CIVIL WAR RELICS
CIVIL WAR AND HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA
|ALL FIREARMS ARE ANTIQUES AND AS SUCH ARE SOLD ONLY AS
COLLECTORS ITEMS - THEY ARE NOT TO BE FIRED
ROBBINS AND LAWRENCE PEPPERBOX - Pat. 1849
and produced between 1851 and 1854. This is a .28 cal.
- 3 1/2" barrel - fluted, hinged at bottom and engraved,
along with the frame. Serial # 280 . Mechanically needs
work and shows some minor very light pitting in a few
areas. Popular pre-War personal weapon.
M-1816 SIMEON NORTH U.S. SINGLE SHOT
FLINTLOCK PISTOL - Early type with the larger
stamping on the lockplate - Undated but was produced
probably 1817-1818. .54 Cal. manufactured in
Middletown, Conn. These are not encountered often.
Looks to be original flint, stock is very nice with only
two small spots on left side that may have a filler but
done and matched well. Good cartouche and also has a
small '3' stamped near butt on right side. Very good
and clear stamping on lockplate, may be two
replacement screws inside lock as the ends that show
behind the hammer are not properlt rounded - minor
issue. Replacement ramrod. You would be hard pressed
to find a nicer one. Came from an old collection.
HORSTMANN & SONS NON-REGULATION
INFANTRY OFFICER'S SWORD WITH POSSIBLE
CONFEDERATE USAGE - Good honest and right out
of an estate in Virginia, this 30" blade sword with
leather scabbard has obviously not been touched in
ages before the blade being lightly cleaned. Barely able
to see the "Horstmann & Sons" and "Philadelphia"
on opposite ricassos. Blade has much bright to dark
blotchy finish and is lightly etched with trophy and
floral patterns but I can not make out any 'US'. Along
with coming out of Virginia there is a crude sword
hanger clip on one of the suspension rings the type of
which have been found on Leech & Rigdon scabbards.
Scabbard is very sound and strong.
BOOT KNIFE WITH PISTOL GRIP - Double edged, 6
1/4" spear point blade (10" overall length). Has what
looks to be very aged walnut grip and sheath with tin
(deep patina) for all metal hardware.The blade, while
shiney does have noticible flaws as can be seen in
RARE MODEL 1855 SPRINGFIELD PISTOL
CARBINE WITH ATTACHABLE STOCK - With
only slightly more than 4,000 made, this is one of
the most sought after guns of the Civil War era.
Both Barrel and lockplate dated 1855, correct 400
yard leaf sight, markings good and legible (eagle
on the Maynard Tape Primer door a bit light),
cartouche is only visible by the rectangle - no
initials left, bench mark on pistol is '8' and on
stock is '6' (rarely are these found together
matching). Barrel rifling still good. Indentations
on grip from attachable shock showing use.
Typical dings and wear. Very light pitting on
areas of the lockplate. Many were initially issued
to the 1st and 2nd U.S. Cavalry in the west.
M-1860 COLT 4-SCREW ARMY REVOLVER - EARLY SERIAL
- Very nice looking Colt Army revolver with a 20,220 serial
number - all matching including the wedge. Very good markings
including the cylinder scene which is at least 90% visible -
perhaps more, Colt - New York Address on barrel. There is an
extremely light cartouche on the left grip but one must hold the
gun on an angle in the right light to spot it. Precious little finish
is on the gun so I will call it none. Mechanically it is tight and
very good, rifling is good. One of the best Colt Armys I've had in
M-1840 HEAVY CAVALRY SWORD - IMPORT - CONFEDERATE
USE? - Clemen & Jung imported for the War, mainly on the US side
but suspected some were purchased by the Confederacy also. Regardless
of which side this went to, odds are that it ended up in CS hands as the
grip has been re-wrapped with oilcloth - common in CS reworked grips
- and well worn in. Wire has broken as you can see in photos and
missing on most of the grip. Deep patina on brass guard, blade is dark
and has C&J stamp on ricasso, scabbard very dark surface rust with
typical dents. what I would consider a good secondary Confederate
M-1853 SLANT BREECH SHARPS CARBINE - "SO CALLED
JOHN BROWN SHARPS"- SN 11974 early serial number for
this model. This was the model that abolitionist John Brown and
gang were armed with at Harpers Ferry. Brass butt plate, patch
box and barrel band. Has the early 9" sling bar. The sight is
missing the slide for long range and the hinge pin lever is broken
(not all that uncommon to see this). Mechanically appears fine
although not sure about Sharps pellet primer system. Stock is in
very good condition and has the initials "LKD" carved in. The
patch box has initials "MD" scratched in 2 places. The metal has
a spotty - brown / white steel finish and personally think it could
probably benefit by tearing it down and giving it a good cleaning
to even out the finish but I leave that decision to the buyer. Good
M-1840 NCO SWORD - IDENTIFIED & INSCRIBED - 12TH NEW YORK
STATE MILITIA - Very nice looking Ames NCO sword dated 1860. Inscribed on
the clamshell "SERGT. THOMAS HOUSTON / CO. F / 12 REG NYSM 1861".
Inscription does have some scratching over it done long ago but still very legible
and rich patina covers all - some areas with a reddish and some areas with a
brownish coloring. Felt washer still intact, leather scabbard very solid and sound
with no separation on seam and no creases. Brass on drag has several dents.
Overall a nice looking sword. The 12th NYSM was a busy 3 month regiment and
Thomas Houston is listed in the rosters. They sailed from New York City to
Fortress Monroe, Va. on April 21, 1861 arriving on April 23. Later the regiment
moved to Annapolis and Washington, D.C.. They were assigned to General
Mansfield's command, mustering in on May 2. They advanced into Virginia on
May 23 and occupied Arlington Heights, Va on May 24. They were ordered to
join General Patterson's Army and did so on July 6. They took part in a skirmish
near Martinsburg on July 12 and near Bunker Hill on July 15. They were
mustered out in New York City on August 5, 1861 with the expiration of their
term of service. There may also be ties to the 8th NYHA and / or the 186th NYI
but can't confirm this. Very Good Condition.
CONFEDERATE BOWIE- Approx. 17 5/8" overall length with
an approx. 12 3/4" blade which is approx. 1 1/2" in height and
a bit over 1/4" thick at the guard. Original handle, by the
peened tang doesn't look as though it was ever apart - sturdy
guard. Hard to tell but looks like the blade may have been
constructed from a file. Grip is very tight to the blade. The one
issue with this is that it appears long ago the blade was
sharpened and dulled at the point but also priced to suit.
C-1860 SHEFFIELD CLIP POINT BOWIE WITH
INSCRIPTION - MANSON - Nice Sheffield Bowie
knife made by Manson with the etched blade of 'OK'
and 'AND SUBMIT TO NOTHING THAT IS
WRONG'. There is a part of the etching before this
which is often worn off quickly as it is on this knife. A
small portion of it can be made out but only a few
letters. The phrase should start with 'Americans Ask
For Nothing But What Is Right' - this is the invisible
part. Blade is approx. 6 1/2" in length and overall of
approx. 11 1/2". It has a fancy pressed cast German
Silver handle (as is the hardware of the scabbard).
Blade is clean but does have some light pitting on the
point as can be seen in photos. Scabbard is very solid
but missing the frog button. Overall a very nice
looking clip point bowie.
PISTOL POWDER FLASK - GOODYEAR GUTTA PERCHA 1851 - Nice
gutta percha (hard rubber) pistol powder flask made by the Goodyear
Company in the mid-1800's. Approx 4 3/4" in height, these had, as one would
expect a lower survival rate than metal flasks. In 1851 Goodyear began
making all kinds of items out of hard rubber and flasks were included. It is
marked (very lightly) GOODYEAR'S PATENT MAY 6, 185(1). Very good
M-1842 H. ASTON SINGLE SHOT PISTOL - DATED
1850 - .54 cal. smoothbore, marked on lockplate 'US'
and 'H. ASTON' and behind the hammer 'MIDDTN
CONN 1850'. Barrel is marked with the 'US' and 'JH' &
'P' inspector's marks. Cartouche on the stock no longer
visible. Metal has a few minor light rough areas but not
bad, brass all good. Stock has a small crack on the right
side starting at the breech and under the sideplate.
Overall a good sound M-1842 which are considered
among the more attractive martial weapons made.
NON REGULATION FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD -
German made for Civil War US use, has an iron guard
with the cut out eagle and 'US' with the motto 'E Pluribus
Unum'. Grip is wood with fish skin and wire wrap (some of
the thin single strand wire loose, twisted wire is tight).
Blade is very nice with etched floral, eagle with motto and
'US'. Some light rust near ricasso and a few areas of light
pitting near point of blade (see photos). Metal hilt and
scabbard have deep brown patina (see photos for better idea
of finish). Sword is not pristine but is a very good example
of these imports. Etching on the blades isn't usually seen
this nice which helps to make up for the other
M-1840 HEAVY CAVALRY SWORD - ID'd TO 2ND
MICHIGAN CAVALRY - German import attributed to use
by 2nd Michigan Cavalry bugler Abner Stimpson. The
initials A.S. can be seen on the pommel cap. There are also
initials of JD on the top of the guard which could stand for
a number of men with those initials in the same regiment -
perhaps having been issued twice within the regiment. The
leather grip has been worn through to the wood in several
small places, wire wrap still in place. Deep patina on brass
and most of scabbard (back area of scabbard has brighter
areas of metal, perhaps was cleaned a long while back.
Replaced washer. The sword was obtained by the previous
owner in Western Michigan near where Stimpson was
from. He enlisted in Co. L as a bugler on 9/14/61 in Niles,
Mi. He re-enlisted on 1/5/64 at Mossy Creek, Tn, he
became Regimental Bugler on 4/1/64 and mustered out on
8/17/65 at Macon, Ga. Jim Genco's book 'Arming
Michigan Regiments 1862-4' does show the 2nd Cavalry as
being issued up to 333 M1840 Cavalry Swords just during
the 1862-4 period.
M-1836 WATERS SINGLE SHOT MARTIAL PISTOL
CONVERTED TO PERCUSSION DATED 1843 -
Produced by Asa Waters in Millbury, Mass. It is a .54 cal.
smoothbore, was originally made as a flintlock and was as
so many were, converted to percussion, the majority of
which were done in the 1850's. This one is dated 1843
which was the second to last year of production on these.
Action is strong on the hammer, cartouche on the left side
of the stock is very light but visible. Very minor amount of
light pitting around nipple as is common. Most of the
metal has a partial brown patina.
M-1855 (Second Type) BRASS TIPPED .58 CAL. TOMPION -
Most tompions you see these days are all wood. This is a
variation of the M-1855 Second Type. It has a brass head
screwed through the top into the maple body. It is shorter than
the 4 13/16" length listed in the Gun Tool Book (actual length
approx. 3" (more like the normal all wood tompions seen) and
has a cruciform slot but O.D. of the Brass head is right on the
money. Deep patina on the brass and age shown on the wood
M-1850 FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD - EMERSON & SILVER
- Nice attic condition sword, purchased from an estate in
Michigan - owner not known. Nice patina on brass, sharkskin
grip with triple wire wrap. Grip may have been re-fit ages ago
as the sharkskin just barely overlaps the front of the guard and
tang has been re-peened. Metal scabbard a chocolate brown
with deep patina on the brass mounts and drag - missing the
throat. Has one dent in lower scabbard bending scabbard
slightly (could be straightened). Lightly etched bright blade
has maker's name on ricasso - Emerson & Silver / Trenton.
Etching on blade also has typical eagle, floral designs, flags
and a fancy script US. Frosting on blade is partially worn
down but still looks good. Sword was made by Emerson &
Silver for private purchase. Extremely light speckled water/rust
stains on lower part of the blade.
M-1850 STAFF OFFICER'S SWORD - HORSTMANN - Good
looking Staff sword (worn by Majors, Colonels and Generals).
Bright blade still retains all of the etching, Typical sharkskin
grip with wire wrap (wire loose at end), US in guard. Metal
scabbard a chocolate brown with pleasing patina on the brass
mounts and drag. Lightly etched bright blade has maker's
name near ricasso - W.H. Horstmann & Sons / Philadelphia.
Etching on blade also has typical eagle, motto "E Pluribus
Unum', floral designs, US. Sword was made by Horstmann for
private purchase and heavily used as is evidence from the worn
scabbard drag. Extremely light surface rust stains with some
light pitting on lower part of the blade all of which can be seen
in the photos. Sword was cleaned (50+ years ago ??) but has
been untouched since, allowing a nice light mellow look to the
brass. Some whitish area on sharkskin near both ends - looks
like residue from that early cleaning.
PRE-WAR M-1851 COLT NAVY .36 CAL. NAVY
REVOLVER - 1858 - Early date fourth model made in 1858.
All matching serial numbers with exception of the loading
lever which shows no serial number but is a very good looking
match. The wedge has the same number but looks to have
been re-blued - the die stamps look to be the same as on the
rest of the gun. There is a stress crack on the front of the brass
trigger guard and a hairline crack on the left side of the frame
right above the trigger. Grips are heavily worn and have a
worn edge at the bottom of each. No cartouche but there is a
inspector's 'M' on the left side of the trigger guard. Very little
(5%-) left of a cylinder scene. Mechanically the cylinder
rotates with the cocking of the hammer but is as you might
expect, loose. There is also a bit of wiggle between the frame
and barrel. Colt address legible but has nicks as can be seen in
photos. Decent representative and early production piece.
GENERAL OFFICER'S SWORD - E. LYON - E. Lyon in
Paris, France made purely high grade swords with this one
made for the U.S. market. Production was not great and
they are rarely encountered. According to John Thillmann
in his book on Civil War Army Swords, these were basically a
M-1840 Foot Officer's Sword with General Officer's
embellishments. There are photographs of Generals Lorenzo
Thomas and U.S. Grant holding these type of swords. Lyon
used almost exclusively Klingenthal blades - considered the
best French blades made and the name is etched on the flat
back of the blade. This particular sword has the double clam
shell hilt with the folding rear shell, an applied American
eagle with the lightning bolts in its claws. The hilt grip is
solid cast and the detail is spectacular. The scabbard is brass
with engravings and an applied eagle on a shield and has a
nice chocolate brown patina. Very little gold gilt left on the
hilt and scabbard. The scabbard has several dents. The blade
is etched on one side with a floral pattern, Military motifs
and the motto 'E Pluribus Unum'. On the opposite side is
much the same but with 'U.S.' in place of the motto. The
blade is far from pristine but for the most part is fairly
decent (able to see the etching, etc. but does have random
dark spots) and it does have a rough area with pitting up
near the hilt. Still has the original washer. This must have
looked stunning when it was new. A chance to get a rarely
seen example without spending multiple thousands.