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
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.
SEPTEMBER 4, 1775 - PURCHASE OF FLINTS AND TENTS -
(approx. 3 3/4" x 6 1/4") Cambridge, Connecticut receipt for the
purchase of 1 cask of Flints and 200 (?) Tents for the use of the Army.
Document is stained but in solid condition.
JULY 6, 1776 - TWO DAYS AFTER THE DECLARATION OF
INDEPENDENCE!! - PURCHASE OF CARTRIDGE BOX - (approx. 4"
x 7 1/4") Hartford, Connecticut receipt for one Cartridge Box for use in
Isreal Seymour's Company. Very good condition.
4TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY IDENTIFIED GROUPING - Cavalry
officer's sword, cdv, officer's belt plate and GAR belt plate of Capt.
Daniel Duesler, Co G (and previously Lieut. in the Chandler Horse
Guards). Sword is a Klingenthal Officer's Model Cavalry sword with very
lightly etched blade which includes 'U.S.' on one side. The grip has
had what appears to be old white paint applied (period) and is still seen
in between the reliefs of the sharkskin grips. The CDV of Duesler shows
him holding this sword - unmistakable (white grips - from the paint
mentioned above, same ring mounts, etc.). Unfortunately the image is
creased as can be seen in photos and is ID'd in old ink on reverse "Great
Grandfather Duesler". Also included is his cast eagle sword belt plate,
the later war wide tongue style and his GAR belt plate which is missing
it's belt loop. More info on bottom of 'Additional Images' page.
IDENTIFIED M-1840 MEDICAL STAFF SWORD - Absolutely beautiful sword
made by Klingenthal (markings are only visible when hilt is removed from blade
as shown in photos) with brass scabbard. Identified as etched in blade to Dr.
W.S. Grim. Unfortunately at the time of this listing have been unable to locate
Dr. Grim. Blade is etched with U.S. only. These Klingenthal blades have been
seen with "Medical Dept.", "M.S." for Medical Staff and just the plain U.S. as
this one is. Sword has been cleaned but heavy gilt remains on grip casting.
Applied German silver M.S. on cross guard. Rare to find these especially ID'd.
Extremely good condition.
MASSACHUSETTS ARMS CO. PISTOL FLASK - Approx. 4 1/4" in height. In business
during the 1850's & 60's they produced a number of small personal revolvers and single
shot pistols. This is an absolutely beautiful example with a nice patina and no dents or
pushes. Embossed in the brass "MASSACHUSETTS ARMS COMPANY / CHICOPEE
6TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY LADDER BADGE (CUSTER'S MICH. CAV. BRIGADE) - Very
nice & hard to obtain unit from Gen. George A. Custer's famed Michigan Cavalry Brigade
(consisted of the 1st, 5th, 6th & 7th Michigan Cavalry Regiments). Metal parts and tossle of
the badge are in very good condition, ribbon is a bit frayed at bottom.
CONFEDERATE - 55TH GEORGIA INFANTRY ID'd TIN DRUM CANTEEN -
Genuine Confederate Tin Drum Canteen belonging to Capt. John P. Allen. Scratched
into the side, barely visible unless you're looking for it and with all the patina in the
scratches, it reads: "Capt Jno P Allen 55th Geo Regt Randolph County Geo May
16". Once I found this and figured what it read I went to the rosters of the 55th to
confirm and there he was, just as listed. In the 'Additional Images' there are many
photos showing the etching - trying to catch the best light for the photograph. I don't
know the significance of the date, I couldn't see a year. Allen was present at Gettysburg
and was Captured on September 9, 1863 (just two months after Gettysburg) at
Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. No doubt he had this with him at Gettysburg and had
carried it with him through the War and probably as a POW. Mike O'Donnell just
photographed this canteen earlier this month and is planning on placing it in the new
Canteen Book he is revising. Canteen has dents and a few small holes as shown in the
1860 GEORGIA BALLOT INCLUDING THE REPRESENTATIVES VOTING FOR
SECESSION AND 1863 CITIZENSHIP AFFIDAVIT WRITTEN ON REVERSE -
Pre-printed and partially hand filled in 1860 Walton County, Georgia voting ballot
that includes the preprinted names of the county representatives that were sent to
the Convention to vote on secession!! On the reverse is an 1863 hand written
affidavit from the Clerk's Office of the Superior Court attesting to the Georgia and
Confederate citizenship of a county citizen. Must have used the ballots when paper
supplies ran low. Some staining as can be seen in photos.
RARE HOTCHKISS 3 INCH CANISTER ROUND - Made for the 3
inch bore cannon, this had the same effect as a huge shotgun. They
were meant for close contact mainly to combat an enemy charge.
There is no powder in this container, just sawdust and lead or iron
balls. It is crimped on the one end and the back end has a lead / zinc
plate that is marked: 'HOTCHKISS / 3 IN / JANy 7, 1862 / PATENT'
in raised letters. The base is a bit corroded but the markings still
visible. Very difficult to find these!
6TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY I.D. DISC (CUSTER'S MICHIGAN CAV.
BRIGADE) - I.D. disc of William Meads from Keene in Ionia County, Mich.
Meads enlisted in 1862 and was discharged in November, 1865 so was in the
regiment for the full duration (including Gettysburg). Disc has a great patina
and is in good condition.
M-1853 SLANT BREECH SHARPS CARBINE - "SO CALLED JOHN BROWN
abolitionist John Brown and gang were armed with at Harpers Ferry. Brass butt
plate, patch box and barrel band. Has the early 9" sling bar. The sight is missing
the slide for long range and the hinge pin lever is broken (not all that uncommon
to see this). Mechanically appears fine although not sure about Sharps pellet
primer system. Stock is in very good condition and has the initials "LKD" carved
in. The patch box has initials "MD" scratched in 2 places. The metal has a spotty
- brown / white steel finish and personally think it could probably benefit by
tearing it down and giving it a good cleaning to even out the finish but I leave that
decision to the buyer. Good condition.
RARE MODEL 1855 SPRINGFIELD PISTOL CARBINE WITH
ATTACHABLE STOCK - With only slightly more than 4,000
made, this is one of the most sought after guns of the Civil War era.
Both Barrel and lockplate dated 1855, correct 400 yard leaf sight,
markings good and legible (eagle on the Maynard Tape Primer door
a bit light), cartouche is only visible by the rectangle - no initials
left, bench mark on pistol is '8' and on stock is '6' (rarely are these
found together matching). Barrel rifling still good. Indentations on
grip from attachable shock showing use. Typical dings and wear.
Very light pitting on areas of the lockplate. Many were initially
issued to the 1st and 2nd U.S. Cavalry in the west.
LETTER OF INTRODUCTION TO WILLIAM G. "PARSON"
BROWNLOW FOR MAJ. JOHN C. SMITH OF THE 96TH ILLINOIS
INFANTRY - Approx. 6 3/8" x 7 5/8" dated Shelbyville, July 24, 1863
and written by Isaac B. Holt (a court justice in Shelbyville)
introducing Maj. (later to become Brig. General) Smith to the famous
'Parson' Brownlow, attesting to his character. Brownlow was a
Methodist circuit rider in thew early 1800's (from which he received
his nickname of 'Parson', was editor of the newpaper 'The Whig' in
the 1840's, he opposed secession for Tennessee and was forced North
in exile for a short while. After the War he became Governor of
Tennessee from 1865 to 1869. Letter is in very good condition and
shows the folds from being carried. No doubt Brownlow held and read
this letter when Major Smith came calling to Nashville.
NICE GAR CANE WITH CANNON BARREL GRIP - Beyond a doubt the best
generic style GAR cane I've owned. Not the typical 'walking stick' cane normally
seen. Approx. 35" in length and over 5/8" in diameter - a good sturdy piece of
what looks like ebony. Grip is a heavy piece of cast metal in the shape of a
cannon tube and shows the GAR membership badge with crossed rifles, swords
and an anchor, with 'GAR' and '1861 & 1865'. Looks as though in places there
may have been a goldine finish on the grip. The bottom tip still retains this or
may be a replacement but fits the wood perfectly so believe it is original to the
piece. Very good condition.
DRUM IDENTIFIED TO THE 18TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - Drum
belonging to Squire Johnson, musician in the 18th Michigan Infantry.
The top head has his name "S Johnson" in pencil and inside the drum,
opposite the vent hole, also period pencil is the repair notation
"Whitehall Sept. 16th 1876 / Repaired by O.W. Horton / for M.B.
Johnson / 18th M.V.R.". It was common practice for instrument
repairmen to place these notations inside the drums when repairing
them. M.R. Johnson was Miles R. Johnson, also of the 18th Michigan
Regiment (and previously in the 7th Michigan Infantry). I have been
unable to confirm whether this was a brother, cousin, etc.. Squire
Johnson enlisted in the 18th at Monroe, Mi as a musician on August 14,
1862 and was discharged on June 26, 1865. The drum appears to have a
maple shell with brass tack design and a bone (?) vent piece. It is approx.
16 1/2" in diameter and 11' high. There is a repaired crack in the side
that can be seen in the photos and probably the one responsible for the
repair notation inside. The drum has been restrung, has several replaced
ears, repaired torn heads. Snares are present. The 18th was not in an
extremely active combat unit but did participate in actions at Snow's
Pond, KY., Danville, KY., Nashville, Decatur, AL., Courtland, AL. and
Athens, AL. They had 8 KIA, 3 Died of Wounds, 208 Died of Disease, 12
Died in CS Prisons and 68 that Died in the Explosion of the Sultana.
IRON BRIGADE LADDER BADGE - 19TH INDIANA INFANTRY - One of the most
sought after Brigades of the War. The legendary Iron Brigade, made up of the 24th
Michigan, 2nd, 6th & 7th Wisconsin and the 19th Indiana. This badge was for a member
of Company B of the 19th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. The regiment took part in the
Battles of; Gainesville, Va., 2nd Manassas (Bull Run), South Mountain, Antietam,
Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Yellow Tavern, Spotsylvania
Court House, North Anna River, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. The Iron Brigade suffered
the most casualties of any Brigade during the War - proportionately. The name of the Iron
Brigade it is said, came from an exchange between Generals Hooker and McClellan, when,
at South Mountain McClellan asked Hooker who was holding a position. Hooker replied
that it was a western brigade, McClellan stated that they must be made of iron, of which
Hooker responded with a comment on how they fought at 2nd Bull Run. The name stuck
and they were considered one of the best Brigades in the Union Army