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GAR DRESS UNIFORM BELT & PLATE - Fancy quality
material bullion & leather belt with the GAR plate having the
GAR cresting the GAR Star over a stippled back round. Inside
of belt is the typical stitched black leather that has a partially
worn off finish. Leather and material are somewhat supple.
Other that the expected wear, this belt is in very nice condition.
First belt of this quality I have seen.
15TH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY MANUAL - ANDERSON'S
CAVALRY - by Brig. Gen. Philip St. George Cooke - Washington - 1862
- This rather WELL USED manual is identified to Company 'M' of
Anderson's Cavalry which was the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry (or the
160th PA. Regt). It is marked in period ink on the inside cover
"Sergeants & / Corporals / Co M / Anderson Cavalry" and then again on
the title page "Co. M". The 15th Cav. had losses in the battles of Charles
City Cross Roads, Va., Antietam, Nashville, Stones River, Lavergne,
Dandridge, Mossy Creek, Lynchburg among other numerous skirmishes.
The manual is beaten but intact and spine is still strong for the use
shown. Waterstained, some cloth missing on back cover.
TINTYPE - UNION SERGEANT - FREDERICK, MD - a hair under 1/6
plate size tintype of a Union Sergeant with slight tinting to his cheeks.
There is a card under the image - an 1858 card for the Frederick County
Agricultural Society with period ink writing on the reverse "Frederick MD /
Jan 29, 62" and in period pencil "Rec Thursday Feb. 6th / from my
husband". Unfortunately no ID. Looks to have a rain cover on his kepi.
Image is a little dark but not bad, a few small minor spots on the image,
has a full case but spine is detached. The light line near his collar is a
reflection and not in the image.
AMBROTYPE - ID AS CHARLES STONE 47TH & 59TH MASS INF - 1/9
plate size ambrotype of a Union soldier seated wearing a frock coat with
slight tinting to his cheeks. Under the image written in a more modern
pencil is " Prv Charles Stone / Co. E 47 Mass". He is listed as serving in
the 47th Mass. Inf. from September, 1862 to September, 1863 and in the
59th Mass. fromJanuary, 1864 to May, 1865 then in the VRC until August,
1865. He is also listed as wounded in action at Petersburg on 6/17/1864. I
had no reason to doubt the ID but always would like to see that nice period
ink instead of later pencil. Has a full case that has the spine repaired with
black tape (and a very nice job), The light line from shoulder to shoulder is
actually a reflection and is not in the image.
TINTYPE OF 3 UNION SOLDIERS - 1/6 plate size tintype of three Union
soldiers seated and wearing frock coats, all with kepis. Ever so light blue
tinting to the trousers and with slight tinting to their cheeks. Don't know if
they're brothers but more than likely close friends as they each are holding
hands with hands also on the shoulders. Has a full case but original spine is
weak. The light line about chin height is a reflection and not in the image
An image out of the ordinary.
INTERLOCKED BULLETS - Years ago I purchased a huge collection of
dug items which included darn near everything you could imagine in
relics, much of which I still have in inventory. In this grouping were aver
12,000 dug bullets. This was separated from the main group and at first
thought it was a CS Gardner peeling away from the insert. On closer
examination see that the insert does not have a cavity (it does look and is
slightly recessed but not the Gardner style cavity). It appears to be a .54
cal. (?) carbine bullet that has been hit from behind by a .44 cal pistol
bullet (measurements bear this out). Immediately started thinking of the
old 'mid-air' collision but couldn't figure a pistol bullet 'catching up' to
the carbine bullet from behind. I believe what happened here was the
carbine bullet may have struck something (tree, fence post, etc.), then by
a stroke of luck the pistol bullet hit it from behind - just a bit off center,
in fact if it had gone any more off center it probably would have split
the carbine bullet and never stayed together. A neat oddity.
DUV (DAUGHTERS OF UNION VETERANS) COFFEE /
TEA CUP - Daughters of Union Veterans china coffee or tea
cup with gold logo, and trim around the rim and handle.
Decent size cup measuring approx. 3 1/2" across the rim and
2 1/2" in height. There is no manufacturer's marking. There
are no chips or cracks but bottom rim is ever so slightly rough
from sitting. Very good condition.
CIVIL WAR SHEET MUSIC - THE UNION ARMY MARCH
Published in 1861. Nice color cover with a dedicated to the
Commanders, Officers & Privates of the Union Army theme,
showing Generals McClellan, Rosecrans, Wool, Sigel and Blenker. 8
pages complete with rough binding edge as it was once in a privately
bound volume. Very good condition.
1880- WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK CAMPAIGN MEDALLION -
Approx. 1" in diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of
Hancock in uniform with "WINFIELD S. HANCOCK" and a Civil War
2nd Corps badge relief with "2 / A / C " in the clover leafs along with "A
SUPER SOLDIER / A MODEL PRESIDENT" along the border on the
reverse. Good original gilting seen in spots - overall very good condition.
GAR DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS RECORDS OF
ANNUAL MEETINGS - Blue cloth bound hardcover books
approx. 5 3/4" x 9" with gold lettering and rather thin -
having only about 50-90 pages each. They have photos of
Veterans in their GAR uniforms (maybe 1 or 2 per volume).
Have 12 of these from different years in the 30's & 40's.
Several have minor cover conditions which I can furnish on
The years available are: 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937,
1938, 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1944.
9TH CORPS - PERIOD CORPS BADGE - Heavy gauge stamped brass
badge , high relief, approx. 1 5/8" x 1 3/4". This badge can be seen
on page 51 of the Stanley Phillips' "CIVIL WAR CORPS BADGES".
There are no loops or pin on reverse - may not have been issued (or
purchased). The 9th Corps fought not only with the Army of the
Potomac but also in the Western Theatre. The 2nd Division contained
such Regiments as 6th & 9th NH Inf., 48th, 50th & 51st Pa Inf., 7th
& 12th RI Inf, 2nd MD Inf., 21st, 29th & 35th Mass Inf., 46th & 51st
NY Inf., 86th & 129th Ohio Inf., 116th & 118th Ind. Inf., as well as
Batteries L & M of the 1st Mich. Lt. Art., along with Batteries from
the 2nd NY Art., 2nd U.S. Art., 15th Ind. Art. as well as others. Very
good condition just a few dark spots.
4TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY KIA GETTYSBURG CIVIL WAR
PERIOD MESS CUP - Heavy gauge tin approx 4" in diameter and 4
1/2" in height, soldered construction and has the typical flat bottom
and looped pin handle construction you like to see in a good Civil War
cup. This is basically no more than a regular drinking cup that had
the wire hanger and lid added to it. NOW THE INTERESTING PART
!! Several years ago I purchased a massive collection. This was a
collection that came from a Civil War dealer / collector that had passed
away. In that collection was a huge box of tin mess gear - some Civil
War, some later period that included this mess cup and the drinking
cup also listed here. I am just now getting around to going through it
and while cleaning this piece I see scratched in the bottom what I think
is a '4'. Now, using a magnifying glass I can clearly see "4th / Mich /
Benson" (the Mich is more difficult to make out but can). I checked
the Michigan rosters for Benson and the only Benson that was in any
of the '4th' Michigan Regiments (Inf., Cav. or Artillery) was Adelbert
Benson of the 4th Michigan Infantry. Records show that he enlisted in
the 4th Michigan - Company A at Adrian in June, 1861 and was Killed
at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 (no doubt in the Wheatfield). I have
added a photo of the bottom but is difficult to make out in the photos
but it is definitely old scratching and the rust is seen through the
CIVIL WAR PERIOD DRINKING CUP - Heavy gauge tin approx 4" in
diameter and 4" in height, soldered construction and has the typical
flat bottom and looped pin handle construction you like to see in a
good Civil War cup. There is something scratched into the bottom of
the cup but unfortunately I can not decipher anything through the
rough finish that is left. Perhaps something might if enough time was
spent on it but . . . I doubt it. looks like it may have had a hard life as
it is bent out of the round shape at the top and has a blackish color
almost as though it had been in a fire. A good honest Civil War
CIVIL WAR STYLE COFFEE POT - Heavy gauge tin approx 9" in
diameter at the bottom and 10" in height, soldered construction and
has the typical flat bottom. They made this style for a long period of
time so it's hard to say if it is as old as the Civil War. I did come across
a photo of 3 soldiers who had a pot very similar that included the
rolled 'stripes' (for lack of a better word) as are on this pot. I had felt
that these were of a slightly later period but I guess I stand corrected.
There are solder remnants of where a plaque was at one time.
CIVIL WAR CAP BOX - Well used and still good finish. No makers
stamp. Owner had carved his initials on the back 'JT' and inside
the flap with a 'XX'. Some light spotting on the one side where it
appears something may have splashed on it and would probably be
covered with a light rubbing of dark brown shoe polish but I rather
the final owner make that choice. No wool or pick.
CIVIL WAR PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOX - Nice solid pistol box
made by Joseph Davy & Co. of Trenton, NJ and so marked. Also
has some remains of the Federal Inspectors stamps. Most of
finish worn off of closing strap as should be expected on a used
ORIGINAL OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS - GREENE CARBINE -
Approx. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 'DIRECTIONS FOR USING GREENE'S
CARBINE' on very thin paper and distributed by the Massachusetts Arms
Company. The Greene carbine was manufactured by Massachusetts
Arms between 1855-57 and total quantity was only 300 for the US and
another 2,000 for Great Britain. The instructions are probably as rare as
the guns. Excellent condition.
M-1818 STARR CAVALRY SABER - Nathan Starr
Model 1818 saber, clip point and very clean blade, very
little pitting. Marked well with the 'US / P / LS / N.
STARR' although the last 'R' in Starr is only half visible.
The LS is the mark of Luther Sage, the inspector. The
wood grip was originally covered with a thin leather but
this (as many are now found) has come off leaving a
nice aged wood. The sword still retains the leather
washer. The scabbard shows obvious damage from use in
the form of dents and one spot below the mid-ring
mount that has actually formed a crack in the metal as
can be seen in the photos. Scabbard is relatively clean.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD TRAVELING CHESS SET - Nice set,
unfortunately missing 5 pieces. Players pieces, both white and red are
made of bone with a base approx. 3/4" and the squares on this wood
board with a cloth lined backing (made for rolling up) are 15/16"
square. Box is approx. 4 1/4" x 9" x 2 3/8" in height. Looks like it
may have been recovered on the inside but difficult to tell. No key for
the lock. On the top is a very light stencilling in gold "CHESS / & /
BOARD". The bottom of the box has that old green paper (some worn
off. Some of the pieces have chips but for the most part are in pretty
good shape. The board, from being rolled for so long will need to be
kept in a flat state for a while if displayed as such as it wants to curl
slightly. This was one of the favorite past times for soldiers in camp,
especially in winter quarters. Great for a camp display.
RARE BURNSIDE EAGLE BREAST PLATE - DUG - One of the rare
plates to dig, this breastplate, known as the Burnside Breast Plate is
smaller than the regular breast plates by about 5mm in diameter
(59.4mm) - a very noticeable difference. This has the typical 'open
leaves' that are typical of these plates. The loops on the back are very
rusted and one of them has completely rusted through on the curve. The
face is in very good condition, has been cleaned but not to where the
patina has come off, only to the point of showing that smoother look, as
though someone had been rubbing it. There is one push or slight dent in
the rim near the eagle's head. Only know that this was dug on a Virginia
battlefield -no exact location.
EAGLE BREAST PLATE - DUG - Normal Union breastplate (65.3mm)
- only nubs left of the loops but a very decent looking plate on the face.
Only know that this was dug on a Virginia battlefield -no exact location.
TEXAS STAR STICK PIN - DALLAS 1906 - Not sure what may have
taken place in Dallas in 1906 but this Texas Star stickpin or perhaps a
hat pin was meant for something. White metal, star approx. 13/16"
across points. Has TEXAS letters on each point and 'DALLAS 1906' in
center. Comes with a postcard (in not such great shape) with a poem
'HELL IN TEXAS' and if you've ever spent time there, especially in the
summer you will be able to relate with this poem. Postcard has nothing
to do with the pin (other than relating to Texas) but it was included
when I purchased it so it goes too.
GETTYSBURG RECOVERED BULLET(S) IN WOOD - Nice size chunk
of wood approx. 8 5/8" x 3 1/2" x 2 1/4" in height which looks like iot
may have come from a house or barn beam - a felled tree which was
then planed on two sides, maybe a fence post but doubtful on that as I
would think it would be more weathered. Is definitely old wood. It looks
like there are two bullets in this, one dug out to on the wide side and
another visible from the end. With what is uncovered, neither one
resembles a bullet but both do appear to be lead. On the side is written in
pencil "Rock Creek Culp Hill / Dec 7, 1930 / Frank (?)"
BULLET(S) IN WOOD - Nice piece of dense wood approx. 6 3/4" in
length. One good size bullet is crowning through, barely showing a nice
aged lead gray and shows signs of the force splitting and distressing the
wood. The other potential 'bullet' has been dug down to and is a very
white color - even whiter than oxidized lead so I'm hedging against that
one being a bullet.
TINTYPE OF UNION SOLDIER - HARDEE HAT - PATRIOTIC UNION
CASE - 1/6 plate size tintype of a Union soldier wearing a Hardee hat (of
course Iron Brigade comes to mind), can see the infantry bugle and the
Company letter 'G'. Just a tad dark but nice looking image. Patriotic
Union (gutta percha) case with eagle, flag, etc. Just a few nicks on edges
and slightly loose hinge but otherwise in very good condition.
GAR ROCHESTER, NY - 1911 - Heavy souvenir badge for the 1911 GAR
reunion in Rochester, NY. Relief of Genesee Falls. Some enameling.
GAR DEPARTMENT OF INDIANA DELEGATE - 1913 - Large badge for the
annual encampment of the Department of Indiana reunion in Indianapolis in
1913. Small drop has relief of Maj. Gen. R.S. Foster and large drop has relief of
the soldier's memorial.
GAR DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DELEGATE - 1913 - Large badge for the
47th annual encampment of the Department of New York reunion in Syracuse
in 1913. Drop has relief of Department Commander Oscar Smith.
2nd GEORGIA (CS) CAVALRY - RECEIPT FOR PURCHASE OF
SHOTGUNS - Approx. 3 3/4" x 5" Hand written receipt issued at
Camp Hood, July 2, 1862 from Colonel William J. Lawton to Capt.
Francis M. Ison for 4 'Double Guns' - no doubt double barrel
shotguns, at a price of $30. each.
FULL SIZE (OR VERY CLOSE TO) NAPOLEON 12 POUNDER
WOOD REPRODUCTION CANNON TUBE - From a distance of 10 feet
you would think you're looking at an original cannon tube. Was either
made for something like a GAR Hall or perhaps a movie prop, this is
something for the artillery fan that wants one in the house for a display
(perhaps to mount upright like you see at the Gettysburg National
Museum). The body of the tube is about the size of a 12 pounder but the
bore is more the size of a six pounder. The tube is approximately 66" in
total length, weighs approx. 65 pounds, 16" from end of one trunion to
the end of the other with each trunion being 3 5/8" in diameter. The tube
has an approx. diameter of 10 1/4" on the 'breech' end and 8" diameter
on the muzzle end and has a 3 5/8" bore that goes 5 3/4" deep. The only
marking on it is '1828' on the end of one of the trunions. One side up
looks very displayable but there are several long cracks (these can be filed
and pained over if desired), the bottom side displayed has a little bit of
damage as can be seen in the photos (there is a larger crack also on this
side). One of the trunions has a crack along the intersecting edge to the
tube but mainly on the 'bad side'. There are also paint scuffs and scrapes
in various spots throughout. The two block stands shown are included. I
will not ship this but will either deliver within 200 miles of Utica, Mi (or
can otherwise work out other arrangements). Great looking indoor display
WWI SHEET MUSIC - CAMP CUSTER MARCH ONE-STEP
Published in 1917 - 4 pages. Nice color cover showing a beautiful
image of General George Armstrong Custer and a scene from Camp
Custer which is just on the outskirts of Battle Creek, Michigan. Very
LADLE RECOVERED AT VALLEY FORGE - Fantastic
relic from the Revolutionary War camp of General George
Washington. A shallow dish ladle which would have
probably been used to melt lead for bullets. I see no lead
residue as the ladle is heavily pitted from ground action but
very solid. In old white paint on the handle is "Valley Forge
1777-1778". Total length is approx. 17 1/4" and bowl
diameter is 4" and 3/4" in depth. Completely hand forged.
Recovered in the 50's but no other information known.
WAR OF 1812 - CAMP HOLLY - MORNING REPORT - ANDREW
STEVENSON'S COMPANY OF ARTILLERY - Large (7 7/8" x 12
3/4") two sided sheet giving the morning reports ranging from
January 18-28, 1815 (technically after the Peace Treaty was signed
but only several weeks after the Battle of New Orleans). Captain
Stevenson's Company of Artillery was a Richmond, Va regiment and
Camp Holly (Camp Holly Springs) was located near the junction of
Newmarket and Long Branch Roads northwest of Malvern Hills,
Virginia. It was established in the Spring of 1813 and occupied until
after the War ('Virginia in the War of 1812' by Sharol Fletcher).
Document is on laid paper and in very good condition.
UCV - 9TH LOUISIANA INFANTRY - LADDER BADGE DROP & POST WAR
PHOTO - Confederate 9th Louisiana Infantry shield drop - missing the pin bar
that would have had the veteran's name. A pin bar and links could be found to
make it look complete. Comes with a very small photo of what I'm told is the
badge's owner in a Post War fraternal uniform (K of C, K of P ??) but with
nothing on the image I can't really confirm this. The 9th Louisiana was
involved in heavy fighting and took part in battles such as Winchester, Cedar
Mountain, 2nd Manassas, Chantilly, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Williamsport,
Rappahannock Station, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Monocacy and
Cedar Creek among others.
CDV - 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - Image of 1st Lieut.
George Briggs Russell with a New Orleans photographer's back mark. He
enlisted on August 12, 1862 and served after the War in the US service until
1898. He rose through the ranks to Brevet Lt. Colonel by the end of the War
and was wounded in June, 1863 at Port Hudson, La., after which he served in
the VRC. The 38th fought in both theatres of the War and participated in the
battles of Port Hudson, La., Brashear City, La., Winchester, Va., Cedar Creek,
Va. and Fisher's Hill, Va., among others. Signed in period ink on reverse "G.B.
Russell / 1st Lieut. 38th Mass". Very good condition.
CDV - 22nd & 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - Image of 1st
Lieut. Frank N. Scott with what I believe is a Boston photographer's back mark.
He enlisted on September 6, 1861 and resigned August 22, 1864. He was
wounded in July, 1862 at Malvern Hill, Va as a member of the 22nd Mass. and
on August 23, 1862 was discharged for Promotion as an officer in the 38th. The
38th fought in both theatres of the War and participated in the battles of Port
Hudson, La., Brashear City, La., Winchester, Va., Cedar Creek, Va. and
Fisher's Hill, Va., among others. Signed in period ink on reverse "Frank N.
Scott / 1st Lieut. Co. B / 38th Mass Regt". Very good condition.
MICHIGAN - SMALL BROADSIDE - "TO THE SOLDIERS OF
OLD WASHTENAW" - Approx 6 3/4" x 8 3/4" Patriotic open letter
to the soldiers of Washtenaw County, Michigan on their right and
important input on the election during the War. Though non-dated
it appears this may have been for the mid-term election in 1862.
Very patriotic. Very good condition though there is a stain in the
upper left corner.
CDV - 1st & 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - Image of 2nd Lieut.
William H. Jewell. No photographer's back mark. He enlisted in May, 1861 into
the 1st Mass. Inf. then in August, 1862 commissioned into the 38th and
mustered out in June, 1865. He was wounded in October, 1864 at Cedar Creek,
Va. The 38th fought in both theatres of the War and participated in the battles
of Port Hudson, La., Brashear City, La., Winchester, Va., Cedar Creek, Va.
and Fisher's Hill, Va., among others. Signed in period ink on reverse "W.H.
Jewell / 2nd Lieut. Co. A / 38th Regt Mass Vols". Very good condition with light
stain on reverse.
CDV - ASST. SURGEON - 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY & 1st MASS.
BATT. CAVALRY - Image of Assistant Surgeon George F. Thomson. No
photographer's back mark. He enlisted in August, 1862 into the 38th as Asst.
Surgeon and in 1865 became Surgeon of the 1st Mass. Battn Cavalry. He
mustered out in June, 1865. The 38th fought in both theatres of the War and
participated in the battles of Port Hudson, La., Brashear City, La., Winchester,
Va., Cedar Creek, Va. and Fisher's Hill, Va., among others. Signed in period
ink on reverse "Geo. F. Thomson / Assist. Surgeon / 38th Mass Vols". Very good
WILLIAM McKINLEY MEMORIAM TABLET - Approx. 9 1/2" X
12" and up to 5/8" in thickness - white plaster. Nice memoriam
relief of McKinley wearing what is clearly a GAR membership pin
on his lapel (doesn't show up well in the photos) and wreaths that
adorn the lower edge of bust. No cracks or chips but there are dirty
areas as can be seen in the photos. Amazing it lasted this long in
CDV - 35th OHIO INFANTRY - BUT WHO??? - Image of Vness (or Uness)
Rice (or Reis). Has an Alexandria, Va. photographer's back mark. I have been
unable to find him anywhere but the ID looks right as rain. He is an older
gentleman so I wonder if perhaps he may have been a musician or drummer as
they were not always included in the rosters. Condition is not great, stained and
looks like someone was testing his pen by tapping it on the front of the image
(down around the waist. Signed in period ink on reverse "Vness (or Uness) Rice
(perhaps Reis) / Co D 35 Ohio / Vo Infantery".
INDIAN WARS PERIOD DISCHARGE SIGNED BY 24TH
MICHIGAN INF. (IRON BRIGADE) COMMANDER - Approx. 7
3/4" x 9 3/4" 1882 US Army discharge signed by 24th Michigan
Infantry commander (of the immortal Iron Brigade) - Colonel
Henry A. Morrow. After the Civil War Morrow, who was severely
wounded at Gettysburg, remained in the regular army as Colonel of
the 21st US Infantry at Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory. The
discharge is for Sgt. Frank B. Jones of Attica, New York.
Unfortunately the discharge has water damage and much of the
filled in areas are faded and light. The paper is a bit on the wrinkly
NEW HAMPSHIRE VETERANS' REUNION - 1893 - Reunion ribbon for the
17th Annual Encampment of the New Hampshire Veterans' Reunion held at
Weirs (located on the southern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee) in August, 1893.
The ribbon has the likeness of Capt. Orlando W. Keyes. Keyes was enlisted in the
12th New Hampshire Infantry and was killed on May 3, 1863 at Chancellorsville.
Badge is in very good condition and still retains the vibrant red color.
NEW HAMPSHIRE VETERANS' REUNION - 1904 - Reunion ribbon for the
28th Annual Encampment of the New Hampshire Veterans' Reunion held at
Weirs (located on the southern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee) in August, 1904.
The photo button has the likeness of David A. Brown. Brown served for one year
in the 3rd New Hampshire Infantry as a musician. His comrades must have
thought a lot of him to name a camp after him. Badge is in good condition
though a little bit of the gold text has come off of 3 letters in the text. The
original Whitehead & Hoag Co. label is still on the reverse side..
FANCY POCKET KNIFE FROM VIRGINIA BATTLEFIELD - While looking
through the many boxes of battlefield relics in stock, I came across this little
gem. This is a very fancy pocket knife - handle only as the blades had been
busted out somehow. it is approx. 4" in length. the middle section is bone
(missing on one side) and the fancy ends look to be brass. When you look in
the sides you can see there are no blades. Unfortunately I don't have the name
of the exact location for this one but as I stated did come from a Virginia
1858 PATENT GUTTA PERCHA GROOMING SET - This is
one of the more attractive grooming sets I have seen for the
period. The brush has Patent dates of Sep. 8, '58, Jul 19, '66 and
Oc 1869. The Mirror has the Patent date of June 19, '66. Below
the patent dates is the name 'Florence'. I don't know if this was
the company or the pattern. The pattern on all pieces is identical.
Condition is very good though there is one tiny chip in the gutta
percha of the brush. There is one small crack in the gutta percha
of the mirror and several in the handle of the hair brush. This is
due much to the material. None of the cracks look to have ever
been through to the point that a repair was necessary yet I
wouldn't place a lot of stress on them. Perfect for a woman's
personal Civil War period display.
UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERANS PROCEEDINGS 1917 - Book of
proceedings of the Washington DC Reunion - United Confederate Veterans
held on June 4-7, 1917. 99 pages - printed in Washington by the
Government Printing Office in 1918. Cover has some water stained spots as
can be seen in photos. Inside pages are fine, binding still decent.
CDV - 3rd & 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - Major James
Prentiss Richardson. New Orleans photographer's back mark. He enlisted in
April, 1861 into the 3rd Mass. Inf. then in August, 1862 commissioned into the
38th and mustered out in June, 1865. He was severely wounded in September
19, 1864 at Winchester, Va. The 38th fought in both theatres of the War and
participated in the battles of Port Hudson, La., Brashear City, La., Winchester,
Va., Cedar Creek, Va. and Fisher's Hill, Va., among others. Signed in period
ink on reverse "J.P. Richardson / Major 38th Mass". Very good condition with
light smudge on reverse.
CDV - 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - Lieut. Timothy Ingraham,
Jr.. No photographer's back mark. He enlisted in April, 1861 into the 3rd Mass.
Inf. then in August, 1862 as Sgt. Major and mustered out in July, 1865. He was
wounded on April 13, 1864 at Snaggy Point, Red River, La. The 38th fought in
both theatres of the War and participated in the battles of Port Hudson, La.,
Brashear City, La., Winchester, Va., Cedar Creek, Va. and Fisher's Hill, Va.,
among others. Signed in period ink on reverse "Lieut. T. Ingraham / Co D 38th
Mass". Very good condition with light stains on reverse.
CONFEDERATE BRIDLE CUTTER PIKE HEAD - DUG
- One of approximately 700 that were recovered in 1980
along the tracks of the Wilmington & Manchester
Railroad in South Carolina. A Confederate supply train
that contained the pikes was captured and burned. No
doubt the Union forces had absolutely no use for these
and left them to burn. Approx. 18" in length and 5 3/4"
REVOLUTIONARY WAR PAY VOUCHER - CONNECTICUT
LINE - 1781 - Approx. 5 1/2" x 6 3/4" - Dated April 7, 1781
for Oliver Burnham's service in the Connecticut Line of the
Continental Army of the United States. All hand written,
normally you find these pre-printed and filled in. Burnham
was the brother of the signer of the document, Wolcutt
Burnham. Very good condition with the bottom torn as was
common practice during the period.
SHERIFF PAT F. GARRETT - KILLED BILLY THE KID - DS /
ANS Subpoena for 7 men to appear in the Third Judicial Court,
Lincoln County in the Territory of New Mexico on November 14,
1881. On the reverse is Pat Garrett's notation of serving the
subpoena and the costs of his services, signed by him. He dated
the notation on November 14, 1881 - exactly four months to the
day after he killed Billy the Kid. Has the blind embossed stamp
of the "U.S. District Court / Third Judicial District / New
Mexico" in lower left corner. Document is approx. 7" x 8 1/2"
and in very good condition with exception of the chip on bottom
IDENTIFIED CIVIL WAR PERIOD NAVAL EPAULETTES &
CASE - Nice set of epaulettes belonging to Chief Engineer
George Walter Roche. Made by the English maker Starkey (whose
label is on the case) and sold by the Boston agent A.W. Pollard
(whose tag is still on one epaulette and remnants of the glue still
on the second). An old darkly faded tag is glued on the top of the
case, barely visible in normal light but with a bright light (as the
photo shows) in period ink, can be read "Chief Engr / Geo W.
Roche / USN / Navy Yard / Wash(?) / Clothing (?) _____". The
Pollard tag would indicate that the set was sold sometime in the
1862-3 period as the company changed its name in 1863 and
again in 1867. With the ID tag reading 'Chief Engr' it would
seem that Roche purchased these when entering the Navy in 1862
and kept them throughout his career as he did not become Chief
Engineer until after the War (Roche's service record can be seen
in the 'Additional Images' page). War time cases have the velvet
lining as does this set. Outside of the case looks to be black paint
while the inside is japanned tin. The outside, as can be seen in
the photos is scraped up a bit exposing the bright tin and black
paint specks will fall off with handling. Overall a Nice identified
Civil War set.
CORPS BADGE - 4TH CORPS 1ST DIVISION- Approx. 7/8" from
flat to point, has cut out in center for material to designate division.
This is not like the usual badges seen as instead of a pin, this badge
has three soldered loops on the reverse to attach to (probably) a hat.
The red wool is cut to slip into the loops. Red wool appears to be period
but may have been replaced. Metal is brass that has been silver plated
(now wearing off), much like the Colt M-1849 Pocket revolvers that
had the silver over the brass hardware. The Fouth Corps was attached
to the Army of the Cumberland by the consolidation of the 20th & 21st
Army Corps. Very good condition
FDR SHEET MUSIC - 1939 CAMPAIGN - Nice piece of sheet
music, coptrighted in 1939 with the urge to have Roosevelt run for
yet a unprecedented third term (of course he was the only and will
be the only President to get four terms). Condition is good but a
little 'wear' dirt on the back cover.
BRUCE CATTON HONORARY DOCTORATE - WAYNE
STATE UNIVERSITY - Approx. 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" (when closed)"
May 15, 1959 For many of us that grew up in the 60's during the
Civil War Centennial, the Pulitzer Prize winning Bruce Catton
was darn near a household name. He is greatly responsible for
bringing the general history of the Civil War to the masses.
Catton resided in Northern Michigan and this was obtained by a
collector / dealer here in the state. It was bestowed on him from
the Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is truly a
legend in the literary field. Very good condition
SOLDIER'S PERIOD FOLDING PEWTER CUP WITH CASE-
The japanned tin case is approx. 2 3/4" in diameter and 1 1/4"
in height. The pewter cup extends to a height of approx. 3 1/4".
Many soldiers carried these with them in addition to the tin cups
they used for meals. Top section of cup has a little distortion and
the case soldering has come loose through the years but has no
real problem keeping together.
MEXICAN WAR SHEET MUSIC - SMITH'S MARCH - Approx 9
7/8" x 13 1/4" Written to General Persifor Smith - Hero of
Contreras - 1848. Smith was an officer in both the Mexican and
Seminole Wars and one time Military Governor of California.
During the Mexican War he took part in the battles of Veracruz,
Cerro Gordo, the Battles around Mexico City and received a
General's commission for the Battle of Contreras. Has been
trimmed on the spine edge causing all the pages to be detached -
otherwise in very good condition..
4th PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION
TO MAJOR - Approx. 15 1/2" x 19 1/4" on vellum. Commission
for John P. Barre of the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Promotion to
Major to rank from March 13, 1865 for "Distinguished Gallantry
During the Campaign Before Richmond, Virginia" and so stated
on the document. Unfortunately the document was exposed to
moisture which wrinkled the vellum and faded the filled in areas so
those areas are weak. Presidential seal is intact and the printed
signature of Andrew Johnson is still strong. Document was issued
May 10, 1866. Damage but still an impressive looking document.
Barre was in the 4th from August, 1862 to July, 1865 and fought in
many battles. To name a few: Antietam, Kelly's Ford, Culpepper,
Cold Harbor, Trevillian Station, Petersburg, Hatcher's Run,
Sailor's Creek and many more.
CDV - 27th ILLINOIS INFANTRY - KIA - STONES RIVER - Image of Colonel
Fazillo A. Harrington of the 27th Illinois Infantry. There is a Nashville, Tn.
photographer's stamp on the reverse. Harrington enlisted in April, 1862 and died
of wounds received at Stones River, Tn. on January 1, 1863. Image is ID'd from
an identical image in the Civil War Data Base. Good condition but light in some
CDV - CHAPLAIN - 8th NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY - Chaplain Daniel P.
Cilley of the 8th New Hampshire Infantry. Boston, Mass. photographer's back
mark. He enlisted in December, 1861 as Chaplain and mustered out in January,
1865. His jacket shows the dark shoulder strap. The 8th participated in the
battles of Bisland, La., Port Hudson, La., Baton Rouge, La., Sabine Cross
Roads, La., Alexandria, La. and numerous others. Signed in period ink on
reverse "Respects of D.P. Cilley / Chaplain 8th NH / Natchez Jan. 10, 1865".
Very good condition with trimmed corners.
AUSTIN BLAIR - WAR TIME GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN -
ANS on the Governor's letterhead stationery, dated April 14,
1864. This is a simple note from the Governor in response to a
gentleman that had asked for his autograph. Very good condition.
VERY EARLY WILLIAM T. SHERMAN - 1845 - ALS dated June
17, 1845 Fort Moultrie, SC from Lieut. William T. Sherman to
General Roger Jones, Adj. General U.S. Army. Letter subject
matter has to do with the Court-martial of T.S.J. Johnson in Key
West and others involved in embezzlement. The document is
signed twice, once at the end of the letter then once on the back as
it looks like Sherman placed the particulars on the back for filing
purposes. Jones then just dated the delivery and response.
Sherman graduated from West Point in 1840, fought in the
Seminole Wars and spent his early military career in the Carolinas
before going to California during the Mexican War. Not often do
you see an early Sherman letter. Transcription on the 'Additinal
Images' page. Very good condition.
CDV - STEPHEN DOUGLAS - Famous for his pro-slavery stance and his
debates with Abraham Lincoln. Democratic Presidential candidate running
against Lincoln. E. & H.T. Anthony, New York back mark. Has a blemish to the
right of his head which seems to be in the photographic plate and not in the CDV
itself. Very good condition.
CDV - 19th CONNECTICUT INFANTRY - KIA - Image of Luman Wadhams of
the 19th Connecticut Infantry. There is no photographer's back mark on the
reverse. Wadhams enlisted in August, 1862 and died on June 3, 1864 of wounds
received at Cold Harbor, Va. Image has a period pencil ID on reverse "Lieut.
Wadhams of Co. A / 19th Conn. Regt. 1863 / He was promoted to / Capt /
wounded at Cold Har / bor on Wednesday June 1st / Died June 1864". Good
condition but some smudging (perhaps water) on the right border.
CDV - 19th CONNECTICUT INFANTRY - KIA - Image of Elisha S. Kellogg of
the 19th Connecticut Infantry. There is no photographer's back mark on the
reverse. Kellogg enlisted in August, 1862 and was killed on June 1, 1864 at Cold
Harbor, Va. Image has a period pencil ID on reverse "Lieut. Col. Kellogg / 19th
Conn. V. 1863 / Promoted to (to) sic Col.". Very good condition.
CDV - 19th CONNECTICUT INFANTRY / 2nd CONN. HEAVY ART. - Image of
Eben L. Oakes of the 19th Connecticut Infantry / 2nd Connecticut Heavy
Artillery. There is an Alexandria, Va. photographer's back mark on the reverse.
Oakes enlisted in July, 1862 and was mustered out July, 1865. Image has a
period pencil ID on reverse "Age 21 1863 / Oben L. Oakes / Company A 2nd
C.V.A.". Nice armed shot. Very good condition.
CONFEDERATE TELEGRAPH - 28TH MISSISSIPPI CAVALRY -
Approx 4 1/4" x 8" Southern Telegraph Company message to Capt
J. Shelby (Capt. E.J. Shelby) of the 28th Mississippi Cavalry
(Mayson Dragoons). Through research I'm finding this is the only
CS Captain Shelby that works for location, name and date. It is not
dated by month, only the day, 5, 1864. From Jonesboro (GA), to
Capt Shelby and reads: "Hasten articles for exchange can do much
with cotton & salt. Speculations are forestalling us = send more
wagons" and is simply signed "Orr". More research indicates that
this would be Capt. Charles W. Orr of the 3rd Mississippi Cavalry
(killed at Atlanta July 22, 1864) which would date this telegraph to
July 5, 1864 as the 28th Miss Cav was in Fayetteville, Ga (approx. 6
miles from Jonesboro. Good condition with some light fading of the
pre-printed area on right side.
1884- JAMES G. BLAINE CAMPAIGN MEDALLION - Approx. 1" in
diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of Blaine with "JAMES
G. BLAINE" and on the reverse "REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR
PRESIDENT 1884 / BORN 1830 / IN (Relief of G. Washington) CO. /
PENNA." Overall good condition but does show wear on high reliefs.
LEE COUNTY VIRGINIA SLAVE DOCUMENT - 1815 - Approx. 7
1/2" x 12 1/4" Appears to be an assessment on the land and property
for tax purposes for a Stephen Thompson and his 353 acres land
known as 'Little Kentuck'. Mentions 2 slaves, one male and one
female. Very good condition.
WARWICK COUNTY VIRGINIA SLAVE TAX RECEIPT - 1849 -
Approx. 1 1/2" x 4 1/8" Small hand written receipt on taxes for
Martha Harwood of Warwick County, Va. Mentions 9 slaves. Very good
WARWICK COUNTY VIRGINIA SLAVE TAX RECEIPT - 1842 -
Approx. 1 1/2" x 4" Small hand written receipt on taxes for Martha
Harwood of Warwick County, Va. Mentions 9 slaves. Very good
DRAGOON - OFFICER'S - HORSTMANN BROS & ALLIEN -
Approx. 23 mm. Pre-War Dragoon with 'Horstmann Bro. &
Allien NY' rmdc back mark. Button shows wear on the high relief
points and is in VGC.
DRAGOON - OFFICER'S - HORSTMANN & SONS - Approx. 21
mm. Pre-War Dragoon with 'W.H. Horstmann & Sons Phi.'
rmdc back mark. Button shows minor wear on the high relief
points and is in VGC.
RIFLEMAN - OFFICER'S - STEELE & JOHNSON - Approx.
22+ mm. Rifleman's button with 'Steele & Johnson' back mark.
Button shows very minor wear on the high relief points and is in
DRAGOON - OFFICER'S - W.G. MINTZER - Approx. 21 mm.
Pre-War Dragoon with 'W.G. MINTZER - PHILD' rmdc back
mark. Button shows very minor wear on the high relief points and
is in VGC.
KENTUCKY STATE SEAL - HORSTMANN & ALLIEN -
Approx. 23 mm. KY1D War period 1860-65 'Horstmann & Allien
N.Y.' flat back back mark. Button shows minor wear on the high
relief points and is in VGC. Difficult to find this border state
button with a War dated back mark.
ARMY OF THE POTOMAC MEMBERSHIP RIBBON - Ribbon for the members
of the Army of the Potomac, which has seen better days (which is the reason for
the price). The ribbon itself has a stain on the bottom and has several separations
in the ribbon. Will look alright in a case. Original 'safety pin' is attached to the
back of the bow.
1860 - LINCOLN / HAMLIN REPUBLICAN TICKET - Approx. 3 3/4" X
5 3/4" - For the 1860 campaign that basically started the War (not seen
as often as the 1864 campaign tickets). Paper is solid but is a bit
'wrinkled' and does have staining or age toning as can be seen in the
PERIOD MOUTH (OR JEWS) HARP - Unusual design of a
liar on the body of this harp - two piece construction with very
visible file markings on the reed. Body is cast metal. Popular
with the soldiers in camp. These have been around for over 400
years with the first known written account in 1595 England.
Very good condition.
M-1840 CAVALRY SWORD - SPANISH FORT, AL -
Full length M-1840 Cavalry sword with a steel guard
(highly suggesting this was a product of Tiffany). It was
recovered from the Spanish Fort, Alabama area. All metal
parts are present (with exception of the wrap). Guard and
blade have a good amount of pitting on them as would be
expected but there are areas of minor pitting also. What
remains of the wood grips have been wired on.
SOUVENIR SPOON - 1902 NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT- Approx. 4 1/4" in length,
plated but doesn't appear to be a silver plate - made for the 1902 GAR National
Encampment in Washington, DC. Produced by the George E. Homer Company in
Boston. Contains the mottoes "We Drank Together from the Same Canteen" and
"Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot". Good condition.
CDV - 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - 2nd Lieut. Vivian K. Spear.
No photographer's back mark. He enlisted in August, 1862 into the 38th and
was discharged in November, 1863. He was wounded on June 14, 1863 at Port
Hudson, La. The 38th fought in both theatres of the War and participated in the
battles of Port Hudson, La., Brashear City, La., Winchester, Va., Cedar Creek,
Va. and Fisher's Hill, Va., among others. Signed in period ink on reverse "V.K.
Spear / 2nd Lieut. 38th Mass Vols". Good condition with light contrast on the
CDV - 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - Capt. J. Henry Wyman. No
photographer's back mark. He enlisted in August, 1862 into the 38th and was
discharged for disability in October, 1864. Nice shot cradling his sword in his
arms. The 38th fought in both theatres of the War and participated in the battles
of Port Hudson, La., Brashear City, La., Winchester, Va., Cedar Creek, Va. and
Fisher's Hill, Va., among others. Signed in period ink on reverse "J.H. Wyman /
Capt. Co. B / 38th M Vol". Good condition with good contrast on the image.
7TH MAINE INFANTRY - CAMP ABRAHAM LINCOLN - Two page letter
in period ink from Henry Welch of Co. F, 7th Maine Infantry written on
March 25, 1863. Welch would later be killed in action on May 12, 1864 at
Spotsylvania Court House, Va. Average letter home from camp speaking of
drilling and meals Transcription is on the 'Additional Images' link. Very
69TH NEW YORK INFANTRY (IRISH BRIGADE) - Two page letter written
December 7, 1863 in period pencil and addressed to Col. Grimshaw of the
4th Delaware Infantry from three men who had intended to enlist in the
69th NYI and were instead placed into the 39th NYI. They, as a group are
asking that this be rectified and that they be placed into the 69th. On the
back, in period ink is the message that the letter was forwarded to Gen.
Corcoran. It looks that nothing was ever done in this matter as the three
remained in the 39th. Transcription is on the 'Additional Images' link. Very
CONFEDERATE P.O.W. LETTER - 10TH VIRGINIA CAVALRY - 1 +
page letter written December 27, 1863 Wheeling, Va. in period ink from
Lieut. Daniel Greene Martz to his wife as he was being transported to Camp
Chase. He spends the majority of the short letter trying to comfort her fears
and is expecting to be exchanged soon. Martz was captured in Rockingham
County, Va on December 17, 1863 and confined in Wheeling on Dec. 20,
Camp Chase on Jan. 15, 1864, Fort Delaware on April 15, 1864 and finally
exchanged on Oct. 11, 1864 and Paroled on April 20, 1865 at New Market,
Va. Transcription is on the 'Additional Images' link. Very good condition.
STATE OF FLORIDA - 10 cent note - February 2, 1863 - No
engraver or printer. Blue 'TEN' overprint. Excellent Condition on
this desirable Florida note.
STATE OF FLORIDA - 25 cent note - February 2, 1863 - No
engraver or printer. Blue 'TWENTY-FIVE' overprint. Excellent
Condition on this desirable Florida note.
CONFEDERATE TIN DRUM CANTEEN - RECOVERED AT 2ND
MANASSAS - About 30-35 years ago when I was collecting 2nd Manassas
(Bull Run) items, I had the opportunity to purchase items that were dug by
Sydney Kerksis, author of the Belt Plate Book. Along with plates and other
items was this completely flattened CS canteen. The nice thing about his
recoveries was that he would always mark the battle and location of the
recovery. This was recovered in 1954 north of the Railroad Cut and so marked
on the tape. This same canteen (along with other items from my collection) is
also shown in the Time-Life book - "Voices of the Civil War - Second
Manassas", when they published that series. The canteen is solid, with holes
and a great relic from 2nd Bull Run.
CDV - CONFEDERATE QUAKER GUNS AT CENTREVILLE - This
shot is by Mathew Brady in 1862 of the "Fortifications on the Heights
of Centreville" and designated as No. 300 in Brady's Album Gallery.
On the front in period ink is 'Lee Rebs Wooden Guns'. These fake
cannon gave Lee extra time to evacuate the fortifications, while
making McClellan think they were stronly defended. Carte does have
several nicks on the edges.
CDV - THE SULTANA - TAKEN 19 HOURS BEFORE EXPLOSION
- Parker's City Gallery, Cairo, Ill back mark with tax stamp. This
photograph, taken while docked in Memphis just 19 hours before the
explosion that took just under 1200 lives. The Sultana was carrying
ex-POW's back from southern prisons in April, 1865. It was designed
to carry less than 400 people yet it was loaded with 2,300 Union POW's
heading home to the north. Seven miles upriver on April 27, 1865 the
Sultana would explode, killing so many that had gone through so
much to outlast the War. Image is in very good condition and rarely
seen for sale.
CDV - ELMIRA PRISON CAMP - ELMIRA, NY - Moulton & Larkin,
Elmira, NY back mark with tax stamp. This photograph, taken from
an elevated position to show over the stockade and into the camp
showing the masses of Confederate prisoners and the Union guards on
the stockade walls. The prison was only in existence from July, 1864 to
July, 1865 and housed approximately 12, 100 prisoners of which 2,970
died while in captivity, mainly from disease. It was dubbed by the
prisoners "Hellmira". Carte does have several minor issues, a nick on
the edge of the mount and a few small wrinkles on the albumen paper,
otherwise very nice.
CDV - TENNESSEE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING IN NASHVILLE -
Morse's Gallery of the Cumberland, Nashville back mark with tax
stamp. This well known photograph, taken of the Capitol Building on
the hill in Nashville, which if you have ever been there appears to be
the highest elevation in the city proper. There are similar views that
show troops and tents on the grounds but this appears to have been
taken after the troops left, as there are what looks like boxes strewn
throughout the grounds.
CDV - IDENTIFIED PLANTATION VIEW - No Photographer's back
mark. This is an image with subject matter that few have the
opportunity to obtain. They are rarely offered for sale. This is a view of
a Plantation grounds with over 50 slaves (to my count) and what looks
like perhaps 3 soldiers (one slave appears to be wearing a kepi). There
is a very faint ID in period pencil on the reverse which looks to be
either "Bucland (or Bulland) Plantation / 1864". On the 'Additional
Images' page I have experimented with contrast adjustments on the
scans to try and draw out better clarity - you may decide for yourself.
There was a well known North Carolina Plantation known as
'Buckland' but of course without something better in the image to
compare, it is tough to say for certain.