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FIRST MODEL MERRILL CARBINE - Early model
Merrill - less than 14,500 made between the two models.
This one has seen definite use, rifling is clean but worn.
Brass patch box still retains extra nipple and all brass
(butt plate, patch box, trigger guard and barrel band)
have a pleasing aged look. All markings are proper and
legible. Matching serial number is marked both on the
lock plate and the back of the breech lever. Walnut stock
has seen heavy use with nicks and dings but all are old
and aged over. Cartouche can be made out on left side of
stock but very faint. Bolster screw head is broken off but
done ages ago. According to the records it appears that
this serial number (while not a direct hit) falls within the
range of the 1st Kentucky Cavalry and appears to have
been originally issued in June, 1863 then re-issued later
after the War. New information: Can't believe I missed
this but it is so light and with the patina blends in so well
- initials and possible state on the patch box. There are 4
initials in block letters that are very clear "BBTR" on the
lower edge of the patch box (written upside down) and on
the top edge in script, which is extremely light (use of a lit
magnifying glass helps immensely) it looks to be a
definite "B R" then two nondescript letters/numbers what
looks to be "Tenn" - once again you must really look.
Perhaps some persistant research can come up with
REVOLUTIONARY WAR RECEIPT FOR ARMS - JULY 5,
1776 - Approx. 3" x 8 1/4" - DATED ONE DAY AFTER THE
SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE!!
Receipt for two "Country Arms with the Bayonets" signed by
Edward Ells who was a Captain in the Third Regiment of the
Connecticut Line. The third's general meeting was in
Middletown, Ct., and participated in the battle at Danbury,
took post at West Point, was camped at White Plains with
Washington's Main Army and served under General Heath on
the east side of the Hudson River along with later service.
These receipts are highly desirable when they mention weapons
of accouterments and when dated so close to the signing make
a real focus point in a display.
85TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - MAJOR ABIJAH J. WELLMAN - 1861
Regulations for the Army of the United States owned by Major Abijah J.
Wellman of the 85th New York Infantry. Identified in period ink inside
front cover "Liber No. 216 / A.J. Wellman / Friendship / N.Y. /
Sept./61". Looks like he identified it in his personal library. The
booksellers tag is also inside the front cover (Elmira, NY). Inside the back
covers he made notes in period pencil on forms and has notations by
company. Wellman enlisted on Nov. 19, 1861 as a Major and was
mustered out on March 24, 1863. In that time the 85th participated in the
battles of Hartford, NC, Fair Oaks, Va., Savage Station, Va., White Oak
Swamp, Va., Turkey Bend, Va. and Kinston, NC, Manual is in very good
condition with some very light stains.
GENERAL NELSON MILES RECEIVED GOLD SWORD
FROM ARIZONA TERRITORY - approx. 5 1/8" x 8 3/8"
(mount) albumen showing the ceremony in Tucson,
Arizona Territory on November 8, 1887 when the Territory
presented General Miles with a gold sword "In grateful
recognition of his distinguished services in the
subjugation and removal of the hostile Apaches under the
Blood-thirsty Geronimo". Photo is by Willis P. Haynes,
Tucson, A.T. Unfortunately the image does have some
brown spotting as can be seen in the photos - as though at
one time something had dripped on the image and stained
it. If you happen to have that sword in your collection -
this is a must.
MARYLAND BELT PLATE WITH NEW YORK G.A.R. TAG - It
doesn't get much better than this for a Maryland / Confederate
collector. The Maryland oval state seal plate alone is rare. It is
marked with the maker's name 'E. Gaylord'. The great item that
accompanies the plate is an old tag, legible but a bit tough in
spots and reads " Rebel / Belt Buckle / taken from / E. Gaylord /
Property of / Ab__ Fulkerson (?) / Wm. E. Avery / Post 438". The
William E. Avery Post 438 was located in Farmer's Village /
Interlagen, Seneca County, New York. I did find several
Fulkerson entries in the data base but none I could match.
Fulkerson comically thought that the maker Gaylord was the
name of the Rebel he obtained it from. Tag has been creased and
someone long ago placed tape on the back side to keep it intact.
The 'puppy paw' plate is absolutely gorgeous, amazing detail and
very little wear only on the high relief areas. There are a few nicks
along the edge.
38TH VIRGINIA INFANTRY - KILLED AT PICKETT'S CHARGE -
GETTYSBURG - Confederate Treasury Department document on
thin pink paper for a claim for back pay made by the widow of John
B. Gregory, Company B, 38th Virginia Infantry. Records show that
Gregory was killed on July 3, 1863 (date also shown on the
document) during Pickett's Charge on the 3rd day at Gettysburg.
The 38th was part of Armistead's Brigade and was on the extreme
left of the Brigade during the charge. Armistead himself and men of
the 38th did make it to the stone wall at the Angle. More than 55%
of the 38th Virginia were disabled at the Battle of Gettysburg. This
document was dated April 1, 1865, just 8 days before Lee's surrender
so Gregory's wife probably never saw any compensation for his pay.
Document is in good condition but as can be seen in the photos,
some of the ink where filled in is light.
24TH MICHIGAN - IRON BRIGADE ID PIN - Approx. 1" in width
and 1 1/8" in height. Silver shield pin belonging to Demain
Wheelhouse of the 24th Michigan. Wheelhouse enlisted in Company
E of the 24th on August 13, 1862 in Detroit at the age of 36. He was
promoted to Corporal on February 13, 1863 and Principal Musician
on July 1, 1863, The first day at Gettysburg when the 24th took very
heavy losses. He died of disease at Rappahannock Station, Va on
November 30, 1863. The badge has the remains of a T-bar pin
(which had been broken) and had been cleaned many years ago but
now has a pleasing silver color. Found in mid-Michigan. Very
desirable Regiment and Brigade.
GETTYSBURG BULLSEYE CANTEEN - Interesting story . . .
about a month ago I went to an auction as there were enough items
of interest, including a bullseye canteen with a tag on it that
identified it as a Gettysburg pickup. I never place much faith in
these modern tags without some sort of other verification. I bought
it for stock, get it home and hear something with a dull thud type of
rattling, tried to look in it with a flashlight and saw what I thought
was a rolled up, mummified dead mouse - great, have to find a way
to get it out. Today, finally I go outside with a long pair of needle
nose pliers and over the garbage can try to pull this thing out. Low
and behold it isn't a dead mouse but a paper rolled up like a cigar,
all dry and falling apart as I tried to gently get it out without
sustaining any more damage. No name of ownership as I had hoped
but a sale broadside from a store in downtown Gettysburg. Paper
looks to be from perhaps 1930-50 (?). I carefully unrolled it and
used an iron to flatten it out as best I could then placed it in plastic
sleeves. This gives me a heck of a lot more for believing the modern
tag. That story done, now to get to the canteen. It is a bullseye
without a cover but does retain the original strap which looks to
have been broken and knotted back together. I searched for any ID
on the strap but found none. Does have a few stains that resemble
old blood but don't read too much into that, it would have to be
tested. Not too rusted but has a large dent on one side and the spout
has been mangled a bit too. There are several initials carved into the
spout but no makers markings.
MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT CAPT. DANIEL DAVIS
WHEELER - 4TH VERMONT INF.- Signed document dated
October 11, 1864 as Asst. Provost Marshal, 18th Army Corps
concerning 3 men of the 11th Connecticut Infantry that were
confined. Wheeler was awarded the Medal of Honor for
Distinguished Gallantry in Battle at Salem Heights, Va. May 3,
1863 where he was wounded and had a horse shot out from under
him. Afterwards on June 30, 1864 he was commissioned into the
US Volunteer Adjutant General Department in the 18th Army
Corps where he worked in the Provost Department. The document
is signed as Captain & Asst. Provost Marshal, 18th AC.
LAFAYETTE - TOUR OF US BUTTON - Approx. 20 mm.
Leavenworth, Hayden & Scovill - 1 piece button with shank.
Recovered in Northern Virginia this button was made to
commemorate the visit of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de
Lafayette in 1824-5. It was his first visit to the US since the War.
1814 GOVERNMENT PAMPHLET CONCERNING THE
PEACE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE US AND GREAT
BRITAIN - Approx. 6 1/4" x 9 1/4" - 28 pages. This was
printed by President Madison and referred to the Committee of
Foreign Relations with dialog on the negotiations for a treaty
of peace to end the War of 1812. This is an uncut copy,
meaning that the pages are not even on the unbound edge and
also the tops of the pages are still attached and uncut to
separate them fully. Concerning the fact that it is over 200
years old it is in very good condition.
ENCASED POSTAGE STAMP - Ayer's Sarsaparilla - To Purify
The Blood ad on reverse. In 1862 coinage was being hoarded and
with worry that there may be an issue, John Gault came up with an
idea and received a patent to make these stamp holders that could be
used as us coin determined by the price of the stamp it contained
with a thin sheet of mica protecting the stamp. This example
contains a 10 cent US stamp. The case is marked with the above
mentioned ad and is also embossed with "Pat. Aug 12, 1862 / J.
Gault". Case still retains the original mica though be it cracked as
can be seen in the images.
2ND VERMONT INFANTRY ID TAG - ID tag made from an 1838
large cent owned by Edger Barber of the 2nd Vermont Infantry.
Barber, from Richmond, Vt., enlisted into the 2nd as a Private on May
7, 1861, about 3 weeks after the surrender of Fort Sumter. He
re-enlisted on Jan. 21, 1864 and was mustered out on July 15, 1865.
He was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant in 1865. The ID tag reads:
"Edgar Barber / Co. G / 2D Regt / VT / Vols / Richmond". The 2nd
was a hard fought regiment recording at least 72 engagements
including 1st Bull Run, Savage's Station, Antietam, Fredericksburg,
Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna River,
Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Fort Stedman and
Appomattox Court House. Tag has a lot of wear and has a pleasing
dark brown patina.
COLLECTION OF 1886 BATTLEFIELD PICKUPS FROM A
MAINE SOLDIER VISITING THE FIELD - BULL RUN - The
information that came with these is that they were picked up by
a former Maine soldier visiting the battlefields of Manassas.
Each of the 6 pieces has a tag explaining what they are and the
pick-up date of July 26, 1886 as well as where on the field they
were found. Included are a wood artillery sabot, 2 pices of
cartridge box tins, one .58 cal. bullet, one bullet (identified as
'probably Confederate') but looks to be more of a carbine
bullet, a flattened musket ball (which does not quite resembles
a bullet (at least not to me) and a small chip of wood from the
bedstead of Mrs. Henry's bed (who died in the First Bull Run
battle). All are in relatively good condition which would make
sense as they were recovered only 24 years after the battle.
Rarely are relics found with these old tags on them from so
soon after the War.
COVER - U.S. CHRISTIAN COMMISSION - NEW YORK BRANCH
- Envelope that was meant for soldier's letters for mailing home.
This was addressed to a Mrs. Wiser in Coldwater, Michigan and
postmarked Richmond, Va July 17 (no year). This particular cover
was from the New York Branch of the U.S. Christian Commission.
By the date I would guess that this was sent in 1865 by a member of
occupying troops in Richmond. Right edge ripped open from
WAR OF 1812 - 1814 AGREEMENT PAYING FOR
SUBSTITUTE- Approx. 8" x 8 3/4" - Memorandum dated
November 11, 1814, drawn up between two men. One paying
the other $30. for six months in the Militia as a substitute. No
state is named. Good condition.
AMBULANCE CORPS RELATED POST SCRIPT - This is a post-script
from a letter (unfortunately not available) dated July 16, 1863 from a
gentleman I could not track down, asking the recipient to give his
regards to all those in the Ambulance Department of their Brigade.
Looks like from a comment at the end mentioning Potomac &
Warrington, Va. that it may be from the Army of the Potomac.
ILLINOIS BROADSIDE LEAFLET PROCLAIMING
THANKSGIVING DAY 1862 - Approx. 7 15/16" x 9 7/8"
Proclamation from Illinois Governor Richard Yates making
Thursday, November 27th, 1862 a day of Thanksgiving to
"acknowledge the manifestations of God's enduring mercy and
loving kindness". He goes on to mention the State's soldiers and
their patriotism and contributions to the War effort. Some folds and
minor separation at some folds.
LINCOLN RELATED COURT JUDGEMENT FOR COLE'S
COUNTY, ILLINOIS- Approx. 7 7/8" x" x 12 1/2" Printed Illinois
Supreme Court ruling - January Term 1859, for a case originating
in 1857 concerning a lawsuit in which the type setter mistakenly set
the type for the Attorneys for the Plaintiff as "Logan & Lincoln".
Lincoln was then crossed out and the name of Linder was written
in. Logan of course was Lincoln's law partner in the 1840's,
Lincoln continued practicing law in Cole's County for a time early
in the 1850's and Linder was a good friend of Lincoln also. An
interesting document referencing Lincoln's law career.
TWO SOLDIER'S SKETCHES - CEDAR RUN - Approx. 5 1/2" x
12" sheet with a smaller sheet glued to it containing two pencil
sketches done by a C.B. Harvey presented to Mrs. Mary F. Harvey.
The first he has titled "Scene in the Army of the Potomac - Taking
Supper", and the second "Ruins of the RR Bridge over Cedar Run
on the Orange & Alex. RR near Warrenton Junction, Va". Doesn't
appear the artist had any formal training what-so-ever but is his
portrayal of life & events. Some water staining on mounted sheet
near presentation at top.
WAR OF 1812 - U.S. ISSUE WOOD DRUM CANTEEN-
Approx. 7 1/4" Dia. x 2 1/2" Wide - Standard US canteen from
the War of 1812. Most of these you see have been painted over
with an M.S. but this is the original U.S. reddish painted,
marked with the maker's stamp "JR' on the reverse side and
also personalized by the owner with a carved 'E+B' near the
hole. Canteen is very solid but does have a few issues. The old
strap loops were removed (originals were short and normally
mounted near the middle of the width) and a more lacquer
type finish is over those areas - probably to seal the nail holes
of the removed straps. Wear can be seen in the middle of the
canteen in these areas from the original strap wear. New strap
bands were added from old leather and personally if I were
keeping this I would remove those strap bands. Still a good
sound example of the more desirable US marked 1812 canteen.
INDIAN RELATED SONGSHEET - THE INDIAN WARRIOR'S GRAVE /
INDIAN HUNTER - (6 1/4" X 9 3/4") c-1860-70 Printed by Andrew's, NY.
A somewhat sympathetic verse of the American Indian. The first poem
verse, 'The Indian Warrior's Grave' relates to the struggles of the Indian
Warrior against his 'pale foe'. The second verse ' Indian Hunter' has the
Indian asking why the white man follows his path, hunts his lands and
CDV - CONFEDERATE GENERAL JOHN BELL HOOD - No photographer's
back mark. Hood was involved in many of the major battles during the War;
Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg (severely wounded in
arm), Chickamauga (lost leg), Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Franklin, Nashville
among others. Led the famed Hood's Texas Brigade. Good condition, has some
scuffing on mount under the albumen paper.
CIVIL WAR CAP BOX - Sproulles, Meeker & Co., NY maker.
Sound box, missing one of the ears, most of the finish intact but
cracked leather as can be seen in photos. No wool or pick but does
have the wool attachment strip.
CIVIL WAR CAP BOX - S.N. Young, Newark, NJ maker also has
US Sub Inspector's stamp R.L. White. Good sound cap box that still
has the wool or pick (many times boxes will be missing the wool).
Most of the finish still intact but some is worn down from use
especially on the strap and outer edges of the outer flap.
MARCH, 1938 LETTER - MAYHEM IN EUROPE - First hand
account of an American traveler in Austria writing of armored cars
in the streets and the border crossings closing to Jews. Interesting
letter. Full transcript in 'Additional Images' page.
GAR STAMPED HAT BADGE - NEVER USED - Two piece
construction and with the pointed prongs (that were bent to go
through the hat) never bent, this one was not used. Good
REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD CARTRIDGE BOX -
Approx. 11" Long x 2 1/2" Wide and on the original belt that
is approx. 3" in height. Leather is very dry and top flap is
present but a bit ragged & detached. Wood block has 24 drilled
holes for cartridges. Outer side of the box has a tooled design
along with tacks. On the back side of the box where it is
attached to the belt, the leather has pulled away a bit from the
wood block as can be seen in the photos. Not pristine by any
stretch but a good honest piece. Could use some TLC and
POST WAR TEXAS OATH OF ALLEGIANCE - A United States Oath for a
citizen, Seaborn Jones, of Carthage, Panola County, Texas. The oath was
meant to enable citizens of the rebellious states the right to vote and
participate in government functions. It attests that the signer did not take
arms against the United States and did not support or aid in rebellious
forces. Takes and signed in 1867.
TEXAS SLAVE BILL OF SALE - 1859 - Bill of sale from Panola
County, Texas in exchange for $100 the one eighth interest of
ownership in a negro boy Joshua. This is the same slave as in SD-25
listed for another one eighth share. Don't often see slave documents
from Texas. Very good condition.
TEXAS SLAVE BILL OF SALE - 1859 - Bill of sale from Panola
County, Texas in exchange for $100 the one eighth interest of
ownership in a negro boy Joshua. This is the same slave as in SD-24
listed for another one eighth share. Don't often see slave documents
from Texas. Very good condition.
CDV - NAVAL ACADEMY - JAMES KELSEY COGSWELL - US Naval
Academy Photographer's B/M of Chase & Bachrach. Cogswell was from
Wisconsin, a Midshipman September, 1863 and graduated in 1868. Became an
Ensign in 1869, Master in 1870 and Lieutenant in 1874. Signed in period ink on
front "Jas. K. Cogswell / Wisconsin". Fading to image.
CDV - NAVAL ACADEMY - EDWARD K. MOORE - US Naval Academy
Photographer's B/M of Chase & Bachrach. Cogswell was from Ohio, a
Midshipman October, 1864 and graduated in 1868. Became a Lieutenant in
1873. Signed in period ink on front " E.K. Moore / Ohio". Fading to image.
CDV - RIVERBOAT SCENE - No Photographer's B/M. Unknown
location post-War image showing steamboat at dock in what appears to
be a more remote docking location than in the middle of a town or
busier area with only a few buildings in the area but does show other
sailboats in the water.
CDV - JEFF DAVIS - PRESIDENT - CHARLESTON, SC - One of the more
interesting CDVs that I've seen lately. Image of Jefferson Davis on a seal type
setting - looks to have been made for mass production though I've never seen
another. Davis is surrounded by stars and surrounding that is written, "The Right
Man, In The Right Place / Our First President". The photographer's back mark
is "Quinby & Co. / Charleston, SC". The bottom has been trimmed off and there
is some staining as can be seen in the 'Additional Images' link. Contrast is a bit
light. Condition isn't there but the content is.
GWYN & CAMPBELL TYPE 1 CARBINE - Only
approximately 8,500 of these were made during the
mid-War years. This is the Type 1, or 'grapevine' carbine
with the more elaborately curved lever and hammer.
Lockplate is marked: "Gwyn & Campbell / Patent / 1862
/ Hamilton, O". Also on the frame is marked "Union /
Rifle". All metal has a brown patina (some pitting on the
top left portion of the round portion of the barrel where
the octagon area stops and a small amount on the butt
plate. Long range sight is missing the slide. The wood has
a pleasing look but on the bottom of the stock has a few
'fresh' scrapes that could be touched up. Not really too
many of these left around.
PENNSYLVANIA GAR POST ADJUTANT'S BRIEFCASE WITH
104 GAR DOCUMENTS - Canvas covered briefcase
(approximately 11 3/4" x 16" x 5 1/2"), painted on the side
"Bradbury Post / No. 143 / G.A.R. / Media, Pa. / Adjutant".
Inside are 104 GAR national and state level GAR documents
(mainly General Orders and circulars). Case has seen better days,
canvas is stained, missing the handle, key is present and stuck in
the keyhole but latch works fine. The 104 documents (dating
from 1887-1903) are in good condition, some folded but intact.
For that GAR collector (especially a Pennsylvania collector) this
would look great in a display.
1900 - WILLIAM McKINLEY CAMPAIGN RIBBON - Approx. 1 3/4" X 5" - For the
1900 campaign and of course a year before McKinley's assassination. Ribbon has a
few weak areas on top where the pin would have been, separating as can be seen in
THEODORE ROOSEVELT CAMPAIGN STICK PIN - Approx. 1/2" in
diameter making for a very small medallion as can be seen in photo next to
a penny. Front has a relief of Roosevelt with 'Theodore Roosevelt' along the
rim and the reverse side has the Lord's Prayer. Pin shows evidence of use by
the slight bends.
FUNERAL ORATION FOR ABRAHAM LINCOLN - COOPER
INSTITUTE - 1865 New York - wraps 28 pages - Approx. 5 3/4" x
9". This was the oration given by Emma Hardinge on April 16,
1865 (given very short notice) at Cooper Institute, New York. It was
at Cooper Institute in 1860 where Lincoln had the famous Cooper
Institute photographs taken (these can be seen in the 'Images'
category - while still available). It was said that these photographs
helped to gain Lincoln the election. Completely intact, with the
exception of normal wear and scuffing / dirt item is in fairly good
21ST OHIO INFANTRY LETTER & GROUPING - CUTTING
OFF HEADS AT CHICKAMAUGA - Letter written by John
Bookman Zarbaugh (misspelled in data base as Zoebaugh) on
December 16, 1863 to his mother and father-in-law. He writes a
very gloomy letter about his thoughts of making it back alive (and
no doubt with the battles the 21st took part in). He also writes of
the rebels leaving the Union dead - unburied on the fields of
Chickamauga, some having their heads cut off and placed on
poles. Letter has some separation at the folds but is still in one
piece. Transcript on 'Additional Images' link. Along with this
letter is Zarbaugh's traveling rosewood inkwell (this type very
popular with the soldiers) with his initials (JZ) carved in the side.
There is a crack in the lid of the inkwell. A large post-War
photograph of Zarbaugh and his family with a Ithaca, Mich.
photographer's stamp (he had moved to Ithaca after the War). It
appears he is wearing a GAR lapel pin on his jacket. A small
German (?) book printed in 1816. A 1905 diary given by
Zarbaugh to his daughter Ella Stahl - appears to have been
written by Zarbough then given to his daughter - he wrote about
the "Slave Holder's Motto Before the War" - a four line poem
near the end. A 1902 diary by Zarbaugh where he mentions going
to the Post and getting his badge (GAR). Includes other minor
MUSICIAN'S SKETCH OF SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN,
MARYLAND - Approx. 5" x 8" pencil sketch dated Dec. 9, 1862
showing the signal station on top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, 6 miles
west of Frederick City, Maryland. On the opposite side of the
drawing is the description stating it was 6 miles from Camp Hooker
and describes the image showing the Urbana Main Road. It is signed
by who appears to be a C.B. Hanny(?) and identifies himself as a
musician of Co. D 14th M Inf. - I was unable to find anyone that I
could relate the signature to. The paper has folds and stains.
C-1820-30 SINGLE KEY FLUTE WITH ORIGINAL BOX -
Approx. 23 1/2 " in length when together - completely
unmarked and possibly made of boxwood or maple. The
flute is in three sections with one single brass key, large
holes (typical of the period). The mouthpiece section does
have several cracks that have a period repair at the joint. The
box is a period style pressed paper board with a brown paper
cover. A label area on top has a period ink name "D.
Hoete", not sure if this is a maker. I tried searching the
name with negative results. There is also another name on
the top right corner "John / McClain", also in period ink.
The box measures approx. 3 3/4" x 9 5/8" x 1 1/2" and is
very much intact. It has one corner on the lid where
someone placed a small piece of scotch tape to perhaps hold
down a bit of loose paper covering.
SMALL CIVIL WAR ERA ACCORDION WITH ORIGINAL
BOX - this is without a doubt the most beautiful Civil War
period accordion I have ever seen. The maker, C.C. Keene of
San Francisco turns out was a well respected maker. Didn't
find much on him searching the internet but did come
across an endorsement. The Mechanics Institute in 1864
reported "The Flutinas and accordions manufactured and
exhibited by C.C. Keene are superior to any we have ever
seen, and he is justly entitled to the first premium for the
State of California". In 1865, the Institute reported
"Accordions of California manufacture, exhibited by C.C.
Keene, San Francisco. These instruments were
manufactured by himself and were superior to the imported.
Award - First Premium". With bellows contracted the
instrument measures approximately 4 3/4" x 13" x 6 5/8",
the bellows still work well and do create a decent sound and
have a beautiful design. The keys are mother of pearl. The
wood, mahogany (a guess) is well finished. Keene's label is
on the bellows and there is also what looks to be a Paris
makers stamp in the wood so not sure if Keene imported
certain materials. The period box, assumed to have been
made for the instrument is somewhat crude with a hinged,
domed top and completely unfinished which really doesn't
seem to make sense for the quality of the accordion..
OFFICIAL ROSTER - SOLDIERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
BURIED IN OHIO - 1929 Columbus, Oh. - 445 pages. Book in great
condition, gives the names of the Revolutionary War soldiers along with such
information as when they enlisted, when discharged, what command they
served under, battles they fought in and where they are buried. Fantastic
14 CIRCA 1880'S ALBUMEN PHOTOS OF EL PASO,
TEXAS AND JUAREZ, MEXICO - these have been mounted
on 4 sheets of 10 1/8" x 13 3/4" light period board (looks as
though they were part of more in an album). These are actual
albumen images and most images are about 4 1/4" x 6 3/4"
but do vary (the distance views are a bit smaller). Some have
pencil ID's, some do not. One is dated 1882 and I would suspect
they are all of the same period. Better views in 'Additional
Images'. When looking at them with a glass they are very clear
considering the distance some were taken. Ten are of El Paso
and four are of Juarez. There are 3 others are undetermined or
misc (17 total). Images of El Paso include 3 distance overall
views, El Paso Street & Overland Street, The Times Building &
Post Office, Interior of Episcopal Church, Southern pacific
Train Depot, El Paso Street at the Piazza of Central Hotel, the
Davis Block and San Antonio Street. Paso del Norte (Juarez)
include: Plaza, Church of Guadalupe, interior of the same
church and a scene at the time of Feast - dated Dec. & Jan.,
1882. All of the images are in very good condition (with some
variation of contrast in the photography). The boards they are
mounted to are fragile and do show chips and cracks as some
can be seen in the overall mounted views. Great Texas
1860's GOODYEAR PATENT VULCANIZED RUBBER
(GUTTA PERCHA) SOLED CAVALRY PATERNED
BOOTS - Rare boots in spectacular condition! Goodyear,
who had patented the vulcanized rubber process in 1851
was using his discovery on all kinds of items. An entire
book has been written on it. One of the ideas born from
this hard rubber was to make boots with the hard rubber
soles. From what I have been reading in the book on gutta
percha, Goodyear had worked out a way to sew the leather
to the hard rubber and came up with the idea of the boots.
How he ever thought this would work I don't know (and
may have been partly responsible for his poverty later in
life). For anyone familiar with the vulcanized rubber, you
know it's rather fragile. I'm sure that a century's worth of
time has helped a lot for that. But you would have to
believe that even freshly made they would have little
'give'. They are tall and surprisingly thin, measuring
approx. 20" from sole to top (15" from sole to top of the
back), 11" from toe to heel and 3 1/4" in width. The top
looks to be a thin rubber or tarred layer over material,
soles are hard rubber that look to be perhaps 3/16" thick
(viewed from one cracked area at the toe of one boot).
Pull straps are mounted on the inside of the boot
(consistent with Civil War boots). There is an eagle &
makers logo molded into the bottom of each boot. Can't
really make out if the logo is Goodyears or perhaps
another manufacturer. Overall condition is very good
especially considering the rarity. The complaints with
these boots were that in the winter the cold made them
crack and in the summer the soles melted - not good
qualities for a boot. One boot had a hole in it that has
been filled with a cork as can be seen in the photos.
SILVER 7TH CORPS BADGE - Approx. 15/16" in diameter, made
from a thin gauge silver and meant to be suspended either by an eagle
type pin or chain. Definitely looks to have been made by a jeweler and
not a sutler's type of ware. Has the initials MD engraved. There is a
nice view of General J.J. Reynolds, commander of the 7th Corps
wearing a similar badge but as a pin, not a suspended style.
CIVIL WAR BELT PLATE - LEATHER BELT REMNANTS STILL
IN HOOKS - Dug plate recovered outside of Richmond in the
1970's. Nice chocolate brown patina, lead on reverse chipped away
in spots but still has leather from the belt stuck under each of the
arrows and keeper loop. This would mean that the belt was still
engaged with the plate when it hit the ground. the plate looks to
have been struck with a shovel during the excavation causing a light
crease above the 'S'.
CONFEDERATE VETERAN REUNION BIBLE - Small Book of
Revelations handed out by the Bible Society of Virginia at the 1932
Richmond, Va. Confederate Reunion (approx. 3" x 4 1/2"). Cover has
a water stain, otherwise in good condition.
20TH NEW YORK CAVALRY - WRITES ON THE 2ND U.S.
COLORED CAVALRY - Letter written on March 15, 1864 by Frederick
Klice (Klise in Data Base) of the 20th New York Cavalry. He writes
about the skirmish near Suffolk, Virginia on 3/5/64 and the conduct
and fighting efficiency of the 2nd U.S. Colored Cavalry. Letter is
written in red ink with several ink blotches but otherwise in good
condition. Transcript is on 'Additional Images' link.
USS TUG 'THISTLE' - MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLEET- Letter written
on March 22, 1864 by the Capt. Robert J. Eltringham to his sister and
tells her of the operations they are about to take against the
Confederate boats up the Red River and of the Confederate forts they
have already taken. Letter is written in brown ink and has some
separation at several of the folds but not completely separated.
Transcript is on 'Additional Images' link.
CDV - VETERAN RESERVE CORPS -(82ND NYI) - POW - Private John Miller
originally enlisted in the 82nd New York Infantry in April, 1864. He was taken
prisoner at Weldon Railroad on June 22, 1864 and he was transferred to the 59th
NYI on July 10, 1864 (though still a POW at the time). On January 28, 1865 he
was transferred to the 1st Battalion of the VRC and discharged for disability in
September, 1865. No Photographer's B/M. CDV has a crease from the top to
along the left side of the head and contrast is light. Period ink inscription on
reverse: "John Miller / Co. G. 1st Regt. / V.R.C. / Washington, D.C.".
CDV - 10th, 37th & 20th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - Sergeant Otis
B. Wood enlisted in June, 1861 as a Pvt. in the 10th Mass. Inf. He re-enlisted in
Dec., 1863 and in June, 1864, transferred into the 37th Mass. Inf. In June, 1865
he was transferred into the 20th Mass. for discharge in July. He would eventually
rise to the rank of 1st Lieutenant in June, 1865. As a member of the 10th
Massachusetts he was wounded in the shoulder at the battle of Salem Heights,
Va. on May 3, 1863. Period ink inscription on reverse: "O.B. Wood Sergt. Co. H
/ 10th Mass". Carte is in good condition.
CDV - 4th, 15th MICH. INF., 11th MICH. CAVALRY & 6TH USCT CAVALRY -
POW - Adna H. Bowen enlisted as a Corporal in the 4th Michigan Infantry in
June, 1861. He was discharged for promotion in January, 1862 into the 15th
Michigan Infantry. While a member of the 15th, on September 15, 1862 he was
taken prisoner at a place not mentioned and paroled one month later. He
resigned in March, 1863, later, in October, 1863 rejoining and given a promotion
into the 11th Michigan Cavalry where he was again in October, 1864 discharged
for promotion into the 6th USCT Cavalry. It is in this rank as Lt. Col. the image
was taken. Period ink inscription on front: "A.H. Bowen / Bvt. Lt. Col.". Carte is
in good condition.
CDV - 1st MICH. INF. & 44th ILLINOIS INFANTRY- Samuel Newell Androus
enlisted into the 1st Michigan Infantry in May, 1861 for 3 month's service as a
Sergeant mustering out in August, 1861. One month later he was commissioned
into the 44th Illinois Infantry where he rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant and
mustering out in June, 1863. Period ink inscription on front: "Yours, / Sam N.
Androus". Carte is in good condition. Louisville, Ky. photographer's B/M.
CDV - 149th NEW YORK INFANTRY- Thomas Gaffney enlisted into the 149th
New York Infantry on April 24, 1863 as a 1st Lieutenant. He would rise to the
rank of Captain before being discharged on June 3, 1865. While in the 149th,
the regiment fought in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wauhatchie,
Ringgold, Ga., Lookout Mountain, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Dallas, New Hope
Church, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Savannah, Averysboro,
NC, Goldsboro, NC and others. The 149th was one of the premier units from the
State of New York. Period ink inscription on reverse: "Yours Truly / Thomas
Gaffney / 1st Lt 149 NY Vols". Carte is in good condition but is a bit out of
focus. Corps badge on hat. Nashville, Tn. photographer's B/M.
A MANUAL OF NAVAL TACTICS - 1859 - 1859 New York - 209 pages
by James H. Ward, Commander USN. Includes tactics plus 'brief critical
analysis of the principle modern naval battles. Manual has a nameplate
inside front cover of the Bureau of Navigation - Navy Department along
with the Bureau's stamp on the title page. Cover has U.S. Navy title,
binding is still somewhat tight but there is some damage to the front
cover hinge (not in any danger of coming loose). Rest of the book is in
good condition. A pre-War manual that is not seen often.
LARGE 21 STAR EXCLUSIONARY GRAND LUMINARY
CIVIL WAR FLAG - Flag is dated 1861 very faintly on the
lower white stripe on the reverse side with other writing. This
massive 65" x 134" (5.4' x 11.1') is impressive. These
exclusionary flags in the grand luminary pattern of a large
star surrounding a single large star are considered among
the rarest of Civil War flags. This flag also has the white
stripes on top and bottom (not often seen). Early, just after
secession many in the Northern States felt that the South
had abandoned the Union and a few made 'exclusionary'
flags. These varied based on the view of the maker. Some
from Illinois (as Illinois was the 21st State) took the total
number of states (34) and subtracted the seceeded states and
the border states coming up with the total of 21 and made
flags to suit. This flag is made of cotton with painted stars
on both sides (a common practice of the time). The stripes
of the flag for the most part are solid with several repairs
that have been made (patches or extra red sewn on the back
side for strength. The real issue is the canton. With the
painted stars hardening over time and the improper storage
of the flag, the stars have cracked (along with them the
material) having major damage to two of them. All hand
sewn, a hoist rope sewn on the hoist and small rope sewn
into the outer edge around the stripes. The two strikes
against this rare flag is the condition of the canton and the
size. Will need restoration.
UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERAN 1875 - Approx. 23mm
diameter. Tin back with backmark - 'Goodwin's Pat. July 27,
1875' on reverse, some parts barely legible but otherwise in good
UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERAN OFFICER'S - Approx.
23mm diameter. Backmark - 'Waterbury Co's. / Waterbury,
Conn.' on reverse These are known to have been made c-1920's
and replicate the original Confederate Army Officer's button
(CS5-12 style). Very worn, good condition.
AMES 1864 PATENT MESS KIT - One of the rarest, if not
THE rarest knife, fork, spoon mess kits of the Civil War.
These are nearly impossible to obtain and aren't even listed
in the Civil War price guides. I have never seen another
myself. Made of cast steel (maybe one of the reasons of
survival) the knife and spoon are one piece that interlock for
storage with the fork. Both pieces are marked "Ames Patent
/ Sep 17, 1864 / Cast Steel". Fork markings are not as clear
as the knife. There is something (perhaps an ID on the top
edge of the knife but it is just too scratched up and the
markings are not deep enough to clearly make out. To
unhook the set, you lift up on the handle of the fork Pegged
into a hole in the wood of the knife handle) then slide the
pin through the slot to the hole (same type of slot set up as is
on the regular mess kits).
FULL DECK OF PATRIOTIC PLAYING CARDS - DATED
1864 - Full deck of 52 patriotic playing cards made by the
American Card Company which has the original (partial)
box that still retains the revenue tax stamps, one of which is
cancelled with the date of February, 1864. I think the cards
saw as much use as any weapon during the War as they are
well worn, some to the point of barely making out the card
number & suit and two of the cards have sewn repairs -
actually sewn with thread. The suits were Stars, Shields,
Flags and Eagles (which must have been the 'Spades' as the
title card is the 1 of Eagles). Soldiers played cards during
their spare time in camp to ease the boredom and anxiety
when not on the march, doing normal camp chores or
preparing for battle. This deck was used a lot!
31ST MICHIGAN INFANTRY REAL PHOTO POSTCARDS (11) - A
nice group of eleven real photo postcards of the 31st Michigan
Infantry, Company H during the Span-Am War. photos show the
camps, transportation, mess and play (with the blanket toss). One
image with a group of the men shows three of them wearing Co. H /
31st Mich sweat shirts. On the paddle wheel boat with a glass you can
see the soldiers on deck. Some of the cards have light contrast but all
are in good condition and all are unused. The 31st Michigan Infantry
did make it to Cuba but not much going after that.
C-1850-60's CIVILIAN VEST WITH PERIOD STAFF
OFFICERS BUTTONS - Mid -1800's civilian small size
vest, 3 pocket (typical of 1850-60's vests), polished cotton
back and beautiful pattern front, period unmarked
tightening buckle on the straps on the back, 6 button
which are all period military staff buttons "D. Evans &
Co. * Extra *" cuff or vest size (15mm). All the buttons
have the same back mark but some have different die
patterns on front and the back marks. My thought is these
buttons were added at a later period. The vest is common
to those used for formal wear. There are several stained
areas which can be seen on the 'Additional Images' link.
CDV - THE TRENT AFFAIR - CAPT. CHARLES WILKES - Among the many
accomplishments of Captain Charles Wilkes (which included the discovery of the
Antarctic continent - actual land mass in 1840 and commanding the Potomac
River Flotilla), he was also the Captain of the USS San Jacinto which was the
ship that nearly incited a War between Great Britain and the United States when
on November 8, 1861 it stopped the British mail packet Trent several hundred
miles off the coast of Cuba which carried the Confederate commissioners James
Mason and John Slidell. The San Jacinto fired warning shots, boarded the Trent
and took Mason & Slidell prisoners. Photo was taken by Charles Fredrick in New
York and dated 1861.
CDV - BRADY PHOTOGRAPH OF MAJOR GENERAL U.S. GRANT - Great
3/4 view of General Grant that is not often seen. Taken by the premier
photographer Mathew Brady (the reverse showing the earlier Brady back mark).
In this view Grant is shown with a nicely tailored frock coat. A choice image!!
CDV - 1865 BRADY PHOTOGRAPH OF PRESIDENT ANDREW JOHNSON -
If there was a reason Brady was considered a premier photographer, this CDV
shows why. Taken after the assassination of Lincoln, this image is about as
striking as they come, clear and stoic in pose. Later Brady back mark on reverse
and the speckled gold border and Brady / Washington print on obverse. A
CDV - 1863 BRADY PHOTOGRAPH OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN -
Extremely nice and desirable carte of Abraham Lincoln in 1863 with the early
Brady back mark on reverse. It's been a long time since I've had a Brady Lincoln
- Not Anthony from Brady, but an actual Brady! They don't pop up every day!
Heritage Auctions in August of 2018 sold this same view with the same early
back mark for $2500. - The buyer then placed it up for bids and has a high bid
of $3000 right now for it. Looking at that one Heritage has and this one, I think
this one is the better of the two. Looks like the two were taken from different
sections of the plate (a CDV camera often had 4 lenses placing 4 images on the
wet plate. With this process each of the four had just a ever so slightly different
angle on the plate but just enough to tell if you study it). A screamer Lincoln
MICHIGAN STATE SEAL - MG1A - Silver plated - Approx.
23mm diameter. Back mark of Cullen Brown - Detroit with 6
stars surrounding the shank. Very difficult to find this early
MG1A button and Cullen Brown was the only maker. Easily
distinguished from the normally seen MG4's by the narrow shield.
Silver plating is dark and worn in places. The photos don't come
out well on the face due to all the lines across the entire back
round of the shield. Small dent in the rim as can be seen.
CDV - 144TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - JOHN A. COULTER - Standing view
of John A. Coulter of the 144th New York Infantry Coulter enlisted in August,
1862 and attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant before mustering out in June,
1865. Image is ID'd on reverse in very light period ink as "Your Friend / John A.
Coulter / Lieut. 144th NYI". Image has an Elmira, NY photographer's back
mark. There are a few chips in the albumen paper (as can be seen in the
'Additional Images' link and also has a 'wrinkling' in the mount and albumen
paper on the bottom 1/3 of the image where it looks like someone may have tried
getting the tax stamp off. The 144th spent nearly the entire War in the Virginia
and South Carolina.
TINTYPE IN CDV MOUNT - 28TH KENTUCKY INFANTRY - JOHN FOOS -
WIA - Gem size tintype in a CDV mount of John Foos, 28th Kentucky Infantry.
Foos enlisted in April, 1862 and no date is given for mustering out. Foos was
wounded in action on June 27, 1864 at Kennesaw Mountain, afterwards being
hospitalized in Louisville, Ky. Image is ID'd on front below image in very light
period ink as "Yours Truly / John Foos / Portland / Ky / Co. H 28 Ky Regt".
Image has an Louisville, Ky Photographers back mark.
MUSIC BOOK - TRUMPET OF FREEDOM - 1864 - 63 pages
containing 46 songs. Approx 6 3/8" x 9 3/4". Desirable music
book with patriotic songs. This is the second one I've had in the
last several years and up till then I only recall seeing one other
copy. My first one was scarfed up by another dealer. This can be
found with the price normally near the $400 range. There is
staining and some rough edges but is intact which is a wonder
considering the fragile nature of the paper. There are several
corners missing on pages (one shown on the 'Additional Images'
page) and several tears on pages. Also retains a Peoria, Illinois
(Dealers?) stamp on the front.
U.S. SANITARY COMMISSION - DIRECTIONS TO ARMY
SURGEONS ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE - 1862 (?) 8 page U.S.
Sanitary Commission circular on the directions to Army surgeons on
the field of battle. These are directions in treatment for things such
as gunshots, amputations and all type of wounds in general. Very
U.S. SANITARY COMMISSION - SPECIAL INSPECTION OF THE
GENERAL HOSPITALS - 1864 41 page U.S. Sanitary Commission
circular on the Report to the Committee in May, 1863 of the
Department of the Special Inspection of the General Hospitals.
Notes on the report as well as: Notes on Spotted Fever, Report on the
Use of Bromine in the Hospitals of Louisville, Nashville and
Murfreesboro and a Letter on the Sanitary Condition of
Washington. Some spotting on the outer pages as can be seen in the
C-1837 OFFICER'S WAIST BELT PLATE - Large plate (approx.
3.1" x 3.77") which you will not see in the Kerksis book on
American Military Plates. The only place I've seen this plate
displayed is in the Smithsonian Institution book 'American Military
Insignia 1800-1851' by J. Duncan Campbell and Edgar M. Howell.
In this book (on pages 92-93) they describe the plate perfectly as an
unusually large plate struck in medium brass and crimped over a
heavier piece of brass backing. They continue stating that it is
believed to be an officer's plate by the ornate design and dating it by
the 25 stars and the fact that the eagle holds 5 arrows with points
pointing inward which was generally indicative of the period
between 1832-1836. The plate is known to be in both brass and silver
- this example is in brass. Face of the plate has a mellow patina.
The reverse of the plate shows four arrow hooks that are protruding
cut-out arrows from the heavier brass backing.
14TH CONNECTICUT INFANTRY (CO. F) REUNION CUP - Small
(2.48" in height x 1.7" diameter at top rim) bone reunion cup for the
14th Connecticut Infantry - Company 'F'. Carved in is the American
flag, a liberty cap on the pole with a ribbon crossing the flag with the
company and regiment. Nice aged patina.