CORPS BADGE (2nd CORPS) OF WILLAIM D. LYTLE OF THE 105TH
PENNSYLVANIA INF. - Badge is made of sheet silver with a T-bar pin approx. 1 1/4"(H)
x 1 5/16"(W) and has the black tarnishing in places. Inscribed "Co. C / 105th / P.V/ W.D.
Lytle". Lytle was originally in the 2nd US Sharpshooters from 10/1/61 to 12/24/63.
During that time the regiment was in every major battle with the Army of the Potomac,
including Gettysburg. He transferred to the 105th PV on 12/24/63 and was discharged on
ID'd GROUPING OF SGT. BENJAMIN F. BLATCHFORD - 50th
MASSACHUSETTS INF. & 2nd MASSACHUSETTS HEAVY ARTILLERY -
Fantastic patriotic housewife, 19th corps badge and diary. Housewife has
name and 50th MA ID sewn into the cover and a nice flag pocket that holds
some rubber buttons and needles. The 19th Corps badge (looks to be
post-War) does not have his name on it but does have the regiment and
Department of the Gulf stamped in. Has a Boston maker's name on the back
of the pinbar. The diary is an 1864 diary when Blatchford was in the 2nd MA
Heavy Artillery. His name and regiment is in the front of the diary and
someone else's is in the back. I would guess at this maybe being 10% filled in
as far as entries. Most of the diary is empty (as seen in the final photo). He
does write and mention the battles or actions at: Laurel Hill, Petersburg, Cox
Bridge, Wilmington, bombardment of Fort Fisher as well as the execution of
a deserter by firing squad. He only gives the bare minimum for information
when he writes. Most is in period ink. Nice small grouping of a Massachusetts
SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR PRESENTATION SWORD - M-1872 Cavalry
Officer's sword with a beautiful presentation to Adj. Taylor C. Power of the 158th
Indiana Infantry from the Citizens of Indianapolis in 1898. It is etched on both
the sword and the scabbard. Grip has a few chips out of the shark skin, blade is
bright with nice etching. Scabbard has ornate mounts for the rings and still
retains the strap snap rings. Unfortunately the 158th Indiana didn't leave the
States, but a very nice piece regardless.
WILLIAM W. MARSTON THREE BARREL DERINGER - Interesting .32
cal., 4" barrel pistol. Only approx. 3,300 made. Nice markings "Wm. W.
Marston / Patented May 26, 1857 / New York City / Improved 1864" on side
of brass frame. Good percentage of original blue on barrels. Barrel selector
switch on right side of frame (this needs attention as it does not operate
correctly). Very nice looking pistol.
16TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - BATTLE OF GAINES MILL, VA - Dated July 7, 1862
from Camp near James River written by William Simmons of Co. E, Stockton's Mich.
Regt. (16th Mi). Simmons would later die of wounds received at 2nd Manassas. Terrific
letter, writes of fighting till 10pm, 300 in the regiment killed or wounded, the Colonel
killed (actually was captured), how the rebels had captured all their food, tents and
clothing. They went back to the battlefield and through the woods to find the
Confederate dead piled up like cords of wood and hearing the wounded crying out at
night still on the battlefield. McClellan rides through every day and new troops are
arriving. They can't wait to make the secesh pay for what they have done. Great solid
letter in very good condition. Written in period ink.
96TH ILLINOIS INF. POW - LIBBY PRISON LETTER - Written by Lt. Charles H.
Yates (POW at Missionary Ridge) on Jan. 10, 1864 to Colonel John C. Smith letting the
Col. know of his fate. "I am happy to address you although I am in prison and no hope
of getting out . . .I cannot write army news . . . I find there is 9 of my men here in
Richmond four in the hospital and ten have been taken to Danville, Va. Good bye,
Yours truly / Lt. C H Yates / 96th Ill Vol / Prisoner of War Libby Prison / Richmond,
Va". Letter is in excellent condition.
MEXICAN WAR - FIRST HAND ACCOUNT - 2ND DAY'S BATTLE OF BUENA VISTA
= Soldier's graphic account of the February 23, 1847 days Battle of Buena Vista. Letter is
unsigned and appears to be a continuation of a more complete work. Probably an Illinois
soldier as the 2nd Illinois Regt is mentioned and this was found in the papers of former
Illinois Civil War Governor Richard Yates. Transcription in full is shown with the
'Additional Images". Period ink and just a bit ragged on the left margin. Writing is
choppy but a historically significant letter.
LAFAYETTE C. BAKER - HEAD OF LINCOLN'S DETECTIVE POLICE - I have
yet to see this autograph on the market for sale. ALS of Baker dated Aug. 21, 1862
on National Detective Police stationery and signed by Baker as Chief of Gov't
Detective Police. The content of the letter is asking the Chief of Staff of General
Wool a pass for a friend to make it through the lines. Letter is in very good
condition. Very first Chief of the now Secret Service!!
JULY 6, 1776 - TWO DAYS AFTER THE DECLARATION OF
INDEPENDENCE!! - PURCHASE OF BELTS AND SCABBARDS -
(approx. 5 5/8" x 8") Colony of Connecticut receipt for 29 Belts and 6
Scabbards for the Guns and Bayonets for Isreal Seymour's Company's
use. Document is in very good condition.
JULY 11, 1776 - PROCURING OF GUNS - (approx. 1 7/8" x 6 5/8")
Farmington, Connecticut directive to start procuring guns for Capt.
Amos Barns Company. Very good condition.
SPECTACULAR C.S.A. BELT PLATE ON ORIGINAL BELT - Fresh out of a
Bay City, Michigan estate - thick Georgia style C.S.A. belt plate on original belt.
Plate has a fantastic deep redish brown patina (this is not the Bannerman copy
from the early 1900's - guaranteed), belt is well worn and has been on since day
one. The belt is not a U.S. belt but a more crude copy. There is a deep worn in
area under the plate hooks. The only flaw is that one of the hook holes of the
belt is ripped open, otherwise you won't find much better.
3BN GAR PIN - Approx. 11/16" high x 9/16" wide. Among the earliest of the GAR pins.
Appears to be gold (probably no more than 10K) and enameled in red, white, blue and black.
Unfortunately there are chips in the enamel work but the rarity of these pins can excuse the
issues. There is also a small hole on the lower right side and looks to have been for a small
chain perhaps to drape something from the pin itself.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN - Dated August 6, 1861 - Signed commission
appointing John Schuyler Crosby to 2nd Lieut. of the 1st Regiment of U.S.
Artillery. Also signed by Simon Cameron and General Lorenzo Thomas.
Vellum is somewhat wavy due to moisture at one time. Document is in an old
oak frame with old bubbled glass and has been there for ages. The print is
somewhat faded but Lincoln's signature remains strong. War Department
Seal is intact, upper edge is a bit ragged and document is missing a small
wedge of vellum in the upper left corner. Crosby by the end of the War had
made it up to Bvt. Lt. Col and his promotions were due to gallantry at Fort
Bisland, La. and Pleasant Hill, La. . Good Lincoln signature without paying
the 8-10K some dealers are asking.
TAMBOURINE OF A MUSICIAN IN THE 54TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY
(OF THE MOVIE 'GLORY' FAME - I have recently purchased a large CW music
collection from a long time collector. This, (along with a tambourine and drum from
the 18th Mich Inf and more) was in that group. it measures approx. 2" in height x 8
7/8" main head diameter. On the underside of the head is the owners name of
Thomas E. Planter (sic - Platner). The information that came with it notes that it was
on loan to the Boston GAR Post 200 at one time and belonged to Thomas E. Platner
of Hudson, NY. Platner was cited as a Laborer who enlisted at the age of 17 in the
54th Massachusetts on March 10, 1863. He was mustered into Company A as a Private
on March 30, 1863 and eventually became a drummer boy for the company. On June
12, 1865 he was promoted to the 54th regiment's 'Principle Musician' which he held
until mustering out on August 20, 1865 at Mt. Pleasant, SC. I did a good amount of
research on this to verify the information as much as possible due to the flipping of
two letters on the inscription. This can be found on the 'Additional Images' Link. The
tambourine itself appears to have the original head which is held on with tacks. The
wood construction body is held together with irregular head nails (period). Thomas'
name is on the underside of the head in period ink. The tambourine contains 13 sets
of stamped brass cymbals in a two tiered set up. The thumb hole is trimmed in ivory
which will pass the ivory sales criteria due to the obvious age of the item). Again, for
more information, see the 'Additional Images' link.