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
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.
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-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.
EARLY PLUG BAYONET- C-1680-1710 European plug
bayonet. This style was the first for bayonets and preceded the
later socket bayonets. Overall length is approx. 19 1/2" with
an approx. 5" handle made out of a burly looking English
Walnut (?). These were used in the hunting community along
with the military. This does have a touch mark (see additional
images) but I believe it may be a hunting bayonet although
this same style bayonet with this cross guard is shown in
Neumann's book "Swords and Blades of the American
Revolution" (Pg. 34 - # 7B). Bayonet is in very good condition
but cross guard is loose and there is a crack in the grip.
RARE MODEL 1855 SPRINGFIELD PISTOL -
(No carbine attachable stock) 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,
most markings good and legible (eagle on the
Maynard Tape Primer door almost completely
worn off and due to pitting on top of barrel near
nipple, the 1855 on the barrel is a bit tough to
see), cartouche is visible including initials, bench
mark on pistol is '17'. Barrel rifling still visible
but worn. Indentations on grip from attachable
shock are very light showing the gun was rarely
used with the missing carbine stock. Typical dings
and wear. Pitting on areas of the barrel near
nipple. There is a crack in the stock as can be
seen in the photos. Gun will not hold half cock
but does hold full cock. Still a hansome looking
gun with good aging. Many were initially issued
to the 1st and 2nd U.S. Cavalry in the west.
TRANSITIONAL MODEL 'FLAT LOCK WATERS'
SIGLE SHOT PISTOL - According to Flayderman
this was a transitional model between the M-1836
Flintlock and the M-1842 Percussion pistols made by
Waters between the mid 1840's and 1849. Instead of
the usual bevelled edge on the lockplate, these were
completely flat with a Waters & Co. / Milbury, Mass.
& date in front of the hammer. No cartouche on the
stock but barrel is stamped with a US and the JH
inspectors stamp. These were made in several type of
'conversion' styles, this one with a barrel type bolster
with inspector's stamp. There are several issues - the
left side plate (rear section may be a replacement and
the barrel tang screw appears to have been replaced.
Someone also years ago decided to do some amateur
scroll work on the stock (can be seen in photos).
Mechanics are good.
.69 CALIBER ROUND BALL BULLET MOLD -
Approx. 6" in length and a ball cavity of approx.
.64" . It is quite pitted but these are becoming
increasingly harder and harder to find. Most of
what you see are the small civilian or hunting
calibers - not the larger military calibers. Not a
gem but good for display.
.36 CALIBER COLT PISTOL BULLET MOLD -
Approx. 4 7/8" , Marked with 'Colt's Patent' it
contains cavities for both round and conical
bullets. Good condition and actually retains some
case hardening coloring.
M-1819 HALL BREECH LOADING FLINTLOCK
RIFLE - WITH BAYONET - Second production type
dated 1832 and marked 'J.H. HALL / H. FERRY'
with date. Light oval cartouche on left side of stock.
Mechanics good, .52 caliber with a 32 5/8" barrel.
Due to the hammer dead center on the gun the sights
are off to the left side as can be seen in the photos.
Because of this the bayonet slot is also slightly off to
one side insuring that when fixed on the rifle, the
bayonet sits at 90 degrees from top center. The bayonet
is not the typical style with the t-slot but all else
matches the regular Hall rifle bayonet including the
offset slotted bridge on the socket and fits beautifully.
It does have a fair amount of light pitting as can be
seen in photos. Approx. 40% of original brown on
barrel. Stock is very good with a few chips as shown.
Almost kept this for my collection.
WILMOT'S PATENTED TOMPION - 1863- Brass barrel
tompion for approx. .54 - .58 caliber barrel. These are marked
on the top as can be seen in the photos "PATENED NOV. 24,
1863". These were placed in the barrel then by rotating the head
would draw up the base and expand the diameter to lock in the
barrel, thus protecting it from the elements. Material body is still
intact but loose and a bit frayed. The rubber (?) compound
under the material will no longer expand. Good condition.
M-1850 FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD - SCHUYLER,
HARTLEY & GRAHAM - MOTTO "STAND BY THE
UNION" - Beautiful sword sold by the New York
dealer Schuyler, Hartley & Graham and well marked
on the blade. Fantastic etching on both sides (the
same) of the motto "Stand By The Union" along the
staffs of two flags, a grand eagle with the motto "E
Pluribus Unum", scroll work and a Liberty Cap
surrounded by rays. Blade is bright - no real rust. Grip
is sharkskin with the triple wire wrap in very nice
condition. It appears as though the guard has had a
clear lacquer coating perhaps to keep the gilt bright
and you might never know if you weren't looking with
a magnifying glass. No scabbard unfortunately. very
beautiful sword and with a patriotic motto etched on
the blade - which is not encountered often.