV from life of General Ulysses S. Grant, later President Grant. This one is in very nice condition with the backmark of Anthony and Brady. Ulysses Simpson Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant;[a] April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was an American soldier and statesman who served as Commanding General of the Army and President of the United States, the highest positions in the military and the government of the United States. A prominent United States Army general during the American Civil War, Grant led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy with the supervision of Abraham Lincoln. As the 18th President of the United States (1869–77) Grant led the Republicans in their efforts to remove the vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery during Reconstruction. Grant was born and raised in Ohio by Methodist parents whose lineage in the new world went back several generations. As a youth he often worked in his father's tannery and showed an early talent for riding, taming and managing horses. After graduating from West Point in 1843 Grant served with distinction in the Mexican–American War. Upon his return he married Julia Dent, and together they had four children. Grant retired from the army in 1854 and struggled financially in civilian life. When the Civil War began in 1861 he rejoined the army and quickly rose through the ranks. As a general he took control of Kentucky, most of Tennessee, won major battles at Shiloh and seized Vicksburg, gaining control of the Mississippi River and dividing the Confederacy. These victories, combined with those in the Chattanooga Campaign, persuaded Abraham Lincoln that Grant was the general best suited to lead the combined Union armies. Grant was promoted to Lieutenant General, a rank previously reserved for George Washington, in March 1864. He confronted Robert E. Lee, trapping his army in their defense of Richmond, while coordinating a series of campaigns in other theaters. In April 1865 Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, effectively ending the war. Historians have hailed Grant's military genius, and his strategies are featured in military history textbooks. After Lincoln's assassination, Grant became increasingly disillusioned by President Andrew Johnson's approach to Reconstruction, and drifted toward the "Radical" Republicans. Elected president in 1868, the youngest man in the office to that date, Grant stabilized the post-war national economy, created the Department of Justice, used the military to enforce laws in the former Confederacy and prosecuted the Ku Klux Klan. Grant strengthened the Republican Party in the South and signed three civil rights acts into law. In 1871 he created the first Civil Service Commission. The Democrats and Liberal Republicans united behind Grant's opponent in the presidential election of 1872, but Grant was re-elected by a large margin. Generally regarded as personally honest, he nonetheless faced accusations of corruption within his administration. Grant's Peace Policy with Native Americans was a bold departure for its time. In foreign policy, Grant sought to increase trade and influence while remaining at peace with the world. With Secretary of State Hamilton Fish, he successfully resolved the Alabama claims with Great Britain. Grant and Fish negotiated a peaceful resolution with Spain over the Virginius Affair. Congress rejected Grant's initiative to annex the Dominican Republic, creating a rift among Republicans. In national affairs, Grant's administration implemented a gold standard and sought to strengthen the dollar. Grant's immediate response to the Panic of 1873 failed to halt a severe industrial depression that produced high unemployment, deflation, and bankruptcies. When he left office in 1877, Grant embarked on a two-and-a-half-year world tour that captured favorable global attention for him and the United States. In 1880, Grant was unsuccessful in obtaining the Republican presidential nomination for a third term. Facing severe investment reversals and dying of throat cancer, he wrote his memoirs, which proved to be a major critical and financial success. His death in 1885 prompted an outpouring in support of national unity. Historical assessments of Grant's legacy have varied considerably over the years. Although Grant's presidency has popularly been criticized for its Gilded Age scandals, modern scholarship regards him as an embattled president who performed a difficult job during Reconstruction. Although early rankings of Presidents rated his administration among the worst, modern appreciation for Grant's accomplishments has greatly improved his historical reputation.
This CDV is in very nice condition with E&HT Anthony backmark from Photographic Negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. For this CDV $165.00
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Here we have a US bridle with iron bit. This bridle is complete with the bronze US Rosettes of the National Seal type. They are the thin bronze rosettes with the offset staple. The leather is all supple and only seems to have any weak spot where the reins are sewn together. I believe this to be the Model 1909. The bit is not the military bit of that time frame and may be earlier. This bit and the rosettes have been on this bridle for a very long time! For this historic piece of history $195.00
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Here's an exceptional 1/6th plate tintype in full case of a young Militia Soldier Circa 1860-1880. This image came from Lena, Wisconsin but unfortunately no history accompanies it. There is a 51 on his cross belt plate and a D on his belt plate. There is something on his shako hat badge but these old eyes just can't quite make it out. For this fine image $225.00
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Here is a 9th plate image of a Militia Soldier sitting wearing his shako with plume and a many buttoned jacket! The image is exceptionally clear. Comes in full case with repaired spline. I picked this up from a person in Camden, South Carolina. For this fine piece $145.00
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Here we have a 1/6th plate of a Civil War Era Militia Soldier . He appears to be wearing a gray uniform and sits holding a gray Kepi. Nice looking image in full case . Came from Martinsville, IN. Sorry, no id. For this fine piece $395.00 Check out the pics!!!
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Here we have a set of W. G. Phillips improved Police-Nippers. These were made to clasp a criminals wrist as they were drug off to jail! This one has traces of old plating with most lacking at this time. I show two pair in the photos but the darker of the pair is what I am talking about here. The nippers are stamped PAT'D AUG 10 '69 (1869). Both arms are marked 94 indicating that this is a matched set with no repairs and they work great! Kind of depends on dealing with a passive criminal I think!!! Copies of an original patent paper will be provided with this set of Nippers. $145.00
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Here we have a pair of old Civil War era wooden crutches with strips of old cloth used to soften the impace on the arm pits. These crutches were a bear to use long time and I think the addition of the cloth indicates prolonged use. Many thousands of these were produced during the Civil War as we had a bunch of soldiers with lower limb injuries and amputations that needed them unfortunately. Crutches were becoming more user friendly toward the end of the war with hand supports and better supports for under the arms but until then what a bear!!! For this pair $125.00
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Here we have a Civil War era saddlers tool. This tool was made to cut leather while making or repairing saddles. The tool measures 6 inches long overall and the cutting blade is 4 1/2 inches wide. The tool is marked on one side C.S.Osborn & Company , Newark, N.J. and on the other side Est'd 1825. Here is some history of C.S. Osborn as provided by the company that is still in business today. :
Since 1826, C.S. Osborne & Co. has been manufacturing the finest leatherworking tools at its New Jersey factories. The company has always been family-owned and operated beginning with Charles Samuel Osborne and to this day, the Osborne family continues to operate the business making it one of the oldest family-owned companies in the United States. C.S. Osborne & Co. began manufacturing tools for harness makers and saddlers in the early 1800’s. As horses and carriages represented the primary means of transportation for the better part of the nineteenth century, tools used in horse–n-tack, harness and saddlery were in major demand, not just in the United States, but all over the world. Not to mention, Newark, NJ represented one of the largest concentration of tanneries on the east coast…so it made perfect sense that a tool manufacturer like C.S. Osborne & Co. would flourish at this time by making the highest quality leatherworking tools in the country. About 1900 the company would move just a couple of miles to its current location in Harrison, NJ where the company has now been manufcturing it's leatherworking tools for the last 100 years.
So you see that this tool was made before 1900 and I believe by the style of the font that it was made before or during the Civil War. Check out the pics! For this old saddle making tool $75.00
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Here we have an 1851 Officers folded leather belt and Eagle plate in the Artillery style with the rings. This is a three piece belt with long and short sword attachment. Looks like the short strap had a repair but it’s hard to find this belt in any condition and this one is still pretty nice for it’s age! All attachments are present including the little hook attachment to attach the sword too. The 1851 Eagle plate is in nice condition but is missing the applied hook attachment. I can see no markings on this piece at all but was told it came from New Hampshire. I am still working on getting an Id. This is a rare find for this type. $695.00
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Here we have a wonderful Black McClellan Saddle from the 1800's. This may be a civilian saddle although it follows the military style. I did find the same style stirrups in CONFEDERATE SADDLES & HORSE EQUIPMENT by Ken R. Knopp which is an excellent book and eveyone that is interested in these saddles should pick up a copy. The text describing these stirrups are listed for you to view. The saddle also has the squared off Sweat leathers or fenders and you can see that in a drawing of saddle parts on page 11 of the book. The saddle is a full size saddle and is complete just missing the Girth and/or Surcingle. The leather is in generally good condition with the usual cracks and is missing a few screws. Although the saddle follows the military pattern the strap mortise plate brass pieces on the saddle themselves are pretty thin and where the pommel ornament front plate was it is missing although the telltale signs of nails are left showing that it was there at one time. There also is no ring staples or foot staples present and looks to never have been. The underneath tree is leather covered as well and shows signs of use. The center of the saddle which is usally open is covered with a ventilated leather cover. A lot of the 19th centurn horses were thin and a full covered saddle would hurt the horses spine so the spline are was left open. This one is still open there just covered with a piece of ventilation type leather. The stirrup is covered with leather and NOT marked with the US that you see on Union Saddles. This saddle displays very well and although it could well be a Military Saddle used by Officers on either side it could very well be a civilian saddle from the period. Take a look at the pics! $695.00
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Here we have a group of medals with most being GAR but some being Sons of Union Vets and some being Women's Relief Corp (GAR Auxillary) and at least 1 Daughters of Union Vets. Here they are from left to right starting at the top:
1. Washington 1892 w/ Bust of General Sheridan. Full ribbon no attachment $65.00
2. 1896 Washington and Alaska celluloid large button with Delegate attachment and red/ white and blue ribbon with 1896 imprinted on it. $65.00
3. Women's Relief Corp (GAR auxillary) three piece ribbon and medals being extra nice with a Buffalo hanging from the suspension ring. $25.00
4. Dept of West Virginia large 7 inch ribbon with flag ribbon attached to the top. This one is from 1899. There are tears to the middle of the ribbon but it's reinforced on the reverse. $40.00
5. 19th Annual Indiana GAR Encampment 3 piece ribbon with celluloid drop 1898 Columbus, IN. Still decent shape. $30.00
6. Delegate GAR medal with celluloid drop in metal ring. Shows the WRC medal in the Center so probably mostly Women's Relief Corps. Shows Normal School on Front. $30.00
7. SOLD!!! 1900 GAR West VA medal being 3 pieces with celluloid drop that shows the Marion County Court House, Fairmont on the front . State of West Virginia state Seal on the back in Color. Entitled SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF WEST VIRGINA. $45.00
8. Medal and ribbon with drop showing spinning wheel entitled LADIES OF G.A.R. STATE G.A.R. ENCAMPMENT 1910 HOLLAND MICH. Nice! $25.00
9. Regular Daughters of Union Veterans 2 piece metal including the ribbon. $25.00
10. 3 piece Crawfordsville GAR medal missing ribbon for 1909 with Lew Wallace bust on the bottom and 3 Indiana Heros busts on the middle bar. For this piece $75.00
11. Here's an early Sons of Veterans two piece medal with ribbon. Nice patina! $35.00
12. Here's a medal that was used by both the Masons and Civil War Veterans to honor a fallen comrade. It has a black ribbon with the Maltese cross. $10.00
13. SOLD!!! 1897 West Virgina GAR medal. 3 Pieces with brass top bar, middle ribbon and bottom celluloid drop in metal ring showing the Commander Romeo Freer. Dated 1897 $45.00
14. 1897 NY GAR Souvenir 2 piece all brass medal. Nice! $20.00
15. 1898 GAR Cincinnati Medal with top attachment missing and frayed ribbon. The bottom drop is really nice however. $30.00
16. Here's another early type of Sons of Veterans Medal that shows the 3rd type of Eagle used on the Grand Army of the Republic Membership medals. This is a nice 2 piece medal with ribbon. $35.00
17. Here's an outstanding Denver 1905 National Encampment Medal. Cowboy riding Bronco!! $65.00
18. Des Moines, 1931 Celluloid GAR National Encampment button. Nice quality $12.00
19. 1899 GAR Cincinnatti 2 piece brass medal. Souvenir National Encampment Nice! $35.00
If you have any questions about any piece let me know! Thanks!
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Here we have three medals. They are:
1. Indian Wars-U.S. Army for Service. It looks good but may be a repro. Check out the pics and decide.
2. United States Marine Corps Good Conduct medal. Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal was Instituted in 1896 Criteria: Outstanding performance and conduct during 3 years of continuous active enlisted service in the U.S. Marine Corps. This style was the earlier version because afer WWII after the suspension bar "U.S. Marine Corps" was dropped. This one looks to have age to it.
3. This is the U.S. Navy medal for the NICARAGUAN CAMPAIGN OF 1912 for Service. The Nicaraguan Campaign Medal is a campaign medal of the United States Navy which was authorized by Presidential Order of Woodrow Wilson on September 22, 1913. A later medal, the Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal was authorized by an act of the United States Congress on November 8, 1929. The two medals were considered two separate awards, with the original medal being commonly referred to as the First Nicaraguan Campaign Medal.
The attachments on the first two medals look period but the Indian Wars Medal looks like a more modern attachment. For the trio in Case $75.00
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Hee we have a nice letter from Richmond, VA on July 12, 1864 concerning Cotton purchases by See Company of Jonesville, VA and is written thusly:
Commercial Agency of Virginia
Richmond July 12, 1864
M D Richmond, Esq
Agt for See Co.
Sir, In reply to your **** I would say that I hpe to be able to supply Lee County with the full amouth of your order-not all at once however. If you will forward funds a once you may get in-in time for next distribution which will be made as soon as the Danville road is completed in 10 or 15 days. I can let you have the cards now-Cotton $45-wool $43 per yard. You will get from this distribution 11000 yards cotton say at $3.72 ? per yard about 343 pads cotton yarns ? at $45 per pad. You will by calculation ascertain the amouth of money needed. The money can be sent by express and the goods will be forwarded by your direction. The cards are going off rapidly. Respy, T. Bassett French C.A. of VA.
Cotton was King!!! For this letter on Cotton $125.00 Nice dark ink and mostly legible. Check out the pics!
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Here is a very rate letter of Sue Betty Campbell-Wife of Colonel Given Campbell C.S.A. who was Jefferson Davis's Chief Escourt when captured at Irwinville, GA. I have been told that this letter has been published in THE LAST CONFEDERATE SCOUT! ( I have not been able to secure a copy) Here's what the letter written in pencil states:
Geneva May 24, 1866 My dear Mr. Campbell, I now sit down by my window to have my usual afternoon chat with you which I believe is the pleasantest part of the day to me. I did not get any letter from you last night which was a great disappointment although I know you worthe then and the letter will doubtless be here tonight. Cal Christy is very good about sending things out since Father is away. Annie Lou has left today wo we have had his company. I health is still improving, slowly however but of course I can not expect it to be otherwise and I am truly thankgul to God that I am as well as I am. I enclose you a picture for you to see how much you think I have improved. I do so earnestly hope it is not war in New Orleans. You must be careful darling to change your clothes with the weather and if you get the least bit sick chill give up your business and come right to me, to your own little wife and I will nurse you and cure you right away-after supper. I got your letter of te 19th this evening-a sweet precious letter. I am tired tonight but darling but I will wrie you a long letter tomorrow. I hope you won't send me the pine apples as I have never gotten the banannas. Good Night my own darling, Yours lovingly Bess.
What a sweet letter ! A GREAT PIECE OF HISTORY! For this published piece $125.00
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Here we have a letter and cover from Vicksburg, Mississippi from a Mary (?) and she asks for correspondence to go back in care of Col. Sam Thomas at Davis Bend, Miss. In June 1863, Capt. Samuel Thomas was appointed Assistant Superintendent of contrabands, under Colonel Eaton, for the Department in the area of Helena. Eaton’s position and title was eventually changed to General Superintendent of freedmen, and Thomas became the Assistant Superintendent of freedmen. When Colonel Thomas assumed supervisory responsibilities for the provost marshal in various districts and posts, his title was changed to provost marshal of freedmen. The positions of both Eaton and Thomas, coupled with the office of the medical director, inspector of freedmen, and several freedmen’s hospitals and homes, constituted the Freedmen’s Department of the Department of the Tennessee. In November 1864, the Freedmen’s Department became part of the Department of the Mississippi. By summer 1865, the functions and activities of the Freedmen’s Department were assumed by the recently formed Freedmen’s Bureau, so that the Department was the precursor the Bureau’s Office of the Assistant Commissioner for Mississippi.
The letter consists of this text:
Davis Bend, June 18th, 1864
My dear Maggie, Again I seat myself for the purpose of writing to you and to tell ou that at last wehave decided to remain here all summer. It will be quqite unsafe to go up the rifle for sime time yet and by the time the Blockade is removed it will be as late in the season it will be be worth while to go. The part of our corps that left two weeks ago arrived safely in Cairo but advised us to stay where we are. We feel a little disappointed but I hope we wil soon get over that. The rest ofour family have gone across the river today onan excursion but I prefered remaining at home. So here I am, with no company but the mosquitoes and a headache which I would be willing to dispense with if possible. Once in a while a contaband puts her head in at the door to see how I am getting along. They are verykind and are willing to do any thing they can for us. A bridal party has just arrived. They came in great state riding in a cart drawn by an old mule. The bride is dressed in white with a white veil overher face. The bridgroom has a blue coat with brass buttons and white trousers and while cotton gloves. I just wish you could see them, it would do you good to see some sights among the contrabands. I wish you could make me a visit one of these days. Has Lydia Worth given up here. I thing she has forgotten me altogether, she has not written to me for a long time. I received a letter from Aggie last week she said she had received your picture. Why don't you send me one, but I know you will pretty soon. Now Maggie I must close for my head aches to badly to wrie anymore. I will enclose two dollars to pay for those nets? and ****? and if not too much trouble I would like you to semd me about net just like the others. If you see any of Uncle Roberts thell them I am not going home now. Give my love to all yourself in particular. Yours most Affectionately, Mary ***** Davis Bend Via Box 2 Vicksburg Miss Care Col. Sam. Thomas.
This is an interesting letter and comes with the cover marked VICKSBURG and addressed to Miss Maggie R. Thompson, Oxford, Chester Co. Penna with a 3 cent Washington Stamp. Nice Quality! Good paper then! For this fine interesting letter and cover $125.00
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Here we have something special. This is a razor hone with storage for the razor. Inside the slide out box is an old razor that is marked A.W. PITTMAN CO. D 2ND USSS. This was Berdan's Sharpshooters. The thermo plastic or gutta percha handle is broken on the attachment end and glued to the blade that is in it. I do not think that it is the correct blade as England is stamped into it. It is a George Westerholm blade. I have not found his name listed as of yet but I have not found a complete roster of personnel listed either. The leather covered hone case is 13 3/4 inches long including the wooden handle. The little tin pull out drawer is a little over 8 inches long with a little brass pull. The bottom of the drawer is felt lined and there is a little wood stop on the distal end. For this piece $275.00
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We just acquired this Civil War Officer's Shaving Box with folding mirror and it has several items in it. The box itself seems to be made of pine and has blackened brass hardware. The box measures 12 X 8 1/2 (base is 13 1/4 X 9 3/4) and it is 5 3/4 inches tall. When the lid is lifted the mirror is moved forward against the front. The mirror is in great condition with no cracks, breaks or loss of silver. Items inside the slide out drawer are :
Officer's glass whiskey flask with leather cover on the top and has slide off pewter cup that is marked JAMES DIXON & SONS who was a maker of fine brass powder flasks. The flask also has a pewter cap that still has the cork washer in place. This is nice!
Two piece slide apart knife and fork very popular with men and officers. It is 4 inches closed and about 7 inches open. The knife is marked J.C. Graves Sheffield (England) . The fork is the correct 3 tine type.
Wade and Butcher "for barbers only' Horn handled Civil War razor. This one has the big wide blade. Someone has crosshatched part of the grip. This is in excellent condition!!! It's very sharp and you could use it today! 6 1/2 inches closed.
Civil War Officers Field Glasses marked on the eye cups LEMAIRE FABt PARIS. The slide out sun shields are leather covered while the brass field glasses tubes are not. Eye cup optics are excellent while the large lenses are not for the most part and have crystals in them. The tubes extend out as they should and you can still see partially through them.
Field Officers Drafting kit in wooden box that measures 6 1/4 X 4 X 1 inch tall. Officers used these when looing at maps and drawing in things that they knew about. Take a look at the pics! One tool has an ivory handle to it. There seems to be 2 items missing. I see no makers markings on any of the tools or box. The box is in great condition with a little brass plaque in the center of the lid.
Finally, we have an Infantry insignia that is small for a kepi and is marked with a B for Company B and a 13 for the Regiment. This is a screw back with 2 prongs for anti slippage. I have always been told that these type of screw back insignia are post Civil War but everything else is Civil War period and the box even looks older than that. For the box and the entire contents $675.00
I sure wish I knew who had carried it!
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Here's a rare scabbard to find by itself! This is an all steel or iron scabbard for the German Mounted Artillery Saber c. 1830-1840. You never find these available by themselfs and there are many swords out there that are missing scabbards. I will either sell you this scabbard or you sell me the sword that fits it. Either way is ok but if you want the scabbard then it is for sale for $250.00 Take a look at the pics!
I picked up percussion rifles from a friend in Michigan and here they are:
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This one is a full stock with the unusual 'MULE EAR' hammer on the lock. It's a percussion lock. The rifle is about 49 inches long with a 33 3/8ths inches long barrel with the name W. GARDNER-GENEVA stamped on it. In AMERICAN GUNSMITHS by Sellers there is a H. Gardner of Geneva New York that made a Pill Lock full stock and this is what they call this lock type. I call it Mule Eared like the Civil War Carbines . There was also a G Gardner that made the same kind of rifle with the same kind of lock from Geneva. The lock is marked W. GARDNER PATENT GENEVA so there must have been an entire family of gunmakers there. This barrel is heavy being octagonal with rifling being about 45 to 50 caliber. The ramrod is held in by 3 brass thimbles. The stock is walnut and has a few repairs around the lock and looks like the last 10 inches has been replace but they did a good job and it's definitely period. Hey, someone LOVED this rifle and kept it going! The cresent shaped butt plate is brass and so is the trigger guard. This is a single trigger set up. The lock and hammer is very nice with florals on it. There is a silver escutcheon on the top of the stock behind the barrel and there is a hole in the stock there as well so they may have used a tang sight at some point. There is a crack in the stock in front of the lock that terminates at about 2 inches out. You can see the repairs in the photos. There is a raised relief cheek rest on the reverse stock. This rifle weighs 12 #. It's a beauty even with the repairs! For this one $1,450.00
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Here we have a beautiful full stock rifle being about 50 caliber with a octagonal rifled barrel. This piece measures about 54 inches long with a 37 3/4 inch long barrel. The top of the barrel is marked S. BUCHANAN. I found a Samuel Buchanan who made guns from 1814 in Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. This is a single trigger system and works very well being nice crisp and strong! The smaller walnut butt stock has raised relief carving on both sides and looks great! The stock terminates at the end in a brass nosecap. There is some wood burned behind the nipple as is normal. The nipple is still serviceable. It looks like there may be some age cracks to the stock but surface only and no breaks. There is a simple dovetailed "V" sight at rear and a simple dovetailed blade sight up front. This is really a very nice full stock rifle! Take a look at the pics! For this one $1,250.00
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Here we have a beautiful 10 1/2 pound halfstock approx. .45 caliber halfstock rifle by W. M. GARDNER and so stamped on the barrel. I believe age to be from the 1840-50's. There are several Gardner's listed in the book so I do not know which one it is however the earlier one I listed says GENEVA so it was made in NY so this one probably was too since I got them together This rifle is about 53 inches long with a 37 inch octagonal rifled barrel. Two thimbles under the barrel hold the ramrod. As with most of these old rifles this is a replace ramrod. The walnut stripped stock is excellent and just wonderful with no breaks or cracks, just a ding or two from age. The stock is ended proximal with a pewter nosecap and distally with a cresent brass butt plate. The triggerguard is also brass. The action works great with the set trigger set up being perfect. The lockplate is excellent with birds and florals on it. The hammer has some decoration on it and the nipple is in good condition. There is some minor burning around the nipple as usual and some pitting to the barrel also usual. The makers name is prominately stamped into the barrel on the top. This is one fine half stock! For this piece $895.00
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Here's a dagger that could very well be of Southern manufacture. It's a substantial knife and shows some crudeness in the blade. It's definitely a domestic made piece and not an import due to the crudeness. This knife is over 12 inches long with a tapered wooden hardwood grip into a brass ferrell. The blade is over 7 1/4 inches long by itself. The tang of the blade had a brass washer placed over it then it was peaned to hold it all together. The blade is the dagger style and is diamond in shape. There is no makers marks on the blade or knife anywhere. The cross guard is of brass and is 3 1/2 inches long from tip to tip. For this old knife $395.00
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Here we have a war torn brass Cavalry Bugle that looks like it came off the battlefield! This one was picked up off the Custer Battlefield after the battle! Oh how I wish that was true but it's not! We don't know where it came from for sure but it was made by George McFadden of Syracuse, NY. Not much is known about George McFadden. We first hear of him in Worcester Mass. in 1872, when he teamed up with Frederick Beaumont, a former employee of Isaac Fiske, to make copies of Fiske's instruments. They were out of business by 1875, at which time McFadden moved to Syracuse, New York, where he evidently continued making instruments. Instruments by McFadden are quite rare today so it is possible that this bugle could have been used by Custer when the 7th Cavalry was wiped out in June 25–26, 1876 when the Battle of the Little Big Horn occured but not likely. This bugle would, however, fit into a display of items that were used during the period. There is a piece missing where the mouthpiece would go in so there is a stick poked in there and there are many dents and a major breech on the bottom but this bugle exhibits a great patina! The entire piece measures about 11 1/2 inches long which is the right size for a Cavalry unit! For this piece $175.00
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Here we have a little Model 1849 Colt 6 shot revolver in .31 caliber. This Colt was made in 1861 and all numbers match. This one is unique because it has a steel backstrap which would be questionable except for the fact that it was number 2 of a 2 pistol cased set as witnessed by the number 2 stamped on the triggerguard. Sometimes guns from cased sets were given out to a man's son or relative to take along when they became soldiers during the Civil War. My uncle who was a corporal in the 55th Indiana took along a pistol for personal protection. Many soldiers took their own side arms with them. Speculation I know but it happened at a high rate as enlisted men were not issued handguns. At any rate this little Colt has a considerate amout of peppering and moderate pitting especially to the barrel which generally happened during poor storage or while being carried in a leather holster which holds moisture. You can see part of the stampings on the barrel which you can see in one of the pics. This little revolver is honest and totally complete and functions beautifully! You can see the serial number on the cylinder and some cylinder scene as well. Wish I knew who it belonged to! For this little war horse $595.00
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Here we have a relic Winchester Model 1894 Carbine in 30-30 I believe that was from Idaho and has been through a fire. I wish I knew more that than but I am afraid that's all the info we have. This old girl was not in a recent fire as the metal has darkened and rusted since then. The serial number of 1042300 makes it manufactured in 1928. The stocks are burned off of course and the magazine tube has split indicating that it may have had ammo in the tube during the fire. You can still see the spring through the split. The markings on the tank are all clear and both sights are present. Lots of 'speculation' stories here! No FFL needed for this fire damaged relic. Take a look at the pics. $350.00
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Here we have a Confederate Railroad Document in Acrylic frame. This document measures about 7 3/4 X 6 1/4 inches and is partially printed and partially filled out in ink on blue paper that has one fold in the middle. The Document is headed 'MISSISSIPPI CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY' and signed in two places Henry Vaughan and H. Vaughn for 45 cords 4 foot wood @ 2 ($2) (total) $90. The document goes on to have on it 'I certify the abo ve is correct. Feby 21st, 1863 R. S. Mackin, Feby 24, 1863, Approved E. D. Trask Supt. and under that H. Hall $90.-- Received May 14, 1863 of-------, Treasurer of Mississippi Central Railroad Co., Ninety Dollars, in full of above account H. Vaughan. Check out the pics and the back of the Document. There is a small amount of browning on the paper that does not touch any of the Printing or Ink. For this piece of Civil War Railroad memoribillia $125.00
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Here we have a letter being 8 X 9 1/2 inches and written in Ink dated August 13.1862. The letter has been transcribed as sometimes the writting from back there is hard to read. The content is as follows: OFFICE MED. (medical) DIRECT TRANSPORTS Capt. Pitkin, Please inform me if it is possible for you under your instructions regarding the contrabands (slaves) to furnish me with a few for permanent duty on the hospital transports. There s a great deal of heavy and dirty work to be done on the transports and two or three to each ship could be kept in constant employ and made extemely serviceable. If you can comply with my request I would like tow immediately for duty on the Steamship Dan'l Webster. Very Espy, Yr. Obdt. Servt. E. S. Dumster, Asst. Surg. U.S.S. Med. Direct Transports.
On the reverse of the letter is: Capt. Sawtelle August 13, 1862 , Capt P.P.Pitkin, A.Qm. is instructed to furnish to Dr . Dunster Med. Director of transports for the sick such contrabands as he may from time to time make application for. Respy, C. G. Cawtelle, Capt & A. QM. Comdg Depot. Office of A.Q.M., Harrison's Landing VA. Aug. 18, 1862
This letter is positioned between two pieces of acrylic in a frame for viewing on both sides with a stand on the reverse for display. Nice piece! For this document regarding Negros and the Medial Department the price is $145.00
Check out the pics!!!
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Here we have a RARE ! Hard to find! Civil War Deringer offered by George D. H. Gillespie of New York City circa 1850's to 1860's. A like example can be found on page 104-105 in THE DERINGER IN AMERICA by R.L.Wilson and L.D. Eberhart. This particular little deringer is .41 caliber and is about 6 1/2 inches long with a 2 3/4 inch long barrel. The barrel is marked with GILLESPIE over WARRANTED followed by CAST STEEL with the tang of the barrel being engraved. The barrel is rifled. The lock is also marked with the GILLESPIE name and is engraved as well. The stock is missing a small sliver at the bottom of the forward lock but due to the smoothness of the walnut wood stock it has been missing an entremely long time. The hammer is correct and has a period brazed repair to it, probably also done during the period and done well. The nipple is a modern replacement and the hammer is missing a small piece of the shield that you can see in the pics. The lock is strong and works very well. There is a small german silver shield on the back of the handgrip that was never engraved. The pics can tell you more about this piece than I can. All in all it's in good condition and is scarce!!! Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms was last printed in 2008 by the Great Norm Flayderman, now deceased, which listed this wonderful little deringer's value at from good at $800 to Fine at $1,750. This one is in very good condition due to the repairs but since this deringer is so hard to find it really doesn't matter. The metal parts of the deringer has been lightly cleaned but fortunately not overcleaned. For you Deringer collectors this is a plus find at a very good price. For this piece $950.00
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This is a new built rifle made in 2008 by a good friend but since it is in the old tradition of percussion rifles then I will put it here. This is an entirely handbuilt full stock rifle in the tradition of the Mountain men and Indians of the early to mid 19th century. The rifle is in .45 caliber and has set triggers. The nipple is in unused condition and has a rubber washer over it to protect when your 'Friends' dry fire it in front of your very wide eyes!!! The entire piece is about 53 1/2 inches long with a 3 6 inch octagon rifled barrel. The barrel has been browned and looks great! The stock has the look of curley dark maple and is in very nice condition. There is a crack at the toe that you can see in the pic. The carvings on the stock are obviously hand done just as one would expect to see during the day. The owner has carved his name on the bottom of the buttstock with the year 2008 when he made it. The rifle has an adjustable sight on the rear and a simple blade sight up front. The buttstock has a raised cheek piece and there are 'Indian' tacks applied on the rear of the buttstock and brass tacks applied up and down the stock. This is a beautiful piece and will not break the bank at $675.00 !! Get a custom made percussion rifle at a decent price! Take a look at the pics!
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April 6th 1863 Confederate Fifty Cent Bill from Richmond, Virginia. This fifty cent Confederate note has a profile of Jefferson Davis in the center. This note was printed with black ink on pink paper. There is no design on the back. The backs of these issues are blank, but they could be stamped or inscribed Inscriptions: “Six months after the ratification of a treaty of peace between the Confederate States and United States, The Confederate States of America will pay Fifty Cents to bearer/ Richmond April 6th 1863/ Issued by authority of Congress under Act of March 23, 1863/ Archer & Daly Richmond, VA” This note is in very good conditon with a fold in the center. Printed signatures. Looks very nice! $24.00
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December 2nd 1862 Confederate $2 Bill from Richmond, Virginia. This $2 Confederate note has a picture of Judah P. Benjamin on the right side of the note. This note was printed with black ink on pink paper. There is no design on the back. The backs of these issues are blank, but they could be stamped or inscribed Inscriptions: “Six Months after the ratification of a treaty of peace between the Confederate States & the United States of America, The Confederate States of America will pay to the bearer on demand Two Dollars/ Fundable in stocks or bonds of the Confederate States/ Receivable in payment of all dues except export duties/ Engraved by Keatinge & Ball Columbia, SC”. This note is in good conditon but does have several folds in it. Still looks good! $48.00
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1863 State of Alabama 50 Cents Montgomery, Confederate States Treasury Note Small Obsolete Note. This is the Second Series and is catalogued as Criswell-4. It depicts the Alabama Tree and Map. This note is in Fine condition. Bold blue overprint. Showing a teee and map in the center with Juliett Hopkins in lower right. Confederate nurse Juliet Hopkins Juliet Hopkins (1818–1890) was born on a plantation in West Virginia, but moved to Mobile, Alabama after marrying Arthur Hopkins. When her husband was appointed to oversee hospitals during the Civil War, Juliet went to work converting tobacco factories into hospitals. $48.00
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1863 $20.00 State of Louisiana at Shreveport, March 10, 1863 with Confederate General P.T.G. Beauregard on the front. Design on the back. Unissued. Nice Note! NO folds. $125.00
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We just acquired two Indian Wars era swords from a young couple that was remodeling their old house near Indianapolis and found them in the wall . I believe the original owner of the swords put them there to keep the kids from playing with them as there are several nicks on the guard to the Model 1860 Staff and Field Officers sword There are also a few, but not as many, nicks to the handguard of the model 1872 Cavalry Officer’s Saber as well.
The 1860 Staff & Field Officer’s Sword was more a symbol of rank than a viable weapon, and many field grade officers on campaign during the Civil War held onto the more battle-worthy 1850 Staff & Field Officer’s sword which was more substantial in size. Nonetheless, the Model 1860 endured. In 1872 it was adopted for all Army officers except medical officers, paymasters and mounted officers, the latter being equipped with the then new 1872 cavalry officer’s saber. This model sword was eventually replaced by the model 1902 Sword. The Model 1860 was used during the Civil War as evidenced by General Joseph Hooker wearing one in a photograph that I had witnessed, however those swords had an elliptical blade while the one offered here has a diamond shaped blade mounted to it making it post 1872. This one is the mid range one as far as use because, although it still has a fold down guard on the inside which the later ones did not have, this one does not have the spring loaded ball that would pop out enough to keep the guard open when dispatched. This one has a compression fitted adaptation to it to keep the guard from folding. Other than that and the fact that the blade is an elliptical blade it’s identical to the Civil War issued swords. This sword is almost 37 inches long in the scabbard with a 29 inch long ornately decorated blade. The blade is etched with the spread winged Eagle and US as well as a panoply of arms and other floral type etchings. There are a few very light nicks on the blade but barely perceivable to the touch. The Blade is tight with no wobble and I can see no makers marks on the ricasso. The very ornate guard, knuckle box and pommel are all a very nice uncleaned patina and beautiful! The sharkskin grip is in excellent condition but is missing the twisted brass wire. This is easily fixed if you so desire as you do not have to remove anything to rewrap it. The scabbard has the correct brass throat as well as the correct brass drag. The original suspension rings and mounts are present as well and in excellent condition with one screw missing to the double ring mount. The scabbard body has a freckled finish with most of the original nickel finish lacking but it’s quite pleasing to the eye. There are no door dents to the scabbard. The sword just glides in and out of it. Overall it’s a great piece and a great example of the post Civil War era. Take a look at the pics and see the ornateness of this sword! For this nice Model 1860 S&F Sword $275.00
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Here we have a very nice Model 1872 Cavalry Officer’s Saber. The Model 1872 Replaced the Model 1860 Cavalry Officer’s Saber and itself was replaced with the Model 1902 Saber. This shows how the Government and the Military put more emphasis in the firearm after 1872 and less on the saber. The Military also had the Model 1872 enlisted man’s cavalry saber but most enlisted men preferred the older Model 1860 Cavalry Saber as it was more substantial. This particular saber dates to the 1890’s for the following reasons. The ricasso, or the blade part next to the hand guard is marked with MADE IN FRANCE. This feature was not required until the 1890’s by the US Government. Also, the other side of the ricasso is marked RIDABOK AND COMPANY-NEW YORK and this company was not formed until the late 1880’s and of course this saber was replace in 1902 by another model. The saber itself is beautiful. It measures 39 ½ inches long overall with an extremely ornate mirror finish 33 inch blade. There is some rust staining and pitting on the blade past the etching. There is a panel on the blade for presentation but no name has been added. Take a look at the pics to see the ornateness of the blade! The grip is shark skin and hs the original twisted brass wire still present on it. The grip is in pretty nice shape just showing handling with no breaks, cracks or flaking. The brass handguard is also very ornate both front and back and knuckle bow as well. The pommel cap is also a nice brass piece with floral decorations and a Union Shield on the top . Very pretty! The scabbard is also very nice with a couple of minor dings in it but no door dings. The brass mountings are all in very nice condition with no missing screws. The body of the scabbard looks like it is, perhaps, silver plated with no loss of plating as it’s real shiny on the obverse and just a little duller on the reverse. All in all a real nice piece! For this saber. $395.00 Check out the pics!!!
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Here we have an old photo album that spans from the 1860’s through the 1870’s. There are 30 photographs in it consisting of a mix of CDV’s and tintypes. The quality of the photographs are in generally better condition that my photo’s show. The album shows much wear and foxing to the pages. Check out the pics! There are a couple of Civil War pics of guys in uniforms and some not in uniform as well as an early rendition of Martha Washington. All in all well worth the $165.00 that we are asking for it.
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For this little Jewel $295.00
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Here we have a folding trigger6 shot Pinfire Revolver in about .32 caliber which equals about 6 or 7 MM I believe. The pinfire is a double/single action revolver and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. This piece appears to be complete and in good shape otherwise. It is of Belgium manufacture and is evidenced by the proofmarks on the cylinder. The little walnut grips are darn near perfect. This one even has the loading door on the cylinder which is almost always missing or damaged. Even the ramrod ejector is present which is also commonly missing. The pinfire cartridge you see in the pics is there just for looks and is the wrong size. It is not included with the revolver. The little revolver measures ab out 7 ¼ inches long overall with a 3 3/8th inch rifled barrel. For this Civil War Era Revolver $325.00
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Here we have a model 1864 Cartridge box that would be perfect for display and will not break the bank! This one has the embossed US on the front flap but you can see that a couple of slots were put it in so that a pre 1864 Cartridge Box plate could be mounted on the front. The box is in overall good condition with a couple of condition problems. The two roller buckles on the bottom are lacking and the implement tool pouch is missing. The tool pouch flap is there but the enclosure is lacking. The tins are present albeit one is missing the center divider. There is crazing to the leather, especially on the back but it looks stable now. C.S. STORMS MAKER N.Y. is stamped on each end piece. Heck, it’s not perfect but it is a good example of what was used and the price is only $225.00
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Here we have a CDV of William J (T) Hahn who served with the 32nd Indiana Infantry otherwise known as the First German Rifles. Here are the stats from Civilwardata.com
William T. Hahn Residence North Vernon IN; Enlisted on 8/25/1861 as a Sergeant. On 8/25/1861 he mustered into "I" Co. IN 32nd Infantry He was Mustered Out on 9/7/1864 at Indianapolis, IN Promotions: * 2nd Lieut 1/10/1862 (As of Co. C) * 1st Lieut 9/11/1862 (As of Co. E) * Capt 5/11/1863 (As of Co. I) Intra Regimental Company Transfers: * 1/10/1862 from company I to company C * 9/11/1862 from company C to company E * 5/11/1863 from company E to company I Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.: - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana (c) Historical Data Systems, Inc. @ www.civilwardata.com
32nd Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry was a Union Army infantry regiment during the American Civil War. It was also known as Indiana's "1st German" regiment because its members were mainly of German descent. Organized at Indianapolis, the regiment's first recruits mustered into service on August 24, 1861. From 1861 to 1865, the 32nd Indiana was attached to the first Army of the Ohio and the Army of the Cumberland, where it served in the Western Theater. The regiment's major engagements included the Battle of Rowlett's Station, the Battle of Shiloh, and Battle of Stones River during 1861 and 1862. The 32nd Indiana also participated in the Tullahoma Campaign, the Chickamauga Campaign, and the Chattanooga Campaign in 1863, and in numerous battles during the Atlanta Campaign in 1864. After its first group of three-year enlisted men mustered out at Indianapolis on September 7, 1864, the remaining troops in the regiment fought at the Battle of Jonesborough and the Battle of Lovejoy's Station. A reorganized 32nd Indiana, which included a battalion of four companies, was attached to the Department of Texas and served in Texas until its remaining men mustered out of service on December 4, 1865.
This CDV has written on the back that lists Wm. J Hahn ( The database has it as William T. Hahn but there are inconsistencies with name spellings in the database.) Millie Theobald’s Father from Williamstown< KY and Captain 32nd Ind Inf First German Rifles. He was made Captain in 1864 and it looks that he has two bars on each front of his straps. The card has a crease in it but does not touch the photograph proper being just in the background. For this CDV $95.00
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U.S. Model 1898 Krag Rifle Complete Receiver by Springfield Armory. This one is serial numbered 178386. Any thing under 152670 is considered antique and anything over that has to be transfered by Federal Law. This is for the receiver and not the complete rifle. This rifle takes the 30-40 Krag round which was the first smokeless round adopted by the U.S. Government. The receiver is in very nice condition and needs the part to keep the magazine door shut. The action works fine. The markings are all nice and clear. There is about 7 inches or original barrel left and the stock has been cut off at the first barrel band. The butt plate is also original but the trigger guard is a home made affair. What's left of this piece is in very good condition and worthy to use as a restoration piece or parts. $250.00
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Here is a great WWII Model 1911 .45 Holster. This holster was used for Government Semi Auto 1911 pistol of 45 caliber. Holster was made in 1942. Back of holster has a mark "SEARS 1942." Holster is used but in good condition and is a little lighter than my pics show. Everything on this holster is original. No damage or repairs. The Holster appears to have been used little and there is a name written in it but I can't quite make it out. What I can make out is _OE T. NOLAN. Size of holster when closed is 10 inches complete with tiedown. For this fine piece $165.00
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Here is a well worn U.S. Mills Cartridge Belt for the 45-70 Cartridge. There is room for 50 cartridges on the web belt. General Anson Mills developed this belt to be used with brass cartridges because of the chemical reaction between brass and leather and he made a fortune at it selling not only to the US Military but to other Nations Military all over the world! Anson was born about 10 miles from where I live in Thorntown, Indiana. This belt is the brown web belt and has been used much. Take a look at the pics and you can see the markings on the brass end pieces. There are no markings on the web belt itself. This is the late Indian Wars/Spanish American War belt with the last patent date of 1894. For this piece $165.00
Here we have a WW1 Magazine pouch marked APR 1917 MILLS complete with 2 Model 1911 - .45 caliber magazines (less cartridges). GI Magazines (from 1911Tuner) are marked and these magazines are marked thusly.
S=Scovill is on the toeplate of one magazine and L=MS Little is on the toeplate of the other magazine. The pouch is also marked 4519 inside the flap and C4519 on the reverse. You can see in the pics that it has a 'nip' where the flap folds over. The belt itself is a later issue and is marked with the large US on it. For the set- $95.00
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Here we have a matched pair of ORIGINAL Model 1873 Colt Single Action Army checkered "Rampant Colt" hard rubber grips. It's has been said that the hard rubber grips were introduced in 1881-1882 and now they use the shiny hard plastic grips. This is a pair of the originals and each one has the same matching number scratched in them which was probably the serial number of the Colt Single Action Revolver that they were removed from. Also the words COLT'S HTFD, CONN. were molded into these grips on each bottom inside. The grips are in great condition with no cracks and no breaks. The screw may an original screw but the head is burgered up. For this fine set- $350.00
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Original Peters 410 GA. HIGH VELOCITY Rustless Shotgun Shell Box! This is an empty box but we do have available to us some full boxes if you are interested. This box is in excellent condition with just minor wear and a little dirt to it and the colors are still bright! Check out the pics! $65.00
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Here we have a full box of Winchester 10 GA NEW RIVAL Black Powder Shells. The graphics are pretty nice. The box has wear and age to it. These shells with the blue paper were made from 1920-1929. The shells are all in fine condition for their age! For this full box $350.00
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Here we have a lot of 6 tins of Primer Cap 209 . These were made in Illinois and are made as primers for percussion firearms. This was a full sleeve that has been broken open but no primers have been opened. Each tin has 250 primers in them. $75 for the lot.
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Here we have an old vintage box of 23 STEVENS .25 RF PRIMED SHELLS without the powder or projectiles loaded in them. This box is supposed to house 50 of them but 27 are missing. The box is in good soiled condition with an nice label. For this piece $125.00
We just picked up two fine old Civil War revolves that are either early pick up pieces or barn finds. Unfortunately no history accompanies them.
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THE COLT ARMY BELOW IS SOLD!!!
First we have a Model 1860 Colt Army in .44 caliber. This gun is in the brown and does have some minor to early moderate pitting on the piece but the rust is inactive. The main spring is broken and the hand and spring are broken so it only rotates as it should if you hold it down. The markings are most gone on the barrel but you can still see traces of them there. You can also see lightly COLT PATENT on the frame as it should be. The serial number is 93335 making this piece made in 1863. Also the serial number on this revolver falls between two known examples that was issued to Co. A LOUDOUN COUNTY RANGERS which was the only US Cavalry unit that came from Virginia during the Civil War.. I wish I could prove that but that's as close as I can come. If I could definitely prove that this weapon would be worth a ton more money. This information comes from the Springfield Research Service tracing serial numbers of U.S. Martial Arms. The cylinder is in good shape however there is no cylinder scene remaining. The outside of the wedge has been either broke off or cut (I think cut) and the wedge screw is missing. The loading lever is present and I believe it was in the loading position when this firearm was either dropped or left as the patina matches when it's in that position but it shows no color when it is in the closed or stored position. The walnut grips are the original grips as you can see a cartouche on both sides. The bottom grip strap has a crack through were the buttstock would attach to it so it was most likely dropped. The screw heads have been messed with but I don't know if that was before or after it was recovered. The trigger is original and has a good spring. All in all it's an excellent relic and the frame is still tight to the barrel. Too bad there is not story accompaning it!!! For this piece $450.00
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Here we have a Model 1858 Remington .44 caliber revolver in good condition, much like the one above and I did get them together from a collection in Michigan. This one is also very dark and has no markings or serial number that I can make out on the barrel. There are traces of a serial number on the underside of the barrel and on the left hand grip frame but I cannot see enough to come to a conclusion on what the number might be. Perhaps you can but I cannot. The hand and spring does not advance this cylinder either. The cylinder is in pretty good condition otherwise and the nipples are unclogged. The clinder pin does come out and the cylinder can be removed. The revolver has the overall minor to moderate pitting but not that bad at all and it's the same all over. The grips are replacement grips but have age and character to them so I believe them to be older. Not sure when they were replaced but sure it was a long time ago. I also think that the trigger was replaced as it looks very good and is not in the same condition as the rest of this piece. The trigger works and has a terrific spring. All in all this is still an outstanding relic of the American Civil War and reeks with character! Sorry, but no story on this one either. For this one $395.00
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Here we have an antique 12 gauge double barrel shotgun marked W. Richards on the back action locks. W. Richards was a trade name used on shotguns manufactured by Henri Pieper of Liège, Belgium and imported by large sporting goods distributors such as H. & D. Folsom Arms Company in the period 1860-1898. This one has on the under barrels the ELG over a star in an oval indicating that it was made in Belgium prior to 1898 and it used black powder shells of either brass or paper. Both firing pins are present and in good condition. This particular shotgun is in very nice condition for it's age and is an underlever shotgun meaning a lever comes out to the side to break it open for loading and unloading. This shotgun is 46 3/4 inches long with a 30 inch set of 12 gauge barrels that are most likely full choke with a couple of very very minor dents. The top of the barrels on the center rib is marked CAST STEEL. The bores are in generally good condition but could use a good scrubbing. The locks are back action locks with strong springs. The hammers match and the left hammer is slightly harder to pull back because of a tight spring indicating a right handed user who used the right barrel more than the left which is normal. Take a look at the pic of the lock marking so see how clear they are. The walnut stock is in generally good condition as well with an age crack near the top of the left or reverse lock but it's not deep and doesn't go very far. There is a chip here and there out of the stock but not bad at all. The butt stock terminates with the correct steel butt plate. The trigger guard is also steel and in good condition except that it has a modern screw replacement at the distal end. There is no wobble or shake to this shotgun. All in all a good example of a late 19th century Double Barrel Shotgun. No need for transfer on this one. It's an antique. For this one $225.00
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Here we have a pretty nice old 'hammerless' double barrel shotgun marked on each side of the lock SPENCER GUN CO. My research shows that Spencer Gun Company was a tradename used by Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co., Chicago or Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Company of St. Louis,MO. It is commonly referred to as a "Trade Brand Name" shotgun. That is a shotgun made by a major maker for and sold by a wholesaler or retailer who chose the name to go on the gun. This shotgun was made by the Crescent Fire Arms Company of Norwich,CT (1892 to 1931) There was no connection to the famous Spencer Rifle Company and was probably named this to boost sales. This shotgun is 45 1/2 inches long with a set of 30 inch wire twist barrels. The barrels are in generally good condition and a scrubbing would probably make them shine but I don't think it would be safe to shoot even though it's nice and tight. There is some original bluing left on the locks and barrels but not a ton of it. The walnut stocks are in good condition with several dings to the forearm and less to the buttstock. The finial disk at the bottom of the pistol grip is missing but replacements are probably easy to find. It may not be for this shotgun but I'm sure one can be acqired. The forearm and buttstock have some checkering on them. Also, the original butt plate is present being hard rubber with a large squirrel on it. Overall a very nice looking shotgun that would look nice over the fireplace along with a couple of duck decoys! We are sure that this one was made prior to 1898 with the 4 digit serial number so no transfer necessary. For this piece $225.00
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Middle Eastern Arab Flintlock Pistol! This old war horse is about 60 caliber smoothbore. The barrel is 10 3/8 inches long with various designs and proof marks on it. The entire piece is about 17 inches long and has brass, highly engraved, furniture that has been cleaned at some point. The wood is some kind of hardwood that also has carvings/designs embossed/carved into it. The ramrod is a faux ramrod, just carved into it to give it the appearance of a ramrod along with brass ferrels. The hardwood stock is in generally good condition for an 18th century piece but is missing a sliver of wood on the fore stock to about 4 inches back that you can see in the pics. There is also a sliver of wood missing at the bottom of the lock plate. With that sliver missing you can view inside the lock plate cavity. The lock doesn’t work so I’m sure the mainspring is missing and when I look inside the cavity I can see the tumbler but nothing else. The outside of the lock is complete and the frizzen works fine with a strong spring. With the exception of the two places mentioned as to damage on that stock that’s it except for the usual minor dings but no cracks or breaks. A great display piece at a reasonable price of $395.00 Take a look at the pics!!!
NOTE! THE BELOW FIREARMS HAS BEEN REDUCED DRASTICALLY BY THE WIFE OF THE OLD COWBOY WHO OWNED THESE. THE GENTLEMAN RECENTLY PASSED SO THE WIFE WANTS TO MOVE THESE PIECES. SHE IS NOT WILLING TO GIVE THEM AWAY BUT WILL ENTERTAIN OFFERS ON SOME OF THEM LESS THAN WHAT IS THE LISTING PRICE . HERE IS WHAT THE ORIGINAL LISTING TEXT SAID:
THESE NEXT SEVERAL FIREARMS WERE ACQUIRED FROM THE NOW DE-AQUISITIONED BOVIE MUSEUM THAT WAS IN VIRGINIA CITY, MONTANA . THESE FIREARMS WERE PURCHASED BY AN OLD TIME RODEO BRONK BUSTIN’ COWBOY AND HIS WIFE ALONG WITH EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE MUSEUM IN 1969. THIS GENTLEMAN HAS BEEN A FANTASTIC ARTIST FOR MANY YEARS HAVING DONE ART WORK FOR JOHN WAYNE, RED SKELTON AND THE GOVERNOR OF MONTANA , AMONG OTHERS. THEY HAVE COMMISSIONED ME TO SELL THESE FIREARMS FOR THEM. THERE’S SOME GREAT FIREARMS HERE! TAKE A LOOK!
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Here we have a very unusual Shotgun dated 1861 from Spain! This Shotgun was a de acquisition from a Montana Museum. This Shotgun was a gift to the museum in 1937 from the W.A.Clarke Collection who was associated with Butte, Montana at one time. The collection was donated to the museum by his family. William A. Clark was a ‘Copper King’ who was worth, reputedly, some $50 Million dollars with a mining empire that stretched from Montana to Nevade and Arizona. Clark was notorious not only for his dominance in the mining field but also for purchasing a U.S. Senate seat. William Andrews Clark was born in poverty in Pennsylvania in 1839 to Scotch-Irish parents. When he was just 17, the family traveled to Iowa as homesteaders. Clark made up his mind early in life that he disliked poverty. By 1895, when he moved to New York, he had amassed one of the largest fortunes in the country, controlling silver and copper mines, operating railroads, and being elected to the Montana Senate. His reputation, however, was one of deceit, unscrupulous dealings, bribery and cut-throat schemes. Mark Twain wrote of him, “He is as rotten a human being as can be found anywhere under the flag; he is a shame to the American nation, and no one has helped to send him to the Senate who did not know that his proper place was the penitentiary, with a ball and chain on his legs. To my mind he is the most disgusting creature that the republic has produced since Tweed's time.” Quite a Character! At the age of 86 William A. Clark died in his bedroom on March 25, 1925, one of the 50 richest men in America.
Now to this fine shotgun! This is a 12 gauge percussion shotgun being custom made by De-Cindas of Madrid Spain. The barrel is silver enlayed with EIBAR 1861 and PEDRO MARIA AQIIRRE E. HYO. This firearm was a wedding gift to the groom who enjoyed duck hunting! The action works well and the custom stock is without damage. The metal parts are all fantastic with a great deal of hand engraving. The barrel band is silver and shows a hunting dog on one side and a hunting dog chasing a boar on the other side. This firearm is definitely one of a kind! The gun is 50 inches long overall with an approximately 35 ½ inch long barrel. The stock is dark with quite a unique shape to it. The barrel has engravings and inlays in depth on it. The end of the barrel is decorated with what looks like gold wash or inlay. The ramrod mount is silver. The ramrod is original and a dark hardwood. A few minor pieces of silver inlay has popped out but it’s still a gorgeous gun! $4995.00 Check out the pics!!! REDUCED BY THE OWNER TO $3550.00 !!!
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Here we have a beautiful target/parlor rifle in the tradition of the Scheutzen Rifle! This type of rifle is called “ZIMMERSTUTZEN” which Refers to a single shot target rifle in rimfire caliber usually used indoors on a 50 foot range. Most Zimmerstutzens were either manufactured in Germany or Austria pre-WWII. The Zimmerstutzen was the ancestor of the ten meter target rifle, and its German history dates back to at least 1840. The rough English translation of the word is "Parlor Rifle." The most common Zimmerstutzen caliber is 4mm, but there have been over 25 calibers noted that range from 4mm to 5.55mm. (this rifle is 5.55mm, or .22 caliber). Both fixed (standard rimfire cartridge as this one is) and separate (percussion cap and separate lead ball) ammunition have been used during the course of its manufacture. This Zimmerstutzen was built to fire a fixed round that looks like a tiny BB cap, kind of like an American CB .22 cap. The fixed round -- where both case and ball are one piece -- is considered ammunition by BATF; and the guns that use it are, therefore, considered to be firearms in the US.
This particular rifle is in excellent condition and looks absolutely beautiful! It’s a very heavy piece and very ornate. The buttplate is in the tradition of the Schutzen rifle as well as the buttstock with it’s cheek rests and thumb rest. Beautiful checkering remains on the buttstock. There is a ding here and there from use but not bad at all. The action is a drop block where the block drops straight down when the loading lever is pushed downward. The bore of the cartridge that this rifle uses extends as a sleeve up the barrel for about 10 inches or so and is rifled in excellent mirror finish. The rest of the hex barrel is not used for the firing of this firearm. This target rifle has a set trigger and when it’s set the main trigger is a hair trigger. Case colors still are present on the receiver and on the hammer block. The rear sight is a very nice large dish peep sight and there is only a simple small post sight up front between slanted uprights. The barrel is in the brown as it should be and is marked GEORG PFLAUMER (Maker, as we have seen other firearms with this name on it) on one side and NEUSTADT A/AISCH (Town in Germany) on the other side. Very nice piece! Look at the pics! $2495.00 REDUCED BY THE OWNER TO $1550.00 !!!
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Here we have an excellent Model 1866 Allin No. 2 Conversion of a Civil War .58 Caliber rifle dated 1864. Thanks to Wikipedia I have the following information:
The Springfield Model 1866 was the second iteration of the Allin-designed trapdoor breech-loading mechanism. Originally developed as a means of converting rifled muskets to breechloaders, the Allin modification ultimately became the basis for the definitive Model 1873, the first breech-loading rifle adopted by the United States War Department for manufacture and widespread issue to U.S. troops. The Model 1866 corrected problems encountered with the prototypical Model 1865, in particular a simplified and improved extractor and a superior .50 caliber centerfire cartridge (the Model 1865 used a .58 caliber rimfire cartridge with mediocre ballistics), among many other less significant changes. It employed a robust version of the "trapdoor" breechblock design originated by Erskine S. Allin, Master Armorer of the Springfield Armory. Approximately 25,000 .58 caliber Springfield Model 1863 rifled muskets were converted by Springfield Armory for use by U.S. troops, the barrels being relined and rifled to .50 caliber and the trapdoor breech system affixed. The rifle was chambered for the powerful centerfire .50-70 Government cartridge (.50 caliber 450-grain (29 g) bullet; 70 grains (4.5 g) of black powder). Though a significant improvement over the extractor of the Model 1865 Springfield Rifle, the Model 1866 extractor was still excessively complicated and the extractor spring somewhat prone to breakage. However, it is a misconception that a broken extractor disabled the weapon. In the official 1867 government user booklet “Description and Rules for the Management of the Springfield Breech-Loading Rifle Musket, Model 1866”, the following is stated regarding a broken extractor and/or ejector: “It should be understood that the ejector and friction springs are convenient rather than necessary, and that the piece is not necessarily disabled if one or both of them should break, for the shell can be easily removed by the fingers after being loosened by the extractor hook.” Furthermore, the “ramrod” of the rifle can be used quite effectively to remove a stuck case in an emergency. Thus it is clear that this weapon is not as easily disabled as is sometimes believed. The Model 1866 was issued to U.S. troops in 1867, and was a major factor in the Wagon Box Fight and the Hayfield Fight, along the Bozeman Trail in 1867. The rapid rate of fire which could be achieved disrupted the tactics of attacking Sioux and Cheyenne forces, who had faced muzzle-loading rifles during the Fetterman massacre only a few months before. The new rifles contributed decisively to the survival and success of severely outnumbered U.S. troops in these engagements.
This particular rifle is in unissued condition. I was told by the owner that the information received when he purchased it was that there was a wood chip missing from the buttstock at the buttplate and because of that this weapon was rejected by the military for use. The color of the chip damage and the color of the rest of the stock matches perfectly indication that this piece was lost a long time ago and is not a recent break. The wood stock has a minor bruise here and there and a couple of minor scratches from storage but the wood has no wear at all and the cartouche also is very sharp with no wear at all as well. The barrel, bands , slings, buttplate and triggerguard are in the white. The original case hardening on the lock is weak and the original black quenching on the trapdoor is also somewhat weak from age. Inside the trapdoor you can see alot of original black. The action works excellent and the bore is excellent as well. The original ramrod is present and still has the threads. This is an outstanding example of a short lived conversion rifle! $3795.00 REDUCED BY THE OWNER TO $2550.00 !!!
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Here we have a Sharps New Model 1863 Civil War Carbine!
The most famous, single-shot, percussion firearm used during the Civil War was the Sharps carbine, a .52 caliber, breechloading firearm invented and patented by Hartford, Connecticut native Christian Sharps. Presented here is a very good specimen of the New Model 1863 Sharp’s carbine that features serial # 49799. I did not find this particular serial number listed on line but I did find one with the serial number of # 49797 that was issued to Company H of the 1st NY Cavalry. This Carbine has a 21½” long round barrel and a ‘straight-breech’ type lockplate fitted to its walnut stock and forend. Barrel address is worn but still readable with“SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG CO. / HARTFORD, CONN” in front of rear sight. “NEW MODEL 1863” stamped to rear of sight. Stock and forend appear never to have been cleaned but may have been lightly coated. I cannot see the inspector cartouches at the sling bar area so probably worn off . The stock has dings and gouges from use and a crack or two but no breaks. The reverse lock has the patent date on it but partially worn. The obverse lock markings of "C SHARPS PAT OCT. 5TH, 1852" is strong. Lock screws are original and in good condition. Metal surface of the carbine appear a mottled gray as does the butt plate with some darker patina, especially on the buttplate which has been cut for the patchbox which is normal but there was no patchbox on this carbine which also was normal. No trace of original colors present. Maker markings and patent designations are mostly clear. Serial number sharp and strongly stamped unto the upper plate tang. Breechblock operating lever mechanics are crisp. Iron bar tight and has its iron ring. Bore with its six-groove rifling is somewhat bright with moderate pitting. There is the initials WT carved into the stock and more research is taking place. There are 8 possibilities for these initials if this carbine belonged to a member of the 1st New York Cavalry. I have the list thanks go a good friend of mine Take a look at the pics! $2750.00 REDUCED BY THE OWNER TO $2250.00 !!!
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Here we have a canteen cup that has a presentation on it. The presentation is for a Marine, showing the marine insignia, along with the words “LCPL K.M.ARMSTRONG NOV 1986-MAR 1987 GODSPEED – EM PLAT. I don’t know what this is all about but it’s pretty neat! Something was kept in it so it’s got a little surface rust in the bottom. Where you gonna find another one! $35.00
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Here we have a beautiful Colt Single Action Army Revolver made in 1902. This one is in .32/20 caliber with a 5 1/2 inch barrel. The finish is blue and just excellent with just a few minor flaws. The owner believes that this is one of the revolvers that was blued in the Philippines. I am still researching this info as I have found nothing on the subject. It's a mirror finish blue and just gorgeous! We have the original Colt Archive Letter with seal and it states that the type of stocks (grips) was not listed. I do not know for sure what these grips are made of but they are a beautiful orange/apricot color and finger molded to fit a right handed shooter. There are some gaps at the front of the grips so I don't know if they shrank over time or just were ill fitting from the start. It looks like the cylinder was never turned as there are no cylinder turning marks. It has a zip tie on it and we'll just leave it there and not turn it ourselves. None of the screws have been tampered with and they are all just beautiful! The Colt markings on top of the barrel appear to have Gold fill in some of them. The frame shows original case colors and it is just beautiful as well! This revolver came from a defunct Montana Museum in 1969 and has been with the current owner ever since. According to the Colt Archive records this revolver was shipped on November 26, 1902, along with 18 other guns, to Simmons Hardware Company in St. Louis, Missouri. It would be hard to find another revolver like this one. Comes in a display case. For this fine piece the consignor wants $15,000.00 Reduced to $12,500.00
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Here is something that I am still doing researching on. This is a coach gun 12 gauge double barrel shotgun that was marked on one lock plate AMERICAN GUN CO. NEW YORK. The name is listed in the Standard Catalog of Firearms as a Crescent Firearms Co. shotgun. American Gun Co. was a trade name used of shoguns wholesaled by H&D Folsom, a very large sporting goods supplier from the late 1800's until the 1930's. We are not questioned the authenticity of the shotgun but the stock is marked W F & CO (Wells Fargo & Company) and between the barrels with the fore stock off it’s marked W.F. & CO. as well as on the inside of the receiver. We are actively looking for an expert to authenticate the markings. It has been written that 95% of Wells Fargo marked items are considered bogus so we want to make sure. The shotgun itself is in excellent cleaned condition with a tight barrel to receiver condition and the hammers work flawlessly. The bores are very good just needing a scrubbing. The top of the barrels are marked 'Genuine Armory Steel' and "Genuine Armory Steel" was a trade slogan stamped on shotgun barrels by Crescent Fire Arms Company during the period from 1893 to 1932 per my research. The shotgun has a large ring on the butt stock for wearing a sling that goes over the shoulder. The sling is marked J.A. BISHOP MAKER, EL PASO, TX . I did find several items made by J.A.Bishop online and they were movie props for MGM Studios. The shotgun also comes with a pine wooden case that has had a nice lining and top added to it. The owners said that this shotgun was carried in this box when on the stagecoach. They stated that this gun was not carried on top but was an extra carried in the coach itself. This shotgun and the box along with the strap and the Wells Fargo card were on display in an old Museum that went out of business in 1969. The owners of this piece bought the entire contents of the museum at that time. The Museum was the DE-AQUISITIONED BOVIE MUSEUM THAT WAS IN VIRGINIA CITY, MONTANA . Interesting enough Jack Slade, Pony Express co-founder and gunfighter, was lynched here. Also with the shotgun is a card about the size of a playing card and you can see what it on it in the pics. Also there is a long piece of paper with the writting on it "Property of Wells Fargo Stage Line. Salt Lake City, Utah U.S." As soon as well get it authenicated we will post a price. Any comments are appreciated just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks and take a look at the pics! It is a beautiful shotgun!!!
We have determined that this is an original firearm and since every Wells Fargo Agency pruchased their own firearms and stamps to mark them it would be impossible to say that this is not correct. The stamps do not look modern and there are no phoney brass plates on it. Rock Island Armory sold nearly this exact shotgun with the same maker but with different stampings and no provision for a shoulder strap. Take a look at the pics and judge for yourself. Buy as is for $4800.00 Reduced to $3995.00
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Here we have a georgous Colt Single Action Army that has been engraved. This one is known as the The 'Colt Frontier Six Shooter' and that is roll stamped on the barrel. The Colt Frontier or Frontier Six-Shooter was a Colt's 1873 "Model P" type revolver, manufactured in .44-40 Winchester caliber instead of .45 Colt (in which configuration it was called the Single Action Army), so as to be compatible with Winchester Model 73 ammunition. Production began in 1877. Colt Frontier Six-Shooter was the actual name of the Colt pistol model, and this was acid-etched on the left side of the barrel. After 1889, the legend was roll-stamped until 1919, when the caliber designation ".44-40" was added. Later Colt 1878 Double Action Army Models also wore this designation on the barrel when chambered in 44 WCF/44-40 Winchester. The Bisley 1895 Model was the final Colt to wear the Frontier Six Shooter designation.
We have a Colt Letter for this one. The serial number is 1497XX and according to the Colt Archives Letter this revolver was produced in 1893 having been shipped to Simmons Hardware Company in St. Louis, Missouri on September 29th, 1893. Simmons Hardware is famous itself. It was in caliber .44-40 with a barrel length of 4 3/4 inches and the finish was blue. This particular revolver has been customized and is quite different now.
This particular Colt has been nickel plated, after being blued, with professional engraving done on it. The engraver is listed as Robert Burr but I haven't been able to turn up anything on Mr. Burr on an internet search. Also we thought that the engravers tool that is included with the firearm as well as the sharpening guide belonged to Mr. Burr but under magnification the initials on the tool are CCH.
I do believe that the engraving was done some time ago as the cylinder is a trifle frosty from age now. Also, the serial numbers are a tiny bit light on the butt from buffing the original bluing off and nickel plating it. The barrel length was originally listed as 4 3/4 inches but the barrel now is 7 1/2 inches indicating that it has been changed out. Also, now this fine revolver has beautiful checkered custom walnut stocks which are in fantastic condition! This SAA functions flawlessly and looks just great!
The revolver is housed in a custom box that fits it perfectly and I have no doubt that it was made for this particular revolver. The lid had been changed probably due to breaking off at some point. All in all this revolver is just gorgeous!!! One of a kind! $20,000.00 OWNER HAS REDUCED THE PRICE TO $15,000 !!
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